We are the nation's first private environmental land trust, chartered in 1936.
We are chartered by the New York State Board of regents as a "Living Museum ".
We purchase and hold lands for the preservation and protection of upstate New York's native flora and fauna.
The Society is chartered with a three-fold purpose
1. To conserve the flora and fauna of the lands owned by the society.
2. To offer schools colleges and accredited groups access for the purpose of research and study.
3. To publish scientific and cultural information pertaining to the Society lands.
The Bergen Swamp Preservation Society owns 5 properties in New York state
Bergen Swamp - 2,000 acres in Byron and Bergen
Hotchkiss Preserve - 50 acres in Lyons
Slater Hillside Seep - 50 acres in Dansville
Taylor Marsh - 600 acres in Honeoye
Zurich Bog - 650 acres in Arcadia
We are always in need of volunteers and donations.
If you are interested in helping us please let us know. You can use the above Contact link to reach us.
Joining the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society easy.
On our Become a Member page simply fill out the membership form and allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
Our society and properties are sustained with only private donations.
We receive NO government funding for our operating budget.
Our society has been run by all volunteers since 1936.
We have NO paid staff.
Visitors to properties owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society must first get permission from the society.
Please review Our Visitor Policy page for more information.
Maps can be found on our Favorites page.
Cell phone connections will vary by the device manufacturer, cellular provider and property.