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2021 Spring Programs

You must pre-register for every program by contacting us at dykenpond@gmail.com or 518 658-2055. A confirmation from us ensures your place in the program. COVID precautions in place at each program. All programs are held outdoors. Face masks are required for those who are unvaccinated. If you feel sick the day of a program, please stay home and we'll see you next time.

September

Nature Art Trail Every Day in September
Create your own art project on a self-guiding trail (Cherry Trace) in the spirit of artist Andy Goldsworthy's Earth art. Four stations will instruct you how to use natural materials found in the woods to create art to either take home or leave behind. Instructions will be found at our main sign. The Nature Art Trail will be open every day in September and is designed to do at your own pace.

Tuesday Treks : Every Tuesday 12:30 - 2:30
Join Len Tremblay on a moderately paced 3 mile hike every Tuesday in September to explore the wilds of Dyken Pond Center. Each week we'll discover new ground and nature. Hikes will be cancelled in bad weather. Pre-registration required. This program is for adults and older teens.

Staying on Track: Saturday, September 11: 10am - 11:30am
Build your skills using a compass and trail map in this beginner navigation class for youth and families. Feel more comfortable hiking in the woods and exploring new areas and know what to do if you ever find yourself confused in the forest. For families and youth aged 10 and up. Pre-registration required. $5 for one child accompanied by an adult.

Wild Defenses: Sunday, September 12: 10am - 11:30am
Join Kelsey King to learn about different types of animal defenses. You will learn about some amazing creatures and how they protect themselves from predators. Pre-registration required. This program is for kids ages 5 - 10. Free. Donations welcomed.

Mindful Nature Walk: Saturday, September 18: 10am - 12 noon
Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! For those of you who have never experienced a Mindful Nature Walk we will be experiencing the benefits of "Forest Bathing." Don't worry, Forest Bathing requires no shower cap and involves no actual bathing in water. Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses to fully take in the forest atmosphere. This type of slow walking 'sauntering', deep breathing, present-centered awareness, and observation in nature is shown to reduce stress, boost our moods, and strengthen our immune systems. Donations welcomed.

Wonder Walk for Pre-Schoolers: Sunday, September 19: 10am - 11am
Join Kelsey King on a sensory adventure. We will be exploring nature using 4 of our senses; touch, smell, sight, and sound. This encourages children to get outside and explore their natural world. Pre-registration required. This program is for kids ages 2 -5 as long as they can walk on uneven terrain. Free. Donations welcomed.

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Instructor Bio's for Various Programs