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NYPA & Minekill State Park Host Special Program For Children On Outdoor Preparedness

 

April 12, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHIEM – The New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will be the site of a special outdoor preparedness workshop, “Lost in the Woods,” presented by representatives of Minekill State Park on Monday, April 18, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Developed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the program teaches children what they need to do to stay safe if they are ever lost in the woods. 

As part of the program, children will learn how to make themselves more visible to rescuers; how to protect themselves from the elements and what they don’t need to be afraid of in the woods. The program will also familiarize children with various animal sounds. Each child will make a survival kit to take home.

The program is geared toward children 8 to 16 years old and will interest people of all ages. The workshop is free, but space is limited so reservations are encouraged.  Please call Minekill State Park at 518-827-6111 to reserve your place.

After the program, guests are invited to enjoy the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center’s attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity by recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation. 

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, visit www.nypa.gov


About NYPA:
■    The New York Power Authority 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 a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    More than 80 percent of the electricity it 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, www.nypa.gov