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Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Rental this weekend – March 18 and 19!

When life gives you an amazing March snowstorm, you get out and enjoy it!

We will be renting snowshoes on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am in the cabin by Parking Lot #1 on Scout Road.

Rentals are $5.00 each or free if you are a member of the Preserve & Park.

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3/15/2017 Trail Update and Grooming Report

Thank you winter storm Stella!  We have well over a foot of lovely soft powder snow here at the Preserve & Park.

The trails at Camp Saratoga are being rolled today, this will be the final grooming of the season based on our stewardship agreement with NYS DEC.

With colder temperatures forecast through the weekend and even the chance for a little more snow on Saturday, don’t miss the chance to get out and enjoy the winter a little longer!

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Frog Watch Training on Monday, March 13th

FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training Session to be held at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

On Monday March 13th Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be holding a training session for people who are interested in becoming FrogWatch USA™ Volunteers.  FrogWatch USA™ is a frog and toad volunteer monitoring program with over ten years of data collection on record.  It is a great opportunity for volunteers get involved in their community to collect and report information about wetlands and frog and toad populations in the United States and to be a part of a nationwide program where participants learn and practice science and develop a closer relationship with the natural environment.  Frogs and toads are important – and are in trouble!

Frogs and toads are both predators in prey in aquatic and terrestrial food webs. They directly benefit humans by eating insects that can be pests and transmit diseases and are sensitive to changes in their environment and are indicators of problems that can affect human health.

Many previously abundant populations have experienced dramatic population declines – in

the United States and around the world. It is essential that we understand the scope, scale,

and cause of these declines.  Anyone can volunteer and you do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution.   All you need an interest in learning about frogs and toads, the commitment to learn and identify their distinct calls, and the ability to make several evening visits to a local wetland.

The training session will take place starting at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Office at 80 Scout Road in Gansevoort.  Registration is required so that there are materials for the registrants.  For more information or to register for the program, please call the Preserve & Park office at 518-450-0321 or via email at info@wiltonpreserve.org.  If you are unable to attend the training but would still like to participate please call or email for information on doing a self-training program.  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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2/22/2017 Trail Report

While the warm weather makes it nice to be outside, it has done a number on the trails.

In the open areas, like in the meadows, the trails are down to bare ground.

Expect spring conditions.

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Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals – Cancelled until we get more snow!!

We will no longer be renting out cross country skis and snowshoes from 10 am – 3:00 pm at Parking Lot #1 at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road.

Trails are bare and muddy in spots and with the forecast rain, we expect that they will continue to deteriorate.

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School Vacation Programs: February 20th – 24th

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

Animal Tracking Hike

Monday, February 20, from 11:00am-12:30 pm

Participants will meet at the Saratoga Springs Public Library to learn about animal footprints and get snowshoes. We will walk to Congress Park and look for animal tracks. Registration is limited to 20 families, so register early! Preregistration is required by calling the Library at (518) 584-7860 option 3.

Marshmallow Glaciers

Tuesday, February 21 from 2:00pm- 3:00 pm

Participants will meet at the  Saratoga Springs Public Library to learn the natural history of the Saratoga Sandplains ecosystem, going all the way back to the last ice age! This program will wrap up with a tasty marshmallow model of a real-life glacier. Preregistration is required by calling the Library at (518) 584-7860 option 3.

Skull Science

Wednesday, February 22 from 1:00-2:00 pm

at the Park Office at 80 Scout Road

Use animal skulls and furs to discover how different animals have adapted to survive in their habitats. We will be examining animal artifacts during this interactive lesson. This program is best for children ages 8 and up. Preregistration required by February 20th.

Owl Prowls

Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 pm

at the Park Office at 80 Scout Road

Starting with an indoor presentation, participants will learn about which owls are found in our area. Then we will head outdoors to listen and look for wild owls!  Group size is limited and is for ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required by February 20th by calling the Library at (518) 584-7860 option 3. This program will be offered again at the same time on March 3rd, 8th, and 17th.

Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, February 23, from 1:00pm-2:00pm

At Camp Saratoga North

Children will learn to use their senses to explore the outdoors during winter by working to complete a nature scavenger hunt. The program is designed for children ages 5 and up. Snowshoes will be available for rental 30 minutes before the program; free for members, $3 for non-members. If there is no snow, the program will take place without snowshoes. Preregistration required by February 22nd.

Natural Picture Frame Making

Friday, February 24, from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Join us at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park for a great nature craft that can be done during any season! We will use twigs, pine cones, and other materials found in nature to create our picture frames. This program is for children ages 5 and up. Preregistration required by February 23rd.

Preregistration is required at least one business day in advance of the program.  For more information, 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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2/17/2017 Trail and Grooming Report

With the warming temperatures over the weekend we should have some really nice spring conditions on the trails!

Grooming is tricky when the temperatures are above freezing.  We will get out and roll the trails as we can as the temperature and conditions allow.

We will be renting out cross country skis and snowshoes everyday from Saturday February 18th through Sunday the 26th from 10:00 – 3:00 at Parking Lot #1 at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road.

Get out and enjoy the snow while we still have it!!

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