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Spider's Fishing Programs: Basic Fishing
Saturday, October 4, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

Join Spider on the Nature Center docks as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. He brings a limited number of poles, tackle and worms. If you can bring your own it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program, but donations to the Friends of the Nature Center are welcome.

Registration: Required
Spider's Fishing Programs: Basic Fishing
Saturday, October 4, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2479

Join Spider on the Nature Center docks as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. He brings a limited number of poles, tackle and worms. If you can bring your own it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program, but donations to the Friends of the Nature Center are welcome.

Registration: Required
Spider's Fishing Programs: Basics of Fly Fishing
Saturday, October 4, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (215) 482-2479

Join Spider on the Nature Center docks as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. He brings a limited number of poles, tackle and worms. If you can bring your own it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program, but donations to the Friends of the Nature Center are welcome.

Registration: Required
Spider's Fishing Programs: Basics of Fly Fishing
Saturday, October 4, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (215) 482-2479

Join Spider on the Nature Center docks as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. He brings a limited number of poles, tackle and worms. If you can bring your own it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program, but donations to the Friends of the Nature Center are welcome.

Registration: Required
Go Batty Over Bats at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 5, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to think bat! Debunk common misconceptions and learn some amazing facts. Try navigating like a bat in an echolocation activity and make a bat mask to take home. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Go Batty Over Bats at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 5, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to think bat! Debunk common misconceptions and learn some amazing facts. Try navigating like a bat in an echolocation activity and make a bat mask to take home. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, October 6, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Ever play disc golf? Want to learn more about this amazingly fun sport? Then join park staff on Mondays at 4:30 PM next to the Mine Kill pool complex for a free "learn to play" clinic. Players will get a chance to throw drivers, putters and learn about the mechanics and rules of the game. Then at 5:30, partner up with seasoned veterans for a chance to play Doubles. Doubles is great way to watch experienced players and have fun while learning more about the sport. For details regarding the disc golf clinics and the Mine Kill DGC Doubles League, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

*Registration is NOT required for either event. Discs are available to rent/purchase at the park for $10 each.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Along Came A Spider
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Migration Sensation
Thursday, October 9, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Migration Sensation
Thursday, October 9, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
Friday, October 10, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us for a science experiment where we will discover why leaves change colors in the fall. We will also be creating a fall themed craft. This program is recommended for ages 10 and under. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000, ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Adult Night Walk
Friday, October 10, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Escape the bustling world with a hike through the park's beautiful woodlands. Discover creatures of the night and see how your senses match up through a series of fun activities.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
A Taste of History
Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of our natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000, ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Leafy Creations
Sunday, October 12, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover why leaves change their colors this time of the year while enjoying a short nature walk. A leafy craft will follow.

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: Leafy Creations
Sunday, October 12, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover why leaves change their colors this time of the year while enjoying a short nature walk. A leafy craft will follow.

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: Nature Quest
Sunday, October 12, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join in on the fun adventure. Your family will follow the map to find items on our nature hunt list. You and your family will follow a trail at your own pace. A naturalist will be available to help and point you in the right direction if needed. Are you up for the challenge?

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

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
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, October 13, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Ever play disc golf? Want to learn more about this amazingly fun sport? Then join park staff on Mondays at 4:30 PM next to the Mine Kill pool complex for a free "learn to play" clinic. Players will get a chance to throw drivers, putters and learn about the mechanics and rules of the game. Then at 5:30, partner up with seasoned veterans for a chance to play Doubles. Doubles is great way to watch experienced players and have fun while learning more about the sport. For details regarding the disc golf clinics and the Mine Kill DGC Doubles League, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

*Registration is NOT required for either event. Discs are available to rent/purchase at the park for $10 each.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Seasons
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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: Seasons
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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
Migration Mayhem
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us as we learn about the fall habits of animals and how many migrate to new places for the winter. All ages welcome. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Nature Storytime and Fall Craft
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
Join us for some nature-themed stories and make a fall craft with natural items. All participants will receive a prize. This program is appropriate for ages 1-12. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Batty for Bats
Friday, October 17, 2014 07:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Discover why bats are so important and build a bat box with us. All ages welcome. Fee is $5 per box. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000, ext. 150 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Hike the Long Path through Mine Kill
Saturday, October 18, 2014 09:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Please join members of the Long Path North Hiking Club and park staff to dedicate the Long Path through Mine Kill State Park as a National Recreation Trail on 10/18. Hikers will get a chance to install official NRT signs as well as conduct basic trail maintenance during the course of the day. Bring appropriate hiking attire and footwear, water and lunch/snacks for the hike which will begin at the Mine Kill Falls parking area off Route 30.

*Registration is recommended for this event by calling the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Fall Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 18, 2014 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 829-7516

A great way to wind down the season and get ready for the Birthday Bash! The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site crew will be joined by volunteers to clean up areas of the site. GE and the Boys Scouts have partnered up already, but we would love to have additional help! A great way to contribute to the enjoyment of this wonderful historic site!

Clean up of the prism area as well as trails and grounds will be conducted! Contact Janice for more information: (518) 829-7516

 

2014 Fall Freshwater Fishing and Children's Festival
Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Phone: (516) 766-1029

Prior to the event, McDonald Pond and South Pond will be stocked with hundreds of rainbow and brown trout. The high concentration of stocked trout should provide a great opportunity to introduce your family to the wonderful sport of freshwater fishing. The fishing license requirement for all anglers over the age of 16 is suspended for this festival. Loaner rods and free bait will be provided to all participants by I FISH NY and the NYS Office of Parks.

In addition to fishing opportunities, there will be a magic show, face painting, a casting for pumpkins contest, pony rides, prizes, raffles and much more. There is no rain date for this event.

For additional information, please call (631) 321-3515 weedays from 9am-5pm, Hempstead Lake State Park at (516) 766-1029, or I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Harvest Wreath
Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Autumn is here! Come create a Fall inspired wreath with materials that the Nature Center staff has gathered for you. (One wreath per family)

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Harvest Wreath
Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Autumn is here! Come create a Fall inspired wreath with materials that the Nature Center staff has gathered for you. (One wreath per family)

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Natural Social Network
Sunday, October 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Buzz, buzz! You're not the only social bee out there. Explore different social insects and the creative ways that they communicate.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

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
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, October 20, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Ever play disc golf? Want to learn more about this amazingly fun sport? Then join park staff on Mondays at 4:30 PM next to the Mine Kill pool complex for a free "learn to play" clinic. Players will get a chance to throw drivers, putters and learn about the mechanics and rules of the game. Then at 5:30, partner up with seasoned veterans for a chance to play Doubles. Doubles is great way to watch experienced players and have fun while learning more about the sport. For details regarding the disc golf clinics and the Mine Kill DGC Doubles League, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

*Registration is NOT required for either event. Discs are available to rent/purchase at the park for $10 each.

Reptile Awareness Day
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us as we learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and why they are important. All ages welcome. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Preschool Naturalists
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Preschool Naturalists is a nature designed class for children ages 3-5. This hour long program will focus on using all five senses to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000, ext. 116 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Along Came a Spider
Thursday, October 23, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Along Came a Spider
Thursday, October 23, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Do You Want to Build a Fire?
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
Learn how to build a fire and cook camp bread over an open flame! This program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Search the preserve for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can even wear your Halloween costumes - just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

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: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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 external anatomy of fish.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 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: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 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 external anatomy of fish.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 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
Scary Spiders and Sneaky Snakes at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some creepy critters that people love to fear. Find out what's real and what's myth about these Halloween creatures. Make an animal mask to take home and enjoy warm cider and donuts. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Scary Spiders and Sneaky Snakes at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some creepy critters that people love to fear. Find out what's real and what's myth about these Halloween creatures. Make an animal mask to take home and enjoy warm cider and donuts. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, October 27, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Ever play disc golf? Want to learn more about this amazingly fun sport? Then join park staff on Mondays at 4:30 PM next to the Mine Kill pool complex for a free "learn to play" clinic. Players will get a chance to throw drivers, putters and learn about the mechanics and rules of the game. Then at 5:30, partner up with seasoned veterans for a chance to play Doubles. Doubles is great way to watch experienced players and have fun while learning more about the sport. For details regarding the disc golf clinics and the Mine Kill DGC Doubles League, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

*Registration is NOT required for either event. Discs are available to rent/purchase at the park for $10 each.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Happy Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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 Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 04:00 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. This 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
Preschool Explorers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Come out and explore nature with your preschoolers. We will be using our five senses to discover the wonders of the natural world. This program is recommended for ages 2-6. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Pumpkin Craft
Friday, October 31, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin craft in the park! This program is recommended for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext 150 to register. This program will be free.
Registration: Required
Halloween Themed Learn to Geocache
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us for a Halloween themed hunt during which we will learn the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS to find caches filled with Halloween candy! Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the 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: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Fall Colors
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

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

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
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

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

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
Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

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

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
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

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

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
Adult Ed-venture: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 14 will be permitted.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting 2 weeks prior to the program; please call 631-423-1770.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Native American Games
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Adult Ed-venture: Instructional Bird Walk for Beginners
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

In this instructional program, novice adult birders will practice observing birds at feeders in the wild. Approximately 2 miles with hills. Bring binoculars.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 423-1770.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, each family will create their own dream catcher to hang in their home.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, each family will create their own dream catcher to hang in their home.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the 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: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the 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 Adventure: Dream Catchers
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Each family member will make their own dream catcher and then decorate it with feathers, beads and shells. Some children will need parental help.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

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

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
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

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

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
Family Adventure: Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off with a hike to the hatchery and back (approx. 3 miles). Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

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

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

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

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

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

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

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

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
Fun for Kids: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. 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: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Cold Weather Friends
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 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 the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

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

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

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

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
Family Adventure: Ice Candles
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

When did candles begin to be used? Where does wax come from? Discover the history of candles while using hot wax and ice to create a unique candle just in time for the holidays.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

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
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Nature Gifts
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 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 all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
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
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
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