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2020 Winter 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.

January

Tuesday Treks in January: Every Tuesday 1-3pm
We will hike or snowshoe about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in January. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Snowshoe rentals available for $5. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

February

Family Fun Day: Saturday, February 8; 1-3pm
Enjoy a day outside with your family. Build in the snow, participate in a snowball throwing contest, take a short walk, play games, track animals and learn how to walk like an animal. Feel free to bring your sled to enjoy the hill at the end of the program while we warm up with hot chocolate! Cost $1.

Full Moon Trek: Saturday, February 8; 6:30pm
Snowshoe, ski or hike under the natural light of the full wolf moon. We'll cover about two miles on trails depending on conditions. For the intermediate trekker and older teens and adults. Snowshoe rentals available with advance notice for $5. Free.

Ice Fishing!: Saturday, February 15; 1pm - 3pm
Want to try ice fishing but need an introduction to the sport? Looking for a great opportunity to get the family outdoors this winter? Then join us for an afternoon of ice fishing on Dyken Pond! It’s a free fishing weekend in New York State so no license is required. Ice fishing is a family friendly activity. We’ll talk about ice safety and common fish species caught in Dyken Pond, and learn about a variety of ice fishing techniques and equipment. Then everyone will fish! This program is for all ages. Please pre-register for this free event. Leader: Casey Festa

Winter Break Snowshoe Program: Tuesday, February 18: 1-3pm
Are you looking for something to do outdoors as a family over winter break? Youth, families and adults can congregate in a beautiful natural setting while experiencing the joy of snowshoeing. After a brief introduction covering the basics of snowshoeing we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, looking for signs of animals and enjoying a winter day outdoors. Preregistration is required at (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com . Cost is $5 and includes individual snowshoe rental.

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

Mindfulness in the Outdoors: Saturday, February 29 1pm - 3pm
Get outside. Go Within. Quietly sauntering in the woods in a state of mindful awareness allowsyou to connect with nature, reduce stress, breathe fresh air, gently move your body, relax yourmind and renew your spirit. We will combine sauntering, forest bathing, meditation,journaling/drawing, and end with a tea ceremony. During this experience you will be guidedthrough the process of slowing down and becoming aware of your surroundings. Techniques willbe shared on how bring this gift into your daily life. $5. Pre-registration required and space limited to 10. For older teens and adults.

March

Mindfulness in the Outdoors: Saturday, March 21 10am - 12pm
Get outside. Go Within. Quietly sauntering in the woods in a state of mindful awareness allowsyou to connect with nature, reduce stress, breathe fresh air, gently move your body, relax yourmind and renew your spirit. We will combine sauntering, forest bathing, meditation,journaling/drawing, and end with a tea ceremony. During this experience you will be guidedthrough the process of slowing down and becoming aware of your surroundings. Techniques willbe shared on how bring this gift into your daily life. Fee: $5. Pre-registration required and space limited to 10. For older teens and adults.

Tuesday Treks in March: Every Tuesday 1pm - 3pm
We will hike or snowshoe about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in March. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Snowshoe rentals available for $5. 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.