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At Camp Saratoga Celebrating Wilton’s Bicentennial and Earth Day: April 21 and 22

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Rainy and Cloudy Weather this Weekend: Astronomy Party is Cancelled

With almost 100% cloud cover in the forecast for both Friday and Saturday nights, we are cancelling the Astronomy Party.

We do not have another date scheduled until September – check in the fall for more details!

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Check Out our Great Vacation Programs from April 2nd – 7th

Looking for something to do during Spring Vacation? Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park offers “naturally” fun programs with a week chock-full of outdoor programs scheduled.

All About Trees Nature Walk and Craft

Monday, April 2

11:00 am-12:30 pm at Saratoga Library

Participants will meet at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, walk to Congress Park, and learn all about the trees in the park.  We will collect twigs and then create twig vases to take home.  Registration is limited to 20 families, so register early! Preregistration is required by calling the Library at (518) 584-7860 option 3.

Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, April 3

1:00 – 2:00 pm At Camp Saratoga North

Children will learn to use their senses to explore the outdoors during spring by working to complete a nature scavenger hunt. The program is designed for children ages 5 and up. Meet by the kiosk in Parking Lot #1 off of Scout Road. Preregistration required by April 2nd.

History Walk

Wednesday, April 4

2:00 – 3:00 pm at Camp Saratoga

On this walk participants will be invited to imagine how those before us lived in this area on the trails that we walk today.  Learn about area’s rich cultural history before it became the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park!  Find out about the Native American trail, the railroad beginning in the 1830s, historic farm land, the Boy Scout camp, and the present Preserve & Park.  Preregistration is required by April 3rd.

Frog Watch

Wednesday, April 4

7:00 – 8:30 pm at 80 Scout Road

Starting with an indoor presentation at the Park Office, participants will learn about the frogs and toads of our area. Then we will head outdoors to listen and look for our amphibian friends! Participants will be helping Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park collect important data for Frog WatchUSA! Group size is limited and is for ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required by April 3rd

Clay Printing

Thursday, April 5

1:00 – 2:00 pm at Camp Saratoga

Using items we find in nature, we will be making decorations or jewelry out of clay! Reconnect with nature through a relaxing craft! This activity is intended for children ages 5 and up. Registration required by April 4th.

Night Walk

Friday, April 6

At 7:00pm at 80 Scout Road

Join fantastic naturalist and author George Steele to celebrate his new book.  He will lead a short hike and  help us to investigate the mysteries of the night, ending with an owl prowl.  Copies of “Wait Till It Gets Dark” will be available for purchase. Best for children ages 5 and up. Registration is required by calling the Library, (518)584-7860 option 3.

Astronomy Party

Saturday, April 7

8:15 – 9:45 pm at Camp Saratoga

Join local astronomy clubs for a night of gazing upon the stars! We will be sure to see some of the famous constellations such as Orion, Canis Major, and Ursa Major! Also, the galaxy fields of Leo and Virgo will be in great placement for viewing! Take some time to learn about the vast universe we live in at this family-fun star party! Preregistration is required by April 5th.

For more information or to register, please call the Preserve & Park office at 518-450-0321 or via email at info@wiltonpreserve.org.  For up-to-date trail conditions or program information, please visit the Preserve & Park’s website at www.wiltonpreserve.org The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that conserves ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation.

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Grooming and Trail Report: Weekend of March 17 and 18

We still have very good coverage on our trails!  The colder weather has made people yearning for spring weather sad, but has kept the snow better than we thought it would be for the weekend.

So if you are happy to have another winter weekend on the trails, you should get out and enjoy!

Last weekend was our last weekend for rentals, so you will need your own snowshoes or cross country skis if you plan on using the trails.

The trails were last rolled on Tuesday afternoon after about four inches of snow had fallen.

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FrogWatch USA Training Rescheduled to March 19

We have had to reschedule our training session from Monday the 12th to Monday the 19th.

The session will take place starting at 7:30 as part of our regular volunteer meeting.

People who are interested in the training should email info@wiltonpreserve.org or call at 518-450-0321 to register.

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Seeking Submissions for Earth Day Essay Contest – Deadline April 16

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Earth Day Essay Contest 2018

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park invites students to participate in an essay contest in honor of the 48th annual Earth Day on April 22.

The theme for Earth Day 2018 is End Plastic Pollution.

There are three categories: high school, middle school, and elementary school.

  • High School entries must be no longer than 650 words.
  • Middle School entries must be no longer than 500 words.
  • Elementary School entries must be at least 10 sentences. Accompanying illustrations are also encouraged.

The contest winner from each of the categories will receive a $50 cash prize!

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When the astronauts first saw the Earth from space, it created a new feeling about the fragility and uniqueness of our planet.  They were struck by how all life shares this one, small planet that is surrounded by the vastness of space.  Earth Day was started in 1970 to help promote the importance of protecting our planet, not just for people but for all of the plants and animals that live here.  Some people say that it was the start of the modern environmental movement.  Many laws that protect the Earth came out of that first Earth Day; laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

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For your essay, please write about the theme, We Need to End Plastic Pollution.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.  Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.  The problem has now grown completely out of control and threatens to affect millions of people and animals if we do not act soon.

In the last decade plastic has become so popular that from 2002-2012 humans produced more plastic than they did in the entire 20th century!  Can you believe that?  While some plastic products are essential in our day-to-day lives, others, such as single-use or disposable plastic products, are not essential and are placing an enormous strain on our environment.  Plastic waste is a huge problem because it never really goes away. Plastic does not biodegrade like other organic materials such as wood and paper. Instead, over time plastic just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. Because of this, every single piece of plastic ever made is still present today in one form or another. Each year over 100,000 marine animals and one million birds die from ingesting and choking on plastic.  If we don’t address this problem soon, our use of plastic will continue to grow and the problems associated with it will escalate even faster.

How can you make a difference? Even though recycling will play a critical role in reducing the amount of plastic in our landfills and environment, we use too much plastic for recycling to be the only solution. We have to cut back on the amount of plastic we produce and use.  The easiest way to do that is to stop using unnecessary plastic products such as bags and bottles. Instead we need to start using reusable bags, bottles, silverware, dishes, cleaning tools, and other products that are alternatives to plastic. It’s time to end our obsession with plastic and start protecting our environment.

Some ideas for your essay could include:

  • Why our actions as people can impact the Earth
  • Things people do that hurt or help the Earth
  • Personal experiences
  • Anything else that you can think of that relates to the theme!

Deadline:  Monday, April 16, 2018. Winners will be announced in mid-May and prizes awarded at our Annual Wildlife Festival on Sunday, June 3rd.

Submissions may be mailed to Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 80 Scout Road, WIlton, NY 12831 or emailed to info@wiltonpreserve.org by the deadline.   Please include your name, the name of your school, your grade, your teacher’s name,  an email, and a phone number with your entry. Thank you and happy writing!

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Grooming and Trail Report 3/2/2018

Well!  We have a good 6+ inches of wet, heavy snow!  The one-mile meadow loop was groomed but there is a tree down past the bridge so no other grooming was done today.

We will be open from 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday renting cross country skis and snowshoes.  You may find other trees and branches down on the trails, so be aware as you go.

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