At 400 Acres, The Irvington Woods is one of the largest forested areas in Southern Westchester and possesses tremendous ecological value. As part of one of the largest continuous corridors of open space in the New York City Metropolitan area, it provides sanctuary for diverse wildlife, and includes the largest fresh water wetlands in Southern Westchester county.
It’s extensive trail way system is accessible from several trailheads for hiking and biking. Irvington High School’s award-winning scholar-athlete varsity cross-country team practices on the trails here.
The Irvington Woods and the O’Hara Nature Center are rich with educational value and have been the site for school-based programs with the Irvington Union Free School District and other area schools and recreational sponsored educational programs.
In 2021, Irvington received a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a tree inventory and develop a management plan for The Irvington Woods. The $21,360 grant will fund the project which is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.