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

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

Speaker Series

Times and Dates: Select Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
Location: The Cornwall Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Non-members $7
Museum members: $5


Refreshments available.

Tuesday, February 2
The Mount Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present, and Future 

The Mount Beacon Incline Railway opened in 1902 and operated as a popular tourist attraction for much of the 20th century taking thousands of visitors a year to the summit with its hotel and casino and sweeping views of the Hudson Valley.  Hear the story of the Railway’s history and future from Frank DiLorenzo, a member of the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society.  The Society has a vision for a restored Railway that will provide a unique, accessible “public-common-space”.

Tuesday, February 9
Gomez Mill House and its Contributions to the History of the Hudson Valley and America.

The Gomez Mill House is the oldest standing Jewish dwelling in North America and the oldest historic house in Orange County on the National Register. It’s 300 –year history and its importance to the development of the Hudson Valley is reflected in the lives and deeds of five of its owners: Colonial Jewish Merchant Luis Moses Gomez, Revolutionary and Civic Leader Wolfert Ecker, the Armstrong Family, Arts and Crafts paper artisan Dard Hunter, and social activist Martha Gruening. This presentation will provide an overview of this history and highlight important significant impact on the Hudson Valley and America. This lecture will be lead by Dr. Ruth K. Abrahams, Executive Director of the Gomez Hill House. 

Tuesday, February 16
Iona Island: A Rich History
Iona Island, located in the Hudson River just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, is currently a marvelous nature preserve that supports wildlife including the majestic Bald Eagle.  It has a rich history as a site for Native American and Dutch Colonial life followed by over 40 years as a military facility.  Learn all about Iona Island and its history in this illustrated presentation by Donald “Doc” Bayne, a regionally recognized naturalist, educator, and historian.

Tuesday, February 23
The Hudson Highlands Revisited- William Thompson Howell  

William Thompson Howell (1873-1916), born and raised in Newburgh, was an inveterate hiker, diarist, and photo journalist.  His account of his hiking life, The Hudson Highlands, inspired hiking adventures during the 1900’s and influenced conservation of the Highlands.  Howell’s diaries also inspired Richard and William Vacek, dedicated hiking brothers with a passion for history, to duplicate Howell’s hikes.  Using Howell’s illustrations, the Vacek brothers will share Howell’s story and their own story of research and discoveries inspired by Howell.

If the weather is questionable, please call 845-534-5506 after 5pm to listen to the recorded message.

Prepaid registration is not required.

Come early for better seating!  Refreshments available.
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