Welcome to Woodchuck Lodge
“These hills fathered and mothered me. I am blood of their blood and bone of their bone, and why should I not go back to them in my last years?”
John Burroughs, Literary Naturalist, 1910
The final Wild Saturday program of the 2014 season will be held Sat., Oct. 4 when environmental educator John McDaniel will lead a FREE nature walk for families. Meet at the Lodge at 1 p.m., and then proceed to the Manhattan Country School Farm ( a short drive away), where John is the program director. Field, forest and stream provide lots of territory for exploring the wonders of the natural world!
Come early, or return after the walk to take a tour of the Lodge. Be sure to visit Burroughs Memorial Field just up the road for some quiet reflection in the blue hills of Burroughs' boyhood.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, John returns to the Lodge to make fresh cider with a hand-operated apple press. Don't miss this tasty conclusion to the season on the final day of tours for this year.
Special tours can be arranged for groups, however. Call President Bill Birns to make arrangements: 845-254-6025.
Here's a sample of what 65 folks enjoyed on a stellar June afternoon in the Catskills-Click on the full screen icon!
This is "The Walk," written by John Jacobson (fiddler on the tune), inspired by John Burroughs' advice that the walk you take today, should be the walk you took yesterday, and the one you take tomorrow, as nature is ever changing, and there is always somethig new to see. . .
Thanks to Brett Barry for the audio, and to Fred Margulies for syncing the amateur video with the professionally recorded sound.