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2020 Summer Programs

To pre-register for programs, please contact us at or 518 658-2055. We take your safety seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic. New safety precautions have been put into place for both your safety and the safety of our staff during our public programs. We ask for your patience and cooperation with these new requirements. All programs are by pre-registration ONLY and are limited to 10-15 participants depending on the program. Pre-registration ends the day before the program starts. All participants, including youth and staff, must wear a mask during registration and if unable to maintain a six foot distance from others. We ask that each family unit and/or individual practice social distancing and keep six feet apart from others. Any equipment used during a program will be disinfected before and after each program. With your cooperation, we can all safely enjoy guided programs in the outdoors!


Finding Fish: Saturday, August 8: 9-10:30 am
Find out who lives in Dyken Pond and how best to catch them. Fishing poles and tackle provided. For beginners. Preregistration required.

Playing in the Pond: Wednesday, August 12 10am - 12pm
Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of ponds. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Preregistration required.

Mindfulness in the Outdoor Experience: Saturday, August 15 10am -12pm.
Get outside. Go Within. Quietly sauntering in the woods in a state of mindful awareness allows you to connect with nature, reduce stress, breathe fresh air, gently move your body, relax your mind and renew your spirit. We will combine sauntering, forest bathing, and meditation. During this experience you will be guided through the process of slowing down and becoming aware of your surroundings. Techniques will be shared on how bring this gift into your daily life. Instructor: Sandra Wilson, a Certified Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Leader, Certified Life Coach, and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. Donations of any amount welcome.

Twilight Paddle: Thursday, August 20 6:30 -8pm
Join Lisa Hoyt in a guided tour around Dyken Pond. Kayak or canoe rentals available for $10 or bring your own boat ($5). Program strictly limited to 10 boats. Pre-registration required. No first-time paddlers, please.


Make a Journey Stick: Saturday, September 12 10-11:30pm
Explore the forest while creating a journey stick. Create your own journey stick by collecting interesting natural objects while you investigate the woods and attach them to your stick. Take home your souvenir to remember the day and the adventure. For preschool aged youth and above. Preregistration required.

Staying on Track: Navigation Skills Class: Saturday, September 26: 1pm – 2:30pm
This beginner navigation class will build your skills using a compass and trail map and cover methods of finding your way when you are without traditional tools. Feel more comfortable hiking in the woods and exploring new areas. Know what you would do if you ever find yourself confused in the forest. For families and youth aged 10 and up. Preregistration required.


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.