Kevin M. Burke, Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley,
Co-Chair National Heritage Area,
J. Winthrop Aldrich, Acting Chairman Greenway Council, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Executive Director Greenway,
Director National Heritage Area
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Greenway Planning, Greenway Trail, and Heritage Development Grant Applications are Due September 2, 2022. More details.
Does Your Organization Own or Manage a Trail? Designate Your Trail as an Official Part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. Learn more.
It's Time to Ramble!
This year the Hudson River Valley Ramble is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with nearly 130 recreational and cultural events highlighting the rich diversity of the Hudson River Valley region.
Every September, ‘Ramblers’ come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer. Whether you are looking for a challenging hike, bike ride, or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley's most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone!
Hudson River Valley Greenway Congratulate Frances Dunwell and Nancy Beard on Their Retirements from the Hudson River Estuary Program
The Hudson River Valley Greenway would like to acknowledge and congratulate two outstanding professionals on their retirement from over 35 years of public service to the Hudson River estuary. Frances Dunwell and Nancy Beard were the very first two staff for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) and have transformed the program into a national leader by conserving local fish, wildlife, landscape, and water resources in the Hudson Valley.
Fran Dunwell has been the Hudson River Estuary Coordinator since 1984, prior to the creation of the HREP in 1987. She has managed the implementation of the state’s Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and collaborated with many partners to conserve the tidal Hudson and the marvelous natural heritage of its watershed.
Nancy Beard has served in a variety of roles throughout the program's existence, and just recently retired as the HREP's Assistant Public Information Officer. Nancy was the first person hired to the HREP after Fran, and has played a pivotal role in guiding and shaping the program.
The HREP uses the science of ecology to help people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River estuary. The program was created in 1987 through the Hudson River Estuary Management Act (ECL 11-0306), the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and its adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City. Learn more about the HREP.
Durham Valley Scenic Byway Designated as Part of the NYS Scenic Byways System
On August 25th, the Durham Valley Scenic Byway (DVSB) spanning 21 miles through the towns of Durham and Windham in Greene County was designated as part of the New York State Scenic Byways System (NYSSBP). These 21 miles were designated scenic roads by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1991 before the creation of the NYSSBP.
"Our bill granting the Scenic Byway designation to the Durham Valley is a victory for Greene County," Senator Michelle Hinchey said. "We have elevated 21 miles of picturesque viewshed across Durham and Windham as a local landmark, which will provide an economic boost to the Greene County businesses, enhance preservation efforts and help promote our rural communities as can't miss destinations for tourism, culture and commerce," she continued.
The DVSB extends from the northernmost slope of the Catskill Mountains north to Albany and east to the Hudson River Valley. With this new designation in the NYSSBP, the byway will be leveraged as a local economic driver and expand access to federal grants to help develop the corridor. Learn more.
News From Our Partners at the Hudson River Estuary Program
NYSDEC is Offering a Webinar on Online Mapping Tools for Local Conservation Planning for Dutchess County Officials, Volunteers, and Residents on September 10, 2022. Register now.
MyCoast NY Documents Local Flooding and Storm Damage
MyCoast NY is a new online portal for collecting and analyzing photos of flooding and storm damage. The public is encouraged to contribute photo reports of local flooding and storm damage. Photo reports will automatically be linked to the closest weather, river, and tidal gauge data to help provide context to the photo, and published to the mycoast.org/ny website for anyone to see. Registered users can submit photo reports through the app or the website.
The centralized database will inform decision-making by planners and emergency managers and help with storytelling and outreach about flooding. MyCoast NY is a 2-year pilot project funded by the National Sea Grant Office and the NYS Water Resources Institute. Contribute or check it out.
*Please note that, while many heritage sites in the Hudson Valley have begun to reopen cautiously due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, some sites are still closed or have reduced hours. Please call the individual sites directly to inquire about their current status. New York State Parks remain open. While enjoying the outdoors, please follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelinesfor preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19.
Going to an Event by Train? Download the Hudson River Train Tour App!
Between New York City and Albany, a world of history, nature, and culture awaits you. And there’s no better way to experience it all than by riding a train through the Hudson Valley. With the new, free Hudson River Train Tour app, you’ll discover what’s out that train window…and beyond. Learn more.
Historic Kinderhook Village: A Walking & Bicycling Tour, Kinderhook, NY
Everyday: This is a self-guided tour to 31 historic sites throughout the Village of Kinderhook and nearby focusing on local architecture and history. Read more.
Self-Guided History Hikes: Arnold's Flight & Little Stony Point, Putnam History Museum, Cold Spring, NY
Everyday: These two History Hike pamphlets will be made available outside of the museum all month! Find out more.
The Farm Market, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
September 3: Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products. More details.
Get to Know Thacher Park!, Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
September 3: Join educators for a guided walk in the park! These walks will provide a great introduction to the trails and ecology of Thacher Park. More details.
3rd New Jersey Regiment Garrison Day, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, NY
September 4: The troops of the 3rd NJ Re-enactment Regiment will conduct military drills, recreate camp life, and do musket firing demonstrations. Find out more.
Tuesday Trek, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson, NY
September 6: Explore some of the lesser-traveled footpaths in Minnewaska on this approximately five-mile hike with Laura Conner, Environmental Educator. Read more.
Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise, Newburgh, NY
September 7: All aboard the Pride of the Hudson for a Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands! More info.
An Introduction to Antiracist Policies (WEBINAR)
September 8: In this webinar, co-facilitators will use the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance as a case study to explore organizational policy that yields antiracist results. Find out more.
Historic House Tour, Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington, NY
September 8: Visit the only known residence built in the form of a domed, ancient classical temple. More details.
Shaker Heritage Harvest Craft Fair, Shaker Heritage Society, Albany, NY
September 10-11: The craft fair will feature a number of vendors, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and site tours. Learn more.
Amphibian Adventure, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
September 11: You're going to be on the prowl for frogs, salamanders, and anything else you can catch. Then we'll talk about the different species we find, and the adaptations that make them unique! Read more.
Wetland and Watercourse Protection: Lessons from Three Hudson Valley Towns and an Update on Changes to State Wetland Policy (WEBINAR)
September 14: This webinar will present a new study examining how local wetland and watercourse regulations can increase land use controls in floodplains and provide an update on historic reforms to New York’s Freshwater Wetlands Act. More details.
Stories of the Night with Karen Pillsworth, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
September 15: Join Kingston's Storyteller Laureate Karen Pillsworth for this nighttime cruise under the beautiful night sky, and get ready to listen to spellbinding stories of history, folklore, and the natural world. Find out more.
Qigong on the Walkway, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
September 16: Join a Qigong session at the Ulster Welcome Center. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing, and meditation. Learn more.
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY
September 16-18: Spend the day with family and friends at Artrider’s longest-running craft festival! More info.
Walk the Southlands Trails, The Southlands Foundation, Rhinebeck, NY
September 17: Community members are welcome to learn more about The Southlands Foundation, which is a not-for-profit focused on preserving and maintaining 5-miles of trails. More details.
Magical History Bicycle Tour, Albany County Visitors Center, Albany, NY
September 18: This compact bicycle tour in downtown Albany will go back to the colonial period in the Hudson Valley as you ride to the houses and estates of three prominent Dutch families. Read more.
Walking Tour of Public Art, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
September 21: This is a 2-hour guided walking tour led by noted artist and muralist, FRANC PALAIA of public art in Poughkeepsie, NY. Find out more.
Weir Tour, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Ossining, NY
September 22: After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Read more.
Gilded Age Scandals!, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh, NY
September 23: Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn of the century while touring the mansion with a costumed guide. More details.
Hike to Bare Rock Vista, Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, NY
September 24: Take a hike out to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Greenwood Lake. Register now.
Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike, Cranberry Lake, West Harrison, NY
September 25: Join David Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins," for a comprehensive exploration of all the historic sites with the preserve: dynamite shed site, mysterious stone chamber, quarry, railroad bed, and much more. More info.
Introduction to Financial Management in the Archives (WEBINAR)
September 27: Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-session course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. More details.
Glass House Presents: Charles Ethan Porter's Aesthetic Enterprise (WEBINAR)
September 28: Join Sylvia Yount, for a virtual discussion of Charles Ethan Porter's experimental approach to natural subjects over a prolific three-decade career. Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923) is one of the first African American artists to exhibit his work nationally. Find out more.
Local Lore and Legends, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, NY
September 29: Join a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some iconic locations and hear their stories. Learn more.
Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk, Papscanee Island Nature Preserve, Castleton, NY
September 30: Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the preserve and discover the various species of plants and animals that make the 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home. Read more.
4th Annual Rombout Colonial Days Weekend and Encampment, Brinckerhoff House Historic Site, Hopewell Junction, NY
October 1-2: Living history demonstrations will show what life was like for soldiers, camp followers, and civilians during the American Revolution. Learn more.
Heritage Craft, Food and Beverage Fair, Bronck Museum, Coxsackie, NY
October 2: This exhibit and craft sale will feature heritage crafts, wine, craft beers, distilled beverages for sampling and sale, unique artisanal foods, live music, a silent auction, and more. More details.
Heritage Spotlight: Hudson River Maritime Museum, Ulster County
Located along the waterfront in Kingston's historic Rondout Waterfront District, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, communities and industries with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Collected artifacts include paintings, prints, photographs, ship models, memorabilia, ephemera, ice yachts, and a 100+ year old shad fishing boat. Visitors can view exhibits on the steamboat Mary Powell, ferries, Hudson River Day Line, tugboats, ice boats, river industries and ecology, and lighthouses. The museum also features annually changing exhibits. The 1898 steam tug Mathilda provides an outdoor steam power exhibit; the Steamboat Play Area encourages children to role-play. The museum's Wooden Boat School features woodworking and boat building classes and the new Sailing and Rowing School has classes for both teens and adults. Learn more.
Project Spotlight: Picturing Huguenot Street: Three Historical Paintings that Portray a National Historic Landmark District Over Time
Historic Huguenot Street(HHS) in Ulster County received a Heritage Development Grant to commission one of three original paintings to aid in the interpretation of the site’s 9000-year history. Local painter Len Tantillo used primary resources and modern technology to create these historically accurate paintings to help transform the museum’s interpretation of periods for which HHS lacks pictorial representations. HHS’s Tantillo paintings depict the evolution of the site and help visitors understand what Huguenot Street, and in a broader sense America, looked like across time. The paintings show how different peoples worked together, influenced each other, melded cultures, and ultimately became American. The first Tantillo painting created for Historic Huguenot Street depicts the earthfast houses built and occupied by European colonists (c.1680). The recently completed painting pictures one of Huguenot Street’s stone houses as a one-room dwelling (during the period of 1690 to 1750) before being added onto and appearing as they do today. The last painting is still in production. Learn more about HHS.
Use Walnuts to Polish Wood to Help Use Less Toxic Products
Remove light scratches from wood furniture by rubbing walnut meat across them. Then rub the area with your finger to help the oil from the walnut penetrate. Check it out.
Grant and Funding Opportunities
Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
This grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. There is a new application for this program. Applicants should not use an older version. Applications are due September 2, 2022. More details.
Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Grant Program
Matching grants are available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: September 2, 2022. More info.
Heritage Development Grants
This grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $7,500. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the HRVNHA's website. Please note that staff time is eligible to be reimbursed, but only if that staff time is for the direct development of programming or interpretation, as identified in the grant application. We will be accepting applications with a September 2, 2022 submittal deadline. There is a new application for this program. Applicants should not use an older version.
National Heritage Area Sponsorships Available
The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) will partner with various organizations to sponsor programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission. While complimenting the mission of the Heritage Area, cultural, heritage, and recreational events deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the HRVNHA are eligible to apply. There is a new application and budget form that must be used and can be found on our website. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at firstname.lastname@example.org 518-473-3835.
NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program
Support of up to $7,500 is available for conservation treatment
of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints, or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles, and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. Deadline: September 1, 2022. More info.
Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants
Up to $85 million in funding is available for habitat restoration and coastal resilience through the NOAA FY2022 Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity. This funding will prioritize habitat restoration actions that rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species, use natural infrastructure to reduce damage from flooding and storms, promote resilient ecosystems and communities, and yield socioeconomic benefits. This funding opportunity will invest in projects that have the greatest potential to provide holistic benefits, through habitat-based approaches that strengthen both ecosystem and community resilience. Deadline: September 6, 2022. Find out more.
Department of Transportation Bridge Investment Program
The Bridge Investment Program is a competitive, discretionary program that focuses on existing bridges to reduce the overall number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of falling into poor condition. Deadline: September 8, 2022. For more information visit the program's website.
New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA)
WIIA provides competitive grants to help municipalities fund water quality infrastructure projects. WIIA grants are available for wastewater and drinking water projects that protect or improve water quality and/or protect public health. Municipalities may submit applications for multiple projects, including wastewater, sewer and drinking water projects. Deadline: September 9, 2022. More info,
Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant (IMG)
Intermunicipal grants (IMG) are available for both drinking water and wastewater/sewer (clean water) projects that serve multiple municipalities, such as a shared water quality infrastructure project or the interconnection of multiple municipal water systems. Deadline: September 9, 2022. More info,
Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next 5 years. In fiscal year 2022, up to $1 billion is available. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Deadline: September 15, 2022. More details.
Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities
Up to $10 million in funding is available for habitat restoration and resilience awards for underserved communities through NOAA’s FY2022 Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity. Through this funding, NOAA will engage underserved communities in habitat restoration activities that promote resilient ecosystems and communities. It will provide capacity for these communities to more fully participate in developing future transformational habitat projects. This engagement is intended to ensure that communities are integral to the visioning and decision-making for coastal habitat restoration projects affecting their communities, and that the benefits of such projects flow back to underserved communities. Deadline: September 30, 2022. More info.
Ecological Restoration Grants
This opportunity is for municipalities and non-profits in Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange counties to take direct ecological restoration actions in their localities. Grants range from $1,000 to $100,000 with no match requirement and payment provided upfront. Project areas include, but are not limited to cultivating biodiversity, reforestation, contributing to stream, river and pond health (e.g., riparian buffers, etc), managing invasive species, sourcing, cultivating, and/or installing native plants and seeds, supporting pollinator health and populations, building soil health and sequestering carbon, reducing waste and related emissions, implementing municipal and community compost projects. Deadline: September 30, 2022. Find out more.
Marine Debris Removal Grants
The NOAA Marine Debris Program will award up to $56 million to fund projects that remove marine debris to benefit marine and Great Lakes habitats and communities. This competition focuses on two priorities: removing large marine debris and using proven interception technologies to capture marine debris throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States. Deadline: September 30, 2022. Learn more.
The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program
The EJ TCTAC Program provides grant funding to eligible applicants to establish technical assistance centers across the nation providing technical assistance, training, and related support to communities with environmental justice concerns and their partners. The new technical assistance centers will provide training, assistance, and capacity building on writing grant proposals, navigating federal systems such as Grants.gov and SAM.gov, and effectively managing grant funding. Deadline: October 4, 2022. Read more.
Regenerate New York Forestry Cost Share Grant Program
The purpose of this grant program is to support the regeneration of forests so they may continue to deliver vital services such as mitigating climate change, protecting air and water quality, and supporting the economy. Through Regenerate NY, landowners can apply for financial assistance for projects on their land that support the establishment and renewal of healthy forests. This is a cost share reimbursement program, so all costs must be incurred by the landowner or fiscal sponsor before they can be reimbursed.
The program will document, interpret, and preserve sites and stories telling the full story of the long struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onwards across two separate grant funding opportunities. The NPS 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, will serve as the reference document in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. Deadline: November 8, 2022. Find out more.
DHPSNY Planning & Assessment Services
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) offers Planning & Assessment Services in four major areas. These services are designed to support New York organizations in improving and advancing program efforts while forming strategies for future growth and development. DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services consist of Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance. In each instance, the services aim to improve adherence to best practices and are tailored to an organization’s unique circumstances. Deadline: November 11, 2022. Learn more.
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Deadline: November 15, 2022. More info.
Community Planning Technical Assistance Program
Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are seeking applications for the 2022 Community Planning Technical Assistance Program. The program offers CDTC and CDRPC staff time and expertise to local governments undertaking small-scale community planning initiatives. Only eligible for municipalities in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga counties. Deadline: Rolling basis until December. Find out more.
Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program
This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement-related project, which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Learn more.
New York State Assembly Grants Action News
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More info.