OLC ‘First Saturdays’ Explore Nature, History – and More

by Chris Wood

Part of the mission of The Oblong Land Conservancy (OLC) is to promote conservation and stewardship through its educational programs. OLC’s popular First Saturday events, offered on the first Saturday of each month, include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 20, Oblong is pleased to announce a hike led by Dick Stapleton. This will be about the succession of the former Stapleton farmland with a particular focus on trees, how the property came to the National Park Service on behalf of the National Appalachian Scenic Trail, and the local history. The hike, which is cohosted by the Oblong Land Conservancy, the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, and the Naromi Land Trust, will begin at the Appalachian Trail parking area on Route 55 in Wingdale and will head southward. The hike starts at 10:00 a.m.

On Saturday, June 3, there will be a tour of Peckham Industries quarry in Patterson, one of OLC’s most popular events. Explore the bedrock underlying the Great Swamp as Gary Metcalf of Peckham takes everyone down through the quarry to the azure blue pond at the bottom of the mine.

For photography enthusiasts there is a treat in store on Saturday, July 1. Lori Adams is an experienced professional and fine art photographer. She works both on location and in the studio. As a fine artist she enjoys photographing portraits of people as well as flowers and trees. She has taught more than 100 workshops and courses from elementary school through college level and enjoys helping others achieve their photographic goals.

More details on these events are available on the Oblong website at www.oblongland.org.