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Hastings Vine Squad
Sunday, March 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Phone: (914) 693-5259
Join a great group of volunteers and help to clean up the trail. Please always confirm the day of at vinesquad@hastingsgov.org
Family Adventures: Trout Unlimited Casting Clinics
Saturday, March 7, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:30 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. Bring your own equipment or borrow ours. The program is for ages 16 and up.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Trout Unlimited Casting Clinics
Saturday, March 7, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:30 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. Bring your own equipment or borrow ours. The program is for ages 16 and up.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Adult Adventures: Evergreen Baskets
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens as you create your very own evergreen basket to take home.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
"Painting a Landscape" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Learn the techniques of landscape water color painting with artist Stanley Maltzman. Class will start with a discussion of paper, paint, brushes and how to stretch paper in preparation for use. Working indoors from a photo, participants will lay down washes, create skies, paint mountains and groups of trees. Participants should bring their own bruses (synthetic), paints, and palette. No experience necessary, recommended for ages 16 and up. Workshop fee is $40 plus materials. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
"Painting a Landscape" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Learn the techniques of landscape water color painting with artist Stanley Maltzman. Class will start with a discussion of paper, paint, brushes and how to stretch paper in preparation for use. Working indoors from a photo, participants will lay down washes, create skies, paint mountains and groups of trees. Participants should bring their own bruses (synthetic), paints, and palette. No experience necessary, recommended for ages 16 and up. Workshop fee is $40 plus materials. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Going Green
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Going Green
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Lucky Rainbows
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect young children and their parents with the natural world through short walks, activities and crafts. (Ages 3-5)

Two sessions are held each Wednesday: 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: Animal Tales
Thursday, March 12, 2015 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. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: Animal Tales
Thursday, March 12, 2015 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. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska for a sap-seeking journey! Mid-February and early March is traditionally when sap is collected for producing maple syrup. We will search for and tap sugar maple trees using traditional tools.

This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. As always, well-behaved younger siblings capable of participating are welcome to join us. This program will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Hastings Vine Squad
Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Phone: (914) 693-5259
Join a great group of volunteers and help to clean up the trail. Please always confirm the day of at vinesquad@hastingsgov.org.
Family Adventures: Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of fly fishing. An indoor lecture will be followed by demonstrations and practice on the lawn. No equipment necessary.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Bring your family and search together as a team using your 5 senses to find fun things that nature hides in plain sight.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
"Painting on Feathers" at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Tired of painting on the same old canvas? Come learn how to paint on something unique - a feather! Create your beautiful design or wildlife image. Instructor Ida Pagano will give instruction on feather preparation and painting a wildlife image directly on a feather. Each participant will receive paint and 2 feathers. Wildlife images will be available for inspiration. Participants should bring fine tip small size brushes. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Workshop fee is $15 plus $5 for materials.

Call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
"Painting on Feathers" at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Tired of painting on the same old canvas? Come learn how to paint on something unique - a feather! Create your beautiful design or wildlife image. Instructor Ida Pagano will give instruction on feather preparation and painting a wildlife image directly on a feather. Each participant will receive paint and 2 feathers. Wildlife images will be available for inspiration. Participants should bring fine tip small size brushes. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Workshop fee is $15 plus $5 for materials.

Call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
Winter Hike: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Using your senses, check off and complete your scavenger hunt, while you explore the woods of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 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 14 & up.

Registration: Required
Winter Hike: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Using your senses, check off and complete your scavenger hunt, while you explore the woods of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 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 14 & up.

Registration: Required
Backyard Maple Syrup Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 826-8690

Learn to make homemade maple syrup from trees that may be in your own backyard! Mine Kill State Park staff will conduct a presentation and demonstration on how to find the right tree, collect the sap and make syrup using a simple barbecue grill. Admission to the workshop is free.

This event will be hosted at the NYPA Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center, located 1 mile north of Mine Kill State Park on State Route 30. Please call (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Backyard Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Do you long to set up a family-scale syruping operation in your backyard? Join us for a short film, demo and samples of sap and fresh syrup.

$2/person and $5/family

Fun for Kids: Sunsational!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover fun facts about the sun, then create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Sunsational!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover fun facts about the sun, then create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Introductory Stained Glass Workshop with Scott Ouderkirk
Sunday, March 15, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

Come make your stained glass piece with local artist and author, Scott Ouderkirk! No pior experience needed and all participants will leave with a complete piece. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of making stained glass.

$65 for members, $75 for non-members. The registration fee covers the cost of Scott's supplies. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 315-482-2479 for more info or to pre-register.

Registration: Required
Introductory Stained Glass Workshop with Scott Ouderkirk
Sunday, March 15, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2479

Come make your stained glass piece with local artist and author, Scott Ouderkirk! No pior experience needed and all participants will leave with a complete piece. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of making stained glass.

$65 for members, $75 for non-members. The registration fee covers the cost of Scott's supplies. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 315-482-2479 for more info or to pre-register.

Registration: Required
Hastings Vine Squad
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Phone: (914) 693-5259
Join a great group of volunteers and help to clean up the trail. Please always confirm the day of at vinesquad@hastingsgov.org.
Fun for Kids: Leprechaun's Rainbow
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

To learn about rainbows, we need to understand light and color. With experiments and activities we can discover together how rainbows appear.

For ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Leprechaun's Rainbow
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

To learn about rainbows, we need to understand light and color. With experiments and activities we can discover together how rainbows appear.

For ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

 

Registration: Required
"Who's Hoots for You?" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 15, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and find out who's whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world! Examine the Nature Center's mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide! Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
"Who's Hoots for You?" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 15, 2015 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and find out who's whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world! Examine the Nature Center's mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide! Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
"Draw A Better Bird" at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 827-1237

Yes, birds have knees! And three rows of feathers on their wings, and other specific body features that are helpful to understand in order to draw and paint birds more accurately. Take a closer look at key features with instructor Jean Mackay and practice drawing the details to make your bird sketching take flight. Some drawing experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome. Please bring a pencil and paper. You may also bring colored pencils, watercolor or pens.

Fee is $25. Call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
"Draw A Better Bird" at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 827-1237

Yes, birds have knees! And three rows of feathers on their wings, and other specific body features that are helpful to understand in order to draw and paint birds more accurately. Take a closer look at key features with instructor Jean Mackay and practice drawing the details to make your bird sketching take flight. Some drawing experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome. Please bring a pencil and paper. You may also bring colored pencils, watercolor or pens.

Fee is $25. Call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
Spring Blooms
Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to welcome spring and paint a small flower pot to take home with marigold seeds.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 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
Spring Blooms
Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to welcome spring and paint a small flower pot to take home with marigold seeds.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 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
Backyard Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 21, 2015 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Savor a delicious sign of Spring and learn how to make syrup in your backyard.

$2/person and $5/family

Family Adventures: What Goes Bump in the Night
Saturday, March 21, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
"Spring Trees in the Landscape" Pastels Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 827-1237

Learn about color, texture, value, composition and pastel technique. Create a pastel landscape working from a photo. Instructor Susan Story will provide individual assistance to each student. Appropriate for all levels of experinece, ages 16 and up. Participants should bring their own landscape photos and materials.

Fee is $40. Call 872-1237 to register and receive materials list.

Registration: Required
"Spring Trees in the Landscape" Pastels Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 827-1237

Learn about color, texture, value, composition and pastel technique. Create a pastel landscape working from a photo. Instructor Susan Story will provide individual assistance to each student. Appropriate for all levels of experinece, ages 16 and up. Participants should bring their own landscape photos and materials.

Fee is $40. Call 872-1237 to register and receive materials list.

Registration: Required
Adult Adventures: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

In this hands-on program, discover how to find food, start a fire and build a shelter.

For ages 18 & up. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee must be paid during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program. To register, please call (631) 423 – 1770 between 8:00 – 4:30 pm. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Spring Nature Quest
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Spring Nature Quest
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Water Olympics
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

This fun series of competitions will explore and explain the 'wonders of water' from surface tension to buoyancy. Celebrate World Water Day with us!

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Whales Tale
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Whales Tale
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Outer Space
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect young children and their parents with the natural world through short walks, activities and crafts. (Ages 3-5)

Two sessions are held each Wednesday: 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 26, 2015 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. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 26, 2015 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. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Help Protect the Endangered Piping Plover
Saturday, March 28, 2015 09:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join us! Volunteer to help protect the endangered Piping Plover!

9am at the Nature Center
Please call to register: 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614

Registration: Required
Help Protect the Endangered Piping Plover
Saturday, March 28, 2015 09:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join us! Volunteer to help protect the endangered Piping Plover!

9am at the Nature Center
Please call to register: 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614

Registration: Required
Wearable Art at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Learn an easy and fun method to create a "tie-dyed" tee shirt without tying or dying. Design a personalized colorful tee using Sharpie markers and simple household supplies to create a tie-dyed look. Fee of $5 covers all materials including a white tee shirt. Feel free to bring a favorite shirt of your own if you prefer. Program is appropriate for ages 6 through adult. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Spring Tablescapes
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Join local author and artist Marlene Marshall to create a spring tablescape. Participants will take a walk in Olana's landscape to collect "found" natural vegetation/fungi/bark from the surrounding forest floor and use a variety of provided materials to create a beautiful spring centerpiece for your tabletop.

Please pre-register by calling 518-828-1872x109 or e-mail shasbrook@olana.org.

Adults, $20/person, $15/member

Registration: Required
Wearable Art at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Learn an easy and fun method to create a "tie-dyed" tee shirt without tying or dying. Design a personalized colorful tee using Sharpie markers and simple household supplies to create a tie-dyed look. Fee of $5 covers all materials including a white tee shirt. Feel free to bring a favorite shirt of your own if you prefer. Program is appropriate for ages 6 through adult. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Meet the Animals
Saturday, March 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet face-to-face with some amazing animals that live on Long Island. Learn who may be living in your own backyard!

Ideal for children ages 5 & up / Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 29, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Then you'll create your own unique wind catcher to take home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 29, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Then you'll create your own unique wind catcher to take home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Spring Break Mini-Camp - Heat & Light
Monday, March 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
How did people work or read without electricity? How did they keep warm during the cold winter without heaters? Children will answer these questions as they explore John Jay's bedroom, office and dining room; then make hand-dipped candles to take home. 

$20 per session ($15 for Friends of John Jay Homestead)
 
This is a drop-off program for children ages 5-10. Children can also attend the program taking place from 1pm-3pm (Birds of a Feather) if they wish. Those attending both sessions should bring a bagged lunch. Staff will supervise and lead informal activities during the hour between the sessions. 

Advance registration and payment required. Call (914) 232-5651 ext. 101. 
Registration: Required
Spring Break Mini-Camp: Birds of a Feather
Monday, March 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

Calling all birdwatchers! Explore the Homestead grounds, learn about the various species of wild birds that inhabit the property and make a project to help the birds in your backyard.

$20 per session ($15 for Friends of John Jay Homestead)

This is a drop-off program for children ages 5-10. Children can also attend the program taking place that morning from 10am-12pm (Heat & Light) if they wish. Those attending both sessions should bring a bagged lunch. Staff will supervise and lead informal activities during the hour between the sessions.

Advance registration and payment required. Call (914) 232-5651 ext. 101.

Registration: Required
Paper-Light Sculpture Workshop: Art Making with Draga Susanj
Friday, April 3, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

This class will explore making shapes and objects from willow branches and transparent Mulberry Paper. A Catskill-based artist will lead participants to consider multiples, placement, and light as elements of composition. We will practice making smaller structures and a paper covering technique before constructing our piece that we will take home. Students are encouraged to think of a specific place for their work (will it hang in the window, on the wall, or mobile style). Ms. Susanj encourages participants to bring a drawing or a photo of patterns or designs that attendees collect as it may be used as a point of departure (we will provide some for Olana as well). Frederic Church loved colored and painted glass, as well as filigreed metal, and while this workshop uses simple and safe paper and wood, it is designed to explore and create objects that play with light and patterns as art & home decor.

This program is a perfect school break activity, and assists parents who want a holiday or have work demands!

Pre-registration is required by the preceding Thursday. Call 518-828-1872 x109 / Ages 6-16 / $45 per person (limited to 25) / Bag lunch required

Registration: Required
Week One Panorama: Elements of Art
Monday, July 6, 2015 until Friday, July 10, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church's art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Work with one of the artists featured in Olana's En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

Registration: Required
Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers
Monday, July 13, 2015 until Friday, July 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration with the Taconic Outdoor Education Center to bring you this camp for aspiring scientists and explorers. Frederic E. Church loved natural history, nature, and ecology. This camp will be led by seasoned environmental educators who have a number of fun-filled experiments, play and expeditions planned inside Olana's 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

Registration: Required
Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

Registration: Required
Week Four Panorama: The Mysterious Benedict Society Visits Olana Wagon House
Monday, July 27, 2015 until Friday, July 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Panorama rifts off Trenton Lee Stewart's children's novel series The Mysterious Benedict Society. This book series celebrates youth who develop their special skills and encourages teamwork, traveling, as well as a perplexing puzzles and curious conundrums. Each youth will each receive a Kate inspired red bucket, will work in terms to translate Morse Code, solve riddles, train falcons, meet Mr. Benedict, and learn memory and climbing tips; teams of 4 will compete each day for the bag of diamonds. Not required to read the book series, but some exposure to the story line will be helpful. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child; AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

Registration: Required
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