@theVIC Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Monday, Feb. 24

Friends of the VIC

Help support the Paul Smith's College VIC by joining the Friends of the VIC. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with a $45 annual contribution. 

Daily – Cross-country skiing and Snowshoeing

Check out the most recent trail conditions. Skiers and snowshoers must purchase a season pass, or a day pass, to use the trails during the winter months. The VIC is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. 

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Armchair Science Lecture: The Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area (FERDA)

The VIC's Armchair Science Lecture series continues with a review of the history and current activities on the Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area (FERDA) plots by USDA research forester Mark Twery and Paul Smith's College professor Joe Orefice. The FERDA plots were developed in 1998 in a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service, Paul Smith’s College and the then state-run VIC to study and interpret the impacts of different cutting practices on natural communities. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the VIC auditorium. $5/person, free to season-pass holders and Friends of the VIC. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC

Wednesday, Feb. 19 – No-School Day at the VIC: Winter Botany

Children ages 7-11 are invited to join VIC educator Michelle Berrus from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to search for winter botanical life in our mixed forest and wetland ecosystem. Reservations are required. Reserve your place by noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, by calling (518) 327- 6241. Minimum class size is four. $35/person, $25 for Friends of the VIC

Friday, Feb. 21 – Winter Owl Prowl

Join Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister at 7:30 p.m. for a winter owl prowl. $10/person, $5 for Friends of the VIC. We'll discuss owl natural history, learn some call notes and listen for them, too. We'll be listening for two species of owl: Barred Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls. Preregistration appreciated. Call the VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information or email bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu. 

Saturday, Feb. 22 – Winter Birding Trip to Lake Champlain

Join the Adirondack Birding Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on a trip to the shores, fields and meadows of the picturesque Champlain Valley, one of the best areas to go birding in the North Country. We'll search for waterfowl on the lake, hawks along the fields and finches feeding in the hedgerows. We could observe forty species on this full-day event. Bring a bag lunch and hot beverage. We will be birding from the comfort of a 12- passenger van. $75/person, 25 percent discount for Friends of the VIC. Preregistration is required; please call (518) 327-6241 to register. 

Saturday, Feb. 22 – Introduction to Maple Collection with Tubing, Buckets and Bags

Mike Farrell of the Cornell Maple Program will lead this hands-on session, which focuses on modern methods of designing, installing and maintaining a sugar bush for bucket, bag and/or tubing sap collection. Backyard tapping and the VIC's community-based maple program will also be addressed. The program runs from 1-4 p.m. $10/person. Email Brian McDonnell at bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Armchair Traveler Lecture Series: Pedaling for Paws Bike Trip

Floyd Lampart, of Lake Clear, circumnavigated the United States on a bicycle as part of his "Pedaling for Paws" fundraiser for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.  Join him at 7 p.m. for a talk about the 11,346-mile trip. Lampart will present a slide show and answer questions about his epic journey. A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. $5/person. Free for Friends of the VIC and season-pass holders. Underwritten by the Friends of the VIC

Wednesdays – Cross Country Ski & Yoga

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is hosting a series of yoga sessions, led by yoga teacher Jackie Foster. Yoga is a perfect partner to cross-country skiing. A session prior to skiing warms the muscles, joints and lungs. A yoga session after skiing will release tension and help cool down the body. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Season ski pass and 8 sessions of yoga $160. Day ski pass and yoga session $25. Single yoga session $15. To register, call the Paul Smith's College VIC at (518) 327-6241.

Sunday, Feb. 23 – Sunday Ski & Music at the VIC

Grab your skis, boots and poles and head to the VIC for a fun afternoon of skiing and music with Shamim Allen from 1-3 p.m. Free with a day pass. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC

Daily – New Moon Art Show: Old Crows and Other Blackbirds

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is hosting an art show featuring works by Anne Burnham, Ray Whalen, Geoff Cobb, Rebekah Wilkins–Pepiton, Michael Hart, Noreen Sadue, Linda Sauther, Arnold Sauther and others. The show runs until Friday, Feb. 28. Free admission. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC

Daily – Adopt a Sugar Maple

Support the development of maple sugaring at the VIC by adopting a tree for $50. We'll do the tapping, and you'll be investing in the education of an intern and the equipment to take loving care of the tree. You’ll also get a quart of maple syrup from the tree when it's ready (shipping not included). Adoption papers are available at the VIC front desk. Makes a great gift!




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