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Winnakee Land Trust: Stewarding Healthy Forests to Fight Climate Change

Winnakee Land Trust: Stewarding Healthy Forests to Fight Climate Change

Dutchess County-based Winnakee Land Trust introduces its Forever Forest program, a nature-based strategy to address our climate crisis by protecting and restoring 10,000 acres of forest in the next 10 years.


The Open Space Institute and New York State Parks Restore High Point Carriage Road

The network of carriage roads that lace Minnewaska State Park Preserve were built in the late 1800s for scenic rides in horse-drawn sleighs and carriages.


All Fun, No Fatigue: E-Bikes Are All the Rage at Berkshire Bike & Board

Berkshire Bike & Board, a staple of the Berkshires cycling scene since 1997, has a new location opening in Hudson this summer.


Hit the Water: Hudson Valley Kayak Rental Locations

Getting out on the water in a kayak is one of the most beautiful and peaceful ways to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective. If you don’t have your own boat, you can still enjoy the region's waterways from the namesake river to its many tributaries and other bodies of water at these 12 Hudson Valley kayak rental spots.


BaseCamp in Gardiner: Gateway to the Gunks

Deyano Manco's New Adventure Outpost to Provide Gear, Supplies, and Community for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Rock climbers have flocked to the crags and cliffs of the Shawangunk Ridge for decades. Though, for Deyano Manco, a biker and businessman born and bred in New Paltz, the lack of infrastructure to support such eco tourism has always been surprising. So, in early May, he will open BaseCamp in Gardiner, an “adventure outpost” where visitors can grab supplies, plan a day on the ridge, and hang out afterwards with a glass of local ale, cider or wine.


Time for a GlampStar Giveaway

Enter to win up to three nights in a GlampStar Rockstar tent.
Be a GlampStar Rockstar, and win up to three nights in a luxurious GlampStar Rockstar tent.


5 Mohonk Preserve Hikes to Bag

Ranging from a wee quarter-mile jaunt to a 5.7-mile loop, here are five Mohonk Preserve hikes to bag—one from each of the main trailheads.


Kingston Land Trust: At the Intersection of Stewardship and Social Justice

Under the guise of a land stewardship and conservation, Kingston Land Trust is making big moves in the arenas of social and reparative justice, food and housing security, ecological gardening, creating a vibrant city that has access to nature, healthy ecosystems, affordable housing, accessible fresh food, and beautiful spaces for gathering and recreating outdoors.


Pedal Through the Peaks of the Hudson Valley on These Overnight Bike Tours

These 4 guided trips showcase the best of the area’s amenities while traversing local terrain
Want a new way to experience the Hudson Valley's quaint towns, epic scenery, craft beverage and hospitality scene, while getting some exercise? We've rounded up four guide companies running curated overnight bicycle tours in the Hudson Valley. Stay at local hotels, visit wineries and distilleries, and enjoy farm-to-table fare as you bike through the region's lush landscape.


Overlook Bicycles Opens a Rental Spot for the Ashokan Rail Trail

Since the Ashokan Rail Trail opened in the fall of 2019, the scenic 11.5-mile path has quickly become a star of the area’s outdoor recreation scene, providing visitors with majestic, year-round views of the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Mountains. Now, for visitors to the area or residents without wheels, Overlook Bicycles' new trailside outpost offers a way to ride the scenic route with 40 brand new bikes for rent.


Winnakee Land Trust Opens Vlei Marsh to the Public

The Winnakee Land Trust opened Vlei Marsh to the public on June 1, a 165-acre nature preserve that is Rhinebeck’s second largest wetland area. Multi-looped, newly upgraded trails at Vlei Marsh take visitors through both wetland and forest, home to scores of mammals, amphibians, and birds. A 30-year-old accredited land trust and nonprofit, the WLT focuses on protecting and stewarding forests, farmland, natural habitats, and water resources from development, for both ecological health and community enjoyment. They have expanded into acquiring and maintaining land in the Hudson Valley in the past few years.


Fun in the Sun: 6 Ways to Enjoy Putnam County This Summer

Just about an hour from Manhattan or Kingston is picturesque Putnam County, a slice of the Hudson Valley with a personality all its own. Whether you’re looking for a day trip out of New York City or you’re a local out to enjoy the surrounding area, this jewel of a county boasts plenty of the region’s rustic appeal—from outdoor fun to dining, nightlife, shopping, and more—that are sure to keep you coming back to stay a while. Want to explore it for yourself? Here are six activities that will give you a taste of what Putnam County has to offer this summer.


Hiking Post-COVID: Rules of the Trail for 2021

Following a year of unprecedented trail use, several of the area's nonprofit conservation groups, state parks, and preserves are shifting their rules


7 Must-Visit Public Gardens in the Hudson Valley

Get Your Annual Garden Inspiration at these Meccas of Horticultural Expertise
Everything is blooming. Celebrate the rejuvenation of spring and the plenitude of summer with a visit to these seven masterful gardens in the Hudson Valley. Ranging from Asian-inspired to traditional English gardens and sanctuaries for native species, these gardens vary wildly but all offer an inspiring setting for a peaceful stroll or a romantic jaunt.


Riverkeeper Sweep Returns for Its 10th Anniversary Event on May 1

The annual day of service offers volunteers from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks the opportunity to help rejuvenate sites along the Hudson River and its tributaries
After nine years, 804 projects, and 275 tons of debris removed from the Hudson River and its tributaries, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has become one of the region’s most enduring environmental traditions. With over 120 project sites and 17 new projects that will offer anyone who wants to volunteer the chance to get involved, this year's 10th anniversary event on May 1 is shaping up in peak form.


Shuffle Off to Buffalo: The Empire State Trail is Now Complete

With the completion of the 750-mile Empire State Trail in December, New York can now claim the longest state multiuse trail in the US. The EST connects 20 regional trails to create a continuous route from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo and is expected to draw 8.6 million residents and tourists annually.



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History At Your Fingertips @ Matthewis Persen House Museum

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