Events and Programs

Peak Leaf Hike

Hunting Season at Black Rock Froest - Info



The Science of Leaf Color 


Saturday, October 19

10:00 AM  to 12:00 PM

Hike Leader:  William Schuster, Ph.D., Executive Director at Black Rock Forest
Description:  Immerse yourself in fall foliage during a moderate 2-3 mile hike in Black Rock Forest. Dr. Schuster will discuss the variety of fall foliage colors, what we know about why leaves change color, and what new things we are learning about the significance of this process. This is a family friendly hike, adults and children welcome.
What to Bring/Wear: Drinking water, a trail snack if desired, comfortable walking shoes, insect/tick repellent.
Details & Arrival Instructions: The hike is in Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY). An email will be sent to registered participants the week prior with parking information and arrival details.
Free for Friends of the Forest (annual supporters); General Admission: $10.00. RSVP required. 
RSVP:  or 845-534-4517 x11





Black Rock Forest will be closed to the public during the New York State deer hunting season, November 16 through December 8. The Forest’s ecosystem management program includes a highly regulated deer hunting program as a tool to keep the deer population within a range that will prevent overbrowsing, allow forest trees to regenerate, and conserve biodiversity in the understory. Our management strategies support native wildlife, including many threatened bird populations that reside in Black Rock Forest year-round or during breeding season.  Our data support the idea that well-managed deer populations are healthier. Black Rock Fish and Game Club has an exclusive license agreement to hunt deer in Black Rock Forest under guidelines set by the Forest Manager. Hunters are required to check in/out and to bring harvested deer to the check stations where Forest staff collect data and monitor this sample of the deer population. 
Join us in April as we conduct citizen-science volunteer days to do our annual deer pellet survey. The survey allows us to estimate the size of the deer population and compare it year to year. For more information on volunteering, contact: Brienne Cliadakis,
Note: Hunting only allowed through Black Rock Fish and Game Club. Contact: