Opportunities to Learn About Hudson River Valley’s Natural Resources and How to Help Care for Them

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson
Contact: 

Jay Burgess
Director of Communications, Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Tel: (845) 473-4440 x222 Cell: (914) 489-0362 Fax: (845) 473-0740
jburgess@scenichudson.org

HUDSON VALLEY, NY—Come learn the latest about the Hudson Valley’s remarkable natural world and how you can help shape the region’s environmental health, scenic beauty and economically vibrant communities that reflect the needs of all citizens. Scenic Hudson will host three engaging events in which staff and other local experts present cutting-edge strategies for conserving the region’s green assets and creating habitats and waterfront development that will be resilient to climate change impacts.

All events are free and held at the River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon. For questions or to RSVP, contact Anthony Coneski, aconeski@scenichudson.org or 845 473 4440, ext. 273.

Saturday, Feb. 25—10 a.m.–1p.m.

Learn & Serve Open House Get acquainted with the education, volunteer and advocacy programs Scenic Hudson offers throughout the Hudson Valley. Find out how you can lend a hand with park maintenance, help preserve wildlife habitats, participate in citizen science or support grassroots environmental advocacy in your community. Teachers and other group leaders will have opportunities to sign up for exciting field trips, hands-on workdays and collaborative events.

Tuesday, Feb. 28—6:30–7:30 p.m.

Climate Change & Small Farms: Expecting the Unexpected Willow Vale Farm’s Jesica Clark will describe how climate change impacts seasonal weather events and the farm ecosystem. She’ll share what she’s doing to prepare for and mitigate these impacts on her land in Stanfordville, Dutchess County. Ms. Clark’s farm is managed as a no-till, mulched vegetable garden with perennial borders. The event will conclude with a brainstorming session on future strategies that could be developed as more is learned about how climate change affects man-made ecosystems.

Tuesday, March 7—6:30–7:30 p.m.

Enhancing Climate Resilience Along our Waterfronts: Local Designs for the Future

Hudson River Foundation Research Assistant Sarah Lipuma will share strategies from her award-winning proposal for the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, which helps protect habitat, provide ecological benefits, enhance outdoor recreation and support the economy—all while making shorelines and communities more resilient to rising waters. Ms. Lipuma developed the project while a Student Conservation Association intern with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve in 2016, and the work captured a prestigious Judges’ Choice Award at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Climate CoLab.

About Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved nearly 40,000 acres.

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