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Great Swamp Conservancy to host Winter Hibernation Festival

Posted 2/12/22

CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., urges area residents to emerge from hibernation and enjoy the organization’s annual Winter Hibernation Festival on Saturday, Feb. 19, …

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Great Swamp Conservancy to host Winter Hibernation Festival

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CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., urges area residents to emerge from hibernation and enjoy the organization’s annual Winter Hibernation Festival on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can don some winter gear for this all outdoors experience for adults, families, and children and take part in a tug of war, sled races, snowshoe races, a puppet show, a snow snake history and demo, a guided winter adventure walk with retired biologist May Coffin, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh courtesy of Maple Hedge Farm, crawl through a children’s snow tunnel, go cross-country skiing, go snowshoeing, taste chili, build a bluebird nest box, roast marshmallows, enter a snowman and snow sculpture contest, sled down the Observation Hill and play winter games in the snow such as tic-tac -toe, snowflake throw.

Orders for hot dogs and hamburgers will be taken at the back entrance of the events building of Lady Bug Café. Hot cocoa will be available along with chili tasting and sale outside under the museum overhangs.

The snowman and snow sculpture contest is to take place behind the back events building and there will be an information table for entries. Enter as a family or individual. Props may be used but must be retrieved after 2 p.m. First place winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Participants can build anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The snowshoe race is for ages 15 and up and will meet at the kiosk near the observation hill at noon. The race coordinator will give directions and award the first place winners. This race is no longer than a 1/4 of a mile for ages 15 and up. The puppet show about winter animals at 12:30 p.m. will be on the stage of the back events building performed by guitarist Ann Weider.

Admission is $2 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults. Use of skis and snowshoes are included with admissions. Sleigh rides are $1 per person. Dress warm, connect with nature and support the GSC’s conservation efforts.

For more information call 315-697-2950 or email greatswampconservancy@gmail.com

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