hrvramble.jpgSeptember 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2011

Albany, N.Y.  – The Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area invite Hudson Valley communities to become part of an exciting regional event -- the Hudson River Valley Ramble. Now in its 12th year, the Hudson River Valley Ramble is a variety of walks, hikes, paddles, biking tours and other events throughout 13 counties, and is designed to showcase the scenic, natural, historic and cultural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area .

This year, the Ramble will be held on three weekends:  September 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 2011.

Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and trained volunteers from participating groups, which last year included over 160 environmental, land conservation, trail groups, heritage sites and historic preservation organizations. You're invited to become a part of this landmark event this year.

“In 2010, over 160,000 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 demonstrates that celebrating our natural and cultural resources also provides a big boost to our regional economy.”

Fran Dunwell, Coordinator of the Hudson River Estuary Program, said, "The Hudson River Ramble celebrates the Hudson River and the valley like no other event. For three weekends in September, there are literally dozens of opportunities to choose from that link up area experts with the richness of the region's natural and historically significant resources. There's truly something offered for everyone, from fishing to kayaking to guided bird walks."

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program as well as leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed, and is the primary event partner for the Ramble and sponsors the event each year. 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, the Ramble features numerous Estuary Events designed to help celebrate and highlight the important coastal habitat of the Hudson River Estuary.

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.

On the Web At: www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

Contact:

Mark Castiglione

(518) 473-3835