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


Let's Move: Saturday, June 24 10am - 2pm A Day of FREE Family Outdoor Adventure
Join us for a day of Free Outdoor Activities for the whole family. Try something new and create a new activity to be enjoyed by the family. We will offer free kayak rentals (ages 12 and older), canoe rentals, GPS rental for geocaching, and fishing lessons. This day coincides with New York State Free Fishing Weekend, so no license required. Nature hikes are scheduled for 10:30 am and 1pm.

Tuesday Afternoon Hikes: June 6, 13, 20 and 27 1pm - 3pm
Join Len Tremblay every Tuesday in June for an afternoon hike. Explore different trails each week on these moderately paced hikes covering 2-3 miles.

Guided Kayak Tours: June 13 and 27 10am - 12pm
Watch for bald eagles and osprey as you enjoy these casual paddles on the lake with leader Len Tremblay. Single kayak rentals are available for $10.


Wonder Walk for Kids: Saturday, July 8 10 -11:30am Junior Naturalist Series
Join Josh Pulito on a Wonder Walk for 4- 8 year olds. This gentle exploration will focus on using our senses to discover wonderful and curious things in nature. You just never know where you'll go and what you'll discover on a Wonder Walk.

Music Under the Trees Summer Concert: Tuesday, July 17 6:30pm Experience
Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun…Heard’s sound aims to wake up your ears, enliven your heart and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond…This evening’s “PLACE” program takes the original music of Heard and brings the listener somewhere special and distinct in each piece-- the crowded bustle of an Accra open air market (Market Song), the inside of an Adirondack red cedar tree, (Red Cedar Sleeps), a winding wintry boulevard in Montreal (Cotes des Neiges) and the lively summer streets of Brazil. (Danca Verao)Featuring Jonathan Greene (woodwinds). Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (keyboard/vocals). Bobby Kendall (bass), Brian Melick (percussion), and Zorkie Nelson (percussion/vocals). For more on the group visit: Concert is free; donations welcome. Come early with a picnic dinner. Light refreshments will be available for fee. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available until 6pm on this day. Rain date will be July 20.


Music Under the Trees Summer Concert: Wednesday, August 9 6:30 Joseph Brushac, Native American Storyteller and Musician
Joseph Brushac is an internationally acclaimed Abenaki Storyteller and musician. Storytelling is an essential part of Native American culture. Through the telling of Native legends people of all ages can be taught valuable lessons and be amused at the same time. These legends, combined with traditional drum songs and explanation of various native philosophies and the traditions they contain, can help give people a better understanding of native culture. Concert is free. come early with a picnic dinner. Light refreshments will be available for fee. kayak and canoe rentals will be available until 6pm on this day. Rain date will be August 10.


Bird of Prey Program with Geoff Ford: Saturday, September 9 4pm -6pm
See living birds of prey with Master Falconer, Geoff Ford. Geoff will give an inspiring presentation and you'll be able to get a close look at these magnificent birds. $3 suggested donation.


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.

Brian Melick: Brian Melick, drummer and multi-hand percussionist, has taught workshops and masterclasses throughout the Northeast and Canada. He has been a featured facilitator at Music Therapists International Conferences and serves on the World Percussive Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He has taught people of all ages, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, whose musical education ranged from none to years of study. Much-demanded, highly participatory workshops include Introduction to the World of Percussion and Rhythm, The World of Udu Drums, and Making and Playing Percussion Instruments out of Found Objects. Educators have used Brian\'s workshops as illustrations in such diverse fields as physics, social studies, art, history, environmentalism and religion, as well as music. Creating music from found objects reinforces curricula about recycling, stressing the interconnectedness of the natural and man-made worlds. Visit his website at:

Joseph Brushac: For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country. Visit his website at:

Geoff Ford: Geoff has been a hunter and fisherman for 40 years and lives in southern Albany County. He has been a falconer for the last 14 years and received his master falconry license in 2015. He has flown several Red-tailed hawks, 2 Coopers Hawks and presently possesses 2 Harris Hawks and a Finnish Goshawk. He is also presently Director of the New York State Falconry Association. His wife Richele is also a Falconer and possesses an educational license and has been giving talks on birds of prey and falconry for the past ten years.