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2017 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.


Fall Foliage Hike : Sunday, October 15 10 am - 12pm
Enjoy the changing fall colors on a two hour hike on which you will hike along the lake, into the forest and through a wetland. Hike is open to all ages who can hike approximately 3 miles over the course of 2 hours. Free.

Home School Series: Nature Prints: Thursday, October 19 1pm - 3pm
Create a variety of art pieces using natural items while visiting with fellow home schooled youth in a beautiful natural setting. Natural pigment transfer and gyotaku (fish prints) are two of the many techniques which we will practice in this class. Techniques learned can be used to create gifts for family and friends. For youth 5 and older. Pre-registration required, space limited to 15 youth. Cost $3 per youth; $12 per family

Family Outing: All About Trees: Saturday, October 21 1pm -2:30pm
Bring the kids and family to join Lisa Hoyt on a short stroll at the Poestenkill Community Forest to learn all about trees! We’ll identify trees by looking at leaves and bark and playing games to help us rememberthem. We'll also use increment borers, biltmore sticks, and merritt hypsometers toage a tree and determine their height and diameter. This program is geared towardsyouth ages 7 and older. Younger kids welcome to tag along, too. This program is sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. The Poestenkill Community Forest is located at 200 Legenbauer Road, Poestenkill. Free

Friends Annual Membership Dinner: Thursday, October 26 6pm
All are welcome at the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center’s Annual Membership Dinner at 6:00 at the Everett Wagar Senior Center in Grafton, New York. Guest speaker is Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist from the New York Natural Heritage Program speaking on “Protecting our Forests from Invasive Species”. Hear about invasive species such as the hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, Japanese knotweed and Oriental bittersweet and ways that we can help prevent new species from establishing themselves. The buffet dinner will be catered by Paolo Lombardi’s and Honest Weight Food Co-op and features chicken marsala, baked ziti and meatballs, roasted potatoes, green beans almondine, green salad and quinoa salad. Dessert, coffee and tea, too. Total cost of dinner and program: $20. Please RSVP by October 18 to or contact Chris von Schilgen at (518) 279-0141 or pay with paypal.

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Home School Series: Prepping for Winter: Thursday, November 2 1pm -3pm
See how animals and plants prepare for winter first hand while taking a 1.5 mile hike. Learn how communities of plants and animals sometimes support one another and sometimes compete with one another. For youth 5 and older. Pre-registration required, space limited to 15 youth. Cost $3 per youth; $12 per family

Home School Series: Coyote Research Citizen Science Project: Thursday, November 16 1pm -3pm
Learn about the coyote research currently being done at Dyken Pond Center. Attendees will join staff in collecting, measuring and recording animal signs on a set section of the research trail. Participants will have the option of adopting a portion of the trail being monitored to assist in research for a time period of their choice. For youth 5 and older. Pre-registration required, space limited to 15 youth. Cost $3 per youth.


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.