Get Into Nature
7pm February 3-25. Free. Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) will present a free public lecture series, Secrets of the Shawangunks, providing information on conservation topics and biodiversity on the Ridge. These lectures are co-sponsored by SUNY Ulster and the SUNY New Paltz Biology Department. The lecture on Wednesday, February 3rd will be held at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203, and all other lectures will take place on Thursday evenings at the SUNY New Paltz CSB Auditorium. For directions and campus maps, see: Click here for directions to SUNY New Paltz and a campus map. No parking permit is required after 6:30 pm. Click here for directions to SUNY Ulster and a campus map.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.– Hudson River Painters: Then and Now,with Chris Bowser, Education Specialist with NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Cornell Water Resource Institute. The famous nineteenth century artists from our region did more than just paint pretty landscapes; they were among the new country’s first environmental educators and advocates. Today’s artists continue using nature and the environment to pose tough questions and expose new ways of thinking. This lecture will be one part art history, and several parts of your own interpretation of both old and new works.This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster.
Thursday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.– Wild Turkeys in New York: Past, Present & Future, with Mike Schiavone, NYSDEC Biologist. Wild turkeys were once extirpated from NY, but were restored to the landscape and are a great conservation success story. After reaching historic highs, their numbers have declined over the past decade. Come learn what DEC biologists are doing to track this popular game bird, including insights from research and how it influences management.This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
Thursday, February 18th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.– The Southern Pine Beetle, with Rob Cole, NYSDEC Forester. A major forest pest in the South, southern pine beetle (SPB) was first found infesting trees in New York in 2014. Originally found on Long Island, it has since been detected in the Hudson Valley at two State Parks- Bear Mountain and Minnewaska. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), along with partners, is actively managing SPB populations on Long Island and surveying for infested trees in the Hudson Valley. Presentation will cover the arrival and expansion of SPB in NY, the strategies DEC is employing to locate and manage populations, and research projects taking place. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
Thursday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.– Plant and Animal Mimicry, with Dr. Elizabeth Long, Mohonk Preserve Director of Conservation Science. Plants and animals are under constant pressure to find enough nourishment, produce strong and healthy offspring, and avoid becoming a meal for someone else. One strategy that has evolved many times over for both plants and animals is to mimic something or someone else - either through color, shape, sound, or smell - misleading predators about who (or what) they are. We’ll talk about why mimicry is our best-known example of adaptive evolution, and about some of the classical studies that have identified this widespread and fascinating phenomenon. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
Every Thursday in February, weather permitting. While the weather outside is frightful, explore the outdoors, indoors! The Visitor Center is a great place for toddlers to be this winter. Cozy up in the Discovery Room for a nature-themed story and an activity. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season while we wait for spring. This program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the Grafton Sensory Trail. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel the program in inclement weather. Please call 845-255-0919 after 9 am on Thursdays and ask the front desk about the status of the program. This program takes place at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and is a free program.
Join us for a conference call with Rock The Ridge Official Coach Lisa Smith-Batchen on Monday February 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. We'll talk about training for and successfully completing the event, and Lisa will also share thoughts on fund-raising techniques.
This is an opportunity to ask any and all questions about training, the course, or fund-raising. We welcome your participation whether you've already registered for the event or are still thinking about it and would like to learn more.
If you don't know Coach Lisa, among her many many accomplishments, she is the first woman to have completed the Badwater Quad, a daunting 584-mile trek through Death Valley, and in connection with this she raised money for clean water access. She is an incredible coach whose students include elite ultra-marathoners and beginners.
Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Dial-in: (712) 432-1500
Access code: 504324#
Thursday, February 18th, 10am-1pm. Ages 9-11. Join a Mohonk Preserve Educator for a hike through the winter forest. Look for tracks of wildlife and learn how to identify plants in winter. This program will include a hike/snowshoe (snowshoes will be provided) and a break for a snack. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. The fee is $8 per person (Preserve members); $10 per person (non-members). To sign up, register HERE or call (845) 255-0919.
Thursdays in March, through March 17th, 10am weather permitting. While the weather outside is frightful, explore the outdoors, indoors! The Visitor Center is a great place for toddlers to be this winter. Cozy up in the Discovery Room for a nature-themed story and an activity. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season while we wait for spring. This program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the Grafton Sensory Trail. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel the program in inclement weather. Please call 845-255-0919 after 9 am on Thursdays and ask the front desk about the status of the program. This program takes place at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and is a free program.
Sunday March 6th, 1-3pm. Join the Longbotham Family, Mohonk Preserve Volunteers, and come along for a short hike and a sweet treat as you join in the fun of maple sugaring! Be ready to tromp through the snow or mud, help out in the sugarbush, and learn how to make syrup just like generations of families have done. Children ages 4 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 1-mile hike. Wear boots and warm clothing. The fee per person is $5 and is required at the time of registration. Space is limited; please register online.
Saturday, March 19, 10am. Join the race organizers and Rock The Ridge Ambassadors as they take you on a tour of the course, starting and ending at the West Trapps Trailhead. All ability levels welcome! Hikers will experience a 10-mile round-trip adventure, and runners can choose from multiple course distances between 7 and 20 miles. Each group will receive tips and training ideas on how to successfully complete the challenge. Participation (including parking) is free, but space is limited. Space is limited, and has reached capacity. Registration is now closed.
Saturday, March 19th, 2-4pm. Ann Guenther, Naturalist and former Mohonk Preserve Educator, will lead this search for signs of spring such as new green shoots, a bug, or sap dripping from a Maple tree. Enjoy a leisurely stroll during the season of the warming earth. All ages are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 2.5-mile hike. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a free program.
Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, hiking, or running. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.”