Giving Tuesday 2017

November 28th is Giving Tuesday! After you’ve enjoyed family, given thanks and shopped, take a break and enjoy the outdoors. Then pay it forward to ensure you can always enjoy the outdoors by supporting the Palisades Parks Conservancy!

Your contribution to the Conservancy this Giving Tuesday makes possible outdoor experiences for more than 3,000 homeless children annually and creates wildlife habitat for rare species. Make a gift - help us continue the work that matters to you.

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Welcome to the website of the Palisades Parks Conservancy!

The Conservancy has worked for 14 years to raise funds to improve the 29 parks and historic sites owned and operated by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. In that time, we have supported conservation of natural and cultural resources, educational programs, scientific research, capital construction, trail building, and so much more.

Please use this site to find updates on park events, information about ongoing projects, news, volunteer opportunities, and ways to support the parks. Please click to the right to learn about current news events or below on the green pull up menu for links and more info.

The Jolly Rovers Latest Trail Building Accomplishment

The action packed Jolly Rovers are back! This time they tackle the boulder fields of Minnewaska State Park's Stony Kill Falls. What will they create amidst this landscape of stone and water? Find out in this video (linked below) that celebrates our volunteers latest accomplishments in trail building. Enjoy and share!

Polish President Visits Washingtons Headquarters

While in the United States, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, visited Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site on Thursday, September 21st.

After speaking at the United Nations and West Point Military Academy, President Duda and his staff chose to learn about our history...right here in Newburgh!

Read more about his visit and his interest in Revolutionary War History in our News Section.

Live at the Amphitheater

Join the Palisades Parks Conservancy and our partners at the Rockland Conservatory of Music for an afternoon of music at Tallman Mountain State Park!

On Saturday, September 9th at 2:00 PM, Adam Falcon and Patricia Santos will perform their own brand of music in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

This concert is FREE & open to the public!

The Conservancy Welcomes New Executive Director

The Palisades Parks Conservancy is excited to announce that Heather Loebner has been appointed as its first Executive Director.

Heather will lead fundraising, education, and program efforts while expanding the organization’s role as non-profit partner to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

To read more about Heather and her role with the Conservancy, go to our News section.

Our Tidal River

The Conservancy is proud to partner with Strawtown Studio to offer a series of art and science programs in your favorite parks!

This program, entitled Our Tidal River, will be a mix between a time to relax and picnic on the beach, enjoy the view, and experience the river through science and art activities. All tools and art supplies will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Matt Shook at or (845) 786-2701, ext 252 by July 28th. Register early as the program is filling up quickly!

Doodletown Publication Back By Popular Demand!

After a many year hiatus, the book Doodletown: Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson is now again available to the public! Doodletown was one of the last of inhabited “mountain towns” before becoming PIPC property in the 1950’s. Author and former Doodletown resident, Elizabeth “Perk” Stalter, chronicled the town’s history in the original publication of Doodletown in 1996.

Read about Perk Stalter's recent booksigning at Fort Montgomery and find where you can purchase the book in our News section!

PIPC Press Publications Available at Park Visitor Center

The Park Visitor Center (located on the center island of the Northbound PIP just before Exit 17) stocks numerous PIPC Press books and others that are guaranteed to answer your questions about our parks and historic sites, the Hudson River Valley and surrounding areas. Some titles include: Doodletown, Rambling With Nature, Birds Over Bear Mountain and more!

Go to our news section for a full list and book descriptions! Happy reading!

Volunteers Needed At Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain State Park is in need of volunteers to assist with the Blue Bag Recycling Program weekends and holidays from May through September! Volunteers will educate patrons and hand out bags to be used to collect recyclable items. Patrons will fill the bags and leave them on site for collection by park staff. Spend time outside and help keep your park beautiful!

Spanish speaking volunteers a plus!

For more information about shifts and to sign up please contact Matthew Shook at (845) 786-2701 x252 or

Registration Open for 2017 Path Through History Weekend

The Path Through History Weekend will be held this year in two seasons:

Spring - Father's Day weekend (June 17-18, 2017)

Fall - Columbus Day weekend (October 7-9, 2017)

Host sites can participate in one or both of the weekends; there is no obligation to participate in both.

We welcome your partnership as we work together to showcase New York State's unparalleled history! If your organization is holding an event during these time frames that connects with New York State history, we encourage you to participate so we can include it in our promotional efforts.

Annual Report 2015-2016

The Conservancy has released its Annual Report for the 2015-2016 year. Please follow the link below to read about the exciting restoration of the Tower of Victory, a new trail at Minnewaska and the other projects the Conservancy is spearheading!

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Annual Report 2015-2016

Jolly Rovers at Minnewaska

This past fall, the Jolly Rovers inaugurated the construction of an ambitious trail project that quickly developed into the manipulation of stones of record-breaking size. The project, spearheaded by Tahawus Trails, LLC for the Palisades Parks Conservancy, has brought the Jolly Rovers in to tackle several dramatic sections of the trail. The ultimate goal is to create a half-mile, 200 foot climb around the southern flank of Stony Kill Falls. The end result would not only bring hikers to stunning views above the falls but also connect them to the parks greater carriage road system. Big thanks to the Rovers for tackling this project!

Read more in our News section!

Giving Tuesday

Everyone knows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, when buy gifts and spend money on ourselves and our friends. This coming Tuesday, we have a chance to continue that spirit and suport the organizations that make our lives better. Follow the tab at the top of this page to donate!

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2017 Rock the River Race

Registration is officially open for the sixth annual Rock the River Palisades Half Marathon, 5K, and Trail 6K! All three races will take place on May 7, 2017, starting from Ross Dock Picnic Area in the Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ.

For more information and to register, please follow the News tab at the top of our page!

The Mansion On The Hill

The Mansion on the Hill - The Story of Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, NY from Joe Santacroce on Vimeo.

This feature length documentary by Joe Santacroce outlines the creation of the First Publicly Owned National Historic Site and how it was almost lost to history. Thank you to musicians Albert Garzon, Rick Santacroce, Jr., and Jonathan Dobin created an incredible musical soundtrack!

The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew Donate a Staircase

The Jolly Rovers recently worked along the Ellenville Ice Caves Trail in Sam's Point to rehabilitate a large stone staircase. In partnership with the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the Jolly Rovers provided safe and visually inspiring access through a difficult portion of their historic ice caves. This newly rehabilitated staircase will not only improve sustainable access but the overall experience for the ten's of thousands of visitors that frequent the site annually. Follow the tab to our News section to read more! Thank you to the Jolly Rovers for making this popular trail beautiful, safe and accessible!

Find Your Voice Program on the A-T

The Conservancy, the PIPC and OPRHP recently partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Millennium Development and Rockland Conservation & Service Corps to bring 100 young people from Brooklyn to Bear Mountain for the day! Participants took part in an AMC-guided hike along the renovated Appalachian Trail, learned about the local environment and the leave no trace philosophy and they also toured Trailside Museums & Zoo. This program was in association with the NPCA’s Find Your Voice Program, an initiative created during the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary year to educate, engage and empower new national park advocates to ensure America's favorite places continue to thrive into the next century. This program would not have been successful without our partners at NPCA, AMC, and Millennium Development. The Conservancy would like to send a huge thank you to them for everything they did to make this program a success!

Fingerboard Shelter Remains Closed

Due to unforeseen circumstances in the Fingerboard Shelter restoration, construction has been delayed. The shelter will remain closed.

We have moved the projected completion date back until September 30 2016.

Please refrain from entering the shelter until restoration is complete.

Once again this is a tentative time frame for the work. Please check back for updates.

The area around the shelter will still be available for tent camping.

We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the shelter!

PPC Annual Benefit Gala

Join the Conservancy and many of our closest friends and supporters as we honor the Open Space Institute and the National Parks Service at this year's annual benefit gala.

The event takes place on October 6 at Ross Dock in Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ.

Tickets are available. For prices, download the attachment below. We hope to see you there!

Fingerboard Shelter Closure

The Park is continuing the effort to address the trail shelters in the park. Over the last two summers we have restored West Mountain Shelter and Letterrock/Brien Memorial Shelter. The Park is planning to do restoration work on the Fingerboard Shelter this Summer. The work will involve the replacement of the deck in the shelter, fire place repair and the replacement and repair of the roof.

Fingerboard Shelter is planned to be closed for a two week period of August 1 thru August 15th.

Once again this is a tentative time frame for the work. The area around the shelter will still be available for tent camping.

Harriman Outdoor Center Gets $2M Upgrade

After a $2 million renovation, the Appalachian Mountain Club has officially opened its AMC Harriman Outdoor Center to guests. The Outdoor Center will be open to both AMC members and the public, who can hike, canoe, kayak and swim at the camp, surrounded by 46,000-acre Harriman State Park. The camp is located at 200 Breakneck Road, Haverstraw. Reservations are currently available by calling 603-466-2727 OR online by following the link below!

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Reserve Online Now!

Volunteers Needed for Pilot Recycling Program

Volunteers are needed May 28, 29 & 30 and throughout the summer to help launch Bear Mountain's Pilot Recycling Program! If interested in learning more and registering, copy and paste the link below into your browser.

Park Alert Access Closures

A 2,000 acre wildfire has forced the closure of Minnewaska State Park Preserve since Sunday, April 24, 2016. Minnewaska will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 30 with restrictions. Click on the News tab above for full closure details or following the link on the upper right of this page to our Facebook page for information and updates.

Every Kid In A Park

You can leave your wallet in your pocket if you’re bringing your fourth grader to the park.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the “Connect Kids to Parks” program last week — a program that will allow fourth graders in the New York, along with their families, to get into State Parks for free.

This program comes following the nation-wide program titled “Every Kid in a Park,” which allows fourth graders and their families access to national parks free of charge! For more information:

2014-15 Annual Report

The Conservancy's 2014-15 Annual Report is now available for download.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Conservancy in 2014-15. We couldn't do it without you!

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PPC Annual Report 2014-15