Friends of Taconic State Park invites elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to an “Earth Day Celebration” where they will participate in a hands-on, interactive program to learn about important environmental issues on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 pm to 3 pm at Park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event is the second of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett.
Led by educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, the program will be a fun series of games and activities designed to help children understand the importance of environmental quality in maintaining optimal habitat for wildlife and the impact that the degradation of the environment has on wildlife populations. The role that source point pollution and carbon footprint have on environmental quality will be highlighted so that children can learn ways to have a positive impact on the environment.
The first program in the series, Skins and Skulls was held February 18th and gave children an opportunity to identify animals from their skins and skulls as well as tracks and sign. Future programs made possible by the grant from Assembly member Barrett include “Family Fun at the Furnace,” a re-enactment of the life of a 19th century iron worker at the Copake Iron Works hosted by master storyteller Tom Lee on Saturday, May 27th. A hands-on demonstration of sand casting and an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work will round out that day’s program. The fourth and final program, date to be determined in late June or early July, will be a night walk in the park to discover the sounds, smells and sights in the forest after the sun sets.
All programs are free of charge.