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2018 Spring Programs

To pre-register for programs and for more information, please contact the Center at 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.


Fishing: Saturday, June 23 9am - 11am
Kids and families will learn how to tie a fisherman's knot, how to bait a hook, and techniques for catching fish. Pole and bait provided. The day coincides with New York State's Free Fishing day. Adults and kids can fish without a license. Preregistration required. Cost $2.

Bird Club Cancelled Today! 6/13 due to rain: Wednesday mornings 8am - 10am *June 13: 7:30 - 9:15am
Practice makes perfect, or at least helps in learning to identify birds. Practice your birding skills or learn new ones with us every Wednesday morning in May and June for a casual bird walk. We will go in a different direction and habitat each week, but will meet at the parking lot each time. Bird Club is great for beginner birders as we will be learning to bird by sight and sound and will cover identification tips. Advanced birders welcome, too! Last day: June 20. Free.

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


Super Hero Hike: Saturday, July 7 1pm -2:30pm Junior Naturalist Program
Learn about superpowers (adaptations) of plants and animals. Kids can choose which superpowers they would like to adopt for the hike. Fly through the forest like birds, turn invisible through camouflage, jump higher than humanly possible or possess superhero strength. Come dressed as your favorite superhero if you'd like. Fee: $1

Grafton Rocks!: Wednesday, July 11 1 - 2:30 pm Junior Naturalist Program
Hunt for rocks and decorate them before taking a hike to hide your rock in the park or other location of your choice. Live outside of Grafton? No problem! Part of the fun is seeing how far these "Grafton Rocks" can travel. Pre-registration required. Fee: $1 per child.

Music Under the Trees with the Stray Dogs: Friday, July 13 5pm - 8pm
Stray Dogs, the capital regions favorite rock and bluegrass band, will be performing at Dyken Pond Center's beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Light snacks will be on hand. Free outdoor concert. Donations always welcome.

Nature Art! : Saturday, July 21 1- 2:30pm Junior Naturalist Program
Create unique art pieces using natural materials found in nature. Take away ideas to continue being creative at home. Pre-registration required. Fee: $2 per child.

Wading into Wetlands: Wednesday, July 25 1 - 2:30 pm Junior Naturalist Program
Get up close and personal with Dyken Pond's wonderful wetlands. Visit different types of wetlands and learn about the plants and animals that live there. Participants will have the option of doing a "barefoot bog walk" and those who wish to stay clean and dry can watch from the sidelines. Pre-registration required. Cost: $1 per child.


Wonder Walk: Saturday, August 11 1- 2:30 pm Junior Naturalist Program
Pre-school aged kids will focus on using five senses to explore nature. Get up close to nature during a fun afternoon outside. Fee: $1 per child.

Music Under the Trees with the Hill Hollow Band: Saturday, August 11 5pm - 8pm
Hill Hollow Band will be performing at Dyken Pond Center's beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Light snacks will be on hand. Free outdoor concert. Donations always welcome.

Fishing 101: Wednesday, August 25 1- 2:30 pm Junior Naturalist Program
Ever wonder what fish live in Dyken Pond? Learn how to tie a fisherman's know, bait a hook, safely cast and safely release fish. Poles and tackle provided. Pre-registration required. Cost: $3 per person.


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.