"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


Annual Winter Bird Count – Saturday, January 08, 2022 (7:30 AM) 

Signs of Spring Nature WalkSunday, March 20, 2022 (8:00 AM)

Spring Bird Migration – Sunday, May 01, 2022 (7:30 AM)

Breeding Birds and Butterflies – Sunday, June 19, 2022 (8:00 AM)

Tree Identification Walk – Saturday, October 01, 2022 (9:00 AM)

Events are free, pre-registration is required and group size will be limited.  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

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.
Signs of Spring - Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society on a guided nature walk in a variety of ecologically rich habitats in the Town of Saugerties on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Spring Bird Migration - The first week in May is typically the peak migration period for neotropical birds, and early morning is the best time to see and hear recently arrived songbirds in their brilliant spring plumage.  We will explore a variety of ecologically rich habitats to experience this annual rite of spring, identifying birds by sight and sound while pausing along the way to observe a diversity of wildflowers and animal life.