May 20: Volunteer to Plant Tree Seedlings!
June 3: Birding by Ear Workshop
June 4: Nature by Ear, Touch, and Scent - For people who are blind or Visually Impaired
July 15:  High Peaks Hike: Traverse Four High Peaks of Black Rock Forest
 
RSVP to Brienne Cliadakis or 845-534-4517 ext. 11 or bcliadakis@blackrockforest.org
 

 

Volunteer to Plant Tree Seedlings! 

Help Black Rock Forest with re-naturalization along the new Visitor Access Pathway!

 

Date: Saturday, May 20 Time: 9:00 AM (anticipated time commitment 3 to 4 hours)

Description: Planting tree seedlings along the Visitor Access Pathway.

What to Bring/Wear: Protective eyewear (sunglasses are fine) recommended; Gardening Gloves. Details & Arrival Instructions: Event to be held in Black Rock Forest. Registered participants will receive an email with directions and parking details.

As we continue to re-naturalize the areas on either side of the new ADA-accessible pathway, we have many seedlings in our nursery waiting to be planted: dogwoods, white and black spruces, and white and pitch pines. They are eager for their forever-homes. Please help our forest manager with this wonderful spring activity!

Notes: Wear appropriate clothing & walking/hiking shoes. Bring drinking water (snacks if desired). Tick/insect repellent recommended.

 

 

Birding by Ear Workshop! 

 Who just chirped? What was the flash of orange?

Learn to identify the birds of Black Rock Forest! 

 

Date: Saturday, June 3

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Hike Leader: Terryanne Maenze Gmelch, PhD – Barnard College,

What to Bring/Wear: Wear appropriate clothing & walking/hiking shoes. Bring drinking water. Tick/insect repellent recommended. 

Details & Arrival Instructions: An email will be sent before the event to registered participants.

Cost: $10.00 per person, payable in advance.

Join us for our annual birding workshop, led by consortium scientist and Barnard College forest ecologist Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, PhD. Participants will learn or hone skills in bird identification by sight and ear during a two-hour, easy-to-moderate walk in Black Rock Forest, and will learn about habitat through observations of which birds occur in multiple locations throughout the forest versus which ones are habitat-specific.

Last year's workshop identified more than 40 species per walk, including species that had not previously been formally identified by past birding teams. Those with smartphones are encouraged to download Cornell University's free birding app, Merlin, prior to the date, though the app is not necessary for the event. 

Birding By Ear is a public event, but space is limited to 15 participants, thus RSVP's are required . Ages 12 and up are welcome on the walks. 

 

Nature by Ear, Touch and Scent

For People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Date: Sunday, June 4
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Hike Leader: Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, PhD. Barnard College Forest Ecologist.
What to Bring/Wear: Wear appropriate clothing & walking/hiking shoes. Bring drinking water. Tick/insect repellent recommended. 
Details & Arrival Instructions: The hike will take place at Black Rock Forest Consortium (65 Reservoir Road). An email will be sent before the event to registered participants with parking information and details on where to meet.
 
Join Professor Maenza-Gmelch as she guides you in exploring the natural world with all of your senses. Touch bark to learn the difference between tree species, listen for bird calls and identify the birds, and smell the difference between new blossoms of spring flowers. Discover the woods in a new way!

 

High Peaks Hike:

Traverse Four High Peaks of Black Rock Forest

Saturday, July 15:  
Hike Leaders: William A. Glaser, Treasurer, BRFC Board of Directors & Eileen Glaser
Glaser and Devito will lead participants on a strenuous, yet invigorating hike up and down four of Black Rock Forest's favorite summits. Learn Forest secrets as well as wilderness training tips from Glaser's NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) background as you hike deep into the Forest interior. (Not recommended for children under 12.)