Environmentalists on OLANA

During this program, regional environmentalists and ecological stewards will lead walking tours of Olana, engaging participants in the work of their organizations and providing new insights into Olana’s 250-acres. By connecting their expertise with Olana’s physical landscape, each visiting environmentalist will provide a deeper understanding of Olana as not only an artist-designed landscape, but a resource for immersive explorations in our environment and appreciation of the natural world.

This program is designed in conjunction with Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, a joint exhibition created by Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

$15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information, please contact education@olana.org.

How the Arts Impact Our Landscapes Through the Lens of Basilica Hudson

  • July 31, 1:00-2:00pm

During this hour-long walking tour, learn more about Olana through Basilica Hudson’s vision as an organization devoted to art and environmentalism. Melissa Auf Der Maur, Co-Founder and Director, will lead this tour, exploring Olana while considering the vital role artists and art organizations can play in environmental advocacy and action.

Exploring Meadow Plants and Insects with the Farmscape Ecology Program

  • August 28, 1:00-2:00pm

Claudia Knab-Vispo and Conrad Vispo from Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program will lead this program, exploring Olana through the lens of meadow plants and their insect visitors. The Farmscape Ecology Program was founded as a small research and outreach program dedicated to encouraging an informed compassion for place by exploring the relationship between human culture and the rural, semi-agricultural landscape of Columbia County.

The History of Our Forested Landscape with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties

  • September 18, 1:00-2:00pm

Tracey Testo, program coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, will lead this program, exploring Olana through the lens of agroforestry and examining the history of our forested landscape. The Cornell Cooperative Extension supports ecological sustainability and social well-being in New York State by putting knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being.

Exploring Historic and Modern Threats to the Hudson River with Riverkeeper

  • October 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm

Join Riverkeeper’s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jen Benson for a walking tour of Olana’s artist-designed landscape to learn the history of both the Hudson River, explore historical and current threats to the Hudson River, and learn about Riverkeeper’s efforts to advocate for fishable and swimmable waters. Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguard drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law.

Generous support for this program provided by Art Bridges.