Special Events

The Finger Lakes Conference brings hikers and outdoors enthusiasts together in a number of ways throughout the year with hikes and events. In addition to our Hiking Programs, we hold two larger events each year in the Spring and the Fall, and a series of online workshops and presentations to keep trail users connected throughout the year.

FLT Connect: FREE series of workshops and presentations designed to educate, inspire, and connect trail users. Unless otherwise noted, all FLT Connect events are conducted via ZOOM. All FLT Connect events are recorded and made available through the FLTC’s YouTube Learning Library.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Workshop

Learn how to identify and report the invasive insect that is killing our hemlock trees! Join Matt Gallo from the Finger Lakes PRISM for a workshop on how to recognize hemlock trees and their insect pest the Hemlock Wolly Adelgid (HWA). Matt will also discuss how to report your findings, both of infected trees and of HWA-free trees. This information is critical in controlling the spread of this invasive insect pest in Chenango County.

The 1.5 – 2 hour workshop will be held at Bowman Lake State Park, outside Norwich, NY. The workshop will include an introductory discussion of the biology of hemlocks and HWA followed by a walk through the woods to look for HWA and report the results.

Come dressed for the weather, bring a snack and water.


Send an email to [email protected]. Include your name and phone number. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be cancelled. You will be notified of cancellation by email Monday evening.

Location and Date Information:

Bowman Lake State Park entrance

Date: Tuesday, April 4 at 10 am
Total Time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.51639,-75.67763

Directions to meeting point:

From Norwich, take W. Main St. (soon becoming CR 10A) west for 5.5 miles, at which point it becomes CR 10. After 0.9 mile on CR 10, turn left (south) onto CR 18 for 1.2 miles. Turn right (west) on Bliven Sherman Road for 2 miles to the park entrance.

From NY 220 south of the park, take Sherman Road (NY 991A) north for 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

Questions? Email [email protected]