Ellenville Public Library and Museum and Ulster County Tourism host Bikeville, 9:30am-12noon. Sight-seeing tour four-mile bike ride around the village. 845/647-5530.
Nature Fest at Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station, 10am-3pm. Nature Fest is a full day celebration of nature’s treasures in Wayne County, which includes hikes, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages. Admission: $10 per car. 570/689-9494.
Peter Wulfhorst will lead a bird walk along the trails of Lacawac Sanctuary, 7-11am. Bagel breakfast. Join university professors Meg Hatch and Robert Smith to check mist nets and observe bird banding. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Cost: $15 non-members, $10 members. Registration required. 570/689-9494.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free guided Nature Walk on the woodland trail at their office in Bethel, NY from 1pm-3pm. Advance registration is not required; meet at the office to join the group. Kids must remain accompanied by an adult. Visit www.DelawareHighlands.org or call 845/583-1010.
Holiday Tea and Tour at Lacawac Sanctuary, 1-3pm. Lacawac’s historic 1903 Watres Lodge will be dressed for the upcoming Christmas season while guests enjoy a variety of baked goods and finger foods with seasonal tea. Space is limited, register. Cost: $15. 570/689-9494.
Celebrate Lacawac Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary in the hundred-year-old Watres lodge, 2-4pm. Step back in time during a guided tour through the lodge and discover its fascinating story. Relax with others over tea and a selection of refreshments. Space is limited, register. Cost: $15. 570/689-9494.
This historic hike and tour of Lacawac Sanctuary leads participants to a National Natural Landmark and Historic Place, 3-5pm. Wear comfortable shoes; great for all ages. Registration appreciated. Cost: $5, members and veterans: free. 570/689-9494.
Join a National Park Service biologist to learn how white-nose syndrome affects bats and why bat conservation is important at Lacawac Sanctuary, 6:30-8pm. Participants will be able to see the echolocation calls of bats flying overhead as they are recorded using acoustic monitoring equipment. Registration appreciated. Cost: $5, members free.
Lacawac Sanctuary, 9am-12 noon. Take in the view during this 3-mile guided hike to the Wallenpaupack shoreline. By maintaining the natural and scenic integrity of its shoreline and surrounding forests, Lake Wallenpaupack is a leading example of nature and man coexisting. Wear sturdy shoes. Registration appreciated. Cost: $5, members free.
Lacawac Sanctuary, 9-11:30am. Join historian Roy Chesseri for a guided paddle on Lake Lacawac. Get a glimpse into the vision behind Lacawac’s 50 year history as well as founder, Arthur Watres’ vision for research, education and public enjoyment. Boats and lifejackets provided; personal lifejackets may be used. Registration limited. Cost: $15.