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2018 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.

November

Staying on Track: Map and compass Skills Class: Saturday, November 3 1pm - 4pm
Would you like to feel more comfortable going off trail in the woods? This beginner navigation class will build your skills using compass and topographical maps. For adults and teens ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10; $5 members.

Volunteer Firewood and Trails Day: Saturday, Nov. 10 9am - noon
It's that time of year again! Help the Center get ready for winter by clearing trails and gathering firewood for the season. We need hearty folks who can gather, haul, split and stack firewood. All are welcome, but be prepared to do some heavy lifting. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Please pre-register so we can plan enough food by contacting the Center at dykenpond@gmail.com or 518 658-2055.

Volunteer Elves Needed to Make Wreaths: Saturday, November 17 9am - 12pm
The elves will be busy putting together holiday wreaths for sale. We need a few extra hands to help as many hands make light work! Come out and be merry, enjoy Breakfast on us and have fun! Please pre-register by calling Lisa at 518 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com

Tuesday Treks: Every Tuesday 1 - 3pm
Hike a different trail each week and enjoy the seasonal changes in the landscape. We'll cover 2-3 miles at a moderate pace. Leader: Len Tremblay

December

Annual Yule Log Celebration: Sunday, December 9 1pm - 4pm
We start the afternoon by sharing the traditional story of the Yule Log and the science of the Winter Solstice. Folks will be given a few hints before searching for the hidden Yule log. Once found it will be carried back and enjoyed at the outdoor campfire. We will then talk about some of the native animals of the area around the campfire while examining real animal furs and skulls before going on a children's wildlife walk to look for evidence of animal activity. Holiday crafts and greens will be available to make. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your own snack to share. People of all ages are encouraged to come out to this free informal program.

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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.