The Olmsted Network’s 2024 Annual Conference will focus on treasured landscapes in the Hudson Valley. Please join us in New York on September 14 and/or September 15 as we explore Downing Park in Newburgh and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.  

Conference ticket options:  
2 Day Ticket ($350)  
Saturday Only Ticket ($200)  
Sunday Only Ticket ($200)  

Registration ends on September 1. 

Other ticketed events:  
Friday: Pre-Trip to Stonegate Farm & Olana  (2 LA CES credit hours)
Saturday: Pride of the Hudson Dinner Cruise 
Sunday: 2024 Olmsted Network Awards Dinner
*You can add all of these events to your cart and then check out.

Additional information on LA CES credits, local scholarships, partner scholarships, student scholarships, suggested hotels and more is available at the bottom of this page.


Saturday, September 14: Conference Day 1 
Calvary Presbyterian Church in Newburgh, NY 
9 am to 6 pm ET  

On the first day of our conference, we’ll focus on Newburgh, NY, and Downing Park, the last great work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux and their sons. This beautiful park was created in 1897 as a memorial to landscape designer and Newburgh resident Andrew Jackson Downing.  

Downing Park is like a miniature Central Park, but it has seen better days. A thoughtful master plan by expert David Schuyler was released in the early 1990s. Since then, Downing Park Conservancy, formerly known as the Downing Park Planning Committee, has been working hard to build membership and resources. Its efforts are being bolstered by the Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties and others interested in renewing this great green space in the heart of the city. Part of their challenge is adapting the great space to modern needs, while retaining landscape integrity and design.    

During this first conference day, we’ll examine how park preservation can be a key to urban renewal. We’ll highlight creative programming ideas from other Olmsted parks, as well as ways communities can connect to the public through nature and history. We’ll also tour Downing Park and see other historic structures in Newburgh designed by Vaux and Downing.  

Attendees are encouraged to purchase a separate ticket for our Pride of the Hudson Dinner Cruise at the end of the night.  

This day counts for 6 LA CES credit hours.


Sunday, September 15: Conference Day 2 
Taylor Hall at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, NY 
8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET 

On our second day, we’ll move to another Olmsted-rich city— Poughkeepsie, NY.  We will be welcomed at Vassar College, where the Olmsted firm’s recommendations for Vassar, offered at three different points during the college’s history, are visible on the campus grounds today. We’ll explore the history of this great campus and examine the work of Olmsted, Vaux, Matthew Vassar and Frederick Withers, whose work we’ll have seen in Newburgh.  

During this conference day, we’ll examine how parks can become part of the local health infrastructure to advance mental and physical well-being. We’ll start our day with breakfast on the campus green and end with a special exhibit in the college museum and a choice of afternoon tours.  

Attendees are encouraged to purchase a separate ticket for our 2024 Awards Dinner at the historic Alumnae House. 

This day counts for 6 LA CES credit hours.


LA CES:

The Olmsted Network is an LA CES-approved provider and will offer up to 14 hours of credit to those participating in the conference. Attendees will be responsible for completing a learning outcomes survey in order to receive credit and a certificate. 


Local Scholarships:

  • The Olmsted Network strives to make our educational opportunities accessible to the communities we work in. To encourage local participation, we are offering…

    A discount to all local residents. Please email us at info@olmsted.org to request the code. Please include your address in the email.

    A handful of steeply discounted conference tickets to individuals who live in the Hudson Valley and request financial assistance. Please complete this form to apply. 

Partner Scholarships:

  • The Olmsted Network strives to make our educational opportunities accessible to all of our partners. A handful of discounted conference tickets are available to individuals of an Olmsted Network partner organization. Please complete this form to apply. 

Student Tickets:

  • The Olmsted Network strives to make our educational opportunities accessible to the next generation of park advocates. A handful of discounted conference tickets are available to students. Please complete this form to apply.

Travel Tips:  

  • Albany International and the NYC metropolitan airports are only a couple of hours away by car or rail. We recommend looking into the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad.
  • Upon registration, attendees will be asked to provide contact information (name, email, phone, address) and meal preference(s) for each ticket. We will not share your personal information, but by completing registration, you consent to receive occasional emails from us.