Slabsides opens for guided tours 11am-4pm. Speaker Stewart Sommerville presents "John Burroughs for the Twenty First Century." Bring a picnic lunch, hike, tour, or just relax. Light refreshments are served, and as always, there is no fee and no reservations are required.

12:00 pm Speaker Stewart Sommerville: John Burroughs for the Twenty First Century
11-4:00 pm Slabsides open for tours
All afternoon Refreshments and showing of Our National Parks, Episode II, featuring Burroughs' trip to Yellowstone with President Roosevelt
All afternoon The trails are open for you to enjoy

Stewart Sommerville holds a BA in History from Marist College and attended Drew University's program in Ninteenth Century Studies. He graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA with an MA in American Intellectual History and completed a thesis investigating the Public Image of John Burroughs. Stewart teaches English and Writing at Maplebrook School in Amenia, NY and Lives in Claverack, NY in Columbia County with his wife Maxine.

Slabsides and the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary are located on Burroughs Drive at Floyd Ackert Road in West Park, NY; just 90 miles north of New York City and ten miles south of Kingston.

From I-87, exit 18, New Paltz, go east on Rte 299, then left on Rte. 9-W for 3.7 miles. Turn left on Floyd Ackert Road, at the Global Palate Restaurant. Go 0.8 mile to left on Burroughs Drive. Park along Burroughs Drive and walk to the green gate entrance to Slabsides (.03 mile from Floyd Ackert Road). Follow the gravel road to Slabsides.
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The John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary is open without charge to walkers every day all year. Slabsides cabin opens for tours for schools and groups by pre-arrangement.


May 18, 2013 for Spring Slabsides Day

Speaker Matthew Shipkey presented the shared vision of Scenic Hudson and the John Burroughs Association regarding "The Black Creek/Burroughs Trails Network." Matthew reviewed the importance of this recreational corridor along Black Creek, and how the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary is an important component for increasing tourism and ensuring land preservation.

October 6, 2012 for Spring Slabsides Day

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The Grand Opening of New Trails at John Burroughs' Slabsides

On Saturday, October, 6, 2012 we celebrated the grand opening of new trails at Slabsides and the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary in West Park, NY.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, there was be a brief program featuring Edward Kanze, an accomplished naturalist, Adirondack guide and author of "The World of John Burroughs." His talk, titled "Meeting John Burroughs Deep in the Woods," was the perfect introduction to the new trails.

May 19, 2012 for Spring Slabsides Day

Speaker: Dan Payne, "John Burroughs: Conservationist"

Dan Payne is an associate professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, and has directed four of the "Sharp Eyes" conferences on John Burroughs and nature writing. He has published three books: Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics; The Palgrave Environmental Reader (co-edited with R. Newman); and Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Influence, which is a collection of essays from the "Sharp Eyes" conference. In May 2012 Dan received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

October 1, 2011: Fall Slabsides Day

About 30 adventurous folks ignored the clouds and gathered in the forest for our Semi-annual open house at "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York. Visitors were treated to an inside look at the cozy two story accommodations. Dan Payne was unable to join us due to a family emmergency so Jeff Walker stepped in with a discussion of John Burroughs' role in conservation in America, reflecting on the influence of a quiet, reflective, reasoned dialog on our relationship with nature. In particular the nature of the dialog and relationship between Burroughs and Teddy Roosevelt, both on a journey to Yellowstone and Slabsides. Professor Walker shared the stories of the visits as told by Burroughs, and other family members. Thou they both had very different demnors and life stlyes, they shared a deep commitment to conservation and a desire to explore and understand nature.

After the presentation the conversation continued among those present during a little bit of trail work and renewed exploration of Slabsides and the surrounding forest with a deepened understanding of the history and people who have walked these steps and trails before us.

Photos by Jay Holmes. Sorry for so many photos of the Brown-hooded Owlet caterpillar (Cucullia convexipennis) but the colors and the ant and the drops of water on it were so facinating. I eventually pulled myself away.

Spring Slabsides Day 2011 was Beautiful!
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Woodchuck Lodge Inc.
Roxbury, NY
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John Burroughs Natural History Society
Woodstock, NY
Visit the JBNHS site to learn about their many wonderful naturalist/birding fieldtrips.

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