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The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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Keegan Film Online

Local filmmaker Ken Sargeant has put together a wonderful short film about Barry Keegan's recent visit to the Arboretum. In addition to showing Barry demonstrating flint-knapping and firemaking techniques, Ken has interspersed details from a rare 17th century Dutch map and some of Theodore Cornu's evocative drawings of Lenape life on the Croton and Hudson rivers.

See more of Ken's films on YouTube.


Special Event, October 15

Native American crafts expert Barry Keegan will build an authentic wigwam in the Arboretum and use it—along with his replicas of bows, arrows, axes, buckskin, fire-making tools and pottery—to recreate the daily life of the Leni Lenape people, who lived in the Croton area at the time of Henry Hudson’s voyage.

The event will take place from October 12-15 at the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. The first three days will be exclusively for the 4th grade students at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School and the last day, Saturday, October 15, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to limited parking, visitors must park on Fox Road and take a shuttlebus into the Arboretum. The wigwam will be located a short walk from the drop-off point.

Barry Keegan was the supervisor of Native American Programs for the New York State Historical Association and Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY. He is currently a museum consultant and gives classes and demonstrations of historic and prehistoric crafts at a variety of events. He created numerous replica Lenape artifacts for an exhibit at Ellis Island, and was filmed by the History Channel, for “Mystery Quest: the Stonehenge Archer,” making a bow and arrows which he shot at bones to compare impact-marks to those on archaeological remains. He is also a contributor to Wilderness Way and the Bulletin of Primitive Technology magazines.


Treeline is Online

The Fall 2011 issue of Treeline has been mailed to all members and can be read online here. If you're not a member, please support the Arboretum and become a member today.


Hudson River Day

We will have a booth at the Croton Yacht Club's third annual “Hudson River Day” celebration on Saturday, September 10th, from 11 AM - 4 PM. The purpose of the event is to promote interest in the history and ecology of the river, to cultivate future local environmental leaders and to promote, enhance and protect river-related recreational resources.

The event will include a combination of presentations and hands on exhibits throughout the day targeting both children and adults, focusing on the history and ecology of the river. Presentations will address river history, river ecology, and environmental and conservation movements.

Events and exhibits will include: a seining exhibition where local marine life will be captured, displayed and later released; viewing tanks where local marine life can be identified and observed; exhibits on the river’s impact on local American history, boat manufacturing and restoration, current marine research; hands on exhibits for children such as toy sailboat making, fossil making and fish printing; sail boat rides; local artist displays and sales.

Food and beverages will be available, including the best fish chowder on the Hudson. Admission is free so please join us in this fun-filled, educational and family-focused event.

The Croton Yacht Club located at 6 Elliot Way in Croton-on-Hudson.


Microbust During Storm Damages Arboretum

The violent storm that brought torrential rain, quarter-sized hail and "microbursts" of strong wind to Croton and Ossining on July 29th also tore through the Arboretum, toppling about a dozen large trees and tearing off countless branches. The golf course superintendant at Hudson National witnessed the storm and saw the gusts of wind move diagonally through the Arborteum.

The National Weather Service determined that the damage in the area was caused by a "wet microburst", a very localized column of sinking air, producing damage similar to, but distinguishable from, a tornado. A wet microburst is accompanied by significant precipitation and melting ice—particularly hail—appears to play an important role in the formation of the sudden downbursts of air.

"Storm damage was terrible," said Arboretum President Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "In addition to heartbreaking damage to some of our most treasured trees, many of the large black birch trees that have been weakened by disease were broken off at their roots or pulled out of the ground. Three huge legacy trees near the entrance had limbs twisted off the trunks."

"Thankfully Danny Ferguson immediately cleared the loop trail connecting the parking lot with the gazebo, but there is at least one hanger (a partially severed limb), dangling from the tulip tree near Norma’s Garden."

"Our top priority is getting arborists to remove any dangerous hangers and to try to clean and correct damage to trunks near the trails. Our second priority is replacing lost trees —particularly near Con Edison’s right of way—before invasive brush and vines move into the Arboretum."

"We also need to cut up and clear away the massive volume of fallen limbs and tree trunks. It's an daunting job, but at least it can be done by volunteers and workers safely on the ground."

"Stay tuned to our website and newsletter for updates on this critical reforestation project."