Meadows are open, sunny habitats vegetated with forbs, grasses and other non-woody plants
Meadow vegetation flowers abundantly. Some meadows are moist or fluctuate between moist and dry and others are dry. Disturbance by fire or clearance of woody vegetation are necessary to sustain meadows. Otherwise, succession to young and mature forest shades out sun-thriving meadow plants. Gardens around the Nature Museum and behind the History Museum are filled with meadow plants that nourish insects and birds. The meadow at Goosepond Mountain State Park in Orange County is vibrant in late summer early fall.