June 21: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Garden Tour: New York Botanical Garden
At the very height of rose season, we'll tour the Rose Garden, another garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, as well as the Native Plant and Azalea Gardens. Level of physical difficulty: Easy to moderate. Depart Bylane Farm at 9am. Program fee: $10, admission: $20, please bring cash. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.

June 22: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Groundwork Hudson Valley Presents Science at Sunset on the Science Barge 2017 Summer Lecture Series- The Passivhaus and the Sustainable Urban Community, with Robert Hothan
Robert Hothan studied Passivhaus architecture design in Austria and interned in Germany. Living and studying in Europe helped further ingrain a common sense energy efficient mentality. Robert believes that creating energy-efficient structures results in comfortable spaces and sustainable urban living arrangements. Well known as "that downtown guy," Robert has been credited with being the first Yonkers downtown developer to be granted permission to create live/work lofts in 1999.The Science Barge is located at 99 Dock St., Yonkers, NY 10701. For more details, contact 914.375.2151 or visit

June 22: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable
The Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable brings stakeholders together to foster the development of trails on a local and regional scale through networking, information sharing, and enhancing access to financial resources and technical assistance. Located at Henry A. Wallace Center, See for details

June 24: 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Nature Walk: FDR State Park with Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of FDR. Join us for a bird walk in the forests and by the wetlands of this gem of a park. Bring binoculars or call Tait at 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Park at the (former) French Hill School, 2051 Baldwin Road in Yorktown Heights. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.

June 24: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Forum on Fostering Climate Resiliency in Your Community
Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a free forum where communities can learn about the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program and the technical assistance available through related New York State programs. The forum will feature municipal leaders who will provide insights into how their community is leveraging state resources to adapt to climate change and extreme weather. Presentations will also be given by representatives from DEC Office of Climate Change and the Hudson River Estuary Program. The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is a competitive 50/50 matching grant program for municipalities to conduct climate change adaptation or mitigation implementation projects, or to undertake eligible actions as part of a strategy to become a Certified Climate Smart Community. Eligible implementation projects include those related to flood risk reduction. Applications are due by 4:00 PM on July 28, 2017. There is no charge to attend the forum. This forum is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with the NYS Water Resource Institute and DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. Light refreshments will be provided. Click here for the draft agenda (subject to change). Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College - RSAC Main Room, at 125 Route 340, Sparkill, New York, 10976. Register at

June 24: 9:30 to 11:00 AM
Guided Nature Walk through Winnakee Nature Preserve and Aboretum
Guided by Kathleen Davis, Winnakee Board Member
The Winnakee Educational Arboretum was established to educate visitors
about trees in a Hudson Valley forest, to inform visitors about the historic role
this particular forest played in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's environmental education, and to bring people into this woodland to closely examine and appreciate its diversity and beauty. The Nature Preserve and Arboretum trail is approximately 1.1 miles long, with rolling hills and sections of moderately steep and rocky terrain. The Arboretum features 36 different species of trees with photos and guidelines for identification. This family-friendly event is appropriate for anyone willing to walk leisurely for about a mile. Please wear walking attire and shoes, and spray for bugs prior to the walk.Kathleen Davis is Town of Hyde Park Recreation Director and Chair of the Hyde Park Trail Committee. Register here by June 22.

June 24: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Special Nature Play Events at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Grasshopper Grove
Last year, The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum debuted the first programs in a brand new series of monthly Special Nature Play Events in Grasshopper Grove, the Museum's Nature Play area, with great success. Located at the Outdoor Discovery Center on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, Grasshopper Grove is the Hudson Valley's first Nature Play space of its kind where children can hop from stump to stump, climb a fallen tree, paint with water, build in the sand and dirt pile and much more! Join us on June 24 for a Fairy Prince & Princess Party. These programs are recommended for families with children ages 3 and up. These events are included in the regular Grasshopper Grove admission of $3 for Not-yet-Members and free for Museum Members. For more information visit or call 845.534.5506 x204.

June 24: TIME TBA
Fly Fishing for Women
NYS Free fishing day! Lead by Frank Cuttone. This workshop sold out last year, so we are repeating it! Waders and equipment provided. Limited to 10 women. Must be in good physical condition. Co-sponsored with Trout Unlimited. $10 or $5 to RLT or TU members. Register online at or contact Frank Cuttone or 518.279.1521. Fishing spot will be determined by water conditions the week of the workshop.

June 25: 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM
Family Fishing Day
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall to Join Carl Heitmuller for some tall fishy tales and to learn all about fishing! Our ponds are home to many different species of fish, including largemouth bass, black crappy, and pumpkinseed sunfish. The NYS fishing license requirement is waived for adults who participate in this event. We provide the bait; you just bring poles and your sense of adventure! Prepaid registration required at Admission: Museum Members-$8/Adults, $5/Children. Not-yet-Members:$10/Adults, $7/Children.

June 25: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wallkill River Watershed Alliance Boat Brigade, Orange County
Departing from Thruway Shopping Center Plaza to Popp's Memorial Park, 78 Oak Street, Walden (bring waders because we expect some walking)

June 29: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Groundwork Hudson Valley Presents Science at Sunset on the Science Barge 2017 Summer Lecture Series- A Night with Community Garden Guru, Lucy Moreno
Lucy is a long-time Community Coordinator for Greyston Project, where she has worked since 1995. In the past, she has worked for Beczak Environmental Education Center and the Yonkers Board of Education. Throughout her garden projects, she has been able to touch many lives, educate children, and provide services to residents of Yonkers. She has observed changes through the years in eating habits and community involvement. Lucy believes volunteers are at the core of many of her success stories. The Science Barge is located at 99 Dock St., Yonkers, NY 10701. For more details, contact 914.375.2151 or visit

Throughout the Month - Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Hiking Trails and Visitor's Center
Each hiking trail, located at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. is an adventure and a search on trails that range from casual to challenging. Learn about nature in a fun interactive way! Stop by the visitor's nature gift shop! For more information visit or call 845.534.5506 x204.

Throughout the Month - Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grasshopper Grove: Gateway to Nature Play
Visit the first nature play area in the Hudson Valley at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. Admission Museum Members are free.. Not-yet-Members $3. For more information visit or call 845.534.5506 x204. Special Nature Play Event: Bug Detectives- Sunday, May 21 from 10am - 12pm included in regular admission.

Throughout the Month - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wildlife Education Center Hours and Exhibits At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. "Birds on the Wing" Exhibit (This exhibit made possible in part by The Dorr Foundation and Orange & Rockland Utilities) and the Hall of Live Animals. On the weekends at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. join a Museum Educator to "Meet the Animal" of the week! Admission: Museum Members are free. Not-yet-Members $3. For information visit the museum's website at or call 845.534.5506 x204.

July 3- August 25
Connect Kids with Nature at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Summer Science and Nature Camp
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is gearing up for Summer! The Museum's summer science camp is for children from ages 4 through 12, takes place in weekly sessions. In addition, two special weeks will be offered for older campers. "Super Science Week," for ages 9-12, dubbed Trail Blazers, will meet July 17 - 21, and "Eco Rangers," ages 13-16, meets July 24- 28, culminating in an overnight camp-out. This year features new themes, field trips, activities and adventures! According to Senior Environmental Educator and Lead Counselor Carl Heitmuller, "The great thing about our camp is that we get the kids outside and having fun by exploring the forest, fields and ponds to see what they offer... it's not your typical dodgeball or kickball. Each week is a different theme so you can come several weeks and experience something new each week." Space is limited so campers are urged to register early. Early drop-off and late pick-up are also offered. Call 845.534.5506 x211 for any camp related questions, but please note that camp registration cannot be taken over the phone. Visit for more information about Summer Camp and to register your camper.

Save the Date!
November 6, 2017
Nature Across Boundaries: What Can We Do to Keep Lands and Waters Connected?
Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Local leaders, landowners, and land managers can join proactively to preserve and restore connections in nature (connectivity) by working across municipal borders and property lines. This day-long conference will explore the importance of ecological connectivity, highlight case studies from New York, and engage participants in discussing the barriers and opportunities for preserving landscape connections in the Hudson Valley. Sponsored by Mohonk Consultations in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information, contact or visit for conference updates.

Save the Date!
November 14, 2017
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Annual Watershed Conference
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home, Hyde Park, NY. Please contact Maureen Cunningham at for sponsorship opportunities and check back over the summer at for conference updates.

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