Winterfest Takes Place on Winter Trails Day Jan. 11

Winter activities and presentations offered at TOEC

The Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Fahnestock State Park invites the public to enjoy the outdoors on National Winter Trails Day, Sunday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Snowshoes will be available for use courtesy of Tubbs Snowshoes and Mountain Top Outfitters. On a first-come, first-served basis, participants will have a chance to use a pair of snowshoes for a short period of time. In addition, REI outdoor staff will offer some tips and tricks for winter camping and hiking.

The Garrison Fish & Game Club will be ice fishing on Duck Pond. Attendants are invited to join them and learn how to fish in the winter.

The back hill will be available for tubing and the lake open for skating, so participants may bring their own ice skates or just “boot” skate.

Beginner instruction on map and compass use will be provided by Orienteering Unlimited. After learning the basic skills, participants can put them to use on a novice orienteering course.

In Highland Lodge, TOEC staff will offer a nature craft activity for kids. Putnam Highlands Audubon will answer winter bird feeding questions and have seed available for sale. The day will end with a live wildlife presentation by Bill Robinson at 3 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available in Highland Lodge.

TOEC is located at 75 Mountain Laurel Lane outside Cold Spring. A donation of $2 for adults and $1 for kids is requested. Please leave pets at home. Due to limited space, TOEC cannot accommodate groups of more than 15 people.

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