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2022 Fall Programs

You must pre-register 24 hours in advance for every program by contacting us at dykenpond@gmail.com or 518 658-2055. A confirmation from us ensures your place in the program. COVID precautions in place at each program. All programs are held outdoors. If you feel sick the day of a program, please stay home and we'll see you next time.

September

Tuesday Treks : 12:30 -2:30pm
Join Len Tremblay on a moderately paced 3 mile hike every Tuesday in September to explore the wilds of Dyken Pond Center. Learn the trail system one at a time with a knowledgeable guide. Each week we will discover new ground and nature. Hikes will be cancelled in bad weather. Preregistration required. Free. This program is for adults and older teens.

Mindful Walk: Saturday, September 17: 10am - 12pm
A sensory slow walk that incorporates elements of mindful breathing, centering, connecting with nature and our inner nature and a sit spot meditation. Shinrin Yoku is a Japanese term loosely translated to forest bathing which is the therapeutic act of taking in the forest atmoshphere. Studies have shown many benefits forest bathing has to our health, such as lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormones, enhancing creativity, and more. Come join us and leave relaxed and inspired with skills to access the healing benefits of nature right in your own backyard or local park! Led by Sandy Wilson, certified Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Guide and Capital Region mindfulness outdoor guide. This experience is suitable for anyone able to walk at a slow pace on easy to moderate, uneven, possibly muddy, trails. Sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Wonder Walk: Sunday, September 18: 9am - 10am
Hey kids! Join Kelsey King on a sensory adventure, exploring nature using four of our senses; touch, smell, sight, and sound. Curiosity encourages children to get outside and explore their natural world. Pre-registration required. Program is for kids ages 2 years to 4 years old as long as they can walk on uneven terrain. Free. Donations accepted.

October

Bird Feeding and Behavior: Saturday, October 1: 1pm - 2:30pm
Learn what makes a bird a bird, how to identify common birds and how to set up a home feeding station. There is much more to look for at a feeder station than just birds eating. Feeders can attract a variety of acrobats, love birds, bullies and defenders of the weak. Learn how to tell these unique individuals apart and what characteristics are most likely among feeder bird species. All ages. Preregistration required.

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Instructor Bio's for Various Programs