Tuesday Treks at Dyken Pond EEC
GRAFTON – Every Tuesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Join Len Tremblay on a moderately paced 3 mile hike every Tuesday in October to explore the wilds of Dyken Pond Center. Each week we’ll discover new ground and nature. Hikes will be cancelled in bad weather. Preregistration is required for all programs at (518) 658-2055 or email@example.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. This program is for adults and older teens.
Nature Art Trail at Dyken Pond Center
Grafton – Nature Art Trail: Every Day in October. Create your own art project on a self-guiding trail in the spirit of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Earth art at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. Four stations will instruct you how to use natural materials found in the woods to create art to either take home or leave behind. Instructions will be found at our main sign. The Nature Art Trail will be open every day in October and is designed to do at your own pace. For all ages.
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County park located in the town of Grafton. Open every day during daylight hours, there are eleven miles of hiking trails and picnic sites.
Mindful Nature Walk at Dyken Pond EEC
GRAFTON – Saturday, October 16: 1pm-3pm Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses. 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. Preregistration is required for all programs at (518) 658-2055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. Donations accepted if you are able. Suggested donation: $10, but truly any amount is welcome.
Introduction to Wild Mushrooms
RENSSELAER COUNTY – Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom. A well-known area mycologist, Sue Van Hook has given numerous workshops on mushroom identification and for several years has taken her students on forays to the Rensselaer Plateau. They have found mushroom treasures ranging from delicious edible Chanterelles to unique Devil’s Urns. She recently retired as Chief Mycologist of Ecovative Design, taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College for 18 years, and dedicated the first 10 years of her career to land conservation. Pre-registration is required: please visit www.rensselaerplateau.org.
Outdoor Afro: An Introduction to our Community
RENSSELAER COUNTY – Join the 3rd talk in the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Guest Lecture Series, with Outdoor Afro’s National Program Director, Chaya Harris, and local Outdoor Afro leader Benita Law-Diao. Thursday, October 28, at 7pm on Zoom. Outdoor Afro is the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. A national not for profit organization, Outdoor Afro has leadership networks throughout the country. With more than 100 leaders in 56 cities around the country, Outdoor Afro connects thousands of people to nature experiences, and is changing the face of conservation. Join this talk for an opportunity to learn more about the newest chapter of Outdoor Afro in the Capital Region! Please email your questions to email@example.com to ensure the speakers can cover what you’d like to know. Pre-registration is required: please visit www.rensselaerplateau.org. For more on local Outdoor Afro events, join the Outdoor Afro Albany and Upstate NY facebook group.
Bird Feeding 101: at Dyken Pond EEC
GRAFTON – Saturday, October 30: 1pm -2:30pm. Learn what birds will be attracted to birdfeeders, make a birdfeeder ornament to take home and create an offering to the birds which will be left at the Center and documented with a trail camera. Participants will receive “best of” photographs of the visitors via email following the program. $2 per youth. Preregistration is required for all programs at (518) 658-2055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. Youth of all ages. Please visit our website www.dykenpond.org to learn more about the Center and a for a complete schedule of our fall events. We encourage you to follow our Facebook page and/or website where we will post new events when the 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, birding, canoeing and kayaking.