Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011


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Animal House

Although many Valley residents can peek out at their back yards and view a menagerie of different species, taking a stroll through one of our local zoos provides a relaxing, educational way to spend a day outdoors with the family.

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) in Saugerties has provided refuge for nearly 2,000 abused and neglected animals over the course of a decade. The facility, which offers educational programs and tours of the site, allows you to visit the free-to-roam critters, including cows, pigs, horses, goats, geese, and more.

New this year, the CAS offers even more ways to prevent mistreatment on farms through its Compassionate Cuisine program. On-site cooking and organic gardening lessons, led by certified vegan chef Kevin Archer, are perfect for those who are considering a vegan lifestyle, but are clueless when it comes to making a tasty dish with meat- and dairy-free ingredients. Classes are $60; previous lessons have included vegan sauces, baking, breakfast dishes, and Indian dinners.

Related zoos:

Bear Mountain Zoo (Highland Falls)
This location is the temporary home to rescued wild, Valley-native critters while they’re being rehabilitated. Visit eagles, deer, foxes, a bear den, and others.

Trevor Zoo (Millbrook)
Located at the independent Millbrook School, the zoo is open to the public and features domestic animals and exotic creatures from around the world including a variety of endangered species.

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