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Sat 03 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will be stopping by to see if you've been good or bad this year! Crailo's Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique gifts for the holidays. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. The museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!

Sat 29 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectuacular Sail
Saturday, October 29, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Family-oriented Halloween event that includes balloon twisting, a children's spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny photos. 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.

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

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

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

Sat 15 Oct
Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(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.

Sat 24 Sep
Fall Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wildwood State Park
(631) 929-4314

Annual family-oriented fall festival that features carnival games, wagon rides, pony rides, funny photo area decorated with corn stalks and hay bales, environmental displays and crafts, magic show, and a children's donut eating contest, as well as craft vendors.

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

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

Sun 11 Sep
Remote Controlled Fall Aero Show
Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Demonstrations of all types of miniature aircrafts (fixed wing, helicopters, gliders, electric)

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, August 6, 2016 02:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

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

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

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

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

Mon 25 Jul
Summer Sampler
Monday, July 25, 2016 until Friday, July 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(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 FOFC

Sun 24 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

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

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

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. 
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jul
Ecology of the River
Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

This Discovery Day highlights the animals and people that lived along the Hudson River in the 17th century. Enjoy hands on demonstrations, crafts, and scavenger hunt tours of the museum exhibits.

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

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

Sat 16 Jul
Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Visit the 18th century military encampment and commemorate the daring midnight assault on the British fortifications at Stony Point in July 1779. Watch musket, artillery, and marching demonstrations. Talk to ladies, soldiers and craftsmen in 18th century attire performing camp chores such as blacksmithing and cooking, learn how wool is dyed and spun, participate in colonial games and wooden musket drills for children

FREE

Wed 13 Jul
Meet the Turtles
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 AM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

The St. Lawrence river valley is home to numerous species of reptiles .Come meet and examine one group we know as turtles with the staff from the Massena Nature Center. Participants can examine many props including turtle shells and bones. This hands on learning experience will include the use of live turtles. Program will be held rain or shine at the park beach house.

Tue 12 Jul
Meet the Farm Animals
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

East side of Dairy Complex near main parking lot.Cornell Cooperative Extension will visit Caumsett again this year, with their popular program, "Meet the Farm Animals." arriving with goats, ducks, sheep, and often surprise guests!! (Past visitors have included new-born piglets!!) Families will be delighted by the close up and personal visits with the animals as well as the excellent instruction from the educators. This event takes place on the East side of the Farm Complex, a short walk from the parking lot. This event is presented free of charge by The Caumsett Foundation. No registration required. Appropriate for children of all ages. In the event of rain or extreme heat (danger for animals) event will be rescheduled.

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect. For information on cancellation due to weather, please check www.caumsettfoundation.org the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770.

Sat 02 Jul
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, July 2, 2016 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Thu 30 Jun
Kneehigh Naturalists
Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Thu 30 Jun
Kneehigh Naturalists
Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Thu 30 Jun
2016 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, June 30, 2016 until Thursday, August 25, 2016 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

Weekly Sand Castle contest open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural material native to the beach are used to create sculptures. Each week prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.

Thu 30 Jun
Moreau Fishing Trip
Thursday, June 30, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(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. Please call to reserve one, 793-0511.

Thu 30 Jun
Moreau Fishing Trip
Thursday, June 30, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(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. Please call to reserve one, 793-0511.