NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will offer a free guided nature hike on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m., to search for signs of spring on trails located between the visitors center for NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project and Mine Kill State Park.
Naturalist Ashley Drum with the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Parks Dept.), will lead the walk and identify budding trees and bird calls along the way. The hike covers easy terrain and is appropriate for walkers of all ages. Those interested in taking part in the event should meet at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center at 4 p.m., rain or shine. Participants should bring water, dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
There’s more fun to be had earlier in the day at Max V. Shaul State Park in the Town of Fulton. The park, located eight miles north of the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on Route 30, will be the focus of an “I Love My Park Day” celebration, a statewide Parks Dept. initiative to encourage communities to support their parks through a day of volunteer cleaning, planting and other beautification projects. Join Naturalist Drum and other volunteers as they take measures to beautify the park for both day trippers and campers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hikers are also encouraged to stop at the NYPA visitors center and Historic Lansing Manor, both admission-free. Visitors will enjoy the many hands-on displays and exhibits on energy, and experience the rich history of a 19th-century estate. Both facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The visitors center and adjacent Lansing Manor are located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 800-724-0309.
■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.
■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.
■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information, www.nypa.gov