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2018 Winter Programs

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

Tuesday Treks: 1 - 3pm
We will hike, snowshoe or ski about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in February. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. Snowshoe rental available: $5 Leader: Leonard Tremblay Free.

March

Full Sap Moon Snow Trek: Friday, March 2 6:30pm
Enjoy the moonlit trails under the Full Sap Moon of March. We will snowshoe or cross country ski about 2 miles depending on conditions. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. Snowshoe rentals available for $5 with advance notice. Free Program.

Family Snowshoe Trek: Sunday, March 4 1 -3pm
Learn the fundamentals of snowshoeing while looking for signs of wildlife and enjoying a winter day outdoors. Presented by Josh Pulito. Fee: $3 per person or $10 family rate. Includes snowshoe rental. Pre-registration required.

April

Creatures of the Air: Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27 6pm -7pm
Creatures of the Air is a family fun program to learn more about local flying animals. Classes will occur at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Troy on Friday evenings from 6-7pm on April 13, 20 and 27. Learn about bats, owls and birds through a series of fun and entertaining activities, games and crafts. Youth will then have an opportunity to visit the habitats of these animals first hand during a part day outing at Dyken Pond Center (date to be determined by participants). Class is open to all active 4-H members. Cost $5. Not a 4-H member yet? 4-H enrollment is quick and easy and costs just $15 per year. 4-H members have access to other great programs throughout the year. Call (518) 272-4210 to preregister for program or to enroll in 4-H. Minimum of 5 participants required to hold program

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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 an Environmental Educator at 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.

Alcott Smith: Alcott Smith is a tracker, naturalist, retired veterinarian and simply someone you want to be in the woods with. Alcott has spent a lifetime exploring the forest and has many amusing stories to tell of his adventures. Alcott brings you the forest from the perspective of its inhabitants. He revels in sharing his passion with others and excels in his ability to bring to life the relationship between our wild fauna and its habitat.