Programs + Events

Planting with Pollinators in Mind: A Guided Walk through Olana’s Legacy Landscape A Digging Deeper Program with the Garden Conservancy

  • Saturday, May 25 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

 Over the course of forty years, the artist Frederic Church worked to create, build, and design Olana’s 250-acre landscape. With over 5 miles of carriage roads, scenic views, a man-made lake, and native plantings, the site is both a living landscape painting and a vibrant and diverse ecosystem for native pollinators. Join The Olana Partnership, master gardener and environmental educator Nordica Holochuck, and beekeeper Chris Layman from Fox Farm Apiary for a special walk and workshop to learn more about how to create pathways for pollinators in your own garden inspired by the legacy of Church’s garden design at Olana.  

Nordica Holochuck is an interpretive guide who has led landscape and historic house tours at Olana since 2022. She is a master gardener volunteer with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ulster County community horticulture education program.   

Chris Layman is a Cornell Master Beekeeper/ Local ecology educator from Hannacroix NY. Chris and his wife Lisa own Fox Farm Apiary and manage 35 apiaries in NYS.

Advanced registration required. $30 for members, $40 for non-members. For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

Bridges to Parks – Hudson River Skywalk 5th Anniversary

  • Saturday, June 1 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Join the New York State Bridge Authority, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership for Bridges to Parks, a day of celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Hudson River Skywalk.  To learn more visit,

Artmaking in the Afternoon

  • Saturday, June 1 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Inspired by your time at Olana? Join The Olana Partnership educators for hands-on artmaking using professional materials and a series of prompts to get your creativity flowing.


Drop-in program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center

Painting from a Photo Memory with Angela Gaffney-Smith

  • Saturday, June 15th, 1:00-4:00PM

Memories of people and places can be sharp and edgy, filled with colorful crisp edges or dreamlike, floating soft and hazy in our minds. Explore this connection just as Frederic Church did by painting from memory. Participants will sketch from a photo or their recollections using watercolor to capture the feeling and color of memories. This three-hour workshop will include demonstration and discussion.

This program is offered in collaboration with Woodstock School of Art on occasion of the exhibition Afterglow: Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory. To learn more, visit

$74 per student. Materials not included. Questions, reach out to


  • Thursday, June 20 |10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Olana’s Free Community Day at Olana State Historic Site, the Third Thursday of every month, organized by The Olana Partnership.

Dia Comunitario Gratuito al Sitio Estatal Histórico Olana cada tercer jueves del mes, organizado por La Asociación Olana.

Third Thursday: Bollywood Dancing Workshop and Performance 

  • Thursday, June 20 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Explore Bollywood dancing during a free class and performance with instructor, Arobi! Learn moves to trendy and iconic Bollywood songs during this fun, beginner-friendly outdoor class at Olana and stick around for a special performance on the East Lawn. For ages 12 and up; space is limited. Email to learn more.  

Tunes with a View - Trio Candela

  • Thursday, June 20 | 6:00-7:00pm 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with live music outdoors at Olana. Listen to Trio Candela perform lively traditional, folkloric Latin music from the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Performance will take place outdoors near the Main House; check in at Olana’s Visitor Center for more information day-of.

Create and Cook: Family Cooking & Art Workshop

  • Saturday, June 22 | 11:00am-1:00pm

Explore your creativity in the kitchen and art studio during this program led by The Sylvia Center Chefs and The Olana Partnership educators! In this program, families will cook a delicious, farm-fresh lunch inspired by Olana State Historic Site’s landscape and history. An art workshop will follow where families can create their own work of art and learn more about Frederic Church, the artist that designed Olana.  Try new foods, and test new art materials, together in this FREE family program!

In this class, we will make a Vietnamese rice noodle salad and explore new plants and textures in OLANA’s lake ecosystem with tempera paint.

For families with children 18 and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). This is the first in a series of three classes – register for one or all three! This program is FREE (suggested donation $12). Registration includes all art-making supplies and a free lunch for each participant.

Advance registration required. For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

The Olana Partnership programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.