The woods will be alive with a celebration of fall this weekend.
The New Land Trust will host a fall harvest and equinox celebration this Saturday, Sept. 24, at the nonprofit organization’s property off Plumadore Road in the town of Saranac. Douglas Yu, a member of the New Land Trust, said this Saturday’s event is just one way the organization is trying to encourage people to make use of the 287 acres the New Land Trust owns and preserves in the Adirondack Mountains.
The event will include a campfire cooking demonstration form 10 a.m. to noon, guided bird identification walk at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and an apple press demonstration throughout the day in which visitors can help collect wild apples and make apple cider.
“It’s going to be a good opportunity for people to get together and enjoy the foliage before the winter season starts,” said Yu.
The day-long event will also include bird-watching walks, a silent auction and raffles, and a pot luck meal from 1 to 3 p.m. Yu will also lead a geocaching walk and introduction at 11 a.m. The pastime — which involves people hiding and searching for containers of varying sizes with various “treasures” inside — has caught on in popularity in recent years locally, he said.
“[Geocaching] is something I really enjoy doing,” said Yu. “It’s something that will take you places you might never expect to go and it’s something you can do with your kids.”
Geocaching involves going on-line to websites like www.geocaching.com, registering, and reading a map of locations where geocaches are located.
“We’ve got one on our property Steve Jenks [an NLT member] is working on setting up another,” said Yu.
This Saturday’s event will also include a self-guided tree identification trail walk, which Yu said will be beneficial for some students.
“I know local middle schools usually have leaf identification projects, and up at the New Land Trust there are 14 varieties of trees,” said Yu. “It’s a fantastic resource.”
The event will be offered free of charge, though donations will be accepted to help the New Land Trust repair a leaky roof on its main building at 236 Plumadore Road.
For more information, call 293-8213 or visit www.newlandtrust.org.