Join Lynn Bowdery on a slow walk up to the lookout point on Joppenbergh Mountain and search for spring ephemerals, early migrants and soaring raptors, emerging plant life, and all that points to spring’s arrival. Of course, we will examine and discuss anything that catches our attention, including some lichens. The path to the lookout rises a modest 200 feet in elevation but is steep and rocky in a few places. Meet the group in the parking area by Willow Kiln Park, behind Rosendale Theater. Space is very limited for this walk.
Ann Guenther has been a naturalist and an environmental educator for decades and is now a climate-change activist. Guenther began her work as an information specialist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. After moving to the Hudson Valley with her husband, Dan, she worked as a classroom teacher and environmental educator. In 2007, the New York State Outdoor Education Association presented her with its Outdoor Educator Award for “using the outdoors to enrich curriculum and interpret the natural world in a way that has expanded the environmental appreciation of children or adults.”
You might want to bring the following: water, a small notepad, tick-smart clothes, comfortable walking shoes or boots suitable for walking in muddy conditions, layers, a magnifying glass, and/or binoculars.
On Sunday, October 5th, we honored Glenn Hoagland with our 2014 Conservation Award!
On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the Hare East Easement we honored Joan Burroughs with our annual Conservation Award.
Joan has long been an advocate for open space protection. As the great-granddaughter of Naturalist John Burroughs, she has maintained his legacy of conservation and protection of the natural world and spearheaded the four-year State and privately funded project to restore and expand hiking trails at Slabsides.
She is currently on the board of directors at the John Burroughs Association.
This year's Honorary Committee included: Bob Anderberg, Anne Bienstock and Russell Gilmore, Peter Bienstock, Allan and Lynn Bowdery, Patricia and Richard Brooks, Donald Christian, Mary Collins, Glenn Hoagland, Jim Hoover, Sandra Hutton, John Jacobs, Cara Lee, Jay LeFevre, John Jacobs, Paul Kellar, Ron Knapp, Annie O'Neill, Steve Rosenberg, Angela Sisson and Johanna Sokolov, Vivian and John Wadlin.
The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from
The 2017 focus on the Town of New Paltz coincided with the year-long celebration WVLT's 30th Anniversary. The closing reception was held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement. The tour explored the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Patentees” - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain.
The tour began with a special program at Historic Huguenot Street. Also featured were seven of the town's important houses and farms from the early 18th century and the mid-20th. All were either built by Huguenot descendants or upon Huguenot lands. Included were early stone houses, a 1930s Federal-style stone dwelling, a stunning brick Greek revival beauty, a fanciful late 19th century manor house, and a soaring labrynthine barn converted for modern living.