Insider's Guide: Learning

Educational things to check out in the Valley



3 One-of-a-kind Hudson Valley Experiences

The CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA  Hyde Park. 845-452-9600; Student-guided tours. Houses 41 kitchens and bake shops, five award-winning student-staffed public restaurants, Craig Claiborne Bookstore, one of nation’s largest culinary libraries. Tours Mon. 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., Wed.-Thurs. 4 p.m. $5. Call for reservations.


HUDSON RIVER SLOOP CLEARWATER Poughkeepsie. 845-454-7673; Three-hour educational programs focus on trawling, raising sail, navigation, water chemistry, fish, plankton. Group, public sails, mid-Apr.–Oct. 31. Annual Great Hudson River Revival at Croton Point Park, June 16-17.


KINGSTON HERITAGE AREA Rondout Waterfront, 845-331-7517, and Uptown Kingston, 845-331-9506, 800-331-1518; Exhibits, self-guided walking tours. ONE MORE SENTENCE TK ABOUT THIS PLACE AND THE OLD STONE HOUSES. ONE MORE SENTENCE TK. Hours, days change seasonally; call ahead.


Animal Encounters

BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701, ext. 263 Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center. Animal exhibits, self-guided trails; history, geology, nature museums. Parking available at Bear Mountain Inn. Museum and Wildlife Center open daily, $1, $.50 ages 6-12, under 5 free. $6 parking fee.


CATSKILL ANIMAL SANCTUARY Saugerties. 845-336-8447; Spend some time with horses, ducks, and other farm animals rescued from abuse or neglect, now being raised in a safe, friendly environment. Weekly open house, special events in spring and summer, including vegetarian cooking classes. Apr. 1-Oct. 31, Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5.


GREEN CHIMNEYS Brewster. 845-279-2995, 718-892-6810; Nonprofit organization helps children, animals in need. Farm & Wildlife Center features more than 300 animals. Therapeutic riding, jumping area. Hillside Outdoor Education Center offers maple sugaring, adventure programming with ropes courses, climbing tower. Summer camps.


THE TREVOR ZOO AT MILLBROOK SCHOOL Millbrook. 845-677-3704; Over 160 animals. Indoor, outdoor exhibits; environmental education center. $5 adults, $3 children, under 3 free. Groups by appt.

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