Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest

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The Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC) invites families to Fahnestock State Park. Unplug the computer and participate in the National Get Outdoors Day and Kids to Parks Day. These special events are part of TOEC’s Mtn. Laurel Outdoor Recfest scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012 between 9 am and 2 pm.

The program starts off with Bird Bander, Eric Lind, from Audubon’s Constitution Marsh Sanctuary.  Observe migrating birds “up close and personal”.  The magic of touching and releasing a bird will last a lifetime.  Afterward, Naturalist, Pete Salmansohn will lead a bird walk.  Hudson Valley Orienteering will introduce folks to this unique sport.  Instruction and a practice course will be available to test new skills.  Have you ever paddled a kayak?  REI Outdoor School staff will be bringing their kayaks offering you an opportunity to paddle and learn more about this sport.  Enjoy a new/old craze! – “Hooping” with Hudson Valley Outfitters!  HVO staff will bring their professional weighted hoops for everyone to try. A great outdoor family activity that is packed full of twisting fun and healthy exercise!  Putnam Highland Audubon and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, along with their ambassador dogs will be attending too!  The High Ropes Adventure Course will also be open.  Raptors and Reptiles will take center stage at the end of the day.  At 2 pm Bill Robinson displays live wildlife and educates everyone about these critters and their importance in nature.  Food and beverages will be available.  For information, contact us at (845) 265-3773.

TOEC is part of the New York State Park’s Taconic Region and is situated in Fahnestock State Park between Rte. 9 and the Taconic State Parkway off Dennytown Rd. Watch for our signs!  Event Donation: Adults – $2 Kids – $1. Sorry, no pets.  If inclement weather is forecasted – please call before traveling (845) 265-3773