Hudson Highlands: Through Your Eyes

Join HHLT’s “Nature Time” Challenge This Fall!

Have you been enjoying our fun and educational Nature Time videos over the past few months? This is your chance to become a Nature Time star!

Throughout the months of September and October, we invite you to visit your favorite public open space in the Hudson Highlands—or even your own backyard—and tell us why you love it. Bring the whole family along, and shoot a short (three minutes or less) video of yourselves describing the nature all around you. Get creative and, most importantly, have fun!

Every video submission is eligible for a prize! Plus, video contributions will be featured on HHLT’s website, social media pages, and during our (virtual) annual benefit, coming up this winter. Grand prizes for the best videos will be awarded during the benefit. Everyone that submits a video will receive one FREE ticket to the benefit!

Bonus selfie challenge! Along the way, take photos of yourselves:

  • With any of these objects: colorful leaves, a cool rock, a large stick, an acorn, a wildflower, tree bark;
  • Posing like a tree;
  • Near a body of water (stream, pond, lake, etc.);
  • With something you find that you can eat;
  • With something that changes shape or color;
  • Near human footprints or animal tracks;
  • With a critter (insect, frog, etc.), but of course make sure it’s not harmed; and/or
  • In front of an interesting cloud.

Participation in the Nature Time Challenge is FREE, but donations of any amount are always welcome and appreciated. All donations directly support the conservation of the Hudson Highlands.

Get in touch with our Community Engagement Manager, Ashley Rauch, with any questions about the challenge. Videos and photos can be submitted to Ashley via email by October 31st (either as email attachments or in a DropBox folder).

Please be sure to follow these guidelines when heading outdoors, to keep yourself and other hikers safe and healthy:

  • Be prepared with appropriate attire and outdoor essentials (including face coverings);
  • Stick to local trails or your backyard;
  • Avoid large crowds and groups;
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6ft.) whenever possible; and
  • Help protect our natural resources by practicing “Leave No Trace” principles.

Don’t forget to use the mobile apps iNaturalist and Seek to help identify the plants, animals and natural features all around you. (You can learn how to use these apps on our website.)

We can’t wait to see the Hudson Highlands through your eyes!