The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080
    Email:
    [email protected]


    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/NATURE CENTER

    The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department operates one of the state's only municipal  nature center's which houses a variety of plants and animals along with an array of cutting edge sustainability displays. The Department also boasts a year round Environmental Education Program that operates out of a variety of Kingston's parks and strives to educate local school students and adults so they are more literate of the natural world around them and the boundless opportunities available in the park system.

     

    Weekly Wednesday Winter Virtual Nature Series 

    Kingston Parks and Recreation is happy to announce a weekly nature program starting February 10th- March 24th 2021. Every Wednesday at 9am we will be releasing a new video featuring a winter topic (see list below). Each video will be two parts. The first will be a teaching video discussing important vocabulary and demonstrating real life examples of the topic. The second video will be a hands on experiment/ activity for you to do at home or in school. Included with each video release will be fun worksheets. These videos are designed for grades Pre K- 3rd but all are welcome to watch and participate. We hope you will join us along our winter adventure.  

    Date  Nature Series (Part 1) Nature Activity (part 2)   Worksheet Activity (PreK-2)   Worksheet Activity (3-5)
     Feb. 10, 2021 Winter Survival  DIY Snow 
    Survival Matching Game
    Survival Crossword
     Feb. 17, 2021
    Scat, Tracks and Nests 
    Play Dough Footprints  Footprint Matching Game 
    Scat and Tracks Discovery 
     Feb. 24, 2021 Plants in Winter 
    Seed Growing  
    Seasonal Tree Art  Venn Diagram Conifer vs. Deciduous 
     Mar. 3 2021 Mammals  Insulation Experiment 
     Acrostic Poetry All or Some? 
     Mar. 10, 2021
    Birds 
    DIY Bird Feeders  Native or Non-Native 
    Hummingbird Detective 
     Mar. 17, 2021

    Reptiles Part 1 

    Reptiles Part 2

    Soft Shell vs. Hard Shell   Reptile Tissue Collage
    Snake Dinner Party 
    Mar. 24, 2021 
    Insects  DIY Bug Home    Ladybug Math Monarch Math 


     For more information about each program click on the date above to see our program curriculum including vocabulary, materials, step by step instructions for the experiment, and a quick summary of the worksheets.  

     

     

     

    School Programming Registration On Hold 

    We are excited, as always to start the new year with you all, ready and engaged to explore our natural world, both in the classroom and in the field. This year, we are happy to offer the following programs as part of our regular registration:

    Into the Forest

    Day in the Life of the Hudson River

    What's a Watershed

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Rethink!

    Winter Bird Watch 

    Maple Sugaring at Hasbrouck Park

    Owl Pellet Dissection

    Forsyth Nature Center Self-Guided Tour

    Forsyth Nature Center Zoology Program

    Hudson River Ecology

    Kayaking 101

    You can connect to the registration site via www.kingstonparksandrec.org 


    Annual Reports

    2011 Annual Report

    2012/2013  Bi-Annual Report

    2014 Annual Report

    2017 Annual Report

    2018 Annual Report 

    2020 Annual Report

    A detailed calendar of events is available Click here


    For more information about the Forsyth Nature Center and how you can become involved, please visit

    www.forsythnaturecenter.org, a website of the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, a 501c3

    not for profit whose mission is to support all the work of the Nature Center.


    Additional Links

    Register for a Program/Reserve Facility

    Junior Naturalist Summer Program

    Emerald Ash Borer Information

    Photo Gallery

    Public Kayaking 2019 

     Contact Information

    Mark DeDea
    Forsyth Nature Center Caretaker
    157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston, NY (No Mail)
    845-339-3053
    [email protected]

    Julie Noble
    Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator 
    467 Broadway, Kingston, NY
    845-481-7339
    [email protected]

    KC Keegan-Twombly
    Environmental Educator
    467 Broadway, Kingston, NY 
    845-481-7336
    [email protected]