Sunrise at Dionondehowa © Copyright 1997
Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School Inc. is non-profit
and located on 217 acres bordering the Battenkill River in southern Washington
County, eastern New York State.
While the Sanctuary serves as a refuge and recharge area, the
School is dedicated to the Nature Studies and to the Healing and Expressive
Arts, using them to engender social and environmental responsibility, in an
atmosphere both contemplative and joyful.
First recorded in 1709, Dionondehowa is listed in Beauchamp’s
Aboriginal Place Names of New York State. A word long associated with the river,
it means "She Opens The Door For Them" and may have referred to the Eastern Door
of the Iroquois Confederacy.
The Sanctuary is open to the public through the School thus
allowing visitors to become familiar with the DWS&S guiding philosophy which
includes philanthropically-based land use, quiet reflection, and richly animated
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