Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organizationÂ partnering with the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, NYS DEC and The NatureÂ Conservancy to conserveÂ ecological systems and natural settings while providingÂ opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation. Â TheÂ Preserve & Park is part of the SaratogaÂ Sandplains, an area of ancient sandÂ dunes, small but important wetlands and diverse ecological communities, home toÂ the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, theÂ threatened frosted elfin,Â and the hognose snake, a species of special concern. The Karner blue butterflyÂ was the catalyst to conserve this rare landscape in 1996, and withinÂ a fewÂ years, other extremely rare species, the eastern spadefoot toad and Blandingâ€™sÂ turtle were discovered on its protected lands. Â Almost 2,400 acres protectÂ significantÂ habitats and 15 miles of trails provide a wonderfully fun, healthy,Â and educational resource for the community. Â Educational and recreationalÂ opportunities are at the heartÂ of the organization. Â We provide a fullÂ range of year-round programs for the public and for local schools, scoutÂ groups, and others at the Preserve & Park and off-site.Â Â SpecialÂ events include our Winter Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe, Spring Wildlife Festival,Â Summer 5k Fun Runs and an 8k-snowshoe race.
Volunteer opportunities can be a one-time visit or can be aÂ regularly scheduled series of visits. Â Things that student volunteers haveÂ done in the past: taken photographs atÂ events, helped with trail work days,Â helped with habitat projects, helped with native plant seed picking and/orÂ cleaning, helped with special events like our Wildlife FestivalÂ or MoonlightÂ Ski and Snowshoe, helped at other public programs and nature walks, helped withÂ office projects, helped on wildlife studies like woodcock surveys, helpedÂ onÂ other studies like the winter snowpack study. Â We have also tailoredÂ projects to students who may have a special interest. Â Volunteering canÂ take place after school or onÂ weekends.
80 Scout Road
Gansevoort, New York 12831
Contact: Margo Olson, Executive Director, 518-450-0321, gro.evreserpnotliwnull@noslobm gro.evreserpnotliwnull@ofni, 9-5pm.