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2017 Spring Programs

To pre-register for programs and for more information, please contact the Center at or 518 658-2055.

Please note that our snow and road conditions at 1700 ft. elevation may differ from where you live. Please check the outgoing message at 518 658-2055 for updated snow and road conditions and possible program cancellations.


Pond Study: Tuesday, April 21 1 - 2:30
Free Children's program: Participants will collect, examine and release salamanders, frogs and other aquatic organisms and learn some fun facts about them.

Sounds of Spring Evening Walk: Friday, April 21 6:30- 8pm
Listen to wood frogs, spring peepers and maybe a barred owl while we look for frog eggs and amphibians in their breeding ponds on a short walk. For all ages. Free.

Earth Day is Volunteer Day: Saturday, April 22 9am - 12noon
Help us give back to the earth by clearing trails, gardening and other outdoor work. Volunteers who register by April 20th will be given a free BBQ lunch. Spend the afternoon enjoying the trails on your own. Register by calling (518) 658-2055 or send an email to

American Woodcock Walk: Thursday, April 27 7pm - 8:15pm The bird also known as Timberdoodle and BogSucker
If conditions are just right, witness the comical courtship ritual of the American Woodcock that begins right at sunset. Pre-registration is required and limited to 12 people. Free.

Bird Walk with Mary Batcheller: Saturday, April 29 8am -10am
Join expert birder, Mary Batcheller on a one mile relaxed stroll to look for the earliest spring migrants just returning to the area. Free.


Instructor Bio's for Various Programs

Lisa Hoyt: Lisa is the Director at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center and has taught environmental education programs for over 25 years. She received a BS degree in Natural Resources Management from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Lisa shares her love of the outdoors with youth, their families and adults in a variety of outdoor education programs for the public, outreach programs and a summer nature camp for youth. Her biggest passion is to connect children to nature "in their own backyards" so they can become knowledgeable adults who care for the land and the environment.

Josh Pulito: Josh is an Environmental Educator at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. He has a background in Childhood Education and received his MS in Education from the Russell Sage College. Josh has over 10 years of experience working with children, teens and adults in outdoor settings with an extensive background in working with at risk youth. He enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of outdoor experience and sharing his love for nature with others.