Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Springtime Adirondack Nature Programs for Children

NewcombVICspring_newApril is a tricky time of year to be accessing Adirondack paths and trails, though not impossible.  Some places still have snow enough for skiing while other trails are already knee-deep in mud. Staying off trails during mud season is always the best option as it allows trails to rejuvenate, alleviates trail erosion and protects native plant life.

There are options available so families can choose to still get out in nature without damaging trails or harming themselves. Spring is the perfect time to try the low trails and have a different experience looking for spring wildflowers or migrating birds.  I understand “wanting to get” that elusive 46er, but please make sure that springtime trail conditions are agreeable.

Here are just a few Adirondack nature centers offering wildlife walks, bird treks and children’s nature programs during April. Some places do charge admission while other centers do not. Enjoy!

The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb is hosting a Northern New York Audubon Bird Walk on April 12th as well as the opportunity to train to become part of the Wetland Detective Monitoring Corp or participate in an Amphibian Night Hike.

The Lake George Conservancy is hosting a springtime family scavenger hike at Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, Fort Ann. The April 17th event will have participants looking for items in nature while enjoying a leisurely walk to the gazebo.  Registration is required.

The Paul Smith’s VIC in Paul Smith’s is offering No School Days Nature Programs for children aged 7 to 11. These full or half day sessions vary in price and activity from animal track walks, arts and crafts, eco-explorer activities and pond/marsh exploration.

Up Yonda Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing is hosting Bluebird watches, pond life seminars, wildflower walks and a walking stick activity.

Spring ice on Rich Lake at the Adirondack Interpretive Center used with permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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