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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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April 2015
$45

Paper-Light Sculpture Workshop: Art Making with Draga Susanj

April 3 @9:00 am - 3:30 pm

This class will explore making shapes and objects from willow branches and transparent Mulberry Paper. Catskill based artist will lead participants to consider multiples, placement, and light as elements of composition. We will practice making smaller structures and a paper covering technique before constructing our piece that we will take home. Students are encouraged to think of a specific place for their work (will it hang in the window, on the wall, or mobile style). Ms. Susanj encourages participants to…

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Contemporary Art in Historic Spaces: Curator Pieranna Cavalchini

April 4 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a lecture by Curator Pieranna Cavalchini, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; one of the first historic sites to employ contemporary art in the context of historic interiors. The contemporary program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is living proof of the timelessness of art and of the electricity that runs between old and new art, and Ms. Cavalchini is considered a curator whose work in this area is always…

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$5

Birding 101 with Audubon New York

April 8 @9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman for an early spring birding event at Olana. Observe a brief PowerPoint presentation about local birds at Olana and around the Hudson Valley. Following the presentation will be a guided walk in Olana’s beautiful artist-designed landscape. Bring binoculars and wear sturdy walking shoes. No pre-registration is required.

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$5 Non-member, Free to members

Astronomy Walk with Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association

April 11 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Frederic E. Church painted Aurora Borealis (1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum) following his arctic exploration of the north Atlantic between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859.  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. We will move out to the viewing field where you will be oriented to the major features of the night sky. Members of the…

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$30/non-member, $25/member

Flower Arranging

April 18 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join horticulturist and floral designer Mary K. Hughes, head gardener for Olana’s perennial gardens, for a morning of flower arranging.  All participants will be able to enjoy creating bouquets using locally grown cut flowers, as well as learning about historical flower design and the regional history of cut flower production.  Containers will be supplied.  Please bring a pair of pruners. Pre-registration required by the April 16.

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$10/non-member, $5/member

Natural Health for your Dog with Dr. Coger

April 25 @10:00 am - 11:30 am

Does your best friend suffer from ear infections, dental disease, digestive problems, or other chronic health issues? Are you visiting your vet three, four, or even more times per year? Dr. Laurie Coger, known in the Capital region as The Wholistic Vet, will discuss the important role that appropriate diet and natural methods play in supporting dog health. She will also share a number of her natural dog health secrets. Coger has seen remarkable changes in dogs’ health by implementing…

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$20/non-member, $15/member

Armchair Travel Series: Introduction to Spanish Travel Language

April 26 @1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Feel too busy to learn a language?  Join The Language Learning Institute for an afternoon of learning practical travel conversation. Participants will learn basic elements of the language to be able to navigate their way through Spanish-speaking countries.  We will stress effective communication skills and develop an understanding of Spanish communication.  Pre-register required by April 23.

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May 2015
$30/non-member, $25/member

Armchair Travel Series: Cinco de Mayo Culinary Exploration

May 9 @1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Local chef-instructor Julie Gale who will lead a class focused on the culture of Mexico in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.    Frederic E. Church and his family spent many winters in Mexico; join us as we celebrate the culture they loved. Recipes are provided for participants and you can see the full menu at our website.  Pre-registration required by May 7.

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$5/non-member, Free/Members

Astronomy Walk with Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association

May 30 @8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Frederic E. Church painted Aurora Borealis (1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum) following his arctic exploration of the north Atlantic between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859.  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. We will move out to the viewing field where you will be oriented to the major features of the night sky. Members of the…

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June 2015
$5/person, Free/members

History of Science Series: Exploring Church’s Library and 19th Century “Evolution” Writings

June 13 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This lecture is part of an on-going series of programs that derive from Frederic E. Church’s bookshelf.  Dr. Lloyd Ackert, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University and a resident of Valatie, NY presents the first of three lectures on the Church’s understanding of the debates on evolution, concepts that relate to the origin of species, and scientific agriculture.  Upon review of Church’s book collection Dr. Ackert has discovered that Church was reading a wide range of books and…

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, $5/person, Free/members

21st Century Damsels and Dragons

June 20 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Larry Federman, Audubon NY education coordinator, 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. Pre-registration is required…

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July 2015
$70/person, $65/members

Excavating History

July 1 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join School of the Art Institute of Chicago Art professor, artist, writer, and museum educator Rebecca Keller for a daylong workshop. This workshop focuses on the idea of history, and specifically personal history, and guides participants through the process of turning personal histories into writing and artworks. This is an art-making workshop designed to help participants generate themes and ideas for both art and writing (and is productive for both professional and novice artists/writers). The session will start with learning…

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 6 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 7 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 8 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 9 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 10 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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$10

“Meet the Artists” Reception, Exhibition and Live Auction Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival

July 11 @4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come celebrate the grand finale of our three-day plein air festival! Enjoy refreshments and listen to live music as you chat with the artists who were selected to paint in the spectacular Olana landscape. View the newly completed works on exhibition. Bid up in the live auction and take home your own piece of Olana in a wonderful work of contemporary art. Help select the winner of the “Viewers’ Choice Award” to be given to one of these deserving artists.…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 13 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 14 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 15 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 16 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 17 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Build Your Own Terrarium

July 18 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants; they are often kept as ornamental decoration, like an aquarium. The first terrarium was developed by a botanist in 1842 and became a curiosity in many Victorian homes. This is such a fun project for little ones. We will provide all the materials and work on the floor, with dirt, rocks, and plants. Pre-registration is required by July 16.

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Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots

July 20 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 24, 2015

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Explore the varied natural landscape of Olana comprised of fields, forests, gardens and water habitats. Space is limited to 25. To download the registration form click here..

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Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots

July 21 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 24, 2015

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Explore the varied natural landscape of Olana comprised of fields, forests, gardens and water habitats. Space is limited to 25. To download the registration form click here..

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Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots

July 22 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 24, 2015

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Explore the varied natural landscape of Olana comprised of fields, forests, gardens and water habitats. Space is limited to 25. To download the registration form click here..

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Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots

July 23 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 24, 2015

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Explore the varied natural landscape of Olana comprised of fields, forests, gardens and water habitats. Space is limited to 25. To download the registration form click here..

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Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots

July 24 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until July 24, 2015

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Explore the varied natural landscape of Olana comprised of fields, forests, gardens and water habitats. Space is limited to 25. To download the registration form click here..

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Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles, Session 1

July 26 @2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes required. Harvesting is prohibited. Pre-registration is required by July 23. Session One: 2:00-3:00pm; Session Two: 3:30-4:30pm

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Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles, Session 2

July 26 @3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes required. Harvesting is prohibited. Pre-registration is required by July 23. Session One: 2:00-3:00pm; Session Two: 3:30-4:30pm.

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