General Meetings There will be no monthly meetings in June, July or August



JUNE 11TH PICNIC Outings schedule of events:

9:30am – PADDLE  –  Cattaraugus Creek (B)  Liesl & James White larborewhite214@rochester.rr.com  (585-721-4480) or (716-587-2576) after 4  This paddle begins at the Scoby Hill access off Rt. 219 in Springville at 9:30 am sharp.  Cars will be spotted at the North Otto Rd. parking lot (5 mile drive).  This will be a paddle for people who are comfortable maneuvering around areas with fallen trees in the water and corners that can have mild rapids with possible under water obstructions (the creek changes every year!).  A smaller kayak or flat bottom canoe would be good for this creek.  We will keep an eye on the water level and a heavy rain would postpone this trip.  It is a great paddle and a nice length!  Bring and wear your pfd, dress for the weather and bring your Ten Essentials for Paddle Outings including: snacks, water, sun protection and a change of clothes in a dry sack.  It is a short ride to the club picnic in Chestnut Ridge Park after the outing.

1:00pm – BIKE- (B) This will be a moderate bike ride on country roads with some hills.   We will start from the Commissioners Cabin then cross to the other side of the park and exit on Newton Road, to Abbott, the old 219 then back to Newton Road (about 17 miles).

1:00pm – Hike – Chestnut Ridge Park – Eternal Flame and Beyond (C) Kim Newland 799-7616 newlands5@verizon.net . Meet at 1:00 at the Eternal flame parking lot – Chestnut Ridge Road (Rt. 277), about 1 mile south of main entrance to Chestnut Ridge Park. We will hike about 4 miles in the beautiful Shale Creek area of the park, including a descent into the ravine to view the famous Eternal Flame. We will be back to the Commissioners Cabin in time for the educational portion of the annual ADK picnic around 3-3:30pm.

2:00pm – NATURE HIKE – Chestnut Ridge Park (C) Lynn and Doug Kenney. Meet at 2:00PM at the Commissioner’s Cabin in Chestnut Ridge Park the day of the picnic. The hike will start from the cabin. This will be a leisurely nature hike with frequent stops to look at wildflowers and trees. We will try and identify as many as possible.  You are welcome to bring along your field guides to help identify any that we are not familiar with. The hike will last about 1.5 hours. We will be back in time for the wildlife program.

3:30pm – Wildlife rehabilitation presentation by Messinger Woods: Tender Loving Care for Nature’s Wounded Possum

Come to the June 2016 ADK picnic to find out what mystery birds from Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will be coming too. Margie Hanrahan will be bringing ambassadors like Jimini Crow to talk about the rehabilitation work and rescue efforts of the wildlife care center in Holland, NY. To get a preview of Jimini, search talkingcrow.org. The rehabilitation efforts were really given a boost when Edith Messinger donated 30 acres and space in a barn located on the property. This barn has now grown into rehabilitation center and hospital to care for injured wildlife. The volunteers feel passionate about spreading the word about what type of work it takes to make rehabilitation a success.. Education during the presentation includes useful information on what to do and who to call if wildlife is injured by everyday events such as being hit by a car on the road. (I’m sure we have all had this happen to us.) So come out to learn more about this treasure.

Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting 5:00pm

Bring your favorite salad, dessert or appetizer to share. BYOB.  Club provides: cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage and veggie burgers along with condiment, rolls, soft drinks coffee and a limited amount of paper products.  Help reduce waste by bringing your own dish, cup and flatware.  You may also want to bring a folding chair.  Donations will be gratefully accepted.

 6:30pm – Meeting and Elections – We are happy to offer you excellent candidates for 2 positions. Both are currently in their respected positions now and are willing to serve another 2 years. Both are unopposed elections.  Dana Jandzinski is seeking a 2-year term as Programs Chair, and Lynn Kenney is seeking another term as Conservation Chair.

Presentation of “Conservationist of the Year” to Lynda Schneekloth 

The “Conservationist of the Year” Award will be presented to Lynda Schneekloth at our schneeAnnual Meeting during the Picnic on Saturday, June 11th. Lynda was one of the founders of Friends of the Buffalo River, which later became Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Lynda is a former Chair of the Sierra Club Niagara Group and is currently the Advocacy Chair of the Western NY Environmental Alliance. The award will recognize Lynda Schneekloth’s leadership of the Climate Justice Coalition of WNY. The coalition works to raise awareness about the urgency to address climate change and the injustices it presents to humanity and life on Earth. The coalition seeks bold action to end global warming pollution as well as justice in the necessary transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.


Did you miss our May program? Read about what you missed!

WAVES OF WISDOM FROM TWO PADDLING EXPERTS – Not one but two boats made their way to our May meeting covering water safety. Both a kayak and a canoe were exhibited by the dynamic duo of Bob Van Hise and Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder. The 10 essentials of outdoor safety also apply to the water. A life vest with plenty of pockets can easily store these essentials to keep within easy reach. Don’t forget what to wear under the life vest is also important. The various types of layers ranging from a full body dry suit to neoprene top and bottoms (for those warm water days we all want) were on display. No matter how nice the day is, keep in mind to dress for the water temperature, not air temperature. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, extra layers of warmth couldn’t be stressed enough. Who could forget the orange rounded tent with a view hole that can help you stay warm until warmth arrives? Shopping for this item could be fun!

Message from the Chair   Janet Kowalski

You could write a book about the health benefits of outdoor recreation. John Muir wisely stated “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks”.  We all love the scenic views, sound of rushing water, the majesty of old growth forests, and an opportunity to recharge in nature;  yet beyond all these positive sentiments, there are tremendous physical and mental perks to hiking and outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking and paddling are aerobic exercises that have cardiovascular benefits. Medical research shows they can also reduce cholesterol levels and triglycerides, and also decrease blood pressure. Depending on the terrain, these activities can burn over 500 calories per hour, and help to maintain a healthy weight. Hiking is a weight-bearing activity and helps to prevent osteoporosis. Being in the sunshine provides you with Vitamin D, which also helps to strengthen bones. Outdoor recreation also has been shown to decrease stress, improve sleep, and help to prevent depression. Some studies show that spending time outdoors can increase attention spans and creative problem-solving skills. So what is there to think about? The price is right, the payoffs can be huge, so let’s go TAKE A HIKE, BIKE OR PADDLE!

ADK CARES about Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education and Stewardship

NFC Offers Scholarships for a Variety of Education Programs

In addition to the Winter Mountaineering School scholarships, awards for several other ADK classes are also available from the Niagara Frontier Chapter. ADK’s Education classes provide the skills and ethics needed to explore the wilderness safely with maximum enjoyment and satisfaction. Most classes are offered at the Heart Lake Program Center with trained professional instructors. Options include the popular Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses offered throughout the year. These courses will help you prepare for an emergency when you are miles from help. Other skill workshops including Map and Compass Fundamentals, Leave No Trace Master Education courses, and Guides License Training. Learn more about ADK classes on the state website ADK.org, and find out about scholarship support from the chapter’s website adk-nfc.org. Build up your skills and share what you have learned with local ADK members. It’s a win-win for everyone!

 YOUNG MEMBERS (20s & 30s)

Young Members (YM) form a vital component of ADK, rejuvenating the club with fresh ideas and energy. Across the state, YM ADK groups are forming, with their own outings and social scene. If you’re interested in becoming an Outings Leader or heading up the YM efforts in the Niagara Frontier area, e-mail Outings Chair Mary Schraven maryschraven1@gmail.com or Chapter Chair Janet Kowalski janetk300@gmail.com to learn more!

Want to explore the Adirondacks? Check out these upcoming opportunities for YMs:

JBL Young Adult Member Takeover: Sept 9 – 11

ADK’s young members (20s & 30s) are taking over Johns Brook Lodge for the weekend! Enjoy the comforts of a backcountry lodge, make friends from across NY state, explore the Johns Brook Valley, and hike a high peak! Cost: $165 (Members receive 10% off), includes two nights lodging, six meals, and guided hike options. Scholarships are available from the NF chapter. See www.adk.org for more info or e-mail Stephanie@adk.org.

Supervised Trail Projects:

Volunteers work with trained ADK trail crew leaders to complete trail maintenance and reconstruction projects in Adirondack Park. ADK provides leadership, group camping gear, tools, transportation from base camp, and food. For details on projects ranging from 2-5 days, visit www.adk.org or see page 30 in the March-April Adirondac Magazine.

Employment in Adirondack Park:

Did you know ADK hires both seasonal and year-round staff? Check out ADK’s job board for current openings at www.adk.org/page.php?pname=job-board.

Education Scholarship Application                ADKBy-Laws2016

Education Scholarship Guidelines  

Education Scholarship Info



Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Eggertsville-Snyder Library Branch at 4622 Main St in Snyder, near the corner of Burroughs and Main. We will discuss  the second book in Anne LaBastille’s epic Woodswoman series “Woodswoman II: Beyond Black Bear Lake”, which describes Anne’s struggle to balance her professional success with her desire for solitude, and the building of a new cabin she calls Thoreau II. Newcomers are always welcome! For more information contact Janet at janetk300@gmail.com

The public library has a few copies of most selections. Purchase options include abebooks (used and inexpensive), adirondack-books.com, or amazon. Our ADK-NFC chapter library also has some of these books. Books can also be shared among club members if necessary.