Plan Your Visit to the Hempstead Plains

The Hempstead Plains once covered 40,000 acres of central Nassau County. Today, as a result of commercial development, only a few acres remain.

The site is considered highly ecologically and historically significant. The Hempstead Plains support populations of federally endangered and globally rare plants among its 250 different kinds of vegetation, as well as several plant species that are now considered rare in New York State. It represents one of the most rapidly vanishing habitats in the world, along with scores of birds, butterflies, and other animals that are vanishing with it. 

Come for a visit and experience this remarkable Long Island prairieland!

When are the Plains open to drop-in visitors?

We are currently CLOSED for the season until March 2024

We are OPEN by appointment only at this time. Please contact us at for more information

Hempstead Plains

We are currently closed for the season, reopening in March 2024.

Visits are by appointment only at this time.

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Sincere thanks to our sponsor:

Flushing Bank