###Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835
11th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble kicks off this Saturday! Albany, N.Y. -The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program is encouraging residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond to get ready for the Eleventh Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, scheduled for September 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2010. With nearly 200 events to chose from, participants will have the unique opportunity to enjoy guided walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the significant historical, cultural and natural resources found throughout the Hudson River Valley. Several event series offer an in-depth exploration of themes that earned the region its designation as a National Heritage Area. They include the role of the Hudson Valley in the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River School of Art, the Great Estates and the Hudson River Estuary. All Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and trained volunteers from participating groups, which include nearly 200 environmental, land conservation, trail groups, heritage sites and historic preservation organizations. Events are offered for all abilities, most are free and many are family oriented. "In 2009, over 200,000 people participated in Ramble events and we expect a great turnout again this year," said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. "If it's September, then it's time to Ramble. The event provides people of all ages an opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river. The Ramble would not be possible without our nearly 200 partner organizations who volunteer their time to host events. We would like to thank those partners, and this year's corporate sponsor, Alteris Renewables, for their generous support." The Hudson River Estuary program is the primary event partner for the Ramble and sponsors the event each year. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed. Its mission is to conserve the region's world-renowned heritage of fish, wildlife, streams and scenery and to provide places for people to use and enjoy them. In celebration of National Estuaries Day on September 25th, there are numerous Estuary Events throughout the four Ramble weekends, designed to help celebrate and highlight the important coastal habitat of the Hudson River Estuary. Fran Dunwell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Coordinator said, "This is a great opportunity for people to connect with nature in our beautiful river valley." The Hudson River Valley Ramble is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA). The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded through the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/ for more information on the Greenway Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html for more information on the Hudson River Estuary Program Find the Ramble on Facebook Nearly 200 events for the 2010 Hudson River Valley Ramble have been posted on the Ramble website! Be sure to visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com to find an event!