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2018 Spring 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.

April

Spring Bird Discovery: Thursday, April 5 9-10:30am
Learn about the features unique to birds through fun hands on activities for kids. Youth will use provided binoculars to search for returning migratory birds and learn how to use field guides to assist in their identification by sight and sound. Cost $1.

Creatures of the Air: Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27 6pm -7pm
Creatures of the Air is a family fun program to learn more about local flying animals. Classes will occur at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Troy on Friday evenings from 6-7pm on April 13, 20 and 27. Learn about bats, owls and birds through a series of fun and entertaining activities, games and crafts. Youth will then have an opportunity to visit the habitats of these animals first hand during a part day outing at Dyken Pond Center (date to be determined by participants). Class is open to all active 4-H members. Cost $5. Not a 4-H member yet? 4-H enrollment is quick and easy and costs just $15 per year. 4-H members have access to other great programs throughout the year. Call (518) 272-4210 to preregister for program or to enroll in 4-H. Minimum of 5 participants required to hold program

Calling All Volunteers! It's Earth Day: Saturday, April 21 9am-12pm
Help us give back to the earth by clearing trails, gardening and other outdoor work. Volunteers who register by April 19th will be given a free BBQ lunch. Register by contacting (518) 658-2055 or email dykenpond@gmail.com

Tuesday Treks: 1pm - 3pm
We will hike about 2-3 miles every Tuesday afternoon in April. For adults and older teens. Free. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

May

Sounds of Spring Evening Walk: Saturday, May 5 6pm -7:30pm Rescheduled from April 28th!
Listen to wood frogs, spring peepers and maybe a barred owl while we look for frog eggs and amphibians in their breeding ponds on a 1 mile walk. For all ages. 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.