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BETHLEHEM — On Saturday, July 20, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is hosting a free Summer Hike-a-thon. This day-long celebration allows each participant to design an ideal summer day with free activities throughout the morning and into the afternoon with an emphasis on hiking and outdoor fun. 

Children who take swimming lessons have an 88-percent reduction in risk of drowning, according to a study from the National Institute of Health. This new Hilltown program stresses water safety.

Albany County is in the early stages of deciding what to do with the old railroad bridge that runs over New Scotland Road in Slingerlands.

On Saturday, April 13, about 2,500 runners will participate in the first Helderberg-to-Hudson Half-Marathon. The race starts at New Scotland Town Park and ends at Jennings Landing in Albany.

The town board may decide to let dogs romp off-leash for two hours each morning in the Swift Road park.

While black bears, like one that visited a Guilderland yard Monday morning, can alarm suburban residents, a new program is looking for citizen scientists to gather information on bears.

The IBirdNY campaign is starting its second year.

People all over the world will be celebrating World Orienteering Day in May by trying out fun map activities and games. The Empire Orienteering Club held an event at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School on May 23.

Landowners are being encouraged to help the state assess the impacts of deer on forest health.

A new tool for citizen scientists to track local forest health is called AVID, for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting participants for the 2018 summer sampling season to conduct water-quality assessments in streams and rivers as part of the State’s Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators project known as WAVE.

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