Paul Smiths VIC features holiday programs

PAUL SMITHS - During this busy holiday time, take a break and come out to the Paul Smiths VIC to hoot for owls, make a basket or take the family on a sleigh ride. Special events are planned for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19.

On Friday, Dec. 18 from 6-8 p.m., VIC Environmental Educator Milt Adams will lead an "Owl Prowl." This program will begin with a look at the natural history of the barred owl, more commonly known as the hoot owl. Participants will then go out on the trails in the hope of "hooting in" one of these great creatures.

"We've had good luck in the past hooting one up," said Adams, "so we're hoping this year will be the same."

Snowshoes will be provided if needed. Pre-registration is required and the program is free.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Clear Creek Weavers will return to the Paul Smiths VIC to help kids and adults craft a festive holiday basket made out of red and green reeds. The basket Workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10. The cost will be $8 for members of the Adirondack Park Institute (API), the "friends group" for the Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Centers.

Also on Saturday, the "Saturdays are for Kids & Adults" program will feature sleigh rides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This holiday event is back thanks to the Paul Smith's College Draft Horse Club. Take a sleigh ride through the winter woods and join in singing your favorite holiday songs along the way.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the VIC at (518) 327-3000. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The event is free for API members. Proceeds will go to the College's Draft Horse Club.

The Paul Smiths VIC is located 12 miles north of Saranac Lake on Route 30. For more information on VIC programming, call 327-3000 or log on to www.adkvic.org.

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