The Open Space Institute (OSI), the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place on September 15-16, 23, 29-30. OSI will be leading the following four events:
Covering twelve counties with more than 160 events, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Hudson River Valley and Hudson River Estuary by boat and on foot through a variety of guided walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and biking experiences that highlight nationally significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the Valley. Several events offer an in-depth exploration of heritage themes such as the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River School of Art, the Great Estates and the Hudson River Estuary. Last year, participation in the Ramble swelled to over 150,000 people and with a record number of events and festivals being offered again this year, we expect another great turnout!
Mary Mangione, Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) and the Hudson River Valley Greenway, expressed enthusiasm about sponsoring the eighth consecutive year of the Hudson River Valley Ramble, and stated, “The Hudson River Valley Ramble provides a great opportunity for people of all ages and ability levels to explore the landscape, trails, historic sites and communities throughout the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. With over 160 events being offered this year, there is truly something for everyone so I encourage all to participate!”
“OSI has protected 100,000 acres in New York State,” said Paul Elconin, Mid-Hudson Land Steward for OSI. “This is a great way for people to get out and have fun exploring this beautiful landscape.”
All Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, geologists, historians and trained volunteers from participating groups, which include nearly 100 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations such as Scenic Hudson, Inc., the Open Space Institute and The Nature Conservancy. Many New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service, also participate. Events are offered for every ability level and most are free.
For more information about the Hudson River Valley Ramble and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/. The site includes a complete Ramble event listing, organized geographically by region (Lower Valley, Middle Valley, Upper Valley). A map of the Hudson Valley and information on tourism, lodging and Hudson Valley Heritage sites, make it easy to plan a Ramble excursion. The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year. To request a brochure, call 1-800-453-6665, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/.