September 26: 7 PM
Science on Tap: The Future of Entropy
Speaker: Dr. Ariel Caticha, UAlbany Professor of Physics
Location: Slidin' Dirty, 512 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305
The concept of entropy has been shrouded in a fog of mystery ever since it was discovered (or was it perhaps invented?) for the study of steam engines in the mid 19th century. Subsequent generations of scientists have recreated the concept in their own image and as a result entropy has been variously interpreted as a measure of irreversibility, disorder, information, uncertainty, and complexity. The sheer number of such interpretations suggests that we have not yet reached the end of the road. Looking to the future, I will argue for a point of view in which entropy is liberated from its roots in physics to play a leading role in all sciences as a tool for processing information, a tool for reasoning.

September 28: 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Free Well Workshop for Homeowners by experienced professionals in the field. Homeowners can learn more about their own well and how to take care of it, absolutely free!
Do you want to learn how to:
o check your own well for potential threats?
o protect your well water quality?
o test your water quality and understand the results?
Do you want to know more about where your well water comes from and how underground conditions can affect water quality?
Are you confused by the different types of treatment devices out there?
Located at Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY. RCAP Technical Assistance Providers will be joined by Russell Urban-Mead, Senior Hydrogeologist and Environmental Services Vice President at The Chazen Companies, Poughkeepsie, NY. Together, we will share our experience with frequently-encountered threats to well performance and will discuss actions that can be taken by homeowners. Russell will also talk about Hudson Valley's hydrogeologic formations, and outline typical well yield and performance considerations. RCAP Solutions is a private not-for-profit organization that helps rural communities with water and wastewater issues. We are funded by USEPA to offer this free event. To assure your place at, and handouts from, this popular workshop, please call or e-mail Candace Balmer at 845-332-0257,

September 30: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ponds & Prosecco (Adult Program)
Get down and bubbly at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, while learning about the wetland ecosystem! Sip, stroll and see what lives below the surface of our ponds. Admission: Museum Members- $15. Not-yet-Members: $20. Pre-paid registration is required. Register at or call 845.534.5506 x204.

Throughout September - Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hiking Trails and Visitor's Center
Each hiking trail, located at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, is an adventure, with options that range from casual to challenging. Stop by the nature gift shop for a collection of unique, nature themed items available for purchase. For more information visit or call 845.534.5506 x204.

Throughout September - Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grasshopper Grove: Gateway to Nature Play
Visit the first Nature Play area in the Hudson Valley at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. Admission:Museum Members are free. Not-yet-Members $3. Hours now include Friday from 10am-4pm until Friday, September 1.

Throughout September - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wildlife Education Center Hours and Exhibits At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, visitors can see a collection of live native animals. "Birds on the Wing" Exhibit (This exhibit made possible in part by The Dorr Foundation and Orange & Rockland Utilities) and the Hall of Live Animals. Every Saturday at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. join a Museum Educator for "Meet the Animals!" Admission: Museum Members are free. Not-yet-Members $3 ages 3 and up. For more information visit or call 845.534.7781.

August 25 - November 22: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Science in Action: Experience the Miracle of Migration at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch.
Join us at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch located at TNC's Arthur Butler Sanctuary in Bedford Corners every day, weather permitting, to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other sites across North America to create powerful population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitat. No registration required-we'll see you there!

October 5: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Unearthing Green Infrastructure: Tips, tools and techniques for maintenance and monitoring: Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served (box lunch available for afternoon tour).  The Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns.  The forum will be focused on maintenance and monitoring of Green Infrastructure. It will not be an introduction to GI, but case studies and lessons learned, and sharing of tips, tools and techniques for sustaining GI and resulting in successful implementation projects. Contact Michelle Gluck at 845.677.8223 x148. Eventbrite Registration Link:

October 21: Registration at 7:30 AM, Race at 9:00 AM
Run Wild! Meadows and Trails 5K and Kid's Dash
join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for the first ever Run Wild! Meadows and Trails 5K and Kid's Dash at the Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. Enjoy majestic scenery and gorgeous autumn color as you run or walk past muskrat ponds, thru tall grass meadows, along wide grassy paths, elevated berm views, clearly marked wooded trails, and past Grasshopper Grove. The entire 5K and Kid's Dash course are off road and on the property. Participation in this non-profit event will greatly support the Adult and Family programs and events the Museum offers throughout the year, and the nature-based education programs provided to visiting students and in-school programs. 5K Race Packet pick-up and same-day registration will be held from 7:30am-9am. The 5K will officially begin at 9am, followed by the Awards Ceremony at 10:30am. The registration fee is $25, now through Friday, October 13, when it will increase to $35. The fee includes race packet, runners gloves (first 200 entries guaranteed), post-race refreshments, participation award to all, gift awards/medals to place winners, and parking. The Kid's Dash, a quarter mile fun run, will begin at 10:15 am and is $5 to participate, no matter the sign-up date. Pre- registration is required and can be done online or by mail by visiting HHNM.ORG. Event Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about becoming a Sponsor, contact Jessica Oliveri in the Museum's Development Office at 845.534.5506 x215 or at Race organizer Laura Hromadka invites you to, "come and share the glorious view of Black Rock Mountain cloaked in fall splendor while supporting an incredible Hudson Valley resource, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. At the Museum, we are planting the 'seeds' of stewardship one child at a time! Future nature caretakers learn how one person can make all the difference for our planet's future. Come run or walk with us, and support our nature education programs connecting all kids with the world outside their doorsteps. All proceeds from this event will benefit Nature Education Programs at the Museum." This event is rain or shine. Dogs are not permitted on the property and stroller running is forbidden. For more information and to register for this event, visit or call 845.534.5506 x204.

Save the Date!
November 6, 2017
Nature Across Boundaries: What Can We Do to Keep Lands and Waters Connected?
Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Local leaders, landowners, and land managers can join proactively to preserve and restore connections in nature (connectivity) by working across municipal borders and property lines. This day-long conference will explore the importance of ecological connectivity, highlight case studies from New York, and engage participants in discussing the barriers and opportunities for preserving landscape connections in the Hudson Valley. Sponsored by Mohonk Consultations in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information, contact or visit for conference updates.

Save the Date!
November 14, 2017
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Annual Watershed Conference
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home, Hyde Park, NY. Please contact Maureen Cunningham at for sponsorship opportunities and check back over the summer at for conference updates.

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