Events

 

Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

@ Blu Pointe Landing Dock, 120 Front Street, Newburgh

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 2, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 2, 2018, 4:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 6, 2018, 2:30PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 8, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 9, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 12, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 14, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 15, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 16, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 20, 2018, 2:30PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 26, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 27, 2018, 2:30PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 29, 2018, 1:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • September 30, 2018, 3:00PM, Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

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, on 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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AMC INTERCHAPTER WILDERNESS SKILLS INSTRUCTION

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 21, 2018, 3:00PM, 3 days/2 nights

Learn all the skills to be an accomplished outdoor enthusiast! This weekend skills workshop is great for both novices and experienced outdoor enthusiasts. This weekend course is mix of classroom, plus lots and lots of practical, hands-on, situational instruction. Sample curriculum includes: - Demo the Latest Camping Equipment - Select the Right Gear for the Right Situation - Choose the Best Backcountry Campsites - Build a Fire - Five Ways & in the Rain - Cook Over an Open Fire - Canoe & Kayak Rescue - Knots & Lines for Hikers, Campers, Boaters and Climbers - Backcountry Navigation: Map, Compass and GPS - Plan a Route - Erase the Trace - Anticipate & Manage Weather Conditions - Oh Shoot! Now what?! Deal with Common Emergencies - Forage for Edibles - Gear Hacks - and more! In the evening, we will put those skills to use building a giant bonfire to roast marshmallows and wallow in s'mores. Bring musical instruments if you want to jam.

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Autumn Bird Walk

@ Albany Rural Cemetery

  • September 22, 2018, 7:30AM

Joking the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Friends of the Albany Rural Cemetery for an autumn morning bird walk. Previous bird walks have been a popular event for bird lovers with almost thirty species of birds being seen - from brown creepers to red-tailed hawks.

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Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

@ Copake, New York

  • September 22, 2018, 8:00AM, Check-in opens 7:30AM

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 5 routes of 10, 8, 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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Down to Earth Ossining Farmers Market

@ Ossining, NY

  • September 1, 2018, 8:30AM
  • September 8, 2018, 8:30AM
  • September 15, 2018, 8:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 8:30AM
  • September 29, 2018, 8:30AM

The Ossining Farmers Market is in its 27th year in the heart of the village. It features New York farms and local food makers, including ready-to-eat options. Ossining Village can be reached by foot from the Metro-North station and the farmers market is on the Old Croton Aqueduct walking path.

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Collar City Ramble

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

  • September 22, 2018, 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. Find information from how to share the roads to how to engage in geocaching. The details of the Collar City Ramble's guided tours are listed separately.

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Goshen Village Volkswalk for Everyone!

@ Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

  • September 22, 2018, 9:00AM, Register bet 9 AM & 10 AM, finish by 2 PM

Registration either in front of, or in back of, the Harness Museum. Village parking, be aware of meters and parking restrictions. The walk route passes numerous historical places in Goshen as well as part of the Goshen Heritage rail-trail. All participants receive a self-guided set of directions with a map and text.

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Supervisor's Walk - Lake DeForest

@ New City Little League Strawtown Road Fields, New City

  • September 22, 2018, 9:00AM
  • Rain Date: September 23, 2018, 9:00AM

Join Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann and Bill Madden of Suez Water NY for a leisurely hike along the shores of Lake DeForest Reservoir. Participants can choose between two guided hikes: one that heads north of the Freedom Causeway with beautiful views of Davies Apple Orchard and majestic Hook Mountain, or one that leads south of the Freedom Causeway through quiet woods along the picturesque shoreline. Participants will learn about the history and significance of this privately owned reservoir, a primary source of Rockland and north New Jersey's drinking water. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore Suez's property around beautiful Lake DeForest.

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The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

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

  • September 22, 2018, 9:30AM

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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Appalachian Trail Hike to the Iconic Dover Oak, learn about epic Arbor Day Volunteer Project

@ MetroNorth RR AT Station Stop

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM

The hike starts at the Appalachian Trail 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. 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 reportedly the largest tree on the 2180 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine, and is on the NYS "Big Tree" Registry as the largest White Oak. For more information: harlemvalleyat@gmail.com On Instagram: @harlemvalleyatcommunity

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Burden Iron Works Museum Tour

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 22, 2018, 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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Croton Dam Hike

@ Croton Gorge Park

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM

Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park. We will hike north along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail to the top of the beautiful Croton Dam, overlooking the Croton Reservoir with its water views and dramatic spillway. The leader will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City.

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Explore Troy’s Gateway to the Hudson River Water Trail

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 22, 2018, 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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Guided Nature Walk

@ Schodack Island State Park

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00PM, Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely stroll on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
  • September 15, 2018, 10:00AM, Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely stroll on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM, Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely stroll on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

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In Their Own Words - The Battle for Fort Montgomery!

@ Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

  • September 22, 2018, 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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North Point and North Mountain

@ Outside North-South Lakes Campground

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain Date 9/23

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 to North Mountain. Possible loop extension.

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The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Tour - Dutchess County

@ Clove Brook Farm

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM, until 4 p.m.

Explore five private and public gardens in Dover Plains, Millbrook, and Stanfordville, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include perennial gardens, edibles, ponds and other water features, woodland gardens, topiaries, extensive dahlia collections, and views of the Berkshire foothills. Begin at Clove Brook Farm or see website for additional locations. No reservations required; rain or shine. For More Information: See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

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Trail Love Day at Breakneck Ridge

@ Hudson Highlands State Park

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM

It's the summer of Trail Love at Breakneck Ridge! Trail Love Day. Photo by Jamie Ferrugiaro.The Trail Conference is working hard to improve trails at Breakneck Ridge, but we need your help! If you want to meet some of the trail heroes who are working hard to make your hikes awesome, we’d love to have you come out for a few hours to see what trail building’s all about. Trail Love Days celebrate all good things about the trail community—connecting with nature, meeting great people, and creating a little trail magic. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, come on out and help us keep your trails great. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about what we do, plus you’ll get snacks and a T-shirt. No experience is necessary, but space is limited. Give a few hours of your time, and you'll get: A friendly welcome from our Taconic Trail Crew at the Breakneck Ridge Metro-North train station. No car needed since this train station drops you off right at the Breakneck trailhead! Snacks Giveaways All the skills you need to help us improve trails, taught by our awesome trail professionals The rewarding feeling of building a trail for future generations to enjoy and explore the outdoors Build Your Next Adventure! Want to make a weekend out of it? Everyone participating in Trail Love is invited to stay at the Welch Trail Education Center, our camp in Harriman State Park, before and/or after each event. You need your own transportation, and must give us notice when you sign up that you’d like to stay over. Come work, play, and camp with us! Space is limited to 12 people, so sign up now!

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Trail Love Day at Sterling Forest

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM

The Trail Conference is working hard to build the new, multi-use Munsee Eagle Trail in Sterling Forest State Park, but we need your help! If you want to meet some of the trail heroes who are working hard to make your trails awesome, we’d love to have you come out for a few hours to see what trail building’s all about. Trail Love Days celebrate all good things about the trail community—connecting with nature, meeting great people, and creating a little trail magic. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, come on out and help us keep your trails great. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about what we do, plus you’ll get snacks and a T-shirt. No experience is necessary, but space is limited.

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USS SLATER Open for Tours

@ Albany

  • September 1, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 2, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 3, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 16, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM

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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Ornamental Ironwork in the historic district of Troy

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 22, 2018, 10:30AM

Ornamental Ironwork . You pass it all the time ,now take a closer look at the beautiful wrought and cast iron railings, facades and decorative elements that grace the townhouses and commercial buildings in the historic district.

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Troy Public Library and Second Street's Historic Architecture

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

  • September 22, 2018, 10:45AM, Tour begins at the Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Farmers Market

The tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, a renown architectural historian, who blogs as Spellen of Troy. She'll highlight the prominent architecture passed along Second Street on the way to the Troy Public Library. The exterior, interior, and history of the building will be the focal points of the building tour. Designed to be both a library and art gallery, the American Renaissance style building was completed in 1897. Learn about the recently located documentation of the purchase of the priceless Aldus stained glass window from Tiffany. The beautiful setting enhances the experience of library users.

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Geocaching Introduction and Tour

@ Starts at the Collar City Ramble table on Second Street between Broadway and State at the Troy Farmers Market

  • September 22, 2018, 11:00AM

Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game in which the goal is to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and seek out the geocache container hidden there. The Capital District is fortunate to have an active geocaching community and Troy is no exception! There will be an introduction to geocaching followed by a hunt led by an experienced geocacher for some nearby downtown Troy caches.

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Monarch Butterfly Walk

@ Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Camp Saratoga, Wilton, NY

  • September 8, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 11:00AM

Join us for a nature walk to learn about the amazing lifecycle of the Monarch butterflies. The walk covers about a mile of gently rolling terrain. We will be looking for the butterflies during their peak season just before they start to migrate to Mexico for the winter. The monarch butterflies love the Preserve & Park for its many nectar species and its open pine/oak savannah. The walk will not take place if there is rain.

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Historic Tallman Mountain State Park Hike

@ Tallman Mountain State Park

  • September 22, 2018, 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 22, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 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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Montgomery Place Historic House Tour

@ Bard College, Montgomery Place Campus

  • September 1, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 1, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 1, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 1, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 8, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 8, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 8, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 8, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 15, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 15, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 15, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 15, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 22, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 29, 2018, 11:30AM
  • September 29, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 29, 2018, 2:30PM

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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Norrie Point Kayak Tour

@ Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

  • September 1, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 2, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 8, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 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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Wilderstein House Tours

@ Wilderstein Historic Site

  • September 1, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 2, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 8, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 9, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 15, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 16, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 22, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 23, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 29, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm
  • September 30, 2018, 12:00PM, Last tour at 3:30pm

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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Biking Around Troy's Creative Crosswalks

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

  • September 22, 2018, 12:15PM

Take a bike ride through historic downtown Troy and other neighborhoods to visit Troy's Creative Crosswalks. Meet the community members who painted their crosswalks with messages and graphics important to their neighborhood. The painted crosswalks not only serve as public art, but also enhance pedestrian safety by slowing traffic. Learn how to install a creative crosswalk in your community. The ride pace will be 10 to 12 mph.

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Industrial History Along the Troy's Wynantskill

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 22, 2018, 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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Autumn Equinox Hike

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM

Equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” As autumn begins, the temperatures drop and daylight wanes further. Join us for a 0.9-mile hike to learn about the effects of this yearly change on the unique ecology of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

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Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill

@ Burden Pond Environmental Park: Wynantskill Trail

  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM, Preceded by 12:15 Burden Museum talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

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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Poetry in Motion

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

  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM

Visit Troy’s many PARK(ing) DAY parks, designed and installed by artists and sponsors throughout Troy’s historic downtown. The parks are temporary, created by repurposing parking spaces for public enjoyment. At each location enjoy a spoken word performance by local poets and authors on the topics of motion, movement and transportation. A shuttle will also be available to move among the "parks." This is a self-guided tour.

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Tour of Historic Cherry Hill

@ Historic Cherry Hill

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3PM
  • September 8, 2018, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3PM
  • September 15, 2018, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3PM
  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3PM

Tour the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family. Learn about the Cherry Hill family's experience during World War I and about the mansion's final phase of restoration.

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Farm Project 2018

@ Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm

  • September 1, 2018, 2:00PM, Open. Recep.09/02/2018 Rain Date
  • September 22, 2018, 2:00PM, Mid Run Recep.09/23 Rain date

Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm is a curated art show, presented by Collaborative Concepts Inc. www.collaborativeconcepts.org, Over 50 artists create and install experimental sculpture. All work must be cow proof and cow friendly. Set on a farm of over 100 acres, the views at the top meadows are a 360 degree view of Putnam County as if it might have been 200 years ago. Located near the town of Cold Spring, it is a 15 min. drive away. There isn't any public transportation, other than taxi from Garrison or Cold Spring Station.Farm Gate, south of Mail box. Make taxi reservations before you leave.

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Kites Over The Hudson

@ Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

  • September 22, 2018, 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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Gathering on the Banks - A Performance Series at Montgomery Place

@ Montgomery Place, Bard College

  • September 15, 2018, 6:00PM, Outdoor Film Screening - Grounds open at 6PM, Film begins at dusk
  • Rain Date: September 16, 2018, 6:00PM, Outdoor Film Screening - Grounds open at 6PM, film begins at dusk
  • September 22, 2018, 3:00PM, Hudson River Jamboree, A Celebration of Americana Music - Grounds open at 3PM, music begins at 4PM
  • Rain Date: September 23, 2018, 3:00PM, Hudson River Jamboree, A Celebration of Americana Music - Grounds open at 3PM, music begins at 4PM
  • September 29, 2018, 6:00PM, Outdoor Dance Performance - Grounds open at 5PM, performance begins at 6PM
  • Rain Date: September 30, 2018, 6:00PM, Outdoor Dance Performance - Grounds open at 5PM, performance begins at 6PM

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Montgomery Place Series - Fall 2018 GATHERING on the BANKS The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an inaugural season of free, outdoor events on the grounds of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Hudson River. This three-event series will highlight the vibrant cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley and the region’s impression on film, music, and more. 

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Rensselaer County Harvest Hop

@ S & S Farm Brewery

  • September 22, 2018, 3:00PM

A free family friendly celebration of the bounty of Rensselaer County. Meet local farmers, taste and buy their products! Food truck provided by Gourmelli's. Local band Big Creek will be performing.

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Hiking Frear Park Trails

@ Frear Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

  • September 22, 2018, 4:00PM

Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery, and learn some history on this guided hike. We will hike along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond, and the waterfalls in the Piscawen Creek. 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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Artist on Art Tour

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 5:00PM

Artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” an artist’s home & landscape. This season TOP partners with the Institute for Arab and Islamic Art in NYC to bring a dynamic mix of contemporary artists to Olana to layer their perceptions of Middle Eastern influences in Church’s home of American landscape painting. During this series, artists use many disciplines and “poetic license” to talk about Olana and the exhibition, Costumes & Customs with concepts and connections that are unique to the guide. 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 and a snack on the piazza near sunset.

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Hudson Valley Sunset Kayak Tour

@ I Paddle New York

  • September 1, 2018, 5:30PM
  • September 8, 2018, 5:30PM
  • September 15, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 29, 2018, 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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Full Moon Harvest Walk

@ Greenport Conservation Area

  • September 22, 2018, 6:30PM

Join us at our Greenport Conservation Area to enjoy the Harvest Moon and watch for hawks and other migrating birds heading to their southern wintering grounds.

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9th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike

@ Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area

  • September 22, 2018, 8:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 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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Cary Institute Forest Ecology Walk

@ Cary East (Gifford House) parking area

  • September 23, 2018, 9:00AM

On Sunday, September 23 at 9 a.m. join Cary Institute forest ecologist Dr. Charles Canham for an interpretive 2-mile walk along the Wappinger Creek Trail. While exploring our forests, fields, and wetlands, Dr. Canham will discuss how land use has transformed Hudson Valley landscapes. Discover how current forest composition is a reflection of past farming practices, and how the future forest will be influenced by climate change, pests and pathogens, and air pollution. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. 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. Register at http://www.caryinstitute.org/events.

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Cornell Hill Fire Tower Tours

@ Camp Saratoga

  • September 8, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM

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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Iona Island Educational Canoe Trip

@ Iona Island

  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM

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 Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Tour - Ulster County

@ Hortus Conclusus

  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM, until 4 p.m.

Explore four private and public gardens in Accord, Olivebridge, and Stone Ridge, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include a Buddha garden with a teahouse, organic farms with vegetables, herbs, and flowers, woodland gardens, and a young botanical/arboretum of Hudson Valley plant diversity. Begin at Hortus Conclusus or see website for additional locations. No reservations required; rain or shine. For More Information: See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

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Lyndhurst Landscape Ramble

@ Lyndhurst

  • September 2, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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West Point Museum

@ West Point Museum

  • September 1, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 2, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 8, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 9, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 15, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 16, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 22, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 23, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 29, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission
  • September 30, 2018, 10:30AM, Free Admission

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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Jay Day! Fall Family Festival

@ Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate

  • September 23, 2018, 11:00AM

The Jay Heritage Center (JHC) will host JAY DAY! celebrating American culture and traditions. Admission includes live music, book signings, hands-on art and planting activities with Anne Mottola from the NY Botanical Garden, pony rides, historical house tours, balloon twisting, face painting and geocaching with prizes. Free Naturally Brewed Ginger Beer provided by Reed's Inc. Purchase items from a choice selection of craft vendors including old fashioned silhouette portraits and vintage maps. Don't miss the tastes of autumn in New York's Hudson Valley thanks to our farmers market! Help us continue the transformation of the historic Jay Estate into a 23 acre educational park full of fun and exciting outdoor and indoor experiences! For more info contact us at (914) 698-9275 or jayheritagecenter@gmail.com

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Meandering among the Historic Millionaires' Mansions Walk

@ Irvington Town Hall, 85 Main Street

  • September 23, 2018, 12:00PM

Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct trail. We will begin at the Tiffany Reading Room in the Irvington Village Hill and meander north, admiring architectural landmarks from the trail, including Villa Lewaro, Belvedere and Lyndhurst. Take in sweeping Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800's.

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200+ Years of Landscape History at Hyde Park

@ Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

  • September 23, 2018, 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. This year the tour will highlight the recently concluded exterior restoration of the Vanderbilt's Hyde Park home and discuss the archaeological finds that were unearthed during the project.

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Revolutionary War Headquarters Site

@ Van Wyck Homestead Museum

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 2, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 8, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 16, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 29, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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What You See and What You Don't See

@ Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion)

  • September 9, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 23, 2018, 1:00PM

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

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Bannerman Castle Kayak and Walking Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 2, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 3, 2018, 2:00PM
  • September 9, 2018, 2:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 23, 2018, 2:00PM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM

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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Guided Tour of the D&H Canal Five Lock Walk

@ 23 Mohonk Road

  • September 9, 2018, 2:00PM
  • September 23, 2018, 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 23, 2018, 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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Tales from the Ancient Documents of Dutchess County

@ Brinckerhoff House Historic Site

  • September 23, 2018, 2:00PM

Dutchess County Historian William P. Tatum III, PhD will present a program on Tales from the Ancient Documents of Dutchess County. Light refreshments will be provided.

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John Paulding 200th Year Commemoration

@ Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

  • September 23, 2018, 2:30PM, Town Hall, then Cemetery

John Paulding 200th Year Commemoration 9/23 2:30PM Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, and Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor 10567 (914)739-4841 or (914)400-9522 band4man@hotmail.com This program will be in two parts. First, at Town Hall, a background talk, then an original dramatization with Q&A on area American Revolutionary War hero, John Paulding. With Isaac Van Wart and David Williams, the plans of Arnold and Andre were thwarted. Such plans would have helped enable the British takeover of West Point in 1780-- to our young nation's peril. Following this will be an observance at Paulding's N.Y.C.-erected monument at the nearby cemetery. Also: The New York Second, dignitaries, readings, salute. Historical societies recognized. All are welcome. Refreshments. Car pooling suggested.

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Pathways to Prevention, Holiday Nutrition Tips

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 25, 2018, 5:30PM

Tuesday, September 25 – Pathways to Prevention, Holiday Nutrition Tips Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between TOP and CMH brings innovative education programs to Olana to aid you in your wellness. Join Columbia Memorial Health’s Nutritionist & Dietician gives you tips for eating healthy with holiday season approaching and will give you an easy and nutritious recipe to make at home. Participants will experience a 20-minute talk, followed by a short walk with the expert on Olana’s carriage roads. Snacks will be served.

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Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour

@ 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207

  • September 7, 2018, 12:45PM, Rain or Shine, 3.25 hours
  • September 14, 2018, 12:45PM, Rain or Shine, 3.25 hours
  • September 28, 2018, 12:45PM, Rain or Shine, 3.25 hours

Taste Albany's rapidly evolving culinary scene by exploring the food print of this historic city on the west bank of the Hudson River! Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family, to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin! 6 sips and tastes for a complete meal. Discover New York's historic connection with craft brewing and how it has returned to flourish. Get an insider's introduction to one of the oldest churches in New York and discover where some of the famous congregants sat.

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Fall HIKING & FINE DINING WEEKEND

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 28, 2018, 3:00PM, 3 days/2 nights

What can be better than an autumnal weekend hiking in the woods and then coming home to sip wine by the fire and dine in splendor? Enjoy hiking or paddling under the beautiful fall leaves at the Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. Then Saturday evening, accompanied by a wood fire, enjoy a special gourmet meal paired with a not-so-serious tasting of several well-chosen, red companion beverages. A Saturday hikes at moderate level will whet your appetites. Then Eileen Yin plans group meals and guides participants, who share in meal preparation and clean up. This might be an all ATK culinary tour. Enjoying Community meals together is a favorite chapter activity. Bring your own Adult Beverages (in consultation with a knowledgeable participant). Carnivores will appreciate this weekend!

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LGBTQ Fall Family Hiking Weekend

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 28, 2018, 3:00PM, 3 days/2 nights

Enjoy Harriman State Park in all its autumnal glory during a weekend of hiking and paddling with family and friends. This laid back weekend led by Richard Breusch, AMC Backpacking Leader, is focused on relaxing and unwinding by enjoying the outdoors. Let toxic stress flow out of your body with each breath of fresh air. You can either join a hike or kayak trip, or simply enjoy a warm campfire. Partners, friends and family are encouraged to join the fun this weekend!

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Birds Take Flight

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 29, 2018, 7:00AM

It’s that time of year when birds are on the move. Come along on an early morning adventure to observe some of the amazing birds here and see our science team in action as they capture and band birds! They are working together to learn more about birds migrating through the Pine Bush. There will be a short inside presentation followed by an outside observation period, and then back indoors for hands-on activities. We plan to hike approximately one mile. The indoor portion will occur rain or shine.

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Wilderness First Aid Instruction

@ The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

  • September 29, 2018, 8:00AM, 2 days

Wilderness First Aid Emergency medicine for those who travel where ambulances can't. This is a 2-day, 16-hour course taught by volunteer AMC instructors. Come as a Day Student or Stay Overnight in a cabin or tent. No prior first aid experience is necessary. The course is a mix of classroom lecture and practical exercises. Topics covered include: Introduction, Scene Survey, Primary & Secondary Assessment, Bleeding and Wound Care, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Shock Environmental Emergencies, Bites & Stings, Cardiovascular Emergencies, Q & A This is an intense, fast paced, yet fun course. The course is approximately 70% lecture and 30% practical exercises. You must attend both days to obtain certification. Certification: People successfully completing this course will receive an ECSI WFA course completion e-card. The recommended renewal date is 2 years from the date of completion.

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Bear Mountain Invasive Plant and Trash Clean-up

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 29, 2018, 9:00AM

Give back to trails by joining the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Habitat Helpers crew to remove trash from the trail and weeds from our native plant habitat around the Trails for People Exhibit. The Trails for People Interpretive Exhibit serves as a one-of-a kind gateway to the backcountry to the millions of annual visitors to Bear Mountain State Park, acting as an invitation to travel on the trails neighboring the Park’s popular picnic areas. Its 32 educational signs and hands-on trail structures inform novice and expert trail users alike about the history of the Park, how trails are built, and how volunteers are the lifeblood of our trail systems. Over 7,000 volunteer hours went into building the exhibit surrounding the historic Spider Hill House, just south of Hessian Lake; the construction of this section of the Appalachian Trail, known as the Demonstration Trail; and the development of the signage content. We will meet in the parking lot of the Bear Mountain Inn and divide into two groups. One group will carpool up to the top of the mountain to do trash pickup while the other will walk to the Trails for People Exhibit garden to remove foxtail grass and invasive plants such as barberry and stiltgrass from the native plant garden. We'll also be planting some new native plants. Bring work gloves, a bagged lunch and your favorite gardening tools (if you have them!) Please sign-up so we know how many people to expect and we can let you know of any changes of plans.

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Bear Mountain Loop via Major Welch Trail and Appalachian Trail

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM

We’ll meet at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail near the southern end of Hessian Lake. From there, we'll walk north along the western shore of Hessian Lake to the start of the Major Welch Trail. Turning left into the woods, the ascent begins on stone steps, but quickly becomes rocky footpath. Gradually the climb becomes steeper, passing through stands of mountain laurel, as the footpath alternates between rocky footpath, well-graded footpath, stone steps and rock outcrop. We'll enjoy the north facing and panoramic views of the Hudson River, before we complete the climb to the summit. Here you can explore Perkins Memorial Tower and enjoy the all-encompassing views of the Hudson Valley. After a rest and lunch, we'll continue to the Appalachian Trail and begin our descent. After crossing and then joining parts of Perkins Drive, the trail descends over 800 magnificent hand-hewn stone steps built in place by NY-NJ Trail Conference Volunteers over a 5 year period. We'll pass a seasonal waterfall, cross a wooden bridge and enjoy views of Iona Island and the Hudson River. At the end of these giant steps, we'll be right back where we started.

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Dibble's Quarry

@ Roaring Kill P.A.

  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain Date 9/30

Hike the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Magical Quarry on Sugarloaf as described in ADK's Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons. See the ever changing thrones and stairways, "cave", and hike beyond to where beavers built a dam.

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Hurds Family Farm Cornmaze

@ Hurds Family Farm: Meet at Historic Dutch Barn

  • September 1, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 2, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 16, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM

Join us for a family outing through our NEW themed cornfield maze "Family, Friends & Fun"! Meet the Maze Master who will hand you a maze map design to help brush up on those map reading skills...lots of fun, with a bit of learning too!! Challenge your group to discover the 6 stations hidden along the pathways playing a farm themed Clue type game. The Hurds have added an Animal Track game for the little guys through a small portion of the big maze. This mini maze is clearly marked by flagging tape on both sides of the pathways. We will not lose wee lads and lassies as they discover, by track rubbings, the 6 animals who devoured the farmer's apple pie! Come make a day for the family and together enjoy fresh air, exercise and 30 plus Outdoor Activities.

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Long Mountain Loop Hike

@ Long Mountain in Harriman State Park

  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM

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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Museum Storytelling: Family Tours Inside Olana

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM

Master storyteller Tom Lee has spent the winter writing and tracking the adventurous travels of Frederic Church through the Middle East to prepare stories for inside the main house at Olana. Lee uses art, objects, history and interactivity to help young people (and grown-ups!) fall in love with museums. This is a program designed to introduce youth to the magic of a historic house museum.

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National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM

Come join us at Sam’s Point to celebrate National Public Lands Day! We will be working on pulling invasive plants from along the sides of our trails. Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting the globally rare ecosystem found here. All necessary training and tools will be provided. After the work day is over, please feel free to continue to celebrate by hiking our wonderful trails! All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a free day pass to participating federal public lands, including most National Parks. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center.

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Olana Historic Landscape Tours

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 2, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 4, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 7, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 8, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 11, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 14, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 15, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 16, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 18, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 21, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 25, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 28, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 29, 2018, 10:30AM
  • September 30, 2018, 10:30AM

Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story. Options for our Walking Tour, or our Electric Carriage Tour! Historic Landscape Tours are available Friday - Sunday & Tuesday

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They Clapped With Their Feet Not Their Hands: A Tour of Troy's Theaters & Recitation Halls

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market Information Booth

  • September 29, 2018, 10:30AM

Troy had many theaters and halls in the 19th and 20th century. It was the site of the first United States performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1847. Among the sites we will see include the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Kennedy Hall, Rand's Opera House and Proctor's Theater. Hear about the many famous people who have graced the stages of Troy's famous theaters !

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Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 29, 2018, 11:00AM

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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Tappantown Historical Society's Annual Colonial Day

@ The DeWint House/Washington's Headquarters

  • September 29, 2018, 12:00PM, ends at 5pm

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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Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Ulster County Heritage Area Visitors Center

  • September 29, 2018, 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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Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining

@ Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining, NY

  • September 1, 2018, 3:00PM
  • September 8, 2018, 3:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 3:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 3:00PM
  • September 29, 2018, 3:00PM

For the third year in a row, the Town of Ossining is partnering with local fitness and wellness businesses to offer FREE classes to the public on summer weekends at a Town or Village Park or open space. Every Saturday through September, Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba in Ossining will host classes at 3pm at Louis Engel Waterfront park, open to all ages. More events may be added with additional instructors, please visit Town of Ossining website at https://www.townofossining.com/cms/projects/mind-body-spirit-ossining for more information.

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Story Harvest

@ Freedom Square

  • September 29, 2018, 3:00PM

Story Harvest is a celebration of art and food from seed to table! The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s 8th 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. The featured band, Rootbrew (rootbrewmusic.com), sprouted from the fertile Hudson Valley. Together, this group can write, play, sing, and create a sound that will make the audience want to sing, dance, shout, jump, listen, discuss, and dream.

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Sunset Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 2, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 7, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 8, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 9, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 14, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 16, 2018, 5:00PM
  • September 21, 2018, 4:30PM
  • September 22, 2018, 4:30PM
  • September 23, 2018, 4:30PM
  • September 28, 2018, 4:30PM
  • September 29, 2018, 4:30PM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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Tom Lee Question Tour Inside Olana

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 29, 2018, 5:30PM

The Question Tour inverts the traditional house tour model and seeks to layer historic fact with audience perceptions. What happens when your questions about Olana get layered with personal experience, myths, stories and more questions? Deep inspired observation and learning! Master storyteller and museum educator Tom Lee has twenty years’ experience performing in museums and libraries; and his tours are the perfect blend of entertainment and information.

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Bird Walk at Hessian Lake

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 30, 2018, 9:00AM

Come join us for a morning walk around Hessian Lake as we look for birds and wildlife along the way. Walk is about 1.3 miles long on gentle paved hills and will take about 1.5-2 hours. Sturdy hiking shoes recommended. Please bring water and binoculars. Starting point of the walk is in front of the historic Bear Mountain Inn. Maximum number of registrations is 20.

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Down to Earth Piermont Farmers Market

@ Piermont, NY

  • September 2, 2018, 9:30AM
  • September 9, 2018, 9:30AM
  • September 16, 2018, 9:30AM
  • September 23, 2018, 9:30AM
  • September 30, 2018, 9:30AM

The Piermont Farmers Market is a grower-producer market in the heart of the village, featuring local farms and food makers. Charming Piermont Village is a popular stop-off for day bikers and the farmers market is walking distance to the Piermont Hudson River Pier and adjacent to Flywheel Park.

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Bannerman Castle Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 2, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 3, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 10, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 16, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 16, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 1:30PM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 24, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 29, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 30, 2018, 1:30PM

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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Pine Swamp Loop Hike

@ Begins in Lake Skannatati parking area in Harriman State Park

  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM

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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Storm King Mountain Loop Hike

@ Storm King State Park

  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM

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. (If you are travelling from the north, then please be aware that the parking area is on the northbound side of the divided highway, Rte. 9W. You will need to continue on Rte. 9W South, past the parking area, to the exit for Rte. 293/218. Here you will follow signs for Rte. 9W North, which will bring you to the parking area.)

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TarryHollow: Walking Through Time

@ Begins in Patriots Park next to the Captors Monument

  • September 15, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine
  • September 16, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine
  • September 29, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine
  • September 30, 2018, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine

An historical walking tour that explores the many layers of our wonderful community. The Historical Society presents the walking tour of all walking tours, especially if you’re interested in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow! This two-hour tour will introduce you to the unique history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and to some of the most intriguing people who have ever lived here. The guides will lead you through the many sections of our historic Hudson River villages and regale you with enticing tales of local lore. Starting from Patriots Park, you will journey past historic sites and buildings while the guides share stories of the individuals who made these places their home. The tales include historical accounts of real people and events, as well as a few unexplained incidents from the area’s legendary past. Each of our past residents has left their mark on the community, and a few of them may still linger nearby!

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Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve with Westchester Land Trust

@ Pound Ridge, New York

  • September 30, 2018, 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

  • September 30, 2018, 11:00AM

Join Hudson Crossing Park in celebrating the working dog and all things canine at Canines Crossing at the Park! A fun day out in the sun with local canine search and rescue groups, Guiding Eye service dogs, the Saratoga County K-9 unit, agility dogs, therapy dogs, animal story telling and much more!

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National Public Lands Day Roosevelt Farm Lane Hike

@ Roosevelt Farm Lane Rt. 9 Side

  • September 30, 2018, 11:00AM

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

@ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - South Gate

  • September 1, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 2, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 8, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 9, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 15, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 16, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 22, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 29, 2018, 11:00AM
  • September 30, 2018, 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 over 118-year old Receiving Vault, stop at a Revolutionary War monument, as well as admire the cemetery's lovely art and architecture during this one-hour walking tour.

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Bronck Museum's Heritage Craft Fair

@ Bronck Museum

  • September 30, 2018, 12:00PM

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

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Newburgh Open Studios

@ 5 Grand Street

  • September 29, 2018, 12:00PM, Until 6:00pm
  • September 30, 2018, 12:00PM, Until 6:00pm

The 8th 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 burgeoning 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 from Newburgh Art Supply. Maps will be available on both days starting at 10:00am at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street.

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Piermont's Station Museum

@ Piermont Station

  • September 2, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 16, 2018, 12:00PM
  • September 30, 2018, 12:00PM

Visitors can hike to the station along the scenic Erie Path. Learn about Piermont’s unique and diverse history that includes displays on Piermont’s role in the American Revolution and in WWII as well as the longest railroad in the world that in 1851 left from Piermont’s pier to Lake Erie. Parking is available on site.

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Skywalk Arts Festival

@ Rip Van Winkle Bridge

  • September 30, 2018, 12:00PM, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the art of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River Skywalk pedestrian crossing, which will eventually connect the homes of master painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Come to the park next to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge’s toll plaza in Catskill to view and buy artwork, observe plein air painters along the Skywalk, participate in hands-on art lessons, and hear live music, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hudson. This event will be taking place at the same time as other events at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. Signs will be set up to direct pedestrians between the bridge and the Thomas Cole site, which is short walk away. Motorists have to pass through Toll Lane 1 (full service lane) in order to enter the parking lot.

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Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 30, 2018, 1:00PM

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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Mandeville House Tour

@ 122 Lower Station Rd. Garrison, New York

  • September 29, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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Tour Horace Greeley's Country Home and Former Farm in Chappaqua

@ Chappaqua

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 8, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 15, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2018, 1:00PM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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Moodna Marsh Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 9, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2018, 2:30PM
  • September 22, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 23, 2018, 10:00AM
  • September 30, 2018, 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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Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ 945 N. Broadway Yonkers, NY 10701

  • September 2, 2018, 11:00AM, History tour
  • September 9, 2018, 11:00AM, President's tour
  • September 16, 2018, 11:00AM, Horitculture tour
  • September 23, 2018, 2:00PM, History tour
  • September 30, 2018, 2:00PM, History tour

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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2nd Annual Skywalk Festival

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 30, 2018, 11:00AM
  • October 1, 2018, 11:00AM
  • October 2, 2018, 11:00AM

Explore Olana’s activities and Thomas Cole’s home and studios during their Community Day and trek between the two high above the Hudson on the pedestrian path of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Exploring both museums and walking between Olana and TCNHS will certainly be a fun and a unique Hudson River Valley afternoon. The NYS Bridge Authority and specifically the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is celebrating an initiative to transform the Bridge with viewing platforms of the stunning Hudson River Valley and connect pedestrian pathways between The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and Olana State Historic Site in Greenport. Join in – rain or shine. More details to follow.

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