Discovery Series

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Lake George Land Conservancy to offer a new series of hikes in Bolton led by Up Yonda’s naturalists. This Discovery Series will include themed hikes, May through October, and geared towards learners of all ages. Hikes will be limited to 15 participants, and are expected to take 1.5 to 2 hours.

Thanks to the Town of Bolton for supporting the Discovery Series!

DateLocationMeet/ParkTheme and DescriptionTime and length of program
Saturday, May 7Godwin Preserve – Red trail to yellowGodwin Preserve TrailheadVernal Pools – Have you ever visited springtime temporary pools that host all sorts of forest life?  Join a Naturalist for a walk  to some of Godwin’s vernal pools to examine what types of amphibians make these part of their life cycle. The trails will be muddy, bring boots!9-10 (1hr), 1 mile out and back
Saturday, May 28Amy’s Park – Out and back on Yellow TrailMain Trail parking lotBeavers – Beavers are called ecosystem engineers for a reason! Check out a real beaver pond and lodge, and try your hand at making your own miniature version during a hands-on activity.9-10:30 (1.5hr) 
Saturday, June 4The Pinnacle TrailPinnacle Preserve TrailheadNational Trails Day – Leave No Trace & Stewardship – The Adirondacks is a unique and special place that we can all work together to protect. Learn about the best practices for outdoor recreation and some of the history behind the Adirondack Park.9-11 (2hr), 3 mile round trip
Saturday, June 18Bradley’s LookoutPinnacle Preserve TrailheadFound and Seek with iNaturalist – Citizen Science is a great way to get involved with scientific research. Download and create accounts for the apps iNaturalist and Seek before you arrive, and learn how to use them on the trail to learn about flora and fauna and contribute data to active research projects.9-10:30 (1.5hr), 1.2 mile round trip
Friday, July 1Thomas MountainThomas Mountain Trailhead – Valley Woods RoadLake George Ecosystem – Join a Naturalist on a hike up Thomas Mountain.  On this out and back hike you’ll learn about the flora, fauna, and natural history of the area.8:30-11:30 (3hr), 3 mile round trip
Friday, July 8Godwin Preserve to LookoutGodwin Preserve TrailheadBirding at the Overlook – Take a hike up to the Godwin Preserve Overlook and check out some Adirondack birds close up.  This overlook provides great views of soaring raptors and nearby songbirds.  Binoculars and the smartphone app Merlin Bird ID recommended.9-11 (2hr), 1.6 mile round trip
Friday, July 15Edgecomb PondCat Mountain Trailhead, Edgecomb Pond LotBecoming a Naturalist: Exploring with a Nature Journal – Naturalists are masters of observation. Sharpen your skills by creating a Nature Journal to record some of the things we’ll see on a visit to Edgecomb Pond. Bring something to write in, and something to write with. Blank, unlined paper and pencils work best!8:30-9:30 (1hr), less than a mile (~.4 miles)
Friday, July 22Bradley’s LookoutPinnacle Preserve TrailheadNeature Hike! – Nature is pretty neat, come see some of the neatest things out there on a hike about all the interesting and unique things we can find in nature.8:30-10:00 (1.5hr), 1.2 mile round trip
Friday, July 29Amy’s Park – Orange Trail Orange Trail Parking lotLeave No Trace & Stewardship – The Adirondacks is a unique and special place that we can all work together to protect. Learn about the best practices for outdoor recreation and some of the history behind the Adirondack Park.9-10:30 (1.5hr), 2 miles round trip Orange Trail 
Friday, August 5LGLC Offices – PondLGLC offices/ road parkingPond Life – Get hands on with science exploration in an Adirondack Pond!  You’ll use sampling nets to capture and examine different critters and meet some fun animal ambassadors from Up Yonda Farm.8:30-9:30 (1hr)
Friday, August 12Amy’s Park – Out and back on Yellow TrailMain trail parking lotStream Sampling – There’s tons of life in a moving stream, you just have to know where to look! We’ll use nets to collect samples, and will practice using observations to identify what we’ve found.9-11 (2hr), .5 mile round trip
Friday, August 19Godwin Preserve to LookoutGodwin Preserve TrailheadCritters of All Sizes – Join a Naturalist for a walk looking for signs of animal life! We’ll keep an eye out for insects, footprints, scat, birds, and other evidence of animals as we head to the Godwin lookout.9-11 (2hr), 1.6 mile round trip
Friday, August 26The Pinnacle TrailPinnacle Preserve TrailheadAdirondack Geology – Wander up the Pinnacle  trail with a Naturalist and learn about the geology of the Lake George basin.  You’ll find out what has happened in the geologic past to create the beautiful scenery we see from the lookout. 8:30 -10:30 (2hr), 3 mile round trip
Saturday, September 3Edgecomb PondCat Mountain Trailhead, Edgecomb Pond LotBecoming a Naturalist: Exploring with a Nature Journal – Come out for a second round of nature journaling and see how the environment has changed with the seasons! Bring something to write in, and something to write with. Blank, unlined paper and pencils work best!8:30-9:30 (1hr), less than a mile (~.4 miles)
Saturday, September 17Amy’s ParkMain Parking LotWatersheds – Come walk along the wetlands at Amy’s Park and observe how water moves into the Lake George basin.9-11 (2hr) 1.4 mile out and back
Saturday, October 8Godwin PreserveGodwin Preserve TrailheadFalling into Winter – Walk through the Godwin Preserve observing how Adirondack plants and animals prepare for winter. This hike will include a stop at the overlook to see these changes on a larger scale over neighboring Amy’s Park.9-11 (2hr), 1.6 mile round trip
Saturday, October 15Bradley’s Lookout TrailPinnacle Preserve TrailheadChanging Trees – Join a Naturalist on a walk through the forest observing how the local trees are changing before winter, and learn some Adirondack tree identification.9-10:30 (1.5hr), 1.2 mile round trip