NEWCOMB — The Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Friday that three winter weekend events will be held at Camp Santanoni, starting Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic great camp and neighboring properties, which are normally closed in the winter months. It’s a 9.8-mile round trip, described as a moderate physical activity.

The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes at the Gate Lodge for visitors and staff. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will be hosting a wildlife animal tracking program at the farm complex starting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Additional winter weekends are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and March 16 and 17. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact AARCH at 518-834-9328.

Camp Santanoni was built in the late 1800s for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany and eventually consisted of 12,900 acres and more than four dozen structures. The complex had a large working farm and a main lodge designed by architect Robert Robertson, which was inspired by the Pruyns’ deep interest in Japan.

Santanoni was acquired by the state in 1972 and is the only great camp under state ownership. It is managed by the DEC with help, since 1997, from AARCH. It is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the state and national Registers of Historic Places.

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