Who are Our Leaders?
Program leaders for the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage come from many walks of life. Some are professionals in their field of expertise; others pursue their areas of interest as an avocation. Some have been coming to the Pilgrimage for many years; others are new. All are passionate about sharing their knowledge about the natural world with others.
Information for Leaders
Leaders are asked to lead 2 or more programs (walks or talks), each approximately 1 ¼ hours. A sample of walks can be viewed at Sample of Programs. Most programs begin Friday afternoon. Programs can start as early as 6am and continue throughout the day. Program attendance is open to all registrants. The number of people can vary from a few to more than 50. Pilgrimage attendees have a range of knowledge from beginner to expert. Many programs originate from Camp Allegany, located in the Red House Area, where signs are posted with the program name but leaders can elect to meet at a location outside of Camp Allegany. With 65,000 acres, leaders can take advantage of starting points throughout the park, but please note that it can take up to 30 minutes to drive to other areas in the park. In consideration of attendee’s desires to attend multiple programs, if you do elect to start at a distant location please consider starting early in the day. Leaders can take advantage of tent space and limited classroom space for talks. Projectors, screens and electrical cords are not provided. Walks can start and end at Camp Allegany, drive to a location more suitable for the topic or meet at a specific location outside of Camp Allegany. Many leaders prepare handouts and have items to pass around to provide greater interaction and information on their topic. You are encouraged to make your programs as interactive as possible.
The information and registration area, along with the majority of programs, are in the Red House Area. Due to the size of the park it is suggested that you find accommodations in the Red House Area. The other area is the Quaker area which is more than 30 minutes away from activities. Leaders can stay in the dorms (Camp Allegany) for a nominal fee which includes meals. Leaders opting not to stay in the dorms will receive an honorarium of $50 per 1 ¼ hours of leading.
A meal plan is offered for leaders which provides lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. A packed lunch will be made available to leaders conducting all-day programs. Leaders are on their own for Saturday dinner. A BBQ dinner requiring an additional fee is held Saturday. Other Food Options: The Park Restaurant in the Red House Administration Building serves lunch and dinners Friday and Saturday and a breakfast buffet Sunday. They also have take-out. A camp store near the camping area has limited basic supplies. Grocery stores are available in Salamanca, approximately 25 minutes away.
All costs assume a minimum of 2 programs per leader. New York State has increased our fees significantly for Camp Allegany. In addition, food costs have increased. As a result, leaders choosing to stay in the dorm and/or participate in the meal plans are asked to pay fees as outlined below.
We appreciate your involvement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
ANP Vice Chairperson
Ro Woodard, 518-788-7699