"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

Walking in Gratitude (Silent Walk and Meditation) – Saturday, November 27, 11:00 AM

2022 Nature Walks  and Paddles

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

Check back soon for additional 2022 listing  

Events are free and open to the public. 

No pets please. 


Directions to the ECC Preserve

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.

Around the Bend

Walking in Gratitude – silent walk and meditation in EBNP - On Saturday, November 27, 2021, Thanksgiving weekend, Celeste Graves, MA, will be leading a silent walk and meditation in ESOPUS BEND NATURE PRESERVE in Saugerties, NY. We are delighted to also have the expert assistance and support of Kathy Carey who will be co-leading the event. As in previous Nature Walks with Celeste ....
Annual Winter Bird Count - The 17th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Saturday, January 08, 2022.  Participants will census wintering birds throughout the 160-acre Nature Preserve. Pre-registration is required.