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2019 Winter 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.

January

Full Moon Trek:
Sunday, January 20 6:30 - 8:30pm PROGRAM CANCELLED

Enjoy the silence of a wintry night as you ski or snowshoe under the natural light of the full moon. Depending on conditions, we'll cover about 1 -2 miles and enjoy a campfire afterward. This is an intermediate level program for folks aged 16 - 99. Please check ahead for updated snow conditions and possible cancellation. Free. Snowshoe rentals available for $5 with advance notice. When you get home, be sure to watch the total lunar eclipse later this evening. Partial eclipse begins at 10:33pm with maximum eclipse occurring at 12:12am.

Tuesday Treks: 1-3pm
We will hike, snowshoe or ski about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in January. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay. Snowshoe rentals available for $5 with advance notice.

February

Make your own Weather Stick:
Saturday, Feb 2: 1-2:30pm

We will create weather predicting sticks from recycled Balsam fir Christmas trees. Weather sticks are not magic. They are able to predict the weather based on relative humidity. Learn about the science that makes this handmade natural tool function. Participants will take home their own self-made weather stick at the end of the program. Preregistration required. Cost $5.

Wildlife Tracking Workshops:
Saturday, February 16 9:30am-4pm

Join local tracking expert Dan Yacobellis at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. We'll start off with a one-hour primer on how to use your SmartPhone to record tracking information. Then we head out into the woods. We will stay close to the Center until noon, when, anyone who wants to can leave and the rest of us will head deeper into the woods to record as much wildlife signs as we can find! Then we'll put it all on an online map for you to view from home. This workshop is part of a series of three workshops to learn animal tracks or to enhance your skills. Additional workshops are being held on Jan 12 and March 10. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops; each workshop will add a new layer to the tracking experience. This is the second workshop and will include GPS mapping and documenting of all observed wildlife signs, using citizen science to contribute to an online, active map of animal activity on the Rensselaer Plateau. For more information on the series and online registration click here . Questions about the workshops? Contact Annie's email .

Winter Break Snowshoe Program:
Wednesday, February 20: 1-3pm

Are you looking for something to do outdoors as a family over winter break? Youth, families and adults can congregate in a beautiful natural setting while learning the fundamentals of snowshoeing. After a brief introduction we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, looking for signs of animals and enjoying a winter day outdoors. Preregistration is required. Cost is $5 and includes individual snowshoe rental.

Tuesday Treks: Every Tuesday 1 - 3pm
We will hike, snowshoe or ski about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in January. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay. Snowshoe rentals available for $5 with advance notice.

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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.