The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080
    Email:
    [email protected]

    Forsyth Nature Center

                                                                                                           

    Welcome to the Virtual home of the Forysth Nature Center!

    The Forsyth Nature Center has been growing and changing for many years.

    The Mission of the Forsyth Nature Center is “To foster the exploration of the natural world in and around our community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at an interpretive facility”

    The Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a variety of native flora found right here in the Hudson Valley.

    The Nature Center has been a fixture in the Kingston Community since 1936 and continues to grow and expand with the help of the community through its Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, a not for profit group and with the support of the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

     

    Silly, the Desert Tortoise

    Amenities Include:

    Animal Exhibits

    The Forsyth Nature Center has a variety of Native, Exotic and Domestic animal exhibits, all designed for hands on exploration for both children and adults. These include our new turtle house, birds of prey exhibits, domestic and wild birds, small and large mammal exhibits and tropical amphibian and reptile greenhouse. 

    Educational Exhibits 

    Not only does the Forsyth Nature Center boasts a variety of animal exhibits and gardens, there are also many educational areas and displays located at the nature center that are used for programming and for the daily visitors to enjoy.

    These areas include the Interpretive Kiosk, John Burroughs Reading Nook, Maple Sugaring Area, Tree Nursery, Apiary (Beehive), Picnic Area and Gazebo (Available for Guided Birthday Parties), Demonstration Area and much more.

    Gardens and Ponds

    There are many beautiful areas to enjoy while you visit the Forsyth Nature Center. They include Woodland, Wildflower, Sensory, Rose, and  Hummingbird Gardens. The nature center is also home to a demonstration vegetable garden, berry patch, strawberry patch and much more

    While visiting, make sure you visit our duck pond and native pond which has a dozen different types of plants, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects.

    All of this, and more, FOR FREE (Donations are accepted)!

    For a Virtual Tour, please visit www.forsythnaturecenter.org.

    Directions:

    The Forsyth Nature Center is located on Lucas Avenue in uptown Kingston. The Nature Center can also be accessed through the adjacent Dietz Stadium Sports Complex

    Hours: Winter Hours: M-F 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday/Holidays 9am-1pm

    Summer Hours: M-F 7am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday/Holidays 9am-5pm

    Park History: 

    Forsyth Park, built on 18.55 acres was donated by the family of James C. Forsyth, who served as the Ulster County Judge in 1841. His daughters signed the bill suggesting the use of the park was for “quiet enjoyment and benefit of the public, male and female alike”.

    The Forsyth Park Zoo was founded when a bear roamed into the park in 1936. WPA built a house for the bear to keep it safe, and over the years animals slowly joined the Forsyth Nature Center. Llamas, goats, donkeys, deer, pheasants, along with many more mammals and birds were added to the center, resulting in a zoo for educational purposes.

    Decades later, the Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a variety of native flora found here in the Hudson Valley.

    Today, the Mission of the Forsyth Nature Center is “To foster the exploration of the natural world in and around our community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at an interpretive facility”.

    The Nature Center has been a fixture in the Kingston Community since 1936 and continues to grow and expand with help from the community.  Through dedicated volunteers from Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, a non-profit organization, and support from the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department; the Nature Center has become an educational stepping stone and a family-friendly place to explore species of all kinds.

    Interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of Nature Forsyth Center? Membership is just one of many ways you can support the FNC! For more information, please visit www.forsythnaturecenter.org.