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Outdoor Discovery Center

On Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY - 845-534-5506
Mail: P.O. Box 451, Cornwall, NY 12518 - Fax 845-534-4581 - No dogs on preserve
Nature Play - Nature Programs - Trails - Visitors Center 10am-4pm Sat & Sun
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Wildlife Education Center

25 Boulevard Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 845-534-7781
Open Fri – Sun 12pm – 4pm. Animal Program Sat and Sun at 1pm & 2:30pm
Live Native Animals I Special Exhibits I Story Walk

Adult Programs

Historic Hiking in the Hudson Highlands Inspired by William Thompson Howell

Saturday, September 19 at 9am
Admission: $7 - Members: $5
Prepaid registration is required

For pre-paid registration call 845.534.5506 x204 or click on the register now button: 


What were the Hudson Highlands like in the early 1900’s? Join us for a hike that focuses on the history of the Hudson Highlands guided by Richard and William Vacek, dedicated hiking brothers with a passion for history. Their guide to the past is William Thompson Howell, a serious hiker who lived 100 years ago and wrote about and photographed the Highlands. Mr. Howell was instrumental in the movement to preserve the Highlands as public space. The hike will give you a glimpse into the past with stories drawn from Howell’s writings about the mountains, the forests, the river, and the “mountain people” he befriended. This moderate hike on a portion of the Howell Trail includes the river views near the Pitching Point and the Old River Cemetery. Complete directions to the meeting spot will be emailed during the week prior to the event.

 

Iona Island Hike

Saturday, October 3 at 9am-12 or 1pm
Admission: $7 - Members: $5
Prepaid registration is required.

For pre-paid registration call 845.534.5506 x204 or click on the register now button: 

Join us for a special opportunity to enter and hike Iona Island with Donald “Doc” Bayne, a regionally recognized naturalist, educator, and historian. Learn all about this nature preserve that includes evidence of Native Americans Colonial life, and a rich military history. Today it supports wildlife including the majestic Bald Eagle. Wear proper footwear, bring lunch, and water. Meet at the Iona Island parking area. Full directions will be emailed during the week prior to the event.

 

View a New “Constellation” on a River Cruise

Friday, October 16 at 5:30pm departure- Please arrive by 5pm
Admission: $45 - Members: $40
Prepaid registration is required.

For pre-paid registration call 845.534.5506 x204 or click on the register now button: 

"Constellation" - the Hudson Highlands’ new, celebrated art installation above Bannerman Island is best witnessed from the Hudson River in the company of the artist, Melissa McGill. This tour aboard the Estuary Steward will include a guided visit to Bannerman Island after which we will join Ms. McGill on deck to observe the “stars” that form "Constellation." “Constellation” which was inspired by the Hudson Highlands State Park’s magnificent landscape, is formed by a series of 17 small lights on slender aluminum poles installed at different heights on the island that magically appear in the night sky after dusk. Full directions will be emailed during the week prior to the event. Plan to arrive at 5pm for a 5:30 departure. Tour returns at approximately 7:45pm.
 

Birding and Breakfast with the Bakers

Saturday, October 17: 8:30am
Admission: $7 - Members: $5
At the Outdoor Discovery Center


The Outdoor Discovery Center has a spectacular variety of birds. Learn the basics of this engaging hobby from avid birding enthusiasts Sharon and David Baker. Join us for a birding presentation highlighted by David’s fantastic photography. Then venture out in search of some of the more than 50 species that have been sited on the Museum’s property. Prior to the hike, enjoy a hot or cold beverage and a donut. Bring Binoculars!
Admission: $7 - Members: $5

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