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Frost Valley YMCA Model Forest

The Frost Valley Model Forest was opened in 2003, becoming the second operational forest in the New York City Watershed Model Forest Program. Developed in association with Frost Valley YMCA, this Model Forest spans 290 acres of YMCA property. As one of the nation's leading environmental education institutions, Frost Valley YMCA provides top-notch educational resources and a welcoming atmosphere that greatly enhances the Model Forest experience. Visitors to this Model Forest in southern Ulster County are blessed with amazing scenery, well-maintained recreational trails, and comprehensive learning opportunities, all leading to an unforgettable outdoor educational experience.

In its short history, the Frost Valley Model Forest has hosted informative woods walks and recreational hikes for landowners, local leaders, international dignitaries, foresters and loggers, interested citizens, and thousands of YMCA campers. Signs have been placed next to demonstration sites and other interesting locations along the forest’s road and trails. These signs allow visitors to stop, read about, and ponder what they are witnessing as they walk through the forest. In addition to outdoor opportunities, the Frost Valley Model Forest includes an indoor classroom. The classroom helps bolster the visitor's experience by providing a venue for indoor educational presentations, which can be followed by outdoor walks. The Frost Valley Model Forest is open during hours of daylight, year-round.

The Frost Valley Model Forest also supports a wealth of scientific research and a vigorous forest health monitoring program. Scientists from SUNY-ESF and USGS are monitoring forest regeneration, forest health, and water quality following a series of silvicultural treatments. Researchers are also investigating the ability of wood chips to sequester nitrogen flushes that typically occur after timber harvests. Through a series of fence exclosures, the research team is examining the effects of deer browsing on forest regeneration. Also, researchers at SUNY-ESF completed a 360-degree long-term photo-points project within each experimental compartment for the multi-purposes of research, outreach, and continuing education.

For More Information Please Click On The Following Links:

Frost Valley YMCA Model Forest Webpage

Watershed Agricultural Council Frost Valley Model Forest Webpage (Includes Driving Directions)



From Albany & Points North:

From NY Thruway Exit 19 (Kingston), go 30 miles West on Route 28. Look for signs on left side of road marked “Big Indian.” Turn left onto County Road 47 and go 14 miles to Frost Valley.

From Points South:

From the New York Thruway Exit 16 (Harriman) go 55 miles West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Take Route 55 East 10 miles to Curry. Look for sign on the right side of the road marked “Claryville.” Turn left onto County Road 19 and go 4 miles to Claryville. Turn left onto County Road 157 (which becomes County Road 47) and drive seven miles to Frost Valley.

Visitors to the Frost Valley Model Forest are asked to register at the Frost Valley Administration Building, one mile from the trail head. To contact Frost Valley directly, call (845) 985-2291.



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