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2019 Spring 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.

April

Creatures of the Air: Bats:
Saturday, April 6: 1 - 3pm

Learn about local flying animals through this interactive three part series focusing on Owls, Bats and Birds. Attend one or all sessions.
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 .

Tuesday Treks with Len:
Every Tuesday in April 1pm - 3pm

We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in April. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Introduction to Archery:
Saturday, April 20: 1pm - 3:30pm

Are you interested in learning the skill of archery? Youth aged 8 - 18 can learn to use a bow and arrow in a controlled environment with a focus on skill building and safety. This beginner’s class is a prerequisite toparticipating in future 4-H archery programs. Members who have previously completed the requiredsafety course through 4-H can arrive at 2pm for target practice. Participants must be actively enrolled in4-H and accompanied by a guardian. Not yet a member? Call 518-272-4210 for information on becominga member. Preregistration required by calling 518-658-2055. Cost $5.

Sounds of Spring Lantern Walk:
Friday, April 26: 6:30pm - 9pm

Make a creative lantern to take with you on a twilight hike to listen for the musical sounds of spring asnature reawakens. We'll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs and barred owls. For all ages. Pre-registration required. $5 material fee for lanterns.

Earth Day:
Saturday, April 27: 9am - noon

Give back to the Earth by taking care of a place we all love and enjoy. Volunteer to clear trails, plant gardens, pull invasive plants and get the Center ready for Spring. FREE BBQ to all volunteers who pre-register by April 25

May

Bird Club:
Tuesdays: 7:30am - 9am
April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28

Join this casual group of birders as we venture to a new habitat each week in search of spring migrants and forest warblers. We'll help beginners learn birds by sight and sound and have binoculars to loan if needed. Meet at the parking lot each week.

Creatures of the Air: Birds:
Saturday, May 4: 1pm - 3pm

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 .

Tuesday Treks with Len:
Every Tuesday in May: 1pm -3pm

We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in May. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Playing in the Pond:
Saturday, May 18: 1-m - 2:30pm

Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of ponds. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insectsand other creepy crawlies. Preregistration required. All ages. Cost $3.

Full Flower Moon:
Saturday, May 18 7pm

A peaceful twilight hike, returning to the lakeshore in time to see the rising full moon. Join us for a magical evening. Bring a snack to enjoy by the campfire after the hike. For adults and older teens.

June

Playing in the Pond:
Saturday, June 15: 10am-11:30am

Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of ponds. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Preregistration required. All ages. Cost $3.

Full Strawberry Moon:
Saturday, June 15: 7pm

A peaceful twilight hike, returning to the lake shore in time to see the rising full moon. Join us for a magical evening. Bring a snack to enjoy by the campfire after the hike. For adults and older teens.

Finding Fish:
Saturday, June 29: 9am-11am

Find out who lives in Dyken Pond and how best to catch them. Fishing poles and tackle provided. For beginners. Preregistration required. Cost $3.

Tuesday Treks with Len:
Every Tuesday in June: 1pm-3pm

We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in June. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

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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.