The 22nd annual 

Mendon Ponds Winterfest is

Sunday, January 15th, 2017,

from 11am-3pm

  • 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 Stewart Lodge & Canfieldwoods Shelter area, 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 Stewart Lodge Area, 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

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

      • REFRESHMENTS from Chef's Food Truck- fresh, local food & hot beverages (available for purchase)

    • 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

      • National MS Society: Off-Season Cycle Training
      • Good Day Sir Custom Photo Booth: Two photo-strips for $4 (that print instantly) and that are placed in a goodie bag
      • Sledding: next to East Lodge
      • The Animal Teachers & Anne Meade-  Live Animals & Wildlife Education
      • REFRESHMENTS from Chef's Food Truck- fresh, local food & hot beverages (available for purchase)
    • 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


    • Stewart Lodge Area

      • 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

      • Mercy Flight Central: Info Display & Helicopter Landing/Flyover at 2pm (WEATHER DEPENDENT)

      • Massasaugua Search & Rescue Team: Search & Rescue Tools Display, and Meet a K9 Search & Rescue Dog

      • REFRESHMENTS from Wraps On Wheels (available for purchase)

    • Canfieldwoods Shelter Area (including “Beach” Parking Lot, and 100 Acre Pond )

      • Girl Scouts of Western New York: Join GSWNY to craft traditional SWAPs (some whatchamacallits affectionately pinned) to keep for yourself or trade with friends!

      • Kite Boarding/Skiing on 100 Acre Pond: At the “beach area” near Canfieldwoods Shelter or near Hopkins Point Lodge & Pondview Shelter area (ICE AND WIND DEPENDENT)

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

      • NYS DEC Law Enforcement: Responsible Outdoorsmanship

      • ROCovery Fitness: Staying Fit In Winter- Boot Camp Demo at 12, 1, and 2pm

      • Trails ROC: Safe Trail Running in Winter & a 5-mile Group Run and 3-mile Group Run at 2pm

    • Cavalry Lodge

      • Snowshoe Race 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 2018- is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

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