Friends of Saranac River Trail: Spring 2016 Updates



2016 Planning Meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 4-5 PM. Community Room at Plattsburgh City Hall 

Thanks to Lake Champlain Basin Program, our funding for another season of Talks, Treks, & Tasks is available. We need your help so that we can plan the most useful events . Please join us in the Community Room at City Hall (41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901) from 4-5 PM on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

All are welcome. Bring your ideas about what you’d like to see this year. In addition to repeating some of last year’s Treks, we’re already considering a downtown Trek to focus on the construction of the new Durkee Street bridge across the Saranac River. That construction should start in the fall of this year. 

Water Pollution Control Plant Trek: Saturday, April 9, 2016 1 PM

Solve the mystery of how what goes down your drain gets cleaned, reclaimed, and made environmentally friendly. Come to the Water Pollution Control Plant and see how we help keep the lake clean! Park cars and bikes behind the Amtrak Train Station -- the Water Pollution Control Plant is at the far side of the parking lot. 

The Trek is on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. The event is free thanks to the generosity of our supporters. It involves some walking and stair climbing. Kids under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Trek starts at 1 PM Saturday, June 20, 2015. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult on this Trek. Attendance is limited, so please register in advance at For questions, contact us at

What to Wear on the Trail 

Support Friends of Saranac River Trail with a hoodie emblazoned with our logo. You can buy one at (A portion of the cost goes to help support our programming.)

Join us at the Recreation Center on April 11, 2016 3-6 PM for Discover Plattsburgh/Discover Service. Register at our table for a chance to win a Friends of Saranac River Trail hoodie. (Drawing will be held at end of the day. You don’t need to be present to win.)



Volunteer Opportunities with Friends of Saranac River Trail                                                                  

Trail groups like Friends of Saranac River Trail are able to fulfill our missions with the help of volunteers. Here are some of the opportunities that are offered by support groups. Think about how you might participate with Friends of Saranac River Trail as we plan for 2016. Volunteers and suggestions for specific projects are welcome at the Rec. Center on April 11, 2016 3-6 PM (see below) or our meeting at City Hall on April 19, 2016 (4-5 PM). Or contact us at

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities:

•Connecting to organizations who are interested in hearing more about Saranac River Trail

•Writing (media releases and notices)

•Updating our Facebook Page and Twitter feed

•Updating a website (particularly a content management site like Drupal which is what powers

•Managing mailing list signups and answering email to

•public speaking

•Staffing a table at events to answer questions about Friends of Saranac River Trail and the Trail itself.

•Don’t see one you like? Tell us what you’d like to do or learn, and we’ll work together on a project that helps us and interests you.

Discover Plattsburgh, Discover Service

Join us and more than a dozen other local organizations at the City Recreation Center on the Oval on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 3 - 6 PM to explore volunteer projects or positions in Plattsburgh and the Greater Plattsburgh Area.

  • Build your resume
  • Get involved
  • Make friends
  • Leadership/management experience
  • Develop initiative

 Talks, Treks & Tasks is funded in part by a generous grant from the Lake Champlain Basin  Program. (

It was funded by an agreement awarded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program. NEIWPCC manages LCBP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities through a partnership with the LCBP Steering Committee (

Friends of Saranac River Trail is a grass-roots group formed to develop and promote the tourist, recreational, commercial, historical, and natural opportunities of Saranac River Trail by providing public information; coordinating volunteer opportunities; as well as developing and purchasing trail amenities such as signs, benches, and the universally accessible Max Moore Memorial Treehouse. 

It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York and registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to 
32 MacDonough Street #1, Plattsburgh NY 12901. If your company offers a matching program, please let us know.

Contact us at via email or on the web.