Find fun events through Winterfest offerings, check out new and exciting activities at the Wild Center, and read about a new moose project initiated by the DEC.
Ice Fishing Derbies, an Arts Reception & More Around the Adirondack Park
Here are our top picks for events happening now through next weekend:
- Official FISU Flag Raising Ceremony at Mid’s Park: January 22
- Ice Bar & 509 Extreme Snowmobile Movie at The View: January 22
- Girl Blue at the Tannery Pond Center: January 23
- Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby on Raquette Lake: January 29
- Cranberry Lake VFD First Strike Derby: January 29
- Winter Birding Weekend in Long Lake: January 29
- Medicinal Mushrooms at Paul Smith’s: January 29
- Opening Reception for Winter In Action at The View: January 29
- Hybrid Winter Workshop Series on Gaiters With Fort Ticonderoga: January 29 & 30
- Lake George Winterfest: through March 11
Winter Happenings, A New Moose Project & An Update on the State’s Tallest Tree
The Wild Center Does Winter Right
In addition to Wild Lights, which will be up through February 26, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake has announced a slew of winter activities: free snowshoe and kicksled rentals, guided fishing on Greenleaf Pond, and ice sculptures, as well as the winter Wild Walk, a snowball-throwing range, winter skeeball, an outdoor otter play yard, forest music, and Hopscotch, a stickwork sculpture you can walk through. Timed ticket reservations are available Fridays through Sundays.
Fort Ticonderoga Brings Back Popular Series Online
Fort Ticonderoga has announced that they’ll be hosting their wintertime Fort Fever Series virtually for 2022, with the first starting on Wednesday, January 26, with Brace Yourself With Holsters, which investigates the intricacies of 18th century holsters and their rapid evolution on the eve of the Revolutionary War.
There’s a New Moose Project Underway
We love reporting on moose news in the Park! The DEC has been collecting data on moose sightings for years. Now, they’ve taken moose monitoring a step farther: this winter, 14 moose were fitted with GPS collars as part of a multi-year project assessing the animal’s health and population.
“New York’s storied moose population, which began its recovery in the 1980s, is a critical part of our state’s biodiversity,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.
Additional moose will be equipped with these data-collecting collars in years to come as the DEC works with other organizations to track movement, activity patterns, and mortality.
The Tallest Tree in the State Has Fallen – And It Was in the ADK
The New Yorker recently highlighted the falling of the tallest tree in New York State, which fell to its demise last month. Tree 103, a white pine, lived its life from 1675 to 2021 just outside Paul Smith’s College. It topped out at 160 feet and almost 5 inches. (But did it make a sound when it fell?)
- The New Yorker: The Tallest Known Tree in New York Falls in the Forest