Winter Break Programs Set for NYPA Visitors Center, Feb. 19 to 21

Samantha Clark

January 31, 2013


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will play host to a three-day series of free programs for children and parents during the winter school break from Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Thursday, Feb. 21.

The free programs will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon each day.  They will be presented by representatives from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum and Minekill State Park.  The winter break schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 19: “MIRROR MAGIC”

Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum will explain the how and why of reflection using experiments with hinged mirrors.  Each child will make a kaleidoscope to bring home.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: “LOST IN THE WOODS”

Back by popular demand, MineKill State Park’s Mike Fagerstrom will present a program to teach children what to do and what not to do if they are lost in the woods.

Thursday, Feb. 21: “AT HOME IN THE POND”

Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum presents a program on the ecosystem of freshwater ponds.  Children will learn how pond communities function and explore the workings of protection, food systems, and waste removal in the pond community.

NYPA’s handicapped-accessible visitors center is housed in a restored 19th century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities.  In addition to enjoying the winter break activities, visitors can learn how the power plant acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, except for certain holidays. It is located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

For more information, call 800-724-0309 or

About NYPA:

■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 16 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,

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