CORNWALL –The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be hosting a variety of Fall programming and events, all with Covid-19 precautions in place at both of its locations, the Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) located at 120 Muser Drive (off Angola Rd.) in Cornwall, and the Wildlife Education Center (WEC) at 25 Boulevard, Cornwall, on Hudson.
In addition, the “Run Wild! 2020 Meadows & Trails virtual 5K” can be completed anywhere in the world. Running through Oct. 31, you can participate in the “Run Wild 5K” in your neighborhood, at a local park, or even on a treadmill. Participants are also welcome to use the Nature Museum’s Meadows and Trails official course, at the Outdoor Discovery Center on Saturdays and Sundays in October through Oct. 25. (Important note: The hiking trails and grounds are closed Mon.-Fri. from 8-4 p.m.) All proceeds from this event benefit the Nature Museum’s Education Programs and Animal Ambassadors. Registration fee Oct. 1-31, $40. Visit hhnm.org/2020-run-wild-5k for more information and to register.
Join Environmental Educator Carl Heitmuller for a brand-new series of guided nature walks, “Sunday Strolls!” Each stroll begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour at the Outdoor Discovery Center (entrance on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall). Join in on Oct. 18 for “Acorns to Oaks,” Oct. 25 for Scavenger Hunting, Nov. 15 for “Bear Necessities,” Nov. 22 for “Turkey Tales,” and Nov. 29 for “Bird Feeding 101.”
Admission and registration per session: Museum Members, adults $8; children (age 12 and under) $6. Not-yet- Members, adults $10; children (age 12 and under) $8. Pre-registration is required. Call 534-5506 to reserve your space (Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Groups are limited to 20 people. Visit hhnm.org for details.
With the spectacular Fall foliage, now is a great time for family and holiday card photos. Two days of Fall Mini Sessions will be offered on Oct. 18 and Oct. 24 with 20-minute sessions available every half hour from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center.
This unique opportunity allows you to have professional photos taken by seasoned local photographer Rick Lash, with the stunning backdrop of the Outdoor Discovery Center in full autumn splendor. Receive 8-10 edited digital images along with a photo print release. Sorry, no pets are allowed on the property! This fundraiser will directly support Nature Education programs and Animal Ambassadors at HHNM. Pre-registration is required. $200 for the 20-minute session. Reserve at hhnm.org
This year’s “I SPY Halloween Nature Trail” on Oct. 31 at the Outdoor Discovery Center is a self-guided activity that is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween with COVID-19 precautions in place.
The Nature Museum needs help to lift the curse on Kenridge Farm! Head into the “Fairy Tale Forest” where your favorite storybook characters live, and keep a sharp eye out to see if they have the ingredients needed to help reverse the curse. Find them all and a treat will be waiting upon your return. Costumes are encouraged! Register for a time to begin your I SPY trail, offered every half hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All tickets are $10 (children under age 2 are admitted for free).
Also available throughout the season are weekend hours in Grasshopper Grove (available by registration) and the hiking trails at both locations, open after 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and dawn to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays.
Keep an eye out on hhnm.org or on the Museum’s Facebook page for dates of Pop-up Meet the Animals at the Wildlife Education Center.
Visit hhnm.org for more details and registration information for all programming.
For all onsite programs and events, masks and social distancing are required at all times (except when having your portraits taken during the Fall Mini Sessions.) Restrooms will only be available during I SPY but closed otherwise. Be respectful of staff, volunteers, other visitors, and nature.