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July 2017

Fourth Annual “We Love Our Lake” Boat Parade

July 3 @ 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to the Otsego Lake Association’s annual boat parade. Paddle, row, sail or motor your boat from Three Mile Point to Lake Front Park in Cooperstown, or view the festivities from ashore! Free to enter, prizes awarded in multiple categories. Visit OLA’s website for more details.

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Canadarago Lake Boat Parade

July 3 @ 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Meet at the New York State boat launch, take a slow cruise around Canadarago Lake, then stick around for fireworks after. This year's theme is "patriotic." Check Canadarago Lake Improvement Association's website for more details. The event is free to enter.

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Paddle and Pull, Goodyear Lake

July 9 @ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Free

Kick of Invasive Species Awareness Week with a water chestnut pull in the Stump Lot portion of Goodyear Lake. OCCA and the Goodyear Lake Association have been partnering for a decade on removing the highly invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans) by hand. Come enjoy the results on a leisurely paddle, and we'll pull any water chestnuts we find. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in one of ours! Meet at 1 p.m. at the Portlandville Fishing Access Site on…

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Digging Knotweed

July 12 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/OCCA Offices, 7207 St. Hwy. 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

Japanese knotweed is a highly-invasive plant that is spreading rapidly across the region. Learn to recognize knotweed, and get your hands dirty as we try to control a patch of it here at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and hand tools useful for grubbing tough, persistent roots out of the ground. Meet at OCCA's Mohican Farm office, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Contact Jeff O'Handley for information or to register. This event is part of the fourth annual New York…

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Get the Kids Out! Gilbert Lake State Park

July 19 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road
Laurens, 13796 United States
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Blast away the summer doldrums with a special program in Gilbert Lake State Park. With virtual reality playing a bigger role in our everyday lives, we often lose sight of the beautiful real world that surrounds us. In this program, we will open our eyes, ears, noses and fingertips to gain a greater appreciation for nature. Dress to play in the woods! Meet in front of the Briggs Shelter, Gilbert Lake State Park. Event is free, though parking fees may…

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Amazing Insects All Around Us

July 22 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free

Come on a leisurely walk around the College Camp with Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil, Chair of the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta and resident entomologist, and catch, observe and learn about many of the late summer insects that reside in Otsego County. Insects are fascinating creatures: some are vital to the foods we eat and flowers we love. Others are important food sources for other animals, or we are important food sources for them. Dr. Heilveil will talk about distinguishing characteristics,…

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Canadarago Lake Improvement Association Annual Picnic

July 22 @ 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Baker’s Beach, 8114 State Highway 28
Richfield Springs, NY 13439 United States
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Join Canadarago Lake Improvement Association for a fun-filled day at Baker's Beach in the Town of Richfield. Music, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, drinks are provided. Stop by the OCCA  table and catch up with us, and take a guided canoe tour of the Canadarago Lake shoreline. Otsego Land Trust will be on hand and will taking visitors out to tour Deowongo Island. The event is open to members and non-members, free of charge. Visit Canadarago Lake Improvement Association's website for…

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August 2017

Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake

August 6 @ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Free

Join us for a pleasant afternoon paddle on the Stump Lot portion of Goodyear Lake and help remove water chestnut, a highly invasive aquatic plant. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or use one of ours. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville, just south of County Road 35A. Bring sunscreen, water, and expect to get a little wet. Please use the registration form, especially if you need space in an OCCA…

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Nature Walk: Robert V. Riddell State Park

August 17 @ 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Robert V. Riddell State Park, Riddell Road
Davenport, NY 13750 United States
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Free

Join Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, who donated the land for the state park, on this early evening walk around the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. Visit historic structures, walk through fields, forests, and along Schenevus Creek, and learn about the interesting history of the land. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17.

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Highway Cleanup

August 19 @ 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7195 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Help us remove litter from a 2-mile section of State Highway 80 in Springfield and Cooperstown! Bags, gloves and safety equipment provided as part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Pre-registration required, 12 years and up only. Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY. This activity will take two to three hours. Please wear long pants and dress to get dirty.

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To use our online sign up for an event, please click here. Otherwise, please contact Program Director, Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org.