Lower Hudson Teacherhostel™ The Cold Spring Experience

Date: July 14, 2008

Location: Cold Spring and vicinity
Contact Hours: 9
Cost: $95
Cutoff Date: June 14
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Experience the ecology and history of the Cold Spring, New York, area. Participants will canoe the marshes of Constitution Island and go seining in the Hudson River at Little Stony Point in accordance with the flow of the tides. The history of the region encompasses the American Revolution including a Tory presence, manufacturing weaponry for 19th century wars, the home of a 19th-century book-writing powerhouse, archaeology excavations to uncover this past, and a village seeking to maintain its identity in a world of globalization, box stores and the internet.

8:30 Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Canoe the marsh in the morning when the tide permits and observe the flora and fauna struggling to survive amidst environmental change. Step back in time and imagine what the river life was long before people first began to settle here.

10:15 Boscobel: Tour the house and gardens by the river of a former Loyalist

12:15   Lunch: Meet with the education curator and review the Boscobel curriculum materials

1:30 “The Tories of the Hudson Valley: A British Perspective,” Ray Raymond, SUNY, USMA

2:30     Foundry School Museum: The West Point Foundry originated as a canon manufacturer for the American army and later aided the Union Army during the Civil War. An archaeology excavation is uncovering the material remains of this important part of American history and the artifacts are on display in the Museum. Meet with the education curator and review Foundry curriculum materials.

3:30 Seining, Little Stony Point

4:30 Constitution Island: Tour the American Revolution site that provided one end for the chain across the Hudson River to West Point. Tour the Victorian era home of authors Susan and Anna Warner, popular writers of the 19th century.

This program can be combined with other IHARE programs for teachers who need additional professional development hours before submission to the school district.

For further information contact IHARE at 914-939-9071 or email us at: contact@ihare.org