"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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2020 Nature Walks  and Paddles

15th Annual Winter Bird Count
Sat., Jan. 11    all day

Signs of Spring   Sun., Mar. 22    8am

Spring Migration Birds and Wildflowers   Sun., May 3  – 7:30am

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour  Sat., May 9  – 9am

Breeding Birds and Butterflies  Sun., June 21    8am

Eastern Catskills      NABA Butterfly Count

Sat., June 27    all day

Lark in the Park Tree ID Walk Sun., October 6    9am

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



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

Sponsor a Camper for 2020 - Your sponsorship of $75 will ensure that one of Saugerties kids can join ECC in Summer Wilderness experiences and after school programming.