Returning again this year to Glimmerglass State Park is the popular Nature Explorer Children's Program for ages 5-12. Stop at the park office or Nature Center to get your new 2014 booklet and learn about the abundant nature and wildlife the park offers. Complete the activities in the booklet at the park either individually or in a group and return it to the park office to obtain your 2014 Explorer Pin anytime during the 2014 park season. Completion of the educational activities can happen in one day or several visits.
This free educational program is sponsored by the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park and made possible through the Minnie Marsh White Children's Fund, Key Bank as Trustee. For more information about this opportunity and many others including its gift shop in the park office, contact the park at 607-547-8662 and visit the Friends at www.friendsofglimmerglass.com.
Glimmerglass State Park, located eight miles outside the village of Cooperstown, overlooks Otsego Lake, the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. The rolling, partially-wooded terrain is host to a wide variety of wildlife. An uphill trail through the forest affords a spectacular view of Otsego Lake; the Beaver Pond and Woodland trails are picturesque and of interest for the variety of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns and mosses.
The Hyde Hall Mansion, Covered Bridge, and a self-guided Beaver Pond Nature Trail are within park boundaries and open to visitors. Winter visitors can go tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, showshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter hiking.