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Beary Merry Holiday Party
Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Join the staff and volunteers at Trailside Museums & Zoo for their annual holiday party for the Bears!

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 on Saturday, December 20th to create some tasty snacks for the bears. Then stay to watch them "open" their presents! Zookeepers and educators will be on hand to talk to you about the bears and enrichment programs at the Zoo!

For more information, please call (845) 786-2701, ext. 293.

Treasure Hunt!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Use a treasure map to discover clues and search for signs of critters along this 1 mile explore. If we succeed in finding all our clues, a treasure awaits!

$2/person or $5/family. Recommended for 5-10 year olds, but younger siblings are welcome to tag along for the adventure.

Held at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton. Please pre-register: 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Monday, December 29, 2014 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

The Hug a Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle.

This program costs $5 per student. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Tasty Treats for Winter Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Lots of birds stick around for the long, cold winter and survive on seeds and berries. Bring a plastic net bag (the kind onions come in) to make a unique bird feeder to take home and hang in your yard. We will go outside and find native berries birds love to use in our muffin mix! While they bake, we will use binoculars and field guides to view and study the birds at our feeders. Take home a feeder and a list of shrubs that will feed the birds in your backyard. Free program, is open to adults and children.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Tasty Treats for Winter Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Lots of birds stick around for the long, cold winter and survive on seeds and berries. Bring a plastic net bag (the kind onions come in) to make a unique bird feeder to take home and hang in your yard. We will go outside and find native berries birds love to use in our muffin mix! While they bake, we will use binoculars and field guides to view and study the birds at our feeders. Take home a feeder and a list of shrubs that will feed the birds in your backyard. Free program, is open to adults and children.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Join us for a winter story and help us search for signs of winter. This program is recommended for children under the age of 5. Registration is required.

Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Kids Outdoor Cooking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park educator will teach the kids about some delicious treats we can make over the open fire. Along with cooking some treats, we will learn a bit about safety when around an outdoor fire pit. $3 per child to cover food costs. All ages are welcome. Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear adequate clothing and footwear. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice.

Registration: Required
Kids Outdoor Cooking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park educator will teach the kids about some delicious treats we can make over the open fire. Along with cooking some treats, we will learn a bit about safety when around an outdoor fire pit. $3 per child to cover food costs. All ages are welcome. Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear adequate clothing and footwear. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice.

Registration: Required
Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids: Make a Mouse House
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. Children enjoy searching for mouse houses in the historic rooms while on tour in the holiday season. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 can tour the house briefly to see the mouse houses on display, and then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required, so please call to make a reservation and inquire about admission fee.
Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Hike and Seek
Saturday, January 10, 2015 01:00 PM
Camp Hero State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Try to find all the items listed while hiking through the park!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 668-5000.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Valentine's Day Candle Lantern Walk
Saturday, February 14, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Bring your friends, your significant other, or just yourself out for a fun-filled night. Sip some hot chocolate while making your own lantern, then go and discover the night through folklore and star gazing.

For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
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