Sunday, April 6, 2014

Introduction to Letterboxing at Pine Hollow Arboretum

Introduction to Letterboxing at Pine Hollow Arboretum

Come out on  Saturday, May 3, 2014  from 1:00 - 3:00 pm for
an Introduction to Letterboxing Workshop
being held at Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY

Are you curious about what letterboxing is all about?  
Join us for a introductory workshop on this fast growing pastime. 
 Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby perfect for people of all ages!
It combines elements of hiking with treasure hunting, 
allowing visitors to explore the arboretum in a new way.  

This event will be facilitated by two well known local letterboxers:  
Tamsyn and Sahalie (their trail names).  
Everyone is welcome!  

Please dress appropriately for walking outdoors on the arboretum grounds

Monday, March 17, 2014


Dear Members and Friends of the Arboretum:

Spring is on its way and we need your help!

To help launch Pine Hollow Arboretum’s 2014 season, we are inviting you to an informational volunteer meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.  If you are interested in lending a hand and want to learn more about how you can help make a difference please join us.  

Some of our needs include:
  • Help with gardening under the direction of our property manager
  • Be a greeter at the Visitor Center on weekends (flexible hours)
  • Help with our Spring/Fall Open Houses and various workshops
  •  Assist with fundraising and promotional activities
Our active season runs from April through October.  If you are interested in joining a great group of energetic and nature loving people please join us and bring a friend!  The meeting will be held at the Visitor Center, 16 Maple Avenue, Slingerlands.  

For planning purposes, if you would like to attend, please respond to this email at: 

If you are unable to make it but would still like to help please respond anyway and we will personally get back in touch with you.   

Thank you!

Monday, January 20, 2014


On a cold Sunday after a few inches of snow the night before, I woke to sunshine and white clouds in a blue sky. I drove over the few miles I live from Pine Hollow Arboretum and photographed some of the landscape, trails and trees. I saw rabbit, squirrel, and mouse tracks there ahead of me but it was obvious I was the first person to be walking over a lot of the fields since the last snow anyway. The ponds all had a white snow sheet (not deep enough to be a blanket) and the trees themselves only a light layer of snow. I did find one set of footprints in the area near Russian Pond. I put my shoe up next to them to try and measure their size. They were bigger than mine but I can’t be sure if these were the footprints of the legendary “big foot” or not. The sun went behind clouds and it was cold enough numb my fingers. My plan of having nice shadow and sun patches didn’t work out. Of course when I got back to my house the sun was shining again. I did take some interesting pictures I liked. Here is a sample I’d like to share.

--Alan Casline

View of Visitors Center Patio

Let me get this straight

Japanese Hill Dusted With Snow

Proof: Green Grass in January

Snow White Pond Surface

Bird's Food, A Few Small Red Berries

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Snow and freezing weather got you stuck indoors?  Take a John Abbuhl led tour of Pine Hollow Arboretum on YouTube anytime of the year.  Enjoy the images of the Arboretum while learning more about the natural history and individual trees on the grounds. Use the link below or go to the arboretum website home page ( and click on the Pine Hollow Arboretum Video Tours heading under "Links".  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Channel 13 News Interviews John Abbuhl About Pine Hollow Arboretum

Phil Bayly of Sunday Forum 13, Channel 13 News interviews John Abbuhl about Pine Hollow Arboretum. Show is set to air Sunday, November 24 at 6:00 a.m. If you're not an early riser you can watch it from the WNYT website ( once the T.V. station posts it later that day. Look for it under the Forum 13 heading off the home page.
Congratulations John and thank you Helen Figge for making this happen!

Sunday, September 1, 2013


The Pine Hollow Arboretum is happy to announce that we have partnered up with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for our first bird watch which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center.   Craig Thompson, Audubon member and recently retired director of Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will lead the walk around the arboretum and will teach us techniques about finding and identifying birds.  He will also answer questions you may have about attracting birds to your own yard. Craig recommends bringing along a notebook and pencil to jot down notes and identifiable bird features so you can look them up in a bird book afterwards. This event is free and open to the public.  Please bring binoculars if you have them but if you don't they have a some to share.  Also, make sure to wear long, comfortable pants and closed toe shoes.  We will have some breakfast treats and beverages as well.   **Please note, if there is a steady rain on the morning of the event we will have to reschedule.**

Also, during the month of September, the Bethlehem Public Library will be showing artwork created by our very own members and friends who have been artistically inspired by their visits to the arboretum.  There will be over 30 works of art displayed including photographs, oil and acrylic paintings and drawings.  It is something you will not want to miss!  The work will be on display starting Tuesday, September 3, 2013 during library hours.

We hope to see you soon and thank you for your continued supportrday, Sept. 7 @ 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center.   Craig Thompson, Audubon member and recently retired director of Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will lead the Craig recommends bringrt

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


We are fortumate to have some of the art work from the Bethlehem Central School District hanging in our Visitors Center for the summer.  The art works are from a cross section of the School grades and in a variety of styles.  The Visitors Center is open on weekends from  10 - 4 for you to enjoy .  A good thing to do on a rainy day!  

Students with work available to view are: 

Calla Meyer, Zoey McCarthy, Emma Edgar, 
Kamryn Lezatte, Anna Kranson, Lilah Chase, 
Camilo Ibanez-Granados, Emily Mueller, 
Satjiv Kanwar, Corinne Anderson, 
Catherine Jennings, Tressa Hornbeck, 
Patrick Lenden, Larissa Engel-Flores,
Olivia Fottrel, Eliana Sanders, 
Mikeala Arena, Melissa Cathone.

A sample of their wonderful work is posted below

 Calla Meyer

  Corinne Anderson

  Patrick Lenden

 Tressa Hornbeck