It is a good time to see asters, goldenrods, and early fall color. Our guide is Steve Young, former Chief Botanist at the New York Natural Heritage Program. The walk is free (donations are welcome) and limited to 20 participants. Please preregister.
Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve was designated in 1977 and named after Mother Ann Lee, who founded America’s first Shaker settlement nearby in 1776. The Shakers dredged the pond in 1812 to provide water power for a mill. The Shakers also depended on the pond and its environs for fish, a variety of medicinal plants, and even ice that was harvested in the winter. The former Shaker Church Family site is now the location of the Shaker Heritage Society, just 200 yards north of the pond.
The walk is 1.7 miles on flat terrain. You can sign up online, email email@example.com, call 518-456-7890, x3, or sign up at the Shaker Heritage Museum Shop. Details will be included in your confirmation email. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the Shaker site after the walk.