Enjoy a StoryWalk in Nature with Columbia Land Conservancy and Columbia County Libraries!

Take a StoryWalk this summer to enjoy an outdoor adventure while reading a good book. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is partnering with the Columbia County Library Association to install StoryWalks at several of their Public Conservation Areas: Drowned Lands, Greenport, Hand Hollow, High Falls, and Siegel-Kline Kill. Each StoryWalk will feature pages of a children’s book posted in order along a trail so kids and families can enjoy a story while taking a walk through nature. CLC is also working with partners who are creating StoryWalks along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, at the Roe Jan Park, in the Village of Philmont, along Warren Street in Hudson, and at PS21. Many of these are works-in-progress, so visit clctrust.org/storywalk to confirm the walk is ready for you, and for more information, including an interactive map of StoryWalk sites.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.

Estuary Explorer Backpacks now available to borrow!

Ethan is ready to explore the night sky with our new Night Sky Estuary Explorer Backpack, courtesy of Columbia Land Conservancy.

Got a budding nature lover in your life? The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has put together Estuary Explorer Backpacks that can be checked out from our library with your library card! Each backpack kit is themed, and contains different materials that a young scientist might use for exploring nature. Themes include the night sky, hiking, birding, insects, and water. Stop by the main desk at the library or call 518-828-1792 to reserve an Estuary Explorer Backpack for your next adventure!

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Understanding Hudson’s Natural Resources

Two local organizations recently provided the library with additional tools to study the natural resources and ecology of Hudson.

 

Copies of Nature In The City, a 56-page report by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), are now available to pick up for free at the library and City Hall. The report was completed after four years of work, including hundreds of volunteer hours, and with two state grants. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city and establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson’s citizens, civic spaces and natural resources.

If you want to get up close and personal with Hudson’s natural resources, use your library card to check out one of the Estuary Explorer Backpacks provided by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). Then, proceed on your expedition with all the tools you need to investigate the local ecosystem according to one of the following themes: night sky, hiking, birding, insects, or water. Continue reading