Author: Susan Wilmink

Behind the Scenes at Bear Mountain

Our first Rockland Underground Tour of 2018! On March 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, join PIPC Director of Development, Matthew Shook, for a tour of the historic Bear Mountain Inn, a centerpiece of a unique park system that stretches from the edge of NYC through the Hudson Valley. Established in 1915, the Inn has a long and fascinating history.  Learn about its former visitors and its power source in the depths of Lake Hessian! Free passes will be provided to the nearby Bear Mountain Ice Rink for those interested in skating after the tour.  TO SIGN UP

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Enjoy the Thaw

This lovely photo of a snowy Kennedy Dells Park comes from Peggy Opalek and appears this month in KRB’s “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar. To get to this magical location (355 North Main Street, New City – then follow Trail B)


1. Skating in Tallman State Park — There are shallow ponds that quickly freeze – and a group of skate-enthusiasts who usually shovel the snow (and sometimes even build a fire nearby!) Use the entrance to the park north of the Filling Station/9W Market @ 243 RT 9W, Palisades, NY. Walk for about 10 minutes and grab the larger trailhead that goes off on your left. After walking another 10 minutes or so, the ponds will be off to the right – follow one of the raised trails to get there.

2. Dutchtown for Cross Country Skiing – scoot along the Hudson, starting on the trail in Dutchtown (just south of Haverstraw, follow road past Tilcon quarry, past a small playground; there is a parking area at trailhead) and head on into Hook Mountain State Park. The hearty can end up at Rockland Lake or in Upper Nyack. Map

3. Strap on Some Snowshoes in Harriman – Here are some fun tips for taking on the Kakiat Trail in Harriman.

4. Gaze at Ice Sculptures at Buttermilk Falls – As things freeze and thaw, take a short (and possibly slippery – so consider taking a pole) hike up to Buttermilk Falls @ 199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack) Directions

5. Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink – Great music, skates to rent, and a killer view. Always a bonus! Getting there


These tips brought to you through support from January’s sponsor: Orange & Rockland 

To get the KRB 20th Anniversary Calendar (and help support our environmental education & cleanup programs), go here. There are still a few available!

To reach Peggy Opalek:

Order Your 2018 “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar Today!

Thanks to a supporting grant from Rockland County Tourism, KRB is offering its first art-house calendar. It is filled to the brim with amazing images of Rockland’s natural wonders, thanks to the contributions of several wonderful local photographers. The calendar is on sale now through our website and at local retailers. Buy one for yourself, or order in bulk to give to friends, family, clients, customers, employees etc. Bonus: These are tax-deductible gifts that express how much you care about your community and the environment!

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Lovely Hike & A Cleanup: Round 2

After successfully restoring the natural beauty of Pine Meadow Lake, KRB, Rockland Conservation and Service Corps, and NY/NJ Trail Conference volunteers are teaming up again to Take Back the Trail, this time at Bear Mountain State Park, on September 10th.  To help us clean a section of the Appalachian Trail meet at 9:00am at the parking lot near the Bear Mountain Inn.

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2017 Great American Cleanup – Highlights!

Every year, we produce a summary booklet about our biggest cleanup campaign of the year. We try and capture the flavor and unique moments enjoyed along the way – in every corner of Rockland! It’s also a way for us to thank our Cleanup Leaders, Volunteers, Partners and Sponsors who make this entire coordinated effort possible. It was penned by KRB’s Cleanup Coordinator Kevin Lowenwirth and put together by Susan Wilmink, our Development Officer. Thanks to all who contributed images and information…and of course all the down & dirty work that went into the campaign! Here’s the PDF file of the printed piece. If you’d like a paper version, please email:

The Suite-est Sponsors

Thank you so much to Jordan Craig Machinery who is our new Event Sponsor for our upcoming night with the Boulders on 6/22! Their support will be helping us to provide food and drink in our suite – and support our environmental education and cleanup programs. The suite was donated by Sterling Bank as part of Active International’s Charity Challenge. Our Board Vice President, Spencer Lauterbach (The Lauterbach Law Firm), will be the suite’s host that evening, where he’ll be joined by other Suite Sponsors, including Duke of OilGary’s Gutters, SolarCity and the law firm of Peña & Kahn. Thanks so much for supporting Keep Rockland Beautiful’s programs…by having a night of fun!

Tree Posers Spotted at Rockland Lake!

So it was indeed cloudy with a chance of rainbows on 5/14 – apparently ideal growing weather for trees! Thank you to all who came out for our first ever “Mother’s Day for Mother Earth” event, where a whole bunch of trees lined up for a moment of community and to be photographed by drone. To see drone footage  Thanks to everyone who laughed at the elements and all our sponsors. With support from Orange & Rockland, Wegmans, Ascape Landscape & the JCC, everyone left with lots of goodies – a very small token of KRB’s appreciation for all you fantastic trees in our life!!!  Here’s a nice article by the Journal News on the event – more pics will follow on our website and can already be found on our Facebook pages.  (Thanks for sharing this swell pic, Lauren Lopez!)

2017 Campaign Sponsors

Without the help and financial support of community-minded businesses, we would never be able to put together the Great American Cleanup. Here are this year’s Campaign Sponsors, who each contributed at the top level ($2,500+) to this year’s effort.

Thank you so much – you are all directly helping to make Rockland cleaner, greener & healthier for all!

2017 Great American Cleanup
Campaign Sponsors 

Aptar pharma
Atlantic / Tomorrow’s Office
Dan Caprara / Clarkstown Councilman
DocuWare Corporation
Orange & Rockland Inc.
Rockland County
Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority
Town of Clarkstown
Town of Orangetown