Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation 01.14.21

East Greenbush/Castleton Youth Baseball League Little League Registration

EAST GREENBUSH/CASTLETON – Come join us for 2021 Spring Recreation and Travel Baseball and take part in what is sure to be another exciting season in the largest youth sport in the world. Children born between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2017 are eligible to play. Go to our website, EGCYBL.com, and click on the registration tab to get started.

Enroll before 1/24/20 and receive $10 off your registration fee!!

***Also watch out for upcoming events such as Winter Clinics and Pitch, Hit and Run dates. Stay tuned and check our website (EGCYBL.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EGCYBL) for regular updates and info.

Mindful Nature Walk at Dyken Pond EEC

Grafton –Mindful Nature Walk: Saturday, January 16: 1 – 3pm Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! For those of you who have never experienced a Mindful Nature Walk we will be experiencing the benefits of “Forest Bathing.” Don’t worry, Forest Bathing requires no shower cap and involves no actual bathing in water. Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses to fully take in the forest atmosphere. This type of slow walking ‘sauntering’, deep breathing, present-centered awareness, and observation in nature is shown to reduce stress, boost our moods, and strengthen our immune systems. Donations accepted if you are able. Suggested donation: $10, but truly any amount is welcome. Preregister for all events at dykenpond@nullgmail.com or (518) 658-2055. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation via phone or email. Please visit our website www.dykenpond.org to learn more about our procedures as a result of COVID-19, for more information about the Center and a complete schedule of our winter events. Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

January Family and Youth Programs at Dyken Pond EEC

Grafton –Snow and chilly temperatures doesn’t mean your outdoor fun has to come to an end. There’s a wonderful winter world waiting for those who want to enjoy nature during the cold season. Being outside can be a safe way to socialize, exercise and hold off the winter blues. If you’ve never tried snowshoes or a winter walk, one of our family programs may be a great chance to do so. The saying goes that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So, put on some layers, a warm hat, gloves and socks and explore winter! The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center has the following events to offer in January.

The Friday Family Fitness Foray: Every Friday, January – March: 10am -11:30am – Every Friday this winter from 10am -12pm we will be exploring a different area of the park attempting to cover every inch of the park’s many trails while searching the woods for seasonal wonders. These programs end at lunch time so pack a picnic lunch to enjoy following the program! Preregistration required for each weekly session. Reserve snowshoes if needed for $5. All ages welcome but must be able to hike 2 miles.

Find and Follow a Fox day: Wednesday, January 20: 1pm – 2:30pm

We will spend two hours attempting to find the tracks of a fox and following them to gain insight into their seasonal behavior. This is your chance to spend two hours living in the shoes (or feet) of a fox. Hike will include bushwhacking (off trail hiking). For youth ages 7 and up. Snowshoe rentals can be reserved for $5. Preregistration required. Preregister for all events at dykenpond@nullgmail.com or (518) 658-2055. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation via phone or email. Please visit our website www.dykenpond.org to learn more about our procedures as a result of COVID-19, for more information about the Center and a complete schedule of our fall events. During the pandemic, we are waiving most program fees, but donations of any amount are always welcome if you are able. Most of our programs are weather and snow dependent. We encourage you to follow our Facebook page and/or website where we will post new pop-up outings when the snow flies and conditions are just right for getting outdoors. Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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