Taking place Thursday, February 3 – Sunday, February 6, the Empire State Winter Games is the largest multi-sport amateur athletic winter sporting event in North America, held in the Adirondacks of New York State. After being cancelled during COVID-19, the games are back this year.
The Wild Center adds snowshoeing, kicksledding, and ice fishing to winter programming, continues to host Wild Lights exhibit
The Wild Center has recently announced a few additions to its winter programming including free snowshoe and kicksled rentals, guided ice fishing on its Greenleaf Pond and three ice sculptures which have been arranged around the campus. These experiences – and more – are available Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with timed ticket reservations.
The Wild Center continues to host its Wild Lights exhibit presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. when the 115-acre campus is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of dazzling lights. During the week of February 18- 26, The Wild Center will be open every day and will remain open in the evenings for guests to enjoy the Wild Lights exhibit.
Long Lake announces the second Winter Wonderland Bingo Challenge highlighting activities and outdoor recreation running until March 20th , the official end of winter. The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at mylonglake.com and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately. It is free to participate.
Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Winter Wonderland Bingo receive a sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
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On Saturday, January 15th at noon, the 20th Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.
Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day. Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition with prizes for the Best Winter Carnival Outer Gear. Don your best and most creative winter outfits, team themes are encouraged!
Other events include a Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. All events are free. The Ice Farm will be carving ice sculptures all day long. There are 11 businesses and organizations who will be featured in the Sabattis Ice Sculpture Garden.
There will also be a sculpture installation at the Long Lake Town Beach and a sculpture installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room. New for 2022, there will be 20th Anniversary Winter Carnival T-shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the 2022 Long Lake Healthy Living initiative emphasizing support for our outdoor parks and recreation trails.
The film will be introduced by Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist with the New York Natural Heritage Program. Dean will take questions after the documentary.
Generous Acts at Adirondack Foundation is now accepting applications.
Interested nonprofits, schools, and communities working to promote basic needs, educational pathways, and economic vitality + civic engagement in the Adirondack region are welcome and encouraged to apply. The application will remain open and available online until 5 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
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Check out the application instructions and FAQs on our website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call the office at 518.523.9904 or contact us via email at the link below to learn more about Generous Acts and whether your work may be a fit.
Exams to be Held Online
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that examinations are scheduled for individuals seeking to become licensed guides in New York State. The exams being offered are for guiding in the following categories: camping; fishing; hiking; hunting; whitewater; rock climbing; ice climbing; and certified skilled with boats and canoes.
A guide is a person at least 18 years of age who offers services for hire, part or all of which include directing, instructing, or aiding another individual in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking, or rock and ice climbing.
DEC’s Special Licenses Unit administers licensing of outdoor guides. Applicants need not be a resident of New York State to receive a guide’s license.
We are excited to announce the Save the Date for the 2022 Food Justice Summit, Feed Back: Meeting in the Middle, hosted by AHI in collaboration with the Adirondack Food System Network, taking place February 23-24, 2022. The Call for Presenters and Sponsorship Opportunities are attached.
Call for Presenters: We invite proposals that address the intersections of food justice, racial equity, healthcare, and education in our rural region. We seek to engage active dialogue between presenters and participants, to identify obstacles, recognize successful initiatives, and engender collaborative networks.
For more information, visit https://ahihealth.org/2022fjs.
Kick off the New Year with one of Region 5’s six First Day Hikes, taking place on Jan. 1. Start your year by connecting with nature and enjoying safe, responsible winter recreation in the Adirondacks. The walks and hikes are family-friendly and range from 1.5 to 5 miles round trip.
Come prepared with warm layered clothing, water, snacks, sunglasses, hats, gloves, and insulated, waterproof footwear. Depending on conditions, snowshoes and other traction devices may also be necessary. Contact the trip leader or host for more information on required gear.
Advance registration is required for some hikes. Region 5 include:
- Guided Hike Up Prospect Mountain with DEC
- Guided Hike on Heron Marsh Trail at Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC)
- Self-Guided Hike Up Cheney Mountain
- Self-Guided Hike on Little Ausable Trail
- Guided Hike Up Goodnow Mountain with SUNY ESF
- Guided Hike up Thomas Mountain with Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club
For more information and to register, visit DEC’s First Day Hikes webpage. Hikes may be canceled if snowfall or other weather events create hazardous travel or outdoor recreation conditions. Registered participants will be notified if a hike is canceled.
For a complete list of First Day Hikes statewide, view the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation press release.
Photo: View from Goodnow Mountain. Almanack file photo
In a webinar on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST, participants will learn various programs and services that BOCES provides to employers and employees. In the last year, the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Adult Education and Workforce Development Program has helped over 1,403 adults pursue a high school equilvalency diploma and/or training to gain employment. They are eager to work with employers and community members to connect participants to jobs that are well suited to their skill set. The Center for Job Connections has just opened in the St. Lawrence Centre Mall to assist community members in exploring employment options or career advancement.
If you need more information, contact Laura Pearson, St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce: [email protected], (315) 393-3620
DEC Announces Summer Environmental Education Camp Registration Opens March 6, 2022
Online registration for DEC’s 2022 Summer Camps program will open Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 1 p.m. To celebrate 75 years, DEC’s Summer Camps program will host a series of events and share mementos, including retro logos incorporated into camper shirts, special recognition certificates, and a camp celebration each Saturday during the season. Past campers, families, sponsors, and staff will also have an opportunity to take a literal stroll down memory lane at their favorite camps.
Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Our presenters will draw on two decades of socio-ecological research experience to discuss best practices for protecting wildlife and habitat through conservation and land-use planning. They will share regional studies that demonstrate why such practices are needed, the type and quality of existing protection mechanisms in Northeast land-use codes and ordinances, and factors associated with success or failure to implement conservation design principles. The presenters also will discuss critical areas for future research.
For more information, please visit the Hudson River Estuary Program’s Conservation and Land Use page on DEC’s website.
Northern New York Audubon and Raquette River Brewing have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind beer. On December 11, the brand new Spruce Tip IPA will be launched at Raquette River Brewing’s Tupper Lake property. The label for the beer can will feature one of the region’s most iconic species: the Spruce Grouse.
Shelly Cihan, Northern NY Audubon’s Vice President, took the lead on this project. “We have been talking about this collaboration for over a year now, and I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition,” said Cihan. “As a bird lover, I’m excited to see a special local species highlighted. As a beer lover, Raquette River is one of my favorite breweries and I am so happy we got to work together.”
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