Becoming a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Becoming a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist

with Xander Prince (Mountain Top Arboretum) and Dan Snider (CRISP)
Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month.

Free Program.

Observations submitted by citizen scientists are playing an increasingly important role in tracking changes in species distributions and the overall biodiversity of our planet. If you already enjoy exploring the natural world or are looking for a new way to engage with it, then participating in the citizen scientist project iNaturalist may be for you. Join amateur naturalist and citizen scientist Xander Prince to learn how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to document your observations of flora and fauna. The workshop will begin with an overview of best practices and tips when using the iNaturalist app and website. Dan Snider will present on invasive plant species that are the greatest threat to the watershed and are found close to the Arboretum. Then we will move outside to explore and document the diverse plant and animal life at the Arboretum and load photos to iNaturalist.

Give this article a look for more information about the impact of iNaturalist: https://bit.ly/2UPZrth

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Primer: What’s Happening with Hemlocks in New York?
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Primer: What’s Happening with Hemlocks in New York?

with Caroline Marschner (New York State Hemlock Initiative)
Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month

Free Program.

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest that threatens native eastern hemlock, a common tree species throughout New York and at the Arboretum. Hemlocks are a foundation species that create unique habitats and provide several ecosystem services including protecting clean water resources. The New York State Hemlock Initiative integrates research, management, and outreach to address the growing threat of HWA in the state. NYSHI Education and Outreach Technician Caroline Marschner will share the importance of conserving hemlocks, the damage HWA is causing in our forests, and the management and community science efforts being employed to slow the spread of HWA in New York. We will finish the event by taking a short hike to the Arboretum's hemlock stand to scout for woolly adelgid.



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Volunteer Appreciation Day + Spring Wildflowers and Butterflies
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Appreciation Day + Spring Wildflowers and Butterflies

with Claudia Knab-Vispo & Conrad Vispo (Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program)

Free Program.

A day to thank our existing volunteers and welcome new additions! We will team up to plant several native ground covers in the West Meadow conifer berms.

To get in the spirit of spring exploration, Claudia will lead a search for ephemeral spring wildflowers and Conrad will guide a hunt (with cameras, no nets!) for rare early-season butterflies.  Of course, we can’t predict the weather and so won’t make any promises, but there is potential for some interesting finds.

Stay for a delicious picnic lunch and meet fellow Arboretum volunteers. Bring a trowel (optional), water bottle, gloves and come dressed for the weather!

 

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Annual Birding Walk
Jun
1
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Birding Walk

with Larry Federman (Audubon Society)

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Audubon Society Educator Larry Federman leads our annual guided tour through the Arboretum’s bird-rich habitats. We’ll look for warblers and other migrating birds as they build their nests and start families or pass through to their northern nesting sites. June offers one of the best opportunities to see beautiful North American birds. Bring binoculars, boots, eyes and ears.

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23Arts Spring Concert: The Lion, the Witch and the Wizard
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

23Arts Spring Concert: The Lion, the Witch and the Wizard

Cost: $10 Suggested Donation, Free to Members.

Join us at the Arboretum for 23Arts’ debut event in the Education Center: The Lion, the Witch and the Wizard.

The Huffington Post has called tap dance artist Michela Marino Lerman a “hurricane of rhythm” and The New York Times “a prodigy.” Michela leads this evening of piano and tap dance celebrating the keymasters Willie “The Lion” Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk and more.

Featuring: 
Michela Marino Lerman, tap dance
Mathis Picard, piano
Russell Hall, bass

Photo Credit: Luis Guillen

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23Arts Spring Concert: Fantasy & Fantasia
Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

23Arts Spring Concert: Fantasy & Fantasia

Cost: $10 Suggested Donation, Free to Members.

23Arts returns for the second installment of its debut concert series at the Arboretum's brand new Education Center: Fantasy & Fantasia.

Pianist Renana Gutman, praised by the NY Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, explores the realm of fantasy in this afternoon of solo piano repertoire by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann. Join Gutman for a program of improvisatory and fantastical sonatas inspired by major literature (Shakespeare's The Tempest and Goethe's Faust, to name a few) along with selections of works inspired by fairy tales and fantasy.

Photo credit: Carlos Andrés Dueñas

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Story Time in the Shade
Jun
22
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

Cost: Free Ongoing Series.

All are welcome for family forest fun!

Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times. Join library staff for a story-filled hour of reading aloud in the Fairy Garden and Outdoor Amphitheater. After the stories get creative with a themed craft to match what was read. Don't miss the fresh air and fun memories to be made!  (In case of inclement weather, program will be held at Mountain Top Library, Tannersville.)


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In the Footsteps of John Bartram: Native Plant Tour of the Catskills
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

In the Footsteps of John Bartram: Native Plant Tour of the Catskills

with Carol Woodin. Co-hosted with Mountain Top Historical Society.

Cost: $10, Free to Members of Mountain Top Arboretum and Mountain Top Historical Society.

John Bartram and his son William were 18th century natural scientists and gardeners who explored throughout the eastern colonies. William was an accomplished illustrator. They are credited with many botanical discoveries, and introduced many North American plants to European gardens. John and William made journeys into the Catskills between 1741 and 1754.

The American Society of Botanical Artists wanted to make this history more widely known, and so created a project devoted to illustrating some of the Bartam plant discoveries, many of which occur in the Catskills. Beginning with a lecture, Carol will first touch on the fascinating history of the Bartrams and their travels throughout the northeast and in the Catskills. We will look at some of the artworks created for the project, especially those of plants that occur locally. Each has a fascinating story relating to the Bartrams and to our lives today. 

After the lecture we will take our cars a short drive to the Mountain Top Historical Society Visitor Center (in Haines Falls) to park and arrange carpooling to North/South Lake. There we'll walk in the footsteps of the Bartrams, following their salient journal entries. Carol, Paul Harwood and Robert Gildersleeve will lead us in retracing fascinating local botanical history. Bring a bag lunch for group picnicking, proper clothing/shoes for being outdoors and a water bottle.

Carol Woodin is the Director of Exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists, organizing exhibitions of contemporary work for national audiences. Also a botanical artist specializing in rare plants, mainly orchids, Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Some recent venues are the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy, and Newhouse Galleries, New York. It is included in the recent monograph Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas by Phillip Cribb.

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Fairy Garden Creations for Kids
Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Fairy Garden Creations for Kids

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Bring the whole family to the Woodland Walk Fairy Garden to create your own fairy paradise! We’ll get crafty and build our own fairy cottages and homes with materials supplied by the forest. Take your creation home or leave it in the Fairy Garden to be used by wee ones!

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Story Time in the Shade
Jul
20
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

Cost: Free Ongoing Series.

All are welcome for family forest fun! Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times. Join library staff for a fun-filled hour of reading aloud in the Fairy Garden and Outdoor Amphitheater. Then create a one-of-a-kind craft, themed to the stories read that day. Don't miss the fresh air and fun memories to be made!

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Wild Harvest: Sharing Mother Nature's Bounty--Edible + Medicinal Plant Walk
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Harvest: Sharing Mother Nature's Bounty--Edible + Medicinal Plant Walk

with Dina Falconi.

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Note: This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.

UPDATE: THIS WALK IS SOLD OUT!

Join herbalist Dina Falconi and explore the plants of the gardens, meadows, and woodland edges of the Mountain Top Arboretum. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. This walk will include practical information on harvest and preparation. Bring a notepad, camera, and water bottle. Signed copies of Foraging & Feasting will be available at this presentation.

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and personal care, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She created Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody and Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.


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Story Time in the Shade
Aug
10
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

Cost: Free Ongoing Series.

All are welcome for family forest fun! Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times. Join library staff for a fun-filled hour of reading aloud in the Fairy Garden and Outdoor Amphitheater. Then create a one-of-a-kind craft, themed to the stories read that day. Don't miss the fresh air and fun memories to be made!

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23Arts Summer Concert: Blues @ the Arboretum
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

23Arts Summer Concert: Blues @ the Arboretum

Cost: $10 Suggested Donation, Free to Members.

23Arts returns to the Mountain Top Arboretum for the annual outdoor Blues @ the Arboretum as part of the 23Arts Summer Music Festival! Led by Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, Jr. , one of the most versatile leading young jazz reedmen of his generation who has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert along with Jon Batiste & Stay Human and has been featured in the Emmy-nominated HBO special “Wynton Marsalis: A Young Arts Masterclass.” 

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Night Creatures: Scouting Bats and Moths
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Night Creatures: Scouting Bats and Moths

with Dylan Cipkowski + Conrad Vispo (Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program)

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Note: This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Summer nights are alive with an incredible variety of creatures. Discover the overlapping worlds of bats and moths, first with an indoor introduction to the natural history and diversity of these groups, and then, as twilight arrives, we’ll head out to listen and explore. Bats largely navigate using ultrasonic sounds and with bat detectors we’ll listen-in on their activity. Once darkness settles, we’ll switch over to mothing around special moth- attracting lights.  We’re confident that by the end of the evening you’ll be thinking differently about natural nightlife.

Photo Credit: Farmscape Ecology (Hawthorne Valley)


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Story Time in the Shade
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

Cost: Free Ongoing Series.

All are welcome for family forest fun! Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times. Join library staff for a fun-filled hour of reading aloud in the Fairy Garden and Outdoor Amphitheater. Then create a one-of-a-kind craft, themed to the stories read that day. Don't miss the fresh air and fun memories to be made!

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Wonders of the Summer Sky
Aug
24
8:30 PM20:30

Wonders of the Summer Sky

with Local Astronomer Bob Berman.

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Our Catskill skies are a planetarium come-to-life! Join renowned local astronomer Bob Berman, the astronomy editor of the Old Farmers’ Almanac and author of eleven books, as he leads us in a surprising tour of the lore, legend, science, and little-known wonders of the summer sky. To see the parading planets Bob will supply a tracking telescope. Bring any binoculars you have and a blanket to lie on. Share in an unforgettable night under the skies at the Arboretum!

In case of inclement weather this program will be held on August 25th. Please check this page for updates.


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A Talk by the Author: Victoria Johnson's American Eden
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

A Talk by the Author: Victoria Johnson's American Eden

$10, Free to Members.  No reservations or pre-purchase of tickets necessary. 

A post-talk reception will be held for Arboretum Members.

When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country’s first public botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. A charismatic dreamer admired by the likes of Jefferson, Madison, and Humboldt, and intimate friends with both Hamilton and Burr, the Columbia professor devoted his life to inspiring Americans to pursue medicine and botany. Hosack’s story remains largely unknown. Now historian Victoria Johnson chronicles Hosack’s tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact: a portrait of the man who gave voice to a new, deeply American understanding of the powers and perils of nature.

From the meadows of Manhattan and correspondents around the world, Hosack collected over two thousand species at his twenty-acre botanical garden.  In his enormous conservatory, Hosack introduced New Yorkers to ornamental flowers, shrubs, and trees from as far away as Japan, Madagascar, and the Cape of Good Hope.  Today, Radio City Music Hall sits on the footprint of Hosack's conservatory. His land is home to Rockefeller Center.

Victoria Johnson, a former Cullman Fellow, is currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College (City University of New York), where she teaches on the history of nonprofits, philanthropy, and New York City.  She holds a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale.

 

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Exploring Native Edibles + Ornamentals with Hortus Conclusus
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring Native Edibles + Ornamentals with Hortus Conclusus

with Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano (Hortus Conclusus)

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Join horticulturists, garden designers, and artists Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano for a visual presentation  of edible native trees and shrubs all grown at Hortus Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. They will share the magnificent diversity of American plants, showcasing rare, highly ornamental, edible varieties that deserve to be used widely by backyard gardeners.

Hortus Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a small botanical garden in the mid-Hudson valley now recognized by the Morton Arboretum’s international ArbNet program as a Level II-accredited arboretum. The gardens have an extensive collection of unusual edible and decorative plantings. By trialing both native and exotic plants, their goal is to push the limits of what can be successfully grown in Zone 6, and help fellow gardeners expand their knowledge base and incorporate some of these garden-worthy plants at home.

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Basket Making: Twining with Natural Materials
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Basket Making: Twining with Natural Materials

with Katie Grove (Katie Grove Arts)

Cost: $10, Free to Members plus an $10 materials fee per person.

Note: This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Want to learn how to make a basket but don’t know where to begin? In this class Katie Grove will introduce the classic basketry technique of twining, using locally harvested plant materials. Used by people all over the world, twining is a technique in which two weavers are twisted around uprights to create a tightly woven basket. It can be adapted to use with many different materials and in this class we will focus on cattails, basswood fiber, inner tree bark and more. In addition to finishing one or two small baskets we will also discuss harvesting and processing materials. If you are excited about learning a new craft using plants that grow all around us then join us for a morning of learning and creativity!

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Native Tree ID Walk
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Native Tree ID Walk

with Samuel Perry.

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Come meet the beautiful Native Trees of the Mountaintop Arboretum! Enjoy an inspiring autumn walk with herbalist Samuel Perry as we learn how to identify the trees native to our forest. Along the way, Samuel will share traditional tree lore and herbal wisdom to deepen our awareness and appreciation of the different species we encounter.

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Guided Mushroom Walk
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Mushroom Walk

with John Michelotti (Catskill Fungi).

Cost: $10, Free to Members.

Note: This program is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Join John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi for an entertaining and educational walk to explore the fungi in the Arboretum forests. Mushrooms open up a world of history, science, incredible facts to boggle the mind. We will discuss the mushrooms we discover: their historic uses, medicinal properties, ecological functions, edibility, and more. Dress appropriately for the weather—we’ll be exploring rain or shine.


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Golden Eagles in the Catskills
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Golden Eagles in the Catskills

With Peg DiBenedetto (Catskill Center)

Cost: Free to Members, $10 for Non-Members
No advanced reservations necessary.

As recently as just a few years ago, a winter report of a Golden Eagle in the Catskills was thought to be an anomaly - a bird that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

However, through efforts of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, in conjunction with the Eastern Golden Eagle Project, a population of over-wintering Golden Eagles in New York State was discovered.  The size and extent of the population are still being explored — with camera trap photos and telemetry data, the natural history of this “new” species is slowly unfolding.

Peg DiBenedetto will present an overview of eastern Golden Eagles; their local habits and behaviors, and migratory routes, as well as the methods used and experiences she and her husband Michael have had, working with the Eastern Golden Eagle Project.

In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held on April 28th at 10am. Please check our website for updates.

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Apple Tree Pruning
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Apple Tree Pruning

With Erik Schellenberg.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 for Non-Members.
No reservations necessary. Bring pruners if you have a pair.

Erik will instruct on the ideal way to prune apple trees in winter, focusing on general fruit tree maintenance. Erik brings his scientific background to restoring large old apple trees in the West Meadow that have gone untended for some time. During the workshop we will cover basics of pruning, restorative pruning methods, grafting and top-working, and the burning need to diversify our food producing tree plantings. Come dressed warmly and with your questions ready!

Erik Schellenberg owns and operates Black Creek Farm located in Highland, NY. The farm produces vegetables and has a small hobby orchard comprised of a few of the usual suspects but predominantly the unusual ones. Erik also teaches permaculture at Whole Systems Design in Vermont and has been managing various tree plantings and old fruit tree restoration efforts throughout the years.

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POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 10AM   Nature-Inspired Design for Home Gardens
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 10AM Nature-Inspired Design for Home Gardens

With Dean Riddle

Cost: Free to Members, $10 for Non-Members.
No reservations necessary.

Catskill-based garden designer Dean Riddle strives to get plants to "lie down together" within the exuberant mixed plantings that he loves to create. More than any other factor, his lifelong observations of diverse, natural plant communities have inspired his aesthetic approach.  He strives to harmonize form, texture and habit far more than designing by flower color. If a plant appears happy and settled and somewhat naturalistic--if rhythm and repetition rule--then color will take care of itself.

Join us at the Arboretum for Dean's captivating lecture regarding garden design inspired by nature's patterns and growth. Bring questions you have regarding your own home garden and design, as Dean will be creating an open discussion during and after the lecture. Dean knows the Arboretum well, as he is the co-designer of the East Meadow Hedgerow and the West Meadow Spiral.


Dean Riddle studied horticulture in North Carolina and England, and in 1990 began his own garden design business in New York. Features of his work have appeared in The New York Times, Gardens Illustrated and House & Garden. Dean has been a contributing writer to various periodicals, and for six years penned a regular column, “Dean’s Dirt,” for Elle Decor magazine. Dean lives in Catskill, NY.

Due to inclement weather, the workshop will be held on March 24th at 10am. Please check this page for updates.

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