Keeping in tune with the latest weather, the Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC) will host the annual Winterfest celebration on Sunday, Jan. 12, which happens to be National Winter Trail Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors can enjoy a variety of cold-weather activities. Snowshoes will be available for use on a first come, first served basis.
Participants will have a chance to use a pair of snowshoes for a short period of time. Garrison Fish & Game Club will be ice fishing on Duck Pond. Come join them and learn about this fun way to fish in the winter. The back hill will be available for tubing, and the lake open for skating; bring your own or just “boot” skate. Beginner instruction on map and compass use will be provided by Orienteering Unlimited. After learning the basic skills you will be able to put them to use and practice on a novice orienteering course.
Indoors, at TOEC’s Highland Lodge, staff will offer a nature craft activity for kids. Putnam Highland Audubon will answer winter bird feeding questions and have seed available for sale. The Guiding Eyes for the Blind ambassador dogs will also be in attendance.
The day will end with a live wildlife presentation by Bill Robinson.
Winterfest event is a “rain or shine, snow or no snow” event and activities will be adjusted to fit the day’s weather conditions. Food and beverages will be available in Highland Lodge. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.