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Land + Air + Water

When Europeans first stepped onto the Northeastern shores of what is now known as North America, the enormity of the...

Capturing Winter’s Beauty by Camera Lens

The Hudson Valley is a photographer’s playground, from the weathered...

What Less Lake Ice In Winter Could Mean for Summer

On a rainy and foggy morning a few days after...

#SH60: Highlights from the First Six Decades of Scenic Hudson

Since its founding in 1963, Scenic Hudson has been a...

Restoring Resilience to Mawignack Preserve

A confluence of rivers is often a place of ecological diversity, thriving agriculture, and cultural...
A close view of a hop growing on a vine. Behind it is a red barn.

Can Hops Make a Comeback in New York?

Hops are little pine-shaped powerhouses. You may not even recognize them when you see them,...

Protecting Forests by Managing the Exploding Deer Population

By 1705, things were getting bad enough for deer in New York that lawmakers felt...

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How Valley Vintners Are Facing Climate Change

Hiring helicopters to fly overhead all night to circulate air and prevent frost on vines. That’s just one of the...

Forest Farming Takes Root in Valley Woodlands

When you think about preserving farmland, sun-splashed fields filled with thriving crops might pop to mind. But a thick woodland?...
Farmers on a ladder pruning trees.

What Valley Farmers Have Been Up to Off-Season

The Hudson Valley takes on a different beauty in every season. This little pocket of New York enchants both locals...

Supporting Local Ag’s ‘Bloom Boom’

When the husband-and-wife team of Jenny Elliott and Luke Franco started their farm in 2011, the organic food movement was...

N.Y. Farmers Explore Silvopasturing As Climate Solution

Some Northeastern farmers have begun carefully shifting back to an age-old land management technique. It’s one that relies on a...

Eating Farm-to-Table All Winter Long

One of the true joys of living in the Hudson Valley is ample access to local farms, especially during growing...

Farm Food Directory

To support farmers, we’ve created a list of farms where you can purchase fresh vegetables and other produce. Most of...

Valley Hemp Farming: High Potential, With Some Pitfalls

When Congress moved to legalize industrial hemp farming late in 2018, there were cheers all around. Sen. Mitch McConnell, then...

10 Facts About the Dutchess County Fair

COVID put the kibosh on the Dutchess County Fair (and so much else) last year, so it's great to have...

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What Lewis Pugh Saw Swimming 315 Miles Through the Hudson

By Day 26 of his record-setting venture down the Hudson, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh was enduring. He was some 270...

Rounding Up Family and Friends to Monitor Eels

Growing up in Queens, I never once thought, “I’d like to study eels one day,” but in early 2020 my...

The Shad Are Running — But for How Much Longer?

April usually marks the beginning of the shad run in the Hudson River, when adult males and females begin journeying...
Dredging on Hudson River 2012

PCB Cleanup Update

A June 4, 2020, article in Politico reported that levels of PCB toxins in Hudson River fish have not changed...

Keeping the Hudson Open

Perhaps more than ever before, the current health crisis has demonstrated the power of nature to provide solace and a...
Athens, NY from the air

Victory in Athens

Great news: A developer has withdrawn its application to create a construction and demolition debris processing facility along the Hudson...
Gilboa Fossil

On the Stump

Traces of the earliest trees — and forest — yet to be discovered on Earth were found just outside the...

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Danskammer Threatens Valley’s Health and Environmental Justice

Back in 2019, the New York State Legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, mandating a decline in...

Stop Danskammer Now

While developers of the proposed new gas-fired Danskammer power plant in Newburgh insist in public that it will be much “cleaner” than...

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Capturing Winter’s Beauty by Camera Lens

The Hudson Valley is a photographer’s playground, from the weathered mountaintops and towering cliff faces of the Hudson Highlands to...

Take a Field Trip into the World’s Prehistoric Past

Humans have existed for fewer than 200,000 years, which means a lot of interesting stuff happened on Earth in the...

Exploring the Palisades’ 200 Million Years of History

The Palisades — without doubt the Hudson Valley’s most unique geological feature — weathered a lot, literally and figuratively, over...
Working Sketch of the Mastodon by Rembrandt Peale

The Mastodon’s Return

A fascinating — and extremely large — piece of Hudson Valley history has returned to America for a brief visit....
Legacy: core sample Storm King Mountain Geology

Rock Solid

Did you know that Storm King Mountain has a rock named after it? Or that Storm King granite, which underlies...

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Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Nesbitt Farm

Helping to sustain a wildlife corridor that will prove crucial in helping plants and animals survive projected climate impacts, Scenic...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: John Burroughs Black Creek Corridor (Ulster County)

Providing the potential to advance recreational opportunities while preserving irreplaceable habitats and sustaining natural climate solutions, Scenic Hudson has received...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Kelder’s Farm (Ulster County)

Subdivision and conversion to non-farming uses remain major threats to the Hudson Valley’s productive agricultural lands, causing their fragmentation at...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Ulster County Riverfront

Achieving myriad scenic, ecological, and recreational benefits while strengthening local resiliency to climate impacts, Scenic Hudson has protected 180 acres...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Bontecou Wildlife Conservation Preserve

Thanks to the conservation vision of generous landowner Gayle Bontecou and her late husband Jesse, 1,250 spectacular acres of woods,...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Black Creek

Ensuring the permanent conservation of irreplaceable habitats on and along Black Creek and supporting the creation of a long-distance trail...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Seven Wells

Visiting Dover Stone Church is one of the most fascinating outdoor adventures in the Hudson Valley. Seeing the potential to create public...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Illinois Mountain

A prime mid-valley destination for recreation by foot or mountain bike, Illinois Mountain also is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife....

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Hudson Highlands

The Hudson Highlands are an ecological powerhouse and a hiker’s paradise. To increase opportunities for people and wildlife to benefit...

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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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