Whats in Your Water?

On Saturday, May 8, Ganondagan State Historic Site will offer “Water Critters of Ganondagan,” part of the Savor the Summer Outdoor Recreation Series. Nadia Harvieux and Sharon Radak, science educators from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, will lead an interactive family-oriented adventure hike at Ganondagan State Historic Site to explore Ganondagan’s Great Brook. Hikers will use sampling nets to collect creatures living in the water to learn how to test the health of watersheds. “We did a similar program last year and the families who participated loved the event,” shared Jeanette Miller, the Executive Director for Ganondagan State Historic Site. “It’s a very hands-on learning experience and Nadia and Sharon do a great program and have a lot of important information to share.”“Water Critters of Ganondagan” will start at 9:30 a.m., leaving from the Visitors Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site, located at 1488 State Rte. 444, Victor, NY. Participants should allow about 2 hours for the hike, bring a bottle of water and all are required to wear boots or water shoes. Registration is limited to the first 20 people who register and online pre-registration is encouraged. Please visit http://www.ganondagan.org/programs/WaterCritters.html, call 585-742-1690 or email [email protected] to register.The Fee is $3 for Friends of Ganondagan Members and $10 for Member Families with up to 2 adults and 4 children. The Non-member fee is $5 for adults and $15 for Non-member families with up to 2 adults and 4 children. For more information, visit www.ganondagan.org or call 585.742-1690.* * * *Ganondagan State Historic Site is the former location of the largest Seneca Village in New York State until 1687. It is the only the only U.S. national landmark east of the Mississippi River and the sole New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native American History and Culture. It was also designated as a national treasure during the “Save America’s Treasures” presidential tour.Today, visitors can tour an authentic replica of a 17th Century bark longhouse and hunting lodge, take self-guided tours over 500 acres that were once part of this Town of Peace belonging to the Senecas. The Senecas were “the Keepers of the Western Door” and part of the Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee, as they referred to themselves.

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