Free Weekend Events to Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at NYPA Visitors Center

Contact Information:
Samantha Clark
(800) 724-0309

April 11, 2014


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NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will mark Earth Day and Arbor Day this year with a variety of activities at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.

On Saturday, enjoy free screenings of episodes of “Planet Earth” (2007) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On Sunday, join Mine Kill State Park staff for a guided tree identification walk at 1 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., create your own natural Earth Day tie-dyed tote bag or take part in a special self-guided nature walk to earn a prize.

On both days, you can make your own personalized Earth Day magnet or picture frame and learn how to start your own flower garden. Free saplings will be given to visitors as well.

There will also be an information table, where you can stop by and learn about local invasive species.

In addition to participating in the weekend’s activities, enjoy the wide array of hands-on displays and energy exhibits at the admission-free visitors center, which presents information on the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and the operation of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa power plant.

All activities, admission and parking are free.

The Visitors Center is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.