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Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike

@ Meet at the Nature Center

  • September 5, 2020, 10:00AM

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. Uncover the secrets and mysteries hidden in plain sight. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.


The Armour-Stiner Octagon House

@ Irvington, New York United States

  • September 5, 2020, 10:30AM
  • September 5, 2020, 12:00PM
  • September 5, 2020, 2:00PM
  • September 5, 2020, 3:30PM

Visit the only known residence built in the form of a domed, ancient classical temple. Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark's shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape. This lyrical home retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. The fully informative tour fee is $24 for adults. (Not suitable for children under 12 years of age.) The 45-minute tour in groups of 20 people are conducted by highly trained docents and they include the three principal floors of the house.


10th Annual Kayaking 4 Meso

@ Halfmoon Lighthouse Park

  • September 12, 2020, 9:00AM

This is an 8 mile paddle to raise awareness and donations for Mesothelioma research. All proceeds are donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation


Brinton Brook Audubon Hike

@ Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 12, 2020, 9:00AM

Explore the 156-acres of Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary overlooking the Hudson River in Croton-on- Hudson with Saw Mill River Audubon. Two-hour leisurely nature walk with optional 1.5 hour extension to the highest point in Croton on the Village’s Highland Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars are helpful. Please note: no restrooms on property.


Hart's Brook Park & Preserve Nature Walk

@ Harts Brook Park and Preserve

  • September 12, 2020, 10:00AM

Guided tour of the Hart's Brook Preserve's barn, greenhouse and master gardens. Learn the interesting history of the Hart's Brook Park and Preserve's property. Explore one of the wooded trails with a member of the Greenburgh Parks & Recreation park staff. Families welcome! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.


"The Autumn Harvest: Maize, Nuts, and Venison" a nature walk through the Nyquist-Hartcourt Wildlife Sanctuary with Justin Wexler

@ Historic Huguenot Street

  • September 12, 2020, 11:00AM, 1.5 hours long

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. In the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for hunting bears and for storytelling. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. Join Historic Huguenot Street for a seasonal walk with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about local native people and their relationship with the environment. On this walk we'll identify local flora and fauna, and explain their uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore. Check-in is at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. The walk will start at the replica Esopus Munsee wigwam and will guide visitors through the Nyquist-Hartcourt Wildlife Sanctuary.


Cooking from the Collection: A Livingston Family Meal

@ Clermont State Historic Site (Clermont Cottage)

  • September 12, 2020, 1:00PM, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm

In this workshop we will explore cookbooks and recipes that influenced the Livingston’s at Clermont and cook together to create a delicious Livingston inspired meal! This season of workshops is generously sponsored by Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. To learn more about their work, please visit


Cary Institute Forest Ecology Walk

@ Cary East (Gifford House) parking area

  • September 13, 2020, 10:00AM

On Sunday, September 13 at 10 a.m. join Cary Institute forest ecologist Dr. Charles Canham for an interpretive 2-mile walk along the Wappinger Creek Trail. While exploring our forests, fields, and wetlands, Dr. Canham will discuss how land use has transformed Hudson Valley landscapes. Discover how current forest composition is a reflection of past farming practices, and how the future forest will be influenced by climate change, pests and pathogens, and air pollution. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. The walk will begin at the Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y. Long pants and hiking shoes are recommended. Register at


Still Life Drawing and the Livingston Collection

@ Clermont State Historic Site (Clermont Cottage)

  • September 13, 2020, 10:00AM, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn about several items in Clermont's collection while learning how to draw still-life! Clermont's Education Assistant and published comic book artist Emily Robinson will use some of the Livingston Family's most interesting and beautiful possessions to teach students methods of drawing still-life. Appropriate for ages 16+. This season of workshops has been generously funded by a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Greenway Grant. To learn more, visit


The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

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

  • September 13, 2020, 10:00AM

Colonial constructions, ancient sacred sites or UFO bases? Join David A. Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins" as we seek out three mysterious stone chambers of unknown origin or date of construction, located on NYC watershed lands. We'll also visit a huge balanced rock and the enigmatic Hawk Rock glacial erratic. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Burn Index: A New Way at Looking at Catskill Land Use History

@ Mountain Top Arboretum

  • September 19, 2020, 10:00AM, Talk and Walk to visit an example of an unburned forest environment.
  • September 20, 2020, 9:00AM, Walk/hike meeting at the Mountain Top Historical Parking Lot to visit North Lake to see an example of a burned forest environment. No dogs please.

The Mountain Top Arboretum and the Mountain Top Historical Society present a two day event with Dr. Michael Kudish, expert in forest history. Dr. Kudish will first Discuss "Burn index: A New Way of Looking at Forest History" at the Mt. Top Arboretum's Education Center followed by a walk to see an example of an unburned forest environment. No pre-registration required. Feel free to bring snacks or lunch.


Burn Index: A New Way of Looking at Catskill Land Use History

@ Mountain Top Historical Society

  • September 20, 2020, 9:00AM, See 9/19 for other program

Group will meet in Parking Lot of the Mt. Top Hist. Soc. and proceed to North Lake park in the area of the Otis Railroad site. The hike will proceed to an area that is an example of a burned forest environment.


Harriman Mines and Ruins

@ Parking lot at junction of Rt 9W and River Road, by sign for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. 4 miles south of Bear Mountain Bridge .

  • September 20, 2020, 9:30AM

Join David A. Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins" as we search for scattered remnants of the abandoned Dunderberg Spiral Railway: cuts, rail beds, two tunnels and a free-standing cut-stone wall in the middle of nowhere. We'll also visit the two adits of the Cornell Mine and other related sites. Lots of rewards for your hard work on this hike! Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Skywalk Arts Festival

@ Rip Van Winkle Bridge

  • September 20, 2020, 12:00PM

Celebrate the art of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River Skywalk, a pedestrian path along the Rip Van Winkle Bridge which enables beautiful views of the Hudson River. Come to the park next to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge’s toll plaza in Catskill to view and buy artwork, participate in hands-on art lessons, purchase yummy food, and listen to live music, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hudson. Motorists have to pass through Toll Lane 1 (full service lane) in order to enter the Bridge Authority parking lot. Learn more about the Hudson River Skywalk by visiting


Saw Mill River Heritage Tour

@ Philipse Manor Hall and Downtown Yonkers

  • September 26, 2020, 10:00AM

Philipse Manor Hall and downtown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill River. This walking tour follows the Saw Mill, or Nepperhan, River from its mouth at the Hudson. Patrons will learn about the growth and development of Yonkers from 1682 to present and discuss how these changes in Yonkers are connected to larger trends in New York and United States history.