NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will offer a free guided nature hike on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m., to search for signs of summer on the trails located between the visitors center at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant and Mine Kill State Park.
Staff from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSDPRHP), 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 10 a.m., rain or shine. Participants should bring water, dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Hikers are also encouraged to stop at the NYPA visitors center and Historic Lansing Manor, which are both admission-free. Visitors can 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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.