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2019 Fall Programs

To pre-register for programs and for more information, please contact the Center at dykenpond@gmail.com 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.

October

Tuesday Treks: Every Tuesday 1 - 3pm
We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in October. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Fall Family Foliage Hike: Saturday, October 12 1pm
Join Josh Pulito, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Natural Resources Educator, on a friendly fall foliage hike around Center trails. We'll explore all of our senses and learn why leaves are changing colors this time of year. For all ages. $2 per person.

Full Moon Hike: Sunday, October 13 5:00pm
Hike under the natural light of the full Hunter's Moon. Enjoy a campfire afterwards to watch the moon rise over the lake. Bring a snack if you would like to share (not required!). Free.

Batty for Bats! : Saturday, October 19 1pm -3pm
Just in time for Halloween, learn all about this sometimes misunderstood, but amazing creature. Learn about our native bats, their habitat and habits. Play bat games and make a bat mask. For kids 4 - 12 years old. $3 per person.

Friends of Dyken Pond Annual Dinner: Thursday, October 24 6pm
Join us at the Annual Dinner sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond. Guest speakers will be Lisa Hoyt, Director of the Dyken Pond Center and Josh Pulito, Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Resource Educator. Topic will be Native Owls of the Dyken Pond area. Dinner is $20. You may also attend for just the talk and dessert for $5. Reservations are required for dinner and must be made by Monday, October 21, by contacting Chris von Schilgen at cjvonfam@aol.com. Dinner is open to all, so please invite your friends, too.

Firewood Gathering Volunteer Day: Saturday, October 26 9am - noon
An annual event to help the Center cut, gather, haul, split, and stack enough firewood to last the winter. We'll treat all hardy volunteers to a free lunch for your efforts. Please pre-register by Thursday, October 24 so we can plan enough food for everyone.

November

Finding Your Way in the Forest: Saturday, November 9 1pm
Learn basic navigation skills using compass and maps. Feel more comfortable hiking in the woods and know what you would do if you ever find yourself confused in the forest. For families and youth aged 10 and up. $3 per person.

Wreath Making Volunteer Day: Saturday, November 23 9am
Join our elf party as busy elves put together wreaths for the Friends of Dyken Pond to sell as their annual fundraiser. We'll supply breakfast, holiday music, jokes and fun comradery for the morning. It's fun being an elf!

December

Annual Yule Log Tradition: Sunday, December 15 1 - 3:30 pm
Join us as we honor the Winter Solstice by spending a day outdoors. Search for the hidden Yule Log, followed by a community campfire. Make a craft, collect greens and relax during this busy time of year. Light refreshments will be available or bring your own to share. Free.

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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.