• Protecting Special Places

    For centuries people have been inspired by the splendor of our region. Many have made a life here. Protecting what you hold dear is what we do. WLC owns key lands and partners with area landowners who want their properties to stay as they are – as forests, farms, verdant meadows, and coursing streams.
  • Getting Outdoors

    First time in the Eastern Catskills? Visiting friends and family? Looking for some R&R after a busy week in the City? You’ve found your source for experiencing Woodstock and the Eastern Catskills. With fun outdoor events throughout the year you’re sure to find something great to do. And watch for our children's programs.
  • Addressing Climate Change

    Yes, the climate is changing. Over the past few years we've experienced rain, wind, heat, drought, and cold in historic proportions. We can’t change the weather but together we can make our Catskill communities more waterproof, windproof, and any-kind-of-weather proof for our children and grandchildren.
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2017 Program Front

The 2017 Program Calendar is out!

Since our beginning in 1988, WLC has conserved lands, protecting them for their scenic, historic and ecological/habitat values.  And, we have a robust educational program and community events connecting people more deeply with nature.

None of this is possible without the generous support of people who value conservation, environmental protection and community. 

Come out and visit some of the conserved lands we own or steward, which are open to the public, free of charge.  Attend our “First Saturdays on the Trail,” monthly program for all ages, which offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with others and to learn about our natural world.

Recently, WLC received a grant aiding us in protecting our area’s critical water resources against the backdrop of an increasingly uncertain climate.  To learn more about the Sawkill Creek, our November outing was a bicycle ride from Cooper Lake to Zena Cornfield, which gave participants both a beautiful ride and a much clearer understanding of where their water comes from and why we must protect it. 

WLC is also a strong supporter of Ulster County in its plan for the 11.5 mile Ashokan Rail Trail on the former U&D rail corridor.  It's a stunningly beautiful location where all of us will have a safe place to walk, bicycle, run, cross country ski - just minutes from home.

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Sloan Gorge Preserve

Located at the foot of Overlook Mountain near the Saugerties town line, the 88-acre Preserve is a treasure trove of mixed hardwood and coniferous forests, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, and bluestone quarries, and has the first self-guided geology trail in the area. (Download the trail guide)  pdf Learn more about Sloan Gorge from geologist Dr. Robert Titus. Click here for map


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Recommend a Place to Protect

We are always looking for suggestions about places to be protected for future generations to enjoy. If you know of such a place, contact us!