All Walks and Talks are FREE for WVLT Members, $5 suggested donation for the general public, unless otherwise noted.. Become a member!  
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Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Open Discovery at Joppenbergh Mountain with Lynn Bowdery

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.

You might want to bring the following: water, a small notepad, tick-smart clothes, comfortable walking shoes, walking poles if you use them, layers, a magnifying glass, and/or binoculars. button register for open discovery here


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Signs of Spring Walk with Ann Guenther and Tom O'Dowd at the Nyquist Sanctuary (Meet at the New Paltz Gardens for Nutrition)

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. button register for signs of spring here


Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Turtle Day at the Smith Property in Gardiner (location revealed upon registration) - FREE!
Join Anne Smith on her property in Gardiner, in order to search for Eastern Box Turtles and gain insight into their range. Anne and her biologist friends have been studying this important habitat since 2005 (http://www.boxturtlesny.com/). Space is very limited for this walk.

You might want to bring the following: water, a small notepad, tick-smart clothes, comfortable walking shoes or boots in the case of muddy conditions, layers, a magnifying glass, and/or binoculars. button register for turtle day here

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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Thank you everyone who came out for the
House Tour on Saturday, June 3rd!
It was a lovely day and we so are so thankful to our homwoeners, volunteers and sponsors!
Proceeds benefit WVLT's land preservation efforts. 

The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from

New Paltz to Bontecoe

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. 

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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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