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Hiking and exploring forests are all in a day’s work for environmental artist Kathleen Vance. She visits the trees regularly...

A Fresh Showcase for Black History and Culture in the Catskills

Along Broadway in Monticello, the Sullivan County seat, an old...

The Top 10 Favorite Viewfinder Stories of 2023

Viewfinder’s 50-plus stories per year go deep into how people...

RecoveryHike

Nature has the power to help heal. Few understand that...
A person outdoors riding an apple-pressing bike.

Have a Blast Making Cider and Applesauce At Home

The apple is a Hudson Valley icon, a fruit so entwined with the region’s history...

Painting Outdoors to Keep a Historic Hudson Valley Tradition Alive

In 1825, artist Thomas Cole journeyed up the Hudson to capture the magnificence of the...

Malcolm X Park Hosts New Moments of Joy

Malcolm X said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” A unique...

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RecoveryHike

Nature has the power to help heal. Few understand that more fully than Bryan Clog, founder of RecoveryHike. Clog regularly...

The Body Liberation Hiking Club

Hiking is a beloved pastime for so many, offering a chance to escape the hustle of daily life, get some...

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Environmental Artist Kathleen Vance Goes Deep on Forest and River

Hiking and exploring forests are all in a day’s work for environmental artist Kathleen Vance. She visits the trees regularly...

Painting Outdoors to Keep a Historic Hudson Valley Tradition Alive

In 1825, artist Thomas Cole journeyed up the Hudson to capture the magnificence of the Catskills en plein air. This...

Textile Artist Victoria van der Laan Follows Threads to Zero-Waste Art

In the world of visual arts, painting, sculpture, video, and photography often dominate the narrative. Yet there are other forms...

An Artist-Scientist Observes a Changing Climate

Artist and scientist Hara Woltz believes that art is key to bearing witness to climate change in the Hudson Valley...

Wood Artist Reclaims Regional Trees

Megan Offner was surrounded by forests in her early life in Montana — yet the forests of the Hudson Valley...

Revealing Storm King’s Beauty: Unsung Painter Brings Mountain’s Majesty to Light

Storm King Mountain was a popular subject for Thomas Cole and other artists associated with the 19th-century Hudson River School of painting....

Artist Matthew Friday Considers Water, Waste

Not many artists think deeply about ecology and water, but artist-writer-educator Matthew Friday has done exactly that in multidisciplinary works...

Artist Arnie Zimmerman Worked With Valley’s Bricks and Clay

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Hudson Valley was the largest brickmaking district on the planet. Its metrics were...

Artist Jean Shin Reimagines Fallen Trees

Frederic Church and his fellow painters of the Hudson River School saw nature in a beautiful, romantic light. Contemporary artists...

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Malcolm X Park Hosts New Moments of Joy

Malcolm X said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” A unique partnership responsible for the revitalization...

Seeding Poughkeepsie’s Healthy Future at Pershing Farm

“I used to walk by this park all the time and never thought there would be a farm here.” That’s...

Celebrate Good Times! Sojourner Truth State Park Opens with Community Earth Day Event

A Community Earth Day get-together was a fitting way to celebrate the opening of Sojourner Truth State Park, located on...

Celebrating Pershing Avenue Farm’s First Harvest

Residents of Poughkeepsie’s Northside neighborhood turned out in force to enjoy a Harvest Fest at the Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm +...

Newburgh Street-Tree Planting Aims to Restore the City’s Healthy, Shady Canopy

In May, the residents of South Miller Street in Newburgh gathered to plant, to care for — and really, to...

Creating a New Community Resource in Poughkeepsie

Deepening our roots in the City of Poughkeepsie — and building upon our commitment to be an active partner in...
Kingston waterfront, aerial view of AVR (photo by Pierce Johnston)

Kingston Transformation

More than 500 acres of forested and former industrial lands along the Hudson River will begin to heal from decades...

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Kim Mathews, West Point Foundry Preserve Landscape

When West Point Foundry Preserve reopened in 2013, after a 16-month construction project and years of planning, the new “historical park” became...

Barry Medenbach, Suspension Bridge at Black Creek Preserve

“You could have just put a couple of big beams in there,” Barry Medenbach says about options for crossing the water at...

David Souers, Overlook Pavilion

The Hudson Valley has lots of iconic scenes, from the river and mountains to man-made creations that show up in...

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Hudson Valley Viewfinder is a collaborative, community digital magazine sharing what inspires us about the beautiful Hudson Valley. We publish original stories and multimedia content about all things sustainable in the region along the Hudson River — including agriculture, science, wildlife, outdoor recreation, green transportation, environmental justice, and more.

Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

Keep up with the latest stories by subscribing to Scenic Hudson’s monthly digital newsletter, and connect with us on social via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Threads.

Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

Keep up with the latest stories by subscribing to Scenic Hudson’s monthly digital newsletter, and connect with us on social via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Threads.

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

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