College Lodge Forest

The College Lodge Forest in Chautauqua County is a gem that has touched the lives of thousands of people.

It is home to pristine old growth trees, a beautiful pond, a thriving marsh, magnificent rare plants and animals, and miles of trails.

On one side of the forest, rain drains to the Great Lakes, and on the other side, to the Mississippi River.

The Faculty Student Association of SUNY Fredonia owns the property, totaling approximately 200 acres. The property includes an historic lodge and other facilities for visitors.

The Land Conservancy will purchase 168 acres surrounding the lodge and maintain the land as a publicly accessible nature preserve. The FSA will continue to own the lodge and surrounding buildings, using them for events and gatherings.

This land is a testament to the study of nature. It has been a favorite destination for faculty, artists, and students from the region for nearly a century. Fittingly, its trails are named after great conservationists like Darwin, Muir, and Leopold.

Now, we all have an opportunity to ensure that the land remains natural and open to the public for generations to come.

Your support

We need more than $790,000 to make this possible. This might seem daunting, but this is not the first time that you and our other members have stepped up and saved places that were far too special to lose. And there’s good news. Thanks to major grants from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the dedicated efforts of the community, we’re already $400,000 dollars closer to the goal. You can read the latest press release here.

Naming opportunities include:

  • One donor of $200,000 can name the preserve
  • One donor of $100,000 can have the old-growth grove named in their honor
  • One donor of $50,000 can have a small island named in their honor
  • One donor of $50,000 can have the birdwatching blind named in their honor
  • One donor of $50,000 can have a wooden footbridge named in their honor
  • Donors of $20,000 can have a bench in the outdoor amphitheater named in their honor
  • Donors of $10,000 or more will have their name listed on a plaque placed at the preserve
  • Donors of $2,000 or more will be recognized in the Land Conservancy newsletter

Will you join us and be a champion of this spectacular place?

If you are interested in being a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please contact us. You can also make a donation on our online giving page today. You can also donate by sending a check to the Western New York Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052.

Photo credits to Abby Songin and Priscilla Titus