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

2017 Summer Series 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

  July 20
EMPO event
Street O > start at Sugarbush Park, Clifton Park, NY

 Eric Hamilton

Directions from Northway (I-87): Exit 8, go West on Crescent Road, then North (right turn) onto Moe Road. Turn right onto Sugarbush Road, then right on Pico Road. Start location: 42.817699, -73.789108
  August 8
EMPO event
Score O at Schenectady Central Park, Central Parkway, Schenectady, NY **new EMPO map**

Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Start location will be near: 42.799391, -73.910522
  August 30

EMPO event
Niskayuna Parks, Niskayuna, NY
Score-O, 60-minute time limit - Details here
(formerly Mohawk Lock 7)
Will Kennerly

September 2

US Corn Maze Orienteering Championships
Mike's Maze, Sunderland, Massachusetts
*pre-registration is encouraged due to participant limit*

It may be a little bit of a drive from the
Capital District but it's always a fun time! -- Janet T.

Information and registration details are on

Note: Corn Maze Champs typically include
Classic, Sprint, Night and Trail-O formats
(all in one afternoon!)

Fall 2017 Events

  September *23*

EMPO event
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY

NOTE: Date change from Sept 9 to Sept 23
Cynthia Johnson

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

  October 7

EMPO event
Switzkill Farm, Berne, NY
Sue/Phil Hawkes-Teeter

  October 22

EMPO event
Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
Bruce Beesley

   November 18

EMPO event
Peebles Island State Park Watertown, NY
Club Championships (all welcome whether club members or not)
Frank Boscoe

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