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 Second Annual John Burroughs Lecture is coming up! On Saturday April 11 at 2 PM, Dr. Michael Kudish will present a slide-lecture, "John Burroughs and the Catskill Forest: A Contemporary Botanist Looks Back” at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville,
John Burroughs' essays and journals provide some of the only existing recorded observations of the 19th-century Catskill forest. While not a scientist, Burroughs' observant eye and precise pen have proven valuable to today’s science.
Dr. Michael Kudish is the world’s leading authority on the Catskill forest, a botanist and dendrologist (tree scientist) dedicated to ongoing daily research and study of the Catskill forest.
The lecture is free. If you haven't joined us as Charter Member, the program affords an excellent opportunity to become a supporter of Woodchuck Lodge.
Please plan to visit us this year, when the Lodge will again be open for free tours the first weekend of the month from May through October. Go to the Events page to see the Wild Saturday programs that have been scheduled for 2015; something for every member of the family!
Special tours can be arranged for groups. Call President Bill Birns, 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 something new to see. . .
Thanks to Brett Barry for the audio, and to Fred Margulies for syncing the amateur video with the professionally recorded sound.