Gardening and nature: Hikes, terrariums and photo contest
Moreau Lake State Park plans series of hikes
MOREAU — Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, will offer the following programs:
-- An Election Day Escape is planned from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. It will be an easy hike at a comfortable pace that should help participants relax and enjoy nature.
-- A “Hudson Point Hike” will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will hike from Potter’s Point and explore the coves, flora and fauna and keep an eye out for signs of otters, beavers and other wet habitat wildlife.
-- A “Cottage Park Hike” is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. This hike consists of a steep climb that will be taken at a comfortable pace. Participants will be able to enjoy great views overlooking the Hudson River.
-- “Frostweed Walks” will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Monday. Participants will take an easy walk to the far end of Mud Pond to look for frostweed and possibly see this plant bloom if conditions are right.
-- A “Moreau Overlook Hike” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The park educator will lead a challenging hike to the Moreau Overlook. Bring water and a snack.
-- A “Nature Trail Hike” is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.The park educator will lead an easy hike on one of the more popular trails, share nature facts and point out some of the wonders of nature along the way.
Reservations are required for all the programs. The fee for each program is $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. For additional information and to register call 793-0511.
Wilton Preserve slates nature walk
WILTON — Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Road, will offer the program “Fall Friday Fun Nature Centerpieces” at 4 p.m. Friday.
Participants should meet at Camp Saratoga Parking Lot 1 on Scout Road for a nature walk to collect acorns, pine cones and other elements to make a fall centerpiece.
Registration is required. Call 450-0321 to register or go to email@example.com.
Club slates program on winter bonsai
WEST CHARLTON — The PFM Bonsai Club, 7 Western Ave., will hold a workshop on Saturday on how to create and maintain certain bonsai indoors in the winter.
The lesson will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the workshop. There will be several species available to work with. Bring tools, wire and your lunch.
Register in advance by e-mail: Pauline@pfmbonsai.com or call 882-1039.
November nature is topic at Pine Bush
ALBANY — The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, has scheduled the following programs:
-- “The Nature of November” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The program will start indoors and be followed by a one-mile hike to explore nature and preparations animals are making for winter’s arrival. Dress for the weather.
-- “Wild and Wily Turkeys” is slated from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants will learn about the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush, explore turkey sounds and flight and look for signs of turkeys in their habitat.
The program will start indoors and continue outside. Participants will also get to make a turkey call to take home. Dress for the weather.
-- A program called “Animal Armor” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday. Many animals in the Pine Bush have unique ways of protecting themselves from predators. Participants will learn more at a brief indoor presentation followed by a hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. Dress for the weather.
The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, unless otherwise noted. Children under age 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 456-0655 to sign up or visit www.albanypinebush.org and click on “Events Calendar.”
Club to explain how to build terrarium
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa House and Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 23 Pleasant St. Members will learn about terrariums and how to construct one.
Wildlife Preserve seeks nature photos
WILTON — The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is seeking nature photographs for a show running Dec. 11 through April 1 at the office at 80 Scout Road in Gansevoort.
The entry deadline is Nov. 26, and up to four entries per person are allowed. There will be prizes awarded for best in show, best winter nature shot, best featuring conservation, best featuring education, best featuring recreation, best animal shot, best Karner blue butterfly, and best under-13.
Entries should be submitted as jpeg or pdf files and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the title, photographer’s address, phone number and email, and age if under 13. Also include which category the photo is being entered in.
All work should be original and have been taken at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.
Photographers whose works are accepted will be notified by Nov. 30 and they should deliver mounted and ready-to-hang prints by Dec. 7.
There will be an opening reception at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of the center’s annual holiday gathering.
For more information, call 450-0321 or email email@example.com.