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Otsego County Conservation Association’s upcoming events focus on enjoying winter weather with three snowshoe hikes and a special kids’ program.

On Saturday, January 27, OCCA will participate in the third annual Cabin Fever Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park. OCCA will lead two snowshoe hikes around the lake for beginners, one at 11:30 and a second at 1:30. A limited supply of snowshoes is available to borrow courtesy of Five Star Subaru. The entire Cabin Fever Winter Fest event runs from11am to 3pm and includes cross country skiing, winter camping demonstrations, crafts for kids, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

OCCA also leads a snowshoe hike as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival on Sunday, February 11. The walk will take place along trails through the woods and along the Susquehanna River behind the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. Meet at the main entrance of the sports center at 10:30. Bring your own snowshoes.

On Wednesday, February 21, OCCA leads Get the Kids Out! Winter Wonders at Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. This special scavenger hunt program will be a search for signs of life in the midst of winter. Meet at the main entrance to Riddell State Park on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17 at 10 am.

Finally, on Saturday, March 10, Steve Kent leads a snowshoe hike to Mud Lake at Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Meet at noon on County Road 48 (Gersoni Road) just south of Interstate 88 exit 17. This 5-mile hike will traverse some steep areas to Mud Lake, a bog at the top of South Hill, and return to the cars.

In the event there is not enough snow for any of the snowshoe walks, programs will proceed on foot. All OCCA hikes are free. For further information, visit occainfo.org or call (607)547-4488.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org