Talks, Treks & Tasks 2015

Join us along the Saranac River Trail this summer with friends and family for our series of events called Talks, Treks & Tasks. These events include one-hour treks along the Trail focusing on History, Fishing, Kids, Nature, Bioblitz, Photo and even our Water Pollution Control Plant — all highlighting different aspects of our beloved Saranac River and the Trail.


As Mayor James Calnon says,

“The City of Plattsburgh residents have benefited greatly from the development of the Saranac River Trail. We all understand that the trail allows for Treks, but this year we are calling attention to how it relates to History and to ways that we can interact with the trail’s environment.  The Friends of the Trail are adding “Talks and Tasks” to our Treks this year.  I look forward to that expanded experience for both residents and visitors. Discover Plattsburgh!”


More information: 

Visit to find out more and register for the Treks. For further information, contact us at Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at Download our flyer to share with your friends.


Task: National Trails Day: Saturday June 4, 2016

Save the date for next year.



One-hour treks along the Trail led by experts who will guide you and point out points of interest. Unless otherwise noted, Treks meet at Saranac Street Bridge and Pine Street.

  • Photo Trek Your camera is a “seeing-eye” tool - bring your smartphone or other camera on the Photo Trek and use it with new awareness of your surroundings with Trek leaders Penelope Clute and Ron Nolland. 10 AM Saturday, August 29, 2015.

  • Kids Trek Kids become little explorers when they join Kids' Station in discovering local plants and wildlife along the Saranac River Trail. Saturday, July 11, 2015. Meet at Saranac Street Bridge and Pine Street at 10 AM. POSTPONED -- STAY TUNED



In the fall, we’ll have Talks on ecotourism opportunities and expansion of the Saranac River Trail. 


You Missed it (but there's always next year...):


Task: National Trails Day: Saturday June 6, 2015

Meet at Saranac Street Bridge and Pine Street at 10 AM on Saturday June 6, 2015. Kevin Farrington will lead a brief walk to the site of the new Saranac River bridge at the foot of Durkee Street (no motorized vehicles will be allowed) and the Safe Streets connection to Stafford Middle School. Ashley Cousens will show off the site of the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse and the progress that's been made since the groundbreaking on May 9, 2015.

We’ll have gloves, bags, and pickers available for volunteers to help clean up the Trail and the Treehouse site. 


  • History Trek 400 Years of History in an Hour: Join Clinton County Historical Association and City Historian John Krueger for an historic stroll on the Terry Gordon Bike Path. Saturday, June 6, 2015.  Meet at the south end of the Terry Gordon Bike Path, near Stewarts/WIRY. The trek will end at CCHA. Parking is available at Clinton County Historical Association just off the Bike Path.
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant Trek Solve the mystery of how what goes down your drain gets cleaned, reclaimed, and made environmentally friendly. Come to the wastewater treatment plant and see how we help keep the lake clean!  Meet at Waste Water Treatment Plant. Park cars and bikes behind the Amtrak Train Station -- the Waste Water Treatment Plant is at the far side of the parking lot. Trek starts at 1 PM Saturday, June 20, 2015. Register here — it's free, but space is limited.
  • Bioblitz Trek Bring your smartphone, become citizen scientists, and learn how to identify species along the Saranac River Trail and understand the ecological importance of the Trail. Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10 AM. Meet Saranac Bridge and Pine Street at 10 AM. Register here (It helps us keep track.)

  • Nature Trek Learn about the ecological threats posed by invasive species as well as how to identify some of the pests currently affecting the Adirondack Park. This trek will be led by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.  Saturday, August 15, 2015. Meet at Saranac Street Bridge and Pine Street at 10 AM.



About Friends of  Saranac River Trail


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.