Winter break programs at NYPA visitors center

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North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will play host to a three-day series of free programs for children and parents during the winter school break from Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 19-21.

The free programs will take place from 10 a.m. to noon each day. They will be presented by representatives from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum and Minekill State Park.
The winter break schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 19: “Mirror Magic.” Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum will explain the how and why of reflection using experiments with hinged mirrors. Each child will make a kaleidoscope to bring home.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: Lost in the Woods.” Back by popular demand, MineKill State Park’s Mike Fagerstrom will present a program to teach children what to do and what not to do if they are lost in the woods.

Thursday, Feb. 21: “At Home in the Pond.” Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum presents a program on the ecosystem of freshwater ponds. Children will learn how pond communities function and explore the workings of protection, food systems, and waste removal in the pond community.
NYPA’s handicapped-accessible visitors center is housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. In addition to enjoying the winter break activities, visitors can learn how the power plant acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, except for certain holidays. It is located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about five miles north of Grand Gorge. For more information, call 800 724-0309 or www.nypa.gov.