Foot Orienteering information: (jump down to current schedule)

We hold events open to everyone in the Spring and Fall, and try to hold Ski-O or Snowshoe-O events in the Winter if the weather gods cooperate. Summer is too hot and humid and the woods are too thick. However, if club members want to organize an summer evening sprint or street O event or something similar, contact Janet Tryson for ideas.

Registration for Saturday EMPO events is from 10:00 am - noon and Sunday events is from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Entry fees for standard EMPO events are as follows:

  • EMPO members: $5 with a $13 maximum per family (for those with an EMPO family membership)
  • non-members: $10 with a $25 maximum per family
  • large groups: $5/$10 (member/non-member) for the first two groups' maps and $5 for each additional map
  • first-timer or white (orienteering novice) course: $5 (both member and non-member)
  • Fall Scout-O event: $4 per map (one map required per Scout)

  • SI stick rental for timing ("stick"=timing chip; most courses use electronic timing--also called e-punching--from SportIdent): $2
    [You can purchase your own stick, from one of several vendors listed here: Orienteering USA vendors page; or sometimes through from EMPO if any are still for sale.]
Maps (without a course) may be purchased for $5 per copy.

Wondering what all the symbols on the 'clue sheets' (control descriptions) mean? Check out this guide.

Join Empire Orienteering Club!
         Our membership form is found on the Club Information page (and by clicking the link above).

For directions to the park and information about the map, click on the park's name in the schedule below.

To find other orienteering events, check one of the following links (or check out the schedules of other clubs in the region, listed below the schedule):

Find mailing lists that connect communities of orienteers in the U.S. and beyond.

Note: See link at top of page for Winter/Ski-orienteering events

Spring 2017 Events
Date /
Registration window for EMPO Events
 Place / Details
Check the map link for directions, then watch for Orienteering signs to parking.
 Contact(s) / information
Contact the event director for more information
  April 15
EMPO event
 Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, NY

  Registration at the southern end of park ( Small Pavilion )
 Gabor Bobok
Sat - Sun
  April 22-23
 West Point National Meet
  Camp Buckner and Jackie Jones Mountain, West Point and Harriman State Park
 Pre-registration necessary for competitive courses > Event Register
   May 7
 39th Billygoat at Ward Pound Ridge, Katonah, NY
 Info and registration
  May 13
EMPO event
 Vischer Ferry Preserve, Clifton Park, NY
 Clifton Park Open Space Day
 Eric Hamilton and Cynthia Johnson
   May 20
EMPO event
 Pleasant Valley Farms, Berne, NY

 Phil Hawkes-Teeter
   May 24
EMPO event
 Pleasant Valley Farms, Berne, NY
 World Orienteering Day
Note: Free entry for students and their teachers / leaders / chaperones.
 Phil and Sue Hawkes-Teeter
   June 3
EMPO event
 Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY  Will Kennerly

June 8-11
Boston Sprint Camp, Boston, MA
including two rankable events on Sunday
Info and registration

Fall 2017 Events

September 16-17
Letchworth Falls Classic (two-day classic national meet)
including Orienteering USA Convention and
Annual General Meeting
Pre-registration required for competitive courses >
Info and registration
We'd love to hold more EMPO events, but need event directors!

Team up and split the work; try something new!

We're always looking for adventurous people to learn about event directing and course designing! Contact Phil or Frank if you would like to organize something  this spring or fall.

Thank you for attending our Fall meets! Find results for all events here. To train at any time, visit Grafton Lakes State Park and ask for a permanent course map at the Park Office (Liz Wagner is/was our contact.


For additional events, try the following area clubs, or check the race schedule on