Summer at the Farmscape Ecology Program 2023

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There is a lot going on at the Farmscape Ecology Program this summer, and we hope you can join us for one or more of our summer events.

On July 15th, we welcome visitors to the Creekhouse for a free, all-day Butterfly and Garden Open House featuring brief tours of the locally-stocked Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden, a butterfly-themed StoryWalk for children, and two in-depth workshops: Gardening with Native Plants (10am-Noon) and Exploring Columbia County Butterflies (1pm-3pm). Click here for more details and how to register for the workshops.

Meanwhile, the StoryWalk from our last Open House, The Bug Girl, will stay up at the Creekhouse through July 10th. Park at the Creekhouse (1075 Harlemville Road, Ghent) and begin the StoryWalk at the kiosk.

Interested in mushrooms? Botany technician Josie Laing will be leading our first ever Mushroom Walk on July 19th in Harlemville (though adjustments may be needed if the conditions then are not suitable for mushrooms). Click here for more details and how to register for the walk.

Farmscape Ecology Program biologists will lead a Meadow Walk on July 30th on 80 acres of private land in Gallatin will explore native plants and pollinators, featuring a three-acre field that forms part of Partners for Climate Action's at-risk pollinator habitat restoration program, Pollinate Now! This walk is being hosted by the Partners for Climate Action and you can click here for more details on the walk and how to register.

A World of Wonder Open House on Saturday, August 26th will celebrate 20 years of the Farmscape Ecology Program with a variety of “Wonder Stations” highlighting new ways to experience and appreciate the wonders of the natural world through different senses and perspectives. We’ll also have tours of our locally-stocked Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden, and a new butterfly-themed StoryWalk for children.

New events are likely to be added throughout the summer, so if you would like to ensure you have all the latest Farmscape Ecology Program news and events, please sign up for our email list; news and event emails are sent before the beginning of each month.