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 one of the officers and/or Janet Tryson for ideas.

NEW: Registration/start for all EMPO 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

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 20
Register 11am-1pm
      EMPO event
Margaret Burke Wildlife Management Area, Knox, NY
Courses from Beginner (1.4 km, 8 checkpoints) to Advanced Navigation (short--4.2km, 11 controls; long--5.2km, 12 controls)
Phil Hawkes-Teeter

April 27-28
West Point 40th Annual Orienteering Event
National Ranking Events (including Middle, Sprint,
and Long formats)
West Point, NY
NOTE: pre-registration required for this event
  May 11
Register 11am-1pm
      EMPO event
Moreau Lake State Park, Moreau, NY

NEW: See Race Information on
Cynthia Johnson
June 1

New York Adventure Racing Association (NYARA)
Trilogy Adventure Race "Bike / Paddle / Run"
at John Boyd Thacher State Park
This adventure race will use our Thacher orienteering map for the trekking portion
  June 16
Register 11am-1pm

EMPO event
Partridge Run WMA & State Forest, Berne, NY

Start/Finish/Registration: here (google maps will give you directions)

If parking area is full, please park on the side of the road. There is no bathroom facility. No refreshments available on the course. Water, snacks offered in the Finish area.

Please bring bugspray(!), sunscreen, appropriate clothing.

MTB-O: 2 courses (about 22km and 12km long with ideal route choice). Riding mostly on gravel roads, some pavement and singletrack. Gravel and paved roads have very light car traffic, but please obey traffic rules.
Handlebar mounted map holders can be very helpful during an MTB-O event. If you don't have one yet, you can order it here, while supporting the MTBO team USA.

Foot-O: 3 courses from beginner to advanced, 2-5km. Trails are unmaintained, but easy to follow on the map. Vegetation can be thick, but courses stay in the nice areas.
Gabor Bobok

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 if you would like to organize something  this spring or fall.

Thank you for attending our previous 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
(Park Naturalist Liz Wagner is our contact).

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