John Burroughs talk set June 7; Woodchuck Lodge open for tours

“Learning about nature through the words of John Burroughs,” will be the topic of a talk by Tom Alworth on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury. This is the second of a summer series of family-friendly presentations about Burroughs and nature to be offered at the lodge where the renowned nature writer spent summers during the final 10 years of his life.
The lodge is about two miles off state Route 30 just north of the hamlet of Roxbury. Turn off Route 30 onto Hardscrabble Road, and then on Burroughs Memorial Road.
The talk will use excerpts from the books of John Burroughs, particularly “lessons” for young people.  “Introducing youth to the natural world is critical to good stewardship of our natural and built communities and promoting a sense of place,” explained Alworth, deputy commissioner of natural resources for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency that has helped fund major restoration efforts at Woodchuck Lodge.
Alworth, a former member of the Woodchuck Lodge Board of Directors, served until recently as the executive director of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. He holds a Master’s Degree in animal behavior from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), has worked as a curriculum writer and educator for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and served as assistant director of the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station in Albany County.
He then served as executive director at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment based in Amherst, MA before coming to the Catskill Center.
Woodchuck Lodge will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 and 8, as well as the first weekend of each month through October. There is no admission charge, but donations towards the restoration and upkeep of the building are greatly appreciated.