We all know there is so much nature offered here in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, located in Cornwall, Orange County, offers many educational programs, and is a great place for adults and young people to get involved.
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum consists of two sites:
Wildlife Education Center:
25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Phone: 845-534-7781
The Wildlife Education Center offers hands-on interactive displays, and an indoor mini-zoo that houses small animals native to the Hudson River region. There are well-marked family friendly trails behind the center.
Outdoor Discovery Center:
Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY Phone: 845-534-5506
The Outdoor Discovery Center has a visitors center, and offers several trails. Families can hike while being on Discovery Quests. Participants can purchase a guidebook with riddles, illustrations, and field notes, and learn about nature in a fun, interactive way as they find hidden messages. There are four Quest trails that pass through woodlands, meadows and wetlands featuring old stone walls, ponds and streams
There are several exciting events at the museum this month:
Maple Sugar Tours (March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22)
You can tour the sugar bush and learn about the process of maple sugaring in New York State. You will walk through the forest, making stops at various locations to learn about making maple syrup. And of course, there will be some maple syrup testing.
Meet the Opossum (March 7)
Ok, so opossums are not related to rodents. Learn about them through a slide show and artifacts. Then observe the resident opossum enjoy a morning snack, and make a ‘possum pouch to take home.
Trout Weekend (March 28, 29)
Meet and feed the trouts to welcome spring
The museum also offers camps during spring break and the summer holidays. For more information, please visit the museum website: http://hhnaturemuseum.org/