Lichen Walk
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Lichen Walk

With James Lendemer (New York Botanical Garden). 

Reservations not required.

$10, Free to Members.

Back by popular demand, lichen scientist and raconteur extraordinaire Dr. James Lendemer will  lead an exploration of the fascinating lichen found throughout the Arboretum property.  Learn about the extraordinary lives and ecological importance of the beautiful blue, green, gray and red organisms that encrust the Arboretum trees and rocks.

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Guided Mushroom Walk - SOLD OUT
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Mushroom Walk - SOLD OUT

With John Michelotti (Catskill Fungi).  

SOLD OUT! Both the 10am and 2pm walks are SOLD OUT. 

$10, Free to Members.

NOTE: This program is limited to 20 people. Pre-registration is required.

Join John of Catskill Fungi for an entertaining and educational walk to explore the fungi in the Arboretum forests. We will discuss the mushrooms we discover: their historic uses, medicinal properties, ecological functions, edibility, and more.

 

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Build Your Own Bluebird Box Workshop
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Build Your Own Bluebird Box Workshop

With Dave Turan (Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve).

$10 plus materials cost of $12 per nest box. Full kits will be provided.

Pre-Registration is suggested.  Kit supplies are limited.

Help create homes for bluebirds! Participants will build bluebird houses and learn about the eastern bluebird. Bluebirds are cavity nesters that prefer open fields and need to compete with other cavity nesters, such as tree swallows, for suitable habitat.  The male will show the female several possible locations to raise their young, before she chooses one. To provide for both species, it is suggested to install 2 boxes in close proximity.

 

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A Talk by Author and Arborist William Logan on his best-selling book OAK: The Frame of Civilization
Sep
2
5:00 PM17:00

A Talk by Author and Arborist William Logan on his best-selling book OAK: The Frame of Civilization

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

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

What ink did DaVinci, Bach and Jefferson dip their pens in? What voice warned Jason and the Argonauts of danger? What charcoal made the finest swords? What food did millions eat before the coming of agriculture? What were the boats that first sailed to America made of? Where does the name Robinson come from, or for that matter Everson or Johnson? What is the root for the word meaning “door” in every language of the West?

The answers to all these questions, and more, are the substance of William Bryant Logan’s hypnotic and absorbing OAK: The Frame of Civilization.

An award-winning nature writer and practicing arborist, Logan shows how deeply embedded is the oak in our history, traditions, names, buildings, travels, food and even in our humanity. In telling the story of this remarkable tree, Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about who we are and why the world works the way it does.

This Author Talk will be the inaugural event in the brand new Education Center, which is built using twenty-one native trees from the Arboretum’s forest.

 

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The Artistry of Pruning
Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

The Artistry of Pruning

With Bill Logan of Urban Arborists. 

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

Learn how to prune for better vigor, health, balance and beauty with pruning master Bill Logan. Bill’s work is seen throughout New York City, including the new pollarded sycamores in front of  the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will work on tree and shrub specimens at the Arboretum during this hands-on workshop.

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Foraged Flower Arranging-SOLD OUT!
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Foraged Flower Arranging-SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT

With Rebekah Mindel (Meadow Wilds Botanicals & Floral Design). 

$15 for Members, $25 for Non-Members.

NOTE: This program is limited to 18 people. Pre-registration is required. 

Discover the art of foraging and bouquet-crafting with native plants found at the Arboretum. We'll learn how to collect responsibly, harvesting in a way that renews the plants’ growth cycles. Participants will be guided to make bouquets with the foraged elements bridging tone, seasonality, composition and expression. Rebekah Mindel of Meadow Wilds, a flower farm & design studio, will lead the workshop and share her floral expertise.

Materials: Please bring clippers & a bucket (not required). 

Please let registration know if you will be bringing materials so we can account for them.

(photo credit: Teresa Horgan Photography)

 

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Story Time in the Shade
Aug
18
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

With local children's author/illustrator David Covell.

Free Ongoing Series/Last one of the Summer

Fun for all ages! Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times. Join local author/illustrator David Covell and 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!  (In case of inclement weather, program will be held at Mountain Top Library, Tannersville.)

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Birds of Prey
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Birds of Prey

With Bill Robinson. 

$10, Free to Members.

RAIN OR SHINE!

Bill brings five different types of live raptors to the Arboretum. With live bird demonstrations, he discusses their amazing adaptations for survival as well as their importance in the balance of nature. To see these magnificent creatures up close is a thrilling experience. At the end of the program, there is a flight demonstration over the heads of the audience!

 

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

Native Tree ID Walk

With Chris Graham, Hudsonia.  

$10, Free to Members.

NEW DATE DUE TO WEATHER: Sunday, Aug. 5, 10am-noon.

Head outdoors with Chris Graham, plant community ecologist and habitat mapper of Hudsonia, to learn how to identify trees native to the Catskill region. Chris is currently working on cataloging every plant at the Arboretum. This easy walk within the Arboretum will help you to better identify and appreciate native trees on your own.

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Concert! 23Arts Blues at the Arboretum-NOTE NEW LOCATION due to weather. Hudson-Chatham Winery, 6036 Main Street, Tannersville
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Concert! 23Arts Blues at the Arboretum-NOTE NEW LOCATION due to weather. Hudson-Chatham Winery, 6036 Main Street, Tannersville

$10 Suggested Donation for Non-Members.

23Arts returns to Mountain Top Arboretum, featuring a duo debut with Cape Town, South Africa-born guitar virtuoso Derek Gripper and the innovative Chilean guitarist-vocalist Camila Meza. Bring a chair and a blanket, relax by the West Meadow Pond and celebrate summer to live music with views of the Arboretum.

Derek Gripper is a South African kora guitarist. His groundbreaking albums, including Sagtevlei with Alex van Heerden, have redefined the landscape of South African music. The Sound of Water, Gripper's recording of the music of Gismonti, was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA).

Camila Meza is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter/composer. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Ms. Meza blends modern jazz with her broad musical world which includes Latin American, Brazilian, folk and pop.

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Story Time in the Shade
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

With Mountain Top Library Staff.

Free Ongoing Series.

Fun for all ages! 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!  (In case of inclement weather, program will be held at Mountain Top Library, Tannersville.)

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Native Plant Book Talk
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Book Talk

With Mark Richardson (New England Wildflower Society). $10, Free to Members.

Author and plantsman Mark Richardson will discuss his new book Native Plants for New England Gardens, co-authored with Dan Jaffe.  Mark will use the book to illustrate how gardeners can create lovely, hardy gardens that are also good for the environment. Native plants bolster biodiversity by supporting native insects, including pollinators, and other wildlife. Beyond the ecological benefits, the 100 native plants selected by the authors are stunning enough to grace any garden.

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Fairy Garden Tiny Book Making Workshop
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Fairy Garden Tiny Book Making Workshop

With Maya Stein and Amy Tingle (The Creativity Caravan). $10, Free to Members.

Join us in creating a miniature Fairy Garden Library! Maya and Amy’s Creativity Caravan will arrive filled with hundreds of tiny books that have been created by artists from around the world. We’ll learn to make our own tiny books, to take home or leave for the fairies to read in the Arboretum Fairy Garden Library. All the materials to experience the magic of creating your own tiny book will be supplied or collected from the Fairy Garden.

Please arrange for children to be accompanied by an adult.

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

Story Time in the Shade

With Mountain Top Library Staff.
Free Ongoing Series.

Fun for all ages! 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!  (In case of inclement weather, program will be held at Mountain Top Library, Tannersville.)

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Mountain Top Rocks! Bedrock and Geology of the Mountain Top
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Mountain Top Rocks! Bedrock and Geology of the Mountain Top

With Robert and Johanna Titus.
$10, Free to Members.

The Arboretum’s bedrock geology records a great delta complex, the Catskill Delta, that once spread out beneath the rising mountains of New England. Those mountains were called the Acadians and they may have been as tall as today's Himalayas. The Delta was covered by rivers, bayous, lakes and ponds. Each of these accumulated sediments eventually hardened into the bedrock of the Catskills. We will learn about the Catskill Delta and then go out to explore the Arboretum’s geological history.

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Saving our Native Forest/Ash Monitoring Workshop
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Saving our Native Forest/Ash Monitoring Workshop

With Molly Marchand and Daniel Atha of New York Botanical Garden
Free Program co-sponsored with New York Botanical Garden
Learn about saving the American Ash tree from Emerald Ash Borer.  Participants will learn about ash trees and how to monitor for ash that are resistant to the ash borer.  The Arboretum will set up a monitoring plot based on the workshop, to be monitored by volunteers and staff.  This new program is a great opportunity to learn more about saving our native forest!

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Annual Bird Walk
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Bird Walk

With Larry Federman.
$10, Free to Members.

Audubon Society Educator Larry Federman will lead 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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Story Time in the Shade
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time in the Shade

With Mountain Top Library Staff.
Free Ongoing Series.

Fun for all ages! 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!  (In case of inclement weather, program will be held at Mountain Top Library, Tannersville.)

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Bog Tour
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Bog Tour

With Mike Kudish.
SOLD OUT


WAITING LIST ONLY. Program is limited to 20 people and is now sold out. 

Free Program co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month.
Discover bogs of the Catskills with the area’s preeminent forest historian.  Mike will lead us on a short walk into the Arboretum’s Spruce Glen where we will learn about bog ecology and history.  If conditions permit, we may assist Mike in taking a peat sample core to help determine the bog’s age and evolution.  Come dressed for the weather, as this is an outdoor event.

 

 

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Volunteer Appreciation Day: Native Shrub Planting & Willow Weaving
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Appreciation Day: Native Shrub Planting & Willow Weaving

With Dan Snider (CRISP) and Maureen Walrath.
Free Program co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month.

We’re hosting a day to thank our volunteers and welcome new participants. Dan Snider (Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership) will speak on invasive shrubs and we will plant beautiful native shrub alternatives in pre-weeded and pre-dug holes!  Learn and practice willow fence making with Maureen Walrath. Stay on for a picnic lunch and tours of the almost-completed timberframe Education Center which features 20 native tree species. Bring a trowel (optional), gloves, water bottle and come dressed for the weather.

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Invasive Species Day
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Invasive Species Day

With Dan Snider (Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership). Free.

Do you feel in the weeds? Mountain Top Arboretum hosts an Invasive Species Day to help!  Dan Snider will lecture and lead a walk to identify invasive plants.  We will put new knowledge into practice as a group, weeding and replanting with suitable native perennials. Bring a trowel (optional), gloves, filled water bottle and come dressed for the weather.  Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month.

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