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2021 Spring Programs

You must pre-register for every program. To pre-register for programs, please contact us at dykenpond@gmail.com or 518 658-2055. A confirmation from us ensures your place in the program. All program fees have been waived during COVID-19, but donations of any amount are always welcome if you are able. We take your safety seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic. New safety precautions have been put into place for both your safety and the safety of our staff during our public programs. We ask for your patience and cooperation with these new requirements. All programs are by pre-registration ONLY and are limited to 9 participants. All participants, including youth and staff, must wear a mask during registration and if unable to maintain a six foot distance from others. We ask that each family unit and/or individual practice social distancing and keep six feet apart from others. With your cooperation, we can all safely enjoy guided programs in the outdoors!

April

Find the Nest of Eggs An April Geocache
A new April geocache to celebrate the coming of spring!  It is a hidden nest filled with eggs with prizes inside! Geocaching is a scavenger hunt using a GPS unit to get to a hidden prize. You can learn more about geocaching and get all the tools you will need at www.geocaching.com. Download a GPS app, enter the coordinates of our nest and find your own way to the hidden eggs. We also love seeing people share their adventures on social media! Happy spring! Look for the nest of eggs at:N 42.43.785' W 073.26.048'

Make a Journey Stick: Saturday, April 3: 1pm -2:30pm
Explore the forest while creating a journey stick. Create your own journey stick by collecting interesting natural objects while you investigate the woods and attach them to your stick. Take home your souvenir to remember the day and the adventure. For preschool aged youth and above. Preregistration required. Free.

Bird Feeding 101: Wednesday, April 7: 1pm-2:30pm
Learn what birds will be attracted to birdfeeders, make a birdfeeder ornament to take home and create an offering to the birds which will be left at the Center and documented with a trail camera. Participants will receive "best of" photographs of the visitors via email following the program. Free. Preregistration required. Youth of all ages. Donations welcome.

Staying on Track: Saturday, April 17: 10am-11:30am
This beginner navigation class will build your skills using a compass and trail map and cover methods of finding your way when you are without traditional tools. Feel more comfortable hiking in the woods and exploring new areas. Know what you would do if you ever find yourself confused in the forest. For families and youth aged 10 and up. Preregistration required. Free. Donations welcome. (Suggestion: $5 per person)

Mindful Nature Walk: Saturday, April 17: 1pm-3pm
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 accepted if you are able. Suggested donation: $10, but truly any amount is welcome.

Volunteer for Earth Day: Saturday, April 24: 9am-12pm
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. Snacks provided. Preregistration required.

The Friday Family Forest Foray : 10am-11:30am
It's finally Spring! For the month of April we will be on the lookout for migrating birds. See all of the Center's trails in their seasonal splendor. Every Friday in April from 10am -11:30am we will be exploring a different area of the park attempting to cover every inch of the park's many trails. These programs end at lunch time so feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy following the program! Preregistration required for each weekly session. All ages welcome but must be able to hike 2 miles. Free. Donations welcome.

Tuesday Treks : 12:30-2:30
Join Len Tremblay on a moderately paced 2-3 mile hike every Tuesday in April 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.

Shadow Hunt Continues
The Shadow Hunt continues for the month of April. How many of our hidden animal shadows can you find on the trail this April? Guess the animal by its shadow and discover its winter secrets. Walk the Cherry Trace Trail any time during April at your own pace and time to find 15 animal shadows. Guess the animal and what it's doing in winter. Directions will be found at the main sign.

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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.