Get Outdoors Day!

Get Outdoors on National Outdoors Day, June 8th! Columbia County, New York offers a wide variety of unique and exciting outdoor activities this time of year. Not only does CLC offer 10 Public Conservation Areas for you to visit, there are also many other fantastic places to see in our community! Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, visit a farmer’s market or take a stroll at a historic site – Columbia County is the place to be! Here are 10 places you can visit to enjoy this National Outdoors Day!

Located in Chatham, New York off Rock City Road. Ooms Conservation Area offers 2.9 miles of trails to walk on a breathtaking 180 acre piece of land that has a little something for everyone!

This spectacular property includes rolling grasslands, pond, pastoral landscape, Catskill mountain views, and mixed forest habitats.  There are benches and a gazebo for relaxing and birdwatching, and excellent fishing (by permit only – contact CLC to get one) at the 35-acre Sutherland Pond.

Located in Ghent, New York, Art Omi offers 300 acres of beautiful, rolling fields of extraordinary art work and architecture. Explore large scale, outdoor pieces while you walk through open fields, woods and pond areas. New pieces of artwork are added each year, which means you’ll have to come back! 

Not only can you visit the Martin Van Buren home and explore the inside of his Kinderhook home. You can also explore the land it’s situated on! Learn about Van Buren’s family farm by walking one of the parks trails. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and history of Kinderhook, New York while you stretch your legs and get some fresh air!

The High Falls Conservation Area is home to Columbia County’s highest waterfall. The wooded trails bring visitors to a dramatic overlook with views of the falls and provide access to the Agawamuck Creek. The Agawamuck Creek flows northwest until eventually joining the Claverack Creek on its way to the Hudson River.  You can enjoy several hiking trails at High Falls, as well as fishing.

High Falls is exceptionally rich in cultural history. The Agawamuck Creek and these falls have been an important part of Philmont’s history and development. 

Hike, paddle, camp or fish this multipurpose, recreation area! Explore over 2000 acres of the Beebe Hill and Harvey Mountain State Forest, located in Austerlitz, New York!

Harvey Mountain has the highest elevation in Columbia County at 2,065 feet! Hike to the fire tower for endless views of this place we call home. 

Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. Lay on the beaches, swim, bike, hike, fish, or cross country ski during winter months! This park has a lot to offer and if you don’t want to leave, you can even camp or stay in one of their cottages!

Located in Copake Falls, New York, hike your way from Columbia County, New York right into Massachusetts and Connecticut on 16 miles of beautiful wooded trails. Hike to the waterfalls and take in the views or stay a while and take in the full experience by camping! Walk or bike the Harlem Valley Rail Trail then take a dip in Ore Pit Pond (while lifeguards are on duty, of course).

This site offers spectacular views of the Harlem Valley, Hudson Valley, and Taconics. The Overmountain Conservation Area is the largest Public Conservation Area in the Columbia Land Conservancy’s portfolio, at 1,700 acres in size.

The site includes more than ten miles of trails. Some follow the ridgeline above the Harlem Valley, offering spectacular views of the Taconic Range to the east and Catskill Mountains to the west, with the entire Hudson Valley in between.

Nestled in between the woodlands of Hillsdale, New York and the Berkshire Mountains explore the area by air! Catamount Aerial Adventure Park offers 12 separate courses with over 170 elements and 50 zip lines! Perfect for summer or fall!

Located in Stockport, New York a short distance from Hudson. Explore, hike or walk your dog on 6 acres of scenic views. Sit under the gazebo and admire the views or the Catskill Mountains and walk what was once a dairy farm. Enjoy the wild life and watch the birds in the grasslands and listen to their sweet songs during your stroll! 

Help the Earth, Everyday!

“Nature is not a place to visit,
it’s home” 

 – Gary Snyder

Here are some ways to get started helping!

There are many simple things we can do every day to help our environment and our planet! Not sure how to get started? We’ve listed some ways to help below and you can also volunteer at the Columbia Land Conservancy to help locally! Click below to read more information about volunteering with us!

Recycle

Good news is most American's are recycling more than they used to - about a third of their waste! But we still need to do more! Visit your local waste station to learn what all you can recycle!

Reuse

Think twice before throwing something out! The plastic bag that your produce came in can now bag your lunch or store crayons for the kids.

compost

Return organic waste where it belongs - the soil! When you recycle your organic kitchen scraps, you are significantly decreasing your amount of waste. Have a garden? Compost also helps make your plants stronger and healthier, and reduces the needs for fertilizers and chemical pesticides.

Line dry

Line dry your clothes rather than running an electric or gas dryer. It will save energy and save you money! Plus, your clothes will smell clean and fresh from the outside breeze!

Reusable bags

The Earth is littered with plastic bags all over that cause harm to animals and the environment. Keep a few bags handy in your car!


turn off the tap

The average faucet uses about three gallons of water per minute! Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.

plant trees

Plant a tree in your yard or local community! Trees trap CO2 emiossions and lower the effects of global warming. Along with many other benifical effects, like collecting dust particles in the are and reducing noise pollution!

Native Plants

Use native plants in your garden! These are better adapted to your area and will require less maintenance and less water. They will also provide a favorite snack for our pollinator friends!

National Pet Day!

Save the Date for National Pet Day!

Do you have a Good Dog? Of course you do! April 11th is National Pet Day! Take this day to pamper man’s (and women’s) best friend with some local treats! 

From Thursday through the end of April the Columbia Land Conservancy and Samascott Orchards are partnering up to provide some special treats for your favorite pup! Stop by the CLC Store and sign up for our Good Dog Program during this limited time and receive a free CLC dog bandana and a coupon for Samascott’s signature Pup Sundaes! 

Can’t make it in the store this time? No worries! You can sign your pup up for the Good Dog Program any time, year round! Participants in this program will receive a special CLC gift each year as well as other exclusive promotions and dog-themed events!

Full Circus Farm Annual Tree Sale!

In 2014, the CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program helped Mark and Miriam find landowners in Pine Plains to start their vegetable farm and fruit tree nursery, Full Circus Farm.  The farm, still happily on that same piece of land growing organic produce and have many animals including a family dairy cow, horses and chickens! Last but certainly not least, these fantastic folks also grow a variety of fruit trees!

Full Circus Farm is now taking orders for their fruit trees which will be available for pick up mid-April!  Their apple, pear and Asian pear trees saplings and are certified organic and are both grafted and grown right on the farm.  Mark and Miriam will donate 15% of their sales to CLC if you tell them you found them through us! To order you may give them a call at 518-789-0025 or email them at fullcircusfarm@gmail.com! To see all varieties and pricing, click here!

They carry a large range of apple trees including McIntosh, Esopus Spitzenburg, Northern Spy and more! They also grow apples perfect for pressing hard ciders such as Kingston Black, Golden Russet and Ellis Bitter. Perfect for easy-access fall apple picking right in your own back yard!

Mark and Miriam use a team of draft horses to plow, spread compost and cultivate the soil.  The horses are lighter on the land than a tractor, add fertility to the farm system, but most of all, they are just a joy to work with!  Sandy and Sunshine, their pair of Haflinger ponies and are excited to get back to work after a long, chilly winter!