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One chilly day in late 2016, Jake Haisley pulled into a parking lot in the Adirondacks and found himself in...

Layer Up for Winter Adventures

Winter is coming, so you’re probably thinking that it’s time...

Old-Fashioned Sleepy Hollow Hosts Mod New Halloween Adventures

On Sun., Oct. 22, nearly 100 people are expected to...

The Best Ways to Give Backpacking a Try

Intimidation vs. liberation. That’s what the equation can come down...

Quiz: Can You Recognize These Parks Pre-Makeover?

A call out of the blue from the mayor of a riverfront community in the...

Ways to Leave a Lighter Footprint While Camping

Are you hoping to celebrate and honor the outdoors this summer by camping in the...

How to Stand-Up Paddleboard Safely Along the Hudson

The activity that most perfectly combines adventure and tranquility just might be stand-up paddleboarding on...

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E-Biking Begins to Make Inroads in the Hudson Valley

With its scenic farmlands, verdant mountains, and appealing towns, the Hudson Valley is a beautiful place for a bike ride....

Can the Empire State Trail Help Inspire More Biking in New York?

National Bike Month is picking up speed — especially in New York State. As in the rest of the country, biking...

Local Cycling Rates Are Up. Can We Make Biking More Accessible?

Feel like you’ve seen a lot more cyclists cruising around the Hudson Valley lately? It’s not just your imagination. Data...

It’s a Good Time to Bike

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having,...

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On the Hunt for Mushrooms in the Valley

They may not always be edible, but mushrooms are at least touchable. According to Hudson Valley mycologist Luke Sarrantonio, you...

Guided Foraging in the Hudson Valley

Tramping through a patch of woods in the Hudson Highlands between Beacon and Cold Spring, James O’Neill points out edible...

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Old-Fashioned Sleepy Hollow Hosts Mod New Halloween Adventures

On Sun., Oct. 22, nearly 100 people are expected to parade dressed as witches in Tarrytown for the SUP Witches...

This Summer, Gear Up to Paddle (Safely) on the Hudson

Paddling is — in our admittedly biased opinion at Hudson River Riders! — one of the most versatile ways to...

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Quiz: Can You Recognize These Parks Pre-Makeover?

A call out of the blue from the mayor of a riverfront community in the 1990s put Scenic Hudson on...

Celebrating with a Bang: West Point Foundry Preserve Turns 25

It’s amazing the stories a woodsy little ravine can tell. Over the centuries, the one within West Point Foundry Preserve in...

Mountains, Picnics and Paddling: 8 Ideal Parks for Spring

It finally feels all balmy and inviting outside, which means more people are heading into nature to enjoy it. Escape...
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10 Scenic Hudson Parks You Can Get to By Train

Who says you need a car to explore Scenic Hudson parks? A ride on Metro-North’s Hudson Line and a short...

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The Best Ways to Give Backpacking a Try

Intimidation vs. liberation. That’s what the equation can come down to the first time you’re considering carrying everything into the...

The Unlikely History of “Skate Sailing” Upstate

Water + wind = speed For centuries, that equation has driven sport in the Hudson Valley. Today it motivates people...

A Spin Around the Classic Riverfront Amusement Parks

The Hudson Valley’s modern riverside parks (15 of which Scenic Hudson partnered to help create) have become places where people...

Revisiting Poignant Memories of Mt. Beacon

Although it stands alone today as a natural wonder, for part of the 20th century Mt. Beacon hosted a man-made...

The Old-School Charm of the Irish Alps

As a child, Boston filmmaker Kevin Ferguson spent nearly every summer in the Catskills among a clan of Irish immigrants...

Racing Faster Than a Speeding Car on the Frozen Hudson

It’s rare to see sailboats on the Hudson this time of year. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sail-powered...

The Mountainside Ride That Opened Up the Catskills

As far as Hudson Valley mountain rails go, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway seems to get all the glory. From 1902...

Five Winning Valley Spots to Take a Dip

If ever there were a summer to make a splash, this is it. From the Outdoor Adventures section of our website, we’ve...

Newburgh: the Cradle of American Speed Skating

Back in the days when people could count on the Hudson River freezing over nearly every year, skating on it...

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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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