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Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, May 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Register at 12pm by the Beach Nature Center at Long Pond. Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality! Prizes for everyone!

Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, May 29, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities and a walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Revolutionary Era Blacksmithing
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 446-2134

Join Fort Montgomery staff and partners for a day-long presentation of 18th century blacksmithing. Watch master blacksmiths hand forge nails, hooks, and more. Learn how blacksmithing played a critical role in the American Revolutionary War effort right here at Fort Montgomery!

This event is the kick off of Fort Montgomery's Early American Artisan Series, which will showcase a different early American skill or trade each month.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Peter Cutul at peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov.

Family Adventure: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Nature hides things in plain sight every day. Using your 5 senses and a keen eye, you will find the items on the list to complete your scavenger hunt.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Pollination Palooza Program
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Expand your knowledge of native pollinators with this fun, family friendly, educational program at Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park.

On Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. we will discuss the various animals that help pollinate our world with a special focus on bees. Learn how honeybees communicate to one another through a fun dance and how many native bee species live in New York. In the end, you will bring home a mason bee hotel and the knowledge to help out your local pollinators. All activities are geared to engage children as well as adults.

There is limited space available for the program and advance registration is required. Register by contacting Emma Congalton: 845-786-2701 x293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov.

Geocaching Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about the modern day treasure hunt of geocaching at Max V. Shaul State Park. Meet at the park pavilion at 11 am for a background on geocaching before we grab a GPS and take to the trails in search of some caches. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Please contact (518) 827-8690 for event details. Workshop is free to the public.

Family Adventure: Night of the Frogs
Saturday, May 30, 2015 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

You are in for an intriguing night hike in our preserve! We will start off with a presentation about frogs and then venture into the preserve to enjoy the sounds of the various frogs that call Connetquot home.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts with hands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on down to Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ou robservation pools.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts with hands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on down to Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ou robservation pools.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Harmony
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

The same way music needs rhythm, tempo, and beats, nature needs producers, consumers, and decomposers to sync in"harmony"! Join us in a fun filled adventure to discover how everything around us is connected.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walks-Full Moon Beaver Walk
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

 Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a lessfamiliar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended.

Parade Ground Parking Lot. Brush, water and muddy spots. Will car pool.

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Flower Power
Thursday, June 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Flower Power
Thursday, June 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Micro-Forest
Thursday, June 4, 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
Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, June 5, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities and a walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 646-3634

Celebrate National Trails Day in historic Sackets Harbor. The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site's History Trail and the Village's War of 1812 Bicentennial Trail create a six-mile circle around and through this nationally significant community.

Start your visit at the west end of Main Street at the historic site where you can watch War of 1812 re-enactors in their living history camp from 9am to 3pm. March and drill with the soldiers, see the cooks prepare the mid-day meal. Follow the history trail to read ten interpretive panels which tell the story of this unique battleground. Along the trail you will encounter "A Brush With History" plein air painting with the Arts Association of Northern New York artists. Enjoy their all day program including demonstrations from 9am to noon and a workshop from 1-4pm. Find them at the picnic pavilion by the trail off Hill St. Trail maintenance is another part of the day.

Join community volunteers on the Village's trail portion between Ambrose Street and Smithville Road by the school. Meet on Ambrose Street. Bring rakes, shovels, gloves, water, and wear appropriate clothes for trail maintenance. Discover the whole 6-mile trail as it winds through cultivated fields, woods, village streets, cemeteries, and a former Army post. Be amazed at the spectacular lake vista!

Outdoor Girls Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 232

Allegany State Park presents the opportunity for girls in grades 6-12 to experience and enjoy nature and science in a fun and interesting way with Outdoor Girls' Day on June 6, 2015.

The day will include banding songbirds, learning how to draw them, and looking for creek creatures and things that can be eaten in the woods. These hands-on nature programs will be presented by women in the natural science fields, such as Sharon Dehn from the Zaefel Nature Sanctuary; Jennifer Miller, Wildlife Artist; Jennifer Schilck with Jamestown Audubon; Dr. Mary Puterbaugh Mulcahy from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and Adele Wellman, Katie Vecellio, and Heidi Tschopp from Allegany State Park.

 Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:15am Registration at Camp Allegany

9:15-9:25am Welcome

 9:30-11:40am Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 1-3

11:45-12:15pm Panel Discussion and Questions

 12:15-12:45pm LUNCH – Bring your own lunch and drink

12:50-3:00pm Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 4-6

3:30pm Closing Remarks

3:30-4:00pm Meet and Mingle with the Pros

Teachers and parents are welcome to attend. The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Registration: Required
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:00 AM
Glimmerglass State Park
Phone: (607) 547-8662

9am - Beaver Pond Trail Maintenance and Sensory Trail Development -- Help repair the .5 mile accessible portion of the Beaver Pond Trail with the Lions Club of Cooperstown & Friends of Glimmerglass with the assistance of Tom Hughes, NYSP Natural Resource Steward Biologist, and staff.

12pm - Volunteer Lunch

Pre-registration required: http://www.americanhiking.org/ntd-events/
For additional information, please visit friendsofglimmerglass.com or call 607-547-8662

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us for a kid friendly introduction to dragonflies and damselflies indoors, followed by a hike in search of these beautiful and delicate insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Butterfly Garden Workshop
Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

For $5/person (ages 9+), individuals will join an informational session on milkweed butterflies, followed by the opportunity to plant three native mature plant species that serve as nectar, larval host and shelter plants into Ganondagan's Naturalized Butterfly Garden. All plant species chosen for the garden also have cultural value to the Seneca people. Participants will be sent home with a "Beautiful Butterfly Garden Kit" with seedlings of each plant to cultivate in their own gardens.

To register, email GSHSConservation@gmail.com. Space is limited to 12 spots, so early registration is encouraged.

Registration: Required
Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour
Saturday, June 6, 2015 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Follow the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you. Walk with a guide and learn the details of the battle.

Not suitable for younger children. Bring bug spray and flashlight.

By advance reservation only:

Fee: $5.00 adults/$4.00 children (must be 10 years and over) and seniors

Registration: Required
YAK: Your Adventure Kit
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1005

Bring your family and Explore the park together using the excitingactivities in Your Adventure Kit!

So take an adventure at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Rental is $10.00. (A refundable deposit is required.)

Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

 

Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

 

Campfire Cooking
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn how to make some tasty treats over the campfire at the Green Lakes State Park Nature Center on Sunday June 7th. Registration is required. Supplies are limited. Choose the 11am or 2pm session.

Register at Honesty.Rohrer@parks.ny.gov or by calling 315-637-6111. This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be hands-on-activities and games as well as many specimens to observe. Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be hands-on-activities and games as well as many specimens to observe. Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Colorful Scavenger Hunt
Monday, June 8, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

 Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

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
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Greenway Hike- York Landing North
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Park at the York Landing Parking Area off York Landing road in the Town of York. Meet at the Information Kiosk.

This two-year hike series will include all fourteen hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. This program was es- tablished to get people outdoors and active and was launched on I Love My Park Day in 2014. The hikes vary in distance and cov- er sections in the northern, mid- dle and southern portions of the Greenway.

For each hike there is a trail marker where a crayon or pencil can be used to create a rubbing. Participants may submit six rub- bings for Wegmans coupons or ten rubbings for a chance to win a New York State Empire Pass- port. The Empire Passport pro- vides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most of New York's State parks and recreational facilities. Wegmans Passport booklets are available at Wegmans locations near the Greenway, the Letch- worth State Park Visitor Center and the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway office in Mt. Morris.

The interpretive hike series will include the history of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and incorporate history of the town in which the hike is located. In addition, the hike leader will point out interesting natural and historic features along the way.

How to Geocache!
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Geocaching is a treasure hunt using a GPS or Smart phone GPS app. Capital Region parks and historic sites have over 50 new caches hidden throughout the region each season for you to discover with your family! Come learn how to do it & then get out and explore parks! Pre-register: 279-1155

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survival techniques. We will take an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smith to catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survival techniques. We will take an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smith to catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Is Herkimer Home Haunted?
Saturday, June 13, 2015 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 823-0398

We invite you to join Central New York Ghost Hunters, Herkimer Home Staff and volunteers for this exclusive 2 hour paranormal investigation of this famous historic site. Central New York Ghost Hunters focus on educating the public on paranormal activity, communication, and debunking. Participants will use a variety of ghost-detecting equipment such as EMF detectors, infrared thermometers, audio recorders and more. Herkimer Home staff will share the site's history as they guide you to each investigation location on the hallowed ground. Based on the groups' finding, you can determine whether the site is haunted!

The program will conclude with light refreshments in the Visitor Center exhibit area. Gifts and Ghost Hunter shirts will be available for purchase.

- Groups leave every 30 min. - First group at 6pm and last group at 10pm - Group size is limited Cost: $15 per person (All proceeds go to Herkimer Home)

 Ages: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Family-friendly tours leave at 6, 6:30, and 7pm

 

Registration: Required
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Registration: Required
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Registration: Required
Bugging Out
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Learn how to compost outdoors and indoors and meet the critters who recycle our food waste into "black gold" for our gardens and greenspaces! Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-From Big to Small
Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-From Big to Small
Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Children's Play Day-18th Century Dancing
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

Get a sneak peak of Clermont's beloved Junior History Club activities at this FREE preview! Learn the basics of 18th century social dancing with your child. Some children's costumes available. Recommended for children 6-12.

Celebrate Nature at the Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-2100

Live Animals! Pony Rides! Fun Games! Arts & Crafts! Music! Earth Friendly!

Free Admission! (There is an $8.00 Vehicle Use Fee)

Playing in the Past
Saturday, June 20, 2015 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 823-0398

Ever roll a hoop with a stick or toss a quoit? Recreations and amusements of the 18th century will be the focus of interpretive programs at Herkimer Home State Historic Site on Saturday, June 20 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Visitors can try a variety of games and activities used by the Mohawk Valley children not only to pass the time but to develop important skills. Families depended on children to help with everyday chores. When they had time to play they usually used simple toys and handmade equipment for games that have been popular for hundreds or even thousands of years.

Children everywhere, both past and present, have favorite games. Historical interpreters will discuss how America's colonists played games of draughts (checkers), cards, and wooded dice to amuse themselves. Visitors can play games such as ninepins, a bowling game, bat and trap and spin whirligigs and take a wagon ride through the site.

Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned fun! A bake sale with desserts made from 18th century recipes will be offered as a fundraiser to support our children's programs. This Path Through History event is free and open to the public.

Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Father’s Day Compass Reading
Sunday, June 21, 2015 12:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn the basics of compass reading at the Green Lakes State Park Tulip Hill Shelter. Registration is required. Register at Honesty.Rohrer@parks.ny.gov or by calling 315-637-6111. Supplies are limited.

Participants will use their new skills on a scavenger hunt to earn a prize and also are invited to a pizza party after the scavenger hunt. This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Children’s Day
Sunday, June 21, 2015 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-1765

Part of New York's Path Through History weekends, a fun-filled day of family entertainment on Father's Day with the Two by Two petting zoo, magician Mr. Bayly and a host of 18th century games.

Indoor Ed-Ventures-Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory are specially noted.

Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 5th.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

 

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walks-Summer's Eve by the River
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Lower Falls Restaurant Parking Lot

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Fun for Kids: Seashore Explorers
Friday, June 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Celebrate summer! Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the sound. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

 

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Underwater Wonders
Saturday, June 27, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover what's living in a pond! You will be amazed how active it is. Wear old shoes– it gets muddy!

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Moon Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Take advantage of the fresh evening air with a pleasant walk along the moonlit trails of the preserve. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy a delightful summer night.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Pony Rides
Sunday, June 28, 2015 12:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Enjoy an educational presentation about horses and ponies at the Green Lakes State Park Nature Center. Registration is required. Register at Honesty.Rohrer@parks.ny.gov or by calling 315-637-6111. Availability is limited.

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Family Fun: X Marks The Spot
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lost family treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasure hunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues and usea compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: X Marks The Spot
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lost family treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasure hunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues and usea compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Exploring Life in the River
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

We will use a seine net to discover the animals living in the shallow waters of the Nissequogue River. We may catch minnows or even shrimp! Bring sunscreen, a towel, and shoes appropriate forwater and mud.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

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
Let the Sunshine In!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Learn about how solar is providing clean energy to the park, charge your phones on our solar charger, and learn about solar projects in your neighborhood! Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Fur Trade Discovery Day
Sunday, July 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Come learn about the trade that brought the first Dutch settlers here and remained a central component of New Netherland. 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.

Skull & Bones
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children will become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals.

$2/child. Reservations required.
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
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Commemorate the 236th Anniversary of the Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Celebrate with reenactors from a variety of American, British and Loyalist units. Meet soldiers and officers and learn their role in the engagement at Stony Point. Military drills, musket, rifle and artillery demonstrations take place all day. Visit the 18th century camps and experience life in the military for soldiers, women and their families.

Demonstrations, guided tours and hands-on participation activites throughout the day including spinning and dyeing wool, cooking, gardening, coopering, colonial games and wooden musket drills for children.

Benjamin Franklin's personal history and demonstrations of the scientific experiments and inventions of this inventive mind by Mike Kochan.

Fee: $3.00 adults/$2.00 seniors and children age 5-18/ under age 5 free.

This event is co-sponsored by Palisades Interstate Parks Commission and Friends of the Stony Point Battlefield & Lighthouse.

Skull & Bones
Sunday, July 19, 2015 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children will become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals.

$2/child. Reservations required.
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
Summer Sampler Kids Day Camp
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Kids age 7-12 are invited to Crailo to learn about the history of the Hudson Valley through hands-on games, crafts and special activities. Each day offers a different theme. Registration required

$5 per day per child/ $3 for Members of the Friends of Fort Crailo

Registration: Required
DIY Rainwater Harvesting
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Come learn the latest in water conservation and how to build your own rainwater collection system for your yard, community garden, or other local greenspaces. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

How clean is your green?
Saturday, July 25, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

See how to test your local soil and water for nutrients and pollutants, while learning about how you can help clean our green spaces! Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Schoolhouse Summer Day Camp
Monday, July 27, 2015 until Friday, July 31, 2015
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200 ext 100

Embark on a new adventure every day at Portals to the Past! The Friends of Lorenzo invite inquisitive boys and girls (ages 8-12) to step back in time for the eleventh season of the popular Rippleton School House Summer Camp. The schoolhouse, mansion and beautiful grounds of Lorenzo will be our portals to the past, as we study life in the 19th century and explore worlds of science, art and nature.

9am-4pm each day. Camp is coordinated by Pat Hill. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For fees and more information, visit www.lorenzoNY.org or call Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100

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
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Water Explorations
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Investigate water quality, take quizzes about local bird and fish, and create a large-scale chalk mural of underwater critters! Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour
Saturday, August 8, 2015 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Follow the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you. Walk with a guide and learn the details of the battle.

Not suitable for younger children. Bring bug spray and flashlight.

By advance reservation only:Fee: $5.00 adults/$4.00 children (must be 10 years and over) and seniors

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Back to the Future...of Water
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

What could our waterways look like in future? What ideas do you have for our waterfront and learn innovative ideas that are transforming the way we interact with water. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

 

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

Colonial Medicine Discovery Day
Sunday, August 23, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Colonial Medicine Discovery Day will demonstrate some of the tools and plants used during the colonial period to treat the sick and injured. Colonial medicine is important to the site as the grounds surrounding Crailo were used as a military hospital during the French and Indian War. 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.

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures.

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

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

 

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
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
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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
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.

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
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
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