Mid-winter arrives in the North Country

The Adirondack Guide Program is designed for boys and girls (12-18 years old) who would like to explore, in depth, natural resource related topics. The program gives teenagers an opportunity to gain knowledge in the biological sciences and develop teaching and leadership skills. It is conducted in an informal atmosphere, conducive to building confidence and self-esteem. By acquiring new outdoor skills, participants also develop new recreational outlets they can share with friends and family.

Participants can advance from the Apprentice Guide level, through Intermediate, to full Senior 4-H Adirondack Guide status while working with licensed Adirondack Guides, Forest Rangers, Fish and Wildlife Biologists, Foresters and skilled woodsmen.

Activities include field trips and classes, canoe and hiking trips, and community service projects. Topics taught include map and compass reading; canoeing; tree, plant, flower and wildlife identification; environmental teaching techniques; woods lore and safety; first aid and lifeguard training; outdoor clothing and equipment; wilderness trip coordination, and global positioning systems (GPS).

For more information, or to register, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 623-3291 or 668-4881. For further information, ask to speak with John Bowe.

At the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center in Willsboro, their annual Winter Break Camp, hosted from Feb. 15-19, will feature winter activities, including snow tubing, winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. The facility also has a Winter Family Weekend planned for Feb. 19-22 and a course on ice climbing set for Feb. 20. Visit www.pmoec.org for program details or call 963-7967.

As always, the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department will offer a variety of free programs during the school vacation. Program offerings will include cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing sessions.

A bit further north, the Clinton County Youth Bureau and the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department are co-hosting a Family Winter Outdoor Adventure Program Feb. 17-19. The free, three-day program will introduce youths, 7 years of age and older, and their families to such skills as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and environmental issues. Pre-registration is required for the program. To pre-register, contact the Clinton County Youth Bureau at 565-4750.

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