Professor leads walking tour at Olana

GREENPORT–Rebecca Pinder PhD, associate professor of biological sciences at Columbia-Greene Community College, will provide nature lovers with a close, personal look at the hemlocks located throughout the Olana State Historic Site’s 250-acre, artist-designed landscape.
Ms. Pinder will be leading this Walking Tour at the site, 5720 State Route 9G, Saturday, April 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Participants joining her on the walk will be invited to locate hemlocks on the Olana
property and take part in an immersive “tree mapping project” by the artist Jean Shin.

Ms. Shin’s The‘Fallen’ art exhibition, celebrating the ecological importance and historical significance of hemlock trees, opens at Olana May 1 and will be on view through October 31.
“Right now hemlocks face the threat of an invasive pest: the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid,”
Ms. Pinder explained in a press release. “The walk that I am leading will help guests identify these magnificent trees, and we will discuss their history and the current threat. Participants will have a chance to tag a hemlock as part of Jean Shin’s exhibit too.”

Admission is $15 per person, or $10 for members of Olana. To purchase tickets, visit
More information about The ‘Fallen’ is available at

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