Museum of the Hudson Highlands
The Boulevard, Cornwall, Orange County, NY

The museum's purpose is to study the natural and cultural history of the Hudson Valley, and it's located n a handsome, rustic stone-an-wood building that is surrounded by a forest. There's even a stream flowing beneath the galleries. Set up in 1959. It has self-guiding nature trails through 70 acres of deciduous forest.

Preserved fishes, reptiles and amphibians as well as live animals are featured. The museum also contains Indian artifacts and geological specimens indigenous to the Hudson Valley and an ichthology collection from Hudson River tributaries. Hiking trails, interpretive and live animal exhibits, a Tall Grass Prairie and a regional artists' gallery are also found at this varied and interesting museum.

Open mid-September through mid-June from 2-5 Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 Saturday and 1:30 to 5 on Sundays; from mid-June through mid-September Monday through Thursday from 11 to 5, Saturday from noon to 5 and Sunday from 1:30 to 5. Admission is $2.


Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer pensylvanica (striped maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Amelanchier arborea (service berry)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)
Vaccinium pallidum (low bush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)

Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Epilobium sp. (willow herb)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Solidago caesia (bluestem goldenrod) 10/16/96

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern) lots of it