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Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (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.

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

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

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

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - FREE

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

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

Child’s Play for Father’s Day—18th Century Dancing
Sunday, June 19, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240
Make a Father's Day memory! This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. Please reserve (518) 537-4240. The program is free.
Registration: Required
Mother’s Day Tea
Sunday, May 8, 2016 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240
Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont's gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love ($15 per person. Free for Children under 5. Reservation required, call (518) 537-4240.
Registration: Required
Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Land & Found Objects as Canvas
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. $10/child (parents free). Ages 3-5.
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Sunday Art Studios: 3D Paper Olana Model Making
Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
10am -12pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! For more information visit www.olana.org.

Stitch and Sip: Beading on Fabric
Saturday, April 23, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isobel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

Go to the Bear Den at 10:30 am to help make treats for the Bears. At 11:00 am, see the bears come out of their dens to gobble them up. Family-friendly fun with Earth-friendly focus! Nature-related crafts, activities and displays. Spring-themed animal enrichment throughout the zoo! Native tree seedling distribution- 1 seedling/household for first 100 families.

Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Dining on the Titanic -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 10, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out, but can call for the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about the Gilded Age era and the Titanic, just in time for the 104th anniversary of the ship's sinking. From 1st class to 3rd class, dining on the doomed liner reached culinary heights never before seen aboard a ship. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. 
Registration: Required
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Food for Every Station
Sunday, April 3, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about the Gilded Age era. Discover the kinds of food that graced the table of millionaires, the middle class and the working class during the era. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. 
Registration: Required
Zentangle: Introduction
Saturday, April 2, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
$15/Member, $20/Non-Member (includes all supplies), Ages 6 and up
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that often use nature as the point of departure. Join Zentangle-certified artist Andrea Porrazzo-Nangle for a short demonstration and short hike to tangle in nature. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Garden Class -- Seed Choices: Choosing Crops and Varieties
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Hybrids, heirlooms, OPs…choosing the best varieties is a skill that can take many years to hone. Shanyn Siegel shares some practical advice on selecting the right varieties for your garden, while explaining why it’s so important to understand where and how garden seeds are produced. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.
Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: 19th Century Silhouettes and Collage
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. $10/child (parents free), Ages 3-5.
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Wind Catchers: (Family Program)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities, and a craft.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Wind Catchers: (Family Program)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities, and a craft.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sunday Art Studios: Middle Eastern Pattern Making
Sunday, March 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
10am -12pm, drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! For more information visit www.olana.org.

Stitch and Sip: Embroidery on Pre-Printed Fabrics
Saturday, March 19, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(Snow Date March 20th)
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, or $50/Entire Series, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isobel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided. For more information visit www.olana.org.

Clay Pit Clean Up
Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Late winter and early spring can look very dreary, especially when the snow melt exposes loads of discarded litter. Help us beauitfy the park in preperation for the warmer seasons!
Clay Pit Clean Up
Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Late winter and early spring can look very dreary, especially when the snow melt exposes loads of discarded litter. Help us beauitfy the park in preperation for the warmer seasons!
Garden Class -- Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A successful organic garden takes both planning and work. Take advantage of the "off-season" and use this time to get your garden plans underway. Bring your current garden plan for further development, or learn the process of creating one during class. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.
Registration: Required
Eggtacular: (Family program)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet egg layers that live right here at Connetquot! Discover new ways to color eggs and finish with an egg hunt. Please bring 3 hard-boiled eggs!

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Gilded Age Fashion -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 13, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out. Call if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about servant and upper class attire in the Gilded Age. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 13, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Meet at Perry Entrance Gate.
Astronomy-Planets: (Family program)
Saturday, March 12, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the fascinating planets that share our sky. Through fun hands-on activities we will gain an understanding of how big the solar system is.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Iroquois White Corn Shucking Bee
Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

We're looking for volunteers from 10am – 2pm to shuck the Iroquois White Corn grown at Ganondagan. This is a wonderful volunteer activity for individuals, families and other organizations (recommended for ages 10 and older with adult supervision). Your help is greatly needed and appreciated!

Interested volunteers, please contact Kim Morf, Iroquois White Corn Project Manager at 585-742-1361 or via email at whitecornproject@gmail.com

Trout Unlimited Casting Clinic: (Adult Program)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

An indoor presentation will be followed by an equipment demonstration and casting on the lawn. (Ages 16 and up)

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Trout Unlimited Casting Clinic: (Adult Program)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

An indoor presentation will be followed by an equipment demonstration and casting on the lawn. (Ages 16 and up)

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Nature Game Night: (Family program)
Friday, March 4, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Bring your family to this fun-filled evening of games and activities that will test your outdoor skills and knowledge. Game On!

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Geology Made Easy: (Family Program)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Through hands-on experiments & activities, you'll see just how interesting rocks can be.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Geology Made Easy: (Family Program)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Through hands-on experiments & activities, you'll see just how interesting rocks can be.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Having a Ball -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 28, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out, but can call for the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about attending balls in the Gilded Age era. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Sunday Art Studios: 3D Paper Olana Model Making
Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
10am -12pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Free, All Ages. Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project.
These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art!  More information at www.olana.org.

Native American Winter Games & Sports Festival
Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Naive American Winter Games and Sports Festival.Free and Open to the Public.

Snow Snake,Snow Boat, Snowshoeing, Dog Sledding, Story Telling, Longhouse.

Free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Make and Take Bird Feeder. Iroquois White Corn inspired food for purchase.

Suggested donation $10 per family

Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: “Let’s Discover Nature” Hour – Ages 3 - 5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

January 14: No Bears Live Here!
January 28: Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head!
February 11: To Nature With Love
February 25: Creatures Of The Dark
March 10: Mice Are Nice?
March 24: Finding Your Way

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Build a Terrarium
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
Takes place at Wagon House Education Center
Last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12 pm (drop-in), $10/child (parents free), Ages 3-5
Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. More information at www.olana.org.

Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

January 12: Tracks & Traces
January 26: Snowflakes
February 9: To Nature With Love
February 23: Planets
March 8: Rainbows
March 22: Spring Is Here

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Birding Basics for Beginners
Sunday, February 21, 2016 02:30 PM - 04:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will introduce adults to birds and their adaptations. It will provide information on where to go and what to get to learn more. Bring binoculars. Approximately one mile; much sitting.

Registration: Required
Colonial Kid’s Crafts
Sunday, February 21, 2016 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 860-9094

Childhood wasn't all fun and games in Colonial and Revolutionary times, but they did have some simple toys to pass the time. Bring the family and make and design a ‘Jacob's Ladder' toy. Please call or e-mail to RSVP. Cost: $2.00 per crafter.

Barnett Homestead
30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090

Registration: Required
Look to the Stars
Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 6 and older with adult supervision.

Join us to hear traditional Seneca and Haudenosaunee Star Stories and have some fun creating your own star wind catcher to hang in your room or by a window.

Experience our hands-on exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center including our interactive Seneca Bark Longhouse replica, and take a brisk walk on our nature filled site.

Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0
Saturday, February 20, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(Snow Date February 21) 
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$20/Member, $25/Non-Member, or $50/Entire Series, Ages 21 and up
Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half of working, wine and cheese, all with a masterful instructor whose skills help keep this tradition alive. Supplies provided.  More information at www.olana.org.

Winter Celebration: (Family Program)
Saturday, February 20, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Walk through stations with hands on activities and science experiments. Each station will have unique winter-themed activities. Stop by during this special event.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Animal Teachings
Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Free with museum admission. Recommended for all ages with adult supervision.

Join us for a full day of fun and learning featuring traditional Seneca and Haudenosaunee Animal Teachings.

Beginning at 11 am, hear turtle stories, create a turtle puppet and color a traditional Haudenosaunee turtle back calendar. Activity and stories run from 11 am - 2pm. Then for an extra special treat, hear traditional rabbit stories in our auditorium and experience the Iroquois Rabbit Dance.

Visit our hands-on exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center including our interactive Seneca Bark Longhouse replica, and take a brisk walk on our nature filled site.

Be sure not to miss this one of a kind event!

Prehistoric Hysteria: (Children’s Program)
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Paint a fossil casting to take home.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Prehistoric Hysteria: (Children’s Program)
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Paint a fossil casting to take home.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
SNOW DAY!
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a break from winter break and join us for our annual day of winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt, and MYO animal sign cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 per person. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

SNOW DAY!
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a break from winter break and join us for our annual day of winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt, and MYO animal sign cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 per person. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Seneca Clay Pots
Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Participants will preview the Seneca Creation story film and hear a more detailed explanation of how earthen clay played a role in the story of creation. They will then learn how to fashion a traditional Seneca style pot and use wood and bone tools to decorate them in traditional Seneca designs.

$3 Materials Fee with Museum Admission. Recommended for ages 7 and up with adult supervision.

This program will be offered 11 am, 12:00 pm and 1 pm.

Experience our hands-on exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center including our interactive Seneca Bark Longhouse replica, and take a brisk walk on our nature filled site.

This is a perfect, family fun winter break activity!

Winter Wildlife Survival
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 446-2134

How is it that deer, wood frogs, or even praying mantis survive the winter? Come to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site and discover how our backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces! Program will involve a nature trek, searching for tracks and sign, hands-on furs, and games. This family-friendly program is suited for children 8 and up.Registration Required!!!

Registration: Required
Our Winged Friends, Too!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Free with museum admission.

Recommended for ages 6 and up with adult supervision.

Learn - Ganondagan's Rare Bird Habitat
Make - Eco-Friendly Curly birds

Ever wondered about winter bird habitats? Stop by and learn about Ganondagan's rare bird habitat and the vital role it plays in our environment and have a little fun by making Eco-Friendly Curly Birds!

Experience our hands-on exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center including our interactive Seneca Bark Longhouse replica, and take a brisk walk on our nature filled site.

This is a perfect, family fun winter break activity!

Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs!: (Family Program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Make a craft to take home with you.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs!: (Family Program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Make a craft to take home with you.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Owl Pellet Dissection: (Family program)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the world of these silent predators and learn how they hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Hug A Tree and Survive
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

The Hug a Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Our Winged Friends
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Join us for an afternoon of educational FUN! Listen to traditional Seneca and Haudenosaunee bird stories, then make a winter bird feeder for our fine, feathered friends.

Experience our hands-on exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center including our interactive Seneca Bark Longhouse replica, and take a brisk walk on our nature filled site.

This is a perfect, family fun winter break activity!

$3 materials fee with museum admission. All ages with adult supervision.

(Art)ic Adventure: My Life in Diorama with Tara Altebrando
Monday, February 15, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135
(*Snow date Friday, March 25- also a school holiday)
Takes place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center
$50/person includes novel, diorama kit & all materials, Ages 7-14, please bring a bag lunch and good outerwear

Young adult author Tara Altebrando will spend the day at Olana talking about literature, home, and making dioramas. Each participant will receive a copy of her novel, and a diorama kit. This is a great way to spend a winter school holiday; space is limited so register early. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj00_CV1AbQ. More information at www.olana.org.

Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Love & Marriage in the Gilded Age -- SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 14, 2016 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Sold out, but can call for the waiting list. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about courtship and marriage in Gilded Age society. Each participant will receive a 4 oz. tin of "Staatsburgh Blend" tea created by Harney & Sons. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion members. Reservations required; programs fills up fast. Snow date is the following Sunday. 
Registration: Required
Extreme Cold Survivors: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore some amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather through hands-on experiments.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Extreme Cold Survivors: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore some amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather through hands-on experiments.

There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Maple Sugaring
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

This hands-on program, geared for the average adult, will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree so you can make real maple syrup at home. You will also learn the cultural, historical, economic, and scientific background of this uniquely American craft. Short-walk. Not recommended for children.

Registration: Required
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