Farmscape Ecology Program Hosts 3 Summer Field Days

GHENT – The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program invites the public to Summer Field Days at the Creekhouse (1075 Harlemville Road, Ghent NY) on July 2, July 23, and August 20 from noon to 4pm.

Summer Field Days will feature butterfly house and native plant garden tours, a native plant nursery, and a variety of pop-up displays and hands-on activities for all ages, such as mammal skull and insect identification, an historical weather station display, and a 3D diorama of the Columbia County landscape with projected stories. Visit the Farmscape Ecology Program website ( for updated descriptions of the activities being offered before each event.

In its third summer, the butterfly house provides a unique opportunity to interact closely with local butterflies that are captured from the surrounding farm just before each Summer Field Day and then released back into the wild immediately afterwards. The Butterfly House is also planted with native plants that serve as food for butterflies and their caterpillars (sometimes caterpillars and cocoons are also present in the butterfly house).

The native plant garden serves as an example of an informal, low-maintenance, nature-friendly backyard. It is home to more than 100 native plant species (many of them labeled) and the plants currently in bloom are featured at the information kiosk. A selection of potted plants grown from locally collected seeds will also be available. The garden, including a boardwalk along the stream leading to a small woodland loop, serves as a learning tool, an inspiration, and a peaceful place to enjoy.

Summer Field Days will be staffed by the Farmscape Ecology Program’s research scientists and interns, and is also an opportunity to learn more about their ongoing exploration of the ecological and cultural landscape of Columbia County, NY and the surrounding area as well as bring your natural history questions.

All events are free, and no registration is required. There is limited onsite parking, but the Creekhouse is an easy walk from the Hawthorne Valley School parking lot.

About Hawthorne Valley

Hawthorne Valley is a place to rediscover one’s connection to nature, to how the food that we eat every day is produced, and to ourselves as participants in a dynamic social and natural ecosystem. Through the active production of food, educational programs for children and adults, ongoing social and scientific research, and the cultivation of a vibrant artistic community, we pursue a modern way of living embedded deeply in the natural world and emphasizing the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Our integrated learning campus sits within a 900-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic® farm in Ghent, NY, in the Hudson Valley’s scenic Columbia County. Organized since 1971 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our initiatives include: an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; an organic/Biodynamic creamery, an organic bakery, and a fermented products line; a 300-plus member organic/Biodynamic CSA; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more.

Our work is based on genuine human relationships, wonder and love of nature, and continued commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in a social context.

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