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Reel Jersey Girl: Pearl White

March 1914… "The Perils of Pauline" opens to packed movie houses
around the world. Filmed in and around Fort Lee and the New Jersey Palisades, the twenty-episode serial will catapult Pearl White, its young American star, to global fame…  


On the weekend of Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March  8, the Fort Lee Film Commission and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission will sponsor a special two-part program to commemorate this milestone in history. Visitors are welcome to attend one or both parts of this program, each offered free of charge.


Saturday, March 7 • 8 PM
“The Perils of Pearl”

At 8 PM on Saturday evening, March 7, there will be a short illustrated
talk about Pearl White and The Perils of Pauline in the newly renovated 150-seat auditorium at the Visitor Center at 
Fort Lee Historic Park 
(Historic Park entrance is on Hudson Terrace just south of the George Washington Bridge — click 
here for detailed directions). A chapter of
The Perils will then be screened, as well as a preview clip from the newly recovered and restored House of Hate (1918), a Pearl White film long thought lost to time. A reception, complete with a “Cliffhanger” birthday cake (White’s birthday was March 4), will follow the program.

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Seating for this program is first-come, first-served, with no reservations taken. Click here to learn more, or call 201 592-3663 or 201 768-1360.

If weather and ground conditions permit, you can join us before the program at 7:15 PM for a short nighttime walk to the George Washington Bridge overlook. (We will hold your seat while you are on the walk.) Please wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight, and dress for the outdoors. To confirm if the walk will take place, call 201 768-1360 and enter ext. 108 after 5 PM.


Sunday, March 8 • 1 PM
“Cliffhanger Point”

There will be a winter history hike with Eric Nelsen on Sunday, March 8, meeting at 1 PM in front of the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park.
The hike will cover about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours over relatively easy hiking trails. To be held “drizzle or shine,” the hike is open to all, with
NO advanced registration required. (Heavy precipitation or icy trail conditions may cancel — 
to confirm if conditions seem questionable on
the morning of the hike, call 201 768-1360 and enter ext. 108 after 9 AM.) The hike will conclude with an optional stroll onto the GWB walkway.

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins March 8 — clocks get set ahead 1 hr.

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Pearl White and crew filming The House of Hate at “Cliffhanger Point” in 1918.
“Millionaire’s Row on the Palisades: A Glimpse of the Gilded Edge” • Tuesday, March 107 PM
Illustrated talk with Eric Nelsen for New City Library (220 N. Main Street, New City, New York). For more information: 845 634-4997 ext. 134.
“The Unknown Palisades: A Slideshow through Time” • Thursday, March 197 PM
Illustrated talk with Eric Nelsen for The Nyack Library (59 South Broadway, Nyack, New York). Reservations requested: 845 358-3370 ext. 214, or use webpage.

Sat., March 14 • 1 PM
Saturday Matinee”

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

There will be a free screening of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the
(2003, PG-13) on Saturday, March 14 at 1 PM at the Visitor Center at
 Fort Lee Historic Park. This program is free and open to all, with no reservations required. For more information: 201 461-1776.



Check our calendar for a full listing of events!

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 The Palisades Parks Conservancy

Latest News and Event Listing
March 4, 2015

Upcoming Event    
Rock the River   
May  3, 2015
9:00 AM

Half Marathon, 5K, and 6K Trail Runs
On Sunday, May 3, the          Conservancy and our partner, the NY-NJ Trail Conference, will host the annual race that  begins and ends at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ. As in past years, all proceeds from the race support the Palisades Interstate Park's infrastructure and trails.Take advantage of early bird pricing and register before April 1! On that day, prices go up for each of the three races.


Thank you to all our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Benzel Busch Motor Car Corporation, Transportation Sponsor NY Waterway, Parking Sponsor Mack-Cali, Food and Water Sponsor Fairway Market, Hydration Sponsor Essential
, Roadrunners Sports, NY Running Company, the PIPC, and Palisades Capital Management.

Washington's Headquarters       
Tower of Victory Update            

The campaign to Save the Tower is nearing the finish line! After two and a half years of work, the Conservancy and its partners have raised over $1.5 million of the $1.6 million we need to restore the Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh to its original function and appearance.

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But we still need your help to finish the campaign.
Please consider donating to Save the Tower! You can do so at:
The Palisades Parks Conservancy.

Thank you to everyone who has made this campaign such a success. With your
help, we will begin construction within the next few months! 

Trailside Museums & Zoo      
New Spotting Scope Installed              


There's a new way to view the Hudson River at Trailside Museums & Zoo - the recently installed spotting scope on Geology Point! 


On a clear day, visitors can see far up and down the Hudson River, spotting wildlife, buildings, Iona Island, and whatever else catches your eye. The winter is a great time to take advantage of this new feature and check out wildlife on the ice. Already, Trailside staff and visitors have found eagles hunting and eating on the ice, wildlife inside the Zoo, and more. So, come on down to Geology Point - right across from the Bear Den - and see what you can find!  


Thanks to NY State Parks for providing funding for the scope and installation.

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Trailside SCA Education and Zookeeping intern Catherine Policastro uses the new 20X magnification scope. Photo by Emma Congalton.










Sterling Forest Park Preserve 
March Programs    

March 8 - 22, 2015  

Throughout the year, the Friends of Sterling Forest provide public programs of all kinds.  In the month of March, the following programs are available.  For more about the Friends, visit their web site

Registration is required for all programs. 

For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.    


Sunday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.: Meet 'N' Greet

Come to the Friends of Sterling Forest monthly meeting and make some new friends.   Find out what's happening in your Park! Learn about the "secrets of the past!" Then stay for lunch (bring your own) at the Visitor Center. Coffee and tea will be provided.


Sunday, March 8, 1:00 p.m.: Basic Photography Lecture

Knowing how a camera works can make the difference between

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getting a "good shot" and getting a "great shot." Doc Bayne, retired
Sterling Forest State Park educator and photographer extraordinaire,
will show you how to get that great shot and to then make it even better
using photo editing programs.


Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m.: Furry Friends & Family Hike

Families with dogs and children are invited to join Friends of Sterling
Forest members Hedy Albert and Renate Jaerschky for an easy 2 mile
loop hike in Sterling Forest State Park. Dogs must be on a six foot leash.


Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.: Booktalk & Signing: Stop at the Red Apple

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt will share her memories of growing up as the
daughter of Reuben Freed, owner of the legendary Red Apple Rest. The
Red Apple Rest operated from the 1930's through the 1980's on New
York's Route 17. Located midway between New York City and the resorts
of the Catskill Mountains, the restaurant served as a who's who of entertainment luminaries. Her new book, Stop at the Red Apple will be
available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.


Mount Saint Mary College     
Upcoming History Lecture            
March 19, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am

"After Yorktown: The Path to Newburgh"

On Thursday March 19, as part of the Mount Saint Mary Desmond Campus Speaker Series, Lynette Scherer will discuss the little-known events that occurred after the well-known Siege of Yorktown particularly about the decisions made by George Washington and his Continental Army at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY.  The lecture costs $10 to attend. To register, please visit: Mount Saint Mary College.

Lynette Scherer has worked at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site for 16 years. An avid researcher, she has prepared many lectures over the years focusing on George Washington, the Revolutionary War, and historic preservation.  She also lectures about the Newburgh Conspiracy and George Washington's Circular Letter. Not just a profession, history is her passion and this is evident in her presentations.

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Garden State Film Festival    

Palisades Film Selected        

Saturday, March 21, 2015   

12:00 pm 

Atlantic City, NJ


Perils to the Palisades Named an Official Selection

The Perils to the Palisades, a short film produced by the Palisades Parks Conservancy and Media Ranch Productions, premiered at the PPC Annual Benefit in June of 2014.

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View the video by clicking above.

The film outlines the history of the Palisades in New Jersey, the battle to
protect the cliffs at the beginning of the twentieth century, and the case to
keep them green in the face of development pressures. The short film has
been chosen as an official selection at the 2015 Garden State Film Festival!


A big thanks to Tim Englert for putting the film together and entering it
into the competition!


Garden State Film Festival Official Site 




Washington's Headquarters      
Women of History Award Ceremony             
March 22, 2015 
2:00 PM 

Each year, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site presents the Martha Washington Woman of History Award to a woman who has made a significant contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley. This year's recipient is historian and author Willa Skinner.


Join us on March 22nd, at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY to celebrate Mrs. Skinner as we honor her with the 2015 Woman of History Award. 

 For further details or directions, call 845-562-1195

Willa Skinner


Fort Montgomery Historic Site
Public Program
March 22, 2015  
1:00 PM

Winter Tree Identification"


Do you think all trees look the same in the winter? Do you believe telling them apart is hopeless? Come for a guided ramble through the ruins of Fort Montgomery and discover how to distinguish local trees without their leaves.

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A Northern Red Oak catching the last rays of a setting
 winter sun.   Photo by Mike Adamovic 



This program is roughly two hours long and is geared to adults. Hiking boots are recommended. Registration is required and donations are appreciated. To register, please contact Peter Cutul at (845) 446-2134 or peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov

Minnewaska Park Preserve   
March Programs    


Throughout the winter, Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers a variety of family programs that introduce visitors to the park.

Most programs require pre-registration. To reserve your spot, please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752.

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Family Fun Snowshoe Program

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Bring the whole family and join park.Bring the whole family and join park educators for a snowshoe hike and winter scavenger hunt; play the thicket game in the woods and make pine cone birdfeeders to take home. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office for a fee of $5 per child and $15 per adult. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Tuesday Trek: Snowshoe the Minehole Footpath

This moderately challenging two-mile hike leads to a pristine waterfall of which few people are aware. While the distance is short, there are sections of trail with sustained, steep hills and some rocky footing. Participants will meet at the Awosting Parking Area and may need to ride share, as trailhead parking is very limited. This will also limit the group size for this outing.


Thursday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Homeschoolers: Maple Sugaring

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska for a sap-seeking journey! Mid-February and early March is traditionally when sap is collected for producing maple syrup. We will search for and tap sugar maple trees using traditional tools. This program will meet in the Awosting Parking Area.


Sunday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Frozen Falls and Animal Tracks Snowshoe Outing

Bring the family to learn about wildlife in winter while learning how to snowshoe. Our hike follows the Awosting Falls Carriage Road for a round trip distance of approximately one and a half miles. While we hike, we'll look for signs of wildlife in winter including tracks, browse, scat and more. Snowshoes may be rented for a fee of $5 per child and $15 per adult.


Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Spring Wake Up Hike from the Heights

Join park educators to celebrate the beginning of spring as we explore the Castle Point Carriage Road and search for signs of spring on the Shawangunk Ridge. This approximately seven-mile hike will start from the Lake Minnewaska area and follow historic carriage roads. If snowy and icy conditions persist on the carriage roads, this hike destination may change.


Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Tuesday Trek: High Peter's Kill Loop Hike

Join Environmental Education Intern, Laura Davis, for a two-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. If snowy and icy conditions persist on the footpaths, this hike destination may change locations. This outing will meet in the Peter's Kill Area.  

Lifeguard Exams     
Test Date Announced
April 19, 2015
9:00 AM

Are you whistle worthy? Love the sun and the outdoors? Instead of flipping burgers or working in retail for the summer, apply now to be a NYS Park Lifeguard! In this rewarding position, you can help keep thousands of swimmers safe this summer.

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On April 19 at the Monroe Woodbury Middle School, the Palisades Region of New York State Parks & Recreation will offer a free lifeguard qualifying exam for Summer 2015 Seasonal Employment. A Lifeguard Qualifying Exam consists of demonstrating Swimming Ability, CPR, and Lifeguarding Skills.


For more information, call Erin Martin at (845) 786-2701, ext 320 or e-mail: Erin.Martin@parks.ny.gov

Job Opportunities   NY State LOGO
NYS Parks and Historic Sites             

There are currently a number of job openings at NYS Parks and Historic Sites. Click the links below for more details on each position.

The first is a Parks and Recreation Aide 4 position at the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The deadline to apply is March 13, so get your applications in soon!

There are also two summer position available as part of the Invasive Species Strike Team at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Applications for these positions are due by March 31.

Finally, there is a Summer Forest Health Specialist position open in Allegany State Park. Applications for this position are due by April 10th.

State Funding for Parks    NJ Road & Trees
NY Parks 2020 

Governor Cuomo and the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Rose Harvey, have

recently presented a plan to input $900 million into NYS Parks and Historic Sites! This includes the $110 million listed in the 2015-16 budget proposal.


Nearly half of this support would be put toward improving infrastructure within public parks and historic sites. However, funding would also support new visitor and recreational facilities, and stewardship.


For more information about the NY Parks 2020, click the link to download the full report.
Upcoming Event  NJ Bear MT
PPC Annual Benefit Gala  
Bear Mountain Inn
June 12, 2015
6:30 PM


The Bear Mountain Inn at 100

On Friday evening June 12, 2015 the Conservancy will host its annual benefit dinner. That night, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bear Mountain Inn and honor those who have helped to make the Inn such a wonderful place to visit throughout its century-long history.

Invitations will be mailed soon. Tune in for more details!

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Protect the Palisades, a coalition of individuals and organizations in New Jersey, New York, and across America, is working to preserve the Hudson River Palisades. The coalition has come together in response to the current threat posed by LG Electronics' plan to build a towering corporate headquarters that will violate the Palisades' historic landmark views. Millions of residents and visitors have enjoyed the spectacular cliffs and parkland that have been preserved for over 100 years through the hard work and goodwill of many civic groups and prominent citizens. We need your help to save the Palisades again! Please visit www.protectthepalisades.org to join the movement.

"The building can be redesigned. The Palisades and the Hudson River cannot." 

The Threat to the Palisades: An Op-ed written by four former New Jersey Governors published in The New York Times

The Palisades Parks Conservancy
(845) 786-2701 x239

Since our founding over a century ago, the PalisadesInterstate ParkCommission has depended on donations aswell as public funds for financial support to meet our mission topromote and expand the preservation of natural, historical andcultural resources. These donations enable us to conserve and protect open space and wildlife habitats, improve facilities andenhance programs and services for our visitors.  You can help! The Palisades Parks Conservancy, Inc., the charitable partnerof the Palisades Interstate Park Commission is a free-standing
federally registered non-profit corporation exempt undersection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations may be made over our secure Web site. 

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New Windsor Cantonment    
Public Program
March 7, 2015  
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

"A Hard Knox Life"


Forced to choose between her Loyalist parents and the love of her life, the rebel General of Artillery Henry Knox, Lucy stood by her man, enabling him to become a leading figure in our early nation. Learn about this Revolutionary War era power couple.  

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Admission is free. Reservations Required. For more information please
call New Windsor Cantonment at (845) 561-1765 ext. 22. New Windsor
Cantonment is co-located with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
on Route 300 (374 Temple Hill Road) in the Town of New Windsor.