CHATHAM — The Columbia Land Conservancy and several partners are celebrating the season with a free downloadable guide for children and families – The Everyday Explorer’s Guide.

The Guide is jam-packed with a variety of activities centering around three themes: Have a Heart, Make Some Art, and Do Your Part. No special supplies or materials are needed for the activities.

“One of my favorite activities in the guide is Nature Critters,” says Jenifer Rosete, Conservation Education Associate. “It’s incredible what your imagination can turn a few acorn caps and pine needles into.”

“I love the Everyday Explorer’s Guide because it’s a great way to find out more about the other organizations doing great work in Columbia County,” says Heidi Bock, Conservation Education Manager.

The Guide features 17 activities, including Bird Window Decals, Trail Mix Recipe, Sit Spot, and How to Prepare for a Hike.

To download your copy of the guide, visit

Activities were sponsored by Alan Devoe Bird Club, Art Omi, Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School, Friends of Hudson Youth, Friends of Oakdale Lake, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Hawthorne Valley Farm & Arts Camp, Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, HHS Environmental Club, Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Perfect Ten, PS21, The Olana Partnership, and Youth Clubhouses.

This project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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