After completing a semester long Artist in Residence Program in 2021, Jackie Skrzynski will be returning to the Forest again this June! This special Silent Walk allows participants to experience the sights, sounds, scents, and colors of the Forest just before the summer solstice. Participants will walk in silence from Mailley’s Mill Bridge to Aleck Meadow, pausing for meditative moments and then proceed back to the parking lot. Upon their return, participants will fill out note cards and share their experiences. 

In connection with June’s Silent Walk, Jackie is exhibiting in the window of Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh starting June 11. Her installation includes a large drawing of a coyote captured on a motion camera, along with reflective eyes hidden in the vegetation near the window. She reminds viewers of the prevalence of urban wildlife while also inviting city dwellers to experience the flora and fauna of Black Rock Forest through the Silent Walk.

Hike Leader: Jackie Skrzynski

What to Bring/Wear:  Drinking water, a trail snack if desired, comfortable shoes or boots suitable for hiking, insect/tick repellent. Please dress in layers as temperatures vary throughout the evening in the Forest. Event details and arrival instructions will be emailed to all registrants the week of the event.

Free for Friends of the Forest* (annual supporters) and Ann Street Gallery Visitors (Note Anne St. Gallery in your registration); General Admission: $10.00. RSVP required

*To become a Friend of the Forest, please visit our donation page 

Inquiries: Email Aaron Culotta at or telephone 845-534-4517 x115 




June 13
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm