Events

2018 Hudson River Valley Ramble
The 19th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will be held September 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30.The 2018 Ramble will feature around 200 recreational and cultural events highlighting the rich diversity of the Hudson River Valley region. See website for details.

September 12, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar: Green Streets in Dense Communities
This webinar will showcase results of a two year planning initiative by the City of Cambridge and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) to identify and design green infrastructure strategies for dense, residential city streets. CRWA designed three individual “green streets”, an innovative stormwater management approach that captures rain where it falls by using vegetation, soil and engineered systems to slow, filter and clean stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces (https://www.epa.gov/G3/learn-about-green-streets). Based on this design process and input from residents and various city departments, CRWA also designed a Green Streets Guidance document for the City to help facilitate incorporation of green infrastructure systems into all roadway improvement projects. Cambridge is an urban community bordered by the Charles River with 55% of its land area comprised of impervious surfaces such as roadways, rooftops, and parking lots. The proximity of the Charles River, which has an established total maximum daily load (TMDL) for phosphorus, makes stormwater treatment an urgent priority. In addition to improving water quality, Cambridge is interested in using green streets to enhance other community goals such as improved pedestrian and bike travel and climate adaptation.Presenters: Julie Dyer Wood, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association, Weston, MA; and Melissa Miguel, P.E. Supervising Engineer, Department of Public Works, City of Cambridge, MA. Registration site: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6949262425055015682 For information on Soak Up the Rain and the webinar series, go to http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain 

September 12, 2018: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Stormwater and Green Infrastructure for Combined Systems
The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County is sponsoring a live, free Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) webcast titled “Stormwater and Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Systems”. The webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 12, from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Town of Colonie, Public Operations Center, 347 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY. If you’d like to attend, please e-mail or call to reserve a seat: swcoalition@albanycounty.com or 447-5645. All welcome! 

September 12, 2018: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pocantico River Watershed Alliance - September Community Meeting
Please join the Pocantico River Watershed Alliance for its September community meeting where Jen Epstein, Water Quality Program Scientist from Riverkeeper, will discuss the Hudson River's water quality problems related to wastewater, Riverkeeper's community science monitoring project, results in the Pocantico and results in the regional context. Located at Pace University Pleasantville, 861 Bedford Road Pleasantville, NY (Butcher Suite - Kessel Student Center). For additional information email: pocanticorwa@gmail.com 

September 14-15, 2018
Short Course in Habitat and Water Resource Assessment for Land Use Planning
The Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudsonia Ltd. are excited to announce a short course in Habitat and Water Resource Assessment for Land Use Planning to be held September 14-15 in New Paltz. The course is designed especially for municipal officials, planners, and land trust staff to help land use decision-makers achieve more ecologically-sound planning outcomes. Hands-on exercises involving map analysis, site plan review, and field visits will supplement lectures on habitats of the Hudson Valley, conservation principles, and land-use planning tools. Participants will receive practical information and guidance that can be applied immediately to environmental reviews, natural resource inventory, and open space planning. Note that space is limited and there is a competitive application process, due September 7. Contact Lea Stickle at Hudsonia Ltd. with questions (845-758-7053 or lstickle@bard.edu). 

September 15, 2018: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Winnakee Nature Preserve - Are you ready for a local adventure?
Steven Michael Pague will guide you on a journey through the Winnakee Nature Preserve to connect you more deeply to the natural world. You will gain a heightened awareness of your environment through tracking and survival skills. All ages welcome. Steven Michael Pague, founding staff member and instructor at The Omega Institute, is a certified teacher of The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and of The Arts of Life with The Tracking Project of New Mexico. He is also a musician, singer, songwriter, poet, performer, and a lifelong student of Life Force, Qigong and the cultivation of Qi. Steven and his wife Lila are co-owners of Winter Sun & Summer Moon of Rhinebeck. The Winnakee Nature Preserve is located at 3 Van Dam Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Register here.

September 15, 2018: 10:00 am
Secrets in the Soil
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall to discover “Secrets in the Soil.” Join Environmental Educators to dig into the land down under your feet! In this fun filled family program, learn about all of the animals, big & small, that reside under the ground. Explore the subterranean habitats through experimentation and fun activities. According to Environmental Educator Melissa Spears, “moles can dig an incredible 15 feet underground per hour?! Get your hands dirty digging in the soil and discovering all of the hidden activity that goes on underneath your feet!” This program is recommended for adults and families with children ages 5 and up. Admission- Museum Members: $5/Adults, $3/Children. Not-yet-Members: $10/Adults, $7/Children. In addition, enjoy FREE same day admission to the Wildlife Education Center after paid attendance to this program. For more information, visit www.hhnm.org or call 845-534-5506 x204.

September 16: Anytime from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Plateau Panorama
Rensselaer Plateau Alliance Board Members, Shari and Dick Gibbs invite you to share in their treasured view of the Rensselaer Plateau. Bring your own picnic to their Hidley Farm in Wynantskill, hike or bike to the hilltop family cemetery, and enjoy the panoramic vista of the Rensselaer Plateau landscape. Families and folks of all ages and abilities welcome. Registration required. Contact Shari Gibbs sdgibbs@nycap.rr.com. Rain cancels. Call for any details or additional information 518-283-0155.

September 16, 2018: 10 am -12:30 pm
Volunteer Landscaping at the Ridgewood Reservoir
Join NYC H2O and the NYC Parks Department as we remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir. Register here.

September 15-16: 12 noon Saturday to 12 noon Sunday
2018 Berkshire Bioblitz
This year’s 2018 Berkshire Bioblitz will be hosted by Williams College and held in Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown on Saturday through Sunday September 15-16 from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday. The BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to gather in a given area and in a 24-hour period to complete a formal survey of all living species and see first-hand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in their own community. For more information, go to berkshirebioblitz.org.

September 19, 2018: 7:00 pm
Saw Kill Watershed Community - Monthly Meeting
The Saw Kill Watershed Community will be visiting the Bard Water Lab to see how water quality samples are processed and tested. For additional details and directions, please contact: sawkillwatershedcommunity@gmail.com

September 22, 2018: 9:45 am
Rain date: September 23, 2018: 9:45 am
"Tour de Pownal" Fall Bike Ride
Welcome in a new season and get to know your river with a with a free recreational bike tour on September 22, the first day of fall. The ride is co-presented by the Pownal Recreation Task Force and the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA). The 18-mile "Figure 8" loop begins and ends at at the former Mack Molding parking lot on Route 346, at Lincoln Street. It includes an optional shortcut for a 10-mile version of the ride, or extension for an 23-mile version. (Note: the route is paved except for a one-mile section of hardpack gravel on Indian Massacre Road.) Bring snacks and water. Meet at 9:45 am for a 10 am start. Leaders: Pownal resident Julie Mackaman and HooRWA board member Lauren Stevens. Contact Julie at jmackaman@gmail.com or 802-823-5545 by September 21 to preregister and to receive an email that morning if weather forces us to reschedule for the following morning. Maps and cue sheets for all three of the tour's versions are posted at: https://ridewithgps.com/users/842867/routes

September 22, 2018: 10 am - 12 pm
Plumb Beach Cleanup
Plumb Beach, Brooklyn is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, and is located 3 miles east of Coney Island on Jamaica Bay. Its beautiful and diverse scenery contains precious marine habitat as well as salt marsh. Register here.

September 22, 2018: 12:15 pm
Hiking Thru History
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. Start at the former Burden Iron Works offices to hear from local historians and examine pictures and maps of the changing landscape. Reconvene a short drive upstream at the parking area of the Burden Pond Environmental Park. Then hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied 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. Register with Joe Durkin: (518) 279-9870. Hike distance and time; 2.5 miles out and back, 2 hours?, Difficulty: Moderate, some short hill climbs, dirt paths. Location: Meeting Place for Part I: Burden Iron Works Museum, 1 E Industrial Pkwy, Troy NY 12180; Meeting Place for part II: Burden Pond Environmental Park, Corner Route 4/Mill St and Campbell Ave, Troy NY 12180.

September 22-23, 2018
9th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike
We’ll hike 27-34 miles across the Rensselaer Plateau over 2 days through various terrain. Come enjoy the company of hardy hikers. Optional overnight at Pine Ridge Cross Country Ski Center. This is a strenuous hike with some bushwhacking. Sponsored by RPA, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Center. Donation is $10 each day. Contact: annie@rensselaerplateau.org to register.

September 23, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tree Planting on Wallkill River
The Montgomery Conservation Advisory Council is hosting a tree planting event on the Wallkill River at Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery. In cooperation with NYS DEC’s Trees For Trips program. Volunteers needed!

September 23, 2018: 7 pm
Fourth Annual Hackensack River Storynight
Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network Celebrates 20 years of Environmental Activism and Stewardship. The evening will feature river- themed performances in Hague Park in Oradell. Tickets range in price from $25-$100, and children under 12 are free. Rain location: Westwood Rail SStation in Westwood. For tickets, call 201.666.1877 or email bergenswanrsvp@gmail.com. Additional details at www.bergenswan.org

September 23, 2018: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jon Bowermaster's Hope on the Hudson at the Hudson River Maritime Museum

September 24, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Margaritas for Mockingbirds: A Bedford Audubon Fundraiser
Bedford Audubon Society will host its first annual fundraising event at TRUCK Restaurant on September 24, 2018 from 6-8pm. Tickets are $125, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Bedford Audubon. Community members are invited join us for this special celebration of our work in studying, protecting and connecting people to nature. The evening will include house-made hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dessert. Margaritas for Mockingbirds is made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of TRUCK Restaurant. TRUCK is a neighborhood restaurant in Bedford, NY, that offers wholesome “farm to fork” fare. Space is limited. Purchase tickets here: www.bedfordaudubon.org/rsvp

September 25, 2018: 5:30 pm
Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance - Monthly Meeting
Mount Saint Mary College, Room 252 in Aquinas Hall. Dr. Kathleen Tobin, Associate Director of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, will present the preliminary results of the “Orange County Climate Adaptation and Vulnerabilities Assessment,” which includes watershed level analysis. Dr. Tobin will be asking for our feedback about the Quassaick watershed sections.

September 25, 2018
Waterfront Alliance’s Annual Heroes of the Harbor Dinner and Parade of Boats
Located at Chelsea Piers, at the The Lighthouse, Pier 61. This year we are thrilled to bring out the boats during the NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower Parade of Boats for Michael Phillips, Jamestown LP, the visionary developer who created Chelsea Market, Industry City and other adaptive reuse properties around the country; Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA climatologist and pioneer behind the study of climate risks, adaptation, and mitigation; and Steven Smith, Oak Point Property, the transformative force behind a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous South Bronx. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online or by contacting Megan Loeb at mloeb@waterfrontalliance.org or 212.935.9831 x109.

September 29, 2018: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Explore the forest at Chestnut Hill in Stephentown with ecologist and writer Tom Wessels. This program is based on Tom's acclaimed book, Reading the Forested Landscape. Tom will introduce participants to methods of interpreting a forest’s history while wandering through it. With evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the presence of stone walls, and the lay of the land, Tom unravels complex stories etched into our forested landscape. A decades-long American Chestnut restoration project add a unique element for exploration to this site. Program fee: $45. Registration required by Sept. 24th. Call: 518-712- 9211. Members may take a $5 discount.

September 29, 2018: 10 am - 12 pm
Lemon Creek Beach Cleanup
Lemon Creek is one of New York City's last remaining ground-level creeks. Located on the South Shore, its salt marsh and beach area provide a refuge for migrating birds and wetlands flora and fauna. Register here.

September, 29, 2018: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Discover Chestnut Hill, a 34-acre Rensselaer Plateau Alliance property in Stephentown, through the eyes of ecologist and writer Tom Wessels. Tom will introduce participants to methods of interpreting a forest’s history while wandering through it. Tom unravels complex stories etched into our forested landscape. Program fee: $35 Early bird if registered by Aug 1 / $40 if registered by Sept 1 / $45 last ticket sales Sept 24. Members may take a $5 discount* Registration required by Sept. 24. For more info, call: 518-712- 9211.

September 30, 2018: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mushroom Walk and Intensive Guided ID for the more experienced (location to be determined)
Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at one of our forests or preserves. Participants will gather mushrooms during an hour interval. We will then make our way over to another location to eat lunch (bring your own) and then Sue will guide us through the process of identifying the mushrooms we collected and others that you have found using hand lens, spore prints, and available books. We will work in pairs to continue self identification of our found mushrooms. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a field knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one along with any mushroom identification books you may have. Registration fee $30/person, this is for adults and serious teens. Register online at renstrust.org. Click on outing/ events and then click on the specific event. You will then see a place to click for register here either with paypal or a credit card. Group size is limited to 25 so it is first paid, first on the list. Directions will be mailed to participants registered 2 weeks before the walk.

October 6, 2018: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2nd Annual Wallkill River Festival
River to Ridge Trailhead, Springtown Road, New Paltz. A day of music, food and fun in celebration of the Wallkill River Watershed. Organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance.

October 17, 2018
Southeast New York Stormwater Conference
Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY
The conference provides an opportunity for municipal officials and staff as well as stormwater professionals to learn about stormwater management and related subjects from experts working in southeast NY and beyond. Contact LHCCD Coordinator Michael Jastremski at mj.lhccd@gmail.com for more information. Visit the conference webpage for information and registration.

October 23, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Annual Watershed Conference
FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY
Sponsorships and exhibitor tables available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details. Register here through September 30th for Early Bird rate of $65 (regular rate of $75 starting October 1). See website for updates.

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December 4, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Toast to the Tribs
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
Sponsorships available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details.

December 6, 2018
17th Annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference
The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce its 2018 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. The conference will be held at Pace Law School. This year's theme will be Sustainable Development as a Market Driver. For more information or to become a sponsor please visit the Conference Page.

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