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2018 Fall 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.


Live Birds of Prey with Geoff Ford: Saturday, September 8 2pm - 4pm
Meet magnificent birds of prey up close and personal. Geoff Ford, a New York State licensed Master Falconer will give a talk in our outdoor amphitheater about these beautiful birds. This program is for all ages and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond; $3 suggested donation.

Family Learn to Kayak Skills Class: Sunday, September 23 2pm - 4pm
Has your family been thinking about learning to kayak? We'll go over everything you need to know to feel comfortable paddling on your own. Learn how to stay safe, enter and exit the boat, what to wear and what to bring with you to enjoy a great day on the water. For adults and youth ages 12 and older. Fee: $15 per person includes boat rental fee. Call for family rate.

9th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23
Hike 27-34 miles across the Rensselaer Plateau over 2 days through various terrain. Come enjoy the company of hardy hikers. Optional overnight at Pine Ridge Cross Country Ski Center. This is a strenuous hike with some bushwhacking. Sponsored by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Center. ​Donation is $10 each day To pre-register, Contact:

Full Harvest Moon Paddle: Sunday, September 23 5pm -7pm
Enjoy a twilight paddle on Dyken Pond and watch the full Harvest moon rise over the shoreline. For adults and teens 16 and older. Pre-registration required and event limited to 12 boats. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours for $10.

Tuesday Treks : Tuesdays in September 1pm - 3pm
Join Len Tremblay, Friends of Dyken Pond Center's President, to explore a different area on Center trails every Tuesday in September. We'll cover 2-3 miles at a moderate pace. Free.


Family Fall Foliage Hike: Saturday, October 6 9:30-11am
Enjoy the changing seasons with your family as you hike for about 1 mile along our scenic trails during fall foliage season. We will stop frequently to play games and to explore fascinating areas while learning about trees and seasonal change. All ages welcome but must be able to hike at least 1 mile. Free.

Tuesday Treks: Tuesdays in October 1pm - 3pm
Join Len Tremblay, Friends President, to explore a different area on Center trails every Tuesday in October. Dress for the weather and enjoy fall foliage at its finest. We'll cover 2-3 miles at a moderate pace.


Staying on Track: Map and compass Skills Class: Saturday, November 3 1pm - 4pm
Would you like to feel more comfortable going off trail in the woods? This beginner navigation class will build your skills using compass and topographical maps. For adults and teens ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10; $5 members.


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 a Natural Resources Educator for both Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H and 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.