Parking & Shuttle Study: Findings & Recommendations Webinar (remote)

This live webinar will feature the findings and recommendations for the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail from Steadman-Hill Consulting and Creighton-Manning LLP, the professional team of transportation experts engaged to complete an eight-month long comprehensive Parking & Shuttle Study. The presentation will include the results of the public survey on shuttle service collected this fall. The HHFT Parking & Shuttle Study was conducted with the input of a stakeholder working group, including representatives from four local municipalities, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Metro-North Railroad. The findings and recommendations from this study will inform the transportation plan for the Fjord Trail linear park. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the study, its goals, findings and recommendations, and ask questions at the end of this presentation.

Register here!

Book Talk: Rescuing the Planet with Tony Hiss (virtual)

In Rescuing the Planet, Hiss sets out on a journey to take stock of the “superorganism” that is the earth: its land, its elements, its plants and animals, its greatest threats – and what we can do to keep it, and ourselves, alive. Hiss invites us to understand the scope and gravity of the problems we face, and also makes the case for why protecting half the land is the way to fix those problems. Register here!

Volunteer with the PFP for Garlic Planting (in person)

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is looking for volunteers to help plant out garlic. At the end of October they planted garlic cloves that will grow throughout winter and spring to emerge as nice, full heads of garlic by early summer. This is a big project and the PFP could really use your help!

There are two shifts available on Thursday, October 27th:
9am-12pm
2pm-4pm

SIGN UP HERE!

Environmentalists on Olana: Inspiring Partnerships to Protect Inspiring Views

Frederic Church designed Olana’s landscape to maximize his views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, an inspiration for many of his paintings. Join Scenic Hudson Director of Land Conservation Cari Watkins Bates and Director of Land Use Advocacy Jeffrey Anzevino to learn how Olana has inspired 50 years of collaborative — and ongoing — efforts to protect Olana’s integral viewshed and create exciting ways of connecting people with the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Cari Watkins-Bates’ 20+ year career in land conservation has been focused on the preservation, restoration, and access to both natural and cultural resources (including agricultural lands). She has a MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University. Prior to joining Scenic Hudson, she was with The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Field Office.

Jeffrey Anzevino, AICP, the Director of Land Use Advocacy at Scenic Hudson where he has worked for 30 years helping communities revitalize their riverfronts, protect views and expand river access. He has a BA in Geography from the University of Maryland.

Register here

$15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact education@olana.org.

Kingston Forest Sanctuary Opening (in person)

Come experience the new public access amenities designed by the community, enjoy food and music (including an eclectic set from DJ Tinora), and help plant native shrubs and fruit trees! There will also be pumpkin carving, face painting, drumming, and traditional music from Veracruz Mexico – all activities are open for anyone to join.

RSVP HERE

LOCATION & ACCESSIBILITY: If you are arriving by car, you can park in the JFK Elementary School parking lot at 71 Gross St. Kingston and follow signs to the gathering. If you are arriving by foot or bike, you can take the Kingston Greenline / Kingston Point Rail Rail and find the new entrance to the Forest Sanctuary just off the trail in between Rondout Gardens and Delaware Ave. (See map below)

Hudson River Valley Greenway Joint Board Meeting (in person

The Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council an Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley will hold a joint Board

The meeting will feature Greenway business and grant awards for the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Grant Program, Hudson River Valley Conservancy Trails Grant Program, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Grant Program.

The meeting is open to the public and will adjourn at 12:00 PM. For more information please contact the Greenway at 518-473-3835.

Please note that in order to keep socially distanced, seating will be limited. Masks are recommended and we will have them available.

Fall Kill AquaBlitz 2022 (in person)

The Fall Kill AquaBlitz is a community event that will explore the under-appreciated living things in the Fall Kill. Teams of volunteers will visit a site along the creek to collect data about what is living in this urban stream. Feel free to come anytime between 2pm – 6pm. REGISTER HERE.

Transportation will be provided from Vassar to the Fall Kill stream site.
Volunteers are needed to get in the stream and help our team collect organisms. We will be looking for: fish, bugs, plants, herptiles, algae, and microbes. Boots and nets will be provided. Photos from the AquaBlitz will be uploaded and identifications verified using iNaturalist, the open source data collection app. Use your phone or your favorite camera.
If possible, please download the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive. Click here to get to find it in the app store. We will provide instructions on how to use the app to make observations and collect data.