Travel & Outdoor

FREE ecology walk along the North Pastures Trail

Registration for this event is full. 

Join Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for an ecology walk along the North Pastures Trail and through the adjacent forest to explore the signs left to us by the Shakers, to ponder past uses of the land and plants, and to find out who is making their home in meadow and woods, now.

The walk will be guided by Claudia and Conrad Vispo, ecologists with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, whose goal is to foster informed, active compassion for the ecological and cultural landscape of Columbia County, NY through participatory research and outreach.

Claudia is a botanist who, after studying plants in Germany, Indonesia, and Venezuela, has spent more than a decade documenting and teaching about plants in and around Columbia County.

Conrad grew up in Columbia County and, before returning here and focusing on agroecology, he conducted research on a variety of organisms, including mammals, birds and fish in a variety of places, including the woods of northern Wisconsin and tropical Venezuela. His passion is understanding historical and modern patterns of animal and human ecology on the land. 

This event is weather dependent and is limited to 20 participants. 

Date and Time
  • September 29, 2018
  • 2:30PM – 4:00PM
  • Historic Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
  • 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125

Registration for this event is full. 


Sep 29, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125

518-794-9100 x220

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers. The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators. In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.