On Saturday July 1st at 1pm, Mairead Mulhern will give a talk on Wildlife Near Home at Woodchuck Lodge. Mairead, an Environmental Educator from Mine Kill and Mac V. Shaul State Parks, will discuss local wildlife found in Upstate New York. Come take a look at various pelts, skulls, and feathers that are from local animals found in your county! This is a family friendly event. All ages welcome. Address: 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474.
“Very few species use the same material uniformly. I have seen the nest of the robin quite destitute of mud. In one instance, it was composed mainly of black horse-hairs, arranged in a circular manner, with a lining of fine yellow grass; the whole presenting quite a novel appearance. In another case, the next was chiefly constructed of a species of rock moss.”
Birds’-Nests, In The Catskills by John Burroughs
Upstate Dispatch has published a post on reading John Burroughs’ storied collection of Atlantic Monthly magazines and his Encyclopaedia Britannica. Though aging and withered, it’s an invaluable insight into the world, as it was seen by journalists, one hundred years ago.
To promote our Wild Saturday events at Woodchuck Lodge Paul Misko will be appearing on WIOX Radio tomorrow, Monday morning June 12th. The show is broadcast for an hour from 9am to 10am on Monday. Tune in at 9am to hear J.N. Urbanski’s interview with Paul.
Paul will be speaking at Woodchuck Lodge on August 5th at 1pm about Observational Hiking, something that John Burroughs encouraged whenever outdoors. He is founder of The Catskills 4000 Club and gives talks and writes articles on Catskill history, John Burroughs, and hiking. Paul provides a multi-media presentation of his hiking discoveries enhanced by his relevant anecdotes.
The Lodge is now open for the summer season! Tours of the Lodge are offered the first weekend of every month, May through October, Saturday and Sunday, 11-3pm. Click here to find a map of our location.
Reservations are not needed. Group tours on other dates are provided upon request with at least one month’s notice.
Please note: The Lodge is not wheelchair accessible.
Admission is free; donations towards the ongoing restoration of the house are warmly received.
After your tour, be sure to spend some time at John Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site a pleasant walk (or a short drive) up the road. An outdoor exhibit recounts highlights of Burroughs’ life and work. A marked path takes you to his burial place where you can sit on a rustic bench, or on the stone wall surrounding his grave, to drink in the wonderful view and savor the silence. John spent much time here in his youth, day-dreaming atop a boulder deposited by a glacier eons ago. Known as Boyhood Rock, it now marks his resting place, visited by pilgrims from all over the world.
Saturday May 6, 2017: Fungi Of The Catskills
This Saturday, John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi and President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, discusses the ecological functions of fungi, common edibles and medicinal mushrooms in the Catskills, as well as historic uses of fungi and present day research and innovations. Learn to easily grow mushrooms indoors or in your garden as companions to your plants this season. Find out more at CatskillFungi.com. This event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474.
“The wise human eye loves modesty and humility; loves plain, simple structures; loves the unpainted barn that took no thought of itself, or the dwelling that looks inward and not outward; it is offended when the farm buildings get above their business and aspire to be something on their own account, suggesting, not cattle and crops and plain living, but the vanities of the town and the pride of dress and equipage.”
Phases of Farm Life, In the Catskills John Burroughs
To promote our Wild Saturday events at Woodchuck Lodge John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi and Mairead Mulhern, Environmental Educator at Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Parks will be appearing on WIOX Radio on Monday morning May 1st. They will be the second and third guests on “The Economy Of” with J.N. Urbanski. The show is broadcast for an hour from 9am to 10am on Monday, but to hear only our Woodchuck Lodge guests, tune in at about 9.20am.
On April 22, 2017, trustees of the Board of Woodchuck Lodge will prepare the lodge for opening to the public beginning with a clean-up at 10am. Docent training will begin at noon. If anybody is interested in becoming a docent, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Woodchuck Lodge’s brand new website. Stay tuned on the blog for the latest happenings in and around John Burroughs’ home and gravesite, a property that is conserved by a non-profit organization of the same name, devoted to preserving the lodge, headed by Bill Birns, a local Catskills historian.
The lodge opens to the public on May 5th with the first of our Wild Saturdays!