National Trails Day. A number of local organizations have scheduled volunteer trail work projects and events to introduce people to natural places. Following is a partial list:
Wilton Wildlife Park & Preserve, Scout Road, 10am – 3pm. WWPP’s Lupine Festival will be held at their Camp Saratoga parcel and is expected to coincide with the peak of the wild blue lupine bloom and the first brood of Karner blue butterflies for 2012. Events include nature walks led by DEC and Nature Conservancy personnel and presentations with live local reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. Children’s activities include nature craft projects and pond exploration with dipping nets. The recently restored Cornell Hill fire tower will be open. Check their website for directions and a complete list of activities.
The Lake George Land Conservancy has scheduled a volunteer work day at its Gull Bay Preserve in Putnam from 9am to 1pm. Participants will help clear trails, replace markers, clean up waterbars and improve trail drainage with basic tools. The preserve features an expansive view overlooking Lake George’s Gull Bay and a great blue heron rookery. A lunch break near the rookery will provide participants with the opportunity to observe great blue herons in action. Check LGLC’s website or contact them at 518-644-9673 for more information and to pre-register.
The Adirondack Mountain Club is focusing on the Ferris Lake and Shaker Mountain Wild Forests in the southern Adirondacks for a blitz of work projects on a half dozen trails. Three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of hiking and paddling outings are also scheduled to highlight recreational opportunities in the region. Additional information and a complete list of events and activities is available on ADK's website, or call 518-523-3441.
Saratoga PLAN will be extending the trail system at its 600+ acre Hennig Preserve, in Providence. Contact Andy Fyfe or visit Saratoga PLAN’s website for more information and to volunteer.