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Gardening and nature: Turkeys are focus of programs

Gardening and nature: Turkeys are focus of programs

Pine cone turkeys, turkey calls and seeing wild turkeys are among nature-themed outings.

Program to teach kids how to make pine cone turkeys

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, will hold a family Thanksgiving turkey craft program at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Kids and their families will search outside for pine cones and come inside to transform them into pine cone turkeys.

Registration is required. The fee is $5 per family. Call 584-2000 ext. 150 to register.

Moreau State Park schedules hikes

MOREAU — Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, will conduct two hikes.

-- A Baker Trail hike is planned from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This moderate hike (some steep sections) up the Palmertown mountain range will be led by a naturalist who will answer questions and offer information along the way.

-- The Red Oak Ridge and Moreau Overlook hike will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

This moderate hike along the Red Oak Ridge will take participants along some beautiful views and forests. Halfway through the hike, they will take a short steep trek up to the Moreau Overlook.

Reservations are required for both programs.

The fee for each program is $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. For additional information and to register, call 793-0511.

Walk to collect items for making turkeys

WILTON — Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, will offer a program titled “Fall Friday Fun Leaf Turkeys” at 4 p.m. Friday.

Participants should meet at Camp Saratoga Parking Lot 1 on Scout Road. They will take a nature walk to collect leaves, acorns, pine cones and other items to create unique turkeys.

Registration is required. Call 450-0321 to register or go to

Clifton Park slates stewardship walks

CLIFTON PARK — The town of Clifton Park has planned monthly stewardship walks in various natural settings throughout the town. A guided hike along Riverview Orchards and Mohawk Landing is planned for 1 p.m. Friday.

Participants will meet at Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Road, to learn about the permanent conservation easement to protect the farmlands, and then walk down to Mohawk Landing to observe conditions along the Mohawk River.

Pine Bush slates wild turkey walks

ALBANY — The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, has scheduled the following two programs:

-- “Wild and Wily Turkeys” is slated from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will learn about the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush, explore turkey sounds and flight and look for signs of turkeys in their habitat.

The program will start indoors and continue outside with a hike to look for turkeys. Participants will also get to make a turkey call to take home. Dress for the weather.

-- “Choose Your Own GPS Adventure” will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Participants will use their own GPS units to navigate the trails of the Pine Bush and discover the prize at the end of the adventure. A list of waypoints along the trails will be provided at the start of the program. The prizes will be removed after 3:30 p.m. Participants must provide their own GPS units.

The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, unless otherwise noted. Children under age 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 456-0655 to sign up or visit and click on “Events Calendar.”

Thymly Herb Group to meet on Monday

BALLSTON SPA — The Thymly Herb Group will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the 4-H Training Center.

Guest speaker Mary Lyall will teach participants how to make a simple reed basket (which will require a small fee) and Rose Buell will offer an herb of the month presentation on cumin.

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