The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports


February 1, 2011

Landis Arboretum announces winter events

Landis Arboretum in Esperance will offer a series of outdoor recreational and educational activities.

Backcountry Skiing

Saturday, Feb. 12, noon to 3 p.m.

The Arboretum will host a workshop on backcountry skiing. Workshop attendees will get an overview about skiing where there are no chair lifts, no groomed trails (and sometime no trails), no trail fees, few (if any) people and deep, fresh snow.

The workshop, led by Jeff Peil, will cover equipment, ski techniques, emergency ski repair, navigation and trip planning. Then participants will go out on the trails and work on the skills that will enable people to ski anywhere they find snow.

Prerequisites: Basic cross-country skiing experience. Students should be able to kick and glide and climb and descend gentle hills.

Equipment: Cross-country ski equipment of any kind (other than the skating skis used for racing).

Cost: Arboretum and Duanesburg Area Community Center members, free; nonmembers, $10.

Registration: Contact the Arboretum at (518) 875-6935 or

Second Sunday Snowshoe (with Animal Track and Sign ID)

Sunday, Feb. 13, noon to 2 p.m.

Wildlife educator George Steele will be on hand to teach attendees to identify tracks and signs of forest animals. Participants will explore the Arboretum trails on snowshoes. The farmhouse will offer hot beverages and snacks. Beginner and experienced snowshoers are welcome. Adult and children's snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should meet at the barn.

Cost: members, $5 per person, $15 per family; nonmembers, $10 per person, $25 per family.

Winter Fun Day: Snowshoe and Sledding

Saturday, Feb. 26, noon to 3 p.m.

The Aboretum will host a day where leaders will teach participants to learn how to walk on snow with snowshoes. The basic skills needed to snowshoe will be taught. Adult and children's snowshoes are available on a first-come, first served bases, or participants may bring their own.

Sledding will also be available. Participants should bring their own sleds. The farmhouse will be open for participants to warm up and have hot cocoa, coffee and home-baked items.

Cost: members, $5 per person, $15 per family; nonmembers, $10 per person, $25 per family.

Text Only
Community News

Step Back In Time
Community Calendar
Support Groups
Additional Content
Join the Debate
Additional Resources
CNHI News Service

Do you plan to attend the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction?

Not sure
     View Results