August 17: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7th Annual Summer Cocktail Reception
Located at the Warwick Valley Winery. The highlight of the event is the cuisine, which showcases foods from Orange County farms.Proceeds benefit the mission to conserve Orange County's wildlife habitats, watersheds, and viable farmland.

August 17: 6:30 PM
Central Park's Ramble
Except for its northern section, most of Manhattan Island's topography and surface features have been altered by cutting down high elevations and filling in low places. Yet, here and there, "ghosts" of former features remain as clues to the Island's past as seen in Central Park! We will see some of those original features when viewing Manhattan Island's "continental divide" and the Manhattan Schist that forms Central Park's underpinnings. Join us to explore the original drainage and geologic features of this area of Manhattan. Register here:

August 18 - August 27
Designing Educational Ecosystems
A 9-day permaculture teacher training with Dave Jacke. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. Explore the educational approach of permaculture's regenerative design framework, by designing learning events as whole, healthy educational ecosystems for whole people. or

August 19: 6:00 PM
Sunset Nature Walk at Moonbeams Preserve
Take an early evening stroll through the fields and forests of Moonbeams Preserve, Orange County Land Trust's 150-acre conserved property in the Town of Wallkill. Volunteer guide and naturalist Gary Keeton will lead participants on this mellow nature walk as the sun begins to set over Moonbeams Preserve on the Shawangunk Kill. Walk is relatively easy; terrain is primarily flat with some rolling hills. Please bring water and consider tick-protection measures. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe footwear. The preserve is located at 219 Prosperous Valley Rd, Middletown. A donation of $5 per-person is suggested to benefit Orange County Land Trust's mission. Pre-
registration is required: Call 845-534-3690, x18 or e-mail to pre-register.

August 19 - 20
All Day Invasive Species Bioblitz
Winnakee Nature Preserve, 3 Van Dam Rd. Hyde Park. Family fun, live animal education, turtles, frogs, snakes, raptors, expert ecologists. Prizes, refreshments. Free. Bring a Lunch. Online registration required. Rain or Shine. Contact: John Mickelson at 845.876.4231 or

August 20: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop: Discover Dragons & Damsels with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Did you know that dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world? Tait will lead an intensive workshop on the natural history and identification of our local dragonflies and damselflies. Bring binoculars, ideally close-focusing ones. Cost: $65 for members, $75 for non-members; we'll credit $30 to your membership if you join Bedford Audubon on the day of the workshop! Includes book and net. Limited to 10 participants. Please register with Susan at or 914.302.9713 by August 16.

August 20: 6:00 PM
Wildflowers and Wine
Join the Museum for "Wildflowers & Wine" at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. You'll begin your evening adventure in the magical Grasshopper Grove, and then stroll through charming fields full of wildflowers with a glass of wine in one hand and a Newcomb's field guide in the other. Admire rudbeckia while sipping merlot or appreciate the delicate Queen Anne's lace with a pinot grigio. According to the Museum's Director of Education, Jennifer Brinker, "The weather is warm and the wildflowers are in bloom! This is the perfect time to admire the wild floral beauty Mother Nature has to offer." Pre-registration is required. Admission: Museum Members - $15, Not-yet-members - $20. For more information and to register, visit or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

August 22: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Clearwater Autumn Sails: Teachers and Educators sail for free
Join us for a free sail aboard the sloop Clearwater. Teachers and Educators are invited to participate in a free demo education sail, network with other teachers, and enjoy a beautiful sail on the Hudson. Space is limited. Sign up today. 845-265-8080 ext. 7107 or email

August 22: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Riverkeeper - Art in Action for a #HealthyHudson
Main St S, Mechanicville, NY 12118-2325
Click here for more info

August 24: 7:00 PM
Newtown Creek Walk
Explore Greenpoint and Hunters Point with Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman. The tour will start in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a former colonial center and 19th century industrial powerhouse situated on the waterfront. Today it's a thriving neighborhood, presenting a veritable study in contrasts as it actively deals with a legacy of past environmental catastrophe. We will then cross Newtown Creek via the Pulaski Bridge and head into the brave new world as seen in Long Island City's Hunters Point. The areas that we'll explore are being, developed for luxury housing. Come take a look at what is there before it's all gone. There are spectacular waterfront vistas to enjoy, maritime industrial and rail infrastructure to marvel at, and a few surprises too. Register here:

August 25 through November 22
Science in Action: Experience the Miracle of Migration at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch
The HawkWatch starts August 25! Join us at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Hills every day from 9am to 5pm, 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.

August 27: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Field Trip: Explore Jamaica Bay with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Join us for high tide at the bay, which sends shorebirds in impressive numbers to the refuge's East Pond. We will also see herons, egrets, likely Glossy Ibis, and many others! Bring binoculars, lunch, plenty of cold drinks, sunscreen, and boots/footwear you don't mind getting muddy. Depart Bylane 8:30am or meet at Visitors Center at 10am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Please register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.

August 29: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Riverkeeper - Hudson River Cleanup Community Forum with Sen. Carlucci
Nyack Library 59 S Broadway Nyack 10960
Click here for more info.

Throughout August - 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 ext. 204.

Throughout August - 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 August - Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 PM - 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.

September 2: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
StoryWalk® Opening Day
The Museum, in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library and The Grail, invites you to StoryWalk® 2017, at the Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Read an illustrated children's story, Trout are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre to learn how plants and animals are connected in the food web as you stroll along the meadow trail. 1:00 & 2:30 Meet the Animals! 1:30 & 3:00 guided walk along the StoryWalk® Trail. Craft and snack for the kids throughout the afternoon - Included with Regular Wildlife Education Center Admission: Museum Members: Free. Not-yet-Members age 3 & above: $3. Visit for more information.

September 9: 10:00 AM
Fairy Houses & Toad Abodes
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, to learn about habitats while using your imagination to create homes for fairies and other whimsical creatures.
Enjoy free same day admission to the Wildlife Education Center with paid admission to this program. Admission: Museum Members-$5/Adults, $3/Children. Not-yet-Members:$8/Adults, $5/Children

September 16: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Our Broad-Leafed Woodlands
Learn about your local habitats and wildlife create with natural materials, recharge in the relaxing rhythm of nature, meet new people. Bring family and friends! This program is free. Bring a picnic lunch. All art materials and tools are provided. Must RSVP to Matt Shook at or 845.786.2701 ext.252. Register early as the program is filling up quickly! Located at Palisades Park at Marydell-on-the-Hudson, Nyack, NY.

September 16
Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms
Explore the past! Enjoy the present! Celebrate our glorious Hudson Valley farmland and open spaces.Local history buffs, families, architecture aficionados, and anyone who appreciates the rich history found in the Hudson Valley is invited to attend this unique event. Participants will travel by car or bicycle on this self-guided tour of area historic barns and working farms. The tour will conclude with a down-home country reception.$50 per person.FREE for children under 12. Register here:

September 21-23, approx. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day
Habitat and Water Resource Assessment Short Course
This three-day intensive course is designed to teach municipal officials, members of environmental commissions, planners, and land trust staff about ways to identify and proactively conserve important natural areas. Through indoor and outdoor sessions, participants will learn how to interpret maps and aerial photos to predict the locations of important habitat and water features, confirm those predictions by field observations, review site plans and subdivision plans, and apply conservation principles in reviews of land use proposals to achieve more ecologically sound outcomes for land development. This year the course is located in Voorheesville (Albany County). The course will be taught by Hudsonia and Hudson River Estuary Program staff. Lunch and other refreshments provided each day. Apply by September 11th at, or contact Lea Stickle at for an application that can be submitted by email,
groundmail, or fax. This is a competitive application and space is limited.

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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