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History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead: From Farm to Factory, The Industrial Revolution
Monday, July 28, 2014 until Friday, August 1, 2014 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

A summer camp for children entering grades 2 to 7.

Admission is $275 per week per child; 20% discount for members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead. Advance reservations required.

For more information and to reserve, call the Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Monday, July 28, 2014 09:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.  Please call to make reservations 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Monday, July 28, 2014 09:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.  Please call to make reservations 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Fun with Fish
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around  us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts.

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 225-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrival to the Park Preserve is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Trailside Museums & Zoo
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

Featuring Wildlife Walk at the Zoo and Puppet Making Workshop.

Join park educators at Trailside Museums & Zoo on July 27th from 10:30 am to 11:45 am on a Wildlife Walk at the Zoo and learn about Birds of Prey. Examine bird biofacts up close, including feathers, skulls, and eggs. Then enjoy a guided tour of Trailside's bird area and Nature Study Museum.

Recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Rain or shine. No registration required.

Then, come back to the Zoo on Wednesday, July 30th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a Puppet Making Workshop. Join Zoo educators in this hands-on workshop to help build and decorate a larger-than-life snake puppet to be used in the Endangered Species Parade at Bear Mountain State Park on Saturday, September 27th. Enjoy a brief guided tour of the snake exhibits in the Reptile and Amphibian Museum. Trailside will safely guard the puppet until the parade - you can sign up to march! This is a fun, creative opportunity to promote conservation in our local community!

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, or for more information, please call (845) 786-2701 x 293. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Parking at Bear Mountain is $8.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Walk
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your toddler and join Jamie McGinnis for a stroll through the old meadows of the former hotel golf course and along Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads. The meadows are filled with low bush and high bush blueberry and this is the time of year when they're usually ripe for the picking. Bring a sandwich sized plastic bag to fill and clean hands to eat them as you walk. This modest hike does include some hills and also trails that are suitable for only sturdy strollers. Please make sure to bring enough water, sun protection and bug protection too. Meet at the informational kiosk in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required.  Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Each week's prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Hither Hills State Park Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Craft Day
Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center.  Our nature center has a new addition that will be open for exploring before and after the craft.  

Please call to register, 793-0511.  

Registration: Required
Craft Day
Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center.  Our nature center has a new addition that will be open for exploring before and after the craft.  

Please call to register, 793-0511.  

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures that are often misunderstood. Did you know that some of our dragonflies migrate south for the winter like birds? Find dragonfly nymphs as well as other insects that live in and around the water. Don't forget to wear clothes that can get muddy and wet! If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our animal friends.

Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Friday, August 1, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Soldiers of the Revolution
Saturday, August 2, 2014 until Sunday, August 3, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 745-7611

A weekend of living history programs based on the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Battle demonstrations, living history programs, musket and cannon firings, hands-on activities for families.

Mini-Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come learn how to make your own mini-terrarium in a mason jar to brighten up your home. This program has a cap, so please register! A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Mini-Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come learn how to make your own mini-terrarium in a mason jar to brighten up your home. This program has a cap, so please register! A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Beach Glass 101
Saturday, August 2, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

Avid beachcomber Nancy Williams will share her passion and knowledge of beach glass collecting. Learn where to find beach glass, how to determine its age and history, along with what the glass color means. Nancy will bring her fantastic collection of beach glass and treasures. She is happy to answer any questions so you too can start collecting on the beach!

Please call for information and registration.

Registration: Required
Culinary Uses of Summer Herbs- A Collaboration with The Sylvia Center
Saturday, August 2, 2014 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Join Julie Cerny, farm education director and garden manager for The Sylvia Center in Kinderhook, NY to learn the culinary uses of herbs and the common and uncommon benefits. The workshop will include instruction on how to grow herbs, and how they work together to prepare meals that the whole family will enjoy. A sampling of the herbs and recipes will be provided.

Meet at the Wagon House Education Center.

All ages welcome. $10 per person, children under 12 are free. Vehicle use fee applies.

Call (518) 828-1872 x 109 or e-mail shasbrook@olana.org for more information or to register.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shark Frenzy
Saturday, August 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover fun and fascinating facts about these greatly misunderstood creatures as we explore the depths of the deep blue sea in search of one of nature's most efficient hunters.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Stories of the Night Sky
Saturday, August 2, 2014 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

The stories of the night sky are written in the stars. Learn how to read these stories at this family fun program! Hear legends about the starts and the constellations that inspired them. If weather permits; use telescopes to view the night skies. Inside make star inspired crafts to take home and participate in hands-on activities. Under cloudy or clear skies, this program is fun for the whole family!

Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Family Adventure: Salt Marsh Safari
Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Orient Beach State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Come explore the salt marsh and learn about what animals do at high and low tide. Walk through the marsh to discover creatures and play a game. This program is also offered at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Bring sunscreen, a towel, and tightly tied shoes for wading.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Family Adventure: The Sand Beneath Your Feet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This new program will give you an insight on the subject of sand. You will enjoy discovering kinetic sand, conducting many sand experiments and hands-on activities as you learn all about sand! We will also make a sand candle to take home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: The Sand Beneath Your Feet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This new program will give you an insight on the subject of sand. You will enjoy discovering kinetic sand, conducting many sand experiments and hands-on activities as you learn all about sand! We will also make a sand candle to take home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Venture: Ferns
Sunday, August 3, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
This program allows participants a more detailed study of ferns with comparisons of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aides and handouts. Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.
Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 3, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead: The Movers and Shakers of Early America, Five Founding Fathers
Monday, August 4, 2014 until Friday, August 8, 2014 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

A summer camp for children entering grades 2 to 7.

Admission is $275 per week per child; 20% discount for members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead. Advance reservations required.

For more information and to reserve, call the Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101.

Registration: Required
The Olana Landscape Trilogy
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 until Thursday, August 7, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

A series of Oil Painting Workshops Utilizing the Views from Olana.

Massachusetts artist Sandy Spring will lead this series of oil painting workshops for experienced oil painters utilizing the views from Olana, which provide inspiration and subject matter to the workshop participants just as they did for Frederic Church and other Hudson River School Painters. During the workshop participants will focus on capturing the sense of the majestic and the effects of luminism, learn how to plan and simplify a landscape painting into manageable pieces, discuss scale, composition, how to establish focal points, and determine color through the analysis of relative value, saturation, and temperature to convey sense of space, atmosphere, and luminosity. Participants will paint 'a distant view from Olana' and 'a near view from Olana.' These workshops were designed to be taken sequentially, but any of the workshops can be taken alone or in conjunction with another.

Space is limited. Registration is required. No refunds will be given two weeks in advance of the program. Call (518)828-1872 x109 or e-mail shasbrook@olana.org for more information and to register.

Adults only. $125 for one day or $350 for three days.

Meet at the Wagon House Education Center.

Registration: Required
History Camp
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 until Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Senate House State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 338-2786

Is your child interested in history? If so, Senate House State Historic Site is the place for them this summer.

This special program, which teaches kids about life in 18th century Kingston, NY, is for children ages 8-12. Activities include tending the vegetable garden, hearthside cooking, hand spinning, churning butter, games, and more!

The fee is $90.00 per child and registration is required. Please call 845-338-2786 to register. Hurry! The program is limited to 20 participants.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Crabby Crabs
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Crabby Crabs
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Skull & Bones
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851 ext 338
"Skull & Bones" challenges children ages 6-9 to become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is offered at 10:30 am on Wednesdays, August 6th and 20th, in the stunning landscape of nearby Mills State Park.
Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Each week's prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Hither Hills State Park Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 8, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 8, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Sunset Cycle
Friday, August 8, 2014 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Bring your bike on a guided ride past the historic mansion. View the sound and watch the sunset behind the trees. Learn some history and glimpse the animals that come out at dusk.

Helmets are required. Water is recommended.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651

Visit John Jay Homestead's Red Barn Discover Center to learn about our agricultural past, milk a full-size, mechanical cow, and churn butter. This is a free, walk-in program for families with children aged 3 to 10.

Fun for Kids: Beach Art
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

With a lesson about the habitat around us and all the resources at our finger tips, we will bring out your artistic side. Using shells and sand we will create some beautiful art work to bring home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Beach Art
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

With a lesson about the habitat around us and all the resources at our finger tips, we will bring out your artistic side. Using shells and sand we will create some beautiful art work to bring home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Mobile Homes
Saturday, August 9, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

No RVs please! Can you imagine cramming everything you own into an itty, bitty living space and carrying that space everywhere you go? That's what many animals have to do to survive. Join us as we pry into the cramped lifestyle of shell dwelling animals. Live animals will be on display.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Mobile Homes
Saturday, August 9, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

No RVs please! Can you imagine cramming everything you own into an itty, bitty living space and carrying that space everywhere you go? That's what many animals have to do to survive. Join us as we pry into the cramped lifestyle of shell dwelling animals. Live animals will be on display.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live there. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live there. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead: Around the World with John Jay, A Diplomat’s Travels
Monday, August 11, 2014 until Friday, August 15, 2014 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

A summer camp for children entering grades 2 to 7.

Admission is $275 per week per child; 20% discount for members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead. Advance reservations required.

For more information and to reserve, call the Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts.

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Seneca Art & Nature Camp
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 until Friday, August 15, 2014
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 742-1690

Hands on Art and Outdoor Nature Camp experience at Ganondagan State Historic Site for youth 9 - 12 years old. Reflecting on the Seneca and Haudenosaunee relationship with art, nature and everyday life through a comprehensive experience with the environment.

Time: 9:30am - 4pm
Cost: $175

To register and for more information, please call: 585-742-1690

Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Each week's prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Hither Hills State Park Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Kayak with Katie
Thursday, August 14, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Learn the basics of kayak paddling, safety and skills in a beautiful natural setting with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. This course is a great introduction for beginning kayakers. Learn on and off the water etiquette, practice Leave No Trace principals and get out on the water to go over the fundamentals of kayaking!

Visit the ACA website to learn about the prerequisites for the course.

Call the park office for kayak rental information.

Registration: Required
Stories of the Night Sky
Thursday, August 14, 2014 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

The stories of the night sky are written in the stars. Learn how to read these stories at this family fun program! Hear legends about the starts and the constellations that inspired them. If weather permits; use telescopes to view the night skies. Inside make star inspired crafts to take home and participate in hands-on activities. Under cloudy or clear skies, this program is fun for the whole family!

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures that are often misunderstood. Did you know that some of our dragonflies migrate south for the winter like birds? Find dragonfly nymphs as well as other insects that live in and around the water. Don't forget to wear clothes that can get muddy and wet! If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our animal friends.

Stories of the Night Sky
Friday, August 15, 2014 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (607) 467-4160

The stories of the night sky are written in the stars. Learn how to read these stories at this family fun program! Hear legends about the starts and the constellations that inspired them. If weather permits; use telescopes to view the night skies. Inside make star inspired crafts to take home and participate in hands-on activities. Under cloudy or clear skies, this program is fun for the whole family!

2014 Snapper Derby Fishing Tournament
Saturday, August 16, 2014 until Sunday, August 17, 2014 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Captree State Park
Phone: (631) 669-0449

The Snapper Derby Fishing Tournament encourages children to fish, but all ages are welcome to this annual weekend event! Fishing locations are located throughout all of Captree State Park.

Prizes will be given to the 1st and 2nd heaviest fish caught in each age group (7 years old & younger, 8-12 years of age and 13-16 years of age) and will be presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday at the close of the tournament. Winners must be present to receive the prize. Snappers will be weighed alive and live release is encouraged. For additional information call (631) 669-0449 or (631) 321-1716.

Entry is free, however the Vehicle Use Fee will be in effect.

Photography 101
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join award winning and local grant funded photographer, Jarred Sutton, for Photography 101. From beginner to advanced amateur, learn to overcome the technical with technique to make the camera an extension of our hand. After the learning session, put those new skills to work as we walk the grounds and explore the art on a deeper level with Jarred's guidance to answer all your real world questions! In addition, artwork will be on display from Jarred's recent trips.

Check out www.jarredsutton.com to see some of his work!

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Photography 101
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join award winning and local grant funded photographer, Jarred Sutton, for Photography 101. From beginner to advanced amateur, learn to overcome the technical with technique to make the camera an extension of our hand. After the learning session, put those new skills to work as we walk the grounds and explore the art on a deeper level with Jarred's guidance to answer all your real world questions! In addition, artwork will be on display from Jarred's recent trips.

Check out www.jarredsutton.com to see some of his work!

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Interesting Insects
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (607) 467-4160

Did you know that scientist think there are more insects in the world than any other type of animal? Learn how to catch insects using sweep nets and aerial nets; like the kind you would use to catch butterflies. We will also talk about how to have fun looking for insects while protecting ourselves from ticks. The first step is to wear light colored long pants and sleeves; and insect repellant. We'll also learn how to do a tick-check. Please wash your hands after applying insect repellant for the safety of our animal friends.

Family Adventure: Suburban Farming
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

There are so many benefits to raising your own vegetables and chickens! It is easier than it looks, and the rewards are edible!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Sun Tour with the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association
Saturday, August 16, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Dr. Willie Yee, president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, will conduct a few exercises to demonstrate some aspects of our Sun, including the role of magnetism, and the features of the sun that can be seen with different kinds of equipment. This will be followed by an opportunity to safely view the sun through a variety of specialized telescopes. Members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association may be present to assist and answer questions. Meet at the Wagon House Education Center.

Please pre-register by Friday, August 15 to (518)828-1872 x 109 or shasbrook@olana.org.

All ages are welcome! $5 per person. Vehicle use fee applies. 

Cloud/Rain Date: Sunday August 17, 2-4pm.

Registration: Required
Kayak with Katie
Saturday, August 16, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Learn the basics of kayak paddling, safety and skills in a beautiful natural setting with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. This course is a great introduction for beginning kayakers. Learn on and off the water etiquette, practice Leave No Trace principals and get out on the water to go over the fundamentals of kayaking!

Visit the ACA website to learn about the prerequisites for the course.

Call the park office for kayak rental information.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Camouflage Commandos
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Every day creatures are engaged in mortal combat. Mother Nature has equipped each side with specific adaptations to help them stay alive. An indoor training session will be followed by an outdoor recon mission as we search for the highly skilled, ever elusive camouflage commandos.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Camouflage Commandos
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Every day creatures are engaged in mortal combat. Mother Nature has equipped each side with specific adaptations to help them stay alive. An indoor training session will be followed by an outdoor recon mission as we search for the highly skilled, ever elusive camouflage commandos.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shorebird Hike
Sunday, August 17, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

They have been here all summer long running along our shore lines foraging and nesting on the sand. Lets take a walk on the beach to discover who we share our summer shores with.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shorebird Hike
Sunday, August 17, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

They have been here all summer long running along our shore lines foraging and nesting on the sand. Lets take a walk on the beach to discover who we share our summer shores with.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Nature Journal for Children
Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book.

This program is for children between the ages of six to ten, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Venture: Asters and Goldenrods
Sunday, August 17, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

The waning summer provides a fine assortment of fall flowers including dozens of native asters and goldenrods. More than a dozen, dried species will be available to contrast and compare the features of these diverse daisies.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 17, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beach Art
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beach Art
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Junior Naturalists: Natural Sculpture Making and Hike
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Minnewaska park educators for a fun and adventurous day in the woods and along the edges of a cool stream. We'll hike the trails in the Peter's Kill area of the Park Preserve to reach the edges of the Peter's Kill stream. Once there, your children will have free time to play with rocks, branches and whatever else they find, making their own three dimensional art in the forest. Then, we'll hike the rest of the trail to reach a high point which offers glorious vistas of the Catskills and Rondout Valley. Participants should be prepared to walk two miles and also to spend time sitting and observing nature. This program is recommended for six to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years old.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack syle carrier. Participants should come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Skull & Bones
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851 ext 338
"Skull & Bones" challenges children ages 6-9 to become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. Children must be acommpanied by an adult. The program is offered at 10:30 am on Wednesdays, August 6th and 20th, in the stunning landscape of Mills State Park.
Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Each week's prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Hither Hills State Park Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Junior Naturalists: History Detectives in the Forest
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This new and exciting program allows your children to be junior explorers of the past by finding clues in the present day forest. As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many covered benches and bungalows, called summerhouses. All but one of these structures has been removed, but observant hikers can still find clues about where they used to be. Children will be given a series of clues to locate the site of a former summerhouse and then, the group will hike to find it. Along the way, each child will be given free time to find his or her own quiet place to sketch, read or observe nature. Once we reach our destination, each child will be given time to sketch their own version of a summerhouse. To conclude this outing, we'll walk to Awosting Falls, where everyone will have the opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the setting. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants must bring a sketch pad or notebook and pencil. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking.

Registration: Required
Stone Tool Technology Show
Friday, August 22, 2014 until Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Flintknapping, tool making and demonstrations, Native American crafts, and Mountain Man encampment. 

Meet at the Highbanks Recreation Area.

Stone Tool Craftsman Show
Friday, August 22, 2014 until Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Featuring Flintknapping (tool-making demonstrations and vendors), Living History Encampments of the Fur Trade Era and Civil War Era and the Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition. Atlatl (spear-throwing) competition in Thursday through Sunday.

Meet at Highbanks Recreation Area.

Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Night Hike
Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the night. Learn how nocturnal animals find their way in the darkness with several hands-on activities. Then, put your knowledge to the test on a walk to see and hear the creatures that come out after dark.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Family Adventure: Seashore Exploration
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the beach. Dress for wading. Bring sunscreen, a towel and tightly tied shoes.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 24, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Darling Dragonflies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Hunt
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Butterflies are one of the most beautiful living things in nature and they are a source of endless fascination for young children. Join Jamie McGinnis, volunteer naturalist, for a walk around the Wildmere area of Minnewaska with your toddler to look for butterflies and flowers. Please plan to meet at the informational kiosk located in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Each week's prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Hither Hills State Park Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
War of 1812 Encampment
Saturday, August 30, 2014 until Sunday, August 31, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 745-7611

Living History programs recreate the War of 1812. Battle demonstrations, uniform and weapons programs, Saturday night battle depicting the capture of Fort Niagara in December 1813.

Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, August 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during this interactive program introducing turtles, snakes and frogs. Then, enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of the animals that call Connetquot home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Wild for Wildlife
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Calling all wildlife detectives! Join us at the Minnewaska Nature Center for an introduction to wildlife detection and to make a plaster cast of an animal track to take home. While these tracks are solidifying, we'll meander through the site of the former resort golf course in search of wildlife activity in the form of browse, scat, and tracks. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 31, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Last Day of Summer! Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

12pm Registration, 3pm Judging. Free to sign up. Prizes for all participants, but extra points awarded for originality. Join us on Long Pond beach!

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 5, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 5, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Wonderful Wildflowers
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts.

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Bird & Breakfast
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of the Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society) and a presentation introducing the local and migratory birds seen in our area. Afterward, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced  birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Birds with Botany for Beginners
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds... no birds? We'll learn about plants! Bring binoculars.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older. Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651

Come and learn about the heritage breed chickens that live at John Jay Homestead. An expert will take you to the coop, and teach you and your children how to care for chickens. This is a free, walk-in program for families with children aged 3 to 10.

Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Monarch Migration
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Early autumn is the time of year to observe the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly. Explore the life cycle, migration, routes, and how you can help to save this species. A short walk in the park will give us a closer look into the world of these butterflies.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Homeschool Day: John Jay’s Farm
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

Explore the historic buildings and grounds at John Jay Homestead while learning about history, industry, and agriculture. Children will utilize maps, letters, and the ever-changing landscape to discover more about early farming in New York. This two-hour, interactive program will have two concurrent sessions: one for children aged 6 to 9, and another for children aged 10 to 12.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Some activities include reading and writing. Admission is $3.00 per child. Call the Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walk, animal visitors and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walk, animal visitors and crafts.

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Cub Scout Day: John Jay’s Farm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

Explore the historic outbuildings and grounds at John Jay Homestead to learn about history, industry, and agriculture. Scouts can milk a mechanical cow, learn about the heritage-breed chickens that live at the historic site, and plant a "crop" to take home.

This two-hour program meets requirements for Tiger (1G), Wolf (Know Your Community – F), and Bear (What makes America special? – B, C, D) scouts.

Admission is $3.00 per child; advance registration required. Call (914) 232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Registration: Required
Vajrayana Buddhism and the Spirits of the Earth
Sunday, September 21, 2014 03:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

The CNY Medicine Buddha Prayer Society, would like to present Lama Namdrol Tulku Rinpoche from Singapore, who will give a public talk on "Vajrayana Buddhism and the Spirits of the Earth" and also hold a traditional Buddhist incense smoke offering. The offering of incense in the form of smoke from green juniper and other sacred woods and resins is a common ritual in Buddhist countries like Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, China and Mongolia. Offering this incense smoke along with the recitation of traditional Buddhist prayers, honors and shows respect for the local earth deities and spirits which increases good will and harmony in the local environment. All are welcome to attend the public talk and participate in the ritual.

This event is free and open to everyone!

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Tiny Turtles
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts.

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Homeschool Day at John Jay Homestead: The Life of a Child
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

What was it like to be a child in early America? What subjects would children have learned about in school? What did kids do for fun? Children will take a grounds tour focused on the lives of the Jay children who lived at the Homestead, as well as the servant children who worked there. During a visit to an 1826 schoolhouse, children will experience short lessons in spelling and arithmetic. Finally, students will have a "recess," play games that were popular in the early 1800s, and make a game to take home. This two-hour program is for children aged six to twelve.

Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Some activities involve reading and writing. Admission is $3.00 per child. Call (914) 232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Registration: Required
National Public Lands Day - Allegany State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9121

Who doesn’t love it? The camping, the programs, the hiking….. so why not spend a few hours out of your year caring for the park you love? On Saturday, September 27th Allegany State Park will once again take part in National Public Lands Day. This is a national celebration that gives people a chance to give back, by helping to care for the public lands they use.

Check for details on www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark

OR www.publiclandsday.org

 

Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Freshkills Sneak 'Peak'
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come find our table and get to know more about us at the workshop and information area at Freshkills Park's fifth annual sneak peak. Adults and children alike can make and fly your own kites, meet ponies and goats, build a birdhouse and explore the skies for birds. There are countless activities awaiting you whether you are an adventurer or prefer to relax in the park. Learn about Freshkills Park at this can't miss event with excitement for all ages!

Event is free, rain or shine!

More information can be found at: nyc.gov/sneakpeak

Freshkills Sneak 'Peak'
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Come find our table and get to know more about us at the workshop and information area at Freshkills Park's fifth annual sneak peak. Adults and children alike can make and fly your own kites, meet ponies and goats, build a birdhouse and explore the skies for birds. There are countless activities awaiting you whether you are an adventurer or prefer to relax in the park. Learn about Freshkills Park at this can't miss event with excitement for all ages!

Event is free, rain or shine!

More information can be found at: nyc.gov/sneakpeak

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