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HUDSON CROSSING PARK LETTERBOX CLUES:

Box #1 - The "Bark"ing Box

Start at the lovely Dragonfly sculpture near the dock, walk toward the swing-set, veer right down the stone steps and follow the path through the willow arch, around the labyrinth, hop up on the center stone and proclaim your personal motto. Now, walk east down the paved road towards the Dix Bridge and turn left on the path along the Hudson River. Take 60 paces, look to your right to find a woodpeckers delight and letterbox #1. (Approximately 0.25 miles - easy)
Created by the Children and Nature Network, "Let's G.O.! (Get Outside)" encourages everyone to play, serve, and celebrate outdoors. Hudson Crossing Park applauds the mission of this organization by naming the Canal Clean Sweep Day a "Let's G.O.!" event.
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

This map shows treasure sites mostly at Hudson Crossing Park. Click the logo for informatioin about these treasures.
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Wonderful Wetlands

A lesson plan by Madeleine DeManche, Skidmore Class of 2010, is available to teach students about wetlands. To learn more tap either image left or right.
HCP Picture Bingo

"Get Outside" tool that we have produced is a "Picture Bingo" game that you can print (two cards per page) and bring with you.

Tap the image left for a PDF file that includes 40 cards.


ART in the PARK
There is the excitement of discovering art (in the Play Garden, along the trails), there are many contributions of students in the Park's growth (the first massive and then annual cleanups, bat boxes, mosaic stepping stones, Scout-built widow tunnels, Scout-built benches on the trail and at Eagle Point, etc).

We encourage you to take our Virtual Tour to learn about the many features of the park. The trails, the art, the heritage of the Champlain Canal and Hudson River provide material for countless lessons.
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Eat Like a Bird - Learn as You Play

Volunteer, and BOD Member,
Julie White, came up with a game that lets children pick the bird they want to be by selecting a clothespin with (poster board) bird beaks attached. Each clothespin has a number that refers to a chart that shows what bird the beak belongs to.

With the beak in hand the child then goes to a floor diagram of an island that has a variety of food types available. Looking down you see images of a food item and a handle sticking up.

The child swoops down and grasps the handle, of a selected food, with the clothespin and then looks at the bottom of the image to see if displayed is a number that is equal to the one for the bird beak they are holding.

Tap the PBS Kids icon (Right) to learn how to make this game.
BOOK OF STUFF TO DO OUTSIDE!
Download and print this book full of games and adventures to take with you, and discover the forest!

Tap the book (right) to download it.
discovertheforest.org
Our outdoor classroom is off our Riverwalk Sensory Trail and is an open space with a stone dust ground floor and a few canal stone like blocks. We plan to add more places to sit as funds become available.

Along the Sensory trail are life sized sculptures of birds, a fact sheet (right) shows the artwork, a description and a QR code that link to birds sound, it is available as a PDF by tappngthe image of the page.
Use, Restore, Protect:
How Humans Interact with the Land

Curriculum by
Michaela Kerxhalli, Julia Boyer and Colton MacKay (Skidmore 2015)

After this lesson, students will be able to identify humans’ various impacts on natural landscapes and will be able to understand the effects of these actions. Finally, students will learn ways to mitigate these impacts.

This curriculum includes two in-class sections and one field trip to Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville, NY. The classroom lessons will cover general information about the way humans interact with, need, and protect nature. Hudson Crossing will, then, serve to illustrate the concepts explored in the earlier discussions and activities. Furthermore, the field trip will allow students to form personal connections to the material using their own community as a case study.
To learn more tap either image left or right.
Over the years the park has enjoyed numerous opportunities to work with staff and students from Skidmore. They support our events as volunteers and, as you see below, provide us with educational contributions that help us to maintain a high standard of offerings to our visitors.
We appreciate the ongoing support by Dr. A.J. Schneller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and encourage you to visit the Skidmore site.

Schuylerville Elementary School was named
2016 National Green Ribbon School
TAP HERE TO LEARN MORE about the program

Hudson Crossing Park (HCP) and Schuylerville School District are partnering up to join a national movement to earn Green Ribbon status for the school. With a start-up grant from The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's Community / Land Preservation and Planning Fund, HCP will assist the school in assembling teams of parents, teachers, students, and staff who will provide leadership for various projects and issues.
NYS Conservationist for Kids

Conservationist for Kids has been published since 2007, and is written to fourth grade curriculum standards. Currently published in February, April, and October, each issue is included as an insert in Conservationist magazine, and is also mailed free of charge to every public fourth grade class in New York State.