"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.
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
Sunday, November 1 at 1pm (Rain date from Saturday, October 3)
Admission: Non-members:$7 - Members: $5
Prepaid registration is required.
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.
Go south on Route 9W to the Bear Mountain Circle – go around the circle and continue south on Route 9W for 1.5 miles. Take a left on Iona Island Rd. It is marked with a street sign and a sign that says: Palisades Interstate Park – IONA ISLAND – receiving and issue.
Drive for about a half mile on Iona Island Rd. to get to the parking area. As you arrive at the train tracks there is a stop sign and the parking area is right in front of you.