Get the kids out program returns with walk at county forest 

(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association is reviving their popular “Get the Kids Out” program with a walk at the Forest of the Dozen Dads on October 7 in Cooperstown. The walk will be from 10:30am to noon. 

The Get the Kids Out series was begun by OCCA in 2018. Run on school holidays, each individual program was built around a seasonal theme. The theme of the October 7 program is ‘Wetland Exploration’ and will be led by OCCA Education Specialist, Shelby MacLeish. During the program, participants will explore life at the edge of a beaver pond and will also learn about trees and other plants along the trail. 

“Forest of the Dozen Dads is an easily-forgotten treasure on the edge of Cooperstown, and is an excellent place to be immersed in nature,” said MacLeish. “While walking we will explore who lives near the pond and how the trees are preparing for winter.”  

Forest of the Dozen Dads is a county forest located at 325 Blacks Road, Cooperstown. Children should dress for the weather, and to get dirty, as the trail may be muddy. 

 “The ‘Get the Kids Out’ program is intended to provide a fun, educational option for kids on school holidays,” said OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley. “This was a popular program and we’re excited to bring it back. We’ll be running more throughout the school year.” 

The program is free and open to all ages. For more information or to register, visit or contact Shelby MacLeish via email at Forest of the Dozen Dads is located at 325 Blacks Road, Cooperstown, NY. 

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit environmental organization 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


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