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2019 Summer 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.

July

Build Like a Beaver: Tuesday, July 9 10am - 12pm
Stroll to a wetland to see a beaver lodge and dam while discovering some of the beaver's amazing abilities. Then see if you have what it takes to dam a stream just like a beaver! Preregistration required. $3.

Music Under the Trees: Jack Empie and Friends: Saturday, July 13 5pm - 8pm
50th Anniversary of Woodstock - Music of the 60's

Music that touches the heart, makes your feet move and just feels good. An exceptional songwriter and guitarist, Jack sings and plays original songs with flavor, zest, and an outpouring of notes. This concert is free and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond. Donations always welcome. Rain Date Sunday July 14.

Full Moon Paddle: Tuesday, July 16 7pm
A peaceful twilight paddle on the lake, returning to the shore in time to see the rising full moon. Join us for a magical evening. Bring a snack to enjoy by the campfire after the paddle. For adults and older teens. Kayak rentals available $10 per boat. Pre-registration a must and space limited to 12 boats.

Super Hero Hike: Tuesday, July 23 10am - 11:30 am
Walk in the woods while adopting the superpowers (adaptations) of plants and animals along the way. Fly like a bird, turn invisible through camouflage, jump higher than humanly possible, and possess superhero strength plus so much more. Feel free to dress up as your favorite superhero. For preschool aged youth and above. Preregistration required. $3

Playing in the Pond: Saturday, July 27 10am - 12noon
Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of ponds. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Preregistration required. All ages. Cost $3.

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

August

Full Moon Kayak: Thursday, August 15 7pm
A peaceful twilight paddle on the lake, returning to the shore in time to see the rising full moon. Join us for a magical evening. Bring a snack to enjoy by the campfire after the paddle. For adults and older teens. Kayak rentals available $10 per boat. Pre-registration a must and space limited to 12 boats.

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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.