Winter has finally arrived and is looking like it might stick around for a bit this year. I know I am not alone in reminiscing about last year's snow and cold free climate, conveniently forgetting how much I longed for the chance to go snowshoeing. And let’s not forget the stress that was last year’s Winter Festival when it seemed that the snow luge, ice skating, and ice fishing were going to be replaced by a mud run. Here’s hoping that winter treats us right and we get “just enough” of a winter wonderland to make everyone happy.
Speaking of winter wonderlands, the Huyck Preserve is looking quite dashing with dusting of snow… and unfortunately ice. Please be careful when you are out on the trails, cramp-ons are HIGHLY recommended and of course be sure to dress appropriately for arctic breezes off Lake Myosotis. But don’t be discouraged about getting outside during these colder months! New research suggests that being in the wild improves creative reasoning. Still trying to get the last of your holiday shopping completed? Maybe a quick jaunt outdoors will get those creative juices flowing so that you can choose the perfect present for your loved one.
Of course, we at the Huyck Preserve have a few gift ideas for those extra difficult people. Huyck Preserve T-shirts, water bottles, and artist designed stationary are always a crowd pleaser. For the discerning, may we suggest a gift Membership or a donation in their name to our Annual Fund? Memberships are a great way to get your friends and family outside and involved in all the Huyck Preserve offers- from guided hikes, to festivals, to summer education programs for the younger set, and special members only events. Donations to our Annual Fund will add your love one to our ranks as an Environmental Defender- someone who recognizes clean water, forested habitat for wildlife, and access to green spaces as crucial for the health and happiness of people and the environment. Won’t you and your loved ones join us in helping to defend the wilderness this holiday season?
The next two weeks will find staff in and out of the office as we too take a moment to connect with friends and family. We’re looking forward to yummy treats, warm hugs, and time outdoors followed by hot cups of cocoa. We wish all our wonderful members and those of you who already count yourself as one of our Environmental Defenders, seasons greetings and a very happy and healthy New Year!