NYPA Visitors Center Hosts Free Snowmobile Safety Program Saturday, Jan. 12

Samantha Clark

January 7, 2013


NORTH BLENHEIM–The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will be the site of a New York State-certified Snowmobile Safety Course on Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

The course is free and open to anyone aged 10 years or older.  It will provide fundamental information for snowmobilers to ensure their safety and that of other trail users. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Children aged 14 through 17 may operate a snowmobile without adult supervision only if they have completed a New York State-recognized safety training course.  Children aged 10 through 13 may do so if they have completed the course and are accompanied by a person 18 year of age or older who is within 500 feet.

The eight-hour course will be taught by Donna Rivenburg, a state-certified instructor with Safe Riders, a snowmobile safety awareness program, developed by the New York State Snowmobile Association.  Refreshments will be served, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Reservations to participate in the Snowmobile Safety Training Course are recommended.  Please contact 800-724-0309 to reserve a place.

The handicapped-accessible visitors center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. The visitors center will be open as usual on January 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit


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