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Preserving a National Historic Landmark

Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization charged with the mission to enhance Woodlawn Cemetery as a natural, educational, and cultural landmark, and to build a community of supporters dedicated to preserving Woodlawn for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Conservancy preserves the landscape and architectural treasures of the Cemetery, and illuminates the lives of those interred in this National Historic Landmark.

The work of the Woodlawn Conservancy is vibrant, educational, and relevant.  In 2015, Woodlawn initiated the Bridge to Crafts Careers Program which trains youth in masonry, restoration, and landscape restoration skills, providing them with career readiness and job placement.

One of America’s most historic cemeteries, Woodlawn preserves and interprets the legacies of those notable individuals – writers, musicians, civic leaders – who are interred here, and shares these relevant stories with school students and the public. Our Trolley Tours and concerts are favorite ways to appreciate these remarkable stories.

Woodlawn is home to the largest collection of funerary art in the United States. These treasures designed by notable architects and sculptors include works by McKim, Mead and White; Louis C. Tiffany; Carrere and Hastings; and Patricia Cronin are aesthetically beautiful and draw visitors from near and far.

Discover Our Arboretum

Woodlawn is a veritable oasis in an urban environment. Woodlawn is a Level II Arboretum as recognized by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program as well as The Morton Arboretum for meeting particular standards of professional practices important for arboretums and botanic gardens. We invite you to participate in our tree tour and experience the more than 400 unique specimens and cultivars on our grounds. The Arboretum also features five specimens identified in the “Great Trees of New York City” program, including a Japanese Umbrella Pine and the native Eastern White Pine. The Arboretum collection contains several other introduced and native trees of note, such as New York’s largest empress trees (originally from China), and a native tulip that measures over 125 feet tall and 63 inches in diameter.

We hope you will join us in our journey to preserve the world-class historic landmark that is Woodlawn.


Please explore the opportunities for involvement below

  • Support

    Your support helps train a new generation of preservationists in restoration and beautification, while providing a pathway to careers in historic sites and both the built and natural environment.

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  • Become A Member

    Members play an important role in accomplishing the mission of the Woodlawn Conservancy. By joining the Conservancy, members also receive valuable benefits.

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  • Special Projects

    The Conservancy seeks financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies to underwrite educational programs, restoration projects, and horticultural care.

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  • Volunteer

    Volunteers are the backbone of the Woodlawn Conservancy. No matter your age or interests, your skills or schedule, you can help the the Conservancy in its valuable work.

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  • Bridge to Crafts Careers

    Students have the ability to work at Woodlawn to earn academic credit, perform community service hours and are offered paid internships through grant funded programs.

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  • Educational Programs

    Woodlawn’s Educational Programs offer students a new way of learning art, history, and nature.

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  • Tours & Events

    Stay up to date on upcoming events and tours.

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  • Notable Residents

    Individuals, families and groups walk our grounds searching for the final resting places of many historic figures including artists & writers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, great entertainers and jazz musicians.

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  • Arboretum

    The Woodlawn Cemetery Arboretum features more than 400 unique tree species and cultivars including an array of flowering, evergreen and shade trees originating from North America, Europe and Asia.

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