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Olana Wagon House Education Center

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5720 Route 9G
Hudson , NY 12534 United States

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May 2016

Scavenger Hunt: Maps, GPS, Compass Navigation

May 7 @3:00 am - 5:00 pm
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What can you find tucked away in Olana’s landscape? Get ready to search our grounds high and low to find clues that lead you to the prize. Environmental educator, Fran Martino, will teach us how to use compasses, maps, and GPS systems to navigate the landscape. Fran Martino is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a Woman-owned Business Enterprise certified with New York State Department of Economic Development. She is self-employed as an environmental educator, and serves as the…

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Deep Air: Matthew Friday & Cara Benson

May 15 @1:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Matthew Friday & Cara Benson Kingston based Friday and East Greenbush based Benson make art about landscape and commerce: What is our currency; what is spent? What will we declare when we take inventory of our landscape through travel and notation? What cultural edges and borders appear in maps of our resources? The Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series borrows the title from a popular 19th century science book by Arabella Buckley called A Fairyland of Science. Buckley’s text, written…

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Pathways to Prevention: Hike with A Doctor

May 17 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. This event is designed to give advice on how to handle pains and an overview of treatment options. Anyone can join this presentation and hike. Participants will experience a 15-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then medical insight and advice all along the 1.5 mile hike on Olana’s moderately easy walking trails. RSVPs can be made by calling CMH at (518) 697-5445 or sending…

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Skyscape Series: Blue Moon Hike

May 21 @8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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It is marvelous to walk Olana’s landscape by moonlight! Join environmental educator Fran Martino for a night hike on the wide and gravel carriage roads. Frederic Church was famous for his paintings of sunsets, however he was an expert at painting the moon too. Fran Martino is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a Woman-owned Business Enterprise certified with New York State Department of Economic Development. She is self-employed as an environmental educator, and serves as the education and…

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Artful Hikes: Photographic Hike and Rice Paper Prints

May 22 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artful Hike, Photo credit Amy Hufnagel

With the flowers in full bloom, join us on a walk through Olana’s landscape to take panoramic and detailed digital images. Learn some basic tips and tricks of phone photography, then make prints of your favorite digital image onto rice paper. Once the image is on rice paper, participants will be able to create a beautiful Olana-inspired piece candle or bottle to take home. Don’t forget to bring your charged smartphone or tablet! Sunday, May 22 3-5pm, $15/Member, $20/Non-Member, All Ages

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Fruit & Veggie Prints

May 25 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch, and plan your Olana adventure once a month. This program is staffed by a museum educator with extensive experience with young children and art making. Each of the projects listed above allow for your child’s attention span- so…

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June 2016

Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0

June 3 @5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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  Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second…

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Preserving Olana: Stories from the Field

June 4 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Professionals from the conservation and preservation fields kick off this special anniversary series with stories of objects and activities from Olana’s collection. The first lecture will focus on Olana’s wallpaper restoration and the very laborious and creative steps taken to restore the second story walls at Olana. Steve Larson, co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings, is a skilled artisan using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he will talk about his work at Adelphi and…

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Navigation Series: Mapping Church’s Travel Routes

June 18 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Navigation Series: Mapping Church’s Travel Routes Do you ever wonder how people traveled in the 19th century without the luxury of Google Maps? We will learn how people traveled and navigated the seas by looking at the places where Frederic Church traveled to during his lifetime. Learn about 19th century travel and exploration with environmental educator, Fran Martino, as we look at historic maps and learn how to use compasses, maps, and GPS systems. 3-5pm | Member: $15, Non-Member:…

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July 2016

Flashmob: Firefly Hike

July 13 @8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Flashmob: Firefly Hike Discover the fascinating world of fireflies with environmental educator Fran Martino. Learn about their communication, be­havior, and role in our ecosystem. Bring a mason jar with holes punched, or borrow one of ours. Catch and release. 8pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All Ages

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Tree-torials: Species Tour

July 16 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Treetorial, photo credit Elizabeth Schanz

Tree-torials: Species Tour Frederic Church planted thousands of trees while living at Olana. Join us on July 16th to learn all about these native and exotic specimen trees on a walk through our winding carriage roads. On October 1st learn about why leaves change color. 3-5pm | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 5+

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Panorama: Environ-Science for Discoverers

July 18 @9:00 am - July 22 @3:00 pm
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Panorama: Environ-Science for Discoverers The Olana Partnership works with the Taconic Outdoor Education Center to bring you this camp for aspiring scientists and explorers. Frederic E. Church loved natural history, nature, and ecology. This camp will be led by seasoned environmental educators who have a number of fun-filled experiments and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres; this camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play and completely new activities never before discovered at Olana. Space is limited to…

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Pathways to Prevention: Breathe Easier with Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir

July 19 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Breathe Easier with Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15 minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. CMH Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir, M.D. will discuss common…

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SOLD OUT! Panorama: Time Travel for Historians

July 25 @9:00 am - July 29 @3:00 pm
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Rifts off time travel movies and novels to create a playful synthesis with Olana’s history. Participants will arrive each morning and find themselves thrown back in time to a particular decade that they have to figure out through a series of clues and challenges. Teams of students will compete for the Time Travel Trophy each day. Church loved to travel the world and this camp is all the spirit of developing a love for change and new experiences, while also…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Painting with Flowers

July 27 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Painting with Flowers Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5 Photo Credit: Beth Schneck

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Breathwalk

July 30 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Breathwalk. Photo Credit Nidhi Huba

Breathwalk Breathwalk is the science of combining specific patterns of breathing synchronized with your walking steps and enhanced with the art of directed, mindful attention. A combination of focusing on breath, mantra and mudra allows the mind to go into moving meditative state. It is simple, natural, and effective. Enjoy a guided breathwalk led by Nidhi Huba, owner of Aum Home and yoga and spiritual healing professional for over 20 years. This is the perfect way to beat the summer…

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August 2016

21st Century Damsels & Dragons

August 3 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Birding, photo credit Elizabeth Schanz

21st Century Damsels & Dragons Join Larry Federman for a fun-filled outing with dragonflies and damselflies. Larry will present an introduction to these creatures, dispel some myths, and give an overview of the New York State Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey. We will then attempt to catch these beautiful insects - catching them is as much sport as it is science! With speeds recorded at 30 mph catching the little critters can be very challenging; an expert will demonstrate. 10am-12pm | Member:…

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The Big Melt: 19th Century Ice Harvesting

August 6 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Big Melt: 19th Century Ice Harvesting What would life be like without electricity and a refrigerator? How would we ever have a cool glass of lemonade or water in the summertime? Beat the heat and learn about 19th century ice harvesting with environmental educator, Fran Martino. Ice cream is included! 3-5pm | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 | All Ages

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Artful Hike: Church’s Letters & 19th Century Ballads

August 20 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Artful Hike: Church’s Letters & 19th Century Ballads As you stroll along the roads designed by Frederic Church, contemplate his words and the words of his family and contemporaries and songs from their era. Artist and musician Brian Dewan does a dramatic reading of significant letters in Olana’s collection. This tour is between 1 hour and 1.5 hours in length and will travel no more than 1 mile. What better way to learn than through primary sources? 3pm | Member:…

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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Staying Heart Healthy from Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton

August 30 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Staying Heart Healthy from Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Join CMH Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton, M.D.…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Building Your Name with Shapes and Symbols

August 31 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Building Your Name with Shapes and Symbols Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2-hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5 Photo Credit: Beth Schneck

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September 2016

Skyscape Series: Neptune at Opposition

September 3 @8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Skyscape Series: Neptune at Opposition Join Dr. Willie Yee, President, and Joe Macagne, Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association for a presentation and 21st Century exploration of the night sky at Olana. Come learn about the sky by looking through telescopes and finding celestial forms. 8pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | Ages 5+

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All Dogs Day Hike

September 4 @12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dog Day.Photo credit Elizabeth Schanz

All Dogs Day Hike Join dog enthusiast Fran Martino and her dog Loki for a dog themed hike and information sharing dedicated to our favorite furry friends. For everyone's safety, dogs must be on a leash at all times. 12pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All ages

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Barry Hopkins Run

September 11 @8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Barry Hopkins Run Spend the morning on this 3.8-mile course traversing the historic carriage roads at Frederic Church’s Olana. This event is a collaboration with the Onteora Running Club and supports arts education in the Catskill School District. Please register online or on race day. Rain or shine. Free t-shirt to the first 75 people who register. Registration Opens 8:30am | Children's Run 9am | Adult Run 9:30am |  Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | All ages

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Pathways to Prevention: Expert Advice From The Spine Institute

September 20 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Expert Advice From The Spine Institute The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15 minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Join CMH’s Dr. Ersno Eromo, M.D. as he talks about…

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Artful Hike: Poet’s Walk

September 25 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Artful Hike: Poet’s Walk What would it be like to step into a poem? This walking poetry reading in motion hopes to answer the voluble possibilities of such a question. Guided by Sam Truitt, Director of Station Hill Press and the co-editor of In|Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley. 3-5pm | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 | Ages 10+

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Apple Art

September 28 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Apple Art Last Wednesday of every month. Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5

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