Events

We make every effort to ensure accuracy of event listings. However, due to weather and other factors, information may change between the time of publication and the time of each event. We strongly encourage all participants to verify dates and times with the listed trip leader for each event.

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market

@ Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033

  • September 1, 2017, 4:30PM
  • September 15, 2017, 4:30PM

The Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market (COHFAM) is held the first and third Fridays of the month from 4:30-7:30 PM. It includes food, vendors, live music and activities for kids. It is held at the corner of Scott Avenue & Main Street. Stop in and enjoy the beautiful Hudson River view while supporting the local economy!

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Fall Foliage Paddle

@ Kingston Point Beach

  • September 2, 2017, 9:00AM, Great for beginners, shallow, calm area on the Hudson River

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most scenic times of the year. This paddle launches from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide.

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Hurds Family Farm Cornmaze

@ Hurds Family Farm: Meet at Historic Dutch Barn

  • September 1, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 2, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 3, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 8, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 10, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 15, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 22, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 24, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 29, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm
  • October 1, 2017, 9:00AM, Open all day until 5:00 pm

Join us at a New York State Century Farm for an exciting family friendly 2 acre cornfield "Bring in the Pollinators" maze hike. Enjoy fresh air and exercise as you wander the pathways of this 2017 Farm Scene Investigation Mystery Adventure. Younger ramblers enjoy the Farm Animal Tracks Mystery Game, 2-8 yr. olds. Shhh....big kids will love it too! Come, make a day of it, discover the 25 fun & educational outdoor activities created for families on this Pride of New York Ulster County farm. Activities include a humongous jumping pillow, gem mining, farm pets, mini maze with an outdoor storybook, Jack and the Cornstalk, popular cow train, Kids Corral, and so much more!

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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk

@ Papscanee Island Nature Preserve

  • September 2, 2017, 9:00AM

Led by David Chinery from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, enjoy a 1-hour walk though the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve and discover the various species of plants and animals that make the 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home. Cottonwood trees, buckthorn shrub, and bittersweet vine reflect the history of the land farmed by the Mohican Indians for thousands of years. The preserve also boasts a variety of habitats, including marsh, river bank, and floodplain. This riparian setting is a pristine example of nature reinventing itself. Over 30 acres of the preserve are still farmed today, giving the land the distinction of being under active agriculture (corn) longer than any other lands in the U.S. Over six miles of hiking trails offer public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. From 9J, turn Right at Preserve South Entrance sign onto Staats Island Rd.; go .25 mi. cross Amtrak tracks, right into Preserve parking lot.

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Codfish Point Quarry

@ Platte Clove Preserve

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM

Hike the Overlook Trail through the Platte Clove Preserve, with nature signs, to an interesting large quarry overlooking the Hudson Valley known as Codfish Point, where workers were stranded for days during a snowstorm and subsisted on canned codfish!

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Fall Family Day at Catskill Interpretive Center

@ Catskill Interpretive Center

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM, until 2pm

Outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages! Enjoy storytime under the trees, hands-on science programs, and art activities as you explore the Catskill Interpretive Center's beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Learn how to identify animal tracks (and make your own!), work together to complete our new interactive scavenger hunts, and lots more!

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Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk

@ Thacher State Park

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Trail is moderately rugged with stair climbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours.

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West Point Museum

@ West Point Museum

  • September 2, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 3, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 9, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 10, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 16, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 23, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 24, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 30, 2017, 10:30AM
  • October 1, 2017, 10:30AM

All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum supports cadet academic, military and cultural instruction. Its collections include nearly all aspects of military history and encompass the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of the American Armed Forces. Based upon captured British materials brought to West Point after the British defeat at Saratoga in 1777, the Museum collections actually predate the founding of the United States Military Academy. When the Academy opened in 1802, many Revolutionary War trophies remained to be used for cadet instruction. By the 1820s, a teaching collection of artifacts existed at the Military Academy and after the Mexican War (1846 - 1848) West Point was designated by Executive Order as the permanent depository of war trophies. In 1854 the first public museum was opened and today it represents the culmination of more than two centuries of preserving our military heritage.

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Family Fun Hike

@ Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5), Albany Pine Bush Preserve

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM

Join us for an end of summer family hike. We will meet at Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) and hike 1.4 miles over rolling terrain.

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Food Truck Picnic Day

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM

Gracie’s food truck is a local institution and serves up made-from-scratch American classics. On Saturday of Labor Day weekend, Gracie's will be parked at Olana so you can purchase your picnic brunch, lunch, or dinner with an awesome view! Picnic revellers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and a cooler.

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Historic Bicycle Tour of Olde Fishkill

@ Van Wyck Village Homestead Musem

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM, ALL RAMBLE DAYS SELF GUIDED

Self-guided bike tours of Olde Fishkill. Cycle the “high road!” passing by historic sites within the Village and Town of Fishkill and Beacon. View 8, 15 or 25 sites depending on the tour loop you choose. Ride along significant routes from the Revolutionary War era, view the site of the Fishkill encampment and supply depot, and visit the home of one of America's first female entrepreneurs. Self-guided. No fee. All Ramble Weekends. Three tours accomodate all skill levels: Family 0.6 mi. Easy (flat); Medium 4 mi. (one hill). Extended 24 mi. (several hills, one challenging). Maps are available at the Van Wyck Homestead Museum, 24/7, in the display case.

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Innisfree Garden Wildflower Walk

@ Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM

Explore the extraordinary array of native plants at Innisfree with George Petty, a life-long naturalist who has led many wildflower and bird walks for the New Jersey Audubon Society. He is a Life Member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and former Chair of their Publications Committee. George is Professor Emeritus of English at Montclair State University, a published poet, and author of Hiking the New Jersey Highlands: Wilderness in Your Backyard.

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Story Walk Opening

@ Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Wildlife Education Center

  • September 2, 2017, 12:00PM, This is an ongoing event from 12-4pm. Please check the website, hhnm.org, for details

The Museum, in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library and The Grail, invites you to Story Walk 2017. Read an illustrated children's story as you stroll along our meadow trail.

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Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

@ Blu Pointe Landing Dock, 120 Front Street, Newburgh

  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM, and 4PM
  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM, and 4PM
  • September 3, 2017, 1:00PM, and 4PM
  • September 3, 2017, 1:00PM, and 4PM
  • September 7, 2017, 2:20PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 12, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 14, 2017, 2:30PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 28, 2017, 2:30PM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM
  • October 1, 2017, 1:00PM

Join us aboard the Pride of the Hudson for a Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands! Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck or enjoy the comfort of our climate controlled main salon featuring huge wrap-around windows. Our friendly and professional crew will respond to all of your needs. Your adventure will begin at Blu Point Landing 120 Front St. in Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will narrate the sights along the way, including: Washington's Headquarters, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Island, Breakneck Mountain, Cold Spring, World's End, Constitution Island & the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Corner of Wall and Main Streets

  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM

Following the street plan designed by Peter Stuyvesant in 1658, the tour walks the heart of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. Walking tour highlights include viewing the many eighteenth century limestone houses still standing in the Stockade District, and visiting the site of the drafting of the New York State Constitution in 1777 and the gravesite of New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton, in the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground.

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Mushroom Walk with John Michelotti

@ Copake Falls, NY

  • September 2, 2017, 2:00PM, 2 hours duration

Join this mushroom walk and learn with John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi, president of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, about the ecological functions of fungi, common edibles and medicinal mushrooms, as well as historic uses of fungi and present day innovations of the exceptional Kingdom Fungi! We will take a walk on an exceptional piece of private conserved land adjacent to the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls, and learn the principles of basic ID skills based on the specimens we find along our trail, using the best field guides John recommends. Registrants will be emailed directions of where to meet for the walk.

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Walking Tour of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

@ The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns; Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

  • September 2, 2017, 5:30PM

Please join the Environmental Cooperative for a walking tour of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. This tour will feature The Ellen Swallows Richard Historical Trail, The Drumlin Trail, The Phenology Trail, or the Beaver Trail, depending on weather and trail conditions. After, join us for refreshments and enjoy a short tour of the renovated Vassar Barn, home to the Environmental Cooperative and available for use as community multipurpose space.

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Civil War Reenactment at Museum Village

@ Museum Village

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM, Sept 2 (10:00am-5:00pm)
  • September 3, 2017, 10:00AM, Sept 3 (10:00am-4:00pm)

42nd Annual Civil War Weekend at Museum Village! Civil War Weekend at Museum Village is one of our premier events of the year. The living historians that will gather here are men, women and children who don authentic dress, adopt a Victorian view of society and war, and take great pride in their representation and portrayal of historic regiments and organizations. These individuals are eager to interpret this very important chapter in our Nation’s past. Here at Museum Village, you will see representations of Federal and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry units. Medical demonstrations and civilian life are also a part of the scenery that the visitor will observe. During the weekend you will witness re-enactments of standard Civil War tactics and troop movements as the two armies meet in battle. Visitors can stroll through the camps, meet and talk with the troops and civilians, and shop at Sutler’s Row, the civilian merchants who followed the Army.

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Guided Tours of Historic Huguenot Street

@ Historic Huguenot Street

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 3, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly
  • October 1, 2017, 10:00AM, Hourly

Visit two historic house museums, a reconstructed 1717 French church, and replica Esopus Munsee wigwam on a guided tour of our 10-acre National Historic Landmark District. Discover over 300 years of history encompassing the Native American and Colonial experience, through the Gilded Age, and into the 20th century.

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Walk the Piermont Pier with Richard Esnard

@ Meet in parking lot of Confetti Restaurant

  • September 3, 2017, 10:00AM

We will meet in the parking lot behind Confetti's Restaurant on Ash Street. Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society will lead an historic walking tour --first through early 19th century Bogertown [on Paradise Avenue] and then onto Piermont's pier. Enjoy the exceptional views while learning of the impact the pier had on the village and during WWII. Return to the parking area via Flywheel Park.

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Lyndhurst Landscape Ramble

@ Lyndhurst

  • September 3, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 10, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 24, 2017, 10:30AM

To celebrate the Hudson River Ramble, we will be offering a tour of the historic grounds at Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival masterpiece overlooking the Hudson River. The site reflects nearly 175 years of life on the Hudson River contained in 67 park-like acres that include 16 structures, such as a Lord & Burnham steel-framed greenhouse complex and the oldest regulation bowling alley in the United States. Lyndhurst’s magnificent grounds contains an award-winning rose garden, a fern garden, rock garden, specimen trees, the now-aged lindens for which the property was named, and spectacular views of the Hudson River. Landscape Ramble tours will be held at 10:30 am on Sundays, September 3rd, 10th, and 24th.

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Piermont's Station Museum

@ Piermont Station

  • September 3, 2017, 12:00PM, station closes at 3 p.m.
  • September 17, 2017, 12:00PM, station closes at 3 p.m.

Visitors can hike along the scenic Erie Path to the station at 50 Ash Street and learn about Piermont's unique and diverse history significant for its longest railroad in the world in 1851 that ran from Piermont to Lake Erie (hence Erie RR) and its role in the American Revolution and WWII. Open from noon to 3PM. Parking is available on site.

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Ramshorn-Livingston Audubon Paddle

@ Ramshorn Livingston Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 3, 2017, 12:00PM

Canoe Paddle through Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary

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Rondout Lighthouse Tour

@ Rondout Creek and Hudson River

  • September 2, 2017, 12:00PM, Limited to 6 per tour; no advance reservations.
  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 2, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 2, 2017, 3:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 3:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 3:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 3:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 3:00PM

Take a guided tour of the Rondout Lighthouse which sits at the mouth of the Rondout Creek on the Hudson River. The Rondout Lighthouse is the last of three lighthouses marking the entrance to the Rondout Creek. Still fully operational as a navigational light, the Rondout lighthouse is one of only seven remaining on the Hudson River. This brick lighthouse, completed and lit in 1915, is accessible only by boat. Owned by the City of Kingston and operated by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, it is available for occasional public tours and for private group tours of up to 50 people. Explore this historic structure from the first floor all the way up to the observation deck around the light itself. All tours are led by our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides. The Rondout Lighthouse is also featured in our exhibit, "Lighthouses of the Hudson River."

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Norrie Point Kayak Tour

@ Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

  • September 2, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 4, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 12:00PM

A tour of the Hudson River from Norrie Point and visiting nearby spots like Esopus Island, Bard Rock and Black Creek Preserve. Perfect for beginners, this trip includes use of a sea kayak and all gear. Experienced guides will help participants improve their paddling skills. Wildlife, scenic vistas and historic sites along the paddle route will be featured.

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Oldtone Roots Music Festival

@ Cool Whisper Farm

  • September 7, 2017, 2:00PM, Rain or Shine, Camping and Day Tickets available
  • September 8, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM

The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2017, September 7-10, 2017, Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2017 is produced by Kip Beacco, Matt Downing and Jim Wright, a trio of Roots musician dads. The festival features historical American Music from over 20 bands performed, shared, and taught in the traditional old-time music way. Producer Jim Wright says : “Our motto is participation is preservation”. Oldtone Productions has created a full participatory festival with performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, throughout the campground and in the workshop and dance tents. Local vendors and locally sourced food is a highlight of the festival experience. The lineup this year starts with nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and Karl Shifflet and the Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands. Oldtone Productions is known for well balanced and rich in talent lineups and the 2017 Festival is no exception. The music and dance at the festival includes Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, all robustly informed by their traditional origins. The roots community is a growing community of young and old musicians and dancers dedicated to learning and passing on these oral traditions, including large catalogs of communal songs, some hundreds of years old. Dancing styles include Cajun, Contra, Swing, and Square. Band and instrument contests are another participatory aspect of the festival. Modern roots musicians create original compositions as well, but do so honoring the old styles of lyrics and playing. These acoustic traditions harkens back to pre radio and television eras when families played music together as an evening activity, as well as at local gatherings, festivals and events. Roots music has been played in parlors, homes, granges, and battlefields all over America, and has distinct European and African origins. In “Living History American Roots Music” Paul Kleinwald writes; “American Roots Music is an acoustic music oral tradition that echoes the story of man and his relation to land and community through words, music, and dance.” Day tickets and camping passes are available at: www.oldtonemusicfestival.com

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Sunset Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 2, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 8, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 15, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 22, 2017, 4:30PM
  • September 23, 2017, 4:30PM
  • September 24, 2017, 4:30PM
  • September 29, 2017, 4:30PM
  • September 30, 2017, 4:30PM
  • October 1, 2017, 4:30PM

There are few better ways to end your day than out on the river enjoying a spectacular Hudson Valley sunset. This tour is a stress-free outing for all abilities. These trips are one of our most popular and usually sell out quickly, so call to reserve now.

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Legends and Horror Film Nights on Bannerman's Island!

@ Bannerman's Island, Hudson River - Boat leaves Beacon Dock

  • September 8, 2017, 7:00PM, Boat takes attendees to Bannerman's Island for a Legends Tour and Horror Film on the Island
  • September 15, 2017, 7:00PM, Boat leaves from Beacon Dock

Legends Tour and Horror Film Nights on Bannerman's Island. Tour Bannerman's Island and see a great classic film on the island. "Dracula" will be featured on September 8th and "Bride of Frankenstein" on September 15th! Boat leaves Beacon Dock at 7:00pm on both nights, returns by 10:30pm.

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Troy's Walk With A Doc

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 9, 2017, 7:30AM, Registration
  • September 9, 2017, 8:00AM, Walk begins

The Walk With A Doc program is geared toward helping people improve their health and get active. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, elevate mood and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes. Proceed at your own pace while walking with local doctors from Capital Cardiology Associates, Troy Associates of Cardiology, Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in a fun, free walking program. Together, physicians and walkers enjoy a wonderful walk through beautiful historic downtown Troy. Upon conclusion of the walk, nurses will be on hand to take blood pressure and physicians will be available for questions. Troy's Walk With A Doc occurs on the second Saturday of every month, moving indoors during the winter.

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Hudson River Birding Ramble

@ Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

  • September 9, 2017, 8:00AM, Ends at 10:00 AM

Presented by Della and Alan Wells of the Rockland Audubon Society. These experts will lead a walk through the diverse bird habitats found at Stony Point Battlefield in search of neo-tropical birds on their fall migration. First time birders are welcome, and experienced birders will enjoy exploring the location of a wonderfully accessible birders paradise. Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group

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Migrating Birds at John Burroughs' Slabsides

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides

  • September 9, 2017, 8:00AM

Birds were the first love of literary naturalist John Burroughs when he was writing at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Then as now, the land surrounding his cabin Slabsides was abundant with bird life and at this time of year migrating songbirds en route to wintering grounds in South America are stopping off. Discover the richness of tree top bird life through sight and song with Mark DeDea, president of the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Beginning birders through advanced are welcome. Follow Path Through History signs on Rte 9W and Floyd Ackert Rd. Meet on Burroughs Drive at Slabsides entrance.

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Brinton Brook Audubon Hike

@ Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM

Explore the 156-acres of Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary overlooking the Hudson River in Croton-on- Hudson with Saw Mill River Audubon. Two-hour leisurely nature walk with optional 1.5 hour extension to the highest point in Croton on the Village’s Highland Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars are helpful. Please note: no restrooms on property.

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Hudson River Ramble - Twin Mountain or Indian Head Mountain.

@ Meet at the parking area directly across from St. Francis de Sales RC Church on County Route 16 (the road to Platte Clove) in Elka Park.

  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM, Meet in parking lot across from church

Actual hike (Twin Mountain or Indian Head Mountain) will be decided by the hikers once everyone meets morning of hike.

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New Paltz Volkswalk for Everyone!

@ New Paltz Historic District

  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM

The trail consists of paved roads, sidewalks, and a dirt rail trail. There is a 5 k (3.1 miles) and a 10 k (6.2 miles) trail, and there are some hills. Not suitable for wheelchairs. The trails will take you: 1. through downtown New Paltz, past many interesting shops and eateries; 2. down the “oldest street in America” where you will see six original stone houses that were built by New Paltz’s first European settlers, the French Huguenots; 3. through the SUNY New Paltz campus; 4. through quaint residential areas; 5. You will also have many opportunities to view the Shawangunk Mountains, where the sport of mountain climbing is practiced by climbers from all over the world. Portions of the 5 k walk will include a guided tour leader as well. All participants receive a self-guided set of directions with a map and text.

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7th Annual Kayaking 4 Meso

@ Halfmoon Lighthouse Park

  • September 9, 2017, 9:30AM, Launch, Festivities 1:00 - 4:00

This is an 8 mile paddle to raise awareness and donations for Mesothelioma research. All proceeds are donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

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Stoppel Point and Plane Wreck

@ Outside North-South Lakes Campground

  • September 9, 2017, 9:30AM

Hike the Rock Shelter Trail and Mary's Glen Trail to North Point, with spectacular views to the Hudson Valley and nearby lakes and mountains, then continue on the Escarpment Trail over North Mountain to Stoppel Point's excellent viewing and a 1983 plane wreck.

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Taste of Troy Food Tours' Central Troy Historic District Food Tour

@ 275 River Street Troy NY 12180

  • September 9, 2017, 9:45AM, ends at 1 pm
  • September 16, 2017, 9:45AM, ends at 1 pm

Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining & delicious way to learn about Troy and the role food is playing in bringing this architectural gem back. Taste of Troy Food Tours provides a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful downtown riverfront, while sampling foods and beverages from establishments that are helping to revitalize this historic city. Our 3 hour walking tour allows you to experience the vibrant culinary scene that surrounds Troy’s amazing all year round farmers’ market and ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local farmers and vendors. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on the Easternmost city in New York’s Capital District.

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Catskill Streamside Stroll

@ The Windham Path

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM

Join this gentle guided stroll along the Batavia Kill stream in Windham to take in breathtaking Catskill Mountain views and learn about all the ways that healthy streamside lands are important for plants, animals, and people! Staff from the Catskill Center's Streamside Acquisition Program, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, and the Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative will share their expertise and enthusiasm with participants. All ages welcome.

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Cornell Hill Fire Tower Tours

@ Camp Saratoga

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM, to 3pm
  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, to 3pm
  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, to 3pm
  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM, to 3pm weather permitting

Climb an authentic fire tower and view a replica fire observer’s cabin without having to climb a mountain! Get a treetop view of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. The schedule is subject to weather conditions and availability of Volunteer Fire Tower Interpreters. Hours of operation are 10 AM to 3PM. To confirm that it is open, contact Larry Gordon (Town of Wilton Fire Tower Coordinator) at (518) 469-0918. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Fairy Houses

@ Hudson Highlands Nature Center - Outdoor Discovery Center

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM, Register in the Visitor's Center at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Learn all about the art of Fairy Houses & Toad Abodes! After practicing and playing in the forest, create your own fairy house to bring home.

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Hart's Brook Park & Preserve Nature Walk

@ Harts Brook Park and Preserve

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM

Guided tour of the Hart's Brook Preserve's barn, greenhouse and master gardens. Learn the interesting history of the Hart's Brook Park and Preserve's property. Explore one of the wooded trails with a member of the Greenburgh Parks & Recreation park staff. Families welcome! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

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Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park

@ Thacher State Park Overlook

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM, until 2:00 PM

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 10, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Please call 872-0800 for additional information.

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Interactive Storywalk® with Yoga lesson

@ The Manor House at Stony Kill Farm

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM
  • Rain Date: September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, raindate

Stony Kill Foundation introduces our latest Storywalk® featuring children’s author Brian Russo’s Yoga Bunny. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The purpose of this activity is to get kids moving outdoors and install a love of reading. Yoga instructor Kathy Martin will guide you along the perennial gardens reading about Yoga Bunnies adventures with her friends while she teaches yoga poses illustrated throughout the book. Bring a towel or a yoga mat if you like or try your poses on the grass.

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Mushrooms and Fungi

@ Teatown Lake Reservation

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM

Leon Shernoff, respected mycologist and editor of Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, will lead a walk to locate and identify wild mushrooms and discuss the role fungi play in ecosystems.

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Traveling Talks: Geology and Olana’s Hudson River Region

@ Olana State historic Site

  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM

Join Robert Titus, Ph.D, Hartwick College Geology Professor on Olana’s East Lawn, to learn about the geological history of Olana. The hike will also explore the natural forces that shaped Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape. With Titus as your guide, science meets storytelling. We will hike about 1.5 miles followed by healthy seasonal snacks.

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USS SLATER Open for Tours

@ Albany

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 3, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM
  • October 1, 2017, 10:00AM, until 4:00 PM

Tour the last World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. USS SLATER is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is charged.

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People, Place and Progress

@ Troy's Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 9, 2017, 10:30AM

This introduction to Troy's history and architecture looks at how the city evolved from its initial founding in 1789 as a village to its 19th century heyday, decline in the 20th century and its re-birth in the 21st century. The sites of many important events will be discussed along with some of the people who made the name Troy famous around the world.

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Free Sails with Ferry Sloops from Croton-on-Hudson

@ Croton Yacht Club

  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM

The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the Ferry Sloops table in the tent beginning at 10:00AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times. Limit of 4 passengers per sail. The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. There is no rain date. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian. (strictly enforced) Free parking is available on the street and in the Croton Landing parking lot. DO NOT park in the Croton Yacht Club.

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Iona Island Educational Canoe Trip

@ Iona Island

  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM

Paddle through this marshy maze with Reserve naturalists. Nestled in the Hudson Highlands adjacent to Bear Mountain State park, this wetland features flowering marsh plants, sunning snapping turtles, and soaring vultures.

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The Original Knickerbocker - Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

@ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - South Gate

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 3, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 10, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 23, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 24, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 11:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 11:00AM

Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving's most famous character - Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - as we walk to the author's final resting place. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving and his influence on popular culture today. We will also enter the cemetery's 117-year old receiving vault, stop at a Revolutionary War monument, visit wealthy industrialists, as well as admire the cemetery's lovely art and architecture during this one-hour walking tour.

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Explore the Farm: Letterbox Challenge

@ Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM, Program will last about 1-1.5 hours

Use your navigation skills to participate in a letterbox challenge and learn more about the park and farm. Challenge includes problem solving and clues to find the letterbox hidden in the park. Challenge was designed by local high school interns working at the park.

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Revolutionary War Headquarters Site

@ Van Wyck Homestead Museum

  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM, ALL RAMBLE DAYS
  • September 3, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM
  • October 1, 2017, 1:00PM

The Van Wyck Homestead was built in 1732, and enlarged to its present size in 1757. It is one of the oldest homes in Dutchess County. During the American Revolution the home was used as an Officers Headquarters for the Fishkill Supply Depot soldiers' encampment (Oct. 1776 - Oct. 1783). Dozens of notable Revolutionary War heroes visited the Homestead - including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and Marquis de Lafayette to name a few. For more information about this historic homestead please visit: www.FishkillHistoricalSociety.org

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Tour Hoyt House/The Point

@ Mills Norrie State Park, Staatsburg

  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 2:00PM

Join Abandoned Hudson Valley Founder Liz Cooke and Red Hook Deputy Town Historian Emily Majer for a tour of Hoyt House/The Point in Staatsburg. The gilded-age mansion and country estate landscape designed by Calvert Vaux offer a major opportunity to recreate an important chapter in the evolution of the American Picturesque aesthetic that dominated 19th century American taste. Explore how Vaux brought forward the ideas of his partner, Andrew Jackson Downing to his new partnership with Frederick Law Olmsted in the design of Central Park and Prospect Park. Experience the ghosts of former grandeur at The Point and learn how ongoing restorations can support the search for an adaptive reuse for these American treasures.

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Weeds for Wellness

@ Platte Clove Preserve

  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM, 1-5pm

Spend the afternoon with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, RN, Herbalist and Forager to learn more about the plant-human connection. The 4-hour program will begin with a short hike at the Catskill Center's Platte Clove Preserve. Learn hands-on weed/plant identification techniques, plant nutrition, local historical lore and the healing Music of the Plants. The program will wrap up with a tasting of some locally foraged food and a discussion.

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Esopus Meadows Walk and Wade

@ Esopus Meadows Preserve

  • September 9, 2017, 2:00PM

Come to Esopus Meadows and follow the Kline-Esopus Kill from its mouth to near its source. Become part of an exciting new citizen science movement by studying eight plant species on Scenic Hudson's Phenology Trail at Esopus Meadows Preserve. Data we collect while enjoying a pleasant hike through a dense forest will help scientists gauge the impacts of a changing climate. Afterwards, go seining (fishing with a net) with a Clearwater educator to collect and identify fish. We will have any willing participants put on chest waders to help us catch fish. Native and invasive species will be discussed, and we will shed light on the present challenges facing the wildlife of the HUdson River Estuary.

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Chefs' Consortium's Farm Fresh Dinner on Bannerman's Island

@ Bannerman's Island on the Hudson River

  • September 9, 2017, 3:00PM, boat leaves from Beacon Dock at 3:00 and 4:00pm

Attendees will sample Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Delights during a five-course dinner! Live Music!

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Explore & Create: The Art of Stones

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 9, 2017, 4:00PM

Join local Etsy artist of The Peach Tree, Amy DiLalla, for a special jewelry making class. Take a look at the stones in Church's collection, be inspired and create your own piece of jewelry to take home. A pop-up store by The Peach Tree will be on location. Abridged tour of the main house followed by art-making. Refreshments will be served.

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Follow the River Lecture & Film Series: Hope on the Hudson by Jon Bowermaster

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 9, 2017, 4:00PM, View Hudson A River @ Risk @ 2:00 pm

"Hope on the Hudson: New Films from Jon Bowermaster" special film screening with panel discussion from representatives of organizations working toward a sustainable future for the Hudson Valley, moderated by filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, suggested donation $5. If you missed “Hudson: A River at Risk” last year come early for an encore screening at 2:00 PM.

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Bird Walk: Experience the North County Trailway.

@ intersection of North County Trail and Route 118, Yorktown, NY

  • September 10, 2017, 8:00AM

Bedford Audubon Society’s Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead a nature walk focused on birds, near the peak of fall migration. We will be following the Trailway south over the reservoir through woods and shrubland in search of migrants and year-round residents. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of the Trailway and Route 118 in Yorktown.

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Barry Hopkins Run

@ Olana State historic Site

  • September 10, 2017, 8:30AM

Spend the morning on this 3.8-mile course traversing the historic carriage roads at Frederic Church’s Olana. This event is a collaboration with the Onteora Running Club and supports arts education in the Catskill School District. Please register online or on race day. Rain or shine. Free t-shirt to the first 75 people who register.

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Camp Smith Trail - Hike to Anthony's Nose

@ Meet at Route 9D between Bear Mt. Bridge and Appalachian Trail Trail Head

  • September 10, 2017, 9:00AM

Running parallel to the Hudson River, the Camp Smith Trail to Anthony's Nose offers spectacular views that make this strenuous hike, with its many elevation gains and losses, worth the work. The view from Anthony's Nose is as famous as its name. Fred and Connie Stern who maintain a portion of the trail and are members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will lead the hike. Bring lunch/water/windbreaker in day pack. From east side of Bear Mountain Bridge, go north on Rte 9D and park on the river side just north of the bridge. There is no cell service at the meeting place. We will carpool to the beginning of the hike at the Toll House parking lot and Hike to Route 9D via the Camp Smith Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

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Survival 101

@ Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Outdoor Discovery Center

  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, Register in the Visitor's Center at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Join educator Carl Heitmuller to learn all about basic survival techniques. Do you know the rule of 3's? Come learn all about it and work together to build a shelter!

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Tours of Van Schaick Mansion in Cohoes, NY

@ 1 Van Schaick Avenue, Cohoes, NY 12047

  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM, Last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.

Site of the planning for the Battles of Saratoga in the summer of 1777, the historic Van Schaick Mansion is an architectural gem. Generals Schuyler, Gates, Col. Morgan and the Riflemen of Virginia, General Benedict Arnold, Stark Kosciusko, and many more people of this time stayed at the house for the buildup of the army before the advance to meet the British Army under the leadership of General Burgoyne.

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Wilderstein House Tours

@ Wilderstein Historic Site

  • September 2, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 12:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 12:00PM

Hudson Valley Victoriana at its best. Home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, cousin and confidante of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Queen Ann style mansion with 1888 interiors, grounds designed by Calvert Vaux, walking trails and spectacular Hudson River views.

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Bronck Family at Home in Pieter's World - Living

@ Bronck Museum

  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 3:00PM

Did they sleep on the floor? Exploration of seldom discussed aspects of living in the 1660s. Program offered in cellar of 1663 Bronck dwelling.

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Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall

@ Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House

  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM

Banjo Great Tony Trischka headlines the 8th Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival. We are excited to have this Bluegrass master at the 2017 festival Also appearing this year are the very entertaining Mama Tried Bluegrass Band from the hudson Valley and other musicians. All on the beautiful Ramapo River Valley setting on the Great Lawn of Jacob Sloat's 1848 mansion, Harmony Hall, a National Register of Historic Places Site in Sloatsburg, New York. Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks are nearby in the surrounding ancient, scenic Ramapo Mountains.

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Jim Berkise & Alicia Tether present: New Discoveries of Historical Land Use at GMH.

@ Gomez Mill House

  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM

Jim and Alicia will share their most recent discoveries in researching ownership of the land, including mapping projects.

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Nature Journaling

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM

Come spend part of your day with us as we draw inspiration from nature and pause to observe life in the Pine Bush. We will combine drawing, scientific observation, poetry and more as we each record a visit to the Pine Bush in our own creative way.

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“WOMEN- THEIR RIGHTS AND NOTHING LESS” at Mount Gulian Historic Site

@ Mount Gulian Historic Site

  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM

On Sunday, September 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, N.Y., will host a special event open to the public celebrating the 100th anniversary of women in New York State winning the right to vote. The event is for the entire family and will feature presentations by famous suffragists Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul, both expertly portrayed by actresses from the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia. Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) was a leading voice of the abolitionist and feminist movements of her time. Born in Nantucket, MA, she was raised in a Quaker family. As a teenager she attended the Nine Partners School in Millbrook, predecessor to the Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie. She helped organized the first Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, and outlined her feminist philosophy in her Discourse on Women (1850), in which she argued for equal economic opportunity and full voting rights for women. After the abolition of slavery at the end of the Civil War, Lucretia Mott remained a close friend of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement until her death in 1880. Alice Paul (1885-1977) also grew up with a Quaker background. Blunt speaking, no-nonsense Paul graduated from Swarthmore College, went to law school and received a Master of Legal Letters and a Doctorate of Civil Law from American University. Inspired by Britain’s Christabel Pankhurst to speak out for women’s right to vote, she joined the successful fight for suffrage in Great Britain. Paul returned home to work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association and founded the National Woman’s Party. She campaigned against President Wilson’s refusal to support woman suffrage, went on hunger strikes, and was jailed while fighting to secure the 19th Amendment. When that passed in 1920, Alice Paul wrote and worked for an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), helping to introduce the bill in 1923. The ERA has been introduced in Congress in every session since 1982, but has yet to become law. Rounding out the event will be a presentation by Dr. Sally Dwyer-McNulty, professor of history at Marist College, who will talk about the suffragist goals and achievements in an historical context and the fight for women’s rights today. An opportunity to talk to the suffragists will be available during intermission when complimentary light refreshments will be served. Pre-Registration is strongly recommended. Please call Mount Gulian at 845-831-8172 or email us at info@mountgulian.org. Admission at the door is $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 ages 12 - 18; $4 ages 6 – 11. Free for children under 6, and for all Mount Gulian members. Funding for this event was graciously provided by Arts Mid-Hudson and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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Wappinger Greenway Trail & Village History Talk and Walk

@ Grinnell Public Library District

  • September 10, 2017, 1:30PM

Starting at the historic 1887 shingle style Grinnell Public Library District with Village of Wappingers Falls Historian Brenda Von Burg. View the library's collection of 19th century Wappingers Falls landscapes by local artist Clinton Clapp and ornithological exhibit of Hudson Valley birds. Continue with Wappingers Falls historian Mary Schmalz to the Mesier Homestead for exhibit about the village at the turn of the century with histories by Trustee Eileen Stickle. After the talk, Greenway Trail guide, Wilredo Chaluisant will lead a walk to the Greenway Trail. Pick up trail maps and Ramble info at the library all month! Visit www.grinnell-library.org for hours and additional information. From Rt. 9, take E. Main St. West, past Mesier Park to corner of E. Main and Spring Streets. Info in Spanish can be requested.

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Copake Iron Works Tours

@ Copake Iron Works, Taconic State Park

  • September 2, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 3, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 2:00PM

Join Friends of Taconic State Park for tours of the historic Copake Iron Works. Established in 1845 along Bash Bish Brook at the base of the Taconic Ridge, the Copake Iron Works, and 18 acres surrounding the area were listed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites in 2007. The Copake Iron Works Historic District comprises all of the buildings in the Iron Works area, the historic blast furnace, three workers’ houses, and the now-flooded ore pit, as well as the previously National Register-listed Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Included in the tours will be a museum, newly opened to the public, where on display are a series of iron artifacts, ranging from plow parts to chisels and unknown objects. Each item has been catalogued by members of the Historic Preservation Committee of Friends of Taconic State Park. In its heyday, a total of 5,000 tons of iron ore were wheeled into Copake Falls each year from surrounding towns such as Pawling and Amenia. The walking tours include stops at up to 25 points of interest in the Copake Iron Works precinct, where new, informative signs interpret the legacy of this historic and culturally significant site. Tours are given rain or shine, beginning at 2:00 PM and concluding at 4:00 PM.

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The Geological Heritage of Clermont

@ Clermont State Historic Site -- Clermont Cottage

  • September 10, 2017, 2:00PM

Noted scientists Drs. Robert and Johanna Titus will present a special talk about the geology of the Clermont State Historic Site, and will explore its journey from the distant past. Immediately following the lecture, Drs. Titus will lead a walk of Clermont’s grounds to point out specific geological formations. Drs. Titus have studied the bedrock and ice age geology of the Hudson Valley for many years. They have written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, along with several books about this subject. They are popular speakers and make dozens of presentations every year. They believe that much of the history, art and culture of the Hudson Valley had their origins in the region’s geological history.

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Constitution Marsh Audubon Public Canoe Trip

@ Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary

  • September 10, 2017, 2:30PM

Public Canoe Trip into Constitution Marsh

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Guided Tours at Mount Lebanon

@ Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 3, 2017, 10:00AM
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  • September 22, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 25, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2017, 10:00AM

Visit the North Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark. Mount Lebanon was the leading Shaker society in America from its founding in 1787 through its closing in 1947, and the North Family was its face to the wider World, composed of some of the most progressive and public Shakers in Shaker history. Explore the North Family in daily guided tours. New for 2017 is a walking tour exploring the lives and work of women at the North Family - the Shaker Sisterhood. View exhibitions of Shaker objects from the Museum’s collections, dive into educational resources at our Visitor Center, and browse the Museum Store, located in the Granary – featuring a wide selection of books and gifts, including an expanded selection of products from the Shakers of Sabbathday Lake, Maine, the last remaining active community.

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Dark Skies Astronomy Getaway

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 13, 2017, 3:00PM, 3-Days, 2-Nights

Join Douglas Arion, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Carthage College and President of Galileoscope, and Ron Phelps, AMC volunteer leader, for an exploration of Astronomy, our Galaxy and the Universe beyond at AMC Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC). This is a great opportunity to enjoy the night sky away from the lights of New York City. We will enjoy sky observing, presentations, and activities designed to connect each of us to the greater Universe, and better understand how we fit into the "big picture". This event is part of the Mountains of Stars astronomy program, a partnership between Carthage and AMC. Our viewing schedule will be weather dependent. When skies are clear, we'll have telescopes for observing solar activity during the day. At night, we'll observe objects ranging from within our solar system to beyond our galaxy. Hikes will also be scheduled on nearby trails in Harriman State Park. Optionally, participants can select other activities at HOC including paddling, swimming in Breakneck Pond, or just relaxing around camp.

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Guided Garden Tour of the English-style Flower Garden

@ Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring, NY

  • September 13, 2017, 5:30PM

Take a guided garden tour with a staff horticulturist and discover the Enclosed English-style Flower Garden at its peak. A plethora of colour greets you from a vast array of tropicals, tender perennials and annuals.

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Artist on Art Tour

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2017, 4:30PM, Maia Cruz Palileo
  • September 15, 2017, 4:30PM, Jackie Goss & Jenny Perlin
  • September 29, 2017, 4:30PM, Mariella Brisson

Artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” an artist’s home & landscape. During this series artists use many mediums and “poetic license” to talk about Olana and the exhibition with concepts and connections that inspire them. This is not a traditional house tour! Artist-led tours are accompanied by TOP’s Director of Education and end with a glass of wine on the piazza near sunset.

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Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run/Hike

@ Shawangunk Ridgeline (From High Point State Park, NJ to Rosendale, NY)

  • September 15, 2017, 6:30PM, 9/15-9/16

Registration now open for the SRT Run/Hike Come celebrate one of the Trail Conference's unique creations by participating in a special footrace along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. This important connector trail starts at a junction with the Appalachian Trail in High Point State Park, New Jersey, and then heads north through forested hills, wetlands, and rare mountaintop pitch pine barrens, along the way passing through several state forests, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and the Mohonk Preserve, before finishing on a restored railway trestle in Rosendale, New York high above the Rondout Creek. Experienced thru-hikers and ultra-runners can choose from 30 miles, 50 miles, or the entire 70-mile length of the SRT -- and there is also a 1/2 marathon option which is suitable for runners or hikers and has a very generous 13-hour time limit. More information and register at www.srtrunhike.com and please note the opportunity to make voluntary donations to the Trail Conference during the online registration process.

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Newburgh Rowing Great 5-Mile Kayak and Rowing Challenge

@ Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse

  • September 16, 2017, 7:30AM, Kids ages 11 and up welcome with parent or guardian

On Saturday September 16 at 7:30 am the Newburgh Rowing Club will again host the fun and family friendly “Paddle and Oars Challenge” said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director. “This event is open to the public, and kayakers of all levels, from newbies to highly experienced, are welcome to attend. It is a ‘challenge’ so you do not have to complete the 5-Mile Course unless you choose to do so. We will also have sculling events, for the rowers. All participants get to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, beautiful event T-shirts included in fee, and merchandise for sale and tours of the Boathouse, along with coupons for free Learn to Row lessons. Everyone should come on down and enjoy the beautiful Ward Brothers Memorial Park and the Hudson River with us.” “More than 200 people attended last year, this event just keeps getting better,” said Juliana LoBiondo, Director of America Rows and Swims Newburgh. “The purpose of the Challenge is to commemorate the ‘Great 5-Mile World Rowing Championship,’ which took place here in Newburgh, in the year 1857. There were over 80,000 spectators who came to Newburgh to watch that race.” The event is a fundraiser for beautification of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, the City of Newburgh Park on which the Newburgh Rowing Boathouse is located, and for shoreline restoration, said Coach Kennedy. All participants are encouraged to register ahead of time, at www.NewburghRowClub.org. Participants may register the day of the event at no additional cost. However the rowing club may run out of kayaks for those who register same day. To reserve, or for more information about the Newburgh Rowing Club, contact Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 Events Director Juliana LoBiondo at newburghrowers@gmail.com.

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Senator David Carlucci Hosts A Hike With Your Senator

@ Bear Mountain Summit Loop, Perkins Memorial, Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 16, 2017, 8:00AM

This mile long hike follows a newly-built section of the Appalachian Trail. The first third of a mile is designed to be handicapped-accessible, thus permitting all users to enjoy a beautiful section of this trail. The hike is considered easy and can be enjoyed by hikers of all ages. Hikers will walk over rocky terrain and will ultimately reach spectacular viewpoints over the Hudson River and beyond. This circular hike will last approximately one hour.

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Help Rehab the Appalachian Trail

@ Perkins Memorial Observatory

  • September 1, 2017, 8:30AM
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  • September 23, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 24, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 29, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 30, 2017, 8:30AM

The Megalithic Trail Crew is working on the award-winning relocation and restoration effort of the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain State Park. If you enjoy working outdoors and have a thirst for knowledge, the Megalithic crews would love to meet you. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get out there and have some fun on the trail with us! Work trips are led by Trail Conference's on-staff field managers and Conservation Corps members.

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History in Your Own Backyard Daytrip: Historic Cemeteries in Stony Point

@ Bus leaves from Fireside Steak Pub

  • September 16, 2017, 8:45AM

The Historical Society of Rockland County invites you to join us on a daytrip to visit Historic Cemeteries in the Town of Stony Point We will tour by luxury motorcoach several historic cemeteries, including First United Methodist Church; Casscles; Mount Olivet; Waldron; Rose Family; Old Rose, and more. Trip includes bus transportation, guided tours, and lunch.

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Tiffany Windows, Waterfalls and a 100 Mile View

@ Oakwood Cemetery

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM

Join Ned Pratt and Michael Barrett as they introduce you to the amazing beauty and history of Oakwood Cemetery. See the Earl Chapel's Tiffany windows, Uncle Sam's grave, and a 100 mile view, as well as ponds, waterfalls, striking gravesite markers and more. Meet at the Earl Chapel.

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Battle of Saratoga Anniversary Encampment

@ Saratoga National Historical Park

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM, 10 AM to 4 PM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM, 10 AM to 3 PM

Marking the 240th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga. Come explore the lives of men, women, and children of the Revolutionary War! Learn the soldiers' musket drill, hear cannon and musket firings, smell the aromas of open-fire cooking, or help decide a court martial. Hands-on activities for kids, including a special Junior Ranger booklet.

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Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival

@ Altamont Fair grounds

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM

The 25th annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival will again be held at the Altamont Fair Grounds, Route 146, Altamont. Activities include a juried craft show, farmers market & bakery, a variety of entertainment, car show, haunted house, Bounce Houses, wine tasting (additional fee) and pony rides. Tons of festival foods and drinks. Lots of apples and apple products!

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Cycle the Rensselaer Plateau

@ Poestenkill Community Forest

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Ride leader Shari Gibbs will lead a different route than in past years, this one featuring the natural resource treasures of the Rensselaer Plateau. The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) has established two Community Forests, each several hundred acres, that will be the terminal points of a challenging loop. Starting at the Poestenkill Community Forest (PCF) in East Poestenkill, we'll travel hill and dale to the Albert Family Community Forest in East Nassau, break for snacks, and return to the PCF via more hills and dales.

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Discover the Hilltowns: Farms and Artisans Tour

@ Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville and Westerlo

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM

Experience the scenic Hilltowns of Albany County on this self-guided driving tour of farms, artisan studios, markets, historical museums and other places of interest. Choose from dozens of destinations. Maps with details, schedules, wheelchair accessibility, and locations for gas and food are available free at all venues or can be downloaded from our website www.Hilltowns.org. 2017 map will be finalized in September.

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Family Friendly Exploration of the Thorn Preserve

@ Catskill Center's Thorn Preserve

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Join us for an exploration of the Thorn Preserve on Saturday September 16th at 10am. At this family event we’ll be walking the grounds as we learn about different habitats. We’ll play games that allow us to interact with one another and gain a better understanding of why habitat is important to animals. This program will be led by Matt Helffrich, 4-H Educator in Ulster County and longtime outdoor enthusiast.

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Fungi in the Forest

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Join us for a new workshop where we will debunk the mysteries of mushrooms and learn about how to grow your own! We will be exploring how native fungi function in the ecosystem and some of the unique characteristics of the forest at Sam’s Point. During the program we will take a walk to look for fungi along the trail and make spore prints from any fresh finds. Then, we will learn about and experience the process of growing mushrooms via log inoculation. The logs will be placed in our garden so visitors can return and watch them flourish. We will also have mushroom kits for you to take home. This program is open to all ages and levels of experience. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This program is being offered at the Sam’s Point Area in Cragsmoor.

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Harlem Valley AT Community Hike: AT Boardwalk to Dover Oak

@ MetroNorth RR AT Station Stop

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

The hike starts at the AT Boardwalk, west of the MetroNorth RR AT station stop, which is just south of Native Landscapes, 991 Rt 22. We will hike west (southbound,) across the 1600' boardwalk which was finished in 2012. It spans the Great Swamp, New York State's third largest freshwater wetlands. A bridge at the end takes you over the Swamp River and you'll head up through a forested hillside. At the top of Corbin hill, the path opens onto farmlands and follows along the perimeter of one of the fields in production. Heading off the hill, you will arrive at the Dover Oak on West Dover Road in Pawling. This magnificent landmark is over 300 years old, and with a 20' circumference, it is the largest tree on the 2180 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine. For more information: harlemvalleyat@gmail.com On Instagram: @harlemvalleyatcommunity

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Hike at Fuller Mountain Preserve

@ Fuller Mountain Preserve

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Join the Orange County Land Trust for a hike at one of Orange County’s best kept secrets, Fuller Mountain Preserve. Enjoy spectacular views of Orange County's highest peaks, as well as the Shawangunk Ridge and Catskill Mountains.

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Moodna Marsh Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 2, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 9, 2017, 2:30PM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:30PM
  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2017, 2:30PM
  • September 24, 2017, 1:30PM
  • October 1, 2017, 10:00AM
  • October 7, 2017, 1:30PM

Experience real Hudson River back country! Moodna Creek Marsh provides beautiful calm waters, great scenery, wildlife and a sense of remoteness. This is the perfect trip for beginners or seasoned paddlers.

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Palenville Overlook

@ Outside North South Lake Public Campground

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Hike the Escarpment Trail and Sleepy Hollow Horse Trail to fantastic views east over the Hudson Valley over Palenville and a view straight down to NY Route 23A from rock thrones next to an old boarding house foundation.

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Saw Mill River Heritage Tour

@ Philipse Manor Hall and Downtown Yonkers

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Philipse Manor Hall and downtown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill River. This walking tour follows the Saw Mill, or Nepperhan, River from its mouth at the Hudson to Chicken Island. Patrons will learn about the growth and development of Yonkers from 1682 to present and discuss how these changes in Yonkers are connected to larger trends in New York and United States history.

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Veo! Veo!

@ Little Stony Point Park, Cold Spring

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

HHLT Land Steward Manager Nicole Wooten leads a Spanish-speaking family hike through Little Stony Point Park in Cold Spring. The scavenger hunt theme, along with the trail’s changing terrain, will make the outing a fun family adventure.

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From "The Strip" to O'Crowley's Tea Room: Drinking and Dining in downtown Troy

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 16, 2017, 10:30AM

Take a nostalgic tour through the historic district as we re-discover some of Troy's favorite hot spots. From Petars Club Morocco and The Puritan to Paul's and The Tavern, this tour will surely bring back memories of your favorite food, drink and time spent with friends.

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Montgomery Place Historic House Tour

@ Bard College, Montgomery Place Campus

  • September 2, 2017, 10:30AM, Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30
  • September 9, 2017, 10:30AM, Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30
  • September 16, 2017, 10:30AM, Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30
  • September 23, 2017, 10:30AM, Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30

Come take a historic house tour of Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College Campus. Montgomery Place overlooks the Hudson River and is a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens. Learn about the renowned architects, landscape designers and horticulturists who worked to create an elegant and inspiring country estate. The property was owned and lived in by members of the Livingston family from 1802 through 1986.

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Crailo Harvest Faire

@ Crailo State Historic Site

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial-era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers seventeenth and eighteenth century music, historical re-en-actors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities.

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Nature Journaling 101

@ Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM, Program will last 1-1.5 hours

Hone your observation skills while reflecting in the woods where Eleanor Roosevelt regularly walked. Participants will learn writing and drawing exercises while exploring the 1 mile loop trail, Eleanor's Walk. They will also receive additional activity ideas and decorate the cover of their journal to take home. Exploration will include reading some of Eleanor's writings and considering the question, "Where do human rights begin?" This program is designed for youth ages 9-12 and their families, but life-long learners of all ages are welcome! Meet at the Visitor Center and bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and bug spray. Journal supplies will be provided.

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Snakes of the Pine Bush

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM

Snakes may seem scary, Oh my! Whether you love snakes or not, join us for a presentation on the many snake species that live here in the Pine Bush and their amazing adaptations. Then go exploring in snake habitat to see how many of them we can find.

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The Enchanted City

@ Troy Riverfront Park

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM, 5:00

The Enchanted City is the Steampunk Tale of Troy NY. The fairytale of our future and past revealed for a day in our historic streets. It is an urban spectacle of invention, imagination, theater and magic dressed in Cogs and Corsets. A Victorian faire with Maker Flair. Join Queen Mab and her entourage for our third year which promises to be a pageant etonnante! The Enchanted City is a free event, and open to the public. Our event draws upon the unique aspects of Troy which honors our Victorian/Industrial heritage, while highlighting our emerging creative economy and technology sector. It has a rich history with a walkable historic district. We are on the cutting edge of the tech sector, and are creative and visual.

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Winnakee Land Trust Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms

@ Northern Dutchess County

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM, Reception at 4:30 p.m. at last stop on the tour.

The annual tour will wind through Northern Dutchess towns to some of the region's most historic barns and properties. The tour will culminate with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. and offers attendees a rare opportunity to visit some extraordinary sites. A mapped program will outline the self-guided route. Docents will guide people through each site, offering the history and background of barns and other site amenities. All proceeds benefit Winnakee Land Trust, a non-profit organization that protects open space and farmland in northern Dutchess County.

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Five Rivers Fall Festival

@ Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

  • September 16, 2017, 12:00PM

On Saturday September 16, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will hold its annual FALL FESTIVAL. This FREE family festival is held at the Center’s 450-acre nature center and wildlife preserve at 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar, with free on-site parking. A cooperative effort of the Friends of Five Rivers and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fall Festival draws over 2,000 visitors annually. The Festival is known for its “kid appeal.” Return favorites include eco-crafts, live animals (with experienced animal rehabilitators), juggling, astronomy, games and fly casting, “The Incredible Journey” of a water droplet, and the “Insect Safari” with trained naturalists. There are also naturalist-led family hikes at regular intervals, featuring geology, botany, and wildlife. Live music adds to the festival atmosphere. Hot dogs, cider, popcorn, and bake sale goodies are available until they run out!

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Leon Levy Preserve Hike and Tour of Ruins

@ Leon Levy Preserve, South Salem, NY

  • September 16, 2017, 12:00PM, Wear sturdy shoes, bring water.

Hike the Leon Levy Preserve with our naturalist Jim Nordgren. Visit the Native Plant Garden, deer ex closures, and the ruins of the late 19th century Black Mansion.

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Holy Ossining: Its Sacred Spaces & Peaceful Places

@ Ossining

  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM

Holy Ossining! Its sacred Spaces & Peaceful Places is a two-hour walking tour of the interior of some of Ossining's historically and architecturally significant 19th century Gothic-style church buildings such as the First Baptist Church, First Presybyterian, Ossining Methodist, Trinity Episcopal and others at are included in the Village's Downtown Historic District's " Museum in the Streets."

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Platte Clove Hike

@ Platte Clove Preserve

  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM

Join the Executive Director of the Catskill Center on a short hike in our Platte Clove Preserve. See our Artist in Residence cabin and hike to our 60' box canyon waterfall.

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Tour Horace Greeley's Country Home and Former Farm in Chappaqua

@ Chappaqua

  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM

Explore Horace Greeley's Country Home and former Farm in Chappaqua, New York. Horace Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune, one of the most influential newspapers of the 19th Century. Visitors may tour Greeley's second home in Chappaqua (now a museum), view exhibits and artifacts related to Greeley, and take a walking tour of his historic former farm.

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Troy's Tiffany Treasures

@ Downtown Troy, New York

  • September 16, 2017, 1:30PM

Troy may well have more Tiffany windows per square mile than any other city in the nation. We will briefly describe the life's work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and then guide you on a walking and driving tour of the abundant Tiffany windows and interior designs in downtown Troy. Advance registration required. This always sells out, so be sure to register early.

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FINDING BALANCE: Slackline Yoga and AcroYoga

@ Frear Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM

Join Catherine and Scott of Team WillCo for demonstrations of AcroYoga and Slackline Yoga. Slackline Yoga is the practice of finding stillness in inherently unstable situations by balancing on a 1 inch piece of webbing strung up between 2 trees. AcroYoga brings together the practices of dance, yoga and acrobatics, in a playful, collaborative and accessible way. Participation will be encouraged. You will be surprised by what you can do!

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Fun with Fermentation

@ Clermont State Historic Site -- Clermont Cottage

  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM

The 19th century was a time of great progress for food preservation, with the invention of paraffin wax and mason jars in the mid 1850s. As a result, lacto-fermentation and vinegar pickles became a major staple of people's diets and offered a great way to use the summer harvest into the winter months. Learn how to safely lacto-ferment and go home with your own mason jars of sauerkraut and pickles made from produce harvested from our own teaching garden!

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Hudson River Seining & Aquatic Life

@ Kowawese Unique Area

  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM

In the shadow of Storm King Mountain, we will sample the inshore shallows at Kowawese with a beach seine to see "who" (fish & shellfish) is home today. We may see a Bald Eagles from time-to-time, quite likely Osprey, and perhaps the start of the autumn Monarch butterfly migration. Bring swimwear to participate.

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LaGrange Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail Walk

@ LaGrange, NY

  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM

Enjoy a walk in a serene woodland setting on a beautiful nature trail that winds along the banks of the Wappinger Creek under a canopy of sycamore, oak, maple and other trees. Park at trail entrance marked by a split rail fence and a sign "Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail."

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Hiking Frear Park Trails

@ Frear Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

  • September 16, 2017, 3:00PM

Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery, and learn some history on this hike led by Bram Van Heuveln. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the park. To celebrate, we will hike along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond, and the Piscawen Creek and waterfalls. Enjoy the view over the Hudson Valley; on a clear day you can clearly see downtown Albany and the Catskills from the top of the trails. Interesting native wildflowers can be found along the trails, and a stop will be made to enjoy the educational wildflower and butterfly gardens near the Frear Park pagoda and fountain.

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War of the World's Infamous Radio Play on Bannerman's Island!

@ Bannerman's Island, Hudson River - Boat leaves Beacon Dock

  • September 16, 2017, 3:00PM, Boat takes attendees to Bannerman's Island for an Island tour followed by the performance. Return trip gets people back to Beacon Dock by 7:30pm

This infamous radio play, first broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Originally directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this play made the world tremble. Now you can experience the original script with live actors as they present the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial take-over!

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Wallkill River Festival

@ Village of New Paltz Park - please contact us for specific location

  • September 16, 2017, 4:00PM, ends at 8pm
  • Rain Date: September 17, 2017, 4:00PM, ends at 8pm

An afternoon/evening of fun for the whole family, to celebrate the Wallkill River. Hands-on children's activities, food, live music, and short kayak tours. Try your hand at collecting and identifying creek critters and learn what they tell you about the health of a river. 30 minute kayak paddles offered for $10 (children 12 & under free). Support the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, working to restore the Wallkill River.

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Garden Conservancy Westchester County Open Day

@ North Salem, NY

  • September 16, 2017, 11:00PM, garden open until 4pm

Visit an acclaimed private garden in North Salem, and get inspiration for your own plot. For a garden description and driving directions, please visit www.opendaysprogram.org.

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Bear Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail and Major Welch Trail

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM

Beginning at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail near the southern end of Hessian Lake, the steep ascent up Bear Mountain starts by way of many hundreds of impressive stone steps along the Appalachian Trail, which takes you through a section of large boulders, over a bridge, and to beautiful views of Iona Island and the Hudson River. Transitioning to a more gradual ascent, you walk through pine flats, blueberry and mountain laurel to the summit. Here you will enjoy panoramic views to the south and west over Dunderberg and West Mountains. Perkins Memorial Tower provides more views with interpretive signage. After a break for lunch, a snack or just to enjoy the views, the Major Welch Trail will take you to more vistas to the north and east as you begin the descent. Traversing rock outcrops and stone steps, the steep path down ends at a paved footpath at Hessian Lake, which takes you back to the start.

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Canoe Paddle Carving Class

@ HRMM's Riverport Wooden Boat School

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM, until 4:00 pm
  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM, until 4:00 pm

Carve your own canoe paddle! From the shape of the paddle blade, to its length, to the shape of the handle, the paddle you create will be made for you, by you. Choose either Otter Tail or Beaver Tail shaped blade for your paddle. Each participant in the class will be provided with paddle blank laminated of carefully selected woods. Using hand tools you will carve your paddle blade to the desired shape. Once the blade is shaped, you will custom fit your paddle, by carving the shape of the grip area to fit your hands and cutting the paddle shaft to the perfect length for you. Prior to the end of the first day, you will glue to your paddle the wood that will be carved into the paddle’s handle. On the second day you will carve the handle, complete the paddle’s final shaping prior to sanding and applying apply a hand rubbed oil finish. Students leave with a completed paddle. Beginners welcome.

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Fall Into Rowing with Mid Hudson Rowing Association

@ Hudson River at Poughkeepsie

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM

Experience first-hand the joys of recreational rowing on our magnificent Hudson River. This two-session learn-to-row class is perfect for the beginning rower. The first session is an indoor tank session where you will learn the basics of rowing from our certified coaches. In the second session, weather permitting, you will row on the river with support from our club members and coaches. Experience the Hudson...row it with MHRA. Event will be held rain or shine.

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Storm King Mountain Loop Hike

@ Storm King State Park

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM

Beginning and ending with some fairly steep stretches and some rock scrambling, this 2.5 mile loop meanders from stunning view to stunning view, summitting both Butter Hill and Storm King Mountain. This hike is moderate to strenuous.

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Wallkill River Paddle

@ Twin Island Fishing Park, River Road, just south of Village of Walden

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM

This paddle is one of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance's Boat Brigade's regular monthly paddles in which participants enjoy the river as well as monitor the river for garbage, illicit discharges, potential algae blooms and storm water infrastructure. If anything suspicious is found, the Alliance will file reports of their observations with local building inspectors and MS4 officers.

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Wallkill River Twin Island Paddle

@ Twin Island park near Walden on River road

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM

This is a great opportunity to get out to see a relatively unused scenic section of the Wallkill river. We're mostly about recreation but the WRWA has a mission to observe and report conditions on the river to promote it's future health. Participants are encouraged to photograph suspicious conditions and share that with the event host. Also, we promote a clean river so retrieving litter from the waterway is encouraged. No one is requires to do more than they like.

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

@ Lyndhurst Estate

  • September 15, 2017, 10:00AM, 10am-5pm
  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM, 10am-6pm
  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM, 10am-5pm

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, September 15, 16, 17, 2017, showcases over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst offers a full day art and shopping experience for the entire family. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite out-of-the-box shopping experience. Truly a destination event not to miss, along the coast of the inspiringly beautiful Hudson River. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition creations in every material imaginable. Find earrings made of sterling silver and python; handbags made from antique books; scarves made of bamboo; pears made of bronze; necklaces made of meteorites; pens made of real flowers; and bowls made of granite, alongside contemporary craft pottery, wood furniture, handwoven fashions, bronze sculpture, blown glass objects and more. Visitors should also plan to visit the gourmet food and specialties section to fully experience hand-crafted delights. A benefit for Lyndhurst and the National Trust for Historic Preservation www.artrider.com.

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Historic Walk of Piermont with Piermont Historical Society

@ Meet in parking lot behind Confetti restaurant

  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM

Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society will lead a walk to the birth place of Piermont. Walk along the Sparkill Creek where you will see the Rockland Road Bridge and Peirmont's Reformed Church, both on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Minnewaska 7th Annual Volunteer Trail Work Day

@ Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 17, 2017, 10:00AM

Come to the Park Preserve to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers in this stewardship project. Join members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a region wide volunteer organization devoted to maintaining and improving public trails, and Park Preserve staff to help improve one of the many scenic footpaths that meander through Minnewaska. Volunteers will use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and tree roots, clear woodland debris, build bog bridges and improve the trail route. This event is also a great way for students in public school to accrue necessary community service hours for completion of their requirements. This program is recommended for adults and teenagers, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools including loppers, bow saws and clipping shears. The parking fee will be waived for participants volunteering for this program.

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Diane Diachishin, Irish and Bluegrass Concert

@ Bannerman's Island, Hudson River - Boats leave Newburgh and Beacon Docks

  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM, Newburgh Boat 11:00, Beacon Boat 12:30
  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM, Newburgh Boat 11:00, Beacon Boat 12:30

Family friendly outdoor concert on Bannerman's Island featuring professional Irish and Bluegrass musician, Diane Diachishin. Boats leave both Beacon and Newburgh docks on Sundays. Concert will run from 11:30am - 2:30pm.

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Hawks on High

@ Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center

  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM

It’s migration time and hawks will be soaring overhead as they make their way south. Join a Teatown educator to meet a few of Teatown’s ambassador hawks and then walk to the river to look for migrating raptors.

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200 Years of Landscape History at Hyde Park

@ Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM

During this ninety minute one mile hike a ranger will chronicle 200 hundred years of landscape history at the Vanderbilt's Hyde Park country place. Learn about earlier estate owners, the Vanderbilt's care of the property and the National Park Service's ongoing plans for the very important American landscape. For the last half hour volunteers from the Frederick W Vanderbilt Garden Association will be conducting a walking tour of the formal gardens.

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Art in the Park

@ Piermont, NY

  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM

Piermont Straus Foundation invites artists free of charge to join us for a one-day community art event. Artists will show their work, sell their work, and create work on site. Included in the event will be teaching workshops and hands-on workshops for all ages. Artists must apply in advance by completing the form on our web site www.psfdn.org. Applications to participate are due on or before Saturday, September 9, 2017.

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Bannerman Castle Kayak and Walking Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 3, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 2:00PM

Receive an exclusive behind-the-ruins kayak and walking tour of Bannerman's Castle. Includes a guided visit with a full narrated history of the island and castle. Proceeds go toward the preservation of this unique landmark.

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Boots and Bikes - Boots Component

@ Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM

The former quarries at Sylvan Glen Park Preserve supplied honey colored granite for the approaches to the George Washington and Whitestone bridges. Join Walt and Jane Daniels on a 2.5 mile hike to visit quarries and the 18-foot circumference Quarry Oak. Walk will occur regardless of weather.

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Guided Tour of the D&H Canal Five Lock Walk

@ 23 Mohonk Road

  • September 10, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM

Come to the D&H Canal Museum in High Falls and take a free guided tour of the national historic landmark Five Lock Walk. See five restored locks from the final 1852 enlargement of the D&H Canal, the first million dollar private enterprise in US history. The Canal ran for 108 miles from Honesdale PA to Rondout NY to bring coal from Carbondale PA to NYC, running from 1828 through 1898. The Canal fueled the industrial revolution in America and helped make NYC the world's largest city. It informed the 19C history of all the towns along its route. Approximately 1/2 mile.

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Ramble through Hurley's Historic Burial Grounds

@ Hurley, NY

  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM

Tour historic Hurley's old Burial Ground, located in this National Historic Landmark village founded in 1662. Hear the tales of Hurley's earliest residents who lived and died many years ago, and some say, never really left.Hear the legends of haunted happenings, and become acquainted with those bygone times through the lives represented here by their final memorials.

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North Bay Paddle

@ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park

  • September 17, 2017, 3:00PM

Explore the Hudson River's North Bay with Columbia Land Conservancy and Hudson Sloop Club!

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Saugerties Pro Musica Presents the Boston Trio

@ Saugerties United Methodist Church

  • September 17, 2017, 3:00PM, free refreshments and reception afterwards

The Boston Trio - piano, violin & cello - perform the opening concert for Saugerties Pro Musica's 2017/18 season. Follow the Boston Globe's advice: “Whenever this trio plays, drop everything and go hear them!”

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Yoga & Qi Gong Weekend

@ The Stephen & Betsy AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 22, 2017, 3:00PM, 3 days, 2-nights

Rejuvenate your soul and refresh your body at our new Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. In the mornings and evenings, experience Yoga and Qi Gong movement, breathing and awareness exercises on the deck beside Breakneck Pond. Hone your senses in and around nature while relaxing and strengthening your muscles. There will be plenty of time to hike, swim, or simply relax. We will stay in Storm King Cabin or Blackrock tent platforms for two nights and eat meals in the Dining Hall. BYO lunch, adult beverages and Social Hour snacks to share. Bring sheets and pillow case or sleeping bag, towels, yoga/hiking/swimming/paddling gear, sunscreen, bug spray, headlamp, hat, water bottle, and personal toiletries. Bring usual camping gear if tenting. Check-in time is Friday at 3 pm. Plan to arrive by 6 pm for dinner. Check-out time is Sunday at 11 am, although you are welcome to enjoy the camp until 3 pm. Space is limited to 14 cabin guests and 8 tenting guests, so register early. Registration deadline is September 5, 2017. This program is led by volunteer leaders. Paddling and yoga equipment is provided free of charge courtesy of the AMC NY-NoJ Chapter. Personal canoes & kayaks are allowed at the camp; no permit is required.

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Fall Migration Bird Hike

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 23, 2017, 7:00AM

They may not be singing anymore, but fall is a busy time of year for birds as our local residents are moving out and some non-local birds are stopping through the Pine Bush on their southward migrations. Join us this morning for a birding walk through the preserve. We will take our time hiking 2.6 miles through various habitats to search for birds of all shapes and sizes. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours!

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Help Rehab Trails at Breakneck Ridge

@ Breakneck Ridge Parking Area

  • September 1, 2017, 8:30AM
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  • September 29, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 30, 2017, 8:30AM

The Taconic Trail Crew constructs new trails and rehabilitates eroded and damaged trails. This year, a major part of our work will involve stone stair construction on the Undercliff Trail in Hudson Highlands State Park. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to learn more about how sustainable trails are built, the Taconic Crew wants to meet you. The team will be hard at work five days a week, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get out there and have some fun on the trail with us! Work trips are led by Trail Conference's on-staff field manager and Conservation Corps members.

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Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

@ Copake, New York

  • September 23, 2017, 8:30AM, Check-in

This popular annual cycling event is a must for both casual and experienced cyclists. A non-competitive ride through the picturesque country hills of the Roe Jan area towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Ancram, NY, along the Taconic Mountains bordering Massachusetts. Choose from 4 routes of 10, 25, 35 & 50 miles (from easy to challenging) on lightly traveled country roads & portions of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Registration is free; suggested donation or pledges to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association are encouraged. More information is available at www.roejanramble.org.

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Appalachian Trail Rehabilitation/Relocation Project

@ Appalachian Trail - Harriman State Park

  • September 9, 2017, 9:00AM, Confirm parking location when registering
  • September 10, 2017, 9:00AM, Confirm parking location when registering
  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM, Confirm parking location when registering
  • September 24, 2017, 9:00AM, Confirm parking location when registering

Join the Long Distance Trails Crew of the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference on the Appalachian Trail (AT) at Harriman State Park, NY. We will be working on trail rehabilitation or relocation of an original section of the AT on West Mountain or Black Mountain. Learn how to build sustainable trails including how to move large rocks, bench cut trails, and build stone steps and crib walls. Much of the work will involve using heavy hand tools and some rigging with a high line (overhead cable) to move heavy rocks. There will also be lighter duty work but all involves moderate to strenuous physical labor. The work-sites are about a mile from the parking area and road and there will be very little carrying of equipment to the site. No experience is necessary; the crew provides the necessary equipment, training, and camaraderie for a fun and rewarding day where you will be able to immediately see the results of your efforts. All you need to provide is lunch and water, gloves, a smile, and a desire to work hard and safely in the great outdoors.

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Collar City Ramble

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM, until 2:00 PM

Explore Troy's urban trails by foot, bicycle, water, or whatever in this alternate transportation festival. Discover places you have never seen! The Collar City Ramble covers Troy in ways that anyone can find to enjoy. Celebrate the historical, the undeveloped, the waterways, and the recently uncovered located in our urban areas, with a tour group or independently with materials from the booth. The details of the Collar City Ramble's guided tours are listed separately.

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Exploring Prospect Park's History

@ Meets at the Pavilion just inside the main entrance of Congress Street

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM

Have you always looked up in wonder at those white rocks spelling out TROY? Discover one of urban Troy’s hidden gems, Prospect Park atop Mount Ida. In our walk along the circular tour road, we will learn about its antecedents as the 19th century country estates of some of Troy’s founding families, and then discuss its 20th century development as the people’s refuge from the gritty city, all as designed by RPI’s first African-American alumnus. Along the way we will take a look back out at the whole Hudson-Mohawk valley from those rocks.

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Hand carving: Decorative and Utilitarian Designs Class

@ HRMM's Riverport Wooden Boat School

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM, until 4:00 pm
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM, until 4:00 pm

Join RWBS Senior Instructor Andrew Willner and European-trained Master carver Georgette Kadgen in this unique course. Learn about the distinct styles of carving and choose your own path as Willner and Kadgen guide you in a custom carving project designed by you. Options include decorative pieces, marine signboards, or utilitarian objects such as bowls or spoons.

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Hike with Senator David Carlucci at Teatown Lake Reservation

@ Teatown Lake Reservation

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM

Join Senator David Carlucci and members of the Teatown Lake Reservation for a hike through Teatown. Hikers will have an opportunity to view many of the natural gems inside Teatown and will be educated on plant and animal identification, geology and many of the beautiful environmental characteristics of the Hudson Valley. Hikers are to meet at the main parking lot.

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Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail Run

@ Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM, check in 08:00 AM

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site with the assistance of the Kinderhook Runners Club is sponsoring a moderately difficult 4 mile scenic trail run on Saturday, September 17th at 9am. The free run is limited to 175 runners and pre-registration is required. The first 100 runners checking in on race day will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Visit www.nps.gov/mava for details and registration link.

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Supervisor's History Walk of Rockland Lake

@ Rockland Lake State Park - Parking Field 1

  • September 23, 2017, 9:00AM

For this year’s Supervisor’s walk join Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann for a very special history walk of Rockland Lake with Robert Maher, President and Founder of The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, Inc. and the author of Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain and Nyack Beach, Acadia Publishing. Rob will lead a three hour walking tour of the ice house foundations, center of the old town of Rockland Lake and will lead us to the banks of the Hudson River where barges and paddlewheel steam ships once left to travel to NYC. The tour will include historical facts and folklore as the group explores one of Clarkstown’s former major hamlets.

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Windham High Peak Traverse

@ South of Windham, NY

  • September 23, 2017, 9:30AM

Hike with co-author of Catskill Day Hikes over 3,524-foot Windham High Peak and enjoy many excellent views in all directions along the northern Escarpment Trail.

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Burden Iron Works Museum Tour

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, 12:15 talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

Located in the former office of one of the most important firms in the history of iron and steel, the Burden Iron Works Museum educates visitors not only about the history of iron working in South Troy, but also about the transformation of the region around the confluence of the Hudson and the Mohawk Rivers into the Silicon Valley of the nineteenth century. The museum documents the many contributions of the area to the world such as: the hull armor for the Monitor, the modern horseshoe (made at the rate of nearly a million a week), the hook-headed railroad spike (now used worldwide), the lion’s share of the bells cast in the New World, more than a million detachable collars and cuffs a day, the largest textile mill building in nineteenth-century America, the most powerful water wheel in history (and in all likelihood the model for the world’s first Ferris wheel in 1893), and the first truly all-woman labor union.

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Explore Troy’s Gateway to the Hudson River Water Trail

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

This intermediate Water Trail Paddle is a 2 hour paddle of about 3 miles round trip in conjunction w/ the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Paddle will proceed downstream to around the Congress Street Bridge along the Troy waterfront and return. This is recommended for paddlers who have had experience on the river.

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Free Sails with Ferry Sloops from Ossining

@ Shattemuc Yacht Club

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the yellow Ferry Sloops tent beginning at 9:30AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times (limit of 4 passengers per sail). The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. Rain date is Sunday, September 24, 2017. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian (no exceptions). Free parking is available on the street (Westerly Road) and in Shattemuc Yacht Club parking lot. DO NOT park in The Boathouse Restaurant parking lot or in spaces that have signs designating The Boathouse Restaurant parking.

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Garden Conservancy Millbrook Area Open Day

@ Millbrook, Clinton Corners & Stanfordville

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, gardens open until 4:00pm

Three exceptional private gardens in the rolling fields and forests of Dutchess County's hunt country will be open to the public from 10am-4pm. Garden descriptions and directions can be found on the Garden Conservancy's website, www.opendaysprogram.org, and will be available the day of the tour at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY, which will be open from 9:30am-5pm.

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John Burroughs Slabsides Geology Ramble

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

The rocks were one of literary naturalist John Burroughs' favorite aspects of the Slabsides location, but even he did not realize that the rocks represented sediments eroded from a Himalayan-scale mountain range nearly 400 million years ago. Since they were deposited in a shallow sea, the sediments were repeatedly caught in continental collisions which bent them and stood them literally on end. As if that wasn't enough, they were most recently scraped clean by a mile-thick sheet of glacial ice which melted a mere 14,000 years ago. Join Vassar College geology professor Jeff Walker for hike to read the many stories in the rocks of the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. The newly developed trails are part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. Meet at Slabsides.

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Monarch Butterfly Migration & Tagging

@ Hudson Highlands Nature Center - Outdoor Discovery Center

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM, Register in the Visitor's Center at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Discover all about monarch butterflies, their unusual lifestyle and life cycle and miraculous migration to Mexico. Learn how to catch and handle monarchs, determine gender, and properly tag them in the wild as a part of a national research project!

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Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails

@ Yorktown Trails

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

Join Yorktown Trailtown and Westchester Cycle Club for a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails! We will have a short safety talk before departing. These are intermediate level trails with plenty of rocks, roots, and logs. We will regroup primarily at the end of each trail. Meet at the Crompond Elementary School parking lot. From there we will ride to the Strang Blvd trailhead and head into the woods! Plan to ride for about 60-90 min over about 2-2.5 hours.

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Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt

@ Woodland Trail

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

Bring your family to the Woodland Trail to participate in a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt! While walking the trail and enjoying the scenery, capture special memories to take home and cherish! Come with matching bandana or even a team color and post a scavenger hunt picture to our Facebook or Instagram page, Stony Kill Foundation, using #hvrambleSKF. Finish your day with a picnic lunch while enjoying the historic landmark of Stony Kill Farm! Download our scavenger hunt list at stonykill.org or pick one up at our trail head. A prize will be awarded for the most creative family photo that will be posted on our website.

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The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

@ Meet at 1090 RT 52, Carmel (Dunkin Donuts), carpool to trail

  • September 23, 2017, 10:00AM

Colonial constructions, ancient sacred sites or UFO bases? We will seek out three mysterious stone chambers of unknown origin or date of construction, located on NYC watershed lands. We'll also visit a balanced rock and the enigmatic Hawk Rock glacial erratic. Led by David A. Steinberg, author, "Hiking the Road to Ruins"

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Exploring Prospect Park's Trails

@ Meets at the Pavilion just inside the main entrance of Congress Street

  • September 23, 2017, 10:30AM

Prospect Park is not just the playground and picnic areas on top of Mount Ida – it’s the whole hill! We will hike some of the older and newer trails as we explore the connection between one of Troy’s original green spaces and its surrounding neighborhoods. We will descend to Ferry Street on the original entrance road, pass the site of Uncle Sam’s house, and climb back up the Garnet Baltimore Trail that used to bring South Troy swimmers to one of the nicest pools in the city. The hike will loop down, around and up the hillside, looping back to beginning.

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From A Village to a City: Troy from 1789-1816

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 23, 2017, 10:30AM

This tour focuses on the southern end of the historic district where Troy's first businesses and industries grew along the banks of the Hudson River in the area around Ferry Street. Included in this tour is the story of Samuel Wilson, who arrived in Troy in 1789 to start his brick making and meat packing business and becomes vital in supplying meat to the troops during the War of 1812.

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Behind the Scenes Tour of Innisfree: Water in the Garden

@ Millbrook

  • September 23, 2017, 11:00AM, will last about an hour

Take a behind the scenes look at the innovative ways water is used for aesthetic and ecological effect at Innisfree.

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LarkFEST

@ Lark Street between Madison Ave. and Washington Ave.

  • September 23, 2017, 11:00AM

The 36th Annual LarkFEST is Upstate New York’s largest one day street festival! It is one of Albany’s most anticipated events with 80,000 people expected to attend this year. Live music and entertainment including top regional bands, fun activities for people of all ages, visual art, craft vendors, food trucks and much more!

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Monarch Butterfly Walk

@ Camp Saratoga North

  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 23, 2017, 11:00AM

Join us for a nature walk to discover the butterflies and flowers of fall. The walk covers about a mile of gently rolling terrain. We will be looking for Monarch butterflies during their peak season just before they start to head to Mexico for the winter. The walk will not take place if there is rain. Preregistration is suggested.

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Historic Tallman Mountain State Park Hike

@ Tallman Mountain State Park

  • September 23, 2017, 11:15AM

We will hike through the historical Tallman Mountain State Park and learn its interesting history as a former oil tank farm. Then it’s out the Piermont Pier to follow in the footsteps of the 40,000 US Troops per month who marched to the waiting ships to transport them to the Atlantic Theatre during WWII. Finally, we will learn of the historic transformation of Piermont, NY from a blue collar factory town to its present day status.

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A Mile on the Hudson

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 23, 2017, 10:30AM
  • September 23, 2017, 11:30AM
  • September 23, 2017, 12:30PM

For beginners, A Mile on the Hudson with Upstate Kayaks is offered starting at 10:30. Three shorter guided outings on the Hudson are scheduled for those who want to try out kayaking with a volunteer guide. This route circumnavigates Adams Island, just north of Collar City Bridge & below Ingalls Avenue Launch.

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Art Walk Kingston

@ Kingston, NY

  • September 23, 2017, 12:00PM, 6:00 PM
  • September 24, 2017, 12:00PM, 6:00 p.m.

Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at home studios and galleries across the city ­ performers are invited to schedule performances to include during the tour. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the event weekend will offer a broad range of art and activities for everyone.

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Bike Ride Through Troy's Future Riverfront Trail

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 23, 2017, 12:00PM

Take a bike ride through historic downtown Troy along the future Riverfront Trail. The Riverfront Trail is a combination of on street and off street bicycling and pedestrian improvements making bicycling and walking easier in Troy. The route will connect the 378 bridge in south Troy with the Uncle Sam Trail. Once complete, Troy will have a continuous network of bicycling and walking facilities making all locations and points on interest in Troy accessible without the use of a motor vehicle. The ride pace will be 10 to 12 mph.

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Tappantown Historical Society's Annual Colonial Day

@ The DeWint House/Washington's Headquarters

  • September 23, 2017, 12:00PM, ends at 5 pm

Step back in time and visit Colonial America. Tour the Carriage House Museum and the DeWint House with costumed guides. See Colonial Army reenactors, encampment soldiers, live farm animals and preparations for winter in the DeWint House kitchen. Watch spinners, lacemakers, quilters, embroiderers, woodcarvers, a sheepshearer, blacksmith and colonial singers and dancers. For the children there is apple pressing, stenciling, candle dipping, writing with quill pens, making tussie mussies, juggling and making a mob cap. Refreshments available.

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Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill

@ Burden Pond Environmental Park: Wynantskill Trail

  • September 23, 2017, 12:15PM, Historical talk begins at Burden Iron Works Museum
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM, Historical hike begins at Burden Pond Park

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like in the past.

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Industrial History Along the Troy's Wynantskill

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 23, 2017, 12:15PM

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Michael Barrett of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway describes what led to the historical industrial development along this waterway.

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Troy's Lower River Street

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 23, 2017, 12:30PM

As the young city of Troy grew in the early 1800s, River Street soon emerged as Troy’s most important thoroughfare. The Hudson River was the source of the city’s growing importance as a nexus point for commerce traveling between New York City and Canada, and across to New England and central and western New York. No street in Troy has seen more change over the centuries than River Street. The ebb and flow of the city's fortunes can be measured here, especially along its heart - the blocks between First and Congress Streets. Our tour will look at the architecture, the businesses and the people who made River Street so successful. The tour will include an old River Street warehouse and the plans for its renovation to become part of Troy’s renaissance. The tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, an architectural historian, who blogs as Spellen of Troy.

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Music and Nature at Montgomery Place

@ Bard College. Montgomery Place Campus

  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM, Pre-Concert Wildlife and Ecology Walk; 2 PM is Chamber Music Concert

Join Professor Bruce Robertson for a pre-concert Wildlife and Ecology walk on the grounds of Montgomery Place. At 2 PM meet at the Montgomery Place mansion house for a nature themed chamber music concert with selections fro composers John Cage, John Luther Adams, and Toru Takemitsu performed by Bard College conservatory students. Reception to follow concert.

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Nature in Image and Prose

@ Catskill Interpretive Center

  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM

Photographer Rudd Hubbell, who’s been documenting the natural beauty of the Catskills since the 1970s, will be in conversation with nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe. A descendent of the area’s first settlers, Hubbell has captured thousands of photographs of our spectacular wilderness. He enjoys looking closer than the broad view, and always tries to focus on the things most of us overlook or take for granted. “Every scene is constantly changing and transforming, and I strive to capture that,” Hubbell says. Sharpe is a writer, editor and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012). Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (The Overlook Press, 2017), is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. Sharpe will read from this work and discuss the genre of nature writing as it relates to the Catskills.

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Kites Over The Hudson

@ Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM

All are invited to come and enjoy the outdoor fun at this annual event when color fills the sky overlooking the Hudson River. FREE kites are given to the first 150 children 15 years and under. Free Refreshments. Event, Museum, and tours, are free today compliments of Central Hudson and Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. For more information, please contact the site at 845-562-1195.

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Science on the River

@ Norrie Point Environmental Center

  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM, 3 Hour Event

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Research Reserve invites the public to celebrate National Estuaries Day at an interactive “Science on the River” open house at Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg, N. Y. Help take a sediment core from the cove and discover what it can teach us. Canoe a tidal marsh of the Hudson (weather and space permitting). Help fish the waters around Norrie Point to find out who lives there. See how the types of organisms living in a stream indicate its health. Learn what “SAV” means and why it’s important to the river. Also, many games and activities are planned especially for our youngest visitors. This program is free and most exhibit areas are wheelchair accessible. There’s something for everyone at “Science on the River”!

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John Paulding Plaque Dedication

@ The Old Cemetery at Van Cortlandtville 297 Locust Avenue Cortlandt Manor, N.Y:.

  • September 23, 2017, 2:30PM, Marks Anniversary of Andre Apprehension colluding with Benedict Arnold to surrender West Point to then-enemy in N.Y.C.

This will be the dedication of a new plaque which re-inscribes and clarifies the worn text on the existing John Paulding Monument located in the Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery in the Town of Cortlandt Manor. The monument was erected by the City of New York in 1827 in recognition of area resident and patriot, John Paulding, who along with Issac Van Wart and David Williams, apprehended British spy, John Andre. The latter colluded with Benedict Arnold in their failed attempt to surrender West Point to the then-enemy in New York City.

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Haunted History Walking Tour

@ Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

  • September 23, 2017, 3:00PM

Lace up your best walking shoes and gather at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center to embark on a chilling afternoon of Haunted History. Brave guests will be guided along Albany’s downtown streets to unearth the capital city’s storied past. Learn about the spirits of Legs Diamond, Boz the Baker and even Abraham Lincoln, all of whom may still inhabit the city to this day!

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Small Wonders: Storytelling and an Imaginative Scavenger Hunt at Innisfree Garden

@ Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY

  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 3:00PM

Let your imagination guide you through Innisfree Garden, a space of wonder and inspiration for visitors of all ages. Begin your exploration by listening to award-winning storyteller, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, share original and traditional tales about the marvels of nature and its enchantments. Afterwards, stroll through the garden on a scavenger hunt with clues from the stories and a map to help you discover nature's treasures at Innisfree.

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Story Harvest

@ Freedom Square

  • September 23, 2017, 3:00PM

Story Harvest is a celebration of art and food from seed to table! The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s 7th annual outdoor fall festival cultivates community through art, food, stories, and music. The occasion recognizes the journey of a growing community network dedicated to sustainability! Music creates bridges and breaks down the walls of culture, religion and language. Lakou Mizik is a multi-generational Haitian roots band with a mission to bring Haitian culture to the world. The way the world is today, these connective, cultural bridges are more important than ever.

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Hudson Valley Sunset Kayak Tour

@ I Paddle New York

  • September 2, 2017, 5:30PM
  • September 3, 2017, 5:30PM
  • September 9, 2017, 5:30PM
  • September 10, 2017, 5:30AM
  • September 16, 2017, 5:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 5:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 5:00PM

We start with a quick lesson before launching into the calm waters of the Esopus Creek. We'll talk about some of the rich history as we paddle down to take a quick peek at the Cantine Falls before heading out by the Saugerties Lighthouse and into the Hudson River where we'll enjoy a snack as the sun sets behind the Catskill Mountains! We'll enjoy the birds, beaver and all of nature as we return by twilight.

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Sunset Seine and Sing

@ Esopus Meadows Preserve

  • September 23, 2017, 5:00PM

Join Clearwater at the "magic hour" around sunset, to fish the river with a net and find out what fish are living in our estuary. We will put willing participants in chest waders and seine. Native and invasive species, adaptations and diversity will be subjects of the discussion and we will focus on the present challenges the estuary faces. This will be followed by a "circle of song", musicians and participants will play instruments and sing river songs. Bring your own instrument and a picnic dinner.

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Ashokan High Point

@ Kanape Brook Parking Area on Route 42

  • September 24, 2017, 9:00AM

Join the Rip Van Winkle Hikers on a trail hike loop along the Kanape Brook to Ashokan High Point where we'll have views of the Ashokan Reservoir and several Catskill High Peaks to the north.

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Bannerman Castle Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 2, 2017, 1:30PM
  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:30PM
  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:30PM
  • October 7, 2017, 10:00AM
  • October 8, 2017, 10:00AM

Here is your opportunity to get a close-up look at the famous Bannerman's Island Castle. Kayak beneath the mighty Storm King Mountain, crossing the river to Breakneck Ridge where we will head north towards the island. Then enjoy a leisurely paddle around our region's most prominent landmarks while hearing the history behind the castle.

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Cary Institute Forest Ecology Walk

@ Cary East Gifford House Parking Area

  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM

On Sunday, September 24th at 10 a.m. Dr. Charles Canham will lead an interpretive walk along the Wappinger Creek Trail. The moderate 2-mile walk encompasses habitats ranging from young forests and fallow fields to streams and wetlands. During the walk, Dr. Canham will share the history of Dutchess County's forests from the first settlers in 1750 to the current day—over 250 years of land use patterns that have transformed Hudson Valley landscapes. The stories told will include fascinating facts and folklore about the forest, as well as future changes likely under the many different current human impacts, including climate change, pests and pathogens, and air pollution. The walk will begin at the Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y. Long pants and hiking shoes are recommended. Reservations required https://forestecologywalk2017.eventbrite.com. The event is free and open to the public.

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Montgomery Place Landscape Tour

@ Bard College. Montgomery Place Campus

  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM, second tour will start at 12:30; Rain date will be September 30.
  • Rain Date: September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Enjoy a guided outdoor tour through the grounds of historic Montgomery Place which is now part of the Bard College campus. Take in spectacular views of the Tivoli South Bay, Hudson River, and Catskill Mountains as you walk along the woodland trails in the ravine of the Sawkill Creek and the meadow paths of the mansion’s West Lawn. Historical highlights include cascading waterfalls & the hydropower station along the creek, the exterior of the mansion, the allée of the Arboretum through the East Lawn, the Coach House, and the Rough and Formal Gardens. Park and meet at the Visitor’s Center. Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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Wild Herb Ramble

@ Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 24, 2017, 10:00AM

Join local Holistic Health Educator and Culinary Herbalist, Amy Nielsen, for an introduction to wild herbs and edible plants local to Minnewaska State Park Preserve and surrounding areas. We will begin with a discussion on how local plants have been used to support the health and wellbeing of people living in this area for generations. After the discussion, we will ramble to a special spot brimming with the diversity of this amazing habitat, where we will learn to identify herbs and edibles in the field. There is nothing like a bit of five senses learning to seal the knowledge in your memory. We will touch on what constitutes an herb and how they are similar and different to food plants. As Minnewaska is ripe with natural edible plants, we will talk about which wild foods are abundant in our forests. We will also discuss ethical and sustainable foraging and collecting practices, which are prohibited in State Parks, and we’ll share some recipes for the bounty we will see, too.

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Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival

@ Emeline Park - 16 Front St. Haverstraw

  • September 24, 2017, 11:00AM

The 4th annual Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival kicks off 9/24 from 11-5-pm in the Village of Haverstraw's scenic Hudson River front park. The day's festivities include 4 live bands, Live Art event, Community Tile Project #3, schooner Pioneer rides, kite making event, craft vendors, food trucks and beer garden at Catch on the Hudson waterfront restaurant. Admission is free. Schooner tickets will be on sale in August 2017.

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Jay Heritage Center Fall Festival

@ Jay Heritage Center

  • September 24, 2017, 11:00AM

The Jay Heritage Center will host a fall family festival on Sunday, September 24th from 11am - 3pm celebrating American culture and traditions. Highlights will include falconry, live music, book readings with children's authors, pony rides, a petting zoo and tours. Sample bites from the Meltmobile. Purchase fresh offerings from our farmers market. Treat the kids to facepainting, old fashion apple coring and more. The event is organized by JHC's Auxiliary, the Preservationists, a group of parents committed to the adaptive reuse of John Jay's landmark home as a community resource and learning center.

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Apple Cider Ramble

@ Peach Hill Park

  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM

Participants will take a walking tour our orchard. During the tour you will pick apples and help press them into apple cider at the end of the trip.

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PERFORMANCE – OPHRA WOLF & CRAIG CHIN. Olam Chadash (New World).

@ Gomez Mill House

  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM

Live composition of movement and music w/audience participation

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What You See and What You Don't See

@ Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion)

  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM

In 1895, Staatsburgh's landscape architect designed glorious grounds that showcased the good life in the Gilded Age, while using landscape elements to hide the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Enjoy a leisurely guided stroll through the grounds as we explore what you see...and what you don't see.

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History Walk at Carnwath Farms

@ Carnwath Farms

  • September 24, 2017, 2:00PM

The walk will begin at the Carriage House with a brief talk on Reginald Rives who had horses and carriages there at the turn of the last century. The group will then walk down the old carriage road, and to the home of Dick Lahey who will give a barn tour of his collection of 19th Century Hudson Valley carriages and sleighs. Returns to Carriage House

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One River, Many Streams

@ Beacon, NY

  • September 24, 2017, 2:00PM

Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program presents One River, Many Streams Folk Festival, an annual celebration of folk and traditional arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley will present some of the region’s cultural riches as part of the Spirit of Beacon festivities. photo credit Lori Adams

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Performing Olana: Frederic Church Living His Art

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 22, 2017, 6:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 4:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 6:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 2:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 4:00PM
  • September 24, 2017, 6:00PM

Olana and Ancram Opera House collaborate to produce a theater performance specifically created to take place in the landscape of the historic site. The dramatic work draws inspiration from Frederic Church’s paintings, letters, family life and the celebrated landscape and is presented as an immersive theater experience in which performer and audience journey together into Church's art.

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Help Build a New Multi-use Trail in Sterling Forest

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 1, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 2, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 3, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 4, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 7, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 8, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 11, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 14, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 15, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 16, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 17, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 18, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 21, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 22, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 24, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 25, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 28, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 29, 2017, 8:30AM
  • September 30, 2017, 8:30AM

If you enjoy working outdoors and have a thirst for knowledge, the Floworks and Palisades Crews would love to meet you. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get out there and have some fun on the trail with us!

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Autumnal Horse & Carriage Tours

@ Olana State historic Site

  • September 1, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 2, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 8, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 9, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 15, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 16, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 22, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 23, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 29, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes
  • September 30, 2017, 2:00PM, 30 Minutes

In honor of Olana's 50th Anniversary, we offer carriage rides on the 19th century carriage roads. A stunning carriage and draft team saunter Frederic Church’s gravel roads bringing travelers to majestic views and stellar landscapes while viewing the sky, the Hudson River, and the Catskill Mountains. Meet the carriage 10 minutes before start time at the Olana Visitor Center entrance. (Tours are subject to change due to extreme weather.)

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AMC New Members Sampler Weekend

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 29, 2017, 3:00PM, 3- days, 2- nights

Wonder what we do in the AMC? Come meet other outdoor enthusiasts and learn more about us! This weekend is primarily designed for new members and prospective members, but everyone is welcome. We have planned many activities, including hiking, canoeing and kayaking, swimming and Social Hour. No experience necessary. Just bring your sense of humor and be ready to share lots of laugh! You have a choice of bunking in Storm King Cabin or tenting on Blackrock Tent Platforms for two nights. We'll all eat meals together in the Dining Hall. BYO adult beverages, Social Hour snacks to share, and lunches. Bring sheets and pillow case or sleeping bag, towels, yoga/hiking/swimming/paddling gear, sunscreen, bug spray, headlamp and personal toiletries. If tenting, bring your usual camping gear. Check-in time is Friday at 3 pm. Plan to arrive by 6 pm for dinner. Check-out time is Sunday at 11 am, although you are welcome to enjoy the camp until 3 pm. Camp is accessible by public transportation.

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Wilderness First Aid Course

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 29, 2017, 3:00PM, Weekend Course

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training prepares you for the medical situation when there is no ambulance, no roof or walls to provide shelter from the elements, your supplies are few, the wait for help is unknown, and moving the patient a short distance might take hours. The course is based on modern emergency medical care practices modified and expanded for backcountry environments and focuses on patient care and prevention. The ESCI Wilderness First Aid course is an intense yet fun journey through the world of wilderness emergency care and is recommended for all outdoors people. It is a 2-day, 16-hour course (8 hours/day, 9am to 5pm). It covers a full range of situations, wilderness medical care, accident scene management, and how to communicate effectively with the outside world. A 2-year Wilderness First Aid certification available to those who successfully complete this course. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that participants take a separate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course. Friday night arrival is strongly recommended since course starts promptly on Saturday at 9 am.

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Museum Storytelling: Family Tours

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM

Master storyteller Tom Lee has spent the winter writing and tracking the adventurous travels of Frederic Church to craft an original story to tell inside the main house at Olana. Lee uses art, objects and stories to help young people (and grown-ups!) fall in love with museums. He integrates traditional stories, myths, and legends from countries and cultures around the world to expand and collapse history.

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Car Tour: D&H Canal tour

@ D&HCanal

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the D&H Canal Museum for a joint tour of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, from High Falls to Kingston. The tour begins at 10 am in High Falls at the D&H Canal Museum with a guided tour of the museum and the Five Lock Walk, led by D&H Canal Museum Historian & Curator Bill Merchant. At noon, the group will leave the museum and drive along Creek Locks Road with a guide to the locks that can be seen from the road and end at the Anchorage Restaurant in Eddyville. A buffet lunch at the Anchorage is included in the ticket price. After lunch, learn about Lock #1 in Eddyville (right outside the Anchorage!), then hop back in the car and head down Route 213 to the Rondout, where HRMM Curator Allynne Lange will lead a walking tour of the Rondout Waterfront, including a discussion of Island Dock and Company Hill Path. The tour ends at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where participants can choose to take a self-guided tour through the museum. Museum admission is included in the ticket price. Tickets are $40 for HRMM and/or D&H Canal Museum members, $45 for non-members. Lunch and museum admissions are included in the ticket price. HRMM and/or D&H Canal Museum members must be current members. If registering with a name different than the primary member, please list their name in the notes field. Tour meets at: The D&H Canal Historical Society and Museum 23 Mohonk Road High Falls, NY 12440 Parking is somewhat limited, so if you are attending this tour with a group, please carpool! Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list at the D&H Canal Museum or you can print out your confirmation email. If you are purchasing for multiple people and arriving separately, please list their names in the notes field. This tour is limited to 30 people.

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D&H Canal Car Tour

@ D&H Canal Museum, High Falls, NY and Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the D&H Canal Museum for a joint tour of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, from High Falls to Kingston. The tour begins at 10 am in High Falls at the D&H Canal Museum with a guided tour of the museum and the Five Lock Walk, led by D&H Canal Museum Historian & Curator Bill Merchant. At noon, the group will leave the museum and drive along Creek Locks Road with a guide to the locks that can be seen from the road and end at the Anchorage Restaurant in Eddyville. A buffet lunch at the Anchorage is included in the ticket price. After lunch, learn about Lock #1 in Eddyville (right outside the Anchorage!), then hop back in the car and head down Route 213 to the Rondout, where HRMM educators will lead a walking tour of the Rondout Waterfront, including a discussion of Island Dock and Company Hill Path. The tour ends at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where participants can choose to take a self-guided tour through the museum. Museum admission is included in the ticket price.

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In Their Own Words - The Battle for Fort Montgomery!

@ Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites!  Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were there and what they left behind. Program will last approximately 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration. *Ramblers welcome to bring a bagged lunch.  Registration Required - please email: peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov or call 845-446-2134 to Register.  www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

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National Public Lands Day

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Sam’s Point Area! We will have two projects geared towards different skill levels so that everyone can participate. Spend the day outdoors giving back by picking up trash or pulling invasive species to show appreciation for our public lands. Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, and sturdy hiking shoes. Volunteers interested in either project should contact Sam’s Point at 845-647-7989 to pre-register. Both projects will meet at 10:00 a.m. and will work until 1:00 p.m., but they will meet at different areas of the park. All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a free day pass to participating federal public lands. Trash Pickup Project 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. : Do you often see water bottles, candy wrappers, or other litter when you walk the trails at Sam’s Point? We need your help to change that! Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will be given garbage bags and gloves before ranging the park for litter. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up, all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Barberry Pull Project 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. : Japanese barberry is a prickly invasive species that is quickly spreading in forests and fields around the country. Help Sam’s Point control its spread on National Public Lands Day. Interested volunteers will meet at Mt. Meenagha Rd (GPS address 172 Mt. Meenagha Road or GPS point 41.689097 N, -74.371475 W) at 10:00 a.m. where they will be met by park staff. We will work on pulling barberry in this area until 1:00 pm. Barberry pulling involves some strenuous pulling, and it is highly recommended to wear long sleeves and long pants and to treat your work clothes with bug spray or permethrin. This event is recommended for ages 16 and up, all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

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National Public Lands Day Roosevelt Farm Lane Hike

@ Roosevelt Farm Lane Rt. 9 Side

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Farm lane is a trail that follows the internal road through Franklin Roosevelt's tree plantations connecting the "big house" Springwood to the cottage at Val-Kill. This guided hike celebrates Public Land Day and will explore a few of the President's tree plantations and discuss tenant farmer Moses Smith who continued to operate a farm on much of the acreage even after the President purchased it. It begins at the Farm Lane trailhead and continues to the parking lot on Rt. 9G opposite the entrance to Val-Kill. Participants may return to Rt. 9 or make arrangements to be picked up on Rt. 9G

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Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

The Fire Tower Ramble is a moderate 4 mile loop highlighted by scenic views of Sterling Forest. Hikers are able to observe the surrounding Hudson Highlands from a 60 foot fire tower built in 1922.

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Thacher Park Fall Festival

@ Thacher State Park Visitor Center

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

Join us for a day of family fun and festivities including hayrides, wildlife presentations, archery, crafts, old fashioned games, local artisans and crafters selling quality handcrafted items, farm fresh veggies and flowers, live music, food vendors, and more. Take a guided walk and explore Geology, Local History, or Hawk Migration. Event will be based at the beautiful new Thacher Visitor Center, with panoramic views from the Helderberg Escarpment.

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Fall Foliage Hike to the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower

@ Grafton Lakes State Park

  • September 30, 2017, 10:30AM
  • Rain Date: October 1, 2017, 10:30AM

Enjoy fall foliage on the Rensselaer Plateau and a view of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts from atop the restored Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Participants are welcome to enjoy their lunch by the Fire Tower before returning along the trail in the afternoon. Rain date: Oct 1st

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To Protect and Serve

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 30, 2017, 10:30AM

Firehouses, church bells and night constables- with a dash of murder and mayhem. This walking tour focuses on the colorful history of Troy's municipal police and fire department, from their volunteer origins to today's public servants

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Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 11:00AM

Join us for a 0.9-mile hike to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time during daylight in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, our local buckmoths depend on scrub oaks that thrive in this sandy, fire-dependent ecosystem.

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Hudson River Cruise

@ Riverfront Green Park Peekskill

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 2, 2017, 6:30PM
  • September 3, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 9, 2017, 6:00PM
  • September 10, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 24, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 6:00PM

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Hudson Highlands, departing from Riverfront Green Park in historic Peekskill. Sightseeing Cruise is just under 3 hours and includes historical commentary as we cruise as far north as West Point and return. The Sunset Cruise is 1.5 hours and cruises past the Bear Mt. Bridge and returns (no commentary). Bring along a picnic lunch or snacks. Soft drinks, beer & wine available on all cruises.

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Recreation on the Hudson River Past and Present; Hike the Greenway Trail at Carnwath Farms

@ Carnwath Farms

  • September 2, 2017, 11:00AM, ALL RAMBLE DAYS SELF GUIDED
  • September 3, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 10, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 17, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 11:00AM
  • September 24, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 11:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 1:00PM

View an ice boat, Hudson River sloop and other boats, and lectures on recreation on the Hudson. Additional displays by local fishermen and the Wappinger Greenway Committee at the Sports Museum. Saturdays: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sundays: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. More info at www.carnwathfarms.webs.com Hike the trail: 1.5 mile trail open all weekends, great view of the Hudson and surrounding mountains.

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Tom Lee Question Tour

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 30, 2017, 11:30AM

Master storyteller Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with twenty years’ experience performing traditional stories, folktales and myths for adults and for children in museums and libraries. This special tour is what happens when your questions about Olana get layered with myths, stories and more questions. You will learn many truths- but you might be surprised how you get there.

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Casting Her Ballot: Emily Rankin and the Suffrage Question

@ Historic Cherry Hill

  • September 2, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2017, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM

In honor of the centennial of women's suffrage, this house tour will focus on fifth-generation Cherry Hill owner, Emily Rankin, who came of age as the suffrage debate was raging in New York and the nation. How did Emily's experiences at Cherry Hill, in Albany, and at Smith College shape her views on this critical issue of her time? Follow Emily's footsteps on a tour of her home, view some of her photographs and belongings, and find out which side Emily was on. Tours are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 1, 2, & 3pm.

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Mandeville House Tour

@ 122 Lower Station Rd. Garrison, New York

  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM

Built in 1737, the oldest house in Garrison, was built by Jacob Mandeville, a young man of Dutch origin. The house was a strategic point during the American revolution and was headquarters for General Putnam and other notable commanders. Many revolutionary war heroes were quartered at the house--most notable being Gen. George Washington and other revolutionary war heroes. Be sure to see the old revolutionary era road in front of the house. Tours are given until 4PM.

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Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Ulster County Heritage Area Visitors Center

  • September 30, 2017, 1:00PM

Hear how Kingston's historic waterfront district mushroomed from farmland into a prosperous maritime village and major Hudson River port during the heydays of the Delaware and Hudson Canal (1828-1898). View the legacy of residential, commercial and ecclesiastical architecture built by the "melting pot" of nationalities that emigrated to Rondout in the nineteenth century.

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Albany History Race

@ Albany Public Library - Washington Avenue Branch

  • September 30, 2017, 2:00PM

The Fourth Annual Albany History Race is an Amazing Race-style afternoon scavenger hunt for history experts, novices, and visitors interested in learning about Albany's past. No prior knowledge is needed. This year, to support the efforts of the future Albany Firefighters Museum, Albany Public Library is partnering with Albany firefighter Tim Blaney and City Historian Tony Opalka, who are researching the history of the Albany Fire Department. All locations visited in the race will have connections to the fire department and historic Albany fires. The event will begin and end at the library's local history room. Pizza will be provided to all participating teams and Albany-themed prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams. To register, and for more details, visit the Albany Public Library's event calendar. http://goo.gl/QV32pH

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Ponds & Prosecco

@ Hudson Highlands Nature Museum- Outdoor Discovery Center

  • September 30, 2017, 3:00PM, Pre-paid registration required. Check-in at the Visitor's Center.

Get down and bubbly while learning about the wetland ecosystem! Sip, stroll and see what lives below the surface of our ponds.

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Tasty History: Bittersweet Tales from Latin America

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 16, 2017, 3:00PM
  • September 30, 2017, 3:00PM

This series explores the trade, customs, and recipes of essential Latin American ingredients and natural resources including rum, sugar, coffee & chocolate. New York State Curator Amanda Massie and Valerie Balint, Olana's former Interim Director of Collections & Research, set the historical stage for an evening of tasty treats prepared by a local chef and bittersweet tales.

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8th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike

@ Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area

  • September 30, 2017, 8:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 8:00AM

Join us for one or both days of our 2 day Plateau Traverse Hike. Or come for just the morning or afternoon of either day. Become an end to ender. We will meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area at 7:30am on Saturday and take shuttle buses to our starting point just below the plateau escarpment and will spend the day hiking back to Pineridge (about 16 miles mostly on trails but with some bushwhacking). Participants are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. We will have a potluck dinner after the Saturday hike. We will leave Pineridge by 8am on Sunday to hike to the other half of the Plateau (about 16 miles on trails, logging roads and some bushwhacking). Shuttle buses will bring participants back to Pineridge at the end of the day. Note: we scout out new routes each year and will not know the exact route until Sept. This event is cosponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area.

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Long Mountain Loop Hike

@ Long Mountain in Harriman State Park

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 9:00AM

Meeting at the Turkey Hill/Long Mountain parking area, this 2-mile trek along the Long Path and woods road makes gradual then steeper ascents to the Raymond H. Torrey Memorial atop Long Mountain. You will enjoy east-facing views of Bear Mountain, Popolopen Torne and Anthony's Nose, with Turkey Hill Lake below. The rapid descent is along a rocky section of trail to Deep Hollow Brook at the base of the mountain and return to the parking area is by woods road.

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Pine Swamp Loop Hike

@ Begins in Lake Skannatati parking area in Harriman State Park

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 9:00AM

This hike begins with an easy walk on the Long Path through open woodlands along the shores of Lake Skannatati and crossing Pine Swamp Brook. Gradually climbing, it takes you past huge rock ledges and through hilly blueberry patches, until it intersects with the Dunning Trail. Following this old mine road, you ascend to Pine Swamp, home to pitcher plants, sundews, beaver and historic mines. Intersecting with the Arden-Surebridge trail, you bend around the shoulder of Pine Swamp Mountain and rapidly descend through open forest to the parking area.

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Live Birds of Prey with Annie Mardiney

@ Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • October 1, 2017, 10:00AM

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person!

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Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve with Westchester Land Trust

@ Pound Ridge, New York

  • October 1, 2017, 10:00AM

Join Westchester Land Trust Staff and Directors for an inspiring walk on the nature trails that wind their way through WLT's flagship preserve: The Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve. This land boasts extensive wetland systems and majestic woodlands with rare wildlife, plants, dramatic rock formations, soaring trees and dozens of bird species. Hikers should gather at the trailhead located at 259 Upper Shad Road. The outing will begin promptly at 10:00 AM with a brief overview by a member of the Zofnass Family, who founded the preserve and led efforts to protect multiple parcels of land in this region. After the remarks, hikers will split into smaller groups according to distance and pace. All hikes will begin and end at the Upper Shad Road trailhead.

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Canines Crossing at the Park

@ Hudson Crossing Park

  • October 1, 2017, 11:00AM, to 4:00 p.m.

Watch demonstrations of amazing canines that enrich our lives, protect us and comfort us and learn about their dedicated trainers. Please leave your own pets at home.

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Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike

@ Meet at the Nature Center

  • October 1, 2017, 11:00AM

Join David Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins," for a comprehensive exploration of all the historic sites with the preserve: dynamite shed site, mysterious stone chamber, quarry, railroad bed, and much more. Uncover the secrets and mysteries hidden in plain sight.

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Bronck Museum's Heritage Craft Fair

@ Bronck Museum

  • October 1, 2017, 12:00PM

Exhibit & sale of traditional American crafts, live music, food, silent auction, wagon rides and more!

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Newburgh Open Studios

@ 5 Grand Street

  • September 30, 2017, 12:00PM
  • October 1, 2017, 12:00PM

The 7th Annual Newburgh Open Studios tour offers a unique opportunity to see the work and meet many of the artists in the City of Newburgh's growing arts community. The studios are located in some amazing historic buildings, most of which are rarely open to the public. This is a self-guided tour, much of it walkable. Maps will be available starting on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00am at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street.

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Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ 945 N. Broadway YOnkers, NY 10701

  • September 3, 2017, 11:00AM, History Tour $10/person
  • September 10, 2017, 11:00AM, Horticulture $10/person
  • September 17, 2017, 2:00PM, President's Tour $20/person
  • September 24, 2017, 2:00PM, History Tour $10/person
  • October 1, 2017, 2:00PM, Horticulture $10/person

The tour will highlight aspects of what was called "America's Most Spectacular Garden" in the 1920's. Great emphasis will be given to the history of the design and owners plus exceptional horticulture.

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