Explore Fahnestock at TOEC’s Outdoor Rec Fest

May 17 is National Get Outdoors Day and Kids to Parks Day

The Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC) in Fahnestock State Park will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and National Kids to Parks Day with their Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

Naturalist Peter Salmansohn from Putnam Highland’s Audubon will start the event with 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 offer an opportunity to paddle a canoe and learn more about this sport. TOEC’s High Ropes Adventure Course will also be open.

A wildlife presentation will take center stage at 2 p.m., when Brian Robinson displays live raptors and reptiles and educates everyone about these critters and their importance in nature.

A donation of $2 for adults and $1 for kids is suggested.

For minors, canoeing or high-rope activity participation requires a signed and dated parental or guardian release form. Call 845-265-3773 for details or email [email protected].

Food and beverages will be available. Sorry, no pets are allowed. If inclement weather is forecasted, call before traveling. Due to limited space, groups of more than 15 participants cannot be accommodated.

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