EARTH DAY VOLUNTEER AND PCA BLITZ DAY AT ALL TEN PUBLIC CONSERVATION AREAS

Tuesday, April 22nd , 2014 10:00am

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We are hosting an Earth-Day clean-up volunteer day followed by guided walks at all ten of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs) – for a map, click here.
Arrive to any of our PCAs and stay for as long as you wish. Between 10:00 – 2:00 pm, have a blast with fellow residents, CLC volunteers, and CLC staff while getting our PCAs ready for the 2014 season, then at 2:00 pm join us for a guided walk and enjoy the woods we just improved. Please, bring lunch and work gloves if you have them. We hope to see you, your family, and any helping hand you find! What better way to celebrate this international event in support of our planet?

Please, register for this event and then email Nate Davis with the PCA location of your choice, so we know where we can expect you.

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WEDNESDAY WANDERINGS

Wednesday, April 30th , 2014 10:00am

High Falls Conservation Area – 540 Roxbury Road, Philmont, NY

The last Wednesday of each month we lead a leisurely hike at one of our Public Conservation Areas. In April, the lush waterfall and spring wildflowers at High Falls Conservation Area will be our setting. With questions, contact Sara Hart.

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ANNUAL YOUTH FISHING DERBY

Saturday, May 3rd , 2014 8:00am

Schor Conservation Area – Pavilion – 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan

Co-hosted with the Canaan Conservation Club, this traditional event is a family favorite encouraging young anglers to hone their skills from the shores of beautiful Jon’s Pond. All participants will receive a prize, and the fishing derby winners will be awarded a grand prize. Spend a morning at this serene Conservation Area, connect to your natural surroundings, and enjoy a friendly competition among budding anglers. Food and refreshments will also be provided. Please, bring your own fishing supplies.

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SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF INVASIVE SPECIES, PART II

Saturday, May 3rd , 2014 10:00am

Greenport Conservation Area – Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

This hands-on workshop puts into practice what we learned about invasives on April 17th from Jessica Toro, co-owner of Native Habitat Restoration, LLC. Of course, we invite you to join us even if you did not attend her presentation. Jessica will show us how to identify invasive species in the field and show techniques for removal. We’ll spend a little time practicing these techniques, so please dress appropriately, and bring work gloves, if you have them.

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Full Flower Moon Walk

Wednesday, May 14th , 2014 7:00pm

Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area – 653 County Route 3, Ancram, NY

The beautiful and extensive wetland habitat of this Conservation Area will provide us with abundant bloom to explore the trails under the light of the Full Flower Moon. This month is one of the best times to explore Drowned Lands Swamp, this tucked away jewel near the Taconic Ridge and one of the largest wetland complexes in southeastern NY.

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rockwall building workshop – Day 1

Saturday, May 17th , 2014 9:00am - 2:00pm

Borden's Pond Conservation Area – 1628 Route 203, Ghent

Do you admire New England’s beautiful stone walls? Have you ever wondered if you could build one? Now you can find out! Learn all you want to know about stone walls during this two day hands-on workshop focusing on building, repairing, and restoring stone walls, led by local stone mason Tim Smith.
Feel free to come for one or both days as this will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity. CLC will purchase some of the stone for this program, so we ask for a $5 contribution per family. Please, dress in appropriate clothes, and bring your own lunch for the workshop(s).  With questions, contact Nate Davis.

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rockwall building workshop – day 2

Sunday, May 18th , 2014 9:00am - 2:00pm

Borden's Pond Conservation Area – 1628 Route 203, Ghent

Do you admire New England’s beautiful stone walls? Have you ever wondered if you could build one? Now you can find out! Learn all you want to know about stone walls during this two day hands-on workshop focusing on building, repairing, and restoring stone walls, led by local stone mason Tim Smith.
Feel free to come for one or both days as this will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity. CLC will purchase some of the stone for this program, so we ask for a $5 contribution per family. Please, dress in appropriate clothes, and bring your own lunch for the workshop(s).  With questions, contact Nate Davis.

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Country Barbecue

Sunday, May 25th , 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Old Chatham Sheepherding Company – Shaker Museum Rd, Old Chatham

Our signature event, the annual Country Barbecue, is a wonderful celebration that combines the elements of a country fair and an elegant country picnic, and draws upwards of 1,000 people! It will be a great, bustling family affair with excellent food and non-stop entertainment: live music, animals, raffles, organized children’s activities, interesting demonstrations and exhibits, even a farmers market!
The proceeds from this year’s spectacular fundraising event will help provide for the care of our ten Public Conservation Areas for part of the 2014 season. Come celebrate with us and show your support for our common cause and our PCAs!

 


WEDNESDAY WANDERINGS

Wednesday, May 28th , 2014 10:00am

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area – 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham

The last Wednesday of each month we lead a leisurely hike at one of our Public Conservation Areas. In May, the rolling sunbathed fields of Ooms Conservation Area will be our setting. With questions, contact Sara Hart.

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round ball PCA Day – National Trails Day

Saturday, June 7th , 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm

Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area – 503 Carson Rd, Ancram

This will be the summer’s first “PCA Day” – a full-day celebration of fun-filled events celebrating or Public Conservation Areas! We will roll out our Hike 5 Program; inaugurate several miles of new trails, built last summer by the Greenagers, with a guided hike and a presentation by local geologist legend Bob Titus; we will offer a Nature Quest and Geocaching; and much more! Stay for as little or as much fun as you like!

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WATER CHESTNUT REMOVAL TRAINING

Sunday, June 8th , 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm

Hand Hollow Conservation Area – 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon

This will be a hands-on training about the invasive species Trapa natans, commonly known as Water Chestnut. Participants will learn about this highly aggressive, invasive species prevalent in Columbia County, and will be shown how to safely remove and dispose of it by boat or from shore. Please, dress for getting wet. If you have a canoe, kayak, or row boat, please bring it. For more information, contact Nate Davis.

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sunset paddle

Tuesday, June 17th , 2014 6:30pm

Hudson Boat Launch – Waterfront Park, Hudson, NY

Come journey with us to the North Bay and see the Greenport Conservation Area, an ecologically diverse preserve with approximately 625 acres including wetlands and tidal mudflats, from the Hudson River. The intertidal wetlands are home to two rare plant species and numerous types of waterfowl.  We may even spot a Bald Eagle! We will travel 3 miles roundtrip. Please, bring your own canoe/kayak, equipment, and PFD (required). Space is limited so pre-registration is required. With questions, please contact Marissa Codey.

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Ooms PCA Day

Saturday, June 21st , 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area – 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham

Our second PCA Day of the summer will be another full day celebration with fun for everyone! By popular demand, we bring back environmental educator Casey Tompkins’ Snapping Turtle Program complete with a live snapping turtle; we’ll offer paddle-boarding in Sutherland Pond; lead a guided hike around the pond; continue our Hike 5 Program; and for those with a kayak we will even dapple into water chestnut removal. Paddle boards will be provided. Bring your hiking shoes, or kayak, if you have one, and be prepared to make some fun memories!

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WEDNESDAY WANDERINGS

Wednesday, June 25th , 2014 10:00am

Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area – 653 County Route 3, Ancram, NY

The last Wednesday of each month we lead a leisurely hike at one of our Public Conservation Areas. In June, the lush wetlands of Drowned Lands Swamp Conservation Area will be our setting. With questions, contact Sara Hart.

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Siegel-Kline Kill PCA Day

Saturday, July 5th , 2014 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area – 1452 Garage Place Road, Ghent

We will keep the Independence Day festivities going at our 3rd PCA Day of the summer with fun to last into the evening! We will celebrate Siegel – Kline Kill’s trails and natural beauty with old-fashioned games and races (horseshoe, sack-race, hoop-spinning, etc); a guided walk; a live band; our Hike 5 Program; a Bonfire with s’mores; and much more! This day will be for the young and young-at-heart alike! Bring your hiking and dancing shoes!

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Knee High Naturalist – Pond Pals

Knee High Naturalist Program

Thursday, July 10th , 2014 9:00am

Schor Conservation Area – 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan

Explore the pond and the wet and wiggly creatures that call it home. We’ll use nets to get a closer look at noisy bullfrogs, twitchy tadpoles, and crazy crayfish, then make a frog mask to take home. It is this season’s kickoff for the Knee-High Naturalist series – all events include story time, arts & crafts, an educational program, and free play.

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Full Buck Moon Walk

Friday, July 11th , 2014 7:30pm

High Falls Conservation Area – 540 Roxbury Road, Philmont, NY

The tallest waterfall in Columbia County will be the backdrop for our full moon walk named after the new antlers of buck deer that start to push this month with coatings of velvety fur. We’ll stay cool in the summer evening in the beautiful wooded High Falls Conservation Area skirting the Agawamuck Creek. Who knows, we might even spot a deer!

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Monarch Dash 2014

Saturday, July 19th , 2014 8:00am

Greenport Town Park – 405 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson

We will meet at Greenport Town Park for an informal trail run at our Greenport Conservation Area for runners of all ages and abilities. Beginners and families are welcome! This will be a morning run with a light breakfast and refreshments provided afterward. Come out and enjoy the beautiful trails, the serene environment, great views, and the camaraderie of fellow runners!

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Volunteer Trail Day

Monday, July 21st , 2014 9:00am

Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area – 653 County Route 3, Ancram, NY

Calling on all who are ready to give back to our trails! This is a day just for you! We will be clearing out a section of brush and small trees to improve the view of the Drowned Lands Wetland Complex from the Swamp Trail. All abilities are welcome, there will be something to do for everyone. Please bring gloves, loppers, and hand-saws if you have them. For more information, contact Nate Davis at nated@clctrust.org, 518 392 5252, ext. 205.

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Knee High Naturalist – Scavenger Hunt

Knee High Naturalist Program

Thursday, July 24th , 2014 9:00am

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area – 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham

Attention scavenger hunters! Come find cool discoveries in nature including animal tracks, pinecones, and bird nests, then take home a prize for participating! Part of the Knee-High Naturalist series, this event includes story time, arts & crafts, an educational program, and free play.

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Wednesday Wanderings

Wednesday, July 30th , 2014 10:00am

Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area – 503 Carson Rd, Ancram

The last Wednesday of each month we lead a leisurely hike at one of our Public Conservation Areas. In July, the magnificent views of Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area will be our setting. With questions, contact Sara Hart.

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Louden Road PCA Day

Friday, August 1st , 2014 10:00am

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On August 1st or 8th – date yet to be determined – take this rare opportunity to spend a day at one of CLC’s properties that is not yet open to the public! This property is in Ghent, NY. We will celebrate this forested land with scores of fun events related to agroforestry! We’ll explore the woods with expert presentations on native pollinators, ethno-botany, and the myriad of crops our forests provide – ginseng, mushrooms, etc; we will continue our Hike 5 Program; and we might even have an eco-friendly zipline!
Our meeting place will be announced upon registration. Date to be confirmed, so please stay tuned!

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Knee High Naturalist – Animal Autographs

Knee High Naturalist Program

Thursday, August 7th , 2014 9:00am

Hand Hollow Conservation Area – 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon

Look for animals and their “autographs” in different habitats – we might even get to see the tracks of the river otter that likes to play in the stream! Make your own tracking booklet to take home. Part of the Knee-High Naturalist series, this event includes story time, arts & crafts, an educational program, and free play.

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Full Sturgeon Moon Walk

Sunday, August 10th , 2014 7:30pm

Greenport Conservation Area – Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

An ancient fish, native to the Hudson but today rare and protected, lends the name to this month’s full moon because Native tribes caught sturgeon in abundance in August. Greenport’s trails lead us through meadows, deciduous forests, and by an estuarine wetland. We’ll stay cool on this summer evening hiking by the Hudson River and enjoying the grand views of the Catskills’ silhouette in the light of the Full Sturgeon Moon.

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Knee High Naturalist – Where Butterflies Grow

Knee High Naturalist Program

Thursday, August 21st , 2014 9:00am

Greenport Conservation Area – Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Oh, those magnificent Monarch butterflies! Come join our citizen scientist program and find out about the butterfly lifecycle and migration, as well as how we can help researchers learn more about them. Program includes story time, arts & crafts, an educational program, and free play.

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Wednesday Wanderings

Wednesday, August 27th , 2014 10:00am

Hand Hollow Conservation Area – 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon

The last Wednesday of each month we lead a leisurely hike at one of our Public Conservation Areas. In August, the diverse habitat pockets of Hand Hollow Conservation Area will be our setting. With questions, contact Sara Hart at 518 392 5252, ext. 214.

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