VIC offers diverse winter programming

PAUL SMITHS - Late January programs at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths will include animal tracking workshops, horse-drawn sleigh rides and a snowshoe walk.

On Jan. 24 and 31, the "Tracking on the Trails" program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The winter woods provide a wonderful canvas for revealing the stories in the snow. Join a VIC naturalist on one of the Center's trails and look for animals and their signs. Snowshoes will be provided. Preregistration is required for this free workshop by calling the Paul Smiths VIC at 327-3000.

At 1 p.m. on Jan. 24, educators will host a "Snowshoes and Smores" program. After spending some time snowshoeing on the trails with an educator, participants will relax by a campfire and make a smore to enjoy. Snowshoes will be provided. Preregistration is required, and donations are accepted.

On Jan. 31, the Saturdays are for Kids & Adults program will feature Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is back at the VIC thanks to the Paul Smith's College Draft Horse Club. Take a sleigh ride and view the winter woods along the way. Reservations are required, and the cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child ($3 for Adirondack Park Institute members). Proceeds will benefit the Draft Horse Program.

At 1 p.m. on Jan. 31, the Saturdays are for Kids program will be "Animal Adaptations" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. After discussing how animals adapt to the changing seasons, participants will then test various types on insulators in a science experiment. Different types of materials will be placed in a can with a thermometer. The can will then be placed outside.

After a period of time, thermometers will be read again. Preregistration is required for this free program.

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