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Forsyth Nature Center Offers View into Local, Exotic Wildlife

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There's a quiet place tucked away in Ulster County that's a real zoo.
Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard gives us a look at the wild side of Kingston.

It’s a must see destination for many in Ulster County.

“It’s a little hidden mysterious, fabulous gem of our city,” says Kingston resident Jenn Metzler.

Just an hour’s drive north of the city, the Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston offers visitors an up close view of nature at its finest.

“There’s domesticated animals, non-domesticated animals. There’s some exotic animals in our green house,” says Kevin Gilfeather of Kingston's Department of Parks and Recreation.

The center is housed inside the 18 and half acre Forsyth Park built in 1841, that features 24 animal exhibits from goats, cows and turtles, to peacocks.  Some can even be fed by visitors.

“Every once in a while, the staff will bring out some of the animals for people to pet. They'll also bring out even the corn snake that’s in the green house,” Gilfeather says.

“We come here a lot. I like seeing just all of the animals here,” says Kingston resident Marena Quick.

There are also programs for the 50,000 people that visit the park each year, like kayaking, music and dance shows as well as children’s programs. You'll also learn a thing or two about all the different species of animals.

 “We’ve been able to expand a facility into a program facility as well,” says Gilfeather.

It's a year-round destination that visitors say is a sure Hudson Valley hit. 

"It's a great low cost family friendly day. Beautiful weather, clean area—so, what more can you ask for?" says Ulster County Resident Barbara May.

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