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Program Land Search for the 2023-2024 Season

Published August 2nd, 2023

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Wild Earth is seeking land for our future monthly, fall-spring weekend programs.

Due to the unusual rattlesnake activity and behavior we have observed at our land in Kerhonkson this summer, we will be taking a break from hosting our regular programming at that location as we create a land assessment process to inform our next steps.

In the meantime, we plan to relocate our Youth Year-Round Programs to alternate sites for the duration of the 2023-2024 program year.

If you own or have access to land that may be available for our use and align with our criteria as outlined below, please contact us at We fully trust that with the support of our networks we will find excellent alternate homes for our programs this year.


Contact us at


What we are searching for:

  • Forested land on which we would be permitted to go off-trail, with a relatively open understory and no significant poison ivy cover.

  • A minimum of 20 acres of such forest, more ideally 50+

  • Permission to make campfires (according to mutually agreed upon safety procedures).

  • Located within 15 miles (preferred) to 25 miles of the High Falls area.

We would prefer:

  • Access to a parking area or significant turn-around for conducting pick-up and drop-off with families

  • Access to stream and/or hose water

  • Access to an indoor space (for inclement weather and/or emergency use only)

We can provide:

  • Compensation in the form of rental fees (typically $5 per day per program participant)

  • Certificate of insurance

  • Documentation of land use practices & safety procedures

Abby SchmeichelAbby SchmeichelAbby Schmeichel, Communications Coordinator

Abby grew up in NY, VA, IL, and PA moving frequently and living in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural environments. She discovered a passion for the outdoors in the backyard spaces of her many childhood homes: collecting acorns under oak trees in VA, hunting for snails in a small garden in the Bronx, exploring a thin strip of forest separated by farms in northern Illinois, and many more. Abby enjoys working outdoors with youth and communicating the wonders of the natural world, skills which she developed over the last 5 years as an educator at several outdoor schools in WY, WA, and MT and as a researcher, outreach coordinator and administrator in MT. She recently moved back to NY to be near family and was excited to join the Wild Earth team in 2022. More about Abby's work.

1 thought on “Program Land Search for the 2023-2024 Season”

  1. James Cruickshank says:

    Yes I think we would be a nice fit.
    We have 400 acres in Big Indian NY with 30 acres of meadows and 1.1 miles of upper esopus frontage.
    If you don’t mind me asking, how many usually participate and does that number vary?

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