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.
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.
Saturday, 5/6, 10:00am - 12:00pm (FREE!)
Turtle Day! Monitoring Eastern Box Turtles with Anne Smith, exact location given upon registration.
Lend a hand at Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s annual Walk and Talk on the Smith Property! Once a year, the Smiths invite community members to join in their search for hibernating turtles in the hopes of finding more repeaters and learning more about their range. Participation is limited, free for all, and advance registration with the WVLT is required. For more information on the project: visit www.boxturtlesny.com. This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain).Space is very limited for this walk.
Saturday, 5/20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Seeing Small – Getting to Know Mosses with Julia Palmer, Meeting Location TBA
There is so much more to see if we know to look. Join Julia Palmer, WVLT’s Assistant Land Steward, for an introduction to the ecology and beauty of these oft overlooked lifeforms. Mosses are among the Earth’s earliest land plants, and have much to teach us about the advantages of being small. We will cover life cycle, ecology, uses, and identification of several of our region’s more “charismatic” species. You will walk away with a small field booklet to accompany you in your continued exploration of mosses.
Saturday, 6/25, 10:00 - 12:00pm
Tree Walk with Tom O’Dowd Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz (meeting location TBA)
See the trees of the forest! What tree is that? What is on those leaves? Learn with Bard College Environmental and Urban Studies program coordinator Tom O’Dowd about common and uncommon trees, using the special clues they leave us, including identification through bark, buds, seeds and leaves found in the fields and forests of this public linear park and WVLT Conservation Easement.
Sunday, 8/27, 10:00am - 12:00pm (FREE!)
Ferns and More in Rosendale with Lynn Bowdery
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Binnewater Lot to Joppenbergh Mtn, meet at the Rail Trail Parking Lot on Binnewater Road, about .3 mile north of Route 213.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail north of the great trestle over the Rondout in Rosendale passes through a variety of shaded habitats which support a nice variety of ferns and other plants. Join WVLT’s Land Steward for a leisurely walk along the rail bed exploring the diversity of ferns and whatever else is interesting. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, insect repellant and field guides as desired. Binoculars and magnifying glasses can be useful for studying plants, too.