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Treks: Photos, Water Pollution Control Plant, Invasive Species

Join Friends of Saranac River Trail over the next month for our mid-Summer treks.

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  • Photo Trek with Ron Nolland and Penny Clute

Saturday, June 23, 2018 10-11:30 AM. 

Meet at Peace Point Park (next to City Marina on the waterfront at the foot of Dock Street)

Join professional photographers Penny Clute and Ron Nolland as we explore the area around Peace Point Park (next to the City Marina). There's lots to explore — the lake, the boaters and anglers, and the every-day things we don't pay attention to. Bring your camera and curiosity.

  • Water Pollution Control Plant

Saturday, July 21, 2018 10-11:30 AM.

“It‘s like walking through a chemistry set!“ Meet at the plant at 53 Green Street (parking available there or behind the Amtrak station). This is a rare opportunity to see how the City keeps the lake clean. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to climb some stairs, but the views from the top of the plant are spectacular.

  • Invasive Species along the Saranac River Trail

Saturday, July 28, 2018 10-11:30 AM.

Learn how to identify these unwelcome guests and learn some tips about controlling them in your environment.


  • And coming up in late Summer and early Fall...

Downtown Trek 2! The reaction to our Downtown Treks was great, so we‘re going to explore another aspect of downtown. Plans now are to visit 4-5 of the downtown churches focusing on their history and architecture.

Did you miss Downtown Trek 1? Do you wish some of your friends had known about it and been able to join the Trek? Please email us and let us know if you’re interested in a repeat of Downtown Trek 1 (

Natural History of Trees with Prof. Burgess

Join us on at the end of George Angell Drive (behind Plattsburgh High School) as we meet up to explore the natural history of trees along the Saranac River Trail with Michael Burgess. Professor Burgess will point out the variety of trees along the Saranac River Trail and describe the ways in which the trees and peoples of the area have influenced history.

The walk is June 9, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. It's an easy walk with no stairs. Like our other Friends of Saranac River Trail walks and treks, it is free.

Initial weather report ( for June 9 as of June 5: "Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 74F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph." Perfect weather for walking and exploring trees and history.

Downtown Walk: Saturday, June 2, 2018 10-11:30 AM (FREE)

Meet in front of City Hall on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10 AM for our Downtown Walk in honor of National Trails Day.

May 5, 2018 10-11:30 AM Downtown Plattsburgh Walk: UPDATED

Friends of Saranac River Trail Announce:

Jane’s Walk: Plattsburgh

Friends of Saranac River Trail: Fall 2017 Update

We hope you have joined us for our events in 2017 including
  • Jeff Olson's talk "Ten Miles a Pint: How to Make Walking and Biking Part of Your Lifestyle (May 10, 2017)

Fall Treks

Hi Everyone! 

We wanted to offer you all two last Treks before our 2017 season officially comes to a close. We hope to see you!


History of Local Trees

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 10am

Invasive Species of Saranac River Trail

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10am

Meet up on Steltzer Ave, the section of trail across from Riverside Cemetery.

Join us and finish up NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week with a trek all about invasives in our area. Zach Simek from the Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program will show you how to identify these invaders and will tell you what to do when you find them. 

This is a really great chance to get informed about plants in our area that are being monitored and find a way you can help out when you're enjoying walks along the trail. 

See you in the morning! 

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Learn about the many plants that grow along the trail. 

Dr. Burgess will be leading a trek Saturday June 24, 2017 at 10am, to teach you all about the plants along Saranac River Trail and their many uses. Come learn which plants are a tasty addition to a salad, and which ones are useful when you have an upset stomach. Dr. Burgess's talk covers the plant's history, uses, and optimum harvesting times and techniques. You're sure to walk away from this trek with a new outlook on the plants you see everytime you walk the trail. 

Photo Trek with Penny and Ron

Grab your camera and join us on the trail this Saturday, June 17th!

Penny Clute and Ron Nolland are both local photgraphers that use nature as their muse. They love chatting with others about their approaches to their work. This is a great chance to get out, refine your skills, and talk to others who enjoy being behind the lens. 

The trek will meet up at 10am, on Steltzer Road in Plattsburgh, NY. There is a intersection in the trail that leads down to the campus on the sharp corner in this road, where we will meet. Where you go from there is up to you and your camera! 

Water Pollution Control Plant Tour

Have you ever wondered what happens after the water goes down the drain? Do you want to learn more about what the city does to purify water? Join us this Satuday, June 10, 2017 at Noon! This is a wonderful opportunity to see the processes through which our wastewater is cleaned and the part you can play in helping to keep the Lake clean.


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