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Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals – February 18th – 26th

Get out and enjoy the snow while we have it!

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.

Rentals are $5.00 a pair or free if you are a member of the Preserve & Park!

Weather is predicted to be mild so expect spring-like conditions on the trails.

Rental are due back no later than 3:00 pm.

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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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2/14/2017 Grooming and Trail Report

It is so nice to have snow!!  The trails were rolled today at noontime.

We have at least three different user groups for the groomed  trails so please be considerate of the other users!

Snowshoers – please stay to the middle and left of the trails, try not to walk through and flatten the classic cross country ski tracks on the right side of the trail.

Classic skiers – try to stay to the right in the classic tracks.

Skate skiers – we try to groom as wide as we are allowed, please have patience with the other trail users.

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Grooming and Trail Report: 2/10/2017

The Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe is still cancelled for Saturday night.  Based on the conditions and the forecast on Tuesday we had to make a decision based on those conditions.  These surprise storms were not in the forecast at all at that time.  We are as disappointed as the rest of you are.

All of the trails were rolled this morning.  The snow is very fluffy and dry with a one inch base on the trails in most areas.  There is still ice in some areas under the snow so please continue to use caution.

We are expecting a little snow overnight and more significant snow on Sunday.

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CANCELLED – No Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe this year

UPDATE Feb 9: : Still cancelled.  Storm totals for Gansevoort are predicted to be  1 -2 inches, Saratoga 3 – 6, and Albany 6 – 12.  This storm is bigger the further south you are.

Enjoy the snow, but we will not be having the event this year.

Feb 7: We were really hoping that this storm would be the one!

We were hoping that instead of rain and sleet and ice, we would get enough snow to hold our Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe.

Unfortunately, the trails are not in any shape to hold this event.

There is not enough snow and too much ice, especially after things freeze up later in the week.

Here’s hoping for some more snow so that other upcoming events can take place.

Please check our calendar page for all the other great events that are scheduled for the next months. http://www.wiltonpreserve.org/calendar

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Trail Report 2/2/2017

So we were hoping for better winter weather than last year, but so far the snow fairies are not coming our way.

As you might expect there are places where the trails are very icy, there are places where there is bare ground, and there are places were there is decent coverage.  A real mixed bag!

We are encouraging people to wear some kind of traction device like microspikes.

We will make a decision about the Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe early next week.

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