In a society where technologies are becoming more and more ingrained into daily life, it can be hard sometimes to step back and step out into nature. However, there are undoubtedly therapeutic benefits to reconnecting with nature. Whether this takes place in the form of a hike or interactions with animals, there are many rewarding ways to spend time in nature.
A great way to immerse yourself in nature while learning more about it is to take a trip to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum! This unique museum in the Hudson Valley is an excellent choice for enjoying the beauty of nature while supporting an organization dedicated to environmental education.
What is the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum?
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is dedicated to providing nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley with the aim of creating “responsible caretakers of our environment.” This is achieved through a combination of programs that include living collections of native animals, natural habitats, and trails.
There are two locations that further the museum’s goal: the Outdoor Discovery Center and the Wildlife Education Center. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast of any caliber, this Hudson Valley nature museum should be on your list of places to visit while in the area!
The Outdoor Discovery Center
The Outdoor Discovery Center is a preserve crisscrossed with short nature trails that lend a front-row seat to catching glimpses of local wildlife like birds, frogs, and other animals. The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission to them is completely free! There’s also a Visitors Center & Nature Shop as well as a Grasshopper Grove at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center.
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum has periodic weekend nature programs that focus on special topics, ranging anywhere from predators of the animal kingdom to learning how to identify animal tracks. These typically take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center.
The Wildlife Education Center
You’ll find all kinds of animals native to the local woods, fields, ponds, and rivers at the Wildlife Education Center! This includes rabbits, turtles, frogs, toads, fish, snakes, and salamanders, as well as birds like a tiny screech owl, majestic great horned owl, and crow named Edgar (a crowd favorite!).
In addition to the animals you’ll see at the Wildlife Education Center, there are ongoing programs and exhibits. If you visit on a Saturday or a Sunday, try to swing by at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. so you can meet the animals! Changing exhibits are designed to be interactive and engaging, so no matter your age, you’re sure to have fun.
Other Museums in the Hudson Valley
If your visit to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum inspires you to continue learning more about the region, there are several other museums you can explore. Check out the list below, and for even more suggestions, download our free Hudson Valley Travel Guide!
- Hudson River Maritime Museum
- FDR Presidential Library and Museum
- Motorcyclepedia Museum
- Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Stay in Gorgeous Surroundings
Return after an afternoon of enjoying nature to a peaceful oasis. Saint Hubert’s Lodge is nestled on 165 serene acres. Our property features many places for you to continue relaxing in a natural setting. From our onsite apple and pear orchard to our ponds and walking trails, you could spend a whole day amongst the tranquility of the natural world. Bring a book with you and relax by the shore of a lake, or take a canoe out and drop a line.
We also feature a championship sporting clays course that provides a challenge for advanced players as well as a fantastic experience for beginners. The fully automated Promatics designed facility winds through our scenic woods and orchards, supplying you with the opportunity to practice in beautiful surroundings.
Our lodge combines rustic comfort with casual elegance to create the perfect retreat for your stay in the Hudson Valley. Soft beds, sumptuous linens, and warm tones of wood and crackling fireplaces invite you to unwind in your lodgings. All of our accommodations feature private bathrooms—one even has a clawfoot tub, and another has its own fireplace.
Be sure to take a look at all of our lodgings before you book your stay in the Hudson Valley!