Tag: Nature Walk

Hudson Area Library w/ CLC Pollinator Patch & Art Walk at Greenport Conservation Area, Aug 5

The Hudson Area Library and the Columbia Land Conservancy present Pollinator Patch & Art Walk at Greenport Conservation Area, on Thursday, August 5, at 6pm.

Join Columbia Land Conservancy staff for a walk around their newly created Pollinator Patch and Art installation at
Greenport Conservation Area. We will discuss the types of flowers in the pollinator patch as well as how you at home can add plants to help out declining pollinator populations. We will then take a walk down to the “Step into Stillness” art installation by David McIntyre located along the trail. 

This program is part of the Library of Local pilot project, a new initiative from Climate Change HV and the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Library of Local initiative offers collections of essential wisdom, know-how, and tools for local self-sufficiency and community resilience. The project also provides a robust schedule of in-person and online educational events and workshops, all offered free of charge. The Library of Local theme for this year is Sow, Grow, Reap, Repeat! Gardening and Foraging for Resilience.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 5, 2021 / 6pm

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
Space is limited. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

LOCATION: The Greenport Conservation Area
319 Joslen Blvd,
Hudson, NY 12534



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First Day Hike at Taconic State Park, Jan 1

Join Taconic State Park for an easy hike to Bash Bish Falls. It’s a great way to welcome the new year in a healthy way with friends and family including the four-legged kind.

This year, we will lead 2 hikes to split up large groups (following COVID-19 precautions). An afternoon bonfire will be here to enjoy too!

DATE/TIME: Friday, January 1, 2021 / 11am

ADMISSION: Free! Pre-register in advance by calling 518-329-3993

LOCATIONTaconic State Park
253 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY

Meet at the Pavilion/Copake Day Use for this 3-mile hike.


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First Day Hike at Taconic State Park, Jan 1

Start the New Year off with a First Day Hike at Taconic State Park. This will be a moderate 3 mile hike to Bash Bish Falls from the park office.

Bring water, your camera and appropriate footwear for a beautiful walk through one of the most gorgeous trails in NY and Massachusetts.

All ages are welcome as are friendly dogs on leashes 6’ or less. Bonfire and free raffle will follow.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 / 1pm

Taconic State Park
253 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY



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Lightforce Sanctuary to Begin Offering Mindful Outdoor Experiences at ZFarm, May 23

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Lightforce Sanctuary is a new venture launching this week at the beautiful, biodynamically managed ZFarm in Ghent, NY.

Lightforce Sanctuary will offer a range of Mindful Outdoor Experiences (MOE), which are a way to connect with the natural world through experiences that quiet the mind, relax the body, and expand sensory awareness. Time to disconnect from the connected technology world, leaving behind to-do lists, your work demands, etc., and come outside and enter the space of the natural world.


MOEs begin with a gentle warm-up with breathing and centering practices,  followed by a guided walk in the woods. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Zises, Founder of Lightforce Sanctuary, to find out more about these walks in the woods. We walked the route, which is about a quarter of a mile, along a marked path through the woods that surround the farm’s fields. Along the path, visitors will periodically stop to enjoy the surrounding nature, and take part in nature meditation.

Spending time in nature can be a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern living. In recent years a growing body of evidence has proven what many naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, poets, and indigenous cultures have long known: the great outdoors is profoundly good for us on all levels—mental, physical, spiritual.


As a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, Cathy Zises and her colleagues welcome the opportunity to share practices to help you connect with nature and the living earth. Tune into your more intuitive self while learning to read subtle signals from the natural world.


The trail eventually brings you to a giant hemlock tree, where guests will take part in the tea ceremony using herbs, flowers, or leaves foraged from the walk. To start the tea, the guide will birth a fire using the ancient technique of flint and steel. The Mindful Outdoor Experience ends with a Council Circle where you can share your experience with others (or remain silent), and transition slowly back to the everyday world.


The MOE will last about 90 minutes, and participants are welcome to linger a bit afterwards. Wear comfortable clothing for movement and sturdy shoes for a nature walk. Having your own water bottle is highly recommended to keep hydrated during the experience. MOEs are for ages 16 and over. You might want to bring a small journal or drawing pad to use during the seated meditation. Cushions/campstools are available.

Mindful Outdoor Experiences will take place on Thursday mornings for local community members, and Saturdays will be open to all. There will be two MOE sessions on Saturdays; One in the morning, and then a Late Afternoon MOE, which will include a sunset gathering with local wine or kombucha, cheeses and breads at the Yurt on Zfarm.


all photos by Seth Davis

DATES/TIMES (May 2019):
Thursday, May 23, 2019 /  9:30am

Saturday, May 25, 2019 /  9am – Morning.
5pm – Late Afternoon MOE
(Raindate: Sunday, May 26 @ 9:30am)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30am

225 Carpenter Road
Ghent, NY 12075

Drive down the farm’s driveway. Stay to the right and park by the Yurt.

Thursday Morning Community MOE – $10, open to members of the local community.
Saturday Morning MOE – $35
Saturday Late Afternoon MOE w/ Sunset gathering – $50.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, visit eventbrite.com



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Owls of Columbia County w/ Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center at Claverack Library, Mar 27

On March 27th Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org)  invites you to the Claverack Library for an Owl Experience. Learn about all the unique features that make owls, OWLS – their habitats, behavior, and much more. Find out what actions we can take to help protect owl species and their habitats to create a brighter future for our Columbia County owls. There will also be some owl pellets for 4th to 7th grade students to dissect. By looking at the contents of the owl pellet you can learn what the owl ate! All are welcome to enjoy this fun event!

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / 6:30pm

Claverack Free Library
629 State Route 23B
Claverack, NY 12513


This event is free, however, registration is requested. To register, call Pamela Price at 518-267-3313.


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