"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

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Directions to the ECC Preserves

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

The preserve can be accessed at entrances at both the 50 Sterley Ave. and 10 Shady Lane entrances in Barclay Heights.  Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is a 161 acre stretch of  what was once the old Schroeder Farm… more history about Esopus Bend Nature Preserve 

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Falling Waters Preserve   Directions   From Saugerties, drive south on Route 9W; bear left on Route 32 South, then turn left at first crossroads (Glasco Turnpike). Continue through Glasco village (toward the river), then turn left on York. Sign for Falling Waters Preserve will be on your right.

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More history about Falling Waters Preserve


Around the Bend

INVITE_SUSAN BOLITZER Celebrating 10 Years! - CELEBRATING 10 YEARS! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE It’s been 10 years since Susan Bolitzer and a dedicated group of Saugerties residents were successful in preserving this unique 161-acre preserve, known to locals as ‘the old Schroeder Farm.’ Open to the public from dawn to dusk, the preserve is nature’s classroom, providing education and fun for Saugerties’ […]
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Photo_S. Hart Breeding Birds and Butterflies - Breeding Birds and Butterflies Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00AM
Saug Creek4 “A View From Barclay Heights” Print Sale - Special Limited Offer of an archival quality print of "A View From Barclay Heights" by Charles Townsend c.1851. The proceeds from the sale of this print will benefit the control of the invasive Water Chestnuts in Barclay Cove.
images-2 Have you ever been on a night hike? - Friday, April 11, 2015 6:00pm – 8:30pm If not, you’re missing out on a magical time in the forest.  Join Outdoor Educator Matt Helffrich for a fun, activity  filled walk at the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. The goal of  this hike is to help kids become comfortable in the forest at  night. This will be […]