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2022 Spring 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.

May

Birding with Local Expert Mary Batcheller: Saturday, May 7: 8am-10am
Join expert birder, Mary Batcheller on a one mile relaxed stroll to look for the earliest spring migrants. Free.

Do Owls Poop Through Their Mouths?: Saturday, May 7: 1pm - 2:30pm
Owls are fascinating creatures. Find out what makes them so remarkable, learn about native species and find out the answer to the above question before learning how to talk to owls and dissecting a real owl pellet. Youth 5 and up accompanied by adult. Preregistration required. $5

Pondering Ponds: Saturday, May 21: 10:30am - 12pm
Ever wonder what lives in ponds? Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of these dark bodies of water and why they are so important. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Youth 5 and up accompanied by adult. Preregistration required. $3.

Wonder Walk: Sunday, May 22: 10am -11:30am
Join Kelsey King on a sensory adventure designed just for pre-schoolers. We will be exploring the environment using four of our senses; touch, smell, sight, and sound, encouraging children to connect to the natural world. Pre-registration required. Donations welcomed.

Experience Forest Bathing : Saturday, May 28: 10am 12pm
This outdoor program is a sensory experience that incorporates elements of mindful breathing, centering, connecting with nature and our inner nature and sit spot meditation culminating with a time for sharing and reflection. Shinrin Yoku is a Japanese term loosely translated to Forest Bathing which is the therapeutic act of taking in the forest atmosphere. 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.

Aquatic Mammal Walk: Saturday, May 28: 1pm - 3pm
Hike to Newcomb Pond, one of Dyken Pond's prettiest and most secluded wetlands. Learn about the otters and beavers who live in this special area before placing a trail camera in an attempt to capture their awesome antics. Leave us an email address to receive best of pictures at a later date. Preregistration required. $3. All ages welcome but must be able to hike about 3 miles at a moderate pace.

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

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Instructor Bio's for Various Programs