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.

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 14

EMPO event
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY

Jason Edwards

Sat.-Sun., April 21-22
West Point National Event
West Point and Harriman, New York
National Event
Pre-registration required
Info / Registration

Sat.-Sun., April 28-29
Troll Cup / Junior Nationals
Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, Massachusetts
National Event
Pre-registration required
New England Orienteering Club
Info / Registration

Saturday, May 5
Western New York Championships
Letchworth State Park West, Castile, New York
National Ranking Event
Rochester Orienteering Club

Info / Registration
Sun., May 13
mass start 10:30 am
Blue Mountain, Peekskill, New York
shorter "Pygmy" version also available
Pre-registration recommended
Info / Registration

  May 19

Start noon-2pm
EMPO event

Grafton Lakes State Park (Welcome Center), Grafton, NY
Foot-O and MTB-O
if you are interested in the MTB-O course, please email the organizer before the event)

Park entry is free for event participants, use sign-in sheet at the gate. Registration on the back patio of the new Welcome Center.

 Gabor Bobok

  May 23
Starts from 9 am

World Orienteering Day
competition at Berne-Knox-Westerlo School, Berne, NY
Phil and Sue Hawkes-Teeter
Sat.-Mon., May 26-28
Westchester County Challenge including
U.S. Orienteering Team Trials
(middle/long) and Club Relay
Westmoreland Sanctuary and Mountain Lakes Parks near
North Salem, New York
National Event
Pre-registration required
Info / Registration

 June 2

Starts from 9am / courses close at 3pm
EMPO event
EMP-O-Ringen, Berne vicinity, NY

  Event Description and Notes
with updated pricing for juniors (<21) and some course length data
(revised 5/19/2018)
Phil and Sue Hawkes-Teeter

 June 16

Start 11am-1pm
EMPO event
Crandall Park (Coles Woods), Glens Falls, NY
Cynthia Johnson

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 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