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Let Me Take You to a Mountain

A 9th grader invites you to visit a place of excitement, wonder, and breathtaking sights. Where the cool wind flows like water through the trees and the smell of the earth swallows you as you take more and more steps further into this beautiful place. What is this place?

Sweet Wine Berries

India’s essay about Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site is one of three top-scoring middle school essays in this year’s Writing about Place. India is a student of Patricia Young at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Cary Institute’s annual data jam

Hudson Data Jam challenges students to tell stories using data from the Hudson River watershed, e.g., historical climate and pollution trends, paleoclimate data from Lake Minnewaska, or bird migration dates. …. Students select a data set and then figure out a way to share their knowledge with others in a fun and creative way.

Understanding Slavery in the Hudson Valley

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), has been telling the story of slavery in the colonial north for more than 20 years. Now, with the National Endowment for the Humanities, HHV offers “Slavery in the Colonial North”, a summer institute for teachers, July 9-14 at Philipsburg Manor.

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Bear Mountain Trailside Museums

Bear Mountain State Park is an enjoyable place to visit and explore. The Park offers many activities including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and ice skating. And, kids will definitely love to explore the Trailside Museums and Zoo.

Val-Kill to introduce local student’s activity book

Mariama Dabo, a fifth grader at Hawk Meadow Montessori in Poughkeepsie, researched and created the newest Junior Ranger activity book for the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (ELRO).

Get outside at James Baird State Park

James Baird State Park is a second home to me. I have been hiking this park with my dogs for 15 years. …. I have seen wildlife while hiking there: wild turkeys, coyotes, pheasants, deer, red trail hawks, and an owl.

Courageous Young Writers

Courageous Writers: Hyde Park is an anthology of site-based, history-inspired work by young writers. The letter and poem reprinted here were prompted by students’ contemplation of the lives of servants who cared for the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt estates — and their residents.

Hudson Valley Youth Featured in International Film Festival

Friday, Nov. 4, Spark Media Project’s Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie.

Doing what we can on a big night

On a rainy night in early March, I set out with my husband to befriend the amphibians in our neighborhood. Since settling into our home the previous winter, we were out of tune with nature’s happenings as we focused on fixing up our tired old house. Last winter I read The Incidental Steward by Akiko Busch with THV’s online book group….