SNAD Awareness Campaign!

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Did you know parts of Riverdale, Fieldston and Spuyten Duyvil are designated as a SPECIAL NATURAL AREA DISTRICT (SNAD)?

This designation was made in 1975 through the New York City Zoning Resolution.  It is an important part of protecting natural areas, guiding development to safeguard mature trees and plantings, steep slopes, and rock outcrops. 

At present there are four SNADs in NYC, including the one in our neighborhood.

This spring, the Preservancy will launch its Special Natural Area District (SNAD) Awareness Campaign to highlight this ecologically protected area that ensures preservation of green spaces for all.


How can you participate in our SNAD Awareness Campaign?

On Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 10:00 am–12:00 pm, visit our table at the Riverdale Y Farmer's Market. Learn more about the SNAD and pick up our free:

  • SNAD brochure and coloring sheets

  • Riverdale Nature Preservancy Mug

  • A "You Are in the SNAD" lawn sign*                                                                      * For display on SNAD properties only. Click here to see if you are in the SNAD, which is zoned as NA-2.

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Pollinator Fair!

At the Riverdale Y Sunday Market

June 26, 2022 (9:30 am-2:30pm)

Located in the Riverdale Temple Parking lot

4545 Independence Avenue


The Preservancy table will be open from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.


Stop by to learn how the we work with the local community to support local ecology.

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The Riverdale Trail provides a home for native wildlife.  Private properties can join with public park areas to support local ecology, creating safe corridors for local wild life to move about the area.

Long Term Planning

The Riverdale Nature Preservancy is working with the NYC City Council through Community Board 8 to design long term development plans which will protect the future of our historic and natural resources.  Through prudent planning, we can balance communal needs for affordable housing and access to green spaces for all Bronxites with strategic protection of the unique architecture and sensitive ecological features our community enjoys.  We are working with the City Council to fine tune Speaker Corey Johnson's recent proposal, Planning Together.

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