Burroughs monument hike this weekend in Shandaken

Shandaken — Celebrate naturalist John Burroughs’ 175th birthday year with a hike up Rochester Hollow in the Town of Shandaken on Saturday May 12 to see a monument to naturalist John Burroughs.
Meet at noon at the Rochester Hollow trailhead parking lot on Matyas Road just off Route 28 between Pine Hill and Big Indian. Registration is not required for the hike, which will be cancelled if there is heavy rain at 11 a.m. For weather confirmation, call 586-4973.

The hike is co-sponsored by Woodchuck Lodge Inc. and the John Burroughs Association, which maintain Burroughs’ historic retreats in Roxbury, Delaware County and in West Park on the Hudson.
The easy tramp is less than four miles round trip, and is perfect for families. The destination is a concrete monument erected in 1922 by the boys of the private Riordan School in Highland. The students also planted 4,000 trees in memory of the popular naturalist who died in 1921.

John Wadlin of Highland will provide some history of the Riordan School along the way. Participants are invited to bring favorite Burroughs passages to share at the memorial site.

The Burroughs hike follows a 10 a.m. stream walk and talk sponsored by the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. To attend the morning stream walk, register at gr283@cornell.edu.