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Paul Smiths VIC to host tracking workshops

PAUL SMITHS - Early March programs at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center will include animal tracking workshops, a trail walk and an Adirondack history lecture.

Back by popular demand, professional tracker Vincent Walsh, of Kawing Crow, will lead a day-long animal tracking workshop Saturday, March 7, titled, "Reading the Winter Landscape: Tracking on Snow." The program, held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is designed for adults. Participants are asked to dress for a day outside and bring a lunch. Preregistration is required, and the cost is $10 per person.

Also that day at 1 p.m., VIC staff will present the center's newest lecture in the theater titled, "People and the Park: How New Yorkers have shape the Adirondacks we see today." The presenter will explore how New York State has worked to preserve and protect the Adirondack Park, and the program will look at exploration and settlement and then focus on the steps taken to assure the park's place as a model for conservation in the future. Registration is not required for the free program.

The monthly API Friends Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Adirondack Park Institute. Executive director Martha Van der Voor will lead an informal snowshoe walk on the Paul Smiths VIC trail system. Snowshoes will be provided. Afterwards, participants can warm up inside the center with a cup of hot cocoa and a bit of knitting or crocheting; the API is helping Mountain Gift and Powder Co. of Saranac Lake produce blankets for those in need. Registration is not required for the free program, and it is open to the public.

Guest naturalist Peter O'Shea will visit the VIC March 14 to lead a "Tracking on the Trails" program from 1-3 p.m. The group will take a snowshoe walk on the VIC trails to look for signs of animals in th snow. Snowshoes will be provided. Preregistration is required for the free program.

The Paul Smiths VIC is located 12 miles north of Saranac Lake on State Route 30. For more information about the VIC or its programs, call 327-3000 or visit the centers' Web site at www.adkvic.org.

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