July 2017
Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Kevin M. Burke, Acting Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director Greenway,
Acting Director National Heritage Area  
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Hudson River Valley Greenway Awards Grants totaling $27,500
The Hudson River Valley Greenway Board of Directors awarded $27,500 in Greenway Grants at its recent meeting held in Newburgh. The recipients were the Town of Esopus, Ulster County, which was awarded $7,500 for a detailed ecological survey of conserved lands along Black Creek to inform implementation of the John Burroughs Black Creek Trail Plan; the Town of Marlborough, Ulster County was awarded $5,000 for a conceptual master plan for the Marlboro Mills Waterfalls Walkway which will serve as a recreational and interpretive trail connecting the hamlet of Marlboro to the Hudson River; the Town of Wawarsing with the Village of Ellenville was awarded $15,000 to fund a site plan for the revitalization of the Berme Road Park as a gateway to the O&W Trail, Ellenville, and Minnewaska State Park.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site, and Presidential Library and Museum Become Autism Supportive Environments
In 2015 and 2016, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site and Presidential Library and Museum completed Anderson Center for Autism’s Autism Supportive Environment training, a consultation and training program provided by the Anderson Center for Autism in cooperation with Dutchess County’s Think DIFFERENTLY initiative. This program trains staff to provide a better understanding of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and how to support their needs and the needs of their family members.  The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is currently receiving advanced support consultation to provide assistance in developing additional visual supports, such as a Social Story and a map containing alternate routes selected to allow visitors to avoid areas that may contain sensory stimuli (i.e., darkness/dimly lit (movie theater), higher noise volumes, etc.) while still remaining engaged in the exhibits. For more information on Autism Supportive Environment training for your organization or business, please click here, or email here 

2017 Hudson River Valley Ramble!
This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble  will be held September 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-October 1. The 2017 Ramble will feature over 225 recreational and cultural events highlighting the rich diversity of the Hudson River Valley region. To find the Ramble event just for you, please click here.
Regional Economic Development Council CFA Grant Round VII Awards
The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for more than $800 million in state funding for Regional Economic Development Council initiatives opens on May 1 and closes on July 28. In 2017, Round VII of the REDC initiative will award more than $800 million in state resources across all 10 regions, including up to $225 million in performance-based grants and tax credits from Empire State Development, and approximately $575 million from two dozen state agency programs. All 10 regions across New York State will be competing for designation as a “Top Performer,” of which five will be selected and receive awards of up to $20 million in grant funds, while the remaining five regions, identified as Regional Awardees, will receive up to $10 million in grant funds.  More information on the grants program is available here. The Consolidated Funding Application is here.
Teaching the Hudson Valley 2017 Summer Institute , Hyde Park, NY
The Summer Institute will take place from July 25-27 at the Henry Wallace Center at the FDR Home and Presidential Library. This year's theme is Building Community with Place-Based Learning. Educators, schools, historic sites, museums, parks, and community groups are well positioned to promote an understanding of democracy, practice civic discourse, and model respect for diversity. #THV2017 is designed to explore and share ways to pursue this important work. The program will include fifteen workshops and five all-day field experiences.  For find out more information on this rich educational opportunity, please click here.
Request for Proposals:  Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Study at Rattlesnake Island and Coxsackie Cove, Greene County, NY
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, is soliciting proposals for a study of hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Coxsackie Cove, west of Rattlesnake Island, Greene County, New York. The purpose of the study is to develop models which can be used to evaluate the potential for habitat restoration or enhancement in the area. Proposals are due at 12:00 Noon on July 17, 2017. Up to $104,000 is available for this project and it is anticipated that one successful project will be chosen. To view the RFP and to apply, please visit the contractor opportunities page on the NEIWPCC website. 
Request for Proposals: Preliminary Design of a Sustainable Shoreline at the Hudson Shores Park in the City of Watervliet, NY  
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and their partners, is inviting proposals for design of a “Sustainable Shorelines” demonstration project at the Hudson Shores Park in the City of Watervliet, New York. Proposals are due at 12:00 Noon on July 17, 2017. Up to $75,000 is available for this project. To view the RFP and to apply, please visit the contractor opportunities page on the NEIWPCC website. 
Upcoming Events

Summer 2017 Junior Naturalists Program, Kerhonkson, NY
The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is hosting its Junior Naturalist program using a variety of themes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to August 15. This innovative program offers parents the opportunity to join in exploration of the environment with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska.
Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. For more information and to register, please call the Miinnewaska State Park Office at (845) 255-0752.

Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present, and Future on the River Rose, West Haverstraw, NY
On July 5 and August 15, the River Rose, a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler, will cruise along the Rockland shore of the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge to observe what is currently the largest infrastructure project taking place in the United States.  Cruising on the River Rose will provide a unique vantage point in observing the progress of this project. The Historical Society of Rockland County is pleased to present these trips. Trips will leave from the Haverstraw Marina and will last about five hours. Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to register, please click here

One Day, Two Drastically Different Hikes, Cornwall, NY
On July 8, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will offer two very distinctive hikes. One hike will be the Hit the Trail at Schunnemunk Mountain hike 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants will hike the tallest mountain in Orange County.  The second hike is the Full Moon Hike  at 8:00 PM at the Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center in Cornwall. Participants will e njoy the moonlit fields and forests on a guided full moon trek.  To register for either or both hikes, please call (845) 534-5506 x20.  More information about the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum can be found here.

Winnakee Land Trust Summer Full Moon Hike, Rhinebeck, NY
On Sunday, July 9, the Winnakee Land Trust is hosting a Summer Full Moon Hike at Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill from 8:30 to 10:00 PM.  Full moon hikes offer spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge and Catskills to the West and the Taconic Range and Berkshires to the East. Be sure to bring a camera to take photos of the Hudson River Valley landscape bathed in the brilliant light of the moon. All ages and experience levels are welcome to enjoy this hike. Parking is limited, please carpool when possible. For more information, please click here or call (845) 876-4132 ext. 4.

Young Writers Camp, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
The Young Writers Camp for children ages 12 to 16 will take place at Clermont State Historic Site from July 10-14. Each day of the camp, young writers will find inspiration for their writing from the the many trails and gardens of Clermont's 500 acres. For more information and to register, please click here.

Call for Proposals, Southeast New York Stormwater Conference, Beacon, NY
The 17th annual Southeast New York Stormwater Conference is set for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Dutchess Manor in Beacon, NY. The conference provides an opportunity for municipal officials and staff as well as stormwater professionals to learn about stormwater management and related subjects from experts working in southeast NY and beyond. The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts is currently accepting proposals for presentations. Interested presenters should submit a proposal to the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts Coordinator, Michael Jastremski at mj.lhccd@gmail.com by the close of business on July 14, 2017.  For more information, please e-mail here.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Columbia & Greene Counties Summer Events and Workshops, Hudson and Acra, NY
The Cornell Cooperative Extension for Columbia and Green Counties is hosting a series of workshops and learning events in July.  On July 14 is an Invasive Species Overview workshop. On July 15 is a Wild Mushroom Foray.  On July 22 there will be a workshop entitled An Introduction to Summer Foraging.  The workshops will either take place at the Extension Education Center in Hudson, NY, or the Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra, NY. More information about these workshops and registration can be found here.

National Park Service Junior Ranger Camp, Hyde Park, NY
The National Park Service at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site is proud to present its first Junior Ranger Camp taking place July 10-13, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. (Drop off starting 8:30, Pick up until 4:30).  Children ages 10-12 are welcome to participate. The program is limited to only 24 registrants and early registration is strongly suggested. For more information about the camp contact Kayla Altland here.  More information about the Junior Ranger and Junior Secret Service Program is here.

Family-Friendly Bike Tours to Kingston Point Park, Kingston, NY
On July 15 at 10:00 AM, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is sponsoring a family friendly bike tour of Kingston Point Park.  Participants will learn about the Rondout Lighthouse, the Hudson River Day Line steamboat landing, and the amusement park at Kingston Point Park on these gentle, family-friendly bike rides. To get more information about the ride and to register, please click here.

Historic Housekeeping Made Simple, New City, NY
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network is once again sponsoring its Historic Housekeeping Made Simple workshop at the Historical Society of Rockland County from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on July 18. The full-day train-the-trainer workshop will focus on equipping attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is proud to sponsor these workshops. More information and registration can be found here.

Scavenger Hunt at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
Oakwood Cemetery is hosting an hour-long scavenger hunt for families on July 18 at 6:00 PM.  Two levels of clues will be available for readers and non-readers in a new area different from last year’s hunt. Drag the kids away from those video games for some outdoor fun. For more information and to register, please call  1-800-556-6273, or e-mail here.

Music in the Parks, Hyde Park, NY
On July 19, August 2, and August 16, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is hosting a series of free lawn concerts. Enjoy an evening of music with friends on the beautiful lush landscapes of the Vanderbilt Mansion overlooking the Hudson River. Outdoor concerts begin at 7:00 pm in June and July. August concerts begin at 6:30 pm. The entire 2017 schedule is available here

Aiming to Please at Knox's Headquarters, New Windsor, NY
On July 22 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM, Revolutionary War cannons will fire every half hour in a program about the 1780-81 artillery encampment at Knox's New Windsor.  For more information about the Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site, please click here.

Olana Summer Party, Hudson, NY
On Saturday, July 22, the Olana State Historic Site is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a public work of art.  Guests will return to 1967 as top regional chefs will create 1967-inspired hors d'ouevres and a DJ will spin 1960's era tunes from Olana's East Lawn. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

The Starry Road to Freedom, one-man Frederick Douglass show, Germantown, NY
On July 29 at 3:00 PM, the Clermont State Historic Site will host The Starry Road to Freedom. This a one-man show about the life and legacy of famed former slave, abolitionist, and orator Frederick Douglass. Starring the show’s creator, Phil Darius Wallace, this compelling, intimate play has been presented Off-Broadway and around the United States. It is an exploration of Douglass’ life from childhood to his career as a diplomat and statesman told through monologues, poetry, and song. This is a unique opportunity to meet the quintessential self-made man. This very special performance will be performed on the grounds of Clermont State Historic Site (rain or shine). Seating is on the lawn (bring a blanket or lawn chair) and is first come, first served.  To reserve your ticket, please click here.

Harlem Valley Rail Ride, Millerton, NY
On July 30, experience the summer's most beautiful bike ride.  Starting and finishing at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton, NY, this summer's bike ride and festival will feature eight routes varying in length from 23 to 100 miles along beautiful low-traffic country roads. Within each route, there will be a six-mile stretch of no traffic on the car-free Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  The conclusion of the event will be a BBQ festival.  For more information on the Harlem Valley Rail Ride, please click here.

Revolutionary Camp Night at the Historic Huts, New Windsor, NY
On August 5 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM, the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will host Revolutionary Camp Night at the Historic Huts. Candlelight military drills, musket firings and other period activities will take place at the encampment.  More information about the New Windsor Cantonment is here

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England, East Nassau, NY
On August 26 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance is hosting renowned ecologist and author Tom Wessels to lead a program based on his book Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England. This program, meeting at the Hoags Corners Ambulance Corps and moving into the Albert Family Community Forest, will feature a walk in the woods that will be a forensic ecology expedition.  Tickets are available here

The 4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial,  Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck, NY
The 4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial will take place at the Wilderstein Historic Site until October 31. Displays may be seen during the Site's opening hours between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The Biennial includes eighteen sculptures and installations by a diverse group of Hudson Valley and regional artists. The sculptures will grace the breathtaking Calvert Vaux designed grounds of the renowned Wilderstein Estate overlooking the Hudson River. For more information on the Biennial and the Wilderstein Historic Site, please click  hereor call (845) 876-4818 .
Heritage Spotlight: The Tower of Victory, Newburgh, NY
Overlooking the Hudson River on the grounds of Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, the Tower of Victory was erected in 1887 to commemorate the centennial of the end of the American Revolution. It stands on the site where George Washington refused to serve as monarch of the new American nation as well as the place where the Badge of Military Merit, now known as the Purple Heart, was created. The Tower of Victory was commissioned by Robert Todd Lincoln and designed by renowned architect John Hemingway Duncan. Inside the arched stone structure are bronzes of Washington and other military figures sculpted by William Rudolf O'Donovan. In the 1950s, a hurricane severely damaged the Tower of Victory causing it to lose its roof and its observation deck, which commanded sweeping views of the Hudson. Over the past several decades, wind and water damage have taken their toll on the structure. However, the Tower of Victory is currently being restored.  A new Spanish tile roof to match the original will be constructed, the entry gates will be restored, and masonry repairs will be made to the stone facade.  Construction will be completed by the fall of 2017 and the restoration has been an important project for the City of Newburgh community. (Photo source: Tower of Victory, John Donnery Photography)
Project Spotlight: Town of Chatham GIS Datasets for Groundwater Resource Mapping
In conjunction with the Columbia County Planning Department and the Columbia County Environmental Management Council, the Town of Chatham, Columbia County, was recently awarded a Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant in the amount of $4,000 to  standardize, update, and integrate groundwater resource mapping into usable GIS datasets.  Under the grant, the New York Rural Water Association integrated three GIS datasets, created metadata, distributed the datasets on the New York State Geographic Information System (GIS) Clearinghouse, and created a series of maps for county and town officials. This initiative will help protect groundwater resources and has promoted close municipal and county cooperation as well as environmental and regional planning in Columbia County .
Grant Opportunities 

Greenway Conservancy Trail Grants Program
The Hudson River Valley Greenway  is pleased to announce that the 2017 Conservancy Trail Grant Application is now available.   This annual grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects.The 2017 application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail. Applications are due by 4:00 PM, September 8, 2017. More information here.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: September 8. More here.

Hudson River Estuary Grants
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recently announced $670,000 in competitive grants that will be available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary improve recreational access and design projects to increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, and enhance natural resources. The grants support the goals of DEC’s 2015-2020 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. The deadline for applications is July 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM. The Requests for Applications (RFA) for “Local Stewardship Planning” and “River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities” are available online through the NYS Grants Gateway here. More information about the grants is available here.     

Climate Smart Communities Grant Program
The Climate Smart Communities grant program provides 50/50 matching grants to counties (and NYC boroughs), cities, towns and villages of the State of New York for eligible climate adaptation and mitigation projects.  In 2017, $9.5 million is available for implementation projects  related to flood risk reduction, extreme event preparation, reduction of vehicle miles traveled (VMT), reduction of food waste, reduction of landfill methane leakage, and reduction of hydrofluorocarbons emissions from refrigeration and other air conditioning equipment. In addition, $500,000 is available for certification projects that advance adaptation, land use, transportation, and organic waste management planning, inventory and assessment actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements.  Round two of this grant program is being offered through the 2017 Consolidated Funding Application. The deadline for the application is Friday, July 28, 2017.  More information about this grant program is available here. More information about the Consolidated Funding Application is available here.

NYS Consolidated Funding Application
Round VII of the Consolidated Funding Application opened on May 1 and closes July 28th. Grant funds are available from many New York State agencies and authorities, through one single application portal. More information here .

New York State Assembly Grants Action News 
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More  here
Green Tip of the Month: Reducing Household Hazardous Waste
Now that summer is here, many people are pursuing their outdoor hobbies or simply doing work around the house. With that work, we tend to rely on chemicals from paint thinners to cleaning products, to pesticides, to a variety of aerosols to get the job done. As these products are part of modern life, we tend not to think about how they affect the environment we live in including air and water contamination. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a wide range of alternative solutions for how you can still perform all the household chores you normally do, only using more natural and safer methods and products for the environment. To find out what you can do, please click here. (Photo source: http://www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hw)