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Evergreen Baskets: (Adult program)
Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens you never knew before. We will then show you how to create your very own evergreen basket to take home with you.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park at Sam’s Point: Winter Wonderland
Monday, February 8, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Bring your preschoolers and join Laura Davis, Park Educator, for a fun filled morning exploring the wonderful world of winter! We will read a story, do a craft or two, and play a game. We will be inside for most of the time, but if weather allows, we will venture outside to build a snowman. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Recycled Paper Valentines
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Treat your valentine to a homemade card this year! Participants will learn how to make their own recycled paper cards to take home. This class is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Maple Sugaring
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

This hands-on program, geared for the average adult, will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree so you can make real maple syrup at home. You will also learn the cultural, historical, economic, and scientific background of this uniquely American craft. Short-walk. Not recommended for children.

Registration: Required
Extreme Cold Survivors: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore some amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather through hands-on experiments.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Extreme Cold Survivors: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore some amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather through hands-on experiments.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Love & Marriage in the Gilded Age
Sunday, February 14, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about courtship and marriage in Gilded Age society. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
(Art)ic Adventure: My Life in Diorama with Tara Altebrando
Monday, February 15, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(*Snow date Friday, March 25- also a school holiday)
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$50/person includes novel, diorama kit & all materials, Ages 7-14, please bring a bag lunch and good outerwear

Young adult author Tara Altebrando will spend the day at Olana talking about literature, home, and making dioramas. Each participant will receive a copy of her novel, and a diorama kit. This is a great way to spend a winter school holiday; space is limited so register early. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj00_CV1AbQ. More information at www.olana.org.

Hug A Tree and Survive
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

The Hug a Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs!: (Family Program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Make a craft to take home with you.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs!: (Family Program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Make a craft to take home with you.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Owl Pellet Dissection: (Family program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the world of these silent predators and learn how they hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Winter Wildlife Survival
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 446-2134

How is it that deer, wood frogs, or even praying mantis survive the winter? Come to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site and discover how our backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces! Program will involve a nature trek, searching for tracks and sign, hands-on furs, and games. This family-friendly program is suited for children 8 and up.Registration Required!!!

Registration: Required
Prehistoric Hysteria: (Children’s Program)
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Paint a fossil casting to take home.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Prehistoric Hysteria: (Children’s Program)
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Paint a fossil casting to take home.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
SNOW DAY!
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a break from winter break and join us for our annual day of winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt, and MYO animal sign cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 per person. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

SNOW DAY!
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a break from winter break and join us for our annual day of winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt, and MYO animal sign cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 per person. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Winter Celebration: (Family Program)
Saturday, February 20, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Walk through stations with hands on activities and science experiments. Each station will have unique winter-themed activities. Stop by during this special event.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0
Saturday, February 20, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(Snow Date February 21) 
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, or $50/Entire Series, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided.  More information at www.olana.org.

Birding Basics for Beginners
Sunday, February 21, 2016 02:30 PM - 04:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will introduce adults to birds and their adaptations. It will provide information on where to go and what to get to learn more. Bring binoculars. Approximately one mile; much sitting.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Build a Terrarium
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12 pm (drop-in), $10/child (parents free), Ages 3-5
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. More information at www.olana.org.

Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sunday Art Studios: 3D Paper Olana Model Making
Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
10am -12pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art!  More information at www.olana.org.

Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Having a Ball -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out, but can call for the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about attending balls in the Gilded Age era. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Geology Made Easy: (Family Program)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Through hands-on experiments & activities, you'll see just how interesting rocks can be.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Geology Made Easy: (Family Program)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Through hands-on experiments & activities, you'll see just how interesting rocks can be.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Nature Game Night: (Family program)
Friday, March 4, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Bring your family to this fun-filled evening of games and activities that will test your outdoor skills and knowledge. Game On!

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Trout Unlimited Casting Clinic: (Adult Program)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

An indoor presentation will be followed by an equipment demonstration and casting on the lawn. (Ages 16 and up)

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Trout Unlimited Casting Clinic: (Adult Program)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

An indoor presentation will be followed by an equipment demonstration and casting on the lawn. (Ages 16 and up)

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Astronomy-Planets: (Family program)
Saturday, March 12, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the fascinating planets that share our sky. Through fun hands-on activities we will gain an understanding of how big the solar system is.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 13, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Meet at Perry Entrance Gate.
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Gilded Age Fashion -- Sold Out
Sunday, March 13, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out. Call if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about servant and upper class attire in the Gilded Age. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Eggtacular: (Family program)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet egg layers that live right here at Connetquot! Discover new ways to color eggs and finish with an egg hunt. Please bring 3 hard-boiled eggs!

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Garden Class -- Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A successful organic garden takes both planning and work. Take advantage of the "off-season" and use this time to get your garden plans underway. Bring your current garden plan for further development, or learn the process of creating one during class. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.
Registration: Required
Clay Pit Clean Up
Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Late winter and early spring can look very dreary, especially when the snow melt exposes loads of discarded litter. Help us beauitfy the park in preperation for the warmer seasons!
Clay Pit Clean Up
Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Late winter and early spring can look very dreary, especially when the snow melt exposes loads of discarded litter. Help us beauitfy the park in preperation for the warmer seasons!
Stitch and Sip: Embroidery on Pre-Printed Fabrics
Saturday, March 19, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(Snow Date March 20th)
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, or $50/Entire Series, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isobel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Sunday Art Studios: Middle Eastern Pattern Making
Sunday, March 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
10am -12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! For more information visit www.olana.org.

Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour 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.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Wind Catchers: (Family Program)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities, and a craft.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Wind Catchers: (Family Program)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities, and a craft.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: 19th Century Silhouettes and Collage
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. $10/child (parents free), Ages 3-5.
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Garden Class -- Seed Choices: Choosing Crops and Varieties
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Hybrids, heirlooms, OPs…choosing the best varieties is a skill that can take many years to hone. Shanyn Siegel shares some practical advice on selecting the right varieties for your garden, while explaining why it’s so important to understand where and how garden seeds are produced. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.
Zentangle: Introduction
Saturday, April 2, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
$15/Member, $20/Non-Member (includes all supplies), Ages 6 and up
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that often use nature as the point of departure. Join Zentangle-certified artist Andrea Porrazzo-Nangle for a short demonstration and short hike to tangle in nature. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Food for Every Station
Sunday, April 3, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about the Gilded Age era. Discover the kinds of food that graced the table of millionaires, the middle class and the working class during the era. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. 
Registration: Required
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Dining on the Titanic -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 10, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out, but can call for the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about the Gilded Age era and the Titanic, just in time for the 104th anniversary of the ship's sinking. From 1st class to 3rd class, dining on the doomed liner reached culinary heights never before seen aboard a ship. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. 
Registration: Required
Stitch and Sip: Beading on Fabric
Saturday, April 23, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isobel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Sunday Art Studios: 3D Paper Olana Model Making
Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
10am -12pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! For more information visit www.olana.org.

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Land & Found Objects as Canvas
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. $10/child (parents free). Ages 3-5.
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Mother’s Day Tea
Sunday, May 8, 2016 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240
Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont's gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love ($15 per person. Free for Children under 5. Reservation required, call (518) 537-4240.
Registration: Required
Child’s Play for Father’s Day—18th Century Dancing
Sunday, June 19, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240
Make a Father's Day memory! This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. Please reserve (518) 537-4240. The program is free.
Registration: Required
Canal Days Festival
Saturday, July 9, 2016 until Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 829-7516

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - FREE

Join us for our annual Fort Hunter Canal Days Festival on July 9th & 10th! Live music, entertainment, games, vendors, Old Engine Show, demonstrations, food and MORE!

Additional details to come! If you'd like to be a part of the festival, contact Janice at the site (518) 829-7516 or schohariecrossing@parks.ny.gov  

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