In 1990, the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District initiated the development of an environmental education center on the banks of the Hudson River. Utilizing a 52.4 acre parcel donated to Greene County by The Nature Conservancy in the 1970s, the District drafted a phased development plan and worked to secure grants from a variety of sources. The Preserve provides access to the Hudson River shoreline and the property is characterized by several distinct forest types, tidal wetlands, rolling hills as well as steep slopes near the river.
In 1996, the District entered into a partnership with Columbia Greene Community College to undertake the development of an Environmental Field Station which could support the college's programs as well as be used by other environmental education organizations. The District coordinated the construction of a 30'x40' structure which contains a lab, classroom and prep space. The building was constructed primarily by GCSWCD, CGCC, Greene County Buildings and Grounds Department, Greene County Highway Department, and the Town of Athens Highway Department. Some work, such as the roof system was contracted to private builders.
In 1998, the District also constructed a pond and wetland area in the preserve. The pond increases educational opportunities at the Preserve and is located in the upper portion of the property. The pond also provides increased open space for species diversity.
The Cohotate Preserve has Hudson River frontage and is open to the public to enjoy. The Cohotate Preserve is open year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, and plant and wildlife viewing. Trails include interpretive signs to inform you about birds, wildlife, and forest habitats. Bring your sense of curiosity, as you picnic on the remains of an ice house foundation at the river's edge. Watch for bald eagles and great blue herons from one of the preserve's several observation platforms.
Location: Route 385, Town of Athens, Greene County, NY
Hours: Trails are open dawn to dusk, year-round.
Admission: No fees
Parking: Please use the gravel parking lot at the entrance off of Route 385.
Trash: This is a carry-in, carry-out area. There are no trash containers located on-site.
Pets: Pets are allowed, if leashed and under control. We ask that you clean up after your pet and prevent them from disturbing the wildlife.