Pollinator Pathway Project
The Philipstown Garden Club has taken a leadership role to launch Philipstown on the Pollinator Pathway, which has successfully established continuous corridors of pollinator-friendly habitat in neighboring Connecticut and Westchester counties. https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/about. The Pollinator Pathway Initiative aims to nurture pollinators and reverse the decline of insect species responsible for more than 30% of the food we eat and 80% of all flowering plants. The goal is to use education and outreach to encourage residents and neighbors to support pollinators by establishing pesticide-free habitat and providing food sources, including native flowers, shrubs and trees.
The Pollinator Pathway initiative is supported by the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, The Garden Conservancy, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County, Westchester Land Trust, Boscobel House and Gardens, Philipstown Garden Club, Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, Desmond-Fish Public Library, Manitoga, Glynwood and Haldane PTA School Garden Committee.
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Philipstown Groups Working to Help You Get on the Pollinator Pathway
Philipstown Garden Club
The objective of the Philipstown Garden Club shall be to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, flower arranging, and to improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and actions in the field of conservation, civic improvement and education.
Putnam Highlands Audubon Society
Connecting People with Nature: The mission of the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society is to preserve and maintain those lands and waters that have been entrusted to our stewardship; to inform and educate the public on issues involving birds, wildlife, and the environment; and to encourage membership in the Chapter and participation in its activities.
Hudson Highlands Land Trust
The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT), based in Philipstown, is a non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect and preserve the natural resources, rural character and scenic beauty of the Hudson Highlands. HHLT coordinates the New York Highlands Network, a coalition of organizations, neighbors and landowners working to create “green corridors” between conserved lands across the New York Highlands region to ensure wildlife—including pollinators—can survive and thrive in the face of climate change. www.hhlt.org
The Garden Conservancy
The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization, founded by plantsman Frank Cabot in 1989 and headquartered at Winter Hill, in Garrison, NY. The mission of the Garden Conservancy is to preserve, share, and celebrate America’s gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public. This Philipstown Pollinator Pathway Initiative goes to the very heart of recognizing gardens, and the ecosystems they create, as essential to promoting a healthful environment and healthful communities. Without pollinators, there would be no gardens. www.gardenconservancy.org.
The Desmond-Fish Public Library
The Desmond-Fish Public Library is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting sustainable stewardship at all levels of our organization. Our goal is to minimize our organization’s impact and maximize future generations’ ability to live, work, and play in our shared natural environment, with equal access to clean air, clean water, and natural resources. Our 2020 Master Site Plan implements the Library’s sustainability goals - including protecting the natural biodiversity of our property with native plantings and sustainable land management - with our community-building goals to improve accessibility of the Library’s grounds for public use. www.desmondfishlibrary.org
The Haldane PTA Garden Committee
The Haldane School Garden is a living outdoor classroom that is part of our local public school campus, where K-12 students have engaged in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning since 2010. Students learn to problem solve, think critically, and communicate collaboratively on lessons that tie into grade-level curriculum for Science, Math, Social Studies, History, Language Arts, Foreign Languages and the Fine Arts. Haldane's PTA School Garden Committee is group of volunteer parents that manage and maintain the garden with pollinator-friendly practices, while supporting teachers that integrate garden learning into their curriculum. Our dedicated Pollinator Courtyard and surrounding theme beds include native plants, useful plants, wildflowers and edible plants, introducing students to the importance of habitats & ecosystems that encourage biodiversity. http://www.growinghaldane.com/
Boscobel House and Gardens
The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature. With an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, lush gardens, a woodland trail, and extensive grounds showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River, Boscobel embodies, preserves, and shares the beauty of the Hudson River Valley. https://boscobel.org
Manitoga is the historic House, Studio and 75-acre landscape of mid-20th century industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976) in Garrison, New York. The site is designated a National Landmark for its unique sense of place, rich cultural history and environmental sustainability. MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center ensures that Wright’s timeless design vision and celebration of the Hudson Highlands native landscape are preserved and shared through tours, programs, events, and year-round access to the woodland trails. www.visitmanitoga.org.
Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is dedicated to supporting our local pollinator population in partnership with the Philipstown Pollinator Pathway Project. Environmental resilience and conservation are core values for Glynwood; participating in the Pathway Project will ensure our gardening and landscaping practices are aligned with these values. We look forward to deepening our commitment to sustainable practices by increasing our native plantings, avoiding (even organic) pesticide use, and rethinking our lawn maintenance practices to promote biodiversity and help native pollinators thrive. https://www.glynwood.org