If you're looking for a guided hike or program on your schedule, look no further! While Huyck Preserve offers free guided hikes throughout the year and trails are open year-round free for public use, we encourage scouting groups, hiking and outdoor groups, community groups, senior citizen centers, disability centers, church groups, birding clubs, or anyone interested in getting a guided hike or hands-on science experience to contact us to schedule Huyck on Demand!
Come for a few hours or a whole day trip and get a program tailored to your interests, ages, and abilities. We have programs designed to meet scouting badge requirements and staff with specialities in a variety of nature topics to answer your questions.
Why book a program? Groups booking through Huyck on Demand are guaranteed to have access to either the research station or visitor center (both are rarely open on weekends or holidays) for restrooms, use of the research station lawn for picnicking (seasonal and dependent on station business), and a Preserve staff member to provide the program and give you personal attention. In addition, a private program will allow us to go at a pace you prefer, pick a trail that matches your hiking abilities, and provide more staff attention for answering questions.
Scroll down for information on our On-Demand programs: Guided Hikes, Wildlife Alive, and Scout Programs. Don't forget, we also have facilities for rent if your group is interested in an over night stay!
Interested in a program? Use the button below to download an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you can't make our free public guided hikes, or have a large group interested in one, we encourage you to request a hike at the Huyck! We can give you a guided hike on a variety of topics throughout the year aimed at different age groups. All programs can be tailored to different age groups - please contact us for more information. We can design a hike to meet your specific need or interest, it's no problem! Or you can pick from the list of hikes below.
For Adults Hikes designed for teenagers and adults
Wildflower Walk - Learn to find and identify native wildflowers along our trail. Offered spring, summer, and fall.
Our Forest through time - Learn some of the history of Huyck Preserve and how it has shaped the forests around us and what lives here. We'll talk about forest regeneration and what is impacting it here at the Preserve. Offered year-round.
Winter Ecology - Take a guided snowshoe hike and learn some basics of tracking while we discuss hibernation and the subnivean zone and the importance of snow in winter. Offered winter only, snowshoe hike.
Seasonal Ecology Hikes - We'll talk about migration, breeding seasons, why and how leaves change color, and the other seasonal changes going on in the forest around us, depending on the time of year, along with identifying some of the common plants and animals seen in specific seasons. Offered spring, summer, and fall.
For Kids For kids 5 and older and their families
Bug Off! - We'll look for bugs of all shapes and sizes and introduce the diversity of insects at the preserve along with some of their behavior and how to identify them. Offered spring, summer, and fall.
Family Beginning Birding - Learn the basics of bird identification by sight and sound
in this all-ages hike. We’ll look for some common birds, cover some binocular
basics, and you’ll take home a sheet with some helpful tips for learning to
identify birds.Offered spring, summer and fall for ages 5 and up.
Winter Wildlife - How do animals survive the winter? We'll talk about how animals survive winter, where they are, and how to look for them when there's snow everywhere. Offered winter only, snowshoe hike
Hunt for Herps! - Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians - we'll take a hike in search of frogs, salamanders, turtles, and snakes and introduce their biology and lifestyles. Late spring, summer, and fall
Hikes run from 1-2 hours in length and can be tailored to your groups hiking ability - we have 12 miles of trails giving access to 2000+ acres that range from easy to advanced hiking abilities! We'll work with you to pick a trail that suits your group.
Guided hikes require a minimum of 5 participants, weekday hikes cost of $5 per person, weekend hikes cost $7 per person. Longer and more advanced hikes can be schedule for an additional fee. Please contact the Huyck Preserve Main Office 518-797-3440 or email@example.com to schedule your hike today!
Organizations serving the underprivileged in the Greater Capital Region of New York should contact us directly to discuss rates.
Local wildlife rehabilitator, Kelly Martin, is available for programs highlighting the native fauna of New York State. Kelly brings with her education animals she uses to teach animal behavior, biology, and the importance of taking care of the environment.
Programs generally run 1 hour and may feature a variety of animals. You may request specific animals to be shown (nor not shown if there are fears) but requests are at the discretion of the rehabilitator. Programs with the wildlife rehabilitator carry a flat fee of $100 dollars for up to 30 people. Groups interested in scheduling the rehabilitator should contact the Huyck Preserve Main Office 518-797-3440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With over 80 years as a biological research station, Huyck Preserve is a great place for boy and girl scouts to get interested in science and nature! Scouts can tour a working field research station with labs, meeting scientists and researchers, learn about on-going science research at the Preserve, and learn many aspects of biology and ecology.
Older scouts are encouraged to contact us if they need a site for a field research project or volunteer hours - we have several citizen science efforts ongoing at the Preserve that provide valuable experience collecting scientific data.
We've designed several scouting programs below to meet requirements for outdoor and science related badges, but are always willing to work with scouts to design a program to meet their needs. With 12 miles of trails, and the neighboring NYS DEC wildlife management area Partridge Run, there's also plenty of ways to meet hiking requirements! Interested in an overnight? We have facilities rentals for your own event or for overnight stays.
Pricing & Details Scout programs cost $5 per participating scout. Maximum group size is 25 children (including any non-participants such as siblings) plus 5 adult chaperones. Programs are intended to run 1-1.5 hours long
Scout Program Topics
Bird migration & Flyways In this program we'll talk about bird migration, flyways, and the importance of stopovers. We'll talk about mist-netting and the MAPS program and the Christmas Bird Count at Huyck Preserve as on going research efforts to study birds and their habits. Then we'll take a brief hike and identify some common birds by sight and sound and talk about the different habitats at the Preserve and the role of the Preserve during migration.
Food chains & Human impacts In this program we'll talk about food chains and food webs, and the different roles organisms play in them. We'll introduce the concept of ecosystems and how different food chains interact through the forests and ponds around us. We'll take a hike up to the Racetrack (1.5 miles round trip) and talk about the impacts people have had on this area - such as pollution, farming, and invasive species - and how that impacts food chains.
Aquatic Ecosystems This program introduces aquatic ecosystems and what lives in them. We'll dipnet and kick net in 10 Mile creek, and then work to identify the macroinvertebrates and other organisms we find there and talk about their life cycles and their importance to the entire biome of the Preserve. Additional equipment fee of $25 applies for this program
Tree identification In this program scouts will learn to identify 6 common native trees plus a variety of shrubs and understory plants. We'll talk about different types of forest found at the Preserve and their characteristic species, and the basics of forest ecology and the parts of a forest - from the soil beneath your feet up to the top of the canopy!
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