Hibernation Festival Saturday at Great Swamp

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CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy invites local residents to come out of hibernation and experience some good old winter fun this weekend.

The Winter Hibernation Festival will be on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., event organizers said.

There are a lot of winter activities going on for the outdoor enthusiasts, especially for children, organizers said, adding people should dress for the weather and enjoy: sledding down the observation ramp, x-country ski, snowshoe (lessons provided), slide through the snow tunnel, tug of war, sled races, sample Bannock bread, and roast marshmallows over a Swedish Candle.

Visitors can take part in the hibernation games, winter nature crafts, fur fun exhibit, and winter basket raffle. Stop by to visit Franklin, the GSC turtle to learn about reptile hibernation.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Maple Hedge Farm with their team of horses (additional fee) will provide sleigh rides or wagon rides depending on the weather. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Out of the Cage Wildlife Rescue/Rehabilitator will give a live animal program.

Join in the sled races taking place 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. (1 child per sled, ages 5-10). Tug of war will take place on the front lawn at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. or enter the snowmaking contest and win Olaf. Warm up with a hot cup of chili or try the “Walking Taco” at Lady Bug Café.

Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under. Admission includes use of skis, snowshoes and sleds. Connect with nature at this family oriented day of environmental learning and outdoor recreation.

All proceeds benefit the GSC’s conservation efforts. For more info, visit the website at greatswampconservancy.org or call 315-697-2950.


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