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…

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A Talk by Pulitzer Prize finalist Victoria Johnson on American Eden
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

A Talk by Pulitzer Prize finalist Victoria Johnson on 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.

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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…

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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…

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

SOLD OUT-WAITING LIST CLOSED--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…

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

Story Time in the Shade

Cost: Free Ongoing Series.


Mountain Top Arboretum collaborates with Mountain Top Library for a series of summer story times in the Arboretum's Woodland Walk. This Saturday, we are joined by George Lewis and Arthur Lubow, the authors of The Boy and the Boy King. George and Arthur will be reading from and discussing their book for the delight of children and adults alike.

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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 create your own fairy paradise! We’ll get crafty and build our own fairy cottages out of gourds decorated with materials supplied by the forest. Take your creation home or install it in the Fairy Garden of the Arboretum's Woodland Walk to be used by wee ones. This event will take place rain or shine!

Please note: All children should be accompanied by an adult. Thank you.

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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…

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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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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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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 hails her as “a prodigy.” Michela leads this evening of piano and tap dance celebrating keymasters, including 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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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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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.

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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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