Mendon Ponds Winterfest 2019 | Kids Out and About Rochester

Mendon Ponds Winterfest 2019

Winter is just an excuse to have fun at Mendon Ponds Winterfest! Bring the whole family and come on out to Mendon Ponds Park for a FREE, fun-filled, action-packed day, brought to you by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and the Monroe County Department of Parks! The event is spread throughout the park, including the Nature Center area, East & West Lodges, Cavalry House Lodge, Cobblestone House, Evergreen Shelter, Hopkins Point Lodge, on the trails, on the sledding hills, and on the ponds!

  • Activities include:
    • Arts & Crafts, Kids Activities
    • Sledding- in designated areas, near East Lodge and Cavalry Lodge, only.
    • Food & Refreshments- for sale at East/West Lodge Area, and Nature Center Area.
    • Demos and Try-it opportunities at many booths/stations.
    • Hikes and Learning Opportunities
  • Organizations setting up a booth/station include:
    • Nature Center Area (including Wild Wings, Inc. and Sheriff’s Horse Barn)

      • Monroe County Parks Department, Recreation & Education Division: Winter Recreation Opportunities in the 21 County Parks

      • Monroe County Parks Department, Forestry Division: Chain Saw Carving

      • Monroe County Department of Environmental Services: Recycling Education

      • Heritage Christian Services: Adult Day Habilitation Services

      • Monroe County Sheriff: Mounted Patrol (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS)

      • Monroe County Sheriff: K9 Unit, from about 11:30am until about 1:30pm only (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS)

      • Monroe County Sheriff: Snowmobile Unit (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS)

      • Genesee Valley Audubon Society (GVAS): Chickadee Feeding & Nature Hikes on Birdsong Trail, and Bird ID

      • Farmer's Insurance- Table information and Kindle fire giveaway

      • Wild Wings, Inc.: Birds of Prey Educational Demos & Programs

      • Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR), and ROC Animal School: Kids’ Crafts, and “Inola” the Arctic Fox Mascot will get folks "paws-on" by teaching them about winter wildlife and nature

      • REFRESHMENTS from Chef's Catering- fresh, and local food (available for purchase)

      • Free hot chocolate and coffee inside the Nature Center(Limited Supply)

    • East  and West Lodge Area

      • GeoROC, Geocachers of the Rochester Area: Info display and props providing overview of Geocaching. Live demos/Try-it & Q&A

      • Pittsford Rotary Interact Club & NY Special Olympics: Face Painting, Balloons, and Games

      • NYS DEC Law Enforcement: Responsible Outdoorsmanship

      • National MS Society: Off-Season Cycle Training
      • Girl Scouts of Western New York: Join GSWNY to craft traditional SWAPs (some whatchamacallits affectionately pinned) to keep for yourself or trade with friends!
      • Sun Common Solar Energy: A local, employee-owned B Corp providing information about powering your home with clean, local solar energy. 
      • Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation: Program Information
      • Rochester Nordic Ski Club: Cross Country Ski Lessons/Try-It at noon, 1pm and 2pm
      • National Nordic Ski Patrol: On Cross Country Ski Patrol Duty
      • Honeoye Falls/Mendon Volunteer Ambulance Corps:  On-Site EMS, Ambulance Tours, Info Table, and Blood Pressure Checks
      • Massasaugua Search & Rescue Team: Search & Rescue Tools Display, and Meet a K9 Search & Rescue Dog
      • Sledding: next to East Lodge
      • REFRESHMENTS from Wraps on Wheels- fresh, and local food (available for purchase)
      • Free hot chocolate and coffee inside the East Lodge(Limited Supply)
    • Cobblestone House

      • Sock Making & Spinning Guild: Demonstrations

      • Rochester Academy of Science, Astronomy Section: Solarscope, astronomy books, brochures, giveaways, displays, and a slideshow

      • Rochester Academy of Science, Mineral Section: Minerals from New York State and elsewhere
      • Rochester Academy of Science, Fossil Section: The Fossils of New York and the World
    • Hopkins Point Lodge and Pondview Shelter area

      • Rochester Orienteering Club: Beginner Ski-Orienteering and Snowshoe-Orienteering course, with instruction provided.

      • Kite Boarding/Skiing on 100 Acre Pond: Near Pondview Shelter or at the “beach area” near Canfieldwoods Shelter (ICE AND WIND DEPENDENT)

    • South Meadow Trail

      • Seneca Siberian Husky Club: Sled Dog Race at 11am, Meet & Greet until 1pm only (TRAIL ITSELF CLOSED TO GENERAL USE DURING RACES. FOR YOUR SAFETY, AND DOG TEAM SAFETY, NO OTHER DOGS ALLOWED NEAR RACE COURSE.)

    • ​Stewart Lodge Area

      • CLOSED Due to renovation

    • Cavalry Lodge

      • Snowshoe Race on Esker Trail with Goose Adventure Racing: 8K Snowshoe Race @ 10am, and Info Table until noon only

      • Sledding: across Douglas Road from Cavalry Lodge

    • Evergreen Shelter

    • North Meadow Trail

      • Open Cross-Country Skiing on Groomed Trails 

Important Information

  • Parking- at each shelter, lodge, or parking lot.  
  • Bathrooms- there are flush toilet facilities, portapotties, and pit toilets conveniently distributed throughout the park.
  • Staying Warm- each lodge has a warming fire.
  • Food- refreshments for purchase will be conveniently located at Stewart Lodge, East/West Lodge, and the Nature Center area.
  • Winterfest 2019 will be helf on January 13th, 2019

Location:

Mendon Ponds Park
Clover Street & Canfield Road
Pittsford, NY, 14534
United States

Phone:

(585) 753-7281
Contact name: 
Corey Bryant
Dates: 
01/13/2019
Time: 
11:00am-3:00pm