February 2015

Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities        Regional Events 

Heritage Spotlight              Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?New

Hudson River Valley Greenway Awards $33,460 in Greenway Grants

Greenway Grant check presentation in Cohoes - Albany County, January 2015

The Hudson River Valley has awarded a total of $33,460 in matching grants to four Hudson Valley communities for projects that will help spur economic development and natural resource protection in the region. The four projects were awarded as follows:

  • $10,000 to the Town of North Greenbush (Rensselaer County) for design standards to complement its Main Street Revitalization and comprehensive plans
  • $8,460 to the Village of Kinderhook (Columbia County) for a comprehensive plan update
  • $7,500 to the City of Cohoes (Albany County) for a revitalization of the Cohoes Vistors and Information Center
  • $7,500 to the Village of Green Island (Albany County) for the Black Bridge Rail Trail Connection Project
Greenway Grant check presentation in North Greenbush - Rensselaer County, January 2015

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides funding to participating Greenway Compact Communities in order to further a regional planning strategy consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, regional planning, economic development, public access, and heritage and environmental education. For more on the Greenway Communities Grant Program, please visit the program webpage, and see this press release for details on the most recent round of awards.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Writing About Place Contest

High school students from the Newburgh Free Academy on a Teaching the Hudson Valley field trip to Storm King Mountain

Teaching the Hudson Valley held its fourth annual Writing About Place contest in 2014, as part of National Day on Writing. Public, private, and home-schooled students from the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area were invited to provide their impressions of inspiring places in their Hudson Valley home with essays and poetry. Writings about places of cultural, historic, or natural significance were eligible for prizes, with four winners this year earning all-expense-paid trips for their entire classes to share these places. This year's winning entries and additional poems by grade-school students included reflections on Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area sites like Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Storm King Mountain, Olana State Historic Site, West Point, Bear Mountain State Park, as well as the Catskills and the Hudson River itself. 


Teaching the Hudson Valley is an important educational partner of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, founded in 2003 to help educators and students discover and appreciate the region's natural, historic, and cultural treasures by fostering collaboration between schools and learning sites through field trips, lessons and activities, and professional assistance. Details about the 2015 Writing About Place contest will be published this summer. For more information about the 2014 contest and winners, please visit the Teaching the Hudson Valley online.

Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot
Glenview and the Hudson River Museum

February 18th marks the birthday of New York painter Jasper Cropsey, an important landscape artist of the Hudson River School. Though he spent much of his career in New York City, Crospey established a Hudson Valley home and studio called Everest in Hastings-on-Hudson. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, just downriver from Cropsey's home, is the largest museum in Westchester County and houses an extensive collection of paintings by Hudson River School artists. Paintings by Cropsey currently on view include The Narrows at Lake George, in addition to works by other Hudson River School artists like Asher B. Durand, Samuel Colman, and William Trost Richards. The museum also includes Glenview, an eclectic Victorian mansion dating from 1876 and inspired by the designs of the Eastlake Movement. Besides its considerable fine arts holdings, the Hudson River Museum also offers exhibits on the heritage and natural history of the region. For more on the Hudson River Museum and Glenview Mansion, and to plan a visit, please visit hudsonrivervalley.com.

Febrewary Project SpotlightProjectspot

The Town of Rensselaerville and the Carey Center for Global Good have established a new cooperative resource for farming and the craft beverage industry in rural Albany County. Dubbed the Helderberg Brewshed, the project will unite local agricultural and brewing interests and resources to promote local beer production in Rensselaerville.


Inspired by Governor Cuomo's ambitious Farm Brewery License that encourages the production of beer from New York State ingredients, this cooperative will investigate agricultural, brewing, and educational resources necessary not only for a viable brewing industry, but the local agriculture to support it. The complete project will include a pilot farm brewery, a "Farm-to-Glass" classroom, and a Farm Brewery Incubator, in addition to assessments of local brewing resources and opportunities. Educational programs of the Brewshed have already engaged more than 350 farmers, craft beverage producers, and industry stakeholders in their first year.


New York State has a strong brewing heritage and towns like Rensselaerville were once leading producers of beer ingredients like hops. Projects like the Helderberg Brewshed will promote local economic development in line with the agricultural heritage of the Hudson Valley, while preserving the rural character of these scenic areas.


The Hederberg Brewshed and Farm Brew Cooperative were funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. For more on this project, please visit the Helderberg Brewshed at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Upcoming Grants and Other OpportunitiesGrants

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area 2015 Heritage Development Grant Program

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announces its 2015 Heritage Development Grant Program. $50,000 in matching funds is available to projects that support programming, interpretation, and marketing of Hudson River Valley heritage and historic sites. Deadline: February 6, 2015. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program webpage.                                                                                                                       

Greenway Communities and Compact Grant Programs

Financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated "Greenway Communities" or "Greenway Compact Communities" within the Greenway Area. Projects funded under this program include those that relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, and open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM: February 6, 2015; May 8, 2015; September 11, 2015. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program webpage.

Professional Development Grants for New York State Historical Societies
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation will offer 10 competitive need-based scholarships of $1,000 each for historical societies in New York State for professional development purposes. Applications must be postmarked by February 20, 2015. For more information, please visit the program webpage.

Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services
Applications are now being accepted for a 10-week internship with the Centers for Disease Control Summer Program in Environmental Health, which is geared towards majors in Environmental Health. More information available here. Application deadline: February 11, 2015.

Museum Association of New York Mini-Grants
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 are available for modest planning or implementation projects through the Museum Association of New York. Upcoming deadlines are February 16 and May 1, 2015. For more on Museum Association of New York grants, please visit their webpage.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network - 2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program
Support of up to $7,500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. For guidelines, application forms, and listings of past grantees, please visit the Conservation Treatment Grant Program webpage. Please note the new application deadline: March 2, 2015.

Preservation League of New York: Preserve NY and TAG Programs
The Preservation League of New York invests in the rehabilitation of historic places, , and protects properties at the local, state, and national level through landmark designations. The League will award over $150,000 in Preserve NY grants and TAG (Technical Assistance Grants) in 2015. The deadline for the spring round of these grants is April 13, 2015. For more information, please visit the Preservation League of NY grants webpage.

Museum Association of New York Travel Grants
Museum Association of New York Travel Grants provide funds to museum staff and volunteers for travel to other museums, conferences, and workshops for professional development. Deadline: June 30, 2015. For more information, please visit the program webpage.
National Parks Service 2015 Battlefield Planning Grants
The National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Grant Program is now accepting proposals for 2015. Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for funding to support archaeology, cultural landscape inventories, cultural resource documentation, GIS mapping, National Register nominations, and preservation plans. For more information, please visit the program website.

Museum Association of New York Awards of Merit: Open Call for Nominations
The MANY Awards of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. They reward the innovative efforts of staff and volunteers and they provide encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. Nominations are sought for contributions made in 2014. For more information on the awards please visit the MANY website, email info@manyonline.org, or call (518) 273-3400. 
Museums in Action 2015: Museums Mean Business - Call for Proposals
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is soliciting session and workshop proposals for its April 2015 annual conference in Corning, New York. The theme of the upcoming conference is the museum as an economic engine. For more information, visit the MANY conference webpage.
2015 Office of Environmental Justice Small Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its application period for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. Pre-application assistance calls will take place in October and November. For more information, please visit the EJSG webpage

Master of Science in Engineering Management Program at Clarkson University
Clarkson University's Master of Science in Engineering Management program is expanding this fall. The two-year, 30-credit hybrid program, designed for rising at-work professionals, focuses on building expertise in project management, financial management, quality management, and operations management. Students meet with faculty in-person at the start of each semester and continue interactions online, building a sophisticated learning community with Web-conferencing, email, social media, and other innovative technologies. For more information, visit the program webpage.
Martha Washington Woman of History Award
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site will be accepting nominations for its annual Martha Washington Woman of History Award through January 9, 2015.
This award, now in its thirteenth year, recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in the field of Hudson Valley history and continues the site's mission of public education. For more information, please see this PDF or call (845) 562-1195.

Rolling Acceptance of Grant Applications:

Federal Grant Opportunities (courtesy of Congressman Paul Tonko)
A comprehensive and updated list of federal grant opportunities is available at the website of New York Congressman Paul Tonko. 

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and nonprofit conservation organizations to apply for Farmland Protection funding. Prequalification for all not-for-profits is required; all municipalities interested must register on the State's new Grants Gateway website. For more information, please visit the program webpage.

New York State Conference of Mayors Grant & Award Opportunities (Ongoing) 
New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials provide access to several ongoing grant and award opportunities. NYSCOM shares several links to federal, state, private foundation, and corporate grant and award programs.

2015 Events:

The Hudson River Estuary Program's 2015 Summit on the Future of the Hudson
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program will host the third Summit on the Future of the Hudson on April 16, 2015. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for this important event. Look for more meeting details to be announced soon.
Regional Events events

February 3

Nature Education in Harriman: A Rich History at Harriman State Park - Bear Mountain
Learn about the rich history of the park, camps, programs, and the unique surroundings of Nature Museums and the folks that made it what it is today. More...

Nights Sounds of the Park at Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Pleasantville
Stephen Sciamewill present a public program on the nocturnal inhabitants of the park. The program will include a night hike on the park trails to listen for some of the park's night-time residents. More...

Full Moon Walk at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
Join the park naturalist on a full moon evening hike around Moreau Lake. Participants will learn about the Full Moon and some nightly sounds of our lake. More...

February 4
Cross Country Ski Trip at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. More...
February 5
Wetland Hike at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
A beautiful walk around a small wetland is sure to impress. While enjoying an easy hike you will have the opportunity to listen and look for wild animals. A park naturalist will be leading the hike and will be sure to slip in some educational facts. More...

Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park Meeting - Cropseyville
Join this wonderful group of outdoor enthusiasts as they make plans for trail improvements, park events and new amenities for the public. Meets at the Park Office. More...

Mud Pond Hike at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around Mud Pond. A naturalist will point out some of our local wintertime flora and fauna. More...

Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series - New Paltz
Matthew Merchant, Senior Wildlife Biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will teach you about black bear biology and how humans can coexist with these gentle giants on the Shawangunk Ridge and in the Catskills. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Hall 102. More... 


February 6

Webinar: The World Condensed: A Global Pursuit And Passions For Plants at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center - Hudson
Famed plantsman Dan Hinkley has spent much of his life exploring garden-worthy plants all around the world. In this pre-recorded lecture, he'll share his exploratory adventures in Asian flora with Cornell Cooperative Extension audiences. Register online or call (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0 for more information. 

February 7
Backyard Maple Production at the Agroforestry Resource Center - Acra
Maple season is right around the corner and this workshop will introduce you to the rewarding hobby of maple sugaring, from equipment and tapping to syrup production. This program includes a tour of the Center's Maple Sugar House. Register online or call (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0 for more information. 

Waterfall Snowshoe Outing at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson
This two-and-a-half mile long snowshoe hike along the lovely Awosting Falls Carriage Road departs from the Peter's Kill Area. Snowshoes are available to rent. If there is no snow, this outing will be offered as a hike. More...

Arm Knitting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Knit a scarf using your arms as knitting needles! Participants should bring yar, scissors, and yarn needles, and wear sleeves that can be pushed up to the elbows. More...

"First People of New York and the Northeast" at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Native Americans first explored New York about 13,000 years ago, as this region was emerging from the Ice Age. Dr. Jonathan Lothrop, New York State Museum Curator of Archaeology, reviews current archaeological research on how and when Native Americans colonized and adapted to the changing landscapes of prehistoric New York. More...

Kid's Ice Fishing Clinic at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed, participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! More...

Deep Air Art Series: Human Ecologies/Changing Landscapes at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
The first of several events designed to highlight artistic practices and conversations about ecology, local geography, and landscape. Conversation will be guided by artists Peter Lamborn Wilson and Tanya Marcuse, with questions and refreshments. More...

Opening Reception at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Opening receptions for Videofreex: The Art of Guerilla Television, Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, Grace Hartigan: Myths and Malls, and The Maverick Festival at 100. More...

February 7 (also on February 21)
Downton Abbey Tour at Staatsburgh State Historic Site - Staatsburgh
Discover Staatsburgh's real-life counterparts to the popular characters of Downton Abbey. A costumed guide highlights the lives and roles of Staatsburgh's family and servants as they prepare for a weekend of lavish entertaining at the mansion. More...

February 7 (also on February 14, 21 & 28)
Guided Tour at Philpse Manor Hall State Historic Site - Sleepy Hollow
Like your tours with a more personal touch? Accompany us on a private museum tour with one of our knowledgeable docents. More...

February 8
World War I & The End of the Gilded Age Tour at Staatsburgh State Historic Site - Staatsburg
1914 saw the start of World War I and the beginning of the end of the Gilded Age. This special tour explores how the Millses' extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. More...

Snowshoe Hike in Thacher Park - Voorheesville
This four-mile winter hike follows Carrick Road to Hang Glider Point and back, with a stop for views and a snack. More...

Sledding Party at Clermont State Historic Site - Germantown
The one time of year that the hill at Clermont is open to sledding. Fun for the whole family with supervised sledding (safety sleds only-no metal runners), a warm bonfire, snowman contest and refreshments. Free admission, with hot chocolate and treats for sale. More...

First Sunday Free Gallery Tour at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

February 10
Tuesday Trek: Cross-Country Ski to Kempton Ledge at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson
This modestly challenging, four-mile outing will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and Castle Point Carriage Road, a well-groomed route that does include two challenging hills. More...

Beginner Snowshoe at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
This easy snowshoe trip is great for all skill levels and will be led by the park educator. We will learn the basics of walking with snowshoes, as well as some history of the sport. More... 

February 11
Preschool Snowshoe Program at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Come visit the Nature Center and find out what animals are up to this winter! We'll watch songbirds at the feeders and visit our resident honeybees and turtles to observe how they stay warm in the coldest months. Then, we'll bundle up for a winter snowshoe walk. More...

Storytime at the Museum: Community at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site - Sleepy Hollow
Preschoolers are invited to Storytime at Philipse Manor Hall with picture books, songs, and finger plays followed by a hands-on museum activity. More...

Overlook Hike at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
This short, moderate hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. More...

February 12
Cross Country Ski Trip at Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort
This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. More...

Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series - Ecological Functions of Fungi - New Paltz
Bill Bakaitis, mycology educator and expert, will lead an interactive illustrated lecture examining the role that mushrooms and other fungi play in the ecosystem. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Hall 102. More...

Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Create an art project for your sweetheart with your sweetheart! Join Hudson Valley artist Jill Obrig as she leads an acrylic painting class inspired by the work of Jim Dine Heart. An arrangement of desserts and hot beverages for you to sip on while you paint and all painting supplies will be provided. More...

Volunteer Day at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Working together, Olana State Historic Site and the Olana Partnership seek volunteers to assist with our growing organization. If you have a few hours to give each week or month and are looking for a project that is rewarding and educational, join us! More...

Scholars Lecture: Donald P. Gregg and "Potshards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas" at John Jay State Historic Site - Katonah
In his memoir of 31 years in CIA and 10 years in the White House, Donald P. Gregg bears personal witness to hidden intelligence, behind the scenes diplomatic history, and the personalities of the Presidents and politicians he served under. More...

February 13
February Star Party with Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association at Lake Taghkanic State Park - Ancram
Monthly stargazing event for the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! More...

February 14 (also February 16)
Celebrating Washington's Birthday at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site - New Windsor
Soldiers will bring to life the Continental Army's final winter encampment with musket and cannon firings, blacksmithing, medical demonstrations, and other aspects of daily life. More...

Presidents Day at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site - Sleepy Hollow
Presidents George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both visited Philipse Manor Hall, and this Presidents Day, you can do the same! Celebrate the Manor Hall's collection of presidential portraits with crafts, scavenger hunts, quizzes, and more. Come meet and mingle with the 16th president Abraham Lincoln, and hear him recite The Gettysburg Address! More...

"Ecological Dimensions of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York's Marcellus Shale" at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Protection of water resources has been a main concern when considering environmental impacts of natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing. Researchers have developed a method for assessing broader ecological impacts that considers forest fragmentation, stream contamination, and disturbance to wildlife of conservation significance. Dr. George Robinson will discuss this research and the resulting model that was developed as a tool for site selection. More...

February 15
Mossy Glen Snowshoe Outing at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson
This four mile snowshoe hike will follow the Mossy Glen Footpath and the Lower Awosting Carriage Road. If snow conditions are minimal, this outing will be a hike. More...

Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Join a guided snowshoe walk on the Nature Center trails. If there is no snow, the outing will be offered as a hike. More...

Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Love & Marriage in the Gilded Age at Staatsburgh State Historic Site - Staatsburg
Enjoy tea and refreshments in the servants' dining hall while listening to a talk about different aspects of Gilded Age etiquette. Learn some of the rules of courtship and take a look at a few high profile marriages. More...

Snow or No Snow Hike at Taconic State Park - Copake Falls
This family friendly snowshoeing hike on the new section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will begin and end at Park headquarters. More...

Winter Navigation with Map & Compass at Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Pleasantville
Head out into the snow for a day of hands-on navigation training with our REI Outdoor School. You will learn to see three dimensions of the land in the two dimensions of a topographic map. More...

February 16
Snowshoe Explore at Grafton Lakes State Park - Cropseyville
Learn to use snowshoes and head out into the park on an adventure. More...

ARTic Adventure for Youth! at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Join us for a special vacation add-on to artist Robin Brickman's workshop for youth who want to make a play at Olana. Bag lunch, and good outdoor play clothes are required. More...

3D Underwater Worlds: Art Making with Robin Brickman at Olana State Historic Site
This day-long retreat for young people include a children's book reading, sketching, and painting, hiking, and refreshments. More...

February 18
Snow Day at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Take a break from school break with some winter fun at Thacher Nature Center! Activities for school-age children include snowshoe races and an outdoor scavenger hunt, and make-your-own animal tracks and scat cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 will be collected per person. More...

February 20
Animal Tracking with the Family at Grafton Lake State Park - Cropseyville
Fisher, fox and other creatures live in the park! Learn how to spot their tracks and signs, and then join us as we look for the stories they've left in the snow. More...

February 21
Cherry Plain State Park Winter Fun Day at Cherry Plain State Park - Cherry Plain
Snowshoe outings and fun in the park for all ages. Refreshments provided and free snowshoe demos. Free event sponsored by the Friends of Cherry Plain State Park. More...

Zebra Mussels at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Zebra Mussels are an agressive invasive species that severely impacts the health of freshwater systems. Anyone who enjoys swimming, fishing, or other water recreation will be interested in this presentation that will discuss the biology, problems and potential control of zebra mussels and other aggressive aquatic introductions. More...

February 22
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center - Voorheesville
Join a guided snowshoe walk on the Nature Center trails. If there is not enough snow, the outing will be offered as a hike. More...

February 25
Snowshoe Outing at Grafton Lakes State Park - Cropseyville
Join naturalists on a casual snowshoe hike through beautiful Grafton Lakes State Park. Practice your observation skills and bring your camera to capture the scenes! If there is no show, the outing will be offered as hike. More...

February 28
Snowshoe Walk at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Enjoy the beauty of winter along the scenic carriage drives at Olana State Historic Site. Participants will learn the basics of walking on snowshoes as they search for signs of animals that don't go south in the winter. More...

Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park - Voorheesville
Snowshoe by the light of the Snow Moon. On a clear and bright night, we can leave the flashlights behind. Walk will traverse level terrain and last about one hour. More...

Sundays in February
Spa City Farmers' Market
A year-round Farmers' Market held every Sunday in Saratoga Springs. More...


Ongoing Events:

Nature As I See It: A collection of works by Laura Garramone at the Agroforestry Resource Center - Acra

Laura Garramone will present her nature-inspired pastel paintings of New York wildlife and landscapes at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Resource Center. Opening night and artist reception with refreshments on January 10. Through February. For more information, please call (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0.


Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz

Seven contemporary artists create vibrant new art that draws from Western abstraction and other aesthetic traditions more accepting of ornament. Through April 12, 2015. More...

Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation at the Morgan Library & Museum - New York

This exhibition focuses on Abraham Lincoln's mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history. It explores Lincoln as a writer and public speaker whose eloquence shaped the nation and the world, in his time and in ours. More...

The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries at the New York State Museum - Albany
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, presents this major exhibition detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. On view from November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2016. More...


"You and Your Forest" - A Free Informational Letter Series from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

"You and Your Forest" is a free informational letter series that can help you begin the process of forest stewardship without leaving the comfort of your home. The letter series does not require any previous knowledge of forests or forestry. Sign up and you will receive seven self-study installments beginning February 2015 and sent every two weeks through May 2015. Each segment covers a range of topics, from forest ecology, agroforestry, and management, to wildlife and invasive species. Please call the Agroforestry Resource Center at (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0 to enroll in this letter series.


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Green Tip Of The MonthGreenTip

Green Your Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is one of the most expensive holidays on the calendar- and that usually means a lot of waste. But there are lots of more conscientious ways to show your affection for both your sweetheart and the planet this year, from buying fair trade chocolate and local flowers, to avoiding the destructive practices encouraged by the mining industry by seeking out that perfect piece of vintage jewelry. For more green Valentine's Day tips, see this helpful list from the Sierra Club.

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