Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center is located on Route 9W in Wappingers Falls. This 1,000 acre farm, former homesite of the Verplanck Family, is owned by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and operated by the Stony Kill Foundation.
The Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. chartered in 1977 is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization originally formed as a friends group to support the work of DEC. In 2010 the Foundation entered an agreement with the DEC to manage the daily operations of the facility. Today, the historic grounds continue as a working farm and is home to numerous livestock including cows, sheep, chickens and pigs. The property is open to the public daily.
The Foundation offers a variety of agriculture, historical and environmental education programming to school groups, scouts and adult groups. Numerous events are held on site throughout the year including the Butterfly Festival, Winter on the Farm, Spring Celebration, Country Fair and Not-So-Haunted Barn. Most weekends throughout the year, the historic barn is open to the public to visit with the livestock and talk with volunteer barn guides.
The Foundation also leases over 80 garden plots, maintains over eight miles of trail systems, maintains the Verplanck Memorial Garden and finances efforts to restore the historic Verplanck Tenant Farm House.
The Foundation is financed through membership dues, program fees, fundraising events, grants, and general contributions. All donations are tax deductible. The work of the Foundation is made possible due to a strong network of dedicated volunteers.
“The Mission of the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is to develop environmental, educational and historical interpretive and outdoor recreation programs and events; provide paid and volunteer staffing; secure financial assistance; obtain community and government support; and maintain compliance with Stony Kill Farm’s deeded agricultural commitments.”