"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

14th Annual Winter Bird Count
Sun., Jan. 6    all day

Signs of Spring  Sun., Mar. 24    8am

EBNP Tree ID Walk   Sat., April 6    9am

Spring Migration Birds and Wildflowers    Sun., April 28    7:30am

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour   Sat., May 11    9am

Breeding Birds and Butterflies    Sun., June 16    8am

Eastern Catskills NABA Butterfly Count Sat., June 29    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

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

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour – Saturday, May 11⋅9:00am – 12:30pm- Paddle the tranquil waters of the Esopus Creek above the dam in Saugerties, visiting the coves and wetlands of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, and the shoreline to the south.
Story Hour at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve- Children's Story Hour at Esopus Bend Nature PreserveTuesdays:  April 30th, and May 14th from 11am -1pm 
ECC Scholarship for SHS senior- ECC will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a Saugerties High School senior who intends to pursue studies in an approved educational setting that would support our mission.
Tree ID Walk at Esopus Bend- The Esopus Creek Conservancy is sponsoring a Tree Identification Walk at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties on Saturday, April 06, 2019.
Sponsor a Camper for 2019- Your sponsorship of $75 will ensure that one of Saugerties kids can join ECC in Summer Wilderness experiences and after school programming.
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