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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.

February

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.

March

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.

Creatures of the Air Series: First Saturday of the month 1-3pm
For ages 6 and up

Learn about local flying animals through this interactive three part series focusing on Owls, Bats and Birds. Attend one or all sessions.
Session One: Owls March 2 ($5) Learn about the adaptations unique to owls, dissect an owl pellet to learn about diet and take a short hike to explore habitat.
Session 2: Bats April 6 ($3): Learn about native bats and what makes them special, complete a bat themed craft and play a game to enhance understanding of how bats hunt.
Session 3: Birds May 4 ($3): Learn about the adaptations that make birds unique as well as how to identify common local birds by sight and sound. We will cover binocular use before taking a short hike to practice our identification skills and to explore habitat. Binoculars are available for loan to all participants.
Preregistration required for all programs at (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com .

Family Snowshoeing: Saturday, March 16 1-3pm
Learn the fundamentals of snowshoeing and animal tracking while enjoying a beautiful natural setting. Outdoor family fun for all! Pre-registration is required. Fee: $5 includes snowshoe rental.

Full Blood Moon: Thursday, March 21 6:30 -8:30pm
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. 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.

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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.