National Park Week!

2016 was the centennial year for the creation of the National Park Service and April 15-23, 2017 is “National Park Week” when admission to all of our national parks is free! Did you know that there are three National Park units in the Cayuga Lake watershed area? In this episode (#134) of Walk in the Park, we’ll explore them and then go out on trails. You can watch this show on Ithaca area TV (see the schedule below) or right here online anytime, anywhere in the embedded video right here.

In 2017, you can watch it on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1) on the following schedule:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Woods and Waterfalls!

Walk in the Park episode 109. On TV and online here!

Frequent heavy rains have swollen the creeks of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and filled our waterfalls to capacity. We look at the big waterfall in Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY on west side of Cayuga Lake, and at Ludlowville Falls in Salmon Creek in Lansing, NY on the east flank of Cayuga Lake. Then we head into the woods at Kingsbury Woods Conservation Area in the Town of Danby south of Ithaca, NY, owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, including considering damage from a tornado in 2011. And we watch hikers hurry while drenched in a downpour in Buttermilk Glen along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca. Finally, we resume our look at “Grand Canyons” across the country, this time going to the Great Gulf Wilderness in White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, in the Presidential Range including Mt. Washington, the highest summit in New England.

2017 encore cablecast remaining schedule:

Saturday, July 29,  8 PM

Sunday, July 30, 10 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, July 31, 6 PM

Walk in the Park episode 109. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly local public access TV series. You can see all of our episodes and other videos on our video blog, and see our schedule of cablecasts on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3.
Check out our popular books, ITHACA-the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, and A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE in STONE.

Wild Cayuga Lake Shore

Walk in the Park episode 84

There is precious little wild, natural shoreline along most of the Finger Lakes, including the longest Finger Lake, Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes Land Trust has made a priority to protect remaining wild shorelines. In this episode (#84), we visit some wild shore on the west side of Cayuga Lake by boat (the MV Haendel of Ithaca Boat Tours) before it was protected, and now, on foot, when it is part of the VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve. This episode finishes off with a Park Minute: Skylight on Buttermilk Creek.

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY. See the cablecast schedule. Or watch it anytime, anywhere ONLINE right here:

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of the national award-winning book about one of our oldest and most famous state parks: A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Land Trust Preserves and Monarch Butterflies

New England aster wildflower, Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve, Finger Lakes Land Trust, near Ithaca, NY in the Town of Dryden

New England aster at the entrance to the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve near Ithaca, NY.

In episode 58 of Walk in the Park TV, we visit two Finger Lakes Land Trust Nature Preserves: Ellis Hollow Preserve in the Cascadilla Creek watershed east of Ithaca, NY and the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve in the upper Sixmile Creek watershed between Dryden, NY and Slaterville Springs and next to Hammond Hill. While there, we take a close look at a monarch butterfly and consider its life cycle and reasons for its serious recent decline.

Watch this episode this week on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3) at the following schedule, or right here online!

End of Summer, Music, Lake Parks, Waterfalls, Cops and Kids

Williams Glen waterfall, Ithaca NY, Taughannock Blvd., Scenic Views route, Cayuga Lake

This waterfall in Williams Glen is visible along Rte. 89 at the Ithaca city/town line.

Episode 56 of Walk in the Park TV appears on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channel, recorded 9/18/13. See the schedule for this show.

This week, we ponder the end of summer with music events (such as Porchfest), goldenrod vs. ragweed, waterfalls near and far, a closer look at the new Cayuga Lake view exhibit at East Shore Park; Cops, Kids and Toys motorcycle ride around Cayuga Lake; and a discussion of why swimming is no longer permitted at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve and Trail Dedication

Episode 49 of Walk in the Park TV features the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s dedication of new lands, and a trail and boardwalk (“Howard’s Walk”) at the Roy H. Park Preserve in the Town of Dryden east of Ithaca, NY. Cablecasts continue on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it online below.

Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve, Tompkins County, Finger Lakes, NY

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in the Town of Dryden, NY. Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Land Trust

“This diverse, scenic, and inviting 217-acre preserve is a short drive from Ithaca, on the back roads of Dryden, and encompasses portions of an extensive forest, rolling meadows, wetlands, a rugged stretch of Six-Mile Creek along its headwaters. The preserve borders Yellow Barn State Forest, Hammond Hill State Forest, and the Cornell Old 600 Natural Area, making it an important connector in a larger array of some 8,000 acres of protected lands. The preserve adds another gem to the “Emerald Necklace,” the Land Trust’s initiative to create a continuous crescent of 50,000 acres of protected lands around Ithaca, and is the first major protected land linkage achieved under that initiative.” (See web page)

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust east of Ithaca, NY and next to Hammond Hill State Forest of New York DEC, in the Town of Dryden.

New boardwalk dedicated on May 31, 2013, part of "Howard's Walk" at the Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Hammond Hill State Forest.

Our show features remarks by Andy Zepp, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, Ken Lynch, Director of Region 7 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Mary Ann Sumner, Town of Dryden Supervisor.

Waterfall at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls State Park

The show continues with photos and video of the beauty of water in a gorge (Buttermilk Falls State Park), and the Cayuga Nation Picnic, part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign this year.

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

And now, the show!

See all my episodes of Walk in the Park TV.