Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

Winter Wildlife Survival
How is it that deer, wood frogs, or even praying mantis survive the winter? Learn how our backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces!
Tuesday, Feb. 2; 1-3 pm; P. Cutul; Fee: $15; Snow date: Thursday, Feb. 4

Receiving the French: The French Role in the American Revolution
To assist the Americans in their war against the crown, the French gave them firearms, clothes and soldiers. Explore the reasons why they accepted an alliance and the role they played in victory.
Friday, Feb. 5; 11 am-Noon; Fee: $10

On Downing Park
This lecture will highlight the influence of Andrew Jackson Downing on the park’s original designers, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. Dr. McCarthy will trace the development of the park from its original design in 1897 through the present and describe the future plans for this City of Newburgh jewel.
Tuesday, Feb. 9; 1-2 pm; K. Eberle-McCarthy; Fee: $10; Snow date: Feb. 16

The Dutchess County and Orange County Regiments
Learn of the pivotal role played by the men and boys of the mid-Hudson Valley during the largest battle ever fought in North America. With the fate of a nation hanging in the balance, Orange County and Dutchess County answered the call. Hear the thrilling story unfold, as recounted by those who were there--from each side of the mighty river, to each end of the Union line.
Thursday, Feb. 18; 10 am-Noon; D. Topps; Fee: $15; Snow date: Feb. 25


The Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment offers non-credit, life-enriching education geared toward the adult learner. Browse our website to learn more about our Community Education, Day Trips, Speaker Series, Road Scholars, and L.I.F.E. programs (for 55+), or download our most recent catalog to browse courses. You can register online, mail in the registration form from the catalog, or call us to register at 845-565-2076. For more information, please email or call 845-565-2076.

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