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.
Prepaid registration is not required.
Come early for better seating.

Tuesday, October 18

Native Americans of the Hudson Highlands: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of Our Region. 

Award winning historian and Native American author Evan Pritchard will share his research on the Algonquin history of theHudson Highlands, from the Muhool (ferry boat) crossing at Newburgh, to Cornwall Bay where Henry Hudson anchored, to Kowawese (Plum Point) to Pasquaskeck (Storm King) to Iona Island’s ceremonial circle, to Popolopen Creek, to Bear Mountain, and more. Using maps and photos, Mr. Pritchard will outline Algonquin trails, villages, and waterways, and discuss the origins of place names such as Kowawese, Popolopen, Matteawan, Quassaic, Woodcock (Wenigticonk), and Schunnemunk Mountains. Book signing to follow.


Tuesday, October 25

West Point’s Landscape, 1802-1820

What did the Military Academy look like when it opened officially in 1802? Dr. Jon Malinowski, Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point, uses rarely seen graphics and newly created recreations of buildings to explore a West Point now physically lost. The focus will be on buildings present in 1802, the construction of the first large stone buildings in 1815, and the arrival of the first houses that remain today.


Tuesday, November 1

Dramatic Land Transformationsin the Hudson Valley:Cause and Effect

From the 1740’s to the 20th century, the land in the Hudson Valley changed dramatically as a result of industry & farming. The iron industry needed charcoal to feed its furnaces and leather tanneries relied on Eastern Hemlock trees. Hear from Dr. Richard Hull, retired Professor of History at New York University, about the radical changes that took place in the landscape and the effects of change on the lives of the people and animals of the region and its timber and water resources.


The Tuesday, November 15 Newburgh: In Search of the ‘All-American City’ is cancelled (as of 9/12/16) . Sorry for any inconvenience.  


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

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