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Iona Island National Estuarine Sanctuary and Research Reserve
Iona Island is one of the largest tidal wetlands along the Hudson, with about 270 acres of freshwater and brackish cattail marshes. The marshes surround a 286-acre bedrock island that formed in the river around 6,000 years ago. In this spectacular setting, the island is nestled between bold pr...
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Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Description: Stony Kill Farm EEC is an education center dedicated to enhancing environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world. This facility includes over 1000 acres of rolling country side, farmland, ponds, woodlands, meadows, cultivated fields, and fallow fields. Located in Dutchess County in southeastern New York State, it offers a special setting where visitors discover the delicate interweaving of all living things. The (Verplanck) Manor House visitor center includes a library where you can simply come and identify a plant or animal or do research on various natural history topics, an exhibit room and staff offices. The public area is wheelchair accessible.

Wildlife to Watch: Eastern bluebird, Woodpeckers, cardinals, killdeer and kestrel, White-tailed deer, Wild turkey and Painted turtle can be seen.

Special Tips: On the National Register for Historical Buildings, the Tenant Farm House was built in four sections. The south-east portion is original and dates back to the late 1600s-1700s. The north-east corner (second section) was probably added in the 1700s, while the south-western portion was constructed in the early 1800s as well as the wood ell on the northwest corner.

Other Activities: This new facility directly behind the Manor House Visitor Center enhances programming with its dividable 80 person multipurpose room and supporting accessible restrooms, kitchenette, lobby and wrap-around porch. This "green" building was constructed from the ground up for energy efficiency, resource conservation and building sustainability. Some of its features are geo-exchange heating and cooling, recycled building materials, and window placement for optimum natural lighting.

Ownership: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 1000 acres 
Closest Town: Wappingers Falls

RestroomsParkingHikingPicnic tablesVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleDrinking Water

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Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
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Driving Directions:
A pleasant drive through New York State's Hudson River Valley brings you to the rolling countryside of Stony Kill (Interstate 84, Exit 11). Approximately 1 1/2 hour north of Manhattan and 2 hours south of Albany.

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Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center : Wildlife Viewing Area