Saratoga County

Wilton Wildlife Preserve offers events, rentals throughout January

ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE People enjoy snowshoeing with their dogs on a trail at Wilton Wildlife Preserve in Wilton on Friday.
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People enjoy snowshoeing with their dogs on a trail at Wilton Wildlife Preserve in Wilton on Friday.

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WILTON — If you’re looking to get some snowshoeing in, learn about wildlife or simply go for a walk, the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park has you covered.

During the month of January and beyond, Wilton is offering rentals for skis and snowshoes, educational winter-themed nature walks and additional wellness walks for residents to unwind and learn more about the area.

“We are fortunate enough to be a place that can continue to provide educational and recreational opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are able to do this in a safe way,” said Erin McCabe, volunteer and stewardship coordinator/environmental educator. “Our programs expose people to the natural world around them, fostering care for their community, and provides a unique social setting based around the protection of natural environments.”

Kicking off this week, winter sports rentals will be available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., until  March 14. The rentals include cross country skis and snowshoes for all ages.

“We are hoping for more snow and a very busy season this year,” McCabe said. “While prior seasons have always been popular, we expect to see an increase in trail users this season as we have throughout 2020. Skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature during the winter months.”

In addition to the rentals, Wilton is offering its bi-monthly Wellness Walks on Jan. 11 and 25 at 10 a.m. — which are accessible for those at a “basic fitness level” to enjoy a winter stroll — and two Winter Discovery Nature Walks on Jan. 17 and 18 at 1 p.m.

“The upcoming Winter Discovery Nature Walk is an excellent opportunity for nature lovers to learn about how plants and animals in this area survive the cold winter months, along with the basics of animal tracking and winter tree identification,” McCabe said.

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