Hudson Valley Writing Project

Writers Hikes

Calling all teachers, writers, and hikers!

The Hudson Valley Writing Project invites you to get to know the National Parks of our region by joining us for our seasonal weekend "Writers Hikes" in the fall, winter, and spring. You may join us for any or all of them.

In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), the Writing Project is exploring the many ways that the outdoors can inspire and inform our teaching and learning. HVWP teacher-writer Dorothy Luongo will lead the Saturday mornings at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, where we will write and paint, taking time to appreciate the beauty of our region. Together we'll build community by sharing our writing, teaching ideas, and opportunities for educators to visit and work with the NPS.

Each participant will be eligible for a certificate documenting 3 CTLE hours. To request a certificate after the event, email us at

Winter Hike
Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nature, art, and writing unite in our first-ever virtual event with the National Park Service! Participants are invited to take a guided tour of FDR's home and the verdant estate grounds of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Activities led by teacher-leaders together with you at home will make connections across history, curriculum, and geography. We'll then discuss how we can bring this experience into our classrooms and communities.


Spring Hike
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, May 16)
Take a refreshing spring hike at Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, with two writing spots along the way, and enjoy an hour of landscape painting led by teaching artist Debby Brooks. We'll then reflect on how we might bring this experience to our students and school communities.
Mask wearing and social distancing are required for the duration of this event. Please note that, while the grounds of this federal park are open, the buildings are closed to the public. Restrooms will not be available.