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Thinking in Systems: What Church and His Contemporaries Knew About Climate Change

Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

$10 – $15

Join Partners for Climate Action to learn more about how scientific thinking in Frederic Church’s era connects to our own contemporary climate crisis. One of the treasures in the Church family library is a first edition of “Man and Nature,” the landmark treatise by George Perkins Marsh, considered by scholars to be America’s first environmentalist. Marsh was prophetic in his observations on the decline of our ecosystem and Church understood how farm and forest environments within Olana played a role in the larger ecosystem of the Hudson Valley. During this outdoor walking tour, Partners for Climate Action will connect the thinking of Marsh and Church to actions being made today to mitigate and adapt to climate change while exploring Olana’s varied ecosystems.
Matt Stinchcomb is co-founder of Partners for Climate Action. Prior to shifting his attention to the nonprofit world, where he also helped to found the Good Work Institute and PlaceCorps, Matt was Vice President for Values and Impact at
Bob Dandrew is co-founder of Partners for Climate Action. He has a 30-year career in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. He also serves as a program director at The New World Foundation in NYC.
$15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact [email protected]
This program is part of our 2022 program series, Environmentalists on Olana. During this series, regional environmentalists, activists, agriculturalists, and ecological stewards will lead walking tours of Olana, engaging participants in the work of their organizations and providing new insights into Olana’s 250-acres. To learn more, visit


Saturday, October 15
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$10 – $15
[email protected]


Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9-G
Hudson, 12534
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