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2017 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 snow and road conditions at 1700 ft. elevation may differ from where you live. Please check the outgoing message at 518 658-2055 for updated snow and road conditions and possible program cancellations.

February

Tuesday Treks: February 7 1pm -3pm Every Tuesday in February
Join Len Tremblay, Friends President to explore a different area on Center trails every Tuesday in February. Be prepared for all conditions and call ahead each week for updated snow and road conditions. Snowshoe rentals available $5.

Family Snowshoeing programs: (Tues)Feb. 21 and (Thur)Feb 23: 1-3pm
Looking for something to do with your children while they are on school break? These programs will provide an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of snowshoeing while having some outdoor fun. Come to one or both sessions. On day one(2/21), after a brief introduction we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, look for signs of animals and play an authentic Eskimo game. On day two (2/23) we will go into more depth with animal tracking,conditions permitting and learn more about the animals who live on the Rensselaer Plateau. Program presented by Josh Pulito. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@dykenpond.org. Fee including snowshoe rental: $3 per person; $12 family rate.

Predators and Prey: Wildlife Tracking: Feb. 26 10am-3:30pm
Dan Yacobellis, Director of Tamakoce Wilderness Programs offers this outdoor tracking event. Participants will be exploring on and off trail to find places where the Rensselaer Plateau’s predators and their prey intersect. Explore the local ecology and find out why these animals are found here. Fee: $25. Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting Dan at: http://tamakocewildernessprograms.com/events.

Snowcake for Wildlife: March 4 1 -3 pm If you build it, they will come
Participants will build a snow sculpture in the form of a giant cake which will then be decorated with fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains and left as a feast for the park’s wildlife. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of the old items in your cupboards but do not feel that you have to bring something as Dyken Pond will be supplying all needed materials. Once the snowcake has been completed a trail camera will be positioned to capture any wildlife who decide to partake in the feast. Approximately one week after the event the trail camera will be reviewed and all participants who leave a valid email address will receive an email with a recap of the best wildlife sightings. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com .

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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.

David Muska: David is a licensed NYS Wilderness Guide and Wilderness Skills Instructor with over 20 years of backpacking experience including long-distance backpacking, a Wilderness Skills Instructor with youth and adults in the world of ‘primitive’ skills and ‘nature connection’ with organizations such as Hawk Circle Earth Mentoring Institute, Primitive Pursuits, Earth Arts, and Lime Hollow Nature Center. David received a Bachelor of Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, studied freshwater turtle populations in the upper Hudson River of New York, worked as a Desert Tortoise Biologist in the Mojave Desert, and studied the symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants (Mycorrhizal Ecology) in the Northeastern US.