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Newcomb VIC to host programs

NEWCOMB - Early March programs at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb will include a trail walk, a movie matinee, and an early spring "seed swap" for gardeners.

Saturday, March 7, guest naturalist Peter O'Shea will lead an "Out & About: Winter Still Here" program at 1:30 p.m. Participants will take a snowshoe walk on one of the VIC trails looking for evidence that the winter season is still here. Snowshoes will be available.

Preregistration is required by March 6, and there is no cost . Call 582-2000.

The Mid-week Movie Matinee on Wednesday, March 11, will be "Winged Migration." Show time is 1 p.m. This is an Academy Award-winning documentary from Jacques Perrin about the migration of several different bird species. The movie will be shown on the big screen in the VIC's multipurpose room. Registration is not required for this free program.

It's not too early to think about spring and the plants that will soon be growing in gardens throughout the Adirondacks. The Newcomb VIC will host a Seed Exchange from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14, led by Intern-Master Gardener Lorraine Miga. Participants are asked to bring seeds they collected from their garden last fall, seeds left over from last summer's plantings, or seeds from previous years' gardens. If people have no seeds but are interested in seeing what others are surplussing, they should still stop by the Seed Exchange. No seeds will be for sale; all are available for swap only. As with most plant swaps, those who come earliest get the best bargains. VIC staff will also be on hand to answer questions about invasive plant species in the garden. Preregistration is not required for this free program.

The New York State Adirondack Park Agency operates two Visitor Interpretive Centers, in Paul Smiths and Newcomb, serving the environmental education and visitor orientation needs of the Adirondack Park since 1989. The VICs offer a wide array of educational programs, miles of scenic interpretive trails, and visitor information services.

They are currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

For more information about the VICs call 582-2000 or go online at www.adkvic.org.

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