Free Snowmobile Safety Program at NYPA Visitors Center Saturday, January 14 (Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center)

Contact :
Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309

January 3, 2012


NORTH BLENHEIM–The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will be the site of a New York State-certified Snowmobile Safety Course on Saturday, January 14, from 9am to 5pm.

The course is free and open to anyone 10 years of age or older.  It will provide fundamental information for snowmobilers to ensure their safety and that of other trail users. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Children ages 14 through 17 may operate a snowmobile without adult supervision only if they have completed a New York State-recognized safety training course.  Children ages 10 through 13 may do so if they have completed the course and are accompanied by a person 18 or older who is within 500 feet.

The eight-hour course will be taught by Donna Rivenburg, a New York State-Certified Instructor with Safe Riders, a snowmobile safety awareness program, developed by the New York State Snowmobile Association.  Light refreshments will be served, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Make your reservation early to participate in the Snowmobile Safety Training Course as seating is limited to 15 people.  Please call 800-724-0309 for more information or to reserve a place.

The handicapped-accessible visitors center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. The visitors center will be open as usual on Jan. 14 , from 10am to 5pm.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit

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