"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."

ÔÇĽ Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

2024 Hikes / Paddles

Annual Winter Bird Count – Saturday, January 06, 2024 (All Day)┬á

Animal Tracking Adventure – February 2024 (10:00 AM)

Signs of Spring Nature WalkSunday, March 17, 2024 (8:00 AM)

Signs of Spring at EBNP – Saturday, April 06, 2024 (10:00 AM)

Tree Identification Walk – Saturday, April 20, 2024 (9:00 AM)

Spring Bird Migration – Sunday, April 28, 2024 (7:30 AM)

Spring Wildflower Walk – Saturday, May 18, 2024 (10:00 AM)

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour – Saturday, June 08, 2024 (9:00 AM)

Breeding Birds and Butterflies – Saturday, June 15, 2024 (8:00 AM)

Esopus Bend Kayak Tour – Saturday, August 17, 2024 (9:00 AM)

EBNP Foliage Paddle – Saturday, October 19, 2024 (10:00 AM)┬á

Events are free, pre-registration is required and group size will be limited.  No pets please. 


Directions to the ECC Preserve

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Esopus Bend Nature Preserve



SHADY LANE ENTRANCE at 10 Shady Lane ┬á– From 9W: ┬áTake Overbaugh St. ┬áMake a left onto Simmons Dr., a right onto Appletree Dr., and a left onto Shady Ln. ┬áSmall parking lot available.

STERLEY AVENUE ENTRANCE at 50 Sterley Avenue – From 9W: ┬áLook for a sign on the Saugerties Bowlers Club sign post. ┬áTake Highland Ave. across from Barclay Heights Diner. ┬áMake a left behind Simmons Plaza, continuing along Highland Ave. ┬áTake a right on Blue Hills Dr., a left on Dewitt Dr., and a right on Sterley Ave. ┬áParking lot and entrance at end.┬á Please note: parking area is not plowed in winter and may be inaccessible.┬á Open dawn to dusk, no parking after hours.

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

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