Get ready for the 2021 Hudson River Valley Ramble!

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History Tidbits

@ John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2021, 11:00AM

Join us out on the grounds of the historic site for tidbits about our history. On the first and third week of each month, May through October, we’ll explore a different area of the Homestead. Today we’ll be looking at Bedford House. John Jay’s Bedford House has been the central feature of the property for over 220 years. Learn about the home of the chief justice and the way it evolved over time.


Ossining Farmers Market

@ Ossining, NY

  • September 4, 2021, 8:30AM, Weekly on Saturdays

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, on your way to the Hudson River waterfront, or before you hit the Croton Aqueduct trail.


Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike

@ Meet at the Nature Center

  • September 4, 2021, 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.


USS SLATER Open for Tours

@ Albany

  • September 6, 2021, 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.


The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

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

  • September 11, 2021, 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.



@ Lyndhurst Mansion

  • September 17, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst is on September 17-19, 2021. This event features America's best modern makers on the grounds of Lyndhurst, one of the country’s most beautiful historic estates. A full day art and shopping experience for the entire family including hands-on demonstrations and more. Weekend pass $12; seniors $11; kids 6-16 $4, under 6 free. Rain or shine. No pets.


Lewisboro Land Trust’s Hike of the Mount Holly Preserve

@ Mount Holly Preserve

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 11:00AM

Join us for a leisurely hike of this lovely preserve, which the land trust acquired from The Nature Conservancy last year, and which has since been fully renovated including the addition of a parking area.


Iona Island Educational Canoe Trip

@ Iona Island

  • September 19, 2021, 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, cattails, and soaring raptors.


The Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Cornell Mine Ruins

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

  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Join David A. Steinberg, author, "Hiking the Road to Ruins" as we search out impressive remains of the never-completed Dunderberg Spiral Railway. Also on the agenda are the multiple Cornell Mine sites high up and an experiment in time travel. Expect to see filled-in and drilled-out rights-of-way, tunnels, mines, and commanding mountaintop views. This is a difficult hike, done at a leisurely pace, with lots of rewards for your hard work. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


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

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

  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM

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.


Lyndhurst Landscape Ramble

@ Lyndhurst

  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet at Welcome Center
  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet At Welcome Center
  • September 26, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet At Welcome Center

This two-hour, two-mile adventure offers a complete overview of Lyndhurst’s historic landscape. This 67-acre Westchester site reflects 180 years of grand estate living on the Hudson River. Visitors will stroll past specimen trees, including the majestic lindens for which the property was named. The tour will visit the Lord & Burnham greenhouse frame, the rose, fern, and rock gardens, historic Civil War-era rockeries with spectacular views of the Hudson River, and will discuss the 1894 bowling pavilion and the ruined swimming pool building.


Monarch Butterfly Walk

@ Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM

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 Florida and Mexico for the winter. The monarch butterflies love the Wilton Preserve for its many nectar species and its open pine/oak savannah. The walk will not take place if there is rain.