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Hudson Valley Innovation, From the River to the Skies

In 1910, Glenn Curtiss flew the length of the Hudson Valley, from Albany to New York City, setting a record for long-distance flight. It took 2 hours and 51 minutes and two refueling stops to complete the 152-mile trip.

Taking Time

This advice is so central to interacting with nature, according to Laurie Seeman and Joanna Dickey of the Strawtown Art & Garden Studio in Nyack, that they carry a tablet printed with these words into the woods when leading explorations of the environment through art.

Can’t wait to get started

As I think about place-based education and my first experience as a participant in the THV institute, three events stand out.

Teachers as lifelong learners

Last Wednesday, 26 educators joined Rich Parisio at the Mohonk Preserve. While this was the second year my colleagues and I attended the THV Institute, we still had a difficult time choosing a field experience. And, just like last year, we were not disappointed. One reason we chose Mohonk was its proximity to our school district, Onteora. With budget constraints, it is increasingly difficult to take students on field trips.

Thanks for a great three days!

I just spent three days last week with teachers, museum educators, writers, historians, and scientists from around the Hudson Valley — a new experience for me, a relatively recent graduate of the University of Kansas.

In Search of the Symbol of the Estuary

t’s not often that one has the opportunity to see the Hudson’s totemic Atlantic sturgeon alive and up close, so I didn’t hesitate when offered the chance to accompany DEC’s Hudson River Fisheries Unit biologists on a sturgeon fishing trip recently.

Close up! #2

The Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) has something for everyone, and you can see for yourself if you sign up for Bringing Albany to Your Classroom, one of five field experience options during THV’s upcoming institute, Reading, Writing, and Thinking the Hudson Valley.

Chris Pryslopski

Chris is program director at the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) and associate editor of its HUDSON RIVER VALLEY REVIEW. His monthly blog entries are likely to explore art and architecture, the importance of place, and the tension between our history and future as a region.

Welcome Children Fully

I want my museum to be a safe place where children can visit, explore, and discover the world while learning more about themselves.

Making Art, Exploring Nature

Laurie Seeman and Joanna Dickey, artists and outdoor educators at Strawtown Art & Garden Studio, recently told me about their work in the Hudson Valley, and shared a story about one of their favorite activities-clay digging! I can’t wait for their institute.

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