Niagara Falls, N.Y. - For the past 4 seasons, visitors to Niagara Falls have returned home with photos of their encounter with Annie Edson Taylor, part of the “Characters of History” program at the Niagara Falls State Park. Photos of the illustrious Daredevil, who in 1901 became the first to successfully challenge the Falls in a barrel, have traveled home around the world and across the United States and Canada. Portrayed by local Minister and Women’s Retreat Leader Kathleen Ordiway, “Annie” has led a team of actors who have portrayed significant characters of Niagara Falls History as they stroll the grounds of the Niagara Falls State Park.
Famed engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, often described as “the man who invented the 20th Century”, has been another fixture in the State Parks as he shares his passions - and pains - from an era of discovery when he created the Alternating-Current Distribution system. Read more »
From Rip Van Winkle to the Hudson Valley Art Trail - Enriching Experiences Await in the Catskills
Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are home to some of America’s most recognizable landscapes, beloved literary characters and richest cultural enclaves - all within two hours north of New York City.
Go hiking in the Catskill Park and discover the views that made the Hudson River School artists famous, journey through history with Rip Van Winkle and drive to the “Painted Village in the Sky” for an afternoon of arts and entertainment. Read more »
Dr. Charles Mitchell Guest Speaker
His students rate him as “brilliant, funny and dedicated”
Glens Falls, NY - Join Dr. Charles Mitchell at The Hyde Collection at 2pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014, where he will speak about artists’ representations of our magnificent national parks and how national parks define our relationship to nature.
Dr. Mitchell is an associate professor of American Studies at Elmira College, Elmira, New York. He examines the human relationship with nature through art, literature, and history in courses such as Nature and the American Imagination, Representing the American Landscape and American Environmental History, and is described by his students as “…witty, thought provoking, and worth getting up at eight o’clock in the morning for.”
The lecture compliments The Hyde’s current exhibition Ansel Adams: Early Works which run from January 25 through April 20, 2014 in Wood Gallery. Read more »
Cornwall, N.Y. - On Sunday, February 9 at 10 a.m., come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall to learn about Bobcats. Spend the morning with environmental educator Carl Heitmuller learning about this magnificent cat, seldom seen, that is thriving in this area. Discussions will include: behaviors, biology and anatomy using bobcat skulls and pelts. “Most folks don’t realize that Bobcats actually live in New York,” says Carl. Weather permitting after the program take a short walk to search for signs of bobcats at the Outdoor Discovery Center. This program is for adults with or without children, and children ages 5 and older. Admission: Adults-$7, Children-$5 Museum Members: Adults-$5, Children-$3. For information go to hhnaturemuseum.org or call 845-534-5506, ext. 204. Read more »
Albany, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2014-2015 includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
New York State Parks and Historic Sites
The Governor’s proposed budget includes a $90 million investment to address the backlog of infrastructure needs at New York State Parks and Historic Sites. The budget proposal also maintains the operations budget of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Read more »
Experience Winter Thrills in the Adirondacks of Northern New York
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - For many, winter in the mountains means alpine skiing and snowboarding - but in the Adirondack Region, winter can equal snowy adventure for those who enjoy being outside, but don’t ski or snowboard, too.
This winter, find exciting, off-mountain activities for non-skiers in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and enjoy a leisurely getaway just four hours north of New York City and two hours south of Montreal.
The Adirondack Region presents its “Top Winter Adventures for Non-Skiers” for the 2013-14 season:
- 1. ‘Horse around’ in the Lake George Region with a guided horseback ride through snow-covered forests, or a romantic, lantern-lit sleigh ride at dusk. Read more »
Tupper Lake, N.Y. - The North Country was once again one of the big winners during New York State’s economic development funding announcement today, being awarded $81.3 million and named one of the ‘Top Performers’ for a third year in a row. The Wild Center Executive Director, Stephanie Ratcliffe and Director of Philanthropy, Hillarie Logan-Dechene were in Albany for the announcement. The Wild Center was recognized as a Priority Project by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) and will receive $250,000 for Wild Walk, an experience that will allow visitors to view nature in an entirely new way. Read more »