Master Gardener Volunteer Guided Hikes
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Master Gardener Volunteer Guided Hikes

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Master Gardener Volunteers Offer Guided Hikes in Putnam County

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hike Putnam

Enjoy Putnam’s natural beauty on these free guided hikes!

Here in Putnam County there are so many beautiful natural places to explore. Numerous studies link walking in nature with improved mental and physical health, as well as stress relief. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Master Gardener Volunteers will guide hikes on trails throughout the County beginning in May and running through September. Come learn more about natural heritage and discover the beauty of Putnam County.

These free, guided hikes will explore land-use, history, and invasive plants. On the second Saturday of each month (rain date the following Sunday) participants will embark together for a 1 ½ to 3 hour hike, depending on the location and the speed of the group. The tour guides will point out highlights along the way—describing the vegetation, invasive species, and wildlife, as well as historical significance of the area—in addition to answering questions from the audience.

May 12: Tour the Clearpool Model Forest in Kent, NY.

This trail runs through one of four Watershed Ag Council teaching forest in the state which demonstrates forestry best-management practices. Highlights will include an exploration of forest regeneration rugged boulders and scenic spring forests. This trail includes moderate to difficult rocky slopes and runs about 2.5 miles with an elevation gain of 200ft.  

Pre-registration required:

https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/MayHike-12_237


June 9: Mount Ninham Multiple Use Area Trail

A three mile hike that ascends 600 ft over moderate to difficult terrain. Features include regenerated quarry, mines, farms and fields, and terminates at the 1940 fire tower.

Pre-registration required:

https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/mai...


July 14: California Hill State Forest

Moderate, rocky trail of about 2 miles and 200ft. overall ascent. We’ll travel through reclaimed pasture and Revolutionary era farmsteads with farm structure ruins.

Pre-registration required: 

https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/mai...


August 11: Fahnestock - Dennytown

Moderate, 3 mile hike. Features include reforested mining area, Civilian Conservation Corps lakes and public works, and a vista. This hike has a 400ft. ascent.

Pre-registration required:

https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/mai...


September 8: Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area

Moderate, 3 mile hike. Features include reforested mining area, Civilian Conservation Corps lakes and public works, and a vista. This hike has a 400ft. ascent.

Pre-registration required:

https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/mai...


October 13: Wonder Lake State Park

A New England Cottontail expert will join us! This is a 3 mile hike containing a 200 ft. ascent. We will see regenerated farmland and the Kushman private estate. Features include an engineered lake, succession pastures with reforestation, old carriage trails.

Pre-registration required:

https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/mai...


Though the hikes are free, reservations are necessary; space is limited.

Youth under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All hikers will need to sign a waiver. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Master Gardener Volunteers in a healthy, stress-reducing activity in beautiful Putnam County.

Fee

Free

Contact

Rebecca Ligrani
Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resources Community Educator
rl689@cornell.edu
845-278-6738

Location

Clearpool Model Forest
Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, New York 10512