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Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

The Art & Practice of Seed Saving Series - Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Vegetables
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Be a part of a community seed system! In three short classes, learn everything you need to know to harvest seeds from your favorite plants. Class discussion focuses on vegetable seeds, but is appropriate for those who want to collect seeds from ornamental and native plants as well. Gardening starts with seeds. Why not collect and save your own? Sign up for one or all three classes. $30 per class or $75 for the series. Today, we focus on
Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Vegetables.
Registration: Required
Herbarium Class - Collecting and Preserving Plants
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Flora lovers unite! The Council of Park Friends plant and garden expert Debbie will lead a 2 part class on how to create your own preserved plant collection. This class will focus on the methods used when collecting herbaceous plants for an herbarium but participants will also be able to use their plants for art or other display purposes. The first class (August 8th) will be out in the field where you will learn how to collect plants, document them, and either bring them home for pressing or press them in the field. This 2nd class will be inside, where you will mount the dried plants, prepare labels, and discuss storage and organization. There will be a single fee of $5 for the 2 classes and supplies will be included.

*There is a $4 per car entry fee to the park on weekends.

Space is limited; please email Jessica at jpaterac@syr.edu to reserve your spot in advance.

We will supply herbarium sheets, labels and glue. Participants should bring their own notebook for field notes and should bring a pencil (not pen).

The Council of Park Friends is a non-profit organization and these programs are made possible by donations.

Registration: Required
The Heirloom Tomato: Growing and Saving Tomato Seeds
Saturday, August 29, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Not only are heirloom tomatoes a prized garden crops, the seeds inside may be collected when the fruit is harvested for eating. Gardeners can easily save and share seeds—
and grow their favorite tomatoes—year after year. Sample the instructor’s favorite tomatoes, and leave with some heirloom seeds to grow next year. $25.
Kite Crafting
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us as we craft kites to sail in the winds blowing through the preserve.
Kite Crafting
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us as we craft kites to sail in the winds blowing through the preserve.
Schuyler's Spies: A Taste of 18th Century Intelligence
Saturday, August 29, 2015 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 434-0834

How good are you at 18th century military intelligence and counter-intelligence? Take this opportunity to learn about and then test your skills when guest presenter Stephen Woods leads a war game scenario designed to apply historic intelligence analysis - including cryptology, enemy force determination methods, and other techniques - on a fictionalized 1777 campaign. Following a short lesson in the techniques of historic Intelligence Analysis work, the game shall begin! Up to 5 teams of 4 people may be accommodated. Registration is required by August 24th. Ages 13 and older

Registration: Required
Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

The Utica Zoo at Green Lakes State Park
Sunday, August 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

The Utica Zoo comes to Green Lakes on Sunday, August 30th.

Join us in the Community Room at 1pm for an educational presentation with live animals on site!

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Bird Watching
Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Break out the binoculars to observe our avian friends before they head south for the colder months.

Open to ages 8-11.

Bird Watching
Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Break out the binoculars to observe our avian friends before they head south for the colder months.

Open to ages 8-11.

Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Garden Smarter - Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
Thursday, September 3, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 3 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Campfire Cooking
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn how to make some tasty treats over the campfire at the Green Lakes State Park Lakeview Picnic Area on Sunday, September 6th.

 Registration is required. Register at Honesty.Rohrer@parks.ny.gov  or by calling 315-637-6111. Supplies are limited.

Choose the 11am or 2pm session.

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Tie-Dye
Monday, September 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Bring a t-shirt, pillow case, or bandana to tie-dye at the Green Lakes State Park Tulip Hill Shelter on Monday, September 7th.

Visit the Tulip Hill Shelter anytime between 10am and 3pm with a cotton article to dye!

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.

Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 7, 2015 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Register at Beach Nature Center at Long Pond. Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality. Prizes for everyone!
Oysters 101
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Learn about the oysters busy cleaning our waterways and help us monitor our very own oyster cages at East River State Park. Co-hosted by the Billion Oyster Project. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Planet Palooza
Wednesday, September 9, 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.

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Organic Pest & Disease Management
Thursday, September 10, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 4 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Organic Pest & Disease Management. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A free, walk-in program for families with children ages 3-10 which takes place during Farm Market. This Saturday, come and learn all about our heritage breed chickens. One of our “chicken experts” will take you into the coop where you will help care for our chickens.
Harvest Faire
Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers seventeenth and eighteenth century music, historical reenactors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities. Harvest Faire is part of the Hudson River Ramble.

Free to attend, nominal fee charged for museum entry

"100 Years of Change in the Kitchen"
Monday, September 14, 2015 12:30 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200 ext 106

Lynne Belluscio, executive director of LeRoy Historical Society and former special events coordinator at Genesee Country Museum, will draw upon her three decades of experience in the research and documentation of traditional American cooking methods for her presentation at Lorenzo's September docent meeting.

This free program will be open to the public and take place in the Community Room at the Cazenovia Public Library. For more information, please visit www.lorenzoNY.org or contact Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Hudson Valley Apple Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

Join Clermont in the town of Germantown for this old-fashioned family festival. Clermont will be teaching historic love-charms using apples. See the http://www.hudsonvalleyapplefestival.com/ for a full list of activities.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Sam's Point Volunteer Trail Work Day
Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Come to the Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers in this stewardship project. Join Park Preserve staff and volunteer trail crew leaders to help improve a section of the Verkeederkill Falls Footpath. Volunteers will transport materials to be used in building a bog bridge, use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and tree roots, clear woodland debris, and, if time allows, build a bog bridge over a wet area. This event is also a great way for students in public school to accrue necessary community service hours for completion of their requirements. This program is recommended for adults and teenagers, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools including loppers, bow saws and clipping shears. The parking fee will be waived for participants volunteering for this program.

Pre-registration is required by Saturday, September 19th by calling Sam's Point Preserve directly by 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Remake Our Waterfront
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Join us for this DIY bike repair workshop and short tour of North Brooklyn waterfront parks. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: To Be a Tree
Wednesday, September 23, 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.

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am or 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
The Bricks of our Foundation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Celebrate the history of Clay Pit Ponds by making your own brick to take home.
The Bricks of our Foundation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Celebrate the history of Clay Pit Ponds by making your own brick to take home.
Climate Sheros Exhibit
Saturday, September 26, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Join us for the opening of our "Climate Sheros" Exhibit and explore the many ways you can address climate change in NYC through movement, hands-on learning, and direct action. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

 

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Nature Fest
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This nature filled day is free for the whole family. There will be a lot of fun crafts and activities for the kids as well as educational booths to impress the whole family. All donations collected will go to The Friends of Moreau Lake. The Friends of Moreau support the nature center, educational classes as well as offering crafts and special events for the park.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Nature Fest
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This nature filled day is free for the whole family. There will be a lot of fun crafts and activities for the kids as well as educational booths to impress the whole family. All donations collected will go to The Friends of Moreau Lake. The Friends of Moreau support the nature center, educational classes as well as offering crafts and special events for the park.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Teacher Development: Project Learning Tree
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on forests and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 3 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov  

Registration: Required
Teacher Development: Project Learning Tree
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on forests and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 3 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov  

Registration: Required
Kites Over The Hudson
Saturday, September 26, 2015 02:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195
Come fly a kite and add some color to the majestic Hudson River's breathtaking view. The first 150 children under the age of 15 will receive a free kite, and prizes will be awarded in various kite-related categories. Museum admission and admission to the headquarters used by General and Mrs. Washington during the last days of the Revolutionary War is free, thanks to the support of Central Hudson and the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Herbarium Art
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

Herbarium Art
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

Homeschoolers Program: Apples
Thursday, October 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
The Art & Practice of Seed Saving Series - Thresh & Winnow: Harvesting, Cleaning and Storing Seeds
Saturday, October 3, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Be a part of a community seed system! In three short classes, learn everything you need to know to harvest seeds from your favorite plants. Class discussion focuses on vegetable seeds, but is appropriate for those who want to collect seeds from ornamental and native plants as well. Gardening starts with seeds. Why not collect and save your own? Sign up for one or all three classes. $30 per class or $75 for the series. Today, we focus on Thresh and Winnow: Harvesting, Cleaning and Storing Seeds.
Registration: Required
18th Century Autumn Festival
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Senate House State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 338-2786
Learn how to press apple cider, barrel smoke meat, dip candles and cook like our forebears during the "Burning of Kingston" event. Kids can make their own dried apple wreaths and authentic corn husk dolls as re-enactors demonstrate 18th Century camp life and music.
2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A free, walk-in program for families with children ages 3-10 which takes place during Farm Market. This Saturday, join us at the farm market and celebrate autumn by making a pumpkin craft. 
2015 Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Phone: (516) 766-1029

Family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event also includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations, and outdoor exhibits by local fishing clubs. Fishing equipment is not necessary. Loaner rods are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will also enjoy pony rides, face painting, and a magic show.

Fee: Free. $8 Vehicle use fee

Food Preservation Discovery Day
Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Food Preservation Discovery Day will show how the Dutch settlers of New Netherland prepared food for the long winters when nothing would grow. During these events the museum itself will be open for self-guided tours.

Admission for Discovery Day is $3, children 12 and under are free.

Block Printing
Saturday, October 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 856-3858

Explore the art and history of Japanese block printing, an art form appreciated and collected by Frank Lloyd Wright. Participants will experiment with different methods of producing prints. Materials will be provided and no experience is necessary. A special tour is included in the price.

$55 | $50 for Martin House Members

2015 Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Saturday, October 24, 2015 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
Phone: (631) 667-5055

Family-oriented Halloween event that includes balloon twisting, a children's spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny fotos. The first 50 carved pumpkins received will be placed on flotation devices and lit with candles and then sailed, from the back of kayaks, around Belmont Lake at dusk.

Homeschoolers Program: Trees and Papermaking
Thursday, November 5, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Artisanal Wreath Class
Saturday, November 28, 2015 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 856-3858

Learn how to design your own artisenal wreath handcrafted from flowers, herbs, and other all-natural materials. Build your own designer wreath to take and enjoy at home. All materials are provided; bring your favorite pair of clippers if you wish.

$50 | $45 for Martin House Members

Homeschoolers Program: Lenape Indians
Thursday, December 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Monday, December 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about various architectural styles represented at the Homestead and in your community, and build a gingerbread house.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Winter Wonder
Monday, December 28, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about what winter was like for the Jay family at the farm. Kids will make snowfall jars to take home.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Hats Off!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Did you know that most old houses did not have closets or bathrooms? Kids will tour the bedrooms then make their own mini-storage trunk.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: What's Cooking?
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, experience what it was like to cook in a kitchen 200 years ago and cook an historic recipe. 
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Heat & Light
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn how people 200 years ago functioned without heat and electricity, then make your own hand-dipped candles.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Top Secret!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about John Jay's spies, then try your hand at using invisible ink and decoding secret messages!
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Here, There and Everywhere!
Thursday, December 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about how people traveled 200 years ago, then make your own travel journal.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: A Jay Holiday
Thursday, December 31, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, tour the period rooms, learn about the Jay family's holiday traditions, then make your own decoration.
Registration: Required
Downton Abbey Tour & Tea
Sunday, January 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Enjoy a Downton Abbey themed tour of the mansion and learn about the similarities between the Mills family and the Crawley family. The tour will end in the formal dining room to enjoy tea & refreshments. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea from Harney & Sons. Reservations required; program fills up fast. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Downton Abbey Tour & Tea
Sunday, January 31, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Enjoy a Downton Abbey themed tour of the mansion and learn about the similarities between the Mills family and the Crawley family. The tour will end in the formal dining room to enjoy tea & refreshments. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea from Harney & Sons. Reservations required; program fills up fast. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
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
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Having a Ball
Sunday, February 28, 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 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
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Gilded Age Fashion
Sunday, March 13, 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 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
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
Sunday, April 10, 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 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
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