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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Phone: (516) 766-1029

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

Fee: Free. $8 Vehicle use fee

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Climate Sheros Exhibit
Saturday, September 26, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

 

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

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

Hudson Valley Apple Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

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

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

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

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

Harvest Faire
Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

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

Free to attend, nominal fee charged for museum entry

Oysters 101
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 7, 2015 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Register at Beach Nature Center at Long Pond. Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality. Prizes for everyone!
Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Schuyler's Spies: A Taste of 18th Century Intelligence
Saturday, August 29, 2015 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 434-0834

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

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

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

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

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

 

Exploring Nature with Your 5 Senses
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Join the education staff at Trailside Museums and Zoo on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about the different senses we can use to explore nature.

This program aims to engage young children and teach them to explore the natural world using their 5 senses. Activities include mystery boxes, a color scavenger hunt and a scent game. Registration for this program is required. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

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

Colonial Medicine Discovery Day will demonstrate some of the tools and plants used during the colonial period to treat the sick and injured. Colonial medicine is important to the site as the grounds surrounding Crailo were used as a military hospital during the French and Indian War. During these events the museum itself will be open for self-guided tours.

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

Rosamond Zoo at Green Lakes State Park
Friday, August 21, 2015 01:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo comes to Green Lakes on Friday, August 21st.

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722

This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!

S’mores & Stars
Friday, August 14, 2015 07:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join us for a chance to learn about the night sky and view it through specialized telescopes at Green Lakes State Park on Friday August 14th.

Meet at the Reserve Shelter ball field at 7pm for a campfire and s'mores. At 8pm local astronomer Barefoot Bob will teach us all about the night sky.

If it is cloudy/rainy, the backup date will be Saturday August 15th.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee

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

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

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

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

 

Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, August 10, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, August 10, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Out of the Cage Petting Zoo
Sunday, August 9, 2015 11:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Come pet, hold, and learn about a variety of animals at Green Lakes State Park on Sunday August 9th. Meet at the Lakeview Picnic Area at 11am.This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

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

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

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

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

River Keeper Training
Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-2010

Learn more about how to protect the St. Lawrence River in this program by Save the River. Save the River advocates for the health of the River and works with volunteers to become its eyes and ears on the water. You will learn how to asses and report potential pollution problems, recognize wildlife die-offs, invasive species and subtle changes in the River that indicate a negative impact on water quality.

Volunteers will recieve an on-the-water guidebook and a free t-shirt. Please call Save the River at 315-686-2010 for additional information and to register for this program.

Registration: Required
River Keeper Training
Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-2010

Learn more about how to protect the St. Lawrence River in this program by Save the River. Save the River advocates for the health of the River and works with volunteers to become its eyes and ears on the water. You will learn how to asses and report potential pollution problems, recognize wildlife die-offs, invasive species and subtle changes in the River that indicate a negative impact on water quality.

Volunteers will recieve an on-the-water guidebook and a free t-shirt. Please call Save the River at 315-686-2010 for additional information and to register for this program.

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

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

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

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

 

What is Habitat?
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 789-2701 ext 293

Join us on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:30 am to learn about habitat and survival through the eyes of our resident black bears.

Through fun activities and crafts, this program will engage young children and teach them the four basic components of habitat, using black bears as an example. The program will wrap up with observations of our two resident black bears, Pal and Sadie. Registration is required for this program. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register.

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

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

Nature Mandalas
Saturday, August 1, 2015 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
Explore the colors and shapes of nature by creating Mandalas, a circular design that can be made out of anything you find.
Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

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

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

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

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

 

Wetland Hike
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the wetland. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Wetland Hike
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the wetland. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, July 27, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, July 27, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Monday, July 27, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is one of our newer programs which will be taught indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. We will learn about some NYS frogs and toads while listening to their calls and coming up with some fun ways to remember what they sound like.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Monday, July 27, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is one of our newer programs which will be taught indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. We will learn about some NYS frogs and toads while listening to their calls and coming up with some fun ways to remember what they sound like.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Week Four Panorama: The Mysterious Benedict Society Visits Olana Wagon House
Monday, July 27, 2015 until Friday, July 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Panorama rifts off Trenton Lee Stewart's children's novel series The Mysterious Benedict Society. This book series celebrates youth who develop their special skills and encourages teamwork, traveling, as well as a perplexing puzzles and curious conundrums. Each youth will each receive a Kate inspired red bucket, will work in terms to translate Morse Code, solve riddles, train falcons, meet Mr. Benedict, and learn memory and climbing tips; teams of 4 will compete each day for the bag of diamonds. Not required to read the book series, but some exposure to the story line will be helpful. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child; AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Perfect Pals Petting Zoo
Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Come pet, feed, and learn about a variety of animals at Green Lakes State Park on Sunday July 26th. Meet at the Community Room for a presentation and games with the critters! Children 7 and under meet from 12p-1p. Children 8+ meet from 1:30pm-2:30pm

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
24th Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival
Sunday, July 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Come celebrate our signature event, the 24th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26, 10am-6pm. Nowhere else in the area can you experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture. This year, we're featuring two fabulous headliners. Rock out with seven-time Native American MusicAward winner Keith Secola, Anishinabe (Ojibwa), a cross between Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, and the Ganondagan debut of the ultimate Native Blues Duo, Twice as Good (Pomo of the Elem Indian Colony) from California.

You'll also find our ever-popular Iroquois Social Dancers, traditional hoop dancers, fascinating Native American Arts Market, Native foods, Iroquois storytelling, guided trail and longhouse tours, and much more. Don't miss new hands-on fun in the Family Discovery Tent. Kids of all ages can mold "Ganonda-man" clay totems, discover the fasicating history of the Six Nations clans through storytelling and related animal crafts, participate in a "Ganonda-man" scavenger hunt and lots more. Make sure to include us as a highlight in your Rochester festival season!

Festival hours run from 10am-6pm.
Tickets are available at the event: $12/adults; $10/seniors (62+); $7/students with ID (18+); $5/children (3-18); FREE for Friends of Ganondagan members and children 2 and under.

New member sign ups at the festival enjoy FREE admission.

Nature Journals for Children
Sunday, July 26, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. This program is for children between the ages of six and ten, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska. 

Registration: Required
24th Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Come celebrate our signature event, the 24th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26, 10am-6pm. Nowhere else in the area can you experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture. This year, we're featuring two fabulous headliners. Rock out with seven-time Native American MusicAward winner Keith Secola, Anishinabe (Ojibwa), a cross between Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, and the Ganondagan debut of the ultimate Native Blues Duo, Twice as Good (Pomo of the Elem Indian Colony) from California.

You'll also find our ever-popular Iroquois Social Dancers, traditional hoop dancers, fascinating Native American Arts Market, Native foods, Iroquois storytelling, guided trail and longhouse tours, and much more. Don't miss new hands-on fun in the Family Discovery Tent. Kids of all ages can mold "Ganonda-man" clay totems, discover the fasicating history of the Six Nations clans through storytelling and related animal crafts, participate in a "Ganonda-man" scavenger hunt and lots more. Make sure to include us as a highlight in your Rochester festival season!

Festival hours run from 10am-6pm.
Tickets are available at the event: $12/adults; $10/seniors (62+); $7/students with ID (18+); $5/children (3-18); FREE for Friends of Ganondagan members and children 2 and under.

New member sign ups at the festival enjoy FREE admission.

Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 25, 2015 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 25, 2015 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
How clean is your green?
Saturday, July 25, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

Farm Heritage Weekend
Saturday, July 25, 2015 until Sunday, July 26, 2015
Gilbert Lake State Park
Phone: (607) 432-2114

Antique tractors and farm equipment!

Display and demonstrations all weekend

Parade: Saturday at 6:00pm

Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Butterflies and Bees
Thursday, July 23, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This class will be split between indoor and outdoor time. You will learn about some local pollinators and their habits. This class is appropriate for grade school children and younger.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Butterflies and Bees
Thursday, July 23, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This class will be split between indoor and outdoor time. You will learn about some local pollinators and their habits. This class is appropriate for grade school children and younger.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Colonial Games Day
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 965-4027
Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

History Scavenger Hunt

Join park educators to learn about the hidden history of Minnewaska. Most visitors do not realize that Minnewaska is the former site of two grand hotels that were built in the late 1800s. Using a compass and a set of clues, participants will discover some of the hidden history around Lake Minnewaska on an approximately two mile hike. This program is suggested for children age 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so play to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack syle carrier. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! 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.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! 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.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

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

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

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

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

 

Fish Filet Demo
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Fish Filet Demo
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Pond Exploration and Blueberries

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in the ponds and pick delicious blueberries too. We'll take an approximately two-mile long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands our purple! This program is recommended for 6-10 year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so plan to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any ages are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carriaged by adults in a backpack style carrier. Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Turtle Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Build Your Own Terrarium
Saturday, July 18, 2015 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants; they are often kept as ornamental decoration, like an aquarium. The first terrarium was developed by a botanist in 1842 and became a curiosity in many Victorian homes. This is such a fun project for little ones. We will provide all the materials and work on the floor, with dirt, rocks, and plants. Pre-registration is required by July 16. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.olana.org

$15/child, $10/members (Accompanying adults free).

 

Registration: Required
Colonial Soap Making
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 446-2134
Like today, soap was a vital part of everyday life in colonial America. Watch as Barbara DeAngelis of Bonnie Brae Soaps demonstrates the nearly lost art of soap making over an open fire!
6th Annual Mine Kill Summer Festival
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

It's time for fun in the sun at the 6th annual Mine Kill Summer Festival! Bring the entire family to the park pool complex to celebrate the summertime in the Schoharie Valley with swimming, kayking, a bounce house, arts & crafts, great presenters, pie throwing, the flusher and so much more! Learn to play disc golf or race across the pool during the Summer Fest build-your-own-boat regatta! Great fun and lots of giveaways, including free Stewart's ice cream sundaes! Admission is just $3 per vehicle.

Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for event details.

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

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

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

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

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

Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 18, 2015 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 18, 2015 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
Colonial Games Day
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 965-4027
Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

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

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

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

 

Fish Filet Demo
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Fish Filet Demo
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Secret Life of Snakes
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park

Registration: Required
Lake Shore Fishing
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Join a seasoned fisherman for a lesson on lake shore fishing. You will learn some fun and easy tricks of the trade and perhaps even reel in the big one. No equipment necessary, fishing licenses required for all adults 16 years of age and older.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Lake Shore Fishing
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Join a seasoned fisherman for a lesson on lake shore fishing. You will learn some fun and easy tricks of the trade and perhaps even reel in the big one. No equipment necessary, fishing licenses required for all adults 16 years of age and older.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, July 13, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Painting Classes with Joan Senkowicz
Monday, July 13, 2015 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-3506

Joan works with vibrant watercolors and enjoys painting animals, people and landscapes. After the class you will have your own painting to take home with you! This is a great opportunity to see if you like painting before you buy any supplies. Four classes will be held in July and August with different painting subjects for each.

Cost: $35.00 per person--Ages 10 and older.

All supplies are included in the cost. Class is capped at 10 participants.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 13, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 13, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers
Monday, July 13, 2015 until Friday, July 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration with the Taconic Outdoor Education Center to bring you this camp for aspiring scientists and explorers. Frederic E. Church loved natural history, nature, and ecology. This camp will be led by seasoned environmental educators who have a number of fun-filled experiments, play and expeditions planned inside Olana's 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fur Trade Discovery Day
Sunday, July 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Come learn about the trade that brought the first Dutch settlers here and remained a central component of New Netherland. During these events the museum itself will be open for self-guided tours.

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

Make Your Own Animal Track
Sunday, July 12, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the paster hardens, we'll take an approximately two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath to look for signs of animal activity. This hike features some tricky footing, elevation change, and gorgeous scenic views. This program is designed for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any ages are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Meet the Artists” Reception: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2015 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Come celebrate the grand finale of our three-day plein air festival! Enjoy refreshments and listen to live music as you chat with the artists who were selected to paint in the spectacular Olana landscape. View the newly completed works on exhibition. Bid up in the live auction and take home your own piece of Olana in a wonderful work of contemporary art. Help select the winner of the "Viewers' Choice Award" to be given to one of these deserving artists. Proceeds support education programs at Columbia County Council on the Arts and Olana. Bob Bahr, editor of the e-newsletter PleinAir Today, will be present at the auction to judge works and select awards. Wine reception begins at 4pm, with live auction of wet canvases starting at 5 pm.

Tickets for the reception are $10 and include refreshments, exhibition viewing and auction paddle. Walk-ins welcome. For more information please call the CCCA at 518-671-6213 or to purchase tickets visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-artists-reception-exhibition-and-live-auction-creating-landscapes-within-the-landscape-tickets-16284094164?ref=ebtnebtckt

Out of the Cage Petting Zoo
Saturday, July 11, 2015 11:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Come pet, hold, and learn about a variety of animals at Green Lakes State Park on Saturday July 11th. Meet at the Nature Center at 11am.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 11, 2015 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Join us for the fourth annual plein air festival which includes paint-out, "meet the artists" reception, exhibition, award ceremony and live auction. Visitors may walk the property including over five miles of historic carriage drives, and converse with artists as they capture the numerous spectacular vistas at Olana. Participating artists, selected through jury, will paint on location throughout the 250-acre artist-designed landscape during this event. The festival culminates on Saturday, July 11 with an afternoon cocktail reception and exhibition at 4 pm, and live auction of wet canvases at 5 pm. Proceeds support education programs at Olana and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Maps of Olana are available at the Wagon House Education Center, and the Olana Museum Shop.

Co-Hosted by the Columbia County Council of the Arts, The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site

Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 11, 2015 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
S’mores & Stars
Friday, July 10, 2015 07:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join us for a chance to learn about the night sky and view it through specialized telescopes at Green Lakes State Park on Friday July 10th.

Meet at the Reserve Shelter ball field at 7pm for a campfire and s'mores. At 8pm local astronomer Barefoot Bob will teach us all about the night sky.

If it is cloudy/rainy, the backup date will be Saturday July 11th.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Salamander Search
Friday, July 10, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

 

Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Friday, July 10, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

 

Registration: Required
Plein Air Artist Guided Walking Tour
Friday, July 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Travel the Olana carriage roads, and explore the site's farm complex (approx. 1.5 miles), while seeing artists at work in the landscape. This tour, led by a Hudson River Region painter, is an exciting way to learn about the history of plein air painting and have meaningful conversations with the artists working in the field. Olana's plein air paint-out celebrates contemporary landscape painting and the history of the Hudson River School of Art. Wear good walking shoes, bring a water bottle. Pre-register by July 9. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.olana.org.

$12/person; $10/members (Olana or Arts Council); Children under 12 free. For ages 8 and up.

 
Registration: Required
Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival
Friday, July 10, 2015 09:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Join us for the fourth annual plein air festival which includes paint-out, "meet the artists" reception, exhibition, award ceremony and live auction. Visitors may walk the property including over five miles of historic carriage drives, and converse with artists as they capture the numerous spectacular vistas at Olana. Participating artists, selected through jury, will paint on location throughout the 250-acre artist-designed landscape during this event. The festival culminates on Saturday, July 11 with an afternoon cocktail reception and exhibition at 4 pm, and live auction of wet canvases at 5 pm. Proceeds support education programs at Olana and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Maps of Olana are available at the Wagon House Education Center, and the Olana Museum Shop.

Co-Hosted by the Columbia County Council of the Arts, The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!
Fish Filet Demo
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Fish Filet Demo
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!
Colonial Games Day
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 965-4027
Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival
Thursday, July 9, 2015 09:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Join us for the fourth annual plein air festival which includes paint-out, "meet the artists" reception, exhibition, award ceremony and live auction. Visitors may walk the property including over five miles of historic carriage drives, and converse with artists as they capture the numerous spectacular vistas at Olana. Participating artists, selected through jury, will paint on location throughout the 250-acre artist-designed landscape during this event. The festival culminates on Saturday, July 11 with an afternoon cocktail reception and exhibition at 4 pm, and live auction of wet canvases at 5 pm. Proceeds support education programs at Olana and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Maps of Olana are available at the Wagon House Education Center, and the Olana Museum Shop.

Co-Hosted by the Columbia County Council of the Arts, The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site

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

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

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

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

 

River Keeper Training
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-2010

Learn more about how to protect the St. Lawrence River in this program by Save the River. Save the River advocates for the health of the River and works with volunteers to become its eyes and ears on the water. You will learn how to asses and report potential pollution problems, recognize wildlife die-offs, invasive species and subtle changes in the River that indicate a negative impact on water quality.

Volunteers will recieve an on-the-water guidebook and a free t-shirt. Please call Save the River at 315-686-2010 for additional information and to register for this program.

Registration: Required
River Keeper Training
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-2010

Learn more about how to protect the St. Lawrence River in this program by Save the River. Save the River advocates for the health of the River and works with volunteers to become its eyes and ears on the water. You will learn how to asses and report potential pollution problems, recognize wildlife die-offs, invasive species and subtle changes in the River that indicate a negative impact on water quality.

Volunteers will recieve an on-the-water guidebook and a free t-shirt. Please call Save the River at 315-686-2010 for additional information and to register for this program.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

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

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

Week One Panorama: Elements of Art
Monday, July 6, 2015 until Friday, July 10, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church's art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Work with one of the artists featured in Olana's En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 5, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 5, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Tie-Dye at Green Lakes State Park
Sunday, July 5, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Bring a t-shirt, pillow case, or bandana to tie-dye at the Green Lakes State Park Nature Center on Sunday July 5th.

Visit the Nature Center anytime between 10am and 3pm with a cotton article to dye!

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.

Independence Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, July 4, 2015 04:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400

Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality! Prizes for everyone!

Register anytime during the afternoon at Cherry Plain's beach and get started whenever you're ready. Judging will begin by 5pm.

Independence Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, July 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality! Prizes for everyone!

Register at the Beach Nature Center.

Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 4, 2015 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
Who Lives in that Hole?
Saturday, July 4, 2015 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Ever wonder what the eggs or chicks in your bird house look like? Ever wonder what is inside that hole in a tree you cannot see into? Then come with us and use our new endoscope to answer these questions and more!
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