August 2, 2018: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (light refreshments will be served)
Celebration of the release of the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan
Developed by Partners Restoring the Hudson, a diverse group of more than 40 stakeholders including non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and research institutes, the plan reimagines what our river can be. Designed to catalyze innovation and inspire collaboration, the report will enable stakeholders to work collectively towards our shared goal of a healthy, vibrant, and resilient Hudson River. Where: Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. Please RSVP in advance to Eliza Patterson epatterson@skdknick.com.

August 4, 2018: 10:00 am
Hummingbirds
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, to learn all about these flying jewels. Then take a walk to identify plants that attract them and maybe catch a glimpse of a hummingbird feeding! Same day admission to the Wildlife Education Center is free after paid attendance to this program. Admission: Museum Members-$5/Adults, $3/Children. Not-yet-Members:$8/Adults, $6/Children.

August 4, 2018: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Our Tidal River: A Strawtown and Palisades Parks Conservancy Partnership
Nyack Beach State Park, 698 North Broadway, Nyack NY, 10960. River Life with Beach Art! This program will be a mix between a time to relax on the beach, picnic, and enjoy the view, and a time to experience the river through science and art activities. Participants will be guided in catching fish and aquatic life with a seine net and waders. They will have a chance to observe and become more familiar with the fish and critters of the bay before releasing them back into the river. At the art station, there will be a fish tank for folks to have the opportunity to spend more time with the fish, and paint or draw a work of art with both natural pigments and fine art materials with aquatic life as inspiration! All ages welcome. This program is free. Bring a picnic lunch. All art materials and tools are provided. To register: contact Helene at hbon@mypalisades.org or 845-630-8174. Register early as the program fills up quickly! Parking: NYS Park fee $6, or Free Program Parking at Marydell on Larchdale Ave, 10-minute walk away.
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August 4, 2018: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NYC H20 Marble Hill Walking Tour
How did part of Manhattan become joined to the Bronx by moving a river? Join engineer Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, for a walk exploring how the River was re-engineered and bridged over. The construction of the Harlem Ship Canal created a naval passage to the Hudson River. Its 1895 opening was celebrated with extravagant festivities. The Canal severed Marble Hill from Manhattan, forever changing the river’s ecology. Getting from Manhattan to the Bronx was never easy. We'll also explore the history of the bridges that once crossed the Harlem River, the King’s Bridge and Dykeman’s Bridge. Register here

August 5, 2018: 10:00 am
An Ashuwillticook Trail Interpretive Ride, Cheshire, MA
The Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will co-sponsor an interpretive bike ride on the Ashuwillticook Trail on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This free, family-friendly ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection with the bike trail at Diane's Ice Cream Shop on Main Street, Cheshire. HooRWA will draw the winners of its annual raffle before the ride begins. This ride will head north through scenic stretches of the rail trail, stopping at various points to discuss history and ecology. Participants should bring bicycles, helmets, snacks and water. Park in the municipal lot. Rain cancels this event. For further information, call the DCR at 413-499-4262.

Multiple dates and locations:
August 9, 2018: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Lisha Kill
August 14, 2018: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Salt Kill
August 16, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Vly Creek
WAVE Volunteer Stream Monitoring in Albany County
The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County is sponsoring three 2018 WAVE volunteer stream monitoring events. If interested, sign up today by contacting: swcoalition@albanycounty.com or 518-447-5645. The Coalition coordinator will explain where to meet and what what to bring. Local WAVE coordinators provide equipment and training. See flyer for details.

August 9, 2018: 6:00 pm
Evening Paddle on the Wallkill
31 Plains Road, New Paltz. Organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance.

August 11, 2018
Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count
Do you wonder what lurks under the surface in the Hudson River? Join us for the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count on Saturday, August 11th to find out! Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson estuary and its watershed are home to more than 200 fish species. The count takes place at 19 sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from Staten Island in New York City to Peebles Island State Park in the Capital Region. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface. Depending on the site, seines, minnow traps, or rods and reels are used. Participants may don waders to help haul a seine - a curtain of net used in shallow water - or try their luck with a fishing rod. After naturalists display and discuss the catch, the fish are released back to the river. The Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count is free. For details on sites, locations, and times, please visit DEC’s Fish Count website. The event is sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program.

August 11: 9:00 am
Clayton Park Trail Day - Pownal Vermont
Volunteers are wanted to help clear the river access trail at Pownal's Clayton Park on Lincoln Street. The Pownal Recreation Task Force and the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) plan to make the trail to the river open to Pownal residents again. Bring shears or weed whackers or your hands to pull weeds, mostly Jewel Weed. Gloves and tick spray always advisable. Clayton Park is located along Lincoln Street, which is the first street on the right after passing the Solomon Wright Public Library, before the bridge. Please park on the west side of the road only. If you are interested, please register at: raymond_rodrigues@msn.com

August 11, 2018: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Restoring Old Growth Forest
With Dr. David Hunt, at Rensselaer Land Trust's Young's Bog Preserve, Sand Lake. Workshop on how to recognize, restore, and monitor old growth forest. This is a Rensselaer Land Trust/Rensselaer Plateau Alliance co-sponsored event.

August 11, 2018: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Geothermal Energy Open House
Featuring a pioneering geothermal cooling and heating system at 145 Primrose Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. The Open House showcases a modernized energy system with innovative features. There will be a short video, a tour and technical staff present to answer questions. This is a free public event with free parking, food and beverages. Contact: beckyjmeier@gmail.com or call: 518-929-4664 or go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1865172803777403/

August 12, 2018: 9:00 am
Montgomery to Walden Paddle
Benedict Farm Park, Montgomery. Organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance.

August 13, 2018: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hudson Valley - Low Carbon Transportation Listening Session
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union - Multipurpose Room, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561. Register here

August 18, 2018: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate Stephentown at the Ingalls Preserve Hike
Suitable for all ages. The Steward of Rensselaer Land Trust’s Robert Ingalls Preserve will lead a walk through this hidden corner of Stephentown, visiting its old roads, pristine trout stream, and archeological evidence of times gone by. The hike will cover approximately two miles and involves traversing occasional wet/muddy areas, rocky footing and steep slopes. Please arrive before 10am to assemble – the Ingalls Preserve parking area is located on Garfield Road just west of the intersection of Horse Heaven and Garfield Roads. This is a Rensselaer Land Trust/Rensselaer Plateau Alliance co-sponsored event.

August 19, 2018 10:00 am
Celebrate Stephentown at Albert Family Community Forest, Wilderness Ways for Families and Children
Give your children something beyond technology, give them forest exploration without fear. This morning will help you learn basic skills, build confidence and become more confident in the outdoors, led by Fred McCagg. To register contact Fred at fredmccagg@fairpoint.net. This is a Rensselaer Land Trust/ Rensselaer Plateau Alliance co-sponsored event.

August 25, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (location to be determined)
Mushroom Walk
Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at one of our forests or preserves. Participants will have a chance to develop their field skills in mushroom identification. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a field knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one. Registration fee $10/ person, kids are free. Register online at renstrust.org Click on outing/events and then click on the specific event. You will then see a place to click for register here either with paypal or a credit card. Group size for the walk is limited to 25 so it is first paid, first on the list. Directions will be mailed to participants registered 2 weeks before the walk. This is a Rensselaer Land Trust event.

August 25 and August 26, 2018: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Butterfly Weekend
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, to discover the beauty of butterflies Flutter in this weekend to discover the beauty of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars. At 11:30am & 1:30pm enjoy a presentation about monarch butterflies followed by tagging and releasing and participate in citizen science by tagging monarch butterflies as part of Monarch Watch. Spend some time in the Butterfly Tent (one ticket with each paid admission) and make a craft. Admission to Grasshopper Grove included. Admission: Museum Members: $8/Adults, $5/Children. Not- yet-Members: $10/Adults, $7/Children. For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845-534-5506 x204.

September 23, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tree Planting on Wallkill River
The Montgomery Conservation Advisory Council is hosting a tree planting event on the Wallkill River at Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery. In cooperation with NYS DEC’s Trees For Trips program. Volunteers needed!

September, 29, 2018: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Discover Chestnut Hill, a 34-acre Rensselaer Plateau Alliance property in Stephentown, through the eyes of ecologist and writer Tom Wessels. Tom will introduce participants to methods of interpreting a forest’s history while wandering through it. Tom unravels complex stories etched into our forested landscape. Program fee: $35 Early bird if registered by Aug 1 / $40 if registered by Sept 1 / $45 last ticket sales Sept 24. Members may take a $5 discount* Registration required by Sept. 24. For more info, call: 518-712- 9211.

October 6, 2018: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2nd Annual Wallkill River Festival
River to Ridge Trailhead, Springtown Road, New Paltz. A day of music, food and fun in celebration of the Wallkill River Watershed. Organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance.

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October 17, 2018
Southeast New York Stormwater Conference
Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY
The conference provides an opportunity for municipal officials and staff as well as stormwater professionals to learn about stormwater management and related subjects from experts working in southeast NY and beyond. Contact LHCCD Coordinator Michael Jastremski at mj.lhccd@gmail.com for more information or see the website at www.lhccd.net

October 23, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Annual Watershed Conference
FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY
Sponsorships and exhibitor tables available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details.

December 4, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Toast to the Tribs
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
Sponsorships available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details.

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