A look at raptors, an archaeological sift and a tour of historic buildings will highlight the activities at the Croton Point Nature Center as part of the sixth annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, on the weekends of September 17 & 18 and September 24 & 25.
The Hudson River Valley Ramble features more than 150 events throughout the 10 counties of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, which extends from Westchester and Rockland to the Capital region. Over two weekends, visitors can explore the Hudson River Valley and estuary on foot and by boat through guided walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and biking experiences that highlight significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the valley.
Croton Point Park is extremely rich in human history, and evidence of the land’s former uses abounds, including old buildings and foundations from 19th-century winemaking and brick-making businesses.
Several structures used in these industries, including wine cellars and brickyard workers’ dormitories still remain in the park. And, on Saturday, September 17, curator Amie Worley will lead a tour of these buildings and point out clues to where other structures once stood. This two-hour, two-mile hike begins at the nature center at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m., join archaeologist Susan Dublin on a hike to one of the shell middens still present at the park from the days of the Kitchiwank Indians. Participants will also be able to get a feel for an archaeological dig by working in a practice dig site behind the nature center.
The second Hudson River Valley Ramble weekend at Croton Point kicks off Saturday, September 24, 1 p.m. with a half-mile hike and discussion of the raptors that fly along the Hudson flyway and can be frequently spotted at the park. Participants will meet up with Jim Eyring of the Pace University Environmental Center, who will have several of his hawks and other birds of prey on hand for demonstration.
“Ramble” back to Croton on Sunday, September 25 at 10 a.m. and help drop a huge seine net into the waters of the Hudson. Curator Worley will help you to identify the marine life that comes up in the net. Be sure to wear rubber boots or rugged sandals because your feet will get wet.
The Ramble is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and more than 100 participating organizations including Westchester County Parks. Croton Point Park is located off Route 9 in Croton, Croton Point Avenue exit.
For more information about the Ramble programs at Croton, call the Croton Point Nature Center at (914) 862-5297. General information about Westchester County Parks is available by logging on to www.westchestergov.com/parks.