Summer Programs

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

To Register: Please call us at (518) 327-6241 to register for any of the programs below. Online registration is not available for Environmental Education Programs. Registration is encouraged but not required.

MUSHROOM WALK WITH SUSAN HOPKINS

Join Mushroom expert Susan Hopkins for a casual walk in the woods to look at all the mushrooms and fungi on the trails. You will discuss and identify poisonous and edible species and point out some species of medicinal value, too. This walk will take approximately two and a half hours and be held rain or shine. Bring a lunch if you want to stay longer. Books and reference materials will be provided for more study after the foray on the picnic tables under the pavilion.

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Please call (518) 327-6241; online registration is not available for this program.

Dates: July 1, 11, 22; August 1, 12, 22; Sept. 6, 16
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Who:
All ages welcome!
Cost: $20, Current Friends of VIC receive a 20% discount
Max Participants: 12
More details: 
Please register in advance as programs can fill quickly. Program runs rain or shine.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that PSC VIC workshops and programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.

 

WILD EDIBLES WALK

Wild Ramps

Come and learn to identify local wild edible plants with our expert Pat Banker from Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Pat will answer your questions about how to cultivate those plants, use them, cook them, and more! You will be amazed by what Mother Nature is offering, from gluten free options to easy to find solutions right at your feet!

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Please call (518) 327-6241; online registration is not available for this program.

Dates: Wednesdays June 7, 14, 21; July 5, 19, 26; August 23, 30
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Who:
All ages welcome!
Cost: $20, Current Friends of VIC receive a 20% discount
Max Participants: 12
More details: 
Please register in advance as programs can fill quickly. Program runs rain or shine.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that PSC VIC workshops and programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.

GUIDED CANOE PADDLE AT THE VIC

Join VIC Naturalists for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to our dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a perfect way to spend the morning for both novice and experienced paddlers. The boat, life vest, and paddle are all provided.

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Please call (518) 327-6241; online registration is not available for this program.

Dates: Wednesday through Sunday through August. Weekend and Holidays Labor Day Weekend through Columbus Day.
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Who:
Ages 5 and up. Youth (ages 5-17) must be accompanied by one adult for every two youth. No prior experience necessary
Cost: $25 for one adult; $15 per child (ages 5 – 16). Boats can include up to 2 adults and 2 children. Current Friends of VIC receive a 20% discount
Max Participants: 5 boats available; boats may include one to three adults; up to 2 adults and 2 children. Boats with children must have adult from their own party in the boat.
More details:
Cost includes life vest, paddle, boat, and guide service. Please register in advance as programs can fill quickly. Program runs rain or shine but may be cancelled by the VIC in case of severe weather. VIC-approved life vests must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the paddle, no exceptions.
Cancellation Policy: Strong winds and/or thunderstorms may cause this program to be cancelled.

 

VIC NATURALIST WALK

Join a VIC Naturalist for a guided walk along our flat to moderate trails. Topics vary and include wildflowers, tree identification, general ecology, and more!

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Please call (518) 327-6241; online registration is not available for this program.

Dates: Wednesday through Sunday through August. Weekend and Holidays Labor Day Weekend through Columbus Day.
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Who: All ages!
Cost: $10/Adult; $8/ child (16 and under) 20% discount for current friends of the VIC
Max Participants: 15
More details: Please register in advance as programs can fill quickly. Program begins at the VIC front desk and runs rain or shine.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that PSC VIC workshops and programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.

WELLNESS PROGRAMS

To Register: Please click here or call us at (518) 327-6241 to register for Forest Bathing on August 06. Registration for Forest Bathing on August 19, and September 02 & 16 is directly with Helene Gibbens at AdirondackRiverWalking, (518)637-2963. Yoga on the Deck registration is directly through Earth Shine Studios, (518) 339-3008.

FOREST BATHING

Let us take you onto Barnum Pond Trail for an ease-full walk and invite you, through a series of brief ever-changing activities, to open yourself to all of the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of life in the forest. Discover the joy of being present, fully present, to yourself and to the natural world, with all your senses engaged. Slow down and unplug: no goals, objectives or need to accomplish anything. The forest will do the rest. This program runs from 8:30 am – 11 am and requires pre-registration. Register by calling (518) 637-2963.

Dates & Times:

  • August 19, 8:30 am
  • September 2, 8:30 am
  • September 16, 8:30 am

Who: Ages 12 and up
Cost: $40 per adult; $30 children ages 12 – 16
More details: Please register in advance as programs can fill quickly. Program runs rain or shine.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that PSC VIC workshops and programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.

YOGA ON THE DECK

“Yoga on the Deck” is back at the VIC with instructor Jackie Foster! Jackie is a Kripalu Certified teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. This outdoor yoga experience is open to the public and to those with all levels of yoga experience.

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday, June 27 – September 7
Time: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Who:
Open to all levels of experience
Cost: $15 drop in, $60/ 5 classes, $100 pass for 10 classes.
More details: Drop ins welcome!
To Register: Please contact Jackie Foster either in person or via the Earthshine Yoga Studio Website.