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Join Us at Wild About Blue – Sunday, November 12th

Our Annual Fall Fundraiser is Wild About Blue.

This year’s Wild About Blue will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Saratoga National Golf Course with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and bountiful food stations.  This beautiful venue allows us to create a special evening, with people who, like you, care deeply about the environment and the success of the Preserve & Park.

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Funds raised by the event support our many successful undertakings, including habitat work for the Karner blue butterfly, year-round environmental education programs for all ages and interests, the creation and maintenance of almost 20 miles of recreational trails, and free public events like our Earth Day Celebration, Wildlife Festival, Winterfest, and Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe. Wonderful donors and volunteers through the years have helped to create this lasting preserve for nature and this park enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from far and near.

Wild About Blue, inspired by our work with the endangered Karner blue butterfly, also gives us the opportunity to recognize someone who has created transformative change in our community through the annual Metamorphosis Award.

This year we are honoring Mike Huchro, Nancy Ferguson, and Barbara Messier for their work in initiating and running Lake Avenue Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Outdoor Education Experience.

This program through its three-day wilderness outing at Camp Wakpominee has helped more than 1,000 students build confidence, friendships, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation of the natural world.  Supported by the PTA and run by school staff and parent volunteers, this program is a model for other elementary schools in the region, state, and further afield.  These three individuals have created positive and dramatic changes in the lives of their school community and we are proud to have them as our honorees this year!

Past recipients are Larry Gordon, Heather Mabee, Kathy O’Brien, Jane Adams Wait, and Joe Bruchac.

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Monthly Wellness Walks Begin Again in September

Mondays – Once a Month at 11:00 am

September 18 at Edie Road

Come enjoy nature with others looking to get outside every month! The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels.

Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot south of Scout Road on Edie Road.  Pre-registration is always appreciated by calling 518-450-0321 or emailing info@wiltonpreserve.org

This monthly walk will also take place in October leaving from the Neilmann trailhead on Ruggles Road and in November leaving from from Opdahl Farm trailhead on Ballard Road.

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Historic Cornell Hill Fire Tower

September 9, 10, 23 and 24

from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Historic Cornell Hill Fire Tower and replica Fire Ranger observer’s cabin will be open for those who want to get a birds-eye view of the park while learning about the life of a fire tower monitor.

Access is from Parking Lot 3 on Scout Road.

Since the fire tower can not be open during inclement weather, to confirm that it is open, contact Larry Gordon at 469-0918.

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Monarch Butterfly Walks

Saturdays, September 9 and 23

11:00 am at Camp Saratoga

Join us for a nature walk to learn about the amazing life cycle of the Monarch butterflies.  The walk covers about a mile of gently rolling terrain.  We will be looking for the butterflies during their peak season just before they start to migrate to Mexico for the winter.  The monarch butterflies love the Preserve & Park for its many nectar species and its open pine/oak savannah.

Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 518-450-0321 or emailing info@wiltonpreserve.org

The walk will not take place if there is rain.  This is a Hudson River Ramble Event.

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Summer Fun – Nature Arts and Pond Exploration!

Open Pond Hours at Delegan Pond

Thursdays July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3 and 10

From 10:00-12:00 pm

Drop in anytime between 10:00 and noon to discover the aquatic wildlife found at Delegan Pond! Use our dip nets to search for critters including frogs, salamanders, tadpoles, crayfish, and insects. Please park in Parking Lot # 1 located on Scout Road, directly across from the pond.

Nature Arts Hour at Camp Saratoga

Wednesdays July 12, 19, and 26 and August 2 and 9

From 10:00-11:00 am

July 12: Nature Weaving

July 19: Nature Paper Printing

July 26: Spray Bottle Nature Art

August 2: Natural Musical Instruments

August 9: Nature Clay Printing

Join us under the pavilion for an hour of musical instrument making, water color painting, poetry writing, and many other arts related activities. Elementary and middle schoolers encouraged. Please use Parking Lot #1 located on Scout Road directly across from Delegan Pond.  Preregistration is strongly encouraged so we can prepare.

Call 450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org to register or for more information.

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Begining July 5th – Weekly Karner Blue Butterfly Walks

Karner Blue Butterfly Walks At the Old Gick Farm Trail
Wednesdays July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 11:00 am & 4:00 pm
The endangered Karner blue butterfly has two broods every summer. The second brood has just emerged and we will be looking for adults that are searching for nectar and mates in the open pine/oak savannah meadows. The walk will be cancelled if it is raining. The walk lasts for about an hour. Please park in the lot by the Saratoga Sandplains Sign on Route 50 half a mile north of King Road. Preregistration is strongly encouraged at 450-0321 or info@wiltonpreserve.org.
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Annual Wildlife Festival – Sunday June 4th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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