TOEC Winterfest has snow-free Sunday fun

January 15, 2013 by  

This past Sunday, January 13, the Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC) in Fahnestock State Park held its annual National Winter Trails Day Winterfest Celebration. The one difference was that this year, the celebration was “snowless”.

Generally outdoor activities for the event would involve things like snowshoeing, sledding, or skiing. Instead, the TOEC staff took guests on guided nature and bird walks, as well as guided hiking trails into the nearby woodland areas. There were also instructional sessions on how to create a good winter campsite, and Hudson Valley Outfitters staff members were available on site to discuss how to go about snowshoeing for anyone who was interested.

For those who wanted to stay indoors, winter park staff members from Fahnestock were on hand to discuss ski equipment and how to take care of it. Members of Putnam Highland Audubon provided bird seed for guests to feed the winter birds, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind were there with their ambassador dogs in order to talk about their programs. There were also nature crafts available to entertain the kids and, at 3:00 pm, Bill Robinson gave a presentation on wildlife. The programs ran from 11:00 up until Robinson’s presentation.

The TOEC may have hired print companies to create flyers and promote the event. Without the snow, there may have been a danger that people in Dutchess County areas like Hyde Park may have thought the event would not happen. The different organizations who were on hand may also have hired print companies to create business cards or informational brochures for anyone who was there to attend.