Saturday 19: Fascinating Fossils of the Champlain Valley. Join renowned Professor Emeritus Nancy Budd as she explains the geology, biology, and ancient ecosystem of the Champlain Valley. (10 am-12:30 pm) Crown Point Historic Site. Suggested donation $10; young people under 18 and students free. Pre-register here.
Sunday 27: Hemlock Hill Trail Opening. (1 pm). This is a beautiful upland forest with rock outcrops and mossy glades. In Westport, about a 1 mile round trip, an easy hike. The trailhead is on Sherman Rd., 3/4 mile north of Lakeshore Rd.
Saturday 16: Farm-to-Fest Hike and the Adirondack Harvest Festival
For the 4-mile Farm-to-Fest Hike, meet at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport at 9:00 am to ride the shuttle bus two miles to the DaCy Meadow Farm Trailhead.
You’ll walk through the lush farm fields with views of Toll Gate Hill, Lake Champlain, and the forested West Champlain Hills. After entering DaCy Meadow’s forests, you’ll climb by some old trees and arrive on Ledge Hill Road for a gentle downhill walk back to the Fairgrounds and all the Adirondack Harvest Festival activities.
Suggested donation is $5/person; under 18 and students free.
The Adirondack Harvest Festival includes the county’s largest farmers’ market, farm demonstrations, local beer and food trucks. (11:00 am – 4:00 pm). http://www.lakechamplainregion.com/events/adirondack-harvest-festival You can pre-register here.
Saturday 23: Celebrate North Country Scenic Trail Day.The 4,200-mile trail starts in North Dakota and ends at the Champlain Bridge. Celebrate with a Coot Hill hike. (9:30 am).
Sunday 24: Walk Across Lake Champlain Bridge. Join this narrated history tour of the sights visible when walking across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Enjoy the views and learn about the nearly 9,000 years of human history at this important and beautiful location on Lake Champlain. The channel here made this one of the most strategic spots on Lake Champlain for the Native Americans for millennia, and for the colonial French, British, and early Americans. (1-4 pm), Rain or shine, $6. Meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site.
Saturday 14: Photography Workshop. Join Manuel Palacios on Black Kettle Trail.(1-6 pm) Class size is limited. Call now!
Sunday 29: Florence Hathaway Park & Sophie’s Lair Opening (1:00 pm) Willsboro.
Make a difference! Join our trail project every 2nd Saturday. Please call the CATS office for details, 518. 962.2287.
Check back soon: the CATS’ Outreach Committee is continually working to bring you interesting and fun workshops and nature hikes.