Avid cyclists in the New Paltz area have been agitating for decades for an alternative route west of the Wallkill River to the Shawangunk Ridge and now the Open Space Institute is making it happen. Check out the first section of the River-to-Ridge Trail, while not yet officially open or fully landscaped, is now walkable.
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The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.
Thursday, Oct. 26: Learn about Seedshed’s Native American Seed Sanctuary in Hurley, where Native American varieties of corn, beans, squash and sunflowers are being cultivated.
Thursday, Oct. 26: The tireless environmental crusader will answer students’ questions at screenings of An Inconvenient Sequel.
Sunday & Tuesday, Oct. 22 & 24: Learn how to identify mushrooms, about their healthful and culinary properties, and the weird and wild fungus kingdom, a form of life neither plant nor animal.
You can’t beat the Ashokan Reservoir trail for an easy in-and-out affording stunning autumnal panoramas. If you can time it to catch the sun setting behind the Catskills, all the better.
Saturday, September 30- Monday, October 9: During the Lark’s ten days, there will be a variety of outdoor workshops teaching everything from fly-fishing to nature photography to kayaking and educational walks on mushrooms and local history.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17: The Mid-Hudson Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. will be hosting its 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show & Sale at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie.
Sociable and mischievous, and possibly intelligent, they’re quite a bit different from the stoic turkey vulture, whose great sense of smell they sometimes exploit to lead them to food.
Friday-Saturday, July 28-29: Citizen scientists of all ages (no special training or experience necessary) will be teamed with scientists and expert naturalists to study the wildlife, plants and biodiversity at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve. Bring your smartphone and put it to use cataloguing and photographing the park’s flora and fauna.