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Thu 05 May
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Thu 05 May
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Fri 06 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 6, 2016 until Sunday, May 8, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public with demonstration equipment available on Saturday (atlatl -the spear thrower; dart - the spear).

(as part of the Spring Knap-in by GeneseeValley Flintknappers Association at the Highbanks Campground)

Friday after 4:00pm; Saturday 10am - 5 pm, and Sunday until 3:00 pm.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-1237

Thacher Park is a natural treasure in the capital region, picturesque and historical. This is a day to show your appreciation for our beautiful park by helping out on some park improvement projects. There are a variety of projects for different ages and abilities. Lunch will be provided for volunteers by the Friends of Thacher Park.

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Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher Park is a natural treasure in the capital region, picturesque and historical. This is a day to show your appreciation for our beautiful park by helping out on some park improvement projects. There are a variety of projects for different ages and abilities. Lunch will be provided for volunteers by the Friends of Thacher Park.

Register Now

Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
Scavenger Hunt: Maps, GPS, Compass Navigation
Saturday, May 7, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

What can you find tucked away in Olana's landscape? Get ready to search our grounds high and low to find clues that lead you to the prize. Environmental educator, Fran Martino will teach us how to use compasses, maps, and GPS systems. Ages 5 and up.Member: $15, Non-Member: $20

Sat 07 May
Crepuscular Walks: Owl Prowl
Saturday, May 7, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Sun 08 May
Mother’s Day Tea
Sunday, May 8, 2016 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont's gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love ($15 per person. Free for Children under 5. Reservation required, call (518) 537-4240.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 May
Waves of Warblers
Sunday, May 8, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

All warblers recorded from Letchworth State Park (highlighting 25 nesting species) will be featured in a new warbler video. Natural history accounts will be summarized and will include detailed park distribution based on recent research. This is an excellent primer for the Warbler Walks on May 26 & June 2 and 9.

All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

 

Wed 11 May
Garden Class -- Get Growing: Planting, Spacing, and Staking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Want some help getting started in the garden? In this class, Shanyn Siegel discusses basic garden logistics and offers some practical tips and techniques for a well-planned and productive garden. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay's Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.

Registration: Required
Fri 13 May
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, May 13, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Plant seeds in a flower pot you customize, EXPLORE 6 interactive Discovery Centers, PLAY colonial games, complete our NEW Family Activity Guide, and win a prize for completing our scavenger hunt. Bring a picnic lunch! Education staff will lead a ½-hour hands-on activity at 1:30pm. Free admission. Advance registration optional.

Registration: Optional
Sat 14 May
Wearable Art
Saturday, May 14, 2016 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Design your own personal nature shirt using colorful paint, a super cool collection of nature stamps and your own imagination. We will show you how to make the most unique prints for your shirt. Please bring one light colored t-shirt and a large paper bag per participant.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Wearable Art
Saturday, May 14, 2016 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Design your own personal nature shirt using colorful paint, a super cool collection of nature stamps and your own imagination. We will show you how to make the most unique prints for your shirt. Please bring one light colored t-shirt and a large paper bag per participant.

Registration: Required
Tue 17 May
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Dining on the Titanic
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about the Gilded Age era and the Titanic, just in time for the 104th anniversary of the ship's sinking. From 1st class to 3rd class, dining on the doomed liner reached culinary heights never before seen aboard a ship. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Call (845) 889-8851 to reserve.

Registration: Required
Thu 19 May
Knee High Story Time
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Thu 19 May
Knee High Story Time
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Fri 20 May
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, May 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Make your own cup & ball game, EXPLORE 6 interactive Discovery Centers, PLAY colonial games, complete our NEW Family Activity Guide, and win a prize for completing our scavenger hunt. Bring a picnic lunch! Education staff will lead a ½-hour hands-on activity at 1:30pm. Free admission. Advance registration optional.

Registration: Optional
Sat 21 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, May 21, 2016 until Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Want to attract butterflies and birds to your backyard and support threatened pollinators? Provide food and habitat for birds and insects by adding ‘Biodiversity All-stars' to your garden! These choice native plants are easy to grow and highly valuable to wildlife. We have a selection of species adaptable to a full range of garden conditions, and some cold tolerant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. Our preselected kits make planning easy, and make thoughtful and unique gifts. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 21 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, May 21, 2016 until Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Want to attract butterflies and birds to your backyard and support threatened pollinators? Provide food and habitat for birds and insects by adding ‘Biodiversity All-stars' to your garden! These choice native plants are easy to grow and highly valuable to wildlife. We have a selection of species adaptable to a full range of garden conditions, and some cold tolerant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. Our preselected kits make planning easy, and make thoughtful and unique gifts. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 22 May
Artful Hikes: Photographic Hike and Rice Paper Prints
Sunday, May 22, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Walk through Olana's landscape to take panoramic and detailed digital images of the landscape. Learn some basic tips and tricks of phone photography, then make prints of your favorite digital image onto rice paper. Participants must bring their own charged smartphone or tablet! All Ages. Member: $15, Non-Member: $20.

Wed 25 May
Happy Birthday , Mr. Letchworth!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Area school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, civil war camp life, wool spinning and local animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr. Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.

Wed 25 May
Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Fruit & Veggie Prints
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch.

Last Wednesday of every month. 10 am-12 pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. $10 (parents free). Ages 3-5.

Fri 27 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 27, 2016 until Sunday, May 29, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International and European).Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl – the spear thrower; dart – the spear).

Friday after 4:00 pm; Saturday before and after the Free Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic, and Sunday until 3:00 pm.

 

Sat 28 May
Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Help the Nature Center raise funds to maintain our gardens at our Annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. We will have an assortment of native flowering plants and more for sale. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping can help provide valuable food resources and shelter to local bird and wildlife species.

Sat 28 May
Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Help the Nature Center raise funds to maintain our gardens at our Annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. We will have an assortment of native flowering plants and more for sale. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping can help provide valuable food resources and shelter to local bird and wildlife species.

Sat 28 May
Free Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic and Kids Conservation Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Event featuring games, activities, educational workshops, spear-fishing target contest, free fishing (no license required),free lunch and door prizes. Presented by Friends of Letchworth in conjunction with DEC and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Trailside Lodge.

Sat 28 May
Farm Day in the City
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Experience a farm market atmosphere in the city of Albany! Learn about the types of animals Philip Schuyler would have had on his farm and agricultural practices of the 18th century. Oxen, sheep, and poultry will be among the livestock displayed on the grounds at Schuyler Mansion, while demonstrations, farm products, and gardening techniques will be shared with visitors throughout the afternoon. Pony rides for children and vendors too. Free to the public. The mansion will be available noon to 3:00 p.m. for Open House (self-guided) tours at $3.00 per person. Rain-date: Sun.,5/29

Sat 28 May
Kick Off to Camping
Saturday, May 28, 2016 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Enjoy Seneca Zoo Mobile, Clown balloon animals, Face Painting, movie at dusk, and much more! This event will take place at the Recreation Building.
Sun 29 May
Kids to Parks Day
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is agreat way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!

Sun 29 May
Sunday Art Studios: Sketch Like Church
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish during the 10 am-12 pm time period. Everyone leaves with a work of art! Free for All Ages.

Mon 30 May
Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, May 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

The annual beach tradition starts with registration at 12pm. Complete your sand sculpture by 2pm for judging, and prizes issued by 3pm. Goodies for every one and grand prize fun for best in each age category. See you on the beach!

Wed 01 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Beaver Walk
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Fri 03 Jun
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, June 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Learn to make butter, EXPLORE 6 interactive Discovery Centers, PLAY colonial games, complete our NEW Family Activity Guide, and win a prize for completing our scavenger hunt. Bring a picnic lunch! Education staff will lead a ½-hour hands-on activity at 1:30pm. Free admission. Advance registration optional.

Registration: Optional
Fri 03 Jun
Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0
Friday, June 3, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided. Ages 21 and up. Member: $20, Non-Member: $25.

Sat 04 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we'll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Checkin at 9am, trail work 9:30-12 followed by lunch. Preregister so we have projects and food for all.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Nature Quest- The Sequel
Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Our first nature quest was so popular we've created another adventure, with a new theme! Join in on the family fun as you follow a map at your own pace to discover the items on our nature hunt list. Are you up for the challenge?

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Preserving Olana: Stories from the Field
Saturday, June 4, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Professionals from the conservation and preservation fields kick off this special anniversary series with stories of objects and activities from Olana's collection. Steve Larson, co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings, is a skilled artisan using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he will talk about his work at Adelphi and the Olana second floor wall paper restorations. Join us as we celebrate 50 years with stories of Olana's never-ending preservation story. Free. Ages 10 and up.

Tue 07 Jun
"America's Elite in the Downton Abbey Era" Tour & Tea
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy a themed tour of the mansion and learn about the similarities between the Mills family and the Crawley family. The tour will end in the formal dining room for guests to enjoy tea and refreshments. Each participant will bring home a 4-oz. tin of Staatsburgh Blend tea brewed by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion. Reservations required. Call (845) 889-8851 to reserve.
Registration: Required
Fri 10 Jun
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Make your own sachet, EXPLORE 6 interactive Discovery Centers, PLAY colonial games, complete our NEW Family Activity Guide, and win a prize for completing our scavenger hunt. Bring a picnic lunch! Education staff will lead a ½-hour hands-on activity at 1:30pm. Free admission. Advance registration is optional.

Registration: Optional
Sat 11 Jun
2016 Junior Angler Freshwater Catch & Release Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This Fishing Tournament is geared towards girls and boys, ages 5 to 12 years old, and is conducted into two sessions. All bait, hooks and bobblers will be provided. A limited amount of light fishing rods will be available for use at each session; anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Pre-registration is required by calling Caleb Smith State Park Preserve at (631) 265-1054.

$10 for members of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve $12.00 for non-members Vehicle use fee in effect

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jun
2016 Junior Angler Freshwater Catch & Release Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This Fishing Tournament is geared towards girls and boys, ages 5 to 12 years old, and is conducted into two sessions. All bait, hooks and bobblers will be provided. A limited amount of light fishing rods will be available for use at each session; anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Pre-registration is required by calling Caleb Smith State Park Preserve at (631) 265-1054.

$10 for members of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve $12.00 for non-members Vehicle use fee in effect

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jun
Touch a Truck
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Various vehicles, equipment on hand for children to view, touch and learn about.

Event Location: Area 4

Sun 12 Jun
Urban vs. Rural: A Comparison of Birdwatching and Landscapes
Sunday, June 12, 2016 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Spend the morning birdwatching and planting in Ganondagan State Historic Site's pollinator grassland.

Meet at the Environmental Field Office at Ganondagan, be prepared to travel to the Victor Public Library.

Please wear long pants and hiking boots or a closed toe equivalent and bring a water bottle.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Jun
Intro to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, June 19, 2016 09:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(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 16 will be permitted to attend. There will be some sitting on the grass.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Jun
Child’s Play for Father’s Day—18th Century Dancing
Sunday, June 19, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Make a Father's Day memory! This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. Please reserve (518) 537-4240. The program is free.
Registration: Required
Mon 20 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Summer's Eve Full Moon by the River
Monday, June 20, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (3 hours, 2 miles), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Sat 25 Jun
Nature's Rainbows
Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We will discover how to mix colors to make the colors of the rainbow. Play with prisms and other ways to create rainbows. There will be hands on activities and a craft.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Nature's Rainbows
Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We will discover how to mix colors to make the colors of the rainbow. Play with prisms and other ways to create rainbows. There will be hands on activities and a craft.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Landscape Architecture Badge
Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
(716) 856-3858

Discover Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, focusing on the architectural aspects of the landscape. Explore the buildings and gardens, and learn about the design details of the natural environment.

$12 per scout; $10 per adult

Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 26, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 9th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.)

All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

Sun 26 Jun
Traditional Nature Walk
Sunday, June 26, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We'll take a slow walk (approx. 1 mile), exploring nature in the woods and tall grass meadows in the northwestern section of the park.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Jul
Canal Days Festival
Saturday, July 9, 2016 until Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - FREE

Join us for our annual Fort Hunter Canal Days Festival on July 9th & 10th! Live music, entertainment, games, vendors, Old Engine Show, demonstrations, food and MORE!

Additional details to come! If you'd like to be a part of the festival, contact Janice at the site (518) 829-7516 or schohariecrossing@parks.ny.gov  

Sat 16 Jul
Children’s Play Day—Recreating Historic Food in a Modern Kitchen
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Get a sneak peak of Clermont's beloved Junior History Club activities at this FREE preview! You'll share a cooking experience with your child as you learn how to recreate 18th century recipes in your own kitchen. Recommended for children 6-12. We are allergy-friendly, but please call ahead if you need special foods so that we can be prepared.

Sun 17 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. 
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Wed 27 Jul
Basic Orienteering Skills
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Learn how the lifesaving skills of map and compass reading has evolved into a popular sport the whole family will enjoy! Learn the skills yourself and test out our beginner's orienteering course set up special for the day! Meet at the Nature Center.

Sat 06 Aug
Planting for Ethnobotany Workshop
Saturday, August 6, 2016 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Participants will help plant native plants in the Green Plants Trail and the Pollinator Grassland at Ganondagan.

Ages 8 and up

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 6, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Aug
Solar Observing with Barefoot Bob
Saturday, August 13, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Using special telescopes, come and see solar flares, prominences, sunspots, and magnetic storms on our nearest star, the sun! Meet at the Nature Center.Raindate: Sunday, August 14th.

Sat 17 Sep
Biodiversity Celebration
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Celebrate NYS native animals & plants! Enjoy nature crafts, games & activities. Visit the animals & museums & enjoy fall!

Tue 25 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.