VIC to host tracking and GPS programs in January

NEWCOMB - Early January programs at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Newcomb will include an animal tracking snowshoe walk and a GPS workshop.

On Saturday, Jan. 3, guest naturalist Peter O'Shea will begin the "Out and About: Winter Tracking" program at 1:30 p.m. O'Shea will lead a snowshoe walk on one of the VIC trails and share information about the world of animal tracks. Preregistration is required for this free program.

Adirondack Connections Guide Service will lead a "Learn to use a GPS" Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. This beginner-level GPS workshop is a hands-on opportunity for people to learn more about operating a GPS unit. Adirondack Connections will provide Garmin eTrex GPS units for participants to use during the class.

Basic GPS features, terms and function will be covered, and GPS skills will be practiced indoors and outdoors. Preregistration and prepayment is required by Dec. 31. The cost is $55 per person ($50 for Adirondack Park Institute members).

The Newcomb VIC is located 12 miles east of Long Lake on Route 28N. Call (518) 582-2000. For more information about the VICs, log on to the centers' Web site at www.adkvic.org

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