preserving open space in ulster county
to benefit present and future generations
All Walks and Talks are FREE for WVLT Members, $5 suggested donation for the general public unless otherwise noted.
PLEASE RSVP for Walks & Talks by clicking the Sign Up Button next to each walk or by calling: 845-255-2761.


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Learn about the Vineyard and Cattle at Kiernan Farm

Guests will join farmers on a walk of the grounds, learning about the history of the land, cattle, and vineyard as well as its process from the grape in Bruynswick Vineyard to wine at the Wild Arc Farm. Kiernan Farm is a 140-acre open space preserved and protected working grass-fed beef farm, vineyard, wedding and event venue nestled beneath the Shawangunk Mountains in Gardiner, N.Y. Wild Arc Farm is a pursuit of sustainable food and beverage production within the small farm environment located in Pine Bush, N.Y. Meet at 1308 Bruynswick Rd. Gardiner, NY 12525.

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Wildflowers of the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary with Lynn Bowdery- FREE!
Meet at the Huguenot Municipal Lot in New Paltz (near Gardens for Nutrition)

Take a leisurely walk with Lynn Bowdery along the meadow and woods paths, noticing the flowering plants along the way.  Of course, we can look at and discuss other things that catch our attention.  Binoculars can be useful to look at plants as well as birds and insects, so bring them if you wish. Depending on the weather, the paths can be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate shoes and bring your insect repellant of choice.  Rain cancels. 

Lynn Bowdery has always been fascinated with the outdoor world, slowly learning about plants and animals by walking around looking at things, reading field guides, going on field trips, talking to people, reading magazine articles, looking things up, and generally paying attention.  She has for many years done nature-oriented volunteer work for Mohonk Preserve and is a member and volunteer of the John Burroughs Natural History Society.  Lynn served WVLT as Land Steward for 13 years, which enabled her to explore many wonderful conserved properties in the course of creating baseline documentation for conservation easements and monitoring those easements. 

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8:00am- 10:00am
Birding with Chrissy Guarino at the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet at the Huguenot Municipal Lot in New Paltz (near Gardens for Nutrition)

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.

Chrissy has been birding somewhat seriously since about 2004 when her folks brought her on a birding trip to Arizona that she didn’t think she’d find particularly interesting. She didn't expect to see a hummingbird banding station where they let you hold tiny buzzing hummingbirds until they fly off with their shiny new tinfoil bracelets. Soon after, she stumbled and bumbled into a (rare for our area) Sedge Wren in the Harcourt-Nyquist Sanctuary and became hooked on learning all about birds and what's around us! The best part is, she’s happy to say, that she’ll never run out of things to learn from the natural world.

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10:00am - 12:00pm
Exploring Lichens on Joppenbergh Mountain with Lynn Bowdery – FREE!
Meet at Willow Kiln Park, behind the Rosendale Theatre

So what are lichens, anyway?  Explore some lichens and lichen habitats on Joppenbergh with Lynn Bowdery.  Lynn has been trying to learn how to identify some of the lichens common in our region.  She will try to share what she has learned about these intriguing creatures found on soil, rocks and trees.  We might go off the paths depending on what we want to look at.  Wear suitable shoes, and bring a strong magnifier or loupe if you have one.  Some can be provided.  Rain cancels.  (Lynn will also be leading the Wildflowers Walk & Talk on 8/24. You can find her bio, above ^.)

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Thank you everyone who attended, donated auction items or goods for this event:

Alternative Baker, Barbara Masterson, Community Compost Company, Dennis Douglas, Dressel Farms, Fox & Hound Wine & Spirits, Fred Mayo, Gardiner Brewing Company, Gardiner Liquid Merchantile, Glorie Orchards, G. Steve Jordan, Hardie Truesdale, Harvest Real Food Catering, Hudson Valley Drones, Hudson Valley Audio Visual, Huguenot Street Farm, Ignite Fitness, In Good Taste Spirit Shop, Inn at Kettleboro, Iza Trapani, Jenkins-Leuken Orchards, Jim and Mary Ottaway, Joan Barker, John Fischer Photography, José Moreno-Lacalle, Karl Family Farms, Keegan Ales, Kettleborough Cider House, Kiernan Farm, Matt Gillis Photography, Meadowscent Florist, Michael Gold/The Corporate Image, Old Ford Farm, Paws of Distinction, Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Rob Hare Furniture Maker, Sav-on Party Central, Storefront Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, Taliaferro Farms, Tantillo's Farm, Whitecliff Vineyards and Yard our volunteers! YOU make a difference!

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 ALL who attended, participated, and volunteered!
Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 9th Annual Houses on the Land Historic House Tour 
Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land -
Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns 
June 1, 2019
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Angela and Lee OSullivanThe 2019 tour explored the fascinating early history and industrial and cultural heritage of Rosendale and surrounding hamlets - High Falls, Cottekill, Binnewater, Lawrenceville, Bloomington, and Eddyville - from its early agrarian Dutch settlements through its evolution into a prosperous industrialboom-town in the 19th century, to its recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community. The building of the D & H Canal to transport coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and the discovery of natural “Rosendale” cement, prized for its exceptional durability, and later the Wallkill Valley Railroad, shaped the town and brought international prominence to the area.

The day began with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers were Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the Historical Society’s D&H

Reception 2019 Ahl House volunteers

Canal Museum. Featured houses were among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th  centuries. Highlighted were stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth. 

All proceeds benefited WVLT's land preservation efforts.