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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….

Forging farm-school connections

Fall is a great time for farm-to-school activities. Students throughout the Valley visit orchards and pumpkins patches. Bringing the farm to school is another way to help kids understand where food comes from. A Columbia County farmer shares suggestions and offers a workshop.

DISCOVER Peach Hill Park!
Sept. 1, 2016, mid-day walk

The town of Poughkeepsie’s highest point is at Peach Hill Park — some 159-acres of open space landscape built on a former fruit orchard that operated for 50 years.

Hudson Valley Seed: Busy Year Round

A Hudson Valley Seed staff member answers the question: What do you when schools aren’t in session? She goes on to describe their work, offer resources and opportunities, and even share a kid-friendly recipe for salsa. Plus, photos of cute kids outside, no devices in hand.

Newburgh’s Downing Park

Downing Park is a gem nestled in the heart of the City of Newburgh. Its rolling hills and winding paths provide an oasis from the stress of city life. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to honor their friend and mentor, Andrew Jackson Downing….

Back to school
Place-based learning resource round up

Tips (including funding sources) for building place into your school year. Plus, Hudson Valley sources for low cost materials. Plus, faces from this year’s summer institute.

NPS Centennial: Find YOUR Park

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial THV’s summer book group tackled “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (Knopf Doubleday, 2009, 403 pp). Participants reflected on their favorite parks, and we’ll be sharing their observations. Here are two.

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