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"The Midwinter Hunt: Bears, Stars, and Snow," a nature walk with Justin Wexler

  • DuBois Fort Visitor Center 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz, NY 12561 (map)

The first in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. 

Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore.


Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, February 16.


 General Admission $20

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10)

OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total)

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.