Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest at Fahnestock May 19

Orienteering, kayaking, birding, reptiles and more on offer

The Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC), within Fahnestock State Park, invites all to join in celebrating National Get Outdoors Day and National Kids to Parks Day during TOEC’s Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest scheduled for Sunday, May 19, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Staff from the Audubon’s Constitution Marsh Sanctuary will start the program off with a bird-banding demonstration. Afterward, Peter Salmansohn from Putnam Highlands Audubon will lead a beginner bird walk.

Hudson Valley Orienteering and Orienteering Unlimited will introduce folks to the unique sport of orienteering. Instruction and a practice course will be available to test new skills.

REI Outdoor School staff will be bringing their kayaks, offering an opportunity to paddle and learn more about this sport. To participate, an REI signed release is required.

Hudson Valley Outfitters staff will bring their professional weighted hoops for everyone to try “hooping,” an outdoor family activity that is also healthy exercise.

TOEC’s High Ropes Adventure Course will also be open. A TOEC signed release form is required for participation.

Raptors and Reptiles will take center stage at 2 p.m. Bill Robinson will display live wildlife and talk about these critters and their importance in nature.

The suggested donation for adults is $2, for kids $1. No pets are allowed. If inclement weather is forecast, call before traveling. Food and beverages will be available. For information, contact TOEC at 845-265-3773.

For minors, kayaking or high rope activity participation requires a signed and dated parental or guardian release form. Call for details or email paul.kuznia@parks.ny.gov.


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2 thoughts on “Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest at Fahnestock May 19

  1. Could you share an exact location for this event? One assumes the one off Dennytown Road but not the only possibility. Thanks.

  2. Your assumption is correct — it will be held at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center at the aptly named address of 75 Mountain Laurel Lane, which runs off of Dennytown Road.