All Walks and Talks are FREE for WVLT Members, $5 suggested donation for the general public, unless otherwise noted.. Become a member!  

PLEASE RSVP!! You may register for any of these Walks and Talks by emailing NAME(S) and BEST CONTACT/PHONE NUMBER to INFO(at)WallkillValleyLT(dot)ORG or call (845)255-2761. (WVLT does not sell or share personal information.)

 THIS Sunday, 3/26 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Benmarl Vineyard Wine-Tasting
156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro
Located on a rise called Slate Hill, with a view of the Hudson River and the valley below, Benmarl’s rustic winery and guest house are adjacent to the oldest vineyard in the United States, planted in 1845. Thanks to that and the quality of its wines, it’s one of the most popular wineries to visit in the region. There will be six wines—three whites, including a traditionally-made sparkling wine, and three reds, including a Baco Noir which earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. As a special treat, you shall also experience a barrel-tasting of two wines in the cellar.
$25 WVLT Members/ $35 General Public  Get Tickets Here!
Saturday, 4/1 8:30am - 10:30am
Birding in the Wildlife Sanctuary
Harcourt-Nyquist Wildlife Sanctuary, Huguenot Street, New Paltz
What bird is making that sound? Are there ways to tell birds apart just by looking at how they fly? Join science teacher and long-time avid birder Chrissy Guarino to learn bird calls, as well as tools for identifying resident and migrating songbirds and waterfowl in the oxbow lake. Bring binoculars if you have them! (Please: no pets, and no children under seven.) Space is very limited for this walk.
Sunday, 4/9, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Rocks Over Rosendale: The Geology of Joppenbergh with Alexander Bartholomew, meet at the Rosendale Municipal Parking area by Willow Kiln Park, behind Rosendale Theater
Join Professor Alex Bartholomew of SUNY New Paltz for a guided geology walk up Joppenbergh Mountain in Rosendale, NY. Learn about the bedrock, the mining history, and whether or not Joppenbergh is actually part of the Shawangunks!
Saturday, 4/15, 10:00am - 12:00pm  (FREE!)
Ephemerals - Early Spring Wildflowers of Joppenbergh with Lynn Bowdery, meet at the Rosendale Municipal parking area at Willow Kiln Park, behind the Rosendale Theater.
Join Lynn Bowdery, WVLT’s Land Steward on a walk up to the lookout point on Joppenbergh Mountain in search of spring ephemerals, the early spring wildflowers that grow and bloom before the trees leaf out and shade them into dormancy.  Red Trillium, Wild Columbine, Rue Anemone, Violets and more have been found along this route.  The path to the lookout rises a modest 200 feet in elevation but is steep and rocky in a few places. Wear good shoes and bring hiking poles if you use them. 

On October 14, 2012, we honored Bob Taylor with our Annual Conservation Award at Apple Greens Golf Course with a banquet and over 100 people.
Thank you Bob for your years of dedication to protecting open space!

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WVLT Vice President, Robert Witkowski with Bob Taylor and Christine DeBoer, Executive Director

On Sunday, October 5th, we honored  Glenn Hoagland with our 2014 Conservation Award!

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On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the Hare East Easement we honored Joan Burroughs with our annual Conservation Award.HareProperty2013 Chairs2WEB

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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.


Make a donation today in honor of Joan.

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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Houses on the Land

The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from
New Paltz to Bontecoe

This year's focus on the Town of New Paltz coincides with the year-long celebration our 30th Anniversary. The closing reception will be held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement.

The tour will explore 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.

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Sherwood’s Forest: Rural Lloyd from the Wetlands to the River
Our 2016 historic house tour explored the fascinating legacy of the Town of Lloyd’s rural interior. Perched on a shale terrace, bounded by the Swartekill marshes on the west and the Hudson cliffs to the east, its romantic rocky ridges, ravines, streams and woodsy terrain are the heroes of Warren Sherwood's poems and town history.
Creativity and the arts played a role in this tour, which featured eight of the town’s most important rural homesteads dating from the early 19th century to the present. Some were occupied by artists or contain interesting collections; others were fancifully re-imagined by an artistic personality or created more recently as visions of earlier 20th–century architectural traditions. They ranged from unusual stone dwellings and traditional clapboard farm houses, including a “tiny” abode, to a dramatic contemporary structure on the Hudson.
Most were never before been open to the public.
Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.
  Thank you to our Leader Sponsors!

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