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2021 Winter 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. Snowshoes may be required for programs based on conditions. Rentals can be made in advance at the time of registration.

December

Yule Log Celebration: Sunday, December 12: 1pm - 3pm
Celebrate the ancient tradition of the Yule Log. Hear the story of the Yule Log and why the days are getting shorter and the nights longer this time of year. Search for a hidden Yule Log, which will be carried back and used to start a campfire by the lake. Greens will be available to make crafts. Light refreshments can be enjoyed by the fire.

Mindful Nature Walk: Saturday, December 18: 10am - 12 noon
Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses. 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.

Wildlife Walk and Talk: Saturday, December 18: 1pm -2:30pm
Take a short hike learning about how the Center supports and attracts wildlife to various sites through natural and ethical means. These tips will help families know where to look for wildlife and can be taken home to increase biodiversity on your property while improving your chances of viewing wildlife. For youth of all ages who can easily walk 1.5 miles. Preregistration required.

Tuesday Treks : 12:30 -2:30pm
Join Len Tremblay on a moderately paced 3 mile hike every Tuesday in December to explore the wilds of Dyken Pond Center. Learn the trail system one at a time with a knowledgeable guide. Each week we'll discover new ground and nature. Hikes will be cancelled in bad weather. Preregistration required. This program is for adults and older teens.

Snowshoe Rentals
Rentals are available when there is at least 6 inches of snow on the ground. Please call ahead to reserve your shoes as rentals may not always be available. To encourage families to take advantage of this great winter activity we are waiving rental fees for youth for the season. Adults: $5 ½ day. Youth: Free with accompanying adult.

January

First Day Hike: Saturday, January 1: 1pm - 2:30pm
The first Family Fitness Foray of the year takes place on New Year's Day! Join Josh Pulito on an easy paced 2 mile hike to start the New Year off in the outdoors. Burn off holiday calories while taking in the winter woods. For all ages who can walk 2 miles. Preregistration required.

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Instructor Bio's for Various Programs