"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

Calendar of Events

Walk, Hikes, Paddles and so much more…

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ESOPUS CREEK CONSERVANCY
WALKS    HIKES    PADDLES

2017 Event Calendar –

Find event on calendar for full description of event and Pre-Registration info.

Spring Migration Birds and Wildflowers

Sunday, April 30, 2017 (7:30 AM – Noon or later)

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve   Saturday, May 13, 2017 (9:00 AM)

 

Breeding Birds and Butterflies

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve   Saturday, June 17, 2017 (8:00 AM)

Eastern Catskills NABA Butterfly Count

Saturday, June 24, 2017    Rain Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

Mushroom Ramble

Saturday, September 09, 2017 (9:00 AM – Noon)

Mushroom Walk

Saturday, October 14, 2017 (9:00 AM – Noon) Tentative Date

 

Events are free and open to the public. 

No pets please.

Please confirm dates, times and locations by pre-registering.

Directions to the ECC Preserves

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.

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.

 

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is a 161 acre stretch of  what was once the old Schroeder Farm… more history about Esopus Bend Nature Preserve 

 

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.

falling waters map

More history about Falling Waters Preserve

 

Around the Bend

MID HUDSON HEROES – VOTE NOW - Vote at www.midhudsonheroes.com. Vote once every 24 hours through May 26th. Please support ECC's work to get every Saugerties kid out in nature through our after school and summer camp programming.
Eastern Catskills NABA Butterfly Count - Join a field team to census butterflies in Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, or one of dozens of other local sites as a participant in the 8th annual Eastern Catskills North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Fourth of July Butterfly Count on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
Breeding Birds and Butterflies - Breeding Birds and Butterflies Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00AM
HIGH WINDS WARNING - Anyone planning to walk the trails on extremely windy days like we have been experiencing of late should be very careful and keep an eye overhead. Consider postponing your walk until the winds recede.  There is a lot of dead wood up in the canopy and several trees that recently toppled as a result of winds were […]