Sam’s Point Preserve is offering two special events as part of the Tenth Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble in September. Nearly 300 events will take place from Saratoga County and the Capital Region to New York City on the weekends of September 5-7, September 12-13 (Heritage Weekend), September 19-20, and September 26-27, 2009. The Ramble is sponsored annually by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, in conjunction with National Estuaries Day.
Saturday, September 19: Plant and Animal Species Identification Hike to the Ice Caves
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Join naturalist and volunteer Rich Forman on a hike to the Ice Caves to search for some of the 90 species of plants and animals depicted in the extraordinary mural at the Sam’s Point Conservation Center. Along the way you will visit four natural communities on the Preserve: chestnut oak forest, ridge top dwarf pitch pine, cliffs/talus, and hemlock-northern forest and search for the Sam’s Point plants and animals that find suitable habitat within them.
Meet at the Sam’s Point Conservation Center.
4 miles: moderate.
Call to register at (845) 647-7989 ext. 101.
Saturday, September 19: Geology of the Hudson Valley
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Enjoy a presentation on the geology of the Hudson Valley by Steven Schimmrich, assistant professor of geology at SUNY Ulster County Community College. Then hike to High Point where we’ll look for clues about what this area of New York was like over 400 million years ago and how the present landscape was formed during the last glacial ice age.
Meet at the Sam’s Point Conservation Center.
5 miles: difficult.
Call to register at (845) 647-7989. ext.101.
The Ramble offers the opportunity for participants to enjoy guided walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. Events are offered on every ability level and many are free. This year, the Ramble will also feature Heritage Weekend, September 12-13, when many historic sites and cultural destinations will be open free of charge or at reduced rates. Several event series offer an in-depth exploration of themes that earned the region its designation as a National Heritage Area. They include the role of the Hudson Valley in the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River School of Art, the Great Estates and the Hudson River Estuary. Nearly 200 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events. “In 2008, over 130,000 people participated in Ramble events and we expect a great turnout again this year,” said Mark Castiglione, acting director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. “If it’s September, then it’s time to Ramble. The Ramble embodies the spirit of “geotourism” and is part of a sustainable economy that embraces and celebrates our natural and cultural resources. The event provides people of all ages an opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river. With nearly 300 events, this Quadricentennial-year Ramble will be the largest ever! ” For a complete listing of events, visit http://hudsonrivervalleyramble.com/home.aspx. Copies of the program guide may be downloaded and printed directly from the web site. A free program guide can also be obtained by calling (800) 453-6665, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year.
For more information on the hikes at Sam’s Point Preserve, call: Heidi Wagner at (845) 647-7989 ext.101 or email email@example.com. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.