POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve will hold a series of free public events, including guided walks and a science illustration workshop, on Wednesday afternoons April 20, May 4, and May 18:
The History of the Vassar Farm
Wednesday, April 20, 3:30pm
Jeff Horst, Director of Special Projects for Buildings and Grounds, and Keri VanCamp, Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager, will lead a walk exploring the history and evolution of the Vassar Farm. They will discuss the historical artifacts of a working farm that can still be discovered on the property.
Natural History Walk
Wednesday, May 4, 3:30pm
Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biology Lynn Christenson will lead an exploration of the natural history of the Vassar Ecological Preserve. Christenson will help participants understand the plants, animals, and geologic features that are encountered throughout the preserve, as well as the relationships of organisms and natural objects.
Observing Nature through Science Illustration
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30-4:30pm
Rick Jones of the Earth Science and Geography department will conduct this science illustration workshop, focused on close observation and slowing down to notice elements of nature that often go unseen. Jones will introduce a variety of simple techniques to ease into drawing, with a focus on using these techniques to train the hand to draw what the mind sees. Beginners are welcome. Drawing supplies will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring a notebook and a favorite drawing tool.
Sign-Up Information and Directions
Events may be cancelled due to adverse weather. To RSVP or for additional information contact Keri VanCamp at email@example.com and (845) 437-7414. Enter the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve off Route 376 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, at the intersection of Raymond Avenue, Hooker Avenue, and New Hackensack Road. Follow the entrance road to the parking area near the second set of red barns. Participants will meet near the large red barn across from the parking area near the community gardens at the Vassar Farm.
About the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
The Vassar Farm, situated on a 527.5-acre plot of land, is located on the southern side of the Vassar campus, across Hooker Avenue/New Hackensack Road. Historically, the land was a working farm providing milk, pork, and vegetables to the college dining halls until 1957. In the proceeding years, the farm was established as an ecological preserve for study and research. The farm currently provides wooded trails, open meadows, sports fields, and space for several organizations, including the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. The land hosts a wide variety of activities by members of Vassar and the surrounding communities, and remains one of the few expansive open spaces in Poughkeepsie.
The mission of the Vassar Ecological Preserve is to protect and preserve the ecological diversity of the land to ensure that its educational value will be maintained in perpetuity. Increased understanding and appreciation of the natural systems on the preserve are promoted through field-based education and research.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the campus can be found at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.