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First Day Hike – Jan. 1 2024

First Day Hike 2024

A winter wonderland!

First Day Hike 2024

January 1, 2024, at 2:00 PM: You’re invited to celebrate the New Year with some fresh air and a little exercise! We’re leading a 2.2-mile hike (or snowshoe, if Mother Nature provides) at Frick Pond in Willowemoc Wild Forest near Livingston Manor. The outing is inviting […]

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History and Fall Foliage Hike Nov. 5!

NEW DATE!!

Sunday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m., the public is invited to join a Guided History and Fall Foliage Hike at Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty, NY. This will be a 60-minute (approx. 1 mile) round-trip walk along wide, gently uphill carriage roads. The trip leaders are volunteers Lisa Lyons and Ruth Huggler, with […]

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Topo Map Reading for beginners – Oct. 5

Thursday, October 5, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Topo Map Workshop How are your topo map reading skills?  If the answer is “rusty” or “what’s a topo map?”, come sit around the map table with us and brush up on the meaning of topographic contour lines!

This old-school skill is super useful when electronics fail AND lots […]

By |September 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Topo Map Reading for beginners – Oct. 5
  • Wednesday, October 4th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Leave work early and join us for a Loop de Loop Hike in Mongaup Pond State Park as part of the 20th annual Catskills Lark in the Park. This woodland hike offers a 2.2-mile loop around scenic Frick Pond that is suitable for beginner hikers comfortable walking this distance. Reflections of changing colors in the pond and the quiet beauty of the hemlock grotto leave lasting impressions.

Loop de Loop Hike – Wednesday, Oct. 4

Wednesday, October 4th, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

photo: Frick Pond in the early morning, Sept. 20, 2023

Leave work early and join me for a Loop de Loop Hike in Mongaup Pond State Park as part of the 20th annual Catskills Lark in the Park. This woodland hike offers a 2.2-mile loop around scenic Frick […]

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  • Friday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 6 PM Give your well-used things new life! Free mending and footwear workshops - both at Morgan Outdoors with our Hurleyville neighbor, Fiber on Main! Fiber on Main: Learn to mend your socks and sweaters! Bring a freshly washed item or two for mending help, one or two small holes no bigger than a quarter. We will have needles, yarn and scissors and will help you get going on simple repairs. RSVP: Call Rachel at 845-693-1673 or email [email protected] and tell her about your mending project. Morgan Outdoors: Bring boots and shoes that need cleaning and waterproofing. We’ll provide our favorite footwear care products, you provide your elbow grease to get them cleaned up and ready for fall/winter! They'll look spiffy too. No RSVP needed.

Mend & Waterproof – Friday, Sept 22

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Radio Broadcast of Kudish Bog Event

On August 12, 19, and 26, WJFF Radio Catskill will broadcast segments of the program with Dr. Michael Kudish titled “Catskills Bogs and Fens” that took place on May 21, 2023 at SUNY Sullivan (indoor presentation) and Flying Trillium Preserve (field trip).

The broadcast schedule will be:

Saturday, August 12, 10 AM, Farm & Country […]

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August 12, 10 AM – Children’s Story Time

Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 AM

We are so happy to host Helena Clare Pittman for readings on the Second Saturdays of July and August!

August 12, Helena will read her story “Once When I Was Scared”, about the magical journey of a young boy named Daniel, whose mother has sent him on an errand […]

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  • LIBERTY, NY — The Walnut Mountain House was built in 1887 at the top of Walnut Mountain. Standing five stories high, it provided a broad view of the town of Liberty below and its foundation can still be seen at the summit. The land was purchased by the Town of Liberty in the 1960s and developed into a park. There is a project underway to add an interpretive sign at the foundation site to honor this piece of Liberty history. In an effort to gather more information about the Mountain House’s history, a search has begun to locate photos that show people who worked there or reveal more about the hotel’s last days. Anyone with a family history connected to the Walnut Mountain House, or with unusual photos is asked to participate in sharing that knowledge. To kick this off, there will be two public sessions at the Liberty Library, 189 N. Main Street: Tuesday June 20 and Thursday June 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Volunteers, working with the Town of Liberty, will be available to gather these details and scan unusual photographs. To minimize waiting time, persons interested in participating should contact volunteers Ruth Huggler at 845 482 5136 or email [email protected] or Lisa Lyons at [email protected] to schedule a convenient time. Those not able to attend a session are encouraged to contact one of the volunteers to arrange an alternative. This is a great opportunity to help solve a few mysteries and be part of a community effort.

Looking for unusual photos of Walnut Mountain House, Liberty NY

This private family photo of the Walnut Mountain House has only one person identified—William Gerow, a carpenter from Liberty known to have worked on building the hotel.

By |June 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Looking for unusual photos of Walnut Mountain House, Liberty NY

Bog Walk & Talk May 21 UPDATED

1:00 PM FIELD TRIP IS FULL

You are Invited to a Bog Talk & Walk

with Dr. Michael Kudish

Sunday, May 21

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM: Dr. Michael Kudish’s talk on Catskill bogs and fens – Program details below.

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Strawberry Knotweed Crisp

Spring recipe for turning an invasive plant into a tasty treat!

Young Japanese knotweed 14″ tall

Strawberry Knotweed Crisp

Japanese knotweed has a rhubarb-like consistency and a tangy flavor. Knotweed’s bamboo-like shoots are a good substitute for rhubarb in this recipe. Early spring is the time to harvest and eat it when the shoots are still young […]

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