Pets & Conservation 10.31.19

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Upcoming Events at Grafton Lakes State Parks

For all events, please call ahead to pre-register at (518) 279-1155 ext. 2.

Sunday, October 27th — Batty about Bats 1:00 PM. With Halloween just around the corner, take a chance to learn about conservation concerns and what you can do to help one of the more misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom.

Saturday, November 2nd — Amazing Water Bear Hunt 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM. Stop in to help a scientist find microscopic creatures, known affectionately as water bears, that live in your own backyard! Learn about these incredibly resilient animals and get a chance to view one through a microscope.

Sunday, November 3rd — Sunrise Fire Tower Hike 5:30 AM. Start the day off by watching the sunrise over the green mountains from one of the best views on the Rensselaer Plateau, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Be sure to dress in layers and bring proper lighting.

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

Plateau People at Work: a talk with Soul Fire Farm

Thursday, November 14, 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall. “Working toward a just and sustainable food system,” presented by Jonah Vitale-Wolff of Soul Fire Farm, Grafton. Part of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series. Jonah will talk about how many of our cherished sustainable farming practices today have their roots in African & Indigenous wisdom. Yet, due to discrimination and violence against African-American farmers, they make up less than 2 percent of farmers today. Meanwhile, African-American communities are often cut off from healthy food systems. Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system, with programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training. Jonah will discuss how all of us can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help to build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community. $5 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Run Anytime in October

Animal And Pet Items In-House Garage Sale!

An on–going sale! Come and see nifty animal/pet knickknacks, bric-a-brac, pet toys & supplies. Items can be purchased during Venture Inward classes and events. Go to to see Calendar for days and times we are open!

If you have items you would like to donate, contact Venture Inward at 518-477-6566 & please forward this to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, facebook friends!! All proceeds go directly to Jane Demartino’s CaringAboutTheStrays, a 501.c3 non-profit, so your generosity is tax deductable too!

Run Anytime in October

Enjoy the Majesty of Fall

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October and Receive 10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 colorful trees and bushes when you join the organization in October.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive 10 colorful trees and bushes selected for your area.

“Members will especially enjoy these trees during the autumn months because they’ll add abundant, vibrant color to any yard or landscape for years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions will be enclosed with each shipment of trees.

To receive your free trees, visit or send a $10 membership contribution by October 31 to:

Arbor Day Foundation

10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

100 Arbor Ave.

Nebraska City, NE 68410

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