May 2014


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

National Park Service Passport Stamp Program

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has renewed our involvement with the National Park Service's Passport Stamp Program. In total, 65 Hudson River Valley NHA Heritage Site partners have elected to participate in this program, with each site offering their own personalized stamp. This year we welcome 15 new sites to the program. The NPS Passport Program was started in 1986, and today has more than 1.3 million participants. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area first joined the program in 2006, offering this opportunity to our partner Heritage Sites. For a list of sites currently participating, click here. 


Be a Part of Path Through History Weekends!

The 2014 Path Through History Weekends will be held on June 7-8 and 14-15.  If your organization is holding an event during this time-frame that connects with New York history, there is still time to register to be a part of this important effort to highlight our state's history and culture. 




Register now for the 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble!   

It's the Ramble's 15th Anniversary! This year the Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Registration is now open, and you can submit your event here. Please have your event in by June 17th to be published in the Ramble booklet. Thanks to our 160 event partners last year, the Hudson River Valley Ramble continues to be a great success. 

Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are available at all levels. Let's make the 15th year of the Ramble the best ever! 




NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Grants Open May 1st

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative April 28 2014, officially kicking off the 2014 competition for up to $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) opened to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state funding programs, through a single application, for job-creating and community development projects.  The 2014 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible at The New York State CFA Application period opens on May 1st and the deadline for applications is Monday, June 16th at 4 p.m. 



Author Series: Scott Keller & The Hudson River Water Trail Guide

On Sunday May 4th, The Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries Sunday Author Series featured the Greenway's own Scott Keller, discussing his contribution to the Hudson River Water Trail Guide. The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a 256 mile, 103 site water trail from Whitehall, New York to Battery Park in Manhattan. In 2012 HRGWT was named one of the first nine National Water Trails by the US Department of the Interior. The Hudson River Water Trail Guide is a helpful guide to this important natural recreational resource.




Help Save The Tower of Victory- Spring Campaign 

The Tower of Victory was completed in 1890 in commemoration of the centennial of Washington's stay. Commissioned by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Lincoln, and designed by John Hemingway Duncan, the Tower is need of restoration. The capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh continues to gain momentum. To fully restore the Tower, the Palisades Park Conservancy needs to raise $1.5 million dollars.The Palisades Park Commission in partnership with Washington's Headquarters State Historic Park have launched a"green" campaign with Taylor Recycling Facility to help raise funds for needed restoration repairs for the Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters. Taylor's Recycling in Montgomery, N.Y. will sell mulch just in time for spring gardening, where 100% of your mulch purchase will go towards the campaign to help Save the Tower. Mulch is available for purchase from now until July, while supplies last. 




Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor


The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has a history steeped in military battles and achievements.  In advance of Memorial Day, we are highlighting The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor, New York.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor has an ongoing project called the Roll of Honorserving as the Nation's first comprehensive registry of Purple Heart recipients. They are inviting the public to register online or in person at their site by providing accurate information and stories of those who were awarded a Purple Heart.


The Roll of Honor initiative serves as a way to remember and honor those serving our country, earning a Purple Heart. Every Purple Heart has a story, adding the names of those who were awarded a Purple Heart, further enables this historically significant award to be commemorated and shared. For more information on the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and the Roll of Honor, click here.  

Project SpotlightProjectspot
 Hudson River Environmental Society: Environmental History of the Hudson Valley
In 2009, the Hudson River Environmental Society, was awarded a Hudson River Valley Quadrennial Grant for the book, Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology, Ecology that Changed Human Uses
The diverse contributions to Environmental History of the Hudson River examine how the natural and physical attributes of the river have influenced human settlement and uses, and how human occupation has, in turn, affected the ecology and environmental health of the river. The Hudson River Valley may be America's premier river environmental laboratory, and by bringing historians and social scientists together with biologists and other physical scientists, this book hopes to foster new ways of looking at and talking about this historically, commercially, and aesthetically important ecosystem.
Environmental History of the Hudson River received a 2012 Award for Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network.

 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities and Compact Grants

Applications are due May 9, 2014 for consideration at the June Greenway Board Meeting, and August 29th for consideration at the October Board Meeting.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Before school is out in June, go on a field trip to a local Hudson Valley historic site, with help from this grant program.


Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Grants

TAP funds can be used for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities; conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use; and infrastructure-related projects to provide access for and improve the safety of children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Deadline: June 11. Read more..


2014 Conservation Treatment Grant Program

The Greater Hudson Heritage Network has announced their 2014 Conservation Treatment Grant Program. This grant provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving object in collections of museums, historical and cultural organization in New York State. Open to non-profit 501(c)3 museums, historical organizations, or other cultural institutions that own, care for and exhibit collections to the public. Deadline June 2, 2014


NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Grants 

Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) is now open for grant applications. Up to $750 million in state economic development resources have been allocated for CFA grants. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) enables businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to apply for assistance from dozens of state funding programs, through a single application, for job-creating and community development projects. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 16th at 4 p.m. For applicants, the New York State CFA Application is open to applicants now. 


Cleaner Greener Communities - Round 2

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) requests applications for Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) Phase II Implementation Grants. CGC is funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the goal of which is to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast. Phase II of CGC will be instrumental in achieving that goal. Deadline: June 16


Estuary Grants Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2014 competitive Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Program. Funding is available for the Action Agenda Partnership Grants, Estuary Access Grants, & Hudson Tributary Restoration Grants for the state fiscal year 2013-2014 from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and the Natural Resources Damages Fund (NRD). Deadline June 20, 2014.


2013 Get Ready!, Get Set! And Go! Grants

Get Ready! Grants provide a way to learn about the planning process and help your organization begin creating a plan. A Get Ready! Grant provides your organization with a consultant experienced in museum planning. Deadline is July 1, 2014.

National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects. NPS staff provide free on-location facilitation and planning expertise, and help guide projects from conception to completion. Applications for assistance are due August 1.


Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and non profit 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.


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. 


The William G. Pomeroy Foundation Historic Roadside Marker Program (Ongoing)

Grants are given for historic markers to commemorate historic people, places or things within the time frame of 1740-1900.  


Department of Housing and Urban Development (Ongoing)
HUD is seeking competitive applications for individual FY 2013 program nofas that will further the achievement of HUD's strategic plan goals and policy priorities. HUD's strategic mission: to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. 

 Regional Events events

Calendar of Events: May 2014


John Jay Homestead Farm Market 
The purveyors of John Jay Homestead Farm Market are local farmers, bakers & craftsmen, who seasonally provide a variety of fruit, produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted products. Get to know your farmers first-hand, how they make their products and help preserve the environment. Shoppers can enjoy a walk, sightsee and explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead. The Market is open June 22- October 12


Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

The Spring Season is in full swing at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market. Hours are 9 am to 2pm each Saturday on River Street in downtown Troy. Over 70 local vendors each week bring fresh and local products from local farmers, chefs, and artisans to offer the Capital Region's freshest and finest. 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rhinebeck Farmer's Market! Vendors provide a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, honey and local dairy. A full schedule of special events highlight the bounty of the seasons with chef demonstrations, tastings, recipes, children's activities, free live music and more. Sundays 10am-2pm in the Village of Rhinebeck. 
This year-round Farmer's Market located in Saratoga Springs, NY offers a wide variety of goods and produce. All participating vendors are premium local brands and the best of the best including a bounty of the State's most sought after farmers and producers - to ensure the integrity of the market all vendors MUST be legitimate producers and open to facility inspection in a stunningly beautiful venue. Live music, kids crafts table, dog-friendly, & free parking. Held at the Lincoln Baths in the Spa State Park from 10am-3pm, every Sunday.  
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall announces Summer Science and Nature Camp
for Kids Ages 4- 15. The Museum offers the Ramblers Program is for children ages 4-6, the Trekkers Programs is for children ages 7-12 year old, and The Eco-Rangers Program for children ages 12-15. Fore more information please call 845-534-5506.

May 10

Beacon Institute: History Walk & Talk with Karen
Join the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Center for Environmental Innovation and Education as they present Beacon Institute's history guide Karen Gell who will reveal the rich and enduring history of Denning's Point. For more information, call 845-838-1600. 
Birding & Breakfast at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
The Outdoor Discovery Center at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall NY, has a spectacular variety of spring birds. Learn the basics of this engaging hobby from avid birding enthusiasts Sharon and David Baker. Join them for a birding presentation highlighted by David's fantastic photography. Venture out in search of some of the more than 50 species that have been sited on the Museum's property. After the hike enjoy a hot or cold beverage and a doughnut. Bring binoculars. For more information call 845-534-5506. 

Springtime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in their indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, you'll take a sunny spring walk to observe honeybees at work in the gardens at the Thacher Nature Center. Please call to register, 845-872-0800.

History Walk: Amazing Architecture of Troy 

Explore the streets of downtown Troy with this guided tour showcasing the architectural gems of 19th and 20th century Troy. Hosted by the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Tours depart from the Market Table at the Troy Farmer's Market at 10:30am. The cost is $5 per person, RCHS members attend for free. Call 518-272-7232 x13 for more information. 


Calling all kids! Does Mom need a day off? Kids and an accompanying adult can create a craft as a surprise for Mama's big day on Sunday at Grafton Lakes State Park in Grafton NY. Come learn about animal mothers in nature and why mom's are so cool- including our own of course! Admission fee and pre-register required, call 518-279-1155.


Senate House State Historic Site- Annual Gardening Day

Join the staff and volunteers of Senate House in Kingston, as they celebrate the arrival of spring. In the 18th century, it was a time to plant herb and vegetable gardens, clean up from a long winter, and look forward to a new year. They will plant a vegetable garden and offer demonstrations of sheep shearing, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, and beekeeping. Admission to the gardening event is free, for more information, please call 845-338-2786.      


Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site: Volunteer Fair!

Community organizations are looking for a few good volunteers! Are you one? Find out when you come to the Fourth Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair, Saturday, May 10th from 11 AM until 3 PM, at Washington's Headquarters State Historic. You'll discover how you can become a volunteer and help support the local Newburgh community and its residents. For more information call 845-562-1195.


Spring is dramatic and picturesque on the trail below the cliff at Thacher Park, with cascading waterfalls and blooming woodland wildflowers. Learn about the fascinating geology of the escarpment and look for flowering Trillium, Dutchman's Breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Ginger, Columbine, and other spring bloomers. Call to register for this free program, 518-872-0800. 

May 10-11
The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley is a non- profit organization whose mission is to strengthen community through the power of listening. The Cube, a mobile recording booth that assembles in a couple of hours, allows them to travel from town to town collecting stories. This weekend they will be at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites collecting stories. Join them to share your story in The Cube. 
May 11
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: Guided Hike for Moms
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, in Cornwall NY, to start your Mother's Day with fresh air and a guided hike with a museum educator. For all ages Admission fee required. For more information visit call 845-534-5506 x204 
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: Mother Nature Hike for Moms
Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9 in Cold Spring NY. Hubbard Lodge is part of Fahnestock State Park and the sign for the entrance is on the east side of Route 9 just north of Route 301 to start your Mother's Day with fresh air and a guided hike with a museum educator. For all ages. Admission fee required. For more information call 845-534-5506 x204.  
Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont's gardens in Germantown NY, and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love. Reservations and admission required. Call 518-537-4240 to RSVP.

May 13
Hosted by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, this webinar will offer tips for determining appropriate storage areas and methods for paintings and textiles, including costume with guidelines for proper packing and/or support of these artifacts in storage. PRE-REGISTRATION and admission fee required, call 914-592-6726. 

Like your tours with a more personal touch? Come to the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site in Yonkers NY for a museum tour with one of their docents. Admission required, please call 914-965-4027 for more information. 
May 14
Join the Columbia Land Trust as they host a Full Moon Walk at the Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area in Ancram NY. The beautiful and extensive wetland habitat will provide visitors with abundant bloom to explore the trails under the light of the Full Flower Moon. This month is one of the best times to explore Drowned Lands Swamp, this tucked away jewel is near the Taconic Ridge and one of the largest wetland complexes in southeastern NY. For information call, 518-392-5252. 

Join staff from the New York State Historic Preservation Office and Philipse Manor Hall in Ypnkers NY, to learn about and discuss behind-the-scenes work that goes into preserving and caring for a historic site. Bring a lunch and your curiosity! Admission is free, call 914-965-4027 for more information.

Preschoolers ages 3� to 5 (accompanied by a caregiver) are invited to a monthly story time at Philipse Manor Hall with picture books, songs, and finger plays followed by a hands-on museum activity. Each month will highlight a topic about the neighborhood history of downtown Yonkers. Admission is free, call 914-965-4027 for more information.  

May 15
Beacon Institute: Lecture with John Cronin 
Join the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Center for Environmental Innovation and Education as they present Environmentalist, and Beacon Institute Fellow John Cronin as he explores the disappearing culture of the Hudson's commercial fishermen, assisted by Pace University student researcher Conner Strong. For more information, call 845-838-1600. 
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: Nature Strollers
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum hosts a hiking group for families with babies, toddlers and young children. Come for a one-hour hike led by an educator at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, in Cornwall NY. Admission fee required for nonmembers. For information 845-534-5506, x204. 
May 16
Join the Friends of Rockefeller State Park Preserve as they host their 6th Annual Peony Celebration. Pre-registration is required, call 914-762-0209 for more information. 
May 17
Come to the Orange County Farmer's Museum in Montgomery NY to view classic, antique, muscle, performance, motorcycle and tractors along with a Poker Run. The Car Show & Run are to benefit the Alana Tadry Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information call 845-457-2959. 
The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery in Troy NY will host a morning walk of the cemetery. Oakwood has spectacular examples of the art of the Celtic Cross, said to be a pillar that links heaven and earth. Come enjoy the spring foliage while examining the history and symbolism of these memorial stones. Walk/drive led by the highly entertaining Michael Barrett. Admission fee required, call 518-272-7521 for more information. 
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildflower and Heirloom Vegetable Sale
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, in Cornwall NY, to purchase vegetable seedlings and native wildflower plants that are beautiful and assist wildlife in many ways. Come early for the best selection. Enjoy free workshops at 10am\ & 11am, and children's workshop from 10am-1pm. For more information call 845-534-5506, ext. 204.
Olana's Wagon House Education Center will host Elaine Khosrova, editor of "Culture Magazine", as she shares her expertise on diverse butters from around the world. The presentation will focus on butter around the world from Khosrova's international travels to Normandy, Bhutan, India, and national travels to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa. Participants will be led through the butter making process and will be able to taste test and bring home a sample. Please pre-register by Friday, May 16. Please pre-registration and admission fee required, call to 518.828.1872 x 109 register. 

Westchester Land Trust: Garden Workshop
Discover how to turn your home landscape into a wildlife oasis at the Bedford Audubon Society's Leon Levy Native Garden. Kim Eierman leads this exciting workshop on the whys and hows of native plant interactions with birds, bees, and other pollinators. Please come dressed for getting dirty in the garden. For more information or to RSVP, call 914- 234-6992. 
May 17-18
Come and talk to the Civil War soldiers about their lifestyle as you tour the Union and Confederate camps for this two-day event. Join them for a narrated Candlelight tour on Saturday night and witness for yourself the evening camp life of Union and Confederate Soldiers. Plenty of activities and scenarios are planned, so bring the whole family out for a great fun filled, educational weekend. Hosted by the Hill Hold Museum in Campbell NY, for information call 845-291-2404. 
Columbia Land Trust: 2 Day Rockwall Building Workshop
Do you admire New England's beautiful stone walls? Have you ever wondered if you could build one? Now you can find out- join the Columbia Land Trust at Borden's Pond Conservation Area in Ghent, NY and learn all you need to know about stone walls during this two day hands-on workshop focusing on building, repairing, and restoring stone walls, led by local stone mason Tim Smith. Feel free to come for one or both days as this will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity. CLC will purchase some of the stone for this program, so we ask for a $5 contribution per family. Please, dress in appropriate clothes, and bring your own lunch for the workshop(s). Call 518-392-5252  for more information.
May 18
Join the Thomas Cole  National Historic Site at Columbia Greene Community College as they welcome Curator John Wilmerding. Admission is free. Call 518-943-7465 for more information.

The Orange County Farmers Museum in cooperation with Grand Hollow Old Time Power Association proudly present the 2014 Antique Tractor Pull season. These events boasts a wonderful sense of community amongst farmers, tractor owners, and spectators alike. Its fun for the entire family, and a treat for children of all ages. For more information call 845-457-2959


Family Festival: It's a Wrap! Mystery of the Albany Mummies Closing Family Festival

Join the Albany Institute for a fun day as they explore the topic of animals in ancient Egypt! Enjoy story telling relating to the animals of ancient Egypt, face painting, and create great animal artwork. Storytelling with Mary Murphy at 1PM and 3PM, Face Painting by Bria Arpante from 2PM-4PM, Animal crafts in the studio from 12PM-4:30PM. For more information call 518-463-4478

National Get Outdoors Day at Taconic Outdoor Ed. Center & Fahnestock State Park

The National Get Outdoors Day hosted by Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest at the Taconic Outdoor Ed Center in Cold Spring NY and at Fahnestock State Park in Carmel NY, provides a day for you and your family to learn about kayaks, orienteering, outdoor skills, adventure challenges, birding and nature at either locations. Food and beverages are available. By Donation. For more information on this program call 845-265-3773. 


May 21
This workshop teaches you how to use the compass in interaction with a map. If you are hiking on marked trails or bushwhacking to areas not far from trails, a good topographic map may be the only tool you need to plan and maintain your route. If you are planning to be in the wilderness for an extended period of time, you will most likely be using a compass to help you find your way. COMPASS AND PENCIL REQUIRED. Hosted by the NY NJ Trail Conference, for more information call 201-512-9348  
May 23
Perhaps the world's most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than 200 million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. Join renowned botanist Peter Crane at the Carey Institute in Millbrook NY, as he explores the history of the ginkgo.Call 845-677-5343 for more information.  

Come to the Grafton Lakes State Park and enjoy a free tour of the night sky with Albany Area Astronomers. Call Bernard to confirm as cloudy skies may cancel: 658-9144. Rain date: Saturday 5/24 at 9pm. Please use Winter Entrance and follow signs to program. For more information call 518-279-1155. 


May 24

Bird Walk at Thacher Park

Birdsong is in the air! Thacher Park is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, recognized for its diversity of species. Meet Gary Goodness, of Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, at the Paint Mine picnic area. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Call for more information, 518-872-0800, registration is required. 


Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park

The varied woodland habitats in the park give rise to a wonderful variety of woodland wildflowers. Look for Pink Ladyslippers, Gaywings, Bellflowers, Blueberries, and other late spring bloomers with botanist Ed Miller. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.


May 25
Columbia Land Trust: COUNTRY BARBECUE
Join the Columbia Land Trust at the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, in Chatham NY, as they host their annual Country Barbecue. This wonderful celebration combines the elements of a country fair and an elegant country picnic, and draws upwards of 1,000 people! It will be a great, bustling family affair with excellent food and non-stop entertainment: live music, animals, raffles, organized children's activities, interesting demonstrations and exhibits, even a farmers market!
The proceeds from this year's spectacular fundraising event will help provide for the care of our ten Public Conservation Areas for part of the 2014 season. Come celebrate with us and show your support for our common cause and our PCAs! For more information call 518-392-5252

Story Walk Opening Weekend
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Wildlife Education Center, in Cornwall NY, to read your way through the trails. Enjoy "Lost in the Woods" by Carl R. Sams & Jean Stoick with your child as you follow our trails. At 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. meet one of the animals from the book and at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. take a guided walk along the Story Walk Trail. Crafts and snacks. For all ages. Admission fee required. 
Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about, where, and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin, will introduce some of the birds and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
May 26
At 2:00 PM, Continental Army soldiers will perform an 18th century graveside mourning ceremony. Following the ceremony, balladeer Linda Russell performs the songs that inspired and comforted the American people when our nation was at war. Call 845-561-1765 for more information.

May 27
Come and learn about the archaeological dig in preparation for the Amsterdam footbridge across the Mohawk River with Hope Luhman and Dell Gould. Hosted by the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, at the Enders House. Call 518-829-7516 for more information.  

May 28
Participants will receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace. Workshop topic include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the principles of Leave No Trace, hosted by the NY NJ Trail Conference. For more information call, 845-229-9115.


May 29
Join Jane & Walt Daniels of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, as they share their experience building trails to link five parks near the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown, Westchester County. Following the presentation and discussion, they will ask trails groups to report on their projects. More details to follow. Call the Columbia County Land Trust Roundtable at 518-392-5252 ext. 208 for more information. 


May 30
The Westchester County Planning Department will host "Maintaining Environmentally Sound Landscapes" workshop. Open to the public and now is New York State-approved for 4.0 continuing education credits (CEUs) for licensed landscape architects. Certificates of attendance will be given to each participant. Admission fee and reservation required by May 27, please call 914-995-4400. 


May 31

Exploring Troy's downtown physical landscape, this tour will highlight Troy's well-known ornamental ironwork and cast-iron storefronts. Hosted by the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Tours depart from the Market Table at the Troy Farmer's Market at 10:30am. The cost is $5 per person, RCHS members attend for free. Call 518-272-7232 x13 for more information. 

The Outdoor Discovery Center at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall NY, in partnership with the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference Trail-University workshop, present ways to create a lasting, erosion-resistant new length of trail with the techniques of side-hilling, grade reversals, and rolling grade dips. Field instruction will be hands-on, giving everyone the opportunity to develop new skills. Wear hiking boots; bring water, snack and a bag lunch. For more information or to RSVP call 201-512-9348 x16
May 31-June 1
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Everyone wants a garden that takes care of itself! Come explore "Easy Care Natives" at the Tacher State Park annual plant sale in Voorheesville NY. Many are deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant as well as adaptable to a wide range of soil types and moisture. Discover new species of easy to grow natives not previously offered. Call 872-0800 for more information.
June 1
Come to Olana's Wagon House Education Center in Hudson NY as they host the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association who will lead a mushroom walk. They will start with a brief introduction on foraging, including the ecology of forest mushrooms, safety in the woods, how to identify mushrooms and some tips for cooking wild mushrooms. Jill Weiss, the club's Walks Coordinator, will be leading the walk along with several club experts. Please pre-registration and admission fee required, call to 518.828.1872 x 109 register.

Join the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association as they present Sitting Pretty: An Illustrated History of the Garden Seat, by John Danzer of Munder-Skiles. Featuring a number of Farrand's original garden furniture designs. For more information call, 845-229-9115


Walkway Over The Hudson: Handshake Across the Hudson

Be a Part of Walkway's 3rd Annual World Record Event. Handshake Across the Walkway to break the record for the World's longest handshake relay in celebration of the Walkway's commitment to the Hudson River Valley. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (6-12), and children under 5 are free. For more information call 845-454-9649

Ongoing Events: 

Annual Group Floral Exhibit: Rockefeller State Park Preserve

This Annual Group Floral Exhibition complements the blooming of Japanese Tree Peonies and Spring Benefit, hosted by the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Flora Exhibit runs From May 5th- June 2nd. For more information call, 914-762-0209


 Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: May 2014 Weekend Events

-10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hiking Trails - Discovery Quests are open.  Each hiking trail is an adventure and a search on trails that range from casual to challenging. Learn about nature in a fun interactive way! 

-10 a.m. until 4 p.m. -Grasshopper Grove: Gateway to Nature Play.  First nature play area in the Hudson Valley at the Outdoor Discovery Center.

-10 a.m. until 4 p.m. -Art in the Wild: Naturally Inspired Trailside Creations  An outdoor Art Exhibit curated by Daniel Mack at the Outdoor Discovery Center

For more information call 845-534-5506, ext. 204.



Exhibition: Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church  

On view April 30 - November 2, 2014 at the Thomas Cole NHS, this is the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art - that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900).


Exhibition: Lincoln & New York

The Historical Society of Rockland County presents "Lincoln and New York," a panel exhibition from the New-York Historical Society, probes the myths and controversies surrounding Abraham Lincoln at tje History Center Museum. Original research explores New York's influence on the Civil War, the impact of emancipation, and the promotion of Lincoln's persona as he evolved from an obscure Illinois politician to a national martyr.For more information, contact the Historical Society of Rockland County at 845-634-9629, from April 6- June 15, 2014


Exhibition: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher
Early 20th Century painter, Eugene Speicher is now best remembered for his portraits, association with Robert Henri, George Bellows, and Leon Kroll, and other New York realists, and for his involvement with the Woodstock art colony. On exhibition at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz February 5- July 13.    

Wilderstein & The White House
As part of their 2014 Exhibition program, Wilderstein & The House, explores fascinating connections between the estate and the Suckley family to U.S. Presidents through history.  Costumes, textiles, decorative arts, photographs, books and more will be featured - all from the Wilderstein collections. For additional information about the exhibit and reservations for the preview party, call 845-876-4818. May 1- October 31


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Celebrate New York State Water Week: May 4-10

Water Week has been celebrated in New York State since 1985, focusing on the health of our water and ways to help protect, restore, and conserve this precious natural resource. This year's theme is "Water Recreation in New York" If you enjoy boating, fishing, or swimming in New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation encourages you to learn more about our valuable water resources and join the effort to restore, protect and conserve them. Conserving, protecting, and celebrating this finite resource is important- and New York State Water Week is a great place to start! Learn how to become a Water Steward and take action. We all need to work together to preserve and protect our watersheds.

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