Call for Artistic Proposals

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John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge is seeking a Delaware County sculptor or stone artist willing to work on site at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury directing an creating a three-dimensional, weather-resistant work of art, that is in the spirit of John Burroughs, naturalist and philosopher of simplicity.

Stipend is $2500 contingent upon receiving grant.

Please send proposal to Patti Rudge at rudgepatricia@gmail.com.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Final Wild Saturday takes place on October 5th, 2019 at 1pm “Exploring the Natural World” with Justin Wexler

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On Saturday October 5th, 2019 at 1pm, join us for a leisurely walk with Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley, who grew up exploring the eastern Catskills and reading John Burroughs. He is an ethnoecologist, studying the relationship between local native peoples and their lands. Join us for this nature walk to explore the natural world as understood by the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. Topics range from folklore related, to the autumn songbird migration, to the medicinal and edible properties of various fruits, fall hunting tactics and more.

This free event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. For more information or images visit www.jbwoodchucklodge.org.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. This will be the last Wild Saturday program of the 2019 season. 

On the first weekend of every month, May until October, Woodchuck Lodge is open to the public from 11am to 3pm with docents to guide visitors. For the last time in 2019, Woodchuck Lodge will be open to the public on October 5th & 6th, 2019. 

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge thanks the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for their Public Education Grant Funding, which supports our Wild Saturday programming, the collaborative goal of heightening our awareness as Catskill Mountain stewards, global neighbors and dear friends to John Burroughs’ legacy.

John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturday Program Continues with “American Ginseng: Historical Roots” on Saturday September 7th, 2019 at 1pm with Anna Plattner

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American Ginseng is a small, native plant growing in the deep woods of the Catskills. Many don’t realize that ginseng had a special role in American history. Join Anna Plattner of American Ginseng Pharm to learn all about the history of this unique plant, from its home in our forests to the early trade of the 18th century and, ultimately, to its cultivation today.

This free event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474on Saturday September 7th 2019 at 1pm. For more information or images visit www.jbwoodchucklodge.org.

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge thanks the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for their Public Education Grant Funding, which supports our Wild Saturday programming, the collaborative goal of heightening our awareness as Catskill Mountain stewards, global neighbors and dear friends to John Burroughs’ legacy.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The Wild Saturday program will continue until October. On the first Saturday of every month at 1pm, one guest speaker will give a talk on our local, natural world, providing local fun and interest at Woodchuck Lodge, John Burroughs’ former home in Roxbury.

John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturday Program Continues with “Drawing Attention to Nature” on Saturday August 3rd, 2019 with Barbara Bash

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Barbara Bash is an artist and author. She draws on large sheets of paper and speaks about her illustrated journaling of the natural world, exploring what calls our attention and brings us onto the sketchbook page. Bats and birds, trees and sky are all ready to engage. She will speak on Saturday August 3rd, 2019 at 1pm at Woodchuck Lodge. Her book, “True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude”, will be available.

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John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturday Program Continues with Annie Mardiney’s Wildly Popular Face-To-Face With Raptors on Saturday July 6th, 2019

On Saturday July 6th, 2019 at 1pm, come meet a peregrine falcon, screech owls, a red-tail hawk and a threatened barn owl and kestrel, some of the many raptors that live in our woods and mountains with our speaker Annie Mardiney. Annie is a state and federally permitted wild bird rehabilitator with many stories to share of rescues, releases, and actions you can take to ensure the survival of these awesome birds.

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge thanks the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for their Public Education Grant Funding, which supports our Wild Saturday programming, the collaborative goal of heightening our awareness as Catskill Mountain stewards, global neighbors and dear friends to John Burroughs’ legacy.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The Wild Saturday program will continue until October. On the first Saturday of every month at 1pm, one guest speaker will give a talk on our local, natural world, providing local fun and interest at Woodchuck Lodge, John Burroughs’ former home in Roxbury.

This free event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. For more information or images visit www.jbwoodchucklodge.org.

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Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday on Friday May 31st & Saturday June 1st, 2019

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John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge had a very successful Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration weekend with about 30 people showing up to attend the Friday night (May 31st) serial reading of “Song of Myself” at Union Grove Distillery (pictured above).

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30 people also attended the reading by Professor Jim Warren at Woodchuck Lodge the next morning, June 1st. This talk was Walt Whitman themed, but part of our Wild Saturday program. Jim spoke on “The Nature of Two Writers” a talk about John Burroughs and Walt Whitman.

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Wild Saturday Program Begins at Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, NY on May 4th, 2019 with Leslie T. Sharpe

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John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge’s wildly popular Wild Saturday Program begins on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 1pm.

Naturalist Leslie T. Sharpe discusses her award-winning book, The Quarry Fox and Other Wild Critters of the Wild Catskills. The book is the first in-depth study of Catskills wildlife since John Burroughs was writing in the 19th Century. All visitors, including children, will be invited to share their wildlife stories.

This event is free and takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. All are welcome.

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Event: Earth Day, April 22nd, 2019

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A second Earth Day event at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge: on Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 1pm.

Former DEC ranger, Patti Rudge, of Oliveria, will show participants how to attract nesting bluebirds in specially constructed bluebird boxes. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a nesting box to attract a nesting pair to their own property. 

Celebrate Earth Day with the great naturalist and Catskill Mountain native, John Burroughs (1837-1921), John O’Birds, as he was known during his lifetime.

Allen Nichols of the American Chestnut Restoration Program at the Catskill Center, Arkville on April 13th, 2019 at 1pm

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Allen Nichols of the American Chestnut Restoration Program spoke to a gathering of 20 people at the Catskill Center, April 13th, 2019 at 1pm in Arkville, NY 12455. 

According to the foundation: “More than a century ago, nearly 4 billion American chestnut trees were growing in the eastern U.S. They were among the largest, tallest, and fastest-growing trees. The wood was rot-resistant, straight-grained, and suitable for furniture, fencing, and building. The nuts fed billions of birds and animals. It was almost a perfect tree, that is, until a blight fungus killed it more than a century ago. The chestnut blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world’s forests in all of history.”

The AC Foundation is committed to “restoring the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. Unlike other environmental organizations, TACF’s mission is not about preventing environmental loss or preserving what we already have. The concept of our mission is much bolder and more powerful. It’s about restoration of an entire ecosystem and making our world a much better place than we found it.”