Irish Dinner and Music
Saturday March 7, 2020
Willows at Brandow Point
480 Rt 385
Athens, NY 12015
Our Irish cooks, Bob Knighton and Peggy Snyder will again provide an Irish feast with some authentic Irish dishes as well as corned-beef and cabbage.
Music will be provided by "Lawson, Traditional Music of Ireland".
$30 per person if paid by check, $32 per person if paid on-line
To reserve your spot send a check to:
Greene Land Trust
270 Mansion St.
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Register on line by clicking the BUY NOW button
Full Moon Walk
Saturday February 8
Event full - registration is closed
Willows at Brandown Point
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
Join the Greene Land Trust and the Coxsackie YMCA for the February full moon, known as the Snow Moon.
Local bird expert, Rich Guthrie will lead the walk and hopefully we will hear some owls. Warm up after the walk with hot chocolate and cookies inside the historic Willows.
While the guided walk is FREE, event full - registration is closed.
Dress for a little chill, or downright cold evening with wet, muddy, icy or snowy ground. Boots are a must! And bring a flashlight.
Please check our website www.greenelandtrust.org for possible cancellation in case of rain or snow.
Willows Holiday Party
Greene Land Trust Invites you to a
Holiday Open House Party at the Willows
Friday Evening December 6, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Please join us for a evening at the Willows to celebrate the season and enjoy good food and friends. The event features:
- William Brandow house decorated for the season
- Hot and cold Hors d'oeuvres by Steinbrock Haus, David Merchant
- Live Music
- Original paintings of Greene County scenes for sale
$40/person by check
Greene Land Trust, 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051
$42/person by credit card
Click the Buy Now Button to pay by credit card.
Please respond by Monday December 2, 2019
For more information call 518-731-5544
News and Events!
Mawignack Trail now part of the
Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System!
At the June 10, 2020, Joint Board meeting of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, a resolution was adopted unanimously, which designated the trail in Mawignack Preserve as the newest segment of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. The Greenway trail links historic sites, parks, downtown areas, and open spaces, connecting residents and visitors to the resources of the Hudson Valley.
On June 13, GLT volunteers installed five interpretive signs at the Mawignack. The signs depict the long and varied history of the property. They include information on the Mohican Tribe who lived on the site, use by European settlers, the site's current environmental benefits, the property's inspiration for Thomas Cole, and the history of the Catskill Railroad which ran through the property. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
We thank the Hudson River Valley Greenway for ALL of their support!
If you haven't visited the Preserve recently, we hope you will take a walk and learn more about this site's significant history. The property is located on Snake Road in Catskill, NY 12414.
The Greene County Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) is now complete!
The full NRI document can be found on our Projects page.
We have also created an interactive Story Map to introduce and demonstrate the NRI. Click here to view the story map.
Holiday Open House 2019
Holiday Open House at the Willows
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
Saturday December 7 2019 1-4 PM
Join us on December 7 to celebrate the season! Once again this year we will have the Willows at Brandow Point open to the public. The event is free.
The historic 1788 house will be decorated with floral arrangements. Original art work of properties Greene Land Trust owns or manages will be on display and for sale.
Local author and illustrator, Jessica Loy will be doing a book signing. Jessica is an accomplished painter and graphic designer, as well as an environmentalist. She is a professor at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches graphic design. Her books include:
- Weird & Wild Animal Facts
- When I Grow Up: A Young Person's Guide to Interesting and Unusual Occupations
- Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors
As for her interest in writing Weird and Wild Animal Facts the author says, “I feel an urgency to get children involved in protecting our environment by giving them tools to explore the natural world around them.”
Of course there will be refreshments. We hope you will stop by to see this old house at its finest and to visit with us about our plans and events for the coming year.
Greene County Natural Resource Inventory Meetings
Greene County Natural Resources Inventory Training
- The Greene County Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) is complete! You can learn more about the county's vast resource at two meetings.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
IDA Office 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie NY, 12051
This session is designed primarily for municipal officials. The program will provide an overview of the inventory, an introduction to the NRI Story Map, how the inventory can be used for Greene County, and a small group exercise to put the NRI into practice. Municipal credits are available for this program only.
Registration deadline: October 25, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CCE Agroforestry Center 6055 Route 23, Acra, New York 12405
Come join us for a public workshop for information on the first-ever natural resources inventory in Greene County and learn how to access and use this new resource. This program is designed to introduce the general public to this resource which will be available on-line. The event is FREE but registration is required.
Registration deadline: November 1, 2019
Register On Line: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/GrCoNatRes_210 or call 518-622-9820 X 102
The NRI describes and maps the county's important natural resources, as well as scenic areas and outdoor recreation assets. The information is intented as a general reference for use by towns, villages, conservation organizations, landowners, and other involved in local land use, land management, or conservation. The NRI can be used to help identify the valuable natural resources in or near an area, understand their importance and broader context, and inform planning, conservation, and management activities in the county.
The NRI was created by the Greene Land Trust, Hudsonia Ltd, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia-Greene counties with funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
Wreath Making Workshop
Saturday October 5, 1:30 – 4 PM Wreath making workshop and Afternoon Tea at the Willows.
We had a great time on Saturday! With plenty of natural materials to chose from, everyone's wreath was unique.
Guided Hikes with the YMCA & Greene Land Trust
The Greene Land Trust and the Coxsackie YMCA will host three outings for families and friends this fall. While the guided walks are FREE, please register so we have an idea of how many people to expect.
Saturday October 19, 10 AM -- Mawignack Preserve, Snake Road, Catskill, NY. This hike will be led by GLT volunteer, George Greiner. George has a wealth of historic information about the property. The hike is approximately 1 mile and is generally easy. Most of it is on the flood plain of the Catskill Creek and on the old railroad bed of the historic Catskill Mountain Railroad. There is a steep, but relatively short hill near the parking lot. (Easy going down, but less so coming back up!)
Saturday October 26, 10 AM -- Hannacroix Creek Preserve, Rt 144 New Baltimore. This hike will be led by Janet Angelis, GLT board member and resident of New Baltimore. A slightly longer hike than the previous one, but a wonderful walk through the woods and along portions of the Hannacroix Creek. There are a few hills, but generally an easy walk.
Saturday November 2, 10 AM -- Willows at Brandow Point to Cohotate Preserve (and back). Meet at the Willows at Brandow Point, 480 Rt. 385 Athens. This is the longest of the three hikes and will be led by GLT board member Joel DuBois. Trail runs from the DEC Brandow Point Unique Area across some privately owned land and connects with the county-owned Cohotate Preserve. On return to the Willows, hot chocolate and refreshments will be served in the historic 1788 house owned by the Greene Land Trust.
Looking for Artists
Greene Land Trust invites local artists to submit art work for display and sale at the historic Willows at Brandow Point in Athens, NY for our Holiday Open House events on December 6 and 7, 2019.
This is an opportunity for local artists to become acquainted with the scenes and views offered by many of the properties that Greene Land Trust helps protect or manage. This includes the 1788 Willows and rustic out-buildings, views of the Hudson River from Brandow Point, the picturesque Catskill Creek, open meadows, woodlands, expansive grasslands, and numerous wetlands. Explore these preserves and see what you can find to satisfy your creative cravings. Visit our website www.greenelandtrust.org for locations of the properties and scope out your favorite scene.
For those who would like a little guidance, the Greene Land Trust will host Art at the Mawignack from 10 AM to 2PM on Saturday September 28, 2019. Well-known local artist Jim Coe will be painting on site and offering tips to any artist who would like to join him. Participants should bring their own supplies and portable easels. The Mawignack Preserve is located 0.7 miles down Snake Road in Catskill. This location was a favorite of Thomas Cole’s and captured in many of his landscape paintings.
Application form:Art Exhibit Application Form
Build a Fairy House at the Willows!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10 AM -Noon
Building a Fairy House is a wonderful way for children to use their imaginations and explore the natural world. We will read a book about fairy houses, then explore the habitats at the Willows at Brandow Point as we gather natural materials to construct our fairy houses.
Each person will build their our fairy houses in a magical spot in the woods where visitors can visit to check to see if any fairies have set up households! This program is suitable for all who believe in woodland fairies!
Location: The Willows at Brandow Point, 480 NYS Route 385, Athens