"Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature."

― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Upcoming Hikes / Paddles

Annual Winter Bird Count – Saturday, January 08, 2022 (7:30 AM) 

Signs of Spring Nature WalkSunday, March 20, 2022 (8:00 AM)

Spring Bird Migration – Sunday, May 01, 2022 (7:30 AM)

Breeding Birds and Butterflies – Sunday, June 19, 2022 (8:00 AM)

Tree Identification Walk – Saturday, October 01, 2022 (9:00 AM)

Events are free, pre-registration is required and group size will be limited.  No pets please. 

Directions to the ECC Preserve

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

DOWNLOAD HERE – ESOPUS BEND_Trail Guide 7_2016

Directions:

SHADY LANE ENTRANCE at 10 Shady Lane  – From 9W:  Take Overbaugh St.  Make a left onto Simmons Dr., a right onto Appletree Dr., and a left onto Shady Ln.  Small parking lot available.

STERLEY AVENUE ENTRANCE at 50 Sterley Avenue – From 9W:  Look for a sign on the Saugerties Bowlers Club sign post.  Take Highland Ave. across from Barclay Heights Diner.  Make a left behind Simmons Plaza, continuing along Highland Ave.  Take a right on Blue Hills Dr., a left on Dewitt Dr., and a right on Sterley Ave.  Parking lot and entrance at end.  Please note: parking area is not plowed in winter and may be inaccessible.  Open dawn to dusk, no parking after hours.

KALINA DRIVE walk-in entrance at One Preserve Way  From 9W: Take Overbaugh St. which continues to Kalina Drive.  Entrance is on the right, just before Edgewood Dr.

Parking is limited.  Please carpool whenever possible.

Around the Bend

EARLY SUMMER WALK OF JOY - Please join us June 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon for a morning of listening to Nature and breathing with the trees as we walk mindfully together, in peace and in gratitude for the fresh, bright joy of early summer in Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. Participants will be guided in gentle qigong movements to encourage and support deep attunement with the natural world, and into a special meditation that will remind us of the importance and the power of connecting with peace inside of ourselves. Preregistration required.
Breeding Birds and Butterflies - The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a guided nature walk at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties on Sunday, June 19, 2022 to observe summer breeding birds and butterflies. Pre-registration required and group size will be limited.
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