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2017 Spring Programs

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


Wednesday Morning Bird Club: May 3, 10, 17 and 24 8am -10am No club on May 31
Join our friendly group as we walk to a different location and habitat each week, focusing on identification by sight and sound. For all levels. Beginners welcome. Free.

Thursday Treks: 4pm - 6pm Every Thursday in May
Take a 2 hour hike every Thursday in May from 4-6pm with an experienced naturalist. Explore different ecological communities in the park. Join us and watch spring unfold before your eyes. Free

Junior Naturalist: Amazing Amphibians: Saturday, May 6 1-3 pm
Youth will learn about native amphibians and gain experience in identification, locating, capturing and releasing. $1 per child.

Spring Wildflowers: Identification and Folklore: Saturday, May 20- 10am-12pm
A leisurely stroll to look for Spring Wildflowers. Learn to identify plants, traditional uses and their folklore. Free.

Home School Series: Vernal Ponds: Tuesday, May 16- 9am-12pm THIS PROGRAM IS FILLED
Vernal or ephemeral ponds are breeding homes to many amphibians. We’ll explore these unique habitats to discover who lives there, how to identify them and why they are important. We will conduct an amphibian and macroinvertebrate inventory. $5 per child; $15 per family. Pre-registration Required. Space limited to 15 youth.

Home School Series: Beavers and River Otters! : Tuesday, May 23 9am - 12 noon THIS PROGRAM IS FILLED
Youth will visit the homes of aquatic mammals found at the Dyken Pond Center and learn about their unique adaptations. We will look for signs left by Beavers and River Otters and strategically place trail cameras to attempt to capture activity. Participants will receive trail camera results via email. $5 per child; $15 per family. Pre-registration Required. Space limited to 15 youth.


National Trails Day: Saturday, June 3 9am -noon
Give back to your favorite park this National Trails Day! Spend the morning volunteering on trail work and enjoy a BBQ lunch on us for your efforts. Pre-registration is required for lunch to help with planning and must be done by June 1.

Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography: Saturday, June 10 9am - 12 noon
There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus. We will discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. Also included will be a discussion of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. There will be a two-hour workshop session followed by a one-hour hike around Dyken Pond so that we can practice our skills.If you have a camera, from a cellphone camera to a digital SLR, we encourage you to bring it!

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Terrific Trees: Home School Program: Wednesday, June 21 9am - noon
Trees are Terrific! Learn tree identification, look inside a tree and learn how they grow and influence other plants in the forest. Make a leaf collection booklet to bring home. For ages . $5 per child; $15 per family.

Let's Move: Saturday, June 24 10am - 2pm A Day of FREE Family Outdoor Adventure
Join us for a day of Free Outdoor Activities for the whole family. Try something new and create a new activity to be enjoyed by the family. We will offer free kayak rentals (ages 12 and older), canoe rentals, GPS rental for geocaching, and fishing lessons. This day coincides with New York State Free Fishing Weekend, so no license required. Nature hikes are scheduled for 10:30 am and 1pm.


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.

Denise and Scott Stoner: Birds, flowers, insects, mammals, landscapes…. All of these and more in the world of nature are captured through the lenses of Capital Region based photographers Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues. Naturelogues’ award-winning photography has been exhibited widely across New York’s Capital Region and published in National Wildlife Magazine, The Kingbird (the journal of the New York State Ornithological Association), The New York State Conservationist, and “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide” (Watchable Wildlife Series). Denise and Scott are popular speakers, presenting slide programs about the beauty and breadth of the natural history they have experienced while birding and photographing both here in the Capital Region and across North America. Their photo workshop, “Picturing Nature,” has been well-received by audiences of many different ages and skill levels. You can see some of their work at or on Facebook.