A small but vibrant woodland located at the southwest corner of Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Woods Nature Sanctuary is one of the best uptown spots to look for birds and take in sweeping views of the Hudson River and Palisades. The woodland is connected to the other last remaining forested parklands along the Hudson River: Fort Washington Park and Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan and Riverdale Park in the Bronx. Bordered on two sides by roadways, it is an urban forest in transition.
The rich diversity of trees and plants growing in Cabrini Woods supports an abundance of wildlife including over 80 bird species. While some birds like the blue jay and red-tailed hawk can be spotted here year-round, most other bird species flock to our woods only during their spring and fall migrations. Fallen and decaying trees provide vital habitat for birds and other wildlife, including possums, raccoons, and skunks. To protect the wildlife and preserve the ecological integrity of the area, the woodland interior is accessible only by guided tour.
In addition to being a nature sanctuary, Cabrini Woods also serves as an outdoor classroom and ecological learning lab for all ages. Because of elevation changes, the site affords visitors the unique opportunity to view the woods from tree canopy level along the Cabrini Boulevard sidewalk between 190th Street and Margaret Corbin Circle. From this vantage point, one can observe the forest’s surprising biodiversity from above and listen for bird songs in the treetops. Beginning summer 2017, visitors will be able to learn about the birds and ecology of Cabrini Woods from interpretive signage that will be installed along the sidewalk fence.
Through our free public programs and online educational resources, we strive to equip children, teens, and adults with local ecological knowledge and activities that they can share with friends and family throughout the year. We also aim to empower people to contribute to the restoration and preservation of this vulnerable forest through periodic stewardship days. For upcoming guided walks, children’s Natural History programs, and stewardship events, please see our Events Calendar.
Learn more about the birds and ecology of Cabrini Woods! The Cabrini Woods Bird List equips novice and experienced birders with a list of 84 bird species that have been observed in and around Cabrini Woods. Visiting with kids? Check out our Kids Worksheets to find educational activities for kids of all ages.