Find promotional flyer here – print, email, and share with friends!
View a map of Bethlehem’s Open and Natural Spaces (map is large – you can zoom in to see streets, paths, etc.) You can find your favorite open spaces on the map to plan your photography outing.
The Town of Bethlehem invites residents to get out their cameras and photograph Bethlehem’s natural scenic beauty this spring and summer! Bethlehem is working on identifying scenic views and natural open spaces that are important to the character of our town. People have different ideas about which scenic views and open spaces are important to them, so we want to hear (and see!) from as many residents as possible. The photo survey is part of an ongoing effort to identify the town’s open space resources and to adopt an open space plan that could be used as one tool to help protect the town’s community character, natural resources and open space. Thank you for participating!
Ideas for photos might include: a scenic road your family loves to bike on, a forested area that you drive by on your way to work, an open field that is blanketed with summer wildflowers, a meandering local stream, or a farm field that is dotted with grazing cattle – it’s up to you!
When taking your photos, please be safe and be aware of any traffic around you. Also, please respect private property – do not enter property if you are unsure of whether it is open to the public; take photos from a public road, sidewalk or path. Note: by emailing your photos to the survey, you give the Town of Bethlehem permission to use and display photos digitally or in print form, without credit, for planning and public education purposes. Thank you!
Selected photos may be displayed at town meetings, in public places, and on the town’s Facebook page (be sure to “Like” Bethlehem’s page at www.facebook.com/BethlehemNY/ to see featured photos)!
Public Participation Dates for open space planning – we are looking for your input!
Did you know that the entire eastern edge of Bethlehem is bordered by the great Hudson River? Nature along the Hudson in Bethlehem can be grand (like bald eagles), subtle (like umber shadowdragon dragonflies), and crazy (like fish that can climb waterfalls). Join Bethlehem Town Board member and ecologist, David VanLuven, for an easy Hudson River Kayak Eco-tour of the river and its tributary, the Vlomankill, to learn about local fish, birds, the watershed, and even see a small waterfall. Participants MUST bring their own kayaks and gear, including personal flotation device, and be proficient paddlers, paddling at their own risk. David will provide the ecological info, but is not a boating instructor.
Registration is limited. Please register by August 1st by emailing OpenSpace@townofbethlehem.org, including your name, phone number, and confirmation that you have your own kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device. This event is free and open to the public! Call Karen Shaw at 518-439-4955 x 1106 with any questions. See you on the Hudson River! Click here for the kayak program flyer.
Recent Town documents regarding open space planning
Conservation Easement Exemption Program for Bethlehem Landowners with 5 or more acres of open space
Earlier Town documents and efforts
Examples of Open Space Plans
How can I enjoy Bethlehem’s open spaces and get involved?