The Art Effect

The Art Effect empowers youth in the Hudson Valley through the arts and media. Our programming sequence supports the personal and professional development of youth and provides them with the tools and support necessary to explore the arts, gain meaningful experiences, and eventually excel in their chosen tracks. It is our commitment to support personal growth, self-expression, cooperation, and enhanced human services to build the creative community of the Hudson Valley.

Ashokan Field Campus

An outdoor education center locqated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Programs are designed to enrich classrooms and to help meet the NY State Learning Standards through hands-on lessons in the natural sciences, social studies and adventure education.

Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking

The Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College has worked since 1982 with approximately 45,000 teachers from hundreds of schools and colleges in its professional development programs.


A unique combination of art museum and vinyard owned and operated by Mark Miller, world renowned illustrator.

Bright Beginnings Family Services

Bright Beginnings Preschool is a state licensed day care provider where you will find the best of early childhood situations- a preschool learning environment with a NYS certified teacher and a developmentally appropriate program, combined with a nurturing, close-knit family atmosphere.

Central Hudson

A subsidiary of CH Energy Group, Inc.

Dutchess County Arts Council

The Dutchess County Arts Council was established in 1964 as a private, nonprofit arts service organization to promote and coordinate cultural activity and development in Dutchess County.

Dutchess Community College

Dutchess Community College is part of the State University of New York [SUNY] system, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. Dutchess Community College [known locally as "DCC"] was founded in 1957, accepting its first freshman class in September of 1958. DCC recently celebrated its fourth decade of excellence and service to Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson region. The College offers Associate's degrees and certificates, and open, accessible admissions and registration procedures. The College currently offers the lowest part-time and full-time tuition.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

The FDR Presidential Library is one of eleven Presidential Libraries. This nationwide network of libraries is administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), located in College Park, MD. These are not traditional libraries, but rather repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents since Herbert Hoover.

Garrison Art Center

Garrison Art Center, located on the banks of the Hudson, offers serious programs along with fun events and everything in between, for all ages, all year long. The Riverside Galleries consist of two exhibition spaces that feature quality exhibitions and educational shows throughout the year.

The education program offers classes seven days a week in five state-of-the-art studios. Our ceramic studio is reputed as one of the best in the Hudson Valley. The printmaking studio is set up for silkscreen and etching in all its forms, with a large professional press. We have one of the few remaining film darkrooms in the area. In addition, our studios are available to artists at reasonable rental prices and the Art Center is open to the community for hosting meetings, events and small parties. The Art Center education staff designs birthday party workshops for kids and special workshops for all ages.

Throughout the year the Art Center hosts numerous community events that offer a varied degree of participation for people of all ages and experiences. The Art Center Board, Staff, Teaching Artists and Volunteers are enthusiastically involved in ensuring that art thrives in our local and larger communities.

Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley

Promoting Cultural awareness and general knowledge of the Hudson Valley's bridge history and the art of civil engineering, architecture and bridge science for the benefit of the public. 

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Clearwater is home to the New Hudson River School, an internationally-renowned set of shipboard and on-land programs. These experiences add inspiration - a love of nature and a sense of place - to offerings in science, history, and culture.

Hudson Valley Materials Exchange

Recycling resource supplying a variety of unique and interesting low cost materials for hands-on curriculum, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style that focuses our energy and resources on script, actors, and audience. We communicate the stories with energy, clarity and invention and we distill rather than embellish the language and action. We challenge ourselves and our audiences to take a fresh look at what is essential in Shakespeare's plays.

Hudson Valley Writing Project

The Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) at the State University of New York, New Paltz is a teacher professional development organization that seeks to improve the teaching of writing and to promote literacy development at all levels of education. As a site of the National Writing Project, HVWP provides powerful learning opportunities for teachers, creating programs that are relevant to the needs of educators, students and schools in the Hudson Valley region.

Huguenot Historical Society

Historic Huguenot Street is a center of history and culture whose mission is to collect, preserve and share with the public an inspiring story of an American community as it evolved from the 17th century to the present day.

Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The Institute of Ecosystem Studies Education Program fosters ecological literacy in students, teachers, young scientists, professionals, decision makers and the general public.

Locust Grove

Multi-disciplinary learning adventures led by trained interpreters and full of hands-on activities that maximize the rich cultural and natural resources of the Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site.

Marist College

Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine and the Princeton Review, and by Barron's Best Buys in College Education, is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Mediation Center of Dutchess County

The Mediation Center's mission is to provide and promote conflict prevention, management, resolution services, and education to benefit individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in Dutchess County

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum  shall awaken children's intellectual curiosity, stir their imagination, give children the joy of exploration and discovery, and inspire creative approaches to problem solving through interactive educational experiences where all children and families can play, learn and grow together.

Mid-Hudson Library System

Brings together the resources of member libraries and their branches in the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster.

Mid-Hudson Retired Educators

MARTA was formed to keep retired educators in touch with one another and their profession. It started solely as a social group, but has expanded in scope to include many related stimulating opportunities such as daily trips, hands-on activities, discussions of issues, and providing scholarships. With a membership of over 600 persons, MARTA has come to be a staunch group for disseminating information pertinent to its members and its communities

Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve protects 8,000 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspires people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. For over three decades, the Preserve has provided innovative education programs bringing more than 100,000 children into nature. Its award-winning Field Studies (K-6), STEM. Investigations (6-12) and Outreach Programs are inquiry- and standards-based. All are supported by NatureAccess® where Universal Design underpins experiential lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Mount Gulian Historic Site

Mount Gulian’s experiential, curriculum-based school programs expand classroom lessons and give students the opportunity to acquire historical knowledge and skills through their use of the museum’s extensive collection of primary documents, authentic artifacts and reproductions. The collection includes: tools, maps, costumes, muskets and journals.

Mount St. Mary College

The Mount offers 47 undergraduate programs. Foundation courses in the liberal arts and sciences will give individuals an appreciation of the achievements of humankind and the thinking and communication skills for a successful life.

National Audubon Society

Audubon’s Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.  For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it.  A powerful combination of science, education and policy expertise combine in efforts ranging from protection and restoration of local habitats to the implementation of policies that safeguard birds, other wildlife and the resources that sustain us all—in the U.S. and Across the Americas.

National Park Service VanderbiltFranklin Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt Sites:

The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. If offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few.

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site contains "Springwood", the lifelong home of America's only 4-term President. Also on the site is the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Visitors may enjoy a guided tour of FDR's home, take a self-guided tour of the Museum, or stroll the grounds, gardens, and trails of this 300-acre site.

"The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again," Eleanor Roosevelt once told a friend. This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house near the Hudson River she called Val-Kill, the only home that was ever hers. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady, Val-Kill welcomes the visitor as Mrs. Roosevelt welcomed her many guests. Visitors may tour Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the lovely gardens and grounds on the site.

New York State Marine Education Association

NYSMEA exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources within the scientific, commercial, and educational communities. We hold an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, and boat trips and produce a monthly newsletter, "The Strandline", which alerts members to upcoming activities and new postings on our Web site. Our Web site also includes lesson plans, job postings, research opportunities, field trip destinations, and marine-related links.

Pacific Wrecks

Pacific Wrecks Incorporated's mission is to share information about World War II in the Pacific and stories of veterans and the relics still remaining in remote parts of the south Pacific. For the past 11 years, the website, has shared information with veterans and their families.  Millions of people from around the world have visited the website and thousand have shared stories and information for others to view.

Pinchot Institute for Conservation

The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. We accomplish this through nonpartisan research, education, and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Our mission is to cultivate a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley. On our member-supported farm in the City of Poughkeepsie, we grow fresh vegetables and fruit for our CSA, train future farmers, provide hands-on educational programs, and improve access to healthy locally-grown food.

Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited for saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up river fronts to the public and preserve the valley's inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date Scenic Hudson has created and enhanced more than 40 parks up and down the Hudson River and preserved more than 25,000 acres.

Senate House

In 1777, a year after Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence proclaimed the 13 American colony's freedom from English rule, this limestone building housed the first meeting of New York's newly organized State Senate. A "government on the run" being chased north from New York City by the British Army, the state government moved to Kingston in February of 1777, and took up residence in the Ulster County Courthouse in order to create a formal state constitution.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site [formerly known as Mills Mansion]

Staatsburg [formerly known as Mills Mansion], is an elegant example of the great estates built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age. This period, also known as the American Renaissance, lasted approximately from 1876 to 1917, and was marked by America's rapid economic growth and emergence as a world power.

Stony Kill Environmental Education Center

Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center is an education center dedicated to enhancing environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world.

SUNY New Paltz

A highly recognized member of the State University System housing a much honored school of education. A strong supporter of MHTC and home to our main offices.

Town of Hyde Park Historical Society

The purpose of the organization is to preserve and display artifacts relating to Hyde Park's heritage. While the splendor of the gilded age is well represented by the homes of the wealthy river families, we strike a historical balance to show how the townspeople lived.

Ulster Community College

Ulster County Community College, a dynamic, comprehensive community college, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, serves over 11,000 credit and noncredit students each year. SUNY Ulster is a student-centered community college providing innovation and excellence in learning.

Vassar College

Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country (1999 TIME/Princeton Review College of the Year), Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Wallkill Public Library


World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley offers non-partisan information and educational opportunities to promote citizen understanding and participation in world affairs. The Council is particularly committed to reaching high school and college youth through school outreach, collaborative programming, and internships.


At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.