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Thu 18 Apr
Plant Paints Watercolor Workshop
Thursday, April 18, 2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join artist Ellie Irons for a hands-on workshop painting with watercolor paints made from locally-sourced wild and weedy plants. This drop-in program focuses on making pigment from the plants who live on the shores of the Mahicannituck/Hudson River. Participants of all ages can watch paint-making demos on the hour and experiment with painting from plant-made pigments. Postcards will be available to paint and takeaway, and Ellie's book, Feral Hues, will be available for purchase. LEARN MORE.
Thu 18 Apr
Forest Ecology Walk at Olana
Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Learn how land use has transformed Hudson Valley landscapes as you explore Olana's forests with Dr. Charles Canham from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Learn more about forest history and discover over 250 years of land use patterns that have transformed the Hudson Valley landscapes artists like Frederic Church admired. FREE; meets at the Wagon House Education Center in the historic farm complex. LEARN MORE.
Sat 20 Apr
Artmaking in the Afternoon
Saturday, April 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
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.
Sat 04 May
I Love My Parks Day
Saturday, May 4, 2024 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join us for a day of stewardship and service at Olana State Historic Site and help make sure Frederic Church's artist-designed landscape is ready for another great season! This state-wide event brings together OLANA Volunteers, The Olana Partnership's Staff, and our New York State Parks Team to help get our public lands and Frederic Church's vision ready for the Spring. 1:30-2:30pm – FREE Special Tours: Kick off your day with optional free tours about Olana's history or how New York State's stewardship team manages invasive plants. Questions email: 2:30-4:00pm - Volunteer Activities Led by Olana Staff: Join fellow volunteers to get Olana State Historic Site ready for the spring season. Sign up for activities by emailing Park Cleanup & trash removal, Removing Invasives, Planting Flowers at Cosy Cottage, Indoor Classroom Cleanup at the Wagon House Clean-up.