Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County, and we are doing everything possible to keep children, our staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. Due to the recent cases in Ulster County, we have decided to close both the Kingston and Saugerties Clubs until further notice. This decision was made to align our organization with the standard set forth by Ulster County and New York State regarding mass gatherings. During that time, we will give heightened attention to our building. We will give the club a deep clean on a regular basis to ensure that all kids, staff, and volunteers are safe when the Club reopens.

In the meantime, we are advising all our Club staff, families, and youth to continue to take precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If community members have additional questions, please contact Dan Whalen at (845) 338-8666 or dwhalen@bgclubsulstercounty.org. We will continue to update you as we know more.

Enviromental Education Trips

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As the trail widened to reveal the rocky waterfall cascading beside a steep forested slope at Falling Waters Preserve, Michael dropped his backpack opened his arms wide and exclaimed ‘Oh My God! This is SO Beautiful!’ Indeed, students who participated in any of the five weekly themed outdoor exploration trips this summer through the BGC know that Saugerties is home to two very magical forest preserves. Whether learning about wilderness survival and building shelters, rolling logs to discover communities of many-legged decomposers, skipping rocks on the Hudson River or spotting local wildlife, the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, and Falling Waters Preserve offer adventurous young people infinite opportunity for fun and discovery.

    Through the generous support of the Esopus Bend Conservancy, Boys & Girls Club – Saugerties Unit encourages youth to participate in our outdoor education program. Time spent in nature has a myriad of benefits for the body, the spirit, and for our local community. By facilitating positive experiences in these preserves – which we like to think of as our collective backyard – it is our hope that our young participants become the stewards and advocates for these precious wild places in the future.