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Fall Family Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

@ Catskills Visitor Center

  • August 31, 2019, 10:00AM, 10:00am - 3:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this full day of kid-centered fun at the Catskills Visitor Center in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Enjoy live music and interactive theater, hands-on art & science activities, outdoor adventures on the trail, and lots more! Photo by John McDaniel

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Guided Nature Walk

@ Schodack Island State Park

  • August 31, 2019, 10:00AM

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Parks trails. Learn about invasive and exotic species, native and rare flora and fauna and what makes Schodack Island unique to the area.

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Hudson River Estuary Sunset Paddle

@ Hudson Waterfront Park Kayak Launch

  • August 31, 2019, 5:30PM

We will leave the Hudson Kayak Launch and paddle up to the North Bay, getting a river front view of the Greenport Conservation Area.

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Mingled Flower Garden Tour

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Olana’s Master Gardener, Mary Hughes, to walk through The Mingled Flower Garden. She will offer tips and tricks of caring for your own garden and reference historical information about Olana’s Mingled Garden. She will share information regarding the species, issues of light, climate, and soil. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Denning's Point Kayak Tour

@ Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY

  • September 1, 2019, 10:30AM

This is a guided kayak paddle from Long Dock Park heading south to Denning's Point. Participants will be able to get out at Denning's Point to enjoy the beach and eat or may continue around the point into the Fishkill Creek.

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The Original Knickerbocker - Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

@ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - South Gate

  • August 31, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 1, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 8, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 22, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 11:00AM

Celebrate the Bicentennial of the publication of"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" as we walk to Washington Irving's final resting place. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving, his influence on popular culture today and reflect on why "The Legend" has never been out of print for almost 200 years! You'll also go inside the Receiving Vault (which is over 119 years old), stop at the Revolutionary War monument, as well as admire this historic cemetery's lovely art and architecture during a one-hour walking tour.

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Bannerman's Island Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 2, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 1:30PM
  • September 8, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 14, 2019, 2:00PM
  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 1:30PM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

Step foot onto Pollepel Island to visit the famous Bannerman’s Castle! Begin your adventure by taking a leisurely paddle across the Hudson River, then circle the island by kayak before stepping ashore. A historian will lead a walking tour to share a narrated history of the arsenal. Guests are advised to bring a light lunch or snack that they can enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the Hudson River from the Bannerman residence. As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Bannerman Castle Trust, these tours help contribute to their preservation efforts of the site.

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Holiday Hike - Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 2, 2019, 10:00AM, ends at 12:00pm
  • September 2, 2019, 1:00PM, ends at 3:00pm

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way to the lake we will stop at the Sam’s Point Overlook where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

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Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

@ Ulster County Fairgrounds

  • August 31, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 1, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 2, 2019, 10:00AM

This end-of-summer fest, set underneath the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge in the lively town of New Paltz, offers visitors one-on-one interactions with many of the country's finest artists and craftspeople. Shop from over 200 juried exhibitors and engage in ongoing craft demonstrations, from wood-turning, to alpaca fiber-spinning, to brush painting, to metal-smithing, to soap-making and much, much more! A Hudson Valley favorite for nearly four decades, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Fall Show also features live entertainment by regionally-based musicians, the valley's best wines, craft beer and spirits, and small-batch handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products. End your summer in style -- by supporting handmade!

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Hudson River Birding Ramble

@ Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

  • September 7, 2019, 8:00AM, 2 Hours

Enjoy a two-hour walk led by the Rockland Audubon Society in search of neo-tropical birds on their migration. First time birders welcome! Experienced birders will enjoy exploring diverse habitats including; brackish river and marsh, fresh water pond, meadows, lawn and woodland areas. Enjoy exploring this excellent location- wonderfully accessible birders paradise. Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group

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9th Annual Kayaking 4 Meso

@ Halfmoon Lighthouse Park

  • September 7, 2019, 9:00AM, Check in starts at 7:00 AM

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

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Hurds Family Farm Cornmaze

@ Hurds Family Farm: Meet at Historic Dutch Barn

  • September 1, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 8, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 22, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 9:00AM

Welcome to Hurds! Join us for a cornmaze adventure to celebrate 125 years as a family farm, 25 years as an agritourism destination, and 10 years as a Hudson River Valley Ramble cornmaze challenge!! You'll love the Wild Apple Obstacle Course using recycled & repurposed farm equipment, tires, pallets, barrels and even a farm truck. Come with friends and family to wander the NEW 2019 apple themed maze.Pick up the maze map to help locate the checkpoint stations, or just walk & you'll discover photo ops where you can be creative and Create your own Memories!! Build spirit, relationships, and strength as your group meanders along the pathways. Plenty of fun, and a bit of learning too. Maze has a mini loop for kids to follow their ABCs and discover Pride of New York foods grown by farm families for their dinner table! Healthy lunch cafe, fresh cider, apple cider donuts. Apples& pumpkins to harvest.Award winning farm with over 30 outdoor activities for all ages. Voted Best Farm to Take the Family. Hudson Valley Magazine.

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Senator David Carlucci's Hike with Your Senator

@ Perkins Memorial Tower

  • September 7, 2019, 9:00AM

We will be meeting in the Parking lot at the top of the mountain by Perkins Memorial Tower. The trail is one of the few handicapped accessible trails in the area and provides beautiful 360 degree views. After the hike feel free to climb the 4 story tower and check out the observation area at the top.

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Walking Tour of Public Art in Poughkeepsie, NY

@ 12 Vassar St Poughkeepsie, NY

  • September 7, 2019, 9:00AM
  • Rain Date: September 14, 2019, 9:00AM

This is a 2 hour guided walking tour led by noted artist and muralist, FRANC PALAIA of public art in Poughkeepsie, NY. The leisurely tour includes over 35 indoor and outdoor murals, sculptures, historical monuments, architecture in a three block area of downtown Poughkeepsie. The tour highlights several New Deal era murals commissioned by FDR, large scale contemporary murals, 9/11 and Vietnam monuments, one sculpture park and several very new graffiti style street art wall works. The tour ends in restaurant row on Main St Poughkeepsie where several new gourmet and ethnic restaurants have opened. The tour group can stay for lunch or coffee, a great opportunity to review and discuss the tour with the guide.

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Guided Public Canoe Trip

@ RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 7, 2019, 9:30AM

Join us at RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Sanctuary to explore the natural beauty and diversity of this unique area.

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Discover the Hilltowns: Farms, Artisans and More Tour

@ Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville and Westerlo

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2019, 10:00AM

Experience the scenic Hilltowns of Albany County on this self-guided driving tour of farms, artisan studios, markets, historical museums and other places of interest. Choose from dozens of destinations. Maps with details, schedules, wheelchair accessibility, and locations for gas and food are available free at all venues or can be downloaded from our website www.Hilltowns.org. 2019 map will be finalized in September.

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Fall Flower Walk at Art Omi

@ Art Omi

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM

Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program on a leisurely walk through Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park. You will get to see a variety of early fall wildflowers and their insect visitors, and learn their names and lore.

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Hart's Brook Park & Preserve Nature Walk

@ Harts Brook Park and Preserve

  • September 7, 2019, 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.

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Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park

@ Thacher State Park Overlook

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM, Event is 10am - 2pm

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 8, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Please call 518-872-0800 for additional information.

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Make Your Own Mushroom Log

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM, ends at 1:00pm

Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to grow your own edible mushrooms! During the program we will discuss how native fungi function in the ecosystem. Then, we will learn about the processes of both indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation through a hands-on workshop. We will be inoculating logs for outdoor cultivation, as well as inoculating containers to be grown inside your home. Once completed, the logs and containers are yours to bring home where you can watch them flourish! This program is open to all ages and experience levels. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam’s Point at 845-647-7989.

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Saw Mill River Heritage Tour

@ Philipse Manor Hall and Downtown Yonkers

  • September 7, 2019, 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.

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Taste of Troy Food Tours' Central Troy Historic District Food Tour

@ 275 River Street Troy NY 12180

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine
  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine
  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine

Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining & delicious way to learn about Troy and the role food is playing in bringing this architectural gem back. Taste of Troy Food Tours provides a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful downtown riverfront, while sampling foods and beverages from establishments that are helping to revitalize this historic city. Our 3 hour walking tour allows you to experience the vibrant culinary scene that surrounds Troy’s amazing all year round farmers’ market and ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local farmers and vendors. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on the Easternmost city in New York’s Capital District.

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Wild Mushroom Walk

@ Teatown Lake Reservation

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Leon Shernoff, respected mycologist and the editor of Mushroom, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, as he shares his expertise on the role fungi play in our ecosystem on a walk to locate and identify wild mushrooms.

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Discover the Pine Bush

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 7, 2019, 10:30AM

An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush – a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you along this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history and seasonal surprises and transformations.

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Free Sails with Ferry Sloops from Croton-on-Hudson

@ Croton Yacht Club

  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM

The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the Ferry Sloops table in the tent beginning at 10:00AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times. Limit of 4 passengers per sail. The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. There is no rain date. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian. (NO EXCEPTIONS) For safety and boating etiquette, we ask that guests aboard our boat wear boat shoes (docksiders or non-marking sandals) or light-colored soled sneakers only. Since it’s always cooler on the water, bring a light jacket or windbreaker and a hat. Also, don't forget the sunscreen. Free parking is available on the street and in the Croton Landing parking lot. DO NOT park in the Croton Yacht Club.

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Revolutionary War Re-enactment : The Burning of Bedford

@ Bedford Village Green

  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM

Commemorate the 240th Anniversary of the Burning of Bedford encampment, re-enactors, cavalry demonstrations, musket drills, colonial games, food trucks, ice cream and more with grand finale bonfire on the green

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Wild Tails

@ Discover Albany Visitors Center

  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM

The City of Albany is WILD! ‘Wild Tails of Albany Animals’ is a first of its kind guided walking tour that leads your family on a safari through downtown Albany. Together with your guide, you will uncover many creatures in the form of carvings and statues hidden in plain sight. Your guide will regale you with historic tails of Albany’s long-time love of furry friends, including Owney the Railway Mail Dog and our beloved Nipper!

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Discover Phillies Bridge Farm Project

@ 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

  • September 7, 2019, 11:00AM, Sample the bounty of Phillies Bridge Farm with a tasting session.
  • September 7, 2019, 12:00PM, Enjoy a beautiful kid-friendly 1.5 mile nature walk led by one of the Phillies Bridge Board members No dogs please.

9 - noon The farm stand is open - you can purchase farm-fresh produce. 11 AM Sample the bounty of Phillies Bridge Farm with a tasting session. You will be able to try an array of naturally preserved pickles, dried fruits, jams, jellies and more. Plus learn about food preserving from Phillies Bridge Farm’s expert, Susan Loxley-Friedle noon: Enjoy a beautiful kid-friendly 1.5 mile nature walk led by one of the Phillies Bridge Board members No dogs please.

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Natural Progressions Sculpture Exhibit

@ Rockland Center for the Arts

  • September 7, 2019, 12:30PM
  • September 20, 2019, 2:00PM

A Tour of The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park including the new "Natural Progressions" and "RoCA Nest" exhibits at Rockland Center for the Arts. The new exhibits include large on-site installations addressing environmental ideas of organics and sustainability. Some of the installations were constructed from materials found on the property. These sculptures help visitors reconnect to nature and relieve the 'nature deficit' so prevalent today.

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Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Corner of Wall and Main Streets

  • September 7, 2019, 1:00PM

Following the street plan designed by Peter Stuyvesant in 1658, the tour walks the heart of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. Walking tour highlights include viewing the many eighteenth century limestone houses still standing in the Stockade District, and visiting the site of the drafting of the New York State Constitution in 1777 and the gravesite of New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton, in the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground.

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Albany History Race: Alexander Hamilton Edition!

@ Albany Public Library - Washington Avenue Branch

  • September 7, 2019, 2:00PM

Can't afford tickets to Hamilton? Join us for an Amazing Race-style afternoon scavenger hunt to discover Albany's connections to Alexander Hamilton, the Schuyler Family, Lafayette, and Aaron Burr! The event is free and no prior knowledge is needed. This year, Albany Public Library has partnered with Albany Institute of History and Art, which will serve as the finish line for this event. Finishing teams will receive pizza and Hamilton themed prizes will be awarded. For more details, and to register, visit the Albany Public Library event calendar. https://tinyurl.com/y52cogdy

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Aromatic Olana: Fragrant Landscape Tour

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 7, 2019, 3:00PM

Let your sense of smell be your guide. Take a moment to slow down, and tune into the natural world. Join artist Alexis Elton for a series of aromatic plants experienced during a participatory scent-walk specific to the landscape and history of Olana’s artist-designed carriage roads. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Barry Hopkins Run

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 8, 2019, 8:30AM

Spend the morning on this 3.8-mile course traversing the historic carriage roads at Frederic Church’s Olana. This event is a collaboration with the Onteora Running Club and supports arts education in the Catskill School District and at The Olana Partnership. Please register online or on race day. Rain or shine. Free t-shirt to the first 75 people who register. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Build Your Next Adventure with the Trail Conference Conservation Corps

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 1, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 2, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 5, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 6, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 7, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 8, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 9, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 12, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 13, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 14, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 15, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 16, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 19, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 20, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 21, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 22, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 23, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 26, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 27, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 28, 2019, 8:30AM

Ever wonder how trails are built? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails get their start is for you! The Trail Conference Conservation Corps invites you to get a taste of what trail building's all about. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 6, come hang out with one of our trail crews and we'll show you how awesome new trail experiences are created. Put in a few hours of sweat equity and help build your next trail adventure! You'll connect with nature, meet great people, and make a difference. No experience is necessary, but space is limited. Thursdays through Mondays, build your adventure in: • Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, N.Y. Explore the events and sign up today at nynjtc.org/events.

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10th Annual Prostate Walk-across the Hudson River

@ Walkway Over the Hudson

  • September 8, 2019, 9:00AM

Join hundreds of people as we come together to fight prostate cancer and support those who have been affected by it. Together, we will walk the span of the majestic Hudson River and return to the Highland side for a small celebration. This is an exhilarating and beautiful Hudson Valley tradition. Join us and soak up the views of the Hudson Valley, the River, and the magnificent landscape!

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Art Trail Guided Catskill Creek Paddle

@ Catskill Middle School Parking Area

  • September 8, 2019, 9:30AM, The event ends at 12:30 pm.

Visit the view that Thomas Cole painted more than any other. There are at least 12 known paintings of Catskill Creek by Thomas Cole made throughout his artistic career. Today they hang in museums and private collections around the world including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The group will launch from Catskill Middle School. After a brief canoeing safety lesson and practice paddle, we will head up the Catskill Creek to Art Trail Site #3 near Atelier Restaurant.Bar (formerly Tatiana’s Restaurant). We will float and sketch in this area and enjoy the water. Paddlers will have the chance to swim if they desire. Paddling this stretch of creek is generally easy, but even a light wind can make it more difficult.

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Walk the Woodland Trail of Discovery

@ Boscobel House and Gardens

  • August 31, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 1, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 7, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 8, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 14, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 15, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 21, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 22, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 28, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • September 29, 2019, 9:30AM, The Woodland Trail is open every Wednesday through Monday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.

From mid-April through December, Boscobel offers guests admission to 68 acres of our gardens and grounds, including the Frances S. Reese Woodland Trail of discovery, a tranquil mile through the forest. Boscobel’s Great Lawn overlooks its iconic view of the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The Apple Orchard, Formal Garden, and Herb Garden feature fruit trees and plants prized by New Yorkers then and now. And the Hudson River School Artists Garden, with sculptures by Greg Wyatt, honors 19th-century painters who celebrated this region.

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Historic Piermont Walking Tour: From Pangaea to Paper—Featuring the NY & Erie RR

@ Meet in parking lot behind Confetti restaurant at 200 Ash Street.

  • September 8, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society for a walk through early 19th-century Bogertown and then onto Piermont’s pier. Enjoy exceptional river views while learning about this scenic village, its geological history, the Revolution, WWII, and how the railroad impacted the village and the nation. Return to the parking area via Flywheel Park. Meet in the parking lot behind Confetti’s restaurant at 200 Ash Street.

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President's Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 8, 2019, 11:00AM

Stephen F. Byrns, who is an architect and the founder and President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy leads this monthly tour. He is a fount of in depth knowledge on the history of the property, on Samuel Untermyer and his historical milieu, on the architecture, especially the Indo-Persian Walled Garden and on his vision for the future of this Landmark restoration. Please join us near the 945 North Broadway Parking lot for a 90 minute tour of the gardens. No reservations are required. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall

@ Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House

  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM

Wonderful musicality will once again sound from our outdoor stage for the 10th Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival! Blue Plate Special and Moonshine Falls will be two of the talented bands and musicians entertaining us at the 2019 festival. Set in the beautiful Ramapo River Valley on the Great Lawn of Jacob Sloat's 1848 mansion, Harmony Hall. This National Register of Historic Places Site in Sloatsburg, New York is close to Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks in the surrounding ancient and scenic Ramapo Mountains.

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Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM

There is incredible beauty in nature, from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Join us for this workshop led by Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus. We will discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. Also included will be a discussion of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. There will be a two-hour workshop session followed by a one-hour hike around the Pine Bush so that we can practice our skills. If you have a camera, from a cellphone camera to a digital SLR, we encourage you to bring it!

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Ice Age history of Hyde Park

@ Wallace Center at Hyde Park

  • September 8, 2019, 2:00PM

All of the Roosevelt Museum property was built upon an ice age delta where Crum Elbow Creek flowed into an ice age lake called Glacial Lake Albany. We will wander the grounds and see the geological record of this lake and the river that flowed across it.

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Piermont Civic Association's Annual Fundraiser Lobster Festival

@ Goswick Pavilion, Ferry Road, Piermont, New York

  • September 8, 2019, 2:00PM, Rain or shine

Come to the Piermont Civic Association's Annual Fundraiser Lobster Festival for a fun afternoon of live music, dancing, lobster and more! *Music: Flying Fingers Jug Band *Alcohol: Beer & wine cash bar

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Build Your Next Adventure with the Trail Conference Conservation Corps

@ Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

  • September 1, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 2, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 5, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 6, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 7, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 8, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 9, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 12, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 13, 2019, 8:30AM
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  • September 15, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 16, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 19, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 20, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 21, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 22, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 23, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 26, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 27, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 28, 2019, 8:30AM

Ever wonder how trails are built? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails get their start is for you! The Trail Conference Conservation Corps invites you to get a taste of what trail building's all about. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 6, come hang out with one of our trail crews and we'll show you how awesome new trail experiences are created. Put in a few hours of sweat equity and help build your next trail adventure! You'll connect with nature, meet great people, and make a difference. No experience is necessary, but space is limited. Thursdays through Mondays, build your adventure in: • Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, Cold Spring, N.Y. Explore the events and sign up today at nynjtc.org/events.

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West Point Museum

@ West Point Museum

  • September 1, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 6, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 7, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 8, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 13, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 14, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 15, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 20, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 21, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 22, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 27, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 28, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission
  • September 29, 2019, 10:30AM, FREE Admission

All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum supports cadet academic, military and cultural instruction. Its collections include nearly all aspects of military history and encompass the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of the American Armed Forces. Based upon captured British materials brought to West Point after the British defeat at Saratoga in 1777, the Museum collections actually predate the founding of the United States Military Academy. When the Academy opened in 1802, many Revolutionary War trophies remained to be used for cadet instruction. By the 1820s, a teaching collection of artifacts existed at the Military Academy and after the Mexican War (1846 - 1848) West Point was designated by Executive Order as the permanent depository of war trophies. In 1854 the first public museum was opened and today it represents the culmination of more than two centuries of preserving our military heritage.

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Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour

@ 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207

  • September 6, 2019, 12:45PM, Rain or Shine
  • September 13, 2019, 12:45PM, Rain or Sine
  • September 20, 2019, 12:45PM, Rain or Shine

Taste Albany's rapidly evolving culinary scene by exploring the food print of this historic city on the west bank of the Hudson River! Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family, to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin! 6 sips and tastes for a complete meal. Discover New York's historic connection with craft brewing and how it has returned to flourish. Get an insider's introduction to one of the oldest churches in New York and discover where some of the famous congregants sat.

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Flashlights & Full Moon: A Night Time Nature Walk

@ Winnakee Nature Preserve

  • September 13, 2019, 6:30PM, Rain or Shine, Bring Headlamp or Flashlight, sturdy shoes, layers.

What better way to explore the Winnakee Nature Preserve than on Friday, the 13th under a full moon! Night hikes are an adventure: the darkness hides familiar landmarks, depth perception becomes a guessing game, and a whole new set of animals comes out to play. Flashlights or headlamps are recommended. Register for this FREE event at winnakee.org

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Migrating Birds at John Burroughs' Slabsides

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides

  • September 14, 2019, 8:00AM

Birds were the first love of naturalist John Burroughs when he was writing at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Then as now, the land surrounding his cabin Slabsides was abundant with bird life and at this time of year migrating songbirds en route to wintering grounds in South America are stopping off. Discover the richness of tree top bird life through sight and song with Mark DeDea, president of our sister organization, the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Beginning birders through advanced are welcome. Follow Path Through History signs from Route 9W in West Park. Meet on Burroughs Drive at Slabsides. entrance.

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Troy's Walk With A Doc

@ Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market/Riverfront Park

  • September 14, 2019, 8:00AM, Registration starts at 7:30 am

The Walk With A Doc program is geared toward helping people improve their health by getting active. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, elevate mood and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes. Proceed at your own pace while walking with local doctors from Capital Cardiology Associates and St. Peter’s Health Partners Troy in a fun, free walking program. Together, physicians and walkers enjoy a wonderful walk through beautiful historic downtown Troy. Upon conclusion of the walk, nurses will be on hand to take blood pressure and physicians will be available for questions. Troy's Walk With A Doc occurs on the second Saturday of every month, moving indoors during the winter.

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Brinton Brook Audubon Hike

@ Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 14, 2019, 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.

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Five Porch Farm: Where History & A River Run Through It

@ Northumberland

  • September 14, 2019, 9:00AM

Five Porch Farm is located directly on the Hudson River in Northumberland, about halfway between Ft Edward and Schuylerville. It was the farm of a captain in the Colonial forces before the Battle of Saratoga and was occupied by Burgoyne’s forces who used the river-accessible, flat acres as a hospital and commissary. The farm has been restored over the centuries and provides a peaceful spot to appreciate history and enjoy beautiful natural surroundings.

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Fall Foliage Paddle

@ Kingston Point Beach

  • September 14, 2019, 9:30AM

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most scenic times of the year. This paddle launches from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide.

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Capital Region Apple and Wine Festival

@ Altamont Fairgrounds Altamont NY

  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM, 10- am to 6pm
  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM, 10a, to 5pm

Our 27th annual festival, includes a craft fair, local foods, apple, ciders, baked goods, NYS wineries, family entertainment and music.

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

@ Lyndhurst Estate

  • September 13, 2019, 10:00AM, 10am-5pm
  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM, 10am-6pm
  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM, 10am-5pm

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, September 13, 14, 15, 2019, showcases over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst offers a full day art and shopping experience for the entire family. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite out-of-the-box shopping experience. Truly a destination event not to miss, along the coast of the inspiringly beautiful Hudson River. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition creations in every material imaginable. Find earrings made of sterling silver and python; handbags made from antique books; scarves made of bamboo; pears made of bronze; necklaces made of meteorites; pens made of real flowers; and bowls made of granite, alongside contemporary craft pottery, wood furniture, handwoven fashions, bronze sculpture, blown glass objects and more. Visitors should also plan to visit the gourmet food and specialties section to fully experience hand-crafted delights. A benefit for Lyndhurst and the National Trust for Historic Preservation www.artrider.com.

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Great Wallkill River Race

@ Sojourner Truth Park

  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM, There will be different heats, starting at staggered times. Depending on how many people register, the event will end between 1-3pm.
  • Rain Date: September 15, 2019, 10:00AM

A fun race to get people out on the Wallkill River, to enjoy its scenic beauty and the serenity of being on a flat water, slow moving river. Children are welcome with adult supervision. There will be different race categories, such as recreational kayak, canoe, racing kayak, or other craft. Racers will launch from Sojourner Truth Park in New Paltz and head downstream 0.5 mile to the River to Ridge trailhead and return to finish at the same starting point. Boat drop off begins anytime after 9am. Launching boats into the water begins at 10am. The race will start at 11am. All racers will begin at that time.

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Hawk Migration Hike

@ Greenport Conservation Area

  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM

Join us as we look for hawks migrating south for the fall. We will have a spotting scope available to get a better view.

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Moodna Marsh Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 2:00PM
  • September 21, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:30PM
  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

This remote tour is ideal for bird watchers and those who enjoy close observation of local flora and fauna. Begin this tour on the beautiful Hudson River as we make our way north along the shoreline, then duck under a railroad trestle and enter the mouth of the Moodna. Your guides will lead you through the marsh, meandering in and out of channels. With ever-changing water levels, tides, and rainfall, each tour to Moodna Marsh is different, but always enchanting. You may even spot one of the local bald eagles that nest near the marshlands!

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USS SLATER Open for Tours

@ Albany

  • August 31, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 1, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

Tour the last World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. USS SLATER is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is charged.

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Guided Public Canoe Trip

@ Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary

  • September 14, 2019, 10:30AM

Join us at Constitution Marsh Audubon Center to explore the natural beauty and diversity of this unique area.

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Albany Architecture

@ Discover Albany Visitors Center

  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM

The Architecture in Downtown Albany is like none other in the United States. This tour will reveal the rich history of the city through the creative works of the architects who built her. Learn what the Olde English Pub has to say about early Dutch America, uncover the hidden faces at the SUNY Administration Building and the drama surrounding the construction of the State Capitol.

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Crailo Harvest Faire

@ Crailo State Historic Site

  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM, 4:00 PM
  • Rain Date: September 15, 2019, 11:00AM, 4:00 PM

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial-era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers seventeenth and eighteenth century music, Colonial Dutch re-en-actors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities.

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Gravestone Cleaning Workshop at Fostertown Cemetery

@ Fostertown Cemetery

  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM
  • Rain Date: September 15, 2019, 11:00AM, If it also rains on this date, the event will be postponed to another weekend yet to be determined

Expert Marianne Greenfield, proprietor of Gravestone Cleaning Service, will instruct 16 participants on the proper techniques of caring for gravestones. She will begin with a quick talk about the only recommended method of cleaning and then the hands-on portion of the workshop begins. Expect to get dirty - the results will be worth it!

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Haverstraw Riverwide Arts & Music Festival

@ Emeline Park - 16 Front St. Haverstraw

  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM, 5:00pm

The 6th annual Haverstraw Riverwide Arts & Music Festival kicks off 9/14 from 11-5-pm in the Village of Haverstraw's scenic Hudson River front park. The day's festivities include 4 live bands, DJ, Live Art event, set sail with the Schooner Pioneer and artist and crafts vendors. Admission is free. http://www.haverstrawriverwidearts.org/festival-info

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Monarch Butterfly Walk

@ Camp Saratoga

  • September 14, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 11:00AM

Join us for a nature walk to learn about the amazing lifecycle of the Monarch butterflies. The walk covers about a mile of gently rolling terrain. We will be looking for the butterflies during their peak season just before they start to migrate to Mexico for the winter. The monarch butterflies love the Preserve & Park for its many nectar species and its open pine/oak savannah. The walk will not take place if there is rain. Registration is appreciated.

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Historic Tallman Mountain State Park Hike

@ Tallman Mountain State Park

  • September 14, 2019, 11:15AM

We will hike through the historical Tallman Mountain State Park and learn its interesting history as a former oil tank farm. Then it’s out the Piermont Pier to follow in the footsteps of the 40,000 US Troops per month who marched to the waiting ships to transport them to the Atlantic Theatre during WWII. Finally, we will learn of the historic transformation of Piermont, NY from a blue collar factory town to its present day status.

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Landscape and Landmarks Tour

@ Boscobel House and Gardens

  • September 14, 2019, 11:30AM, 30-minute outdoor tour, rain or shine

Landscape and Landmarks Tours celebrate Boscobel’s iconic Hudson River site and the preservation efforts that helped save it. Each outdoor walking tour shares stories about Boscobel’s extraordinary location overlooking the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Rain or shine. Funded in Part by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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Hike the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation with Lewisboro Land Trust

@ Cross River, NY

  • September 14, 2019, 12:00PM

Lewisboro Land Trust and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation are partnering on this event. We will hike a 4-5 mile loop through the largest protected forest block in Westchester County, taking note of natural and cultural history at key points of interest with Jenny Tkacz, park resident and professional animal wrangler. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Michigan Road parking area. Lewisboro Land Trust and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation are partnering on this event.

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Norrie Point Kayak Tour

@ Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

  • September 1, 2019, 12:00PM
  • September 7, 2019, 12:00PM
  • September 14, 2019, 12:00PM
  • September 15, 2019, 12:00PM

A tour of the Hudson River from Norrie Point and visiting nearby spots like Esopus Island, Bard Rock and Black Creek Preserve. Perfect for beginners, this trip includes use of a sea kayak and all gear. Experienced guides will help participants improve their paddling skills. Wildlife, scenic vistas and historic sites along the paddle route will be featured.

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Exploring the Canals of Cohoes

@ Cohoes Visitor Center

  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM

Cohoes began its rise to industrial prominence as a canal town. The Erie and Champlain Canals traversed Cohoes, and this network of waterways, along with abundant waterpower, made Cohoes a leader in the Industrial Revolution. On this tour, you will travel old canal towpaths where mules pulling barges once trod, see 170 year old limestone locks built by hand, and learn the history of this 19th century technological achievement. You will find out the different routes the canal took through Cohoes over time, hear stories of life in a lively canal town, and learn how transportation and power canals led to the growth of the Harmony Mills and other industries in Cohoes.

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Guided Hike to the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower

@ Grafton Lakes State Park

  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM, Meets at the Welcome Center

Enjoy a 3 mile moderate hike to the historic Dickinson Hill fire tower with an environmental educator. On a clear day you can observe the Adirondack Mountains, the Green Mountains, and the Taconic Range from the top of the tower. Program meets at 1:00 PM at the welcome center before driving to the trailhead. Please RSVP at (518) 279-1155, ext. 2.

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Science on the River

@ Norrie Point Environmental Center

  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM, 3 hour event

Enjoy a live birds of prey program. Help fish the waters around Norrie Point to find out who lives there. See how the types of organisms living in a stream indicate its health. Learn what “SAV” means and why it’s important to the river. Canoe a tidal marsh of the Hudson (weather and space permitting). Also, many games and activities are planned especially for our youngest visitors.

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Family Farm Festival @ Stuart's Fruit Farm

@ Stuart's Fruit Farm

  • September 14, 2019, 4:00PM

On Saturday, September 14th, from 4 PM – 7 PM, Westchester Land Trust and Somers Land Trust will co-host the 2nd Annual Family Farm Festival at Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Somers, New York. Admission is free! We invite you to join us for LIVE music, games, face painting, raffles, and so much more! Food and beer will be available for purchase. This event is in celebration of the preservation of Stuart’s Fruit Farm, the oldest working farm in Westchester County, dating back to 1828. In April of 2018, Westchester Land Trust (WLT) completed a conservation easement that extinguished the development rights on the farm’s 172 acres thereby ensuring the land remains available for agricultural use forever. WLT’s partners included New York State, Westchester County, the Town of Somers, Scenic Hudson Land Trust and Somers Land Trust.

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Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining

@ Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining, NY

  • September 14, 2019, 4:00PM
  • September 28, 2019, 4:00PM

For the fourth year in a row, the Town of Ossining is partnering with Open Door Family Medical Center and local fitness and wellness businesses to offer FREE classes to the public on summer weekends at a Town or Village Park or open space. Two Saturdays in September, Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba in Ossining will host classes at 4pm at Louis Engel Waterfront park, open to all ages. More events may be added with additional instructors, please visit Town of Ossining website at https://www.townofossining.com/cms/projects/mind-body-spirit-ossining for more information.

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The Marshall House open house - National Historic Place - Visit the house and the cellar of Baroness Riedesel's ordeal

@ Schuylerville, NY

  • September 14, 2019, 4:00PM

As the wife of a general fighting alongside the British during the Revolutionary War, Baroness Riedesel was a member of the enemy camp. But her chronicle of the ordeal she endured at The Marshall House during the terrible fighting that culminated in the loyalist army’s surrender at Saratoga has fascinated historians for generations. Now The Marshall House, a private residence, will open its doors to the public. The cellar that provided refuge for the Baroness and her children, other women and children, and wounded British soldiers remains intact. Even bloodstains survive from that horrific week of October 1777. Philadelphia’s newly opened Museum of the American Revolution devotes a special exhibit to the Baroness, labeling her a “heroine" of the war. The Marshall House is depicted as the scene of her heroic attempts to save lives and relieve suffering amid hellish conditions of cannon fire, cold, thirst, and hunger.

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Architects on Olana: Jane Stageberg and Tim Bade

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 14, 2019, 5:30PM

Experience Olana’s Main House through the eyes of an architect. The Olana Partnership introduces a new series which invites contemporary architects to interpret Olana. Susan Wides, Director and Curator of Steven Holl’s ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck has curated the series to include some of the world’s leading voices. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Rensselaer Plateau Traverse

@ Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area 1463 Plank Road Petersburgh, NY 12138

  • September 14, 2019, 8:00AM, Hike both days or part of one day
  • September 15, 2019, 8:00AM

Join us for one or both days of our 2 day Plateau Traverse Hike. Or come for just the morning or afternoon of either day. Become an end to ender. We will meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area at 7:30am on Saturday and take shuttle buses to our starting point just below the plateau escarpment and will spend the day hiking back to Pineridge (about 16 miles mostly on trails but with some bushwhacking). Participants are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. We will have a potluck dinner after the Saturday hike. We will leave Pineridge by 8am on Sunday to hike to the other half of the Plateau (about 16 miles on trails, logging roads and some bushwhacking). Shuttle buses will bring participants back to Pineridge at the end of the day. Note: we scout out new routes each year and will not know the exact route until September. The route this year will include the Grafton Fire Tower. This event is cosponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area.

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Fall Into Rowing with Mid Hudson Rowing Association

@ Hudson River at Poughkeepsie

  • September 14, 2019, 9:00AM, 9-11AM
  • September 15, 2019, 9:00AM, 9-11AM

Experience first-hand the joys of recreational rowing on our magnificent Hudson River. This two-session learn-to-row class is perfect for the beginning rower. The first session is an indoor tank session where you will learn the basics of rowing from our certified coaches. In the second session, weather permitting, you will row on the river with support from our club members and coaches. Experience the Hudson...row it with MHRA. Event will be held rain or shine.

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Cary Institute Forest Ecology Walk

@ Cary East (Gifford House) parking area

  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM

On Sunday, September 15 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 http://www.caryinstitute.org/events.

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Iona Island Educational Canoe Trip

@ Iona Island

  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM

Paddle through this marshy maze with Reserve naturalists. Nestled in the Hudson Highlands adjacent to Bear Mountain State park, this wetland features flowering marsh plants, sunning snapping turtles, and soaring vultures.

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Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails

@ Yorktown Trails

  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Yorktown Trailtown, Westchester Cycle Club, and Westchester Mountain Bike Association for a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails! We will have a short safety talk before departing. These are intermediate level trails with plenty of rocks, roots, and logs. We will regroup primarily at the end of each trail. Meet at the Crompond Elementary School parking lot. From there we will ride to the Strang Blvd trailhead and head into the woods! Plan to ride for about 60-90 min over about 2-2.5 hours.

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Saugerties Hudson River Paddle with optional short Hike at Scenic Hudson's Falling Waters Preserve and Saugerties Lighthouse

@ Glasco Mini Park

  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM, Arrive 15 minutes early

Paddle the Hudson River near Saugerties NY and visit Scenic Hudson's Falling Waters Preserve and the Saugerties Lighthouse.

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The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

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

  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM

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

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History Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park and Gardens

  • September 1, 2019, 11:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 11:00AM

This tour highlights the history of the estate from its origin in 1862, through each of its three owners, emphasizing its world famous heyday in the Untermyer years, its dramatic decline after 1940, and the remarkable restoration efforts that have been ongoing from 2010 to the present day. There will be an emphasis on Samuel Untermyer and his wife and their place in early 20th century history as well as discussion of the remarkable architecture of the gardens. There will be some limited discussion of the horticulture but the magnificent plantings will mostly speak for themselves. Please join us near the 945 North Broadway Parking lot for a 90 minute tour of the gardens. No reservations are required. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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Taste of New Paltz

@ Ulster County Fairgrounds

  • September 15, 2019, 11:00AM, Rain or Shine 11am - 5pm

This one day food and drink event at the Ulster County Fairgrounds will celebrate local shops, producers, and restaurants. A selection of craft beverages will also be served. It’s like a business showcase but better. It’s a full flavor of everything that is New Paltz—from restaurants to food trucks to craft vendors. It’s really a great way for the local community and for the people from outside of New Paltz to really get to see what New Paltz is up to in all realms of business. Attendees can purchase $3 to $5 tastes from the festival’s different food and drink vendors. This is our 2nd year to feature a “Best of the Taste” competition in three categories—Best Food Truck, Best Restaurant, and Best Winery/Distillery. Attendees can vote for their favorite “taste” in each category throughout the day. Winning vendors are announced towards the end of the day. They get an award and bragging rights! In addition to a bunch of free kid’s activities like face-painting and arts and crafts, there will also be health & wellness practitioners, live music, and live demonstrations throughout the day.

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Walking the Moral High Ground of Nineteenth Century Albany

@ Washington Park, Albany, NY 12210

  • September 15, 2019, 12:00PM, Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Rain Date: September 22, 2019, 12:00PM, Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Washington Park, Albany was born at the intersection of aesthetics and intense social control, as elites in the 1860s and 70s confronted their anxieties about public health, immigration, spreading tenements, and urban disorder. The park changed in the making, expressing a wealth of landscape ideas and changing norms of public behavior, all framed by an extraordinary wealth of nineteenth century architecture. In this excursion around the park John Pipkin will focus its early decades. Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument near the intersection of Henry Johnson Blvd and Washington Park Rd.

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Mount Gulian Historic Site House and Grounds Tour

@ Mount Gulian Historic Site

  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours on the hour between 1:00 and 4:00. Last tour leaves at 4:00.
  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours on the hour between 1:00 and 4:00. Last tour leaves at 4:00.
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours on the hour between 1:00 and 4:00. Last tour leaves at 4:00.

Dating to the 1730s, explore nearly 300 years of American history with a visit to the Verplanck family homestead. Learn about the site's history, role in the American revolution, and how the community banded together to save the site.

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Sail Through Art History

@ Leaves from Haverstraw in Rockland County, NY

  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM, There are two sail times 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-8:00

Join fellow artists and friends for a 3 hour sunset sail on wide decked authentic working historic sailboats, the Clearwater and the Pioneer. Each ship leaving from a different port. Get a different view of the river and make art on-board a sailboat! Each cruise will feature a different expert speaking on topics such as on the Hudson River School paintings, the bridges, Edward Hopper's love for boats and the ecology of the Hudson River. Participate in raising the sails and learn from the crew what it is like to live onboard. Anyone ages 14 and older can participate. Sailing is rain or shine, barring thunderstorms. The Pioneer, a restored 1885 iron-sided schooner, owned by South Street Seaport Museum, leaves from Haverstraw for two sails, on September 15th, either 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-8:00pm, for a sunset trip to Croton Bay north of Hook Mountain. The crew will trawl for Hudson River creatures so passengers can handle them and study them up close. (Rain or Shine)

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LaGrange Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail Walk

@ LaGrange, NY

  • September 15, 2019, 2:00PM

Enjoy a walk in a serene woodland setting on a beautiful nature trail that winds for over a mile along the banks of the Wappinger Creek under a canopy or sycamore. oak, maple, hickory, cottonwood, and other trees. Park at the Sleight Plass Rd. trail entrance and meet your guides by the sign "Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail".

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Woodlawn Cemetery Guided Walk

@ New Windsor, NY

  • September 15, 2019, 2:00PM

Opened in 1870, this beautiful 74-acre rural cemetery surrounds a large pond and houses the graves of many interesting people including a pioneer woman war correspondent, members of the colonial Clinton family, writers, congressmen, artists and the Lithuanian-born "mother of women's basketball." Two local historians will narrate the lives of dozens of people now resting quietly in New Windsor.

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Troy Park(ing) Days

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 20, 2019, 6:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 6:00AM

Visit Troy’s many PARK(ing) DAY parks, designed and installed by artists and sponsors throughout Troy’s historic downtown. The parks are temporary, created by repurposing parking spaces for public enjoyment. Transport Troy is Partnering with the City of Troy, The Arts Center of the Capital Region and the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District to offer parking spots for temporary installations that will be active from on 09/20 through 09/21 as part of PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Additionally, a smaller selection of spaces will be available through 10/05 in the downtown BID District.

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Open Mic Night

@ Schodack Island State Park

  • September 6, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 13, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 20, 2019, 5:00PM

Come down to the Park for live music and fun! Enjoy the music, or get on stage to join in with the host band. Schodack Landing Fire Company will be here with their famous cook-out. Don't miss the good times! This event may be cancelled for bad weather

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Fisher Center at Montgomery Place

@ Montgomery Place, Bard College

  • September 7, 2019, 2:00PM, Performance
  • September 13, 2019, 6:00PM, Film
  • September 20, 2019, 6:00PM, Film
  • September 21, 2019, 2:00PM, Live Music

An autumn series of free, outdoor programming for all ages! The Fisher Center at Bard presents a second season of free, outdoor events on the grounds of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Hudson River: a puppet circus extravaganza, music from the border and beyond, and two film screenings under the stars set against the backdrop of the river bank.

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Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

@ Copake, New York

  • September 21, 2019, 8:00AM, Pre-register at our website roejanramble.org

This popular annual cycling event is a must for both casual and experienced cyclists. A non-competitive ride through the picturesque country hills of the Roe Jan area towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Ancram, NY, along the Taconic Mountains bordering Massachusetts. Choose from 5 routes of 10, 8, 25, 35 & 50 miles (from easy to challenging) on lightly traveled country roads & portions of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Registration is free; suggested donation to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association is encouraged. More information is available at www.roejanramble.org.

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Ossining Farmers Market

@ Ossining, NY

  • September 7, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 14, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 21, 2019, 8:30AM
  • September 28, 2019, 8:30AM

Local farms and food makers gather in the heart of Ossining Village on Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm. Stop by for lunch or a snack while you browse the village or before you hit the Croton Aqueduct trail.

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Supervisor's Walk - Lake DeForest

@ New City Little League Strawtown Road Fields, New City

  • September 21, 2019, 9:00AM

Join Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann and Bill Madden of Suez Water NY for a leisurely hike along the shores of Lake DeForest Reservoir. Participants can choose between two guided hikes: one that heads north of the Freedom Causeway with beautiful views of Davies Apple Orchard and majestic Hook Mountain, or one that leads south of the Freedom Causeway through quiet woods along the picturesque shoreline. Participants will learn about the history and significance of this privately owned reservoir, a primary source of Rockland and north New Jersey's drinking water. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore Suez's property around beautiful Lake DeForest.

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Tiffany Windows, Waterfalls and a 100 Mile View

@ Oakwood Cemetery

  • September 21, 2019, 9:00AM

Join Ned Pratt and Michael Barrett as they introduce you to the amazing beauty and history of Oakwood Cemetery. See the Earl Chapel's Tiffany windows, Uncle Sam's grave, and a 100 mile view, as well as ponds, waterfalls, striking gravesite markers and more. Meet at the Earl Chapel.

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Doodletown

@ The hiker’s parking area is about 1.4 miles south of the Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle on Route 9W, just North of the road into Iona Island.

  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM

Join David Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins", for an exploration of the abandoned hamlet of Doodletown. We'll visit cemeteries, mines, and look for vestiges of the old town. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Free Sails with Ferry Sloops from Ossining

@ Shattemuc Yacht Club

  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM

The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the yellow Ferry Sloops tent beginning at 9:30AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times (limit of 4 passengers per sail). The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. Rain date is Sunday, September 22, 2019. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian (no exceptions). For safety and boating etiquette, we ask that guests aboard our boat wear boat shoes (docksiders or non-marking sandals) or light-colored soled sneakers only. Since it’s always cooler on the water, bring a light jacket or windbreaker and a hat. Also, don't forget the sunscreen. Free parking is available on the street (Westerly Road) and in Shattemuc Yacht Club parking lot. DO NOT park in The Boathouse Restaurant parking lot or in spaces that have signs designating The Boathouse Restaurant parking.

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Heart of the Hudson Valley Farm Tour

@ Marlboro, NY 12542

  • Rain Date: September 7, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Come “Meet Me in Marlborough” (MMiM) to taste, sip, discover and experience the bounty along the “Marlborough Farm Trail” that has been voted #1 in the Hudson Valley. Follow the Meet Me in Marlborough Farm Trail signs located along Route 9W and the country roadsides to enjoy a fun filled day at the pick your owns, farmer’s markets, wineries, distilleries, historical sites, spas, eclectic shops, restaurants, cafes, deli’s and find entertainment, festivals, special events. Extend your visit with overnight accommodations at a relaxing B&B. View the incredible working landscapes that thrive on the banks of the Hudson River, throughout our valley and along the majestic mountainsides. Visit the MMiM website to download a brochure & map and/or use the online trip route to help will guide you along the way.

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Hudson River Seining & Aquatic Life

@ Kowawese Unique Area

  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM

In the shadow of Storm King Mountain, we will sample the inshore shallows at Kowawese with a beach seine to see "who" (fish & shellfish) is home today. We may see a Bald Eagle from time-to-time, Osprey, and perhaps the start of the autumn Monarch butterfly migration. Bring swimwear to participate.

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John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

@ Lower Manhattan- Bowling Green

  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM

Founding Father John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour. Water bottles are recommended.

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Museum Storytelling: Family Tours at Olana

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM

Master storyteller Tom Lee tells a stunning Syrian folktale in the landscape and inside the Main House at Olana. Lee uses art, objects, history and interactivity to help young people (and grown-ups!) fall in love with the Church's adventures. This is a program designed to introduce youth to the magic of a historic house museum. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Biodiversity Celebration

@ Trailside Museums & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM

Come to Trailside Museums & Zoo and learn about Biodiversity & Local Habitats! Visit our Pond, River, Forest, Woodland Pool, Grassland and Rocky Summit habitat stations to complete your Habitat Passport. When you complete the activity at each station, then you get a stamp. Collect all stamps & win a prize, while discovering ways you can help protect and provide habitat for wildlife.

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Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM

Join us for a 0.9-mile hike to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time during daylight in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, our local buckmoths depend on scrub oaks that thrive in this sandy, fire-dependent ecosystem.

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Equinox Hike and Yoga *CANCELED (Read description for more info)

@ Greenport Conservation Area

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM

This event has been canceled and replaced with Columbia Land Consevancy's Forest Therapy Walk. Join us for an hour long hike around the Greenport Conservation Area culminating in a session of yoga with SuperSoul Yoga, suitable for all levels.

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Forest Therapy Walk

@ Greenport Conservation Area

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM

On this ramble led by Jill Jakimetz at Greenport Conservation Area we will slow down, relax, unplug, and tune in. We will meet at the main parking area, share introductions, then go through a series of gentle invitations to open our senses and connect with the natural world. These invitations may include wandering, sitting, standing, and just noticing. There will be opportunities for sharing as well as for solitude. We will travel up to one mile. You may be surprised how fast time moves when we settle into our bodies in the natural world. Forest therapy is based on shinrin yoku, forest bathing, a restorative practice standard to preventative medical care in Japan for the past 30 years. Deepening our connection within the natural world opens us to nature’s healing medicine. Scientific research reminds us that opening our senses to the natural world supports our immune system, increases blood flow to the brain leading to clearer and creative thinking, lowers stress hormones and blood pressure, while increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, helping us to “rest and digest.”

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Nature Art - Off the Hook!

@ Marydell Center

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM, This is a 2-hour program. Dress for the outdoor weather. If it's raining, the art portion of the program will be held indoors.

Join Strawtown artists and naturalists for a creative outdoor experience at the base of Hook Mountain on the Hudson River! Come learn about the special features of this wide bays area of the river and the diverse wildlife it supports. We will explore outdoors, then create a related work of art to take home!

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Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 21, 2019, 11:00AM

The Fire Tower Ramble is a moderate 4 mile loop highlighted by scenic views of Sterling Forest. Hikers are able to observe the surrounding Hudson Highlands from a 60 foot fire tower built in 1922.

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Art Walk Kingston

@ City of Kingston

  • September 21, 2019, 12:00PM, Ends at 5pm
  • September 22, 2019, 12:00PM, Ends at 5pm

Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at home studios and galleries. During the 2018 studio tour over 130 artists were on display at more than 60 locations throughout the city making this event the largest open studio tour in the Hudson River Valley. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the event weekend will offer a broad range of art and activities.

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Five Rivers Fall Festival

@ Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

  • September 21, 2019, 12:00PM

On Saturday September 15, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will hold its annual FALL FESTIVAL. This FREE family festival is held at the Center’s 450-acre nature center and wildlife preserve at 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar, with free on-site parking. A cooperative effort of the Friends of Five Rivers and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fall Festival draws over 2,000 visitors annually. The Festival is known for its “kid appeal.” Return favorites include eco-crafts, live animals (with experienced animal rehabilitators), juggling, astronomy, games and fly casting, “The Incredible Journey” of a water droplet, and the “Insect Safari” with trained naturalists. There are also naturalist-led family hikes at regular intervals, featuring geology, botany, and wildlife. Live music adds to the festival atmosphere. Hot dogs, cider, popcorn, and bake sale goodies are available until they run out!

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Citizen Science Phenology Hike

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM, ends at 3:30pm

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam’s Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road, you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

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Harvesting History Family Workshop: Just Like My Nan Made: Apple Mint Jelly Workshop

@ Clermont State Historic Site--Clermont Cottage

  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so come by Clermont Cottage to learn how to make jelly using the natural pectin found in apples! We will flavor our jelly with fresh mint from the garden for a delicious dye-free mint Jelly. Each participant will go home with a jar of jelly. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

@ Blu Pointe Landing Dock, Front Street, Newburgh

  • September 4, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 5, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 6, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 7, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 11, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 12, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 13, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 18, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 20, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 25, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2019, 2:30PM
  • September 27, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM

Join us aboard the Pride of the Hudson for a Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands! Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck or enjoy the comfort of our climate controlled main salon featuring huge wrap-around windows. Our friendly and professional crew will respond to all of your needs. Your adventure will begin at Blu Point Landing, on Front St. in Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will present a narration of the sights along the way, including: Washington's Headquarters, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Island, Breakneck Mountain, Cold Spring, World's End, Constitution Island & the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm 2019

@ Saunders Farm

  • August 31, 2019, 2:00PM, 2-6 pm,Rain date 09/01/2019
  • Rain Date: September 1, 2019, 2:00PM
  • September 21, 2019, 2:00PM, 2-6 pm, Rain date 09/22/2019
  • Rain Date: September 22, 2019, 2:00PM

The show, on a working cattle farm, presents temporary sited, outdoor sculpture that must be cow proof and cow friendly. The walking tour is approximately 45- 60 minutes long. Visitors should wear walking shoes, bring sun screen or hats. Bring water on warm non-event days.

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Special Tour of "D-Day: FDR and Churchill's "Mighty Endeavor"" with President of the FDR Library and Museum, Paul Sparrow

@ Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Special D-Day exhibit; meet in lobby of Museum (not lobby of visitor center)

  • September 21, 2019, 2:00PM, Presidential Tour of D-Day Exhibit

Special tour of the temporary exhibit "D-Day: FDR and Churchill's "Mighty Endeavor" by President of the FDR Library and Museum, Paul Sparrow. D-Day was the Allies greatest achievement, the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy. Code-named Operation OVERLORD, it sealed the fate of Hitler's Nazi regime. After the tour, you will be free to explore the entire FDR Museum, spanning from the Depression to the New Deal to Pearl Harbor and World War II on your own. Movies, touch screen exhibits, and maps and artifacts bring history alive! Suitable for school age children, restless teenagers and grandparents alike. Air conditioned. You will leave inspired by FDR's optimism and strength over adversity, and proud to be an American.

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Audible Topography: Olana As Music

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 21, 2019, 3:00PM

Composer Bob Lukomski explores the sounds of Olana and its surrounding environment using technology to create a musical conversation in response to Frederic Church’s historic landscape. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Shore to Shore: The Hudson River as the Springboard for the Yorktown Campaign in the American Revolution!

@ Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House

  • September 21, 2019, 3:00PM, parking on-site

Dr. Robert A. Selig, official National Park Service historian for the Congressionally-designated Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail will present findings on the dramatic crossing of the Hudson River by 7,000 French Troops under General Comte de Rochambeau and Colonial Troops under General George Washington on their march to THe Battle of Yorktown, Va., where the British surrendered. There will be a presentation of known facts -- and a discussion among local residents and historians to identify local oral history, family history and local lore in a search for discovery about participation from regional colonialists, Native Americans and enslaved peoples.

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StoryHarvest

@ Freedom Square

  • September 21, 2019, 3:00PM, to 6:00 PM

StoryHarvest is a celebration of art and food from seed to table! join us at the final event of our Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Series and Community Resource Fair, for the 9th annual StoryHarvest celebration! The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s annual outdoor fall festival cultivates community through art, free food, stories, and music. Musical performances by Toko Telo, from Madagascar and KATANI, from Albany are featured.

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Edwina Sandys, MBE, Noted Sculptor and Churchill's grandaughter, discusses "Breaking Free"

@ Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Special Lecture by Edwina Sandys; meet in lobby of Visitor Center

  • September 21, 2019, 4:00PM, Lecture by Artist Edwina Sandys on

Edwina Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter and an accomplished sculptor, will lecture about her inspiration and perspectives on her sculpture "Breaking Free". The FDR Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm, so visit the museum first! The FDR Museum features special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts that convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era. Exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt's life and his presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II, with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship with the American people. Recently updated exhibits bring a New Deal to a New Generation. Wallace Education & Visitors Center has New Deal Bookstore, introductory film, and Cafe. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Research room, 8:45am–5pm.

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Roaring 20's Murder Mystery Dinner Party with Music

@ Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

  • September 21, 2019, 6:00PM

This is the third Murder Mystery fundraiser dinner for the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to meet the cultural needs of the community. Guests will be asked to help solve a murder mystery while dining and drinking in the historic Grand Parlor at the former Home for Aged Men built in 1881. The dinner helps raise funds for the continuing mission of maintaining and preserving the two landmark buildings which comprise the Arts Center.

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Fall Bird Hike

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 22, 2019, 7:30AM

They may not be singing anymore, but fall is a busy time of year for birds as our local feathered residents are moving out and some non-local birds are stopping through the Pine Bush on their southward migrations. Join us this morning for a birding walk through the preserve. We will take our time hiking 2.6 miles through various habitats to search for birds of all shapes and sizes. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours!

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Yoga of the Earth

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 22, 2019, 9:00AM

Join Stephanie Fischer for our monthly gentle morning yoga practice, in the beauty of Frederic Church's expansive Hudson River views. Yoga of the Earth's practice is inspired by the nature surrounding us and focuses on creating an atmosphere that encourages awareness and connection with the natural world. Open to all levels, including beginners. We will be practicing on blankets to enhance our connection to the Earth. Some blankets may be provided, but please feel free to bring your own blanket and/or props if you wish. We do not recommend mats for this class. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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The Underground Railroad Bicycle Tour

@ Albany NY

  • September 22, 2019, 9:30AM

The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital District and the Albany Bicycle Coalition are collaborating on an exciting and informative bicycle tour of historic sites and structures relating to the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region. We begin and end at the Stephen and Harriet Meyers Residence in Albany, an outstanding artifact from the Anti-slavery period and ride north along the Hudson River to Troy NY where the true story of Charles Nalle and how Harriet Tubman helped him escape the evil bounty hunters hot on his trail will be explored. Paul Stewart, co-founder of the URHP will accompany us on the tour and deliver commentary at selected sites along the way. Our return to Albany will be on the lovely and scenic Mohawk- Hudson Bike Path where refreshments are available after the ride.

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Bear Mountain Loop via Major Welch Trail and Appalachian Trail

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM

We’ll meet at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail near the southern end of Hessian Lake. From there, we'll walk north along the western shore of Hessian Lake to the start of the Major Welch Trail. Turning left into the woods, the ascent begins on stone steps, but quickly becomes rocky footpath. Gradually the climb becomes steeper, passing through stands of mountain laurel, as the footpath alternates between rocky footpath, well-graded footpath, stone steps and rock outcrop. We'll enjoy the north facing and panoramic views of the Hudson River, before we complete the climb to the summit. Here you can explore Perkins Memorial Tower and enjoy the all-encompassing views of the Hudson Valley. After a rest and lunch, we'll continue to the Appalachian Trail and begin our descent. After crossing and then joining parts of Perkins Drive, the trail descends over 800 magnificent hand-hewn stone steps built in place by NY-NJ Trail Conference Volunteers over a 5 year period. We'll pass a seasonal waterfall, cross a wooden bridge and enjoy views of Iona Island and the Hudson River. At the end of these giant steps, we'll be right back where we started.

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Historic Piermont Walking Tour Featuring the Birthplace of Piermont & More

@ Meet in parking lot behind Confetti restaurant.

  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society — Walk to Piermont’s historic district, then to early 19th century Bogertown and ending at Flywheel Park. Enjoy the scenic Sparkill Creek stopping at several sites on the National Register of Historic Places. [The drawbridge, Haddock’s Hall - the location of the 1916 silent movie “The Hungry Heart”]. Learn about the dramatic impact of geology and the NY & Erie RR on the village and the nation. [Other topics: Dutch inhabitants, WWII, Paper Mill, and the Revolution]. Meet in the parking lot behind Confetti’s restaurant at Ash Street

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Spots of Time: Writing and Thinking Walk

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM

Frederic Church designed carriage roads to maximize views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. The organizing aesthetic for these vistas was a romantic ideal of the sublime and the "language of Nature.” Contemplation of these views was meant to provide inspiration and comfort – in poet William Wordsworth's words, "spots of time...[where] our minds/ Are nourished and invisibly repaired.” This tour, led by poet Celia Bland and art historian Susan Merriam, faculty at Bard College, will put the gorgeous panoramas glimpsed from Olana's carriage roads in dialogue with some of the unexpected perspectives of contemporary and Romantic poetry. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Denning's Point Kayak Tour

@ Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY

  • September 22, 2019, 10:30AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:30AM

This is a guided kayak paddle that will leave Long Dock Park and head south to Denning's Point. Participants will have the choice of getting out at the point to relax and eat or continue around the point into the Fishkill Creek.

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Jay Day! Fall Family Festival

@ Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate

  • September 22, 2019, 11:00AM

The Jay Heritage Center (JHC) will host JAY DAY! celebrating American culture and traditions. Admission includes live music, book signings, hands-on art and planting activities with pony rides, historical house tours, balloon twisting, face painting and geocaching with prizes. Sponsored by Reed's Inc. Purchase items from a choice selection of craft vendors including old fashioned silhouette portraits and vintage maps. Don't miss the tastes of autumn in New York's Hudson Valley thanks to our farmers market! Help us continue the transformation of the historic Jay Estate into a 23 acre educational park full of fun and exciting outdoor and indoor experiences! For more info contact us at (914) 698-9275 or jayheritagecenter@gmail.com

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Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival

@ Rip Van Winkle Bridge

  • September 22, 2019, 12:00PM, 12 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the art of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River Skywalk, a new pedestrian path which connects the historic homes and studios of master artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. 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, and hear live music by songwriter James Hearne, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hudson. Consider adding more art to your day by visiting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. 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 www.hudsonriverskywalk.org.

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Troy Public Library: An Italian Palazzo

@ Troy Public Library

  • September 22, 2019, 12:00PM

The Troy Public Library tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, a renown architectural historian, who blogs as Spellen of Troy. The exterior, interior, and history of the building will be the focal points of the building tour. Designed to be both a library and art gallery, the American Renaissance style building was completed in 1897. View behind the scene areas that are not open to the public. Learn about the recently located documentation of the purchase of the priceless Aldus stained glass window from Tiffany.The beautiful setting provided by the building enhances the experience of library users.

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2019 Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial exhibition

@ Wildersetin Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd Rhinebeck, NY 12572

  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM

This is a curator led guided walking tour of the 2019 Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial exhibition. The tour includes 25 contemporary sculptural works selected from a variety of established and nationally known artists from five northearstern states. The sculptures are displayed throughout the Calvert Vaux landscaped grounds of the historic Wilderstein estate with breathtaking views of the Hudson River.

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Jacob Blauvelt House Guided Tours

@ Jacob Blauvelt House/Historical Society of Rockland County

  • September 1, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM

The architectural style, furnishings, and decorative elements of the Jacob Blauvelt House reflect those of a typical family of Rockland County and the Hudson Valley region in the first half of the nineteenth century. Members of the Blauvelt family lived in the house from its construction in 1832 until 1970, when it was given to the Historical Society. During their more than one hundred years living in the house, the Blauvelts made many changes to it; when the HSRC gained ownership, it was restored to its original period and furnished with Blauvelt family pieces, as well as Rockland County and Lower Hudson Valley pieces from the Society’s collection. The Jacob Blauvelt House, a New York State “Paths through History” site, is open for guided tours on Sundays in September 2019 at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Group tours are also available by appointment.

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Piermont's Station Museum

@ Piermont Station

  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM

Visit this 1883 landmark RR Station and learn about Piermont’s unique and diverse history: Piermont’s role in the American Revolution and WWII as well as the longest railroad in the world, which in 1851 left from Piermont’s pier to Lake Erie. View two award-winning historical documentaries on Piermont in the audio room on the museum’s 2nd floor. Hikers can access the station via the scenic Erie Path overlooking the majestic Hudson. Parking is available for motorized visitors.

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Walking Tour of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

@ The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns; Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM

Please join the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for a walking tour along trails on the preserve. This tour will feature The Ellen Swallows Richard Historical Trail, The Drumlin Trail, The Phenology Trail, or the Beaver Trail, depending on weather and trail conditions. Learn about research and land management currently happening on the Preserve, including controlling invasives and the effects of white-tailed deer on our forests.

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What You See and What You Don't See

@ Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion)

  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM

In 1895, Staatsburgh's landscape architect designed glorious grounds that showcased the good life in the Gilded Age. But the landscape was also designed to hide from view the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Enjoy a leisurely guided stroll through the historic grounds as we explore what you see...and what you don't see.

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Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area Site Tour

@ Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area Site in Taconic State Park

  • September 7, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm
  • September 8, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm
  • September 14, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm
  • September 15, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm
  • September 21, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm
  • September 22, 2019, 2:00PM, 2pm to 4pm

Join Friends of Taconic State Park for tours of the historic Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area Site featuring a visitor center, museum and extensively interpreted Iron Works Heritage Trail. Established in 1845 along Bash Bish Brook at the base of the Taconic Ridge, the Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area Site and 18 acres surrounding the site are listed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites. In addition to guided tours of the museum and visitor center, the self-guided walking tour includes stops at up to 25 points of interest on the Copake Iron Works Heritage Trail. Tours are given rain or shine.

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Garden Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 22, 2019, 2:00PM

This tour covers some history but includes discussion of the architecture, elements of garden design in general and of this garden in particular, and identification and discussion of numerous plants and plant combinations. Please join us near the 945 North Broadway Parking lot for a 90 minute tour of the gardens. No reservations are required. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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Mohansic Trailway

@ Meet at parking lot at Burger King at Route 118 and Downing Drive

  • September 22, 2019, 2:00PM

A rail spur was built to connect Yorktown Heights to a mental institution in what is now FDR State Park. Abandoned in 1917, this route connects Yorktown Heights to the interior of FDR State Park. Since 2016, the Ny-NJ Trail Conference has helped Friends of FDR State Park and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee to provide access along that route traversing in or along wetlands. The connection involved building five bridges and over 800 feet of boardwalks built by volunteers including four Eagle Scout projects.

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Ramble through Hurley's Historic Burial Grounds

@ Hurley, NY

  • September 22, 2019, 2:00PM, rain or shine

Tour historic Hurley's old Burial Ground, located in this National Historic Landmark village founded in 1662. Hear the tales of Hurley's earliest residents who lived and died many years ago, and some say, never really left.Hear the legends of haunted happenings, and become acquainted with those bygone times through the lives represented here by their final memorials.

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Sundays Along the River: The Whittler and the Weaver

@ Bronck Museum

  • September 22, 2019, 2:00PM

Remarks and demonstration by local Greene County whittler Dick Brooks plus a rare opportunity to visit the 1685 loft with its collection of early spinning and weaving equipment.

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Shore to Shore: The Hudson River as the Springboard for the Yorktown Campaign in the American Revolution!

@ Old St. Peter's Church

  • September 22, 2019, 3:00PM

Dr. Robert A. Selig, official National Park Service historian for the Congressionally-designated Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail will present findings on the dramatic crossing of the Hudson River by 7,000 French Troops under General Comte de Rochambeau and Colonial Troops under General George Washington on their march to THe Battle of Yorktown, Va., where the British surrendered. There will be a presentation of known facts -- and a discussion among local residents and historians to identify local oral history, family history and local lore in a search for discovery about participation from regional colonialists, Native Americans and enslaved peoples.

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Walkway Over the Hudson Guided Tours

@ Walkway Over the Hudson

  • August 31, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • August 31, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 1, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 1, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 7, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 7, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 8, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 14, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 15, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 21, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 22, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 28, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM
  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM, Ends at 2PM
  • September 29, 2019, 3:00PM, Ends at 4PM

Enjoy a guided group tour of this historic railroad bridge featuring stories about the past, present and future of the Walkway. Appreciate breathtaking river and mountain views, fresh air and scenic Hudson Valley vistas. Learn detailed history about the bridge and surrounding area, and view interpretive signage and historic images. Tours are led by trained Walkway Ambassadors who are knowledgeable about the Walkway’s construction, history and reconstruction, as well as the Hudson River and surrounding areas.

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Sunset Kayak Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 6, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 7, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 8, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 20, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 22, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 27, 2019, 4:30PM
  • September 28, 2019, 4:30PM
  • September 29, 2019, 4:30PM

There are few better ways to end the day than out on the river enjoying a spectacular Hudson Valley sunset. Your destination is determined by the tides, so expect the unexpected! Retreat to the peaceful Moodna Marsh or venture to the still waters surrounding Bannerman’s Island, then rest your paddle and enjoy front row seats as the sky starts to change color and the sun sets below the horizon. Make your way back in the stillness of the waning light.

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The Armour-Stiner Octagon House

@ Irvington, New York United States

  • September 6, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 7, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 8, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 13, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 14, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 15, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 20, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 22, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 27, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 9:30AM
  • September 29, 2019, 9:30AM

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.

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Photography Walk

@ Fitzgerald Falls

  • September 27, 2019, 2:00PM

Grab your smartphone, point & shoot or SLR camera and let’s hit the trails. Learn photo tips and tricks as we go on a photo scavenger hunt!

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Tappantown Historical Society's Annual Colonial Day

@ The DeWint House/Washington's Headquarters

  • September 28, 2019, 12:00AM, ends at 5pm

Step back in time and visit Colonial America. Tour the Carriage House Museum and the DeWint House with costumed guides. See Colonial Army reenactors, encampment soldiers, live farm animals and preparations for winter in the DeWint House kitchen. Watch spinners, lacemakers, quilters, embroiderers, woodcarvers, a sheepshearer, blacksmith and colonial singers and dancers. For the children there is apple pressing, stenciling, candle dipping, writing with quill pens, making tussie mussies, juggling and making a mob cap. Refreshments available.

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Biking Around Troy

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM

Take a guided bike ride through historic downtown Troy and other neighborhoods while exploring bike lanes and paths. The ride pace will be 10 to 12 mph.

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Collar City Ramble

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM, to 2:00 PM

Explore Troy's urban trails by foot, bicycle, water, or whatever in this alternate transportation festival. Discover places you have never seen! The Collar City Ramble covers Troy in ways that anyone can find to enjoy. Celebrate the historical, the undeveloped, the waterways, and the recently uncovered located in our urban areas, with a tour group or independently with materials from the booth. Find information from how to share the roads to how to engage in geocaching. The details of the Collar City Ramble's guided tours are listed separately.

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Hike to Conklin Homestead at Pine Meadow

@ New York

  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM, Raindate is 9/29/2019
  • Rain Date: September 29, 2019, 9:00AM

Walking Stick

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Historic Kingston Rondout Volkswalk for Everyonel

@ Kingston Rondout Waterfront

  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM, Register 9-11 AM, finish by 2 PM

The paved trails go through the historic Rondout section of Kingston with stately homes. The Rondout was the largest shipping facility on the Hudson River between New York City and Albany in the late 1800s. Today, shops, a major Hudson River marina, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and the Kingston Trolley Car museum are all located in the district. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A self-guided brochure and guide/map is available that will point out the various historical sites and natural scenic points along the way.

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John Burroughs Slabsides Geology Ramble

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides

  • September 28, 2019, 9:00AM

The rocks were one of naturalist John Burroughs' favorite aspects of the Slabsides location, but even he did not realize that the rocks represented sediments eroded from a Himalayan-scale mountain range nearly 400 million years ago. Since they were deposited in a shallow sea, the sediments were repeatedly caught in continental collisions which bent them and stood them literally on end. As if that wasn't enough, they were most recently scraped clean by a mile-thick sheet of glacial ice which melted a mere 14,000 years ago. Join Vassar College geology professor Jeff Walker for hike to read the many stories in the rocks of the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. The newly developed trails are part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. Meet at Slabsides.

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Burden Iron Works Museum Tour

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM, 12:15 talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

Located in the former office of one of the most important firms in the history of iron and steel, the Burden Iron Works Museum educates visitors not only about the history of iron working in South Troy, but also about the transformation of the region around the confluence of the Hudson and the Mohawk Rivers into the Silicon Valley of the nineteenth century. The museum documents the many contributions of the area to the world such as: the hull armor for the Monitor, the modern horseshoe (made at the rate of nearly a million a week), the hook-headed railroad spike (now used worldwide), the lion’s share of the bells cast in the New World, more than a million detachable collars and cuffs a day, the largest textile mill building in nineteenth-century America, the most powerful water wheel in history (and in all likelihood the model for the world’s first Ferris wheel in 1893), and the first truly all-woman labor union.

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Cornell Hill Fire Tower Tours

@ Camp Saratoga

  • September 14, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 15, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

Climb an authentic fire tower and view a replica fire observer’s cabin without having to climb a mountain! Get a treetop view of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. The schedule is subject to weather conditions and availability of Volunteer Fire Tower Interpreters. Hours of operation are 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike

@ Meet at the Nature Center

  • September 28, 2019, 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.

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Discovery Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

@ Catskills Visitor Center

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Join us for a brand-new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, live performances including a featured show by Steve "the Dirtmeister" Tomecek, interactive demos, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration. Something for all ages!

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Explore Troy’s Gateway to the Hudson River Water Trail

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

This intermediate Water Trail Paddle is a 2 hour paddle of about 3 miles round trip in conjunction w/ the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Paddle will proceed downstream to around the Congress Street Bridge along the Troy waterfront and return. This is recommended for paddlers who have had experience on the river.

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Family Garden Day @ Sugar Hill Farm

@ Sugar Hill Farm

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Come help a garden grow! Bring your whole family to Sugar Hill Farm to help Farmer Allison and WLT staff care for the quarter acre garden space. Discover what the veggies you love look like when they are growing and learn simple organic gardening techniques. At 11:30 AM we'll take a break for a quick (kid friendly) cooking lesson with vegetables right out of the garden.

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Hike at Fuller Mountain Preserve

@ Fuller Mountain Preserve

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Join the Orange County Land Trust for a guided hike at Fuller Mountain Preserve. Enjoy spectacular views of the Warwick Valley, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the Shawangunk Ridge at the scenic overlook.

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In Their Own Words - The Battle for Fort Montgomery!

@ Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites!  Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were there and what they left behind. Program will last approximately 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration. *Ramblers welcome to bring a bagged lunch.  Registration Required - please email: peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov or call 845-446-2134 to Register.  www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

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National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM, ends at 3:00pm

Come join us at Sam’s Point to celebrate National Public Lands Day! We will be working on pulling invasive plants from along the sides of our trails. Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting the globally rare ecosystem found here. All necessary training and tools will be provided. Bring enough water to last the day (at least 2 liters), snacks, and a lunch. After the work day is over, please feel free to continue to celebrate National Public Lands Day by hiking our wonderful trails! All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a free day pass to participating federal public lands, including most National Parks. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least eight years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

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Old Croton Aqueduct Weir Tour

@ 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Old Croton Aqueduct, a National Historic Landmark. The Weir is a 5-minute walk away on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

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Parks & Trails: Pedal to Peebles on the Empire State Trail

@ Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie/Water Streets, Albany, NY

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Parks & Trails New York for a bike ride, three-quarters of which will be on a paved bike path, from Albany along the banks of the Hudson River up to Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes. At the park, we will be led on a short hike by members of the Friends of Peebles Island State Park and will be led on a tour of the park which is rich in history. Following lunch (not provided) we will return by bike to Albany.

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Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend

@ Brinckerhoff House Historic Site

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 12:00PM

Living history demonstrations will show what life was like for soldiers, camp followers and civilians during the American Revolution. Musket drills, cooking, baking and Blacksmith demonstrations.

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A Mile on the Hudson

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 28, 2019, 10:30AM
  • September 28, 2019, 11:30AM
  • September 28, 2019, 12:30PM

For beginners, A Mile on the Hudson with Upstate Kayaks is offered starting at 10:30. Three shorter guided outings on the Hudson are scheduled for those who want to try out kayaking with a volunteer guide. This route circumnavigates Adams Island, just north of Collar City Bridge & below Ingalls Avenue Launch.

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Fall Festival

@ Schodack Island State Park

  • September 28, 2019, 11:00AM

Join us for a day of celebrating our community and the beginning of the autumn season. Fall Fest will feature vendors, exhibitors, arts & crafts, food & refreshments and so much more!

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Geocaching Introduction and Tour

@ Starts at the Collar City Ramble table on Second Street at Broadway at the Troy Farmers Market

  • September 28, 2019, 12:00PM

Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game in which the goal is to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and seek out the geocache container hidden there. The Capital District is fortunate to have an active geocaching community and Troy is no exception! There will be an introduction to geocaching followed by a hunt led by an experienced geocacher for some nearby downtown Troy caches.

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Industrial History Along the Troy's Wynantskill

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 28, 2019, 12:15PM

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Michael Barrett of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway describes what led to the historical industrial development along this waterway.

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Apple Cider Ramble

@ Peach Hill Park

  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM, Closing at 4 PM
  • Rain Date: September 29, 2019, 1:00PM

Participants will take a walking tour of our orchard park. During the tour you will pick apples and help press them into apple cider at the end of the trip. We will also have a horse-drawn wagon ride, live music, sheep petting and food available.

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Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Tour of Historic Cherry Hill

@ Historic Cherry Hill

  • August 31, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3:00 PM
  • September 7, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3:00 PM
  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3:00 PM
  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3:00 PM
  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM, Tours at 1, 2, and 3:00 PM

Tour the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family. Learn about Cherry Hill's architecture and layers of history...see for yourself why such a major restoration was needed and what is being done to address structural issues, preserve the house, and restore the mansion to its historic charm.

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Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill

@ Burden Pond Environmental Park: Wynantskill Trail

  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM, Preceded by 12:15 Burden Museum talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall, and remnants of dams and infrastructure that upplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like in the past.

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Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Ulster County Heritage Area Visitors Center

  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM

Hear how Kingston's historic waterfront district mushroomed from farmland into a prosperous maritime village and major Hudson River port during the heydays of the Delaware and Hudson Canal (1828-1898). View the legacy of residential, commercial and ecclesiastical architecture built by the "melting pot" of nationalities that emigrated to Rondout in the nineteenth century.

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Historic Architecture in the Twenty-First Century

@ Collar City Ramble Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

  • September 28, 2019, 1:15PM

This tour will highlight how architecture designed for the nineteenth century can be reconfigured to accommodate twenty-first century needs. Come hear the explanation by a Trojan historian of how this has been accomplished for a couple intriguing examples in downtown Troy.

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Casual Nature Hike Around Shaver Pond

@ Grafton Lakes State Park

  • September 28, 2019, 2:00PM
  • Rain Date: September 29, 2019, 2:00PM

Casual Nature Hike Around Shaver Pond (Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park) Saturday, September 28th, 2019 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 29th) 2pm-4pm Enjoy a casual hike through Grafton Lakes State Park, with a hiking leader from the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park. This moderate hike around Shaver Pond has some rocks and roots in the trail, as well as some small hills. Portions may be muddy depending on weather; closed toed, watertight shoes are recommended. Meet at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Cropseyville, NY 12052.

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Exploring Eternity

@ Albany Rural Cemetery,

  • September 28, 2019, 2:00PM, Rain Date October 5, 2:00p

Public demonstration of the Albany Rural Cemetery Explorer, a cell-phone-based technology, using Geographic Information Science (GIS). The program enables visitors to walk from grave to grave, linking sites to portraits, biographies and burial records of the deceased and currently covers 90 individuals, family plots, and monuments. The app has been developed by faculty and students of the University at Albany’s Geography and Planning Department, with financial support from the Bender Family Foundation. Some of those highlighted include: Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States; Kate Stoneman, the first female lawyer in New York State; Captain Samuel Schuyler, black pioneer, and shipping company owner; Stephen Van Rensselaer III, founder of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Dr. Alden March, founder of Albany Medical Center; Erastus Dow Palmer, world-renowned sculptor; Erastus Corning II, Mayor of Albany; James Burden, owner of Burden Iron Works and allowed the first women's union; and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler, one of the "Schuyler Sisters," highlighted in the Broadway Musical Hamilton In the event of rain, an alternative date is the following Saturday, October 5, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

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Kites Over The Hudson

@ Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

  • September 28, 2019, 2:00PM, From 2-4pm

All are invited to come and enjoy the outdoor fun at this annual event when color fills the sky overlooking the Hudson River. FREE kites are given to the first 150 children 15 years and under. Free Refreshments. Event, Museum, and tours, are free today compliments of Central Hudson and Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. For more information, please contact the site at 845-562-1195.

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Soundwalk at Grafton Lakes State Park

@ Grafton Lakes State Park, Welcome Center Building 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Cropseyville, NY 12052

  • September 28, 2019, 3:00PM, Meet at the Welcome Center
  • Rain Date: September 29, 2019, 3:00PM, Meet at the Welcome Center.

Come join sound artist, Andrea Williams, on a soundwalk: a meditative walk that will focus on listening rather than just looking. When we one starts to prioritize listening over seeing and instead of rushing to get oneself from Point A to Point B, we begin to sense more of what is directly around us. We even feel our other senses engage more intensely, such as touch and smell, and it becomes easier to embody another being or a certain area. When we embody a certain area of the environment, we begin to understand its needs more and we can then become better caretakers of our environment. Following the 40-minute soundwalk is a Q&A session. There are a few listening activities along the way, but participants should be comfortable with being silent for most of the soundwalk with cell phones on silent or airplane mode. Portions of the trail may be muddy depending on weather; closed toed, watertight shoes are recommended along with bringing water to drink. You are also welcome to join the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park members’ potluck to follow, 4-7pm. Meet at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Cropseyville, NY 12052.

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Hiking Frear Park Trails

@ Frear Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

  • September 28, 2019, 4:00PM

Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery, and learn some history on this guided hike. We will hike along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond, and the waterfalls in the Piscawen Creek. Enjoy the view over the Hudson Valley: on a clear day you can clearly see downtown Albany and the Catskills from the top of the trails. Interesting native wildflowers can be found along the trails, and a stop will be made to enjoy the educational wildflower and butterfly gardens near the Frear Park pagoda and fountain.

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Hudson Valley Sunset Kayak Tour

@ I Paddle New York

  • September 7, 2019, 5:30PM
  • September 14, 2019, 5:30PM
  • September 21, 2019, 5:00PM
  • September 28, 2019, 5:00PM

We start with a quick lesson before launching into the calm waters of the Esopus Creek. We'll talk about some of the rich history as we paddle down to take a quick peek at the Cantine Falls before heading out by the Saugerties Lighthouse and into the Hudson River where we'll enjoy a snack as the sun sets behind the Catskill Mountains! We'll enjoy the birds, beaver and all of nature as we return by twilight.

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Architects on Olana: Daniel Sachs and Kevin Lindores

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 28, 2019, 5:30PM

Experience Olana’s Main House through the eyes of an architect. The Olana Partnership introduces a new series which invites contemporary architects to interpret Olana. Susan Wides, Director and Curator of Steven Holl’s ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck has curated the series to include some of the world’s leading voices. For more information and tickets visit OLANA.org

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Tour de Yonkers

@ Center for the Urban River, Beczak Environmental Center

  • September 29, 2019, 8:30AM, 3 rides 12, 25 and 50 miles

The Tour route follows the Hudson River north for several miles, passes some of the city's historic old carpet mills and parts of the newly re-developed downtown areas including the recently day-lighted Nepperhan River. The longer routes wind through east and northeast Yonkers, along the Bronx River Parkway, passing Sarah Lawrence College, other parks and includes sections of the Old Putnam rail line that connected NYC with Northern Westchester, now a Rail-Trail bike path. All routes begin and end at the Center for the Urban River, Beczak Environmental Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers.

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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk

@ Papscanee Island Nature Preserve

  • September 29, 2019, 9:00AM

Led by David Chinery from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, enjoy a 1-hour walk though the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve and discover the various species of plants and animals that make the 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home. Cottonwood trees, buckthorn shrub, and bittersweet vine reflect the history of the land farmed by the Mohican Indians for thousands of years. The preserve also boasts a variety of habitats, including marsh, river bank, and floodplain. This riparian setting is a pristine example of nature reinventing itself. Over 30 acres of the preserve are still farmed today, giving the land the distinction of being under active agriculture (corn) longer than any other lands in the U.S. Over six miles of hiking trails offer public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. From 9J, turn Right at Preserve South Entrance sign onto Staats Island Rd.; go .25 mi. cross Amtrak tracks, right into Preserve parking lot.

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Dearborn's Light Infantry, 1777

@ Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield)

  • September 28, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

A living history event showcasing the soldiers who served in the American Continental Army's elite Corps of Light Infantry commanded by Major Henry Dearborn during the 1777 Battles of Saratoga.

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Hike/Explore Jiggs Highway at Cherry Plain State Park and CDWMA

@ Cherry Plain State Park

  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

Hike/Explore Jiggs Highway and Immediate Surroundings; Hike will be led by Lloyd Barnhart, local woodsman who has spent many years hiking this area with his grandchildren. He always has lots of unique places to show us and stories of the history of this area. Hikers will meet at the parking area. At the north end of Jiggs Highway

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Lyndhurst Landscape Ramble

@ Lyndhurst

  • September 1, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 8, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

To celebrate the Hudson River Ramble, we will be offering a tour of the historic grounds at Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival masterpiece overlooking the Hudson River. The site reflects nearly 175 years of life on the Hudson River contained in 67 park-like acres that include 16 structures, such as a Lord & Burnham steel-framed greenhouse complex and the oldest regulation bowling alley in the United States. Lyndhurst’s magnificent grounds contains an award-winning rose garden, a fern garden, rock garden, specimen trees, the now-aged lindens for which the property was named, and spectacular views of the Hudson River.

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Ramble in the Woods

@ Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve with Westchester Land Trust

  • September 29, 2019, 10:00AM

Join Westchester Land Trust staff and preserve visionary, Paul Zofnass, for a 1.5-mile OR 4-mile hike through the winding nature trails of the Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge. Discover beautiful wetland systems, majestic woodlands (with rare wildlife), incredible plant diversity, and dramatic rock formations - there is something to inspire every hiker. This program will begin at the trailhead located at 259 Upper Shad Road promptly at 10:00 AM. Hikers will split into smaller groups depending on their preference of distance. **Please park on the North side of Upper Shad Rd.**

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Canines Crossing at the Park

@ Hudson Crossing Park

  • September 29, 2019, 11:00AM

Join Hudson Crossing Park in celebrating the working dog and all things canine at Canines Crossing at the Park! A fun day out in the sun with local canine search and rescue groups, Guiding Eye service dogs, the Saratoga County K-9 unit, agility dogs, therapy dogs, animal story telling and much more!

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Garden Open House & Paint Out

@ Blithewood Garden, Levy Economics Institute, Bard College

  • September 29, 2019, 12:00PM, open till 5pm

Come paint and draw with us. Watch a plein-air painter(s) in action. Garden tours at 2 and 4 pm. Learn more about the current garden rehabilitation project and Friends of Blithewood Garden. Meet the resident GOATS and enjoy light seasonal refreshments.

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GARDEN OPEN HOUSE & PAINT-OUT

@ Blithewood Garden, Levy Economics Institute, Bard College

  • September 29, 2019, 12:00PM, EVENT LASTS TIL 5PM

Come paint, color, and tour Blithewood Garden. Watch a plein-air painter(s) in action. Learn more about the Garden rehabilitation project and become a Friend of Blithewood Garden. Meet the resident goats and enjoy light seasonal refreshments. Rain or shine, please come by.

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National Alpaca Days at Lilymoore Farm

@ Lilymoore Alpaca Farm

  • September 28, 2019, 12:00PM, ends at 4:00 pm
  • September 29, 2019, 12:00PM, ends at 4:00 pm

Our big event that you wait all year for. Come to Lilymoore Farm, meet the alpacas, hear the live band, shop our vendor village and have a ton of fun. Do the Chicken Dance with a chicken, watch the animals as they participate in our tutu parade. Wear a tutu and you can participate too

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Newburgh Open Studios

@ 5 Grand Street

  • September 28, 2019, 12:00PM
  • September 29, 2019, 12:00PM

The 9th Annual Newburgh Open Studios tour offers a unique opportunity to see the work and meet many of the artists in the City of Newburgh's burgeoning arts community. The studios are located in some amazing historic buildings, most of which are rarely open to the public. This is a self-guided tour, much of it walkable from Newburgh Art Supply. Maps will be available on both days starting at 10:00am at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street.

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Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths

@ Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center

  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM

Join us for a 0.9-mile hike to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time during daylight in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, our local buckmoths depend on scrub oaks that thrive in this sandy, fire-dependent ecosystem.

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Mandeville House Tour

@ 122 Lower Station Rd. Garrison, New York

  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM
  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM

Built in 1737, the oldest house in Garrison, was built by Jacob Mandeville, a young man of Dutch origin. The house was a strategic point during the American revolution and was headquarters for General Putnam and other notable commanders. Many revolutionary war heroes were quartered at the house--most notable being Gen. George Washington and other revolutionary war heroes. Be sure to see the old revolutionary era road in front of the house. Tours are given until 4PM.

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Revolutionary War Headquarters Site

@ Van Wyck Homestead Museum

  • September 7, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 8, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 14, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 15, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 21, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 22, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 28, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM
  • September 29, 2019, 1:00PM, Last Tour Starts at 3 PM

The Van Wyck Homestead was built in 1732, and enlarged to its present size in 1757. It is one of the oldest homes in Dutchess County. During the American Revolution the home was used as an Officers' Headquarters for the Fishkill Supply Depot soldiers' encampment (Oct. 1776 - Oct. 1783). Dozens of notable Revolutionary War heroes visited the Homestead - including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and Marquis de Lafayette to name a few. For more information about this historic homestead please visit: www.FishkillHistoricalSociety.org

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Bannerman's Island Walking Tour

@ Storm King Adventure Tours

  • September 1, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 2, 2019, 2:00PM
  • September 8, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 21, 2019, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2019, 2:00PM

Step foot onto Pollepel Island to visit the famous Bannerman’s Castle! Begin your adventure by taking a leisurely paddle across the Hudson River, then circle the island by kayak before stepping ashore. A historian will lead a walking tour to share a narrated history of the arsenal. Guests are advised to bring a light lunch or snack that they can enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the Hudson River from the Bannerman residence. As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Bannerman Castle Trust, these tours help contribute to their preservation efforts of the site.

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Croton Dam Hike

@ Croton Gorge Park

  • September 29, 2019, 2:00PM

Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park. We will hike north along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail to the top of the beautiful Croton Dam, overlooking the Croton Reservoir with its water views and dramatic spillway. The leader will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City.

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Guided Tour of the D&H Canal Five Lock Walk

@ 23 Mohonk Road

  • September 15, 2019, 2:00PM
  • September 29, 2019, 2:00PM

Come to the D&H Canal Museum in High Falls and take a free guided tour of the national historic landmark Five Lock Walk. See five restored locks from the final 1852 enlargement of the D&H Canal, the first million dollar private enterprise in US history. The Canal ran for 108 miles from Honesdale PA to Rondout NY to bring coal from Carbondale PA to NYC, running from 1828 through 1898. The Canal fueled the industrial revolution in America and helped make NYC the world's largest city. It informed the 19C history of all the towns along its route. Approximately 1/2 mile.

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