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Meet Your Guide


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Meet Your Guide


Hike New York creates curated outdoor experiences to help people

get outdoors and connect with nature.

 

 

We offer trips to the Hudson Highlands, Shawangunk Ridge, and Catskill Mountains

Most are within a 1.5-2 hour drive from New York City, though many are accessible by public transportation. 

 

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Kali Bird


 

 

 

 

 

Kali Bird


 

 

 

 

 

Hi.  My name is Kali Bird.  I founded Hike New York as an extension of what I love and what I love to do

Kali Bird, Founder & Lead Guide

Kali Bird, Founder & Lead Guide

I love beautiful, precious natural areas that are worth protecting for the health and enjoyment of ourselves, our communities, and our children.  And I work hard doing my part to help maintain protection for these areas.

I love to see others experience the joy, wonder, and rest brought by spending quality time in healthy natural areas--places where you can taste the fresh air, still reminiscent of the fern that just released it; where you can watch pileated woodpeckers peck for grubs as warblers sing you the most beautiful songs; or where you can spy on tree frogs calling for their mates, becoming silent for a moment as you draw closer. 

As an ecologist and educator, I'm passionate about making outdoor experiences accessible and fun for everyone, and empowering people to feel confident exploring the outdoors for themselves and with their families.  This means that if you're not already, I want to help you feel confident identifying poison ivy, reading and using maps, and finding answers about the natural world that you, your kids, or your friends may have.  I primarily lead EcoTours.

I am also an avid trail runner with a serious mountain addictionI live in Beacon, New York, where the Hudson Highlands are my backyard and the Shawangunks and Catskills my playground.  You can follow my adventures on Instagram.

Creds

  • Licensed NYS Outdoor Guide
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified

Regional Environmental Leadership

  

Photo credits:  Main image – Stefan Lisowski, Upper right – Jarad Mellard.  Gallery images: Rovers - Chris Ingui, Marsh - Chris Bowser, Birding - Danyelle Davis, Turtle - Cappy Bird, Running - John Gunn, Close-up & Long Dock - Rob Penner (Rob Penner Photography), Invasive Plant Walk - Pam Freeman (Cary Institute).