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.

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.

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

The Perils of Plastics (virtual)

The League of Women Voters of Westchester County invites you to a virtual forum to find out why the production, use and disposal of plastic is one of the greatest environmental and health threats of our time.

Featuring Eric Cirino, author of Thicker Than Water: A Quest for Solutions to the Plastics Crisis and Jim Vallette, President of Materials Research L3C and author of The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change. 

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This event is co-sponsored by: Bedford 2030, Beyond Plastics, Climate Reality Project– Westchester Chapter, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, ELLA of Teatown Reservation, Green Ossining, Mothers Out Front, New York League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters of NY State, Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Sustainable Westchester, and Westchester County. 

Meeting New York’s Ambitious Climate Goals: Conflict, Compromise, and NIMBY in Renewable Energy Siting (virtual)

10th Annual Woodstock Land Conservancy Film & Discussion Series

Hosted by Scenic Hudson. Register here!

In 2019, NYS passed the most ambitious, hopeful, and solution-oriented legislation in the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By 2030, 70% of our electricity must come from renewables. In our part of the Hudson Valley, this means solar farms. Where will they go, who will make the decisions, and what will be the competing demands of agriculture, housing, tourism, and aesthetics?

We all want action on climate change. How do we balance people’s reservations against the pressing need to act now? Engage with short videos and live interviews plus Q&A with some of the climate leaders in the Hudson Valley, including Jen Metzger, former State Senator and current advisor to New Yorkers for Clean Power, and Audrey Friedrichsen, Land Use and Environmental Advocacy Attorney for Scenic Hudson.

More Than a Land Acknowledgement with Heather Bruegl (remote)

Learn how to create a land acknowledgement that is living and full of action. Join WMA JDEI and Scenic Hudson on Zoom as Heather Bruegl, M.A. (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee) Director of Education for the Forge Project Fellowship Program presents, “More Than a Land Acknowledgement.”

Have you ever wondered about the history of the land that you are on? Do you understand the impacts of colonialism on the land and Native Nations? Do you want to do more than just acknowledge the land? This workshop gives you a history of Federal Indian policy that led to land loss and provides 5 steps on how to create a land acknowledgement that does more than just putting words on paper. Learn how to create a land acknowledgement that is living and full of action.

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Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm + Gardens Harvest Fest (in person)

Join Scenic Hudson at Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm + Gardens on Saturday, October 2 for Harvest Fest!

Activities include:

?Food (masks required in food tent)
?Dancing + music (dance battle)
?Family/kids craft activities
?Sign-ups for community garden beds
?Help plant blueberries for the farm
?Fun + games
?Giveaways

?Parking on the Street?

Spanish interpretation and/or bilingual assistance will be provided

On the Right Track: Safely Connecting Communities to the Hudson River (virtual)

Scenic Hudson presents a conversation on Amtrak’s proposal to build fences by the waterfronts along the Hudson.

Recreation, inspiration, food… Places to gather and celebrate… Thriving local economies… All are benefits of connecting with the Hudson River — and all are threatened by Amtrak’s current proposal to erect gates and fences blocking access to riverfront destinations between Poughkeepsie and Rensselaer. Amtrak has promised to work with local officials and other stakeholders as the plan is finalized.

Join local and state officials and transportation experts at a free webinar to learn how YOU can help ensure that the plan reduces risk along the rail line without threatening riverfront access. Updates also will be provided about other efforts to provide new connections to the river.

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Carbon Sequestration from the Ground Up: Opportunities in Northeastern Farms and Forests (day 1)

Scenic Hudson is co-hosting a virtual conference with Carbon Sequestration from the Ground Up East’s State Legislative Climate Alliance working group to explore the innovative efforts that are underway in their member states.

Natural and working lands have a unique role to play in addressing climate change, and in the Northeast, groundbreaking work is occurring in both the public and private sectors. Through panel discussions and roundtable conversations, participants will identify best practices related to carbon sequestration on natural and working lands, seek opportunities to enhance regional communication, and consider potential actions that could lead to synergistic policies in member states.

Register here!

Carbon Sequestration from the Ground Up: Opportunities in Northeastern Farms and Forests (day 2)

Scenic Hudson is co-hosting a virtual conference with Carbon Sequestration from the Ground Up East’s State Legislative Climate Alliance working group to explore the innovative efforts that are underway in their member states.

Natural and working lands have a unique role to play in addressing climate change, and in the Northeast, groundbreaking work is occurring in both the public and private sectors. Through panel discussions and roundtable conversations, participants will identify best practices related to carbon sequestration on natural and working lands, seek opportunities to enhance regional communication, and consider potential actions that could lead to synergistic policies in member states.

Register here!

Pershing Park Community Meeting

Join the Poughkeepsie Farm Project & Scenic Hudson for a community Zoom gathering to explore all the exciting plans for Pershing Park:

  • Apply for a Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm community garden plot and learn how to grow your own fruits and veggies
  • Review possible new playground plans
  • Share your ideas for other park improvements
  • Get involved in the community effort to improve our neighborhood park

Can’t attend on April 7? Email aconeski@scenichudson.org or call 845-926-6648.

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