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: 8945-255-2761.

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Tree Walk with Tom O’Dowd at the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet at the Huguenot Municipal Lot in New Paltz (near the Gardens for Nutrition)

Tom O'Dowd is a local naturalist interested in sharing the woody plants and estuarine creatures of New York State. As a WVLT board member, he serves as co-chair of the education committee and member of the conservation committee. Tom teaches for Marist College and several local environmental organizations. 

This early spring tree identification walk will look at the diversity of woody plants in the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, from vines and shrubs to trees. Special attention will be paid to the under-appreciated field marks and of trees. If you are so inclined, you might want to bring your phone or electronic device with iNaturalist app downloaded - we will experiment with that! Dress for a slow and conversational walk.


Turtle Day! Monitoring Eastern Box Turtles in Gardiner with Anne Smith (FREE!)       
Exact Location Given Upon Registration.
As Turtle Day is nearly full, please call 845-255-2761 to register!

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 This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain). Space is very limited for this walk.


SUNDAY, 4/7button sign up
Geology Walk with Alexander Bartholomew
On a Private Conservation Easement in Lloyd (Location Announced upon Registration)

Alex Bartholomew is an Associate Professor of Stratigraphy and Paleontology at SUNY New Paltz. He did his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady NY and his MS and PhD at the University of Cincinnati.  He grew up in the northern Catskills in Schoharie County and now lives in New Paltz with his wife Amy who teaches Astronomy at SUNY, their daughter Annabeth and a new baby girl due in July. 

Dr. Bartholomew will walk us through a rarely seen private conservation easement for a unique look at scenic bedrock outcrops comprised of Ordovivian Taconic Orogeny sediments. Alex is not only a wealth of information on the local geology, but he also strives to learn about the complete ecosystem. Knowing this, we can be sure to get distracted by the beautiful vernal pools and wooded wetlands on the property as well as other exciting natural features.  


SUNDAY, 9/29button sign up

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.

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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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Save the Date: June 1st, 2019

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 
11:00 am - 4:30 pm  
Reception following 4:30pm - 6:00pm

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) announces its 9th annual Houses on the Land historic house tour, Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land – Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns. This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019. It explores 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 industrial boom-town in the nineteenth 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 begins with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers are 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 Canal Museum. Featured houses are among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th  centuries. Highlighted are stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth. This program promises a unique and memorable experience!

Tickets $50 / $45 members by May 30; $55 / $50 members thereafter.   Volunteer: Take the tour for free and attend the reception!

Ticket pick-up Day of Tour 10:30 am – 1:30 pm sharp at St. Peter’s Catholic Church,

1017 Keator Avenue, Rosendale, NY 12472. Admission includes the reception and wine tasting at a private home. Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.