Events

 

 

For more information on our programs and to pre-register, please contact Lisa Hoyt at (518) 658-2055 or e-mail dykenpond@fairpoint.net

Winter 2014 Programs

 

Saturday, January 4    Snow shoe Trek   Guided hike across 2-3 miles of moderate trail. Rentals available with advance notice for $10.  1pm – 3pm.  Free program.

Wildlife Tracking Series:    Join scientists, ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts who are interested in tracking wildlife on the Rensselaer Plateau. Whether you are a beginner or experienced tracker, you can help! Develop and hone your tracking skills through a series of workshops this winter. Apply your knowledge and volunteer to monitor an area of land in your neck of the woods. Submit your observations to real research being done to monitor wildlife populations on the Plateau.  Find out more by signing up for one or more workshops this winter. Workshops can also simply be enjoyed as is without a volunteer commitment. 

Wednesday, January 15:   Wildlife of the Rensselaer Plateau: Tracks and Signs.  An informative evening highlighting native wildlife and how to recognize tracks and signs of each animal.  7pm. Location: TBD    Fee: $5. Pre-registration required.

Friday, January 17    Full Moon Trek  Snow conditions will determine if we Walk, Ski or Snowshoe under the natural light of the full moon.  Call for current snow conditions. Free.

Saturday, January 18    Wildlife Tracking with Alcott Smith  Full Day Field Intensive.  9am – 4pm.  Pre-registration required. $30; $25 members.  Limited to 15 people. Space fills quickly.

Sunday, January 19:    Wildlife Tracking with Alcott Smith  Half Day Field Intensives.  Choose from either session or attend both. We will travel a different path for each session.  $20; $15 members. Pre-registration required. Limited to 15 people. Space fills quickly.

Sunday, January 19:   Paying Attention Among the Trees: A Winter Walk and Nature Writing Experience with Diane Kavanaugh-Black  Conscious attention outdoors feeds us on many levels; writing about the experience helps us to absorb, remember, and relate it to our  lives. This workshop will inspire the creative process whether you are a novice or already working on your own writing project. Sign up for one or all three sessions.  Pre-registration required. $15; $12 members.

Saturday, February 1: Snowshoe Trek    Guided hike across 2-3 miles of moderate trail. Rentals available with advance notice. $10.  Free program.

Sunday, February 2: Wildlife Tracking with Dan Yacobellis.  9am – 12pm.  For all abilities. Pre-registration required.  $15; $12 members

Sunday, February 9: Wildlife Tracking with Dan Yacobellis.  9am – 12pm.  For all abilities. Pre-registration required.  $15; $12 members

Friday, February 14:  Full Moon Valentine Trek:  Express your love for the outdoors and join us for a walk, ski or snowshoe depending on snow conditions.  2 mile trek across moderate terrain followed by a campfire. Free. 7pm – 9pm.   Call for updated snow conditions.

Sunday, February 16:   Paying Attention Among the Trees: A Winter Walk and Nature Writing Experience with Diane Kavanaugh-Black  Conscious attention outdoors feeds us on many levels; writing about the experience helps us to absorb, remember, and relate it to our  lives. This workshop will inspire the creative process whether you are a novice or already working on your own writing project. Sign up for one or all three sessions.  Pre-registration required. $15; $12 members.

Tuesday, February 18: School Break Kids Snowshoe Fun     Put on a pair of snowshoes, play Eskimo games and have winter fun!   Hot chocolate for all at the end of the day. 1pm- 3pm. Snowshoe rentals available with advance notice: $10. $1 per person.

Thursday, February 20:  School Break Winter Survival      Could you survive in the cold if you had to?  Start a campfire, build a survival shelter and learn how to survive. 1pm – 3pm.  $1 per person.

Sunday, March 2: Wildlife Tracking with Dan Yacobellis

Sunday, March 16:   Paying Attention Among the Trees: A Winter Walk and Nature Writing Experience with Diane Kavanaugh-Black  Conscious attention outdoors feeds us on many levels; writing about the experience helps us to absorb, remember, and relate it to our  lives. This workshop will inspire the creative process whether you are a novice or already working on your own writing project. Sign up for one or all three sessions.  Pre-registration required. $15; $12 members.

Instructor Bio’s

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 that they can become knowledgeable adults who care for the land and the environment.

Dan Yacobellis: Dan is a local tracker, naturalist and director of the Tamakoce Wilderness Programs. He has lived with the Native American Lakota people in South Dakota, where he learned native traditional skills such as brain tanning hides, hunting practices, bead and porcupine quillwork and tool and weapon construction. For the past 17 years, Dan has been studying the ancient art of animal tracking both in formal educational settings and on his own in the forests of Grafton, New York.

Alcott Smith: Alcott Smith has been a tracker and  naturalist in the North Forest for most of his life. A retired  veterinarian,  Alcott brings you the forest from the perspective of its inhabitants. He revels in sharing his passion with others and excels in his ability to bring to life the relationship between our wild fauna and its habitat. Alcott currently lives in New Hampshire and has been a guest presenter at Dyken Pond Center for the last 12 years.

Ian Keefe:  Ian is an Environmental Educator at Dyken Pond and received a BS in Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012.  He focuses on studying Herpetofaunal species and has a love for wetland ecosystems.  Nature has always been a large part of Ian’s life and he hopes to make a positive impact on other people’s lives by teaching them the importance of the wild.

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