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Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, October 27, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, September 29, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Freshkills Sneak 'Peak'
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come find our table and get to know more about us at the workshop and information area at Freshkills Park's fifth annual sneak peak. Adults and children alike can make and fly your own kites, meet ponies and goats, build a birdhouse and explore the skies for birds. There are countless activities awaiting you whether you are an adventurer or prefer to relax in the park. Learn about Freshkills Park at this can't miss event with excitement for all ages!

Event is free, rain or shine!

More information can be found at: nyc.gov/sneakpeak

Freshkills Sneak 'Peak'
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Come find our table and get to know more about us at the workshop and information area at Freshkills Park's fifth annual sneak peak. Adults and children alike can make and fly your own kites, meet ponies and goats, build a birdhouse and explore the skies for birds. There are countless activities awaiting you whether you are an adventurer or prefer to relax in the park. Learn about Freshkills Park at this can't miss event with excitement for all ages!

Event is free, rain or shine!

More information can be found at: nyc.gov/sneakpeak

JHC Jay Day: Fall Family Festival
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 AM
Jay Heritage Center
Phone: (914) 698-9275

Jay Day 2014, Fall Family Festival at the Jay Heritage Center! Come enjoy the day, take part in pony rides, face painting, pumpkin activities, apple coring, a Farmers Market, and more, all set to the tune of fun festival music played on the Jay Veranda! Watch a falconer in the meadow, and pick up a picnic lunch from one of the tasty food trucks!

Fees: $10.00 per person / $40.00 per family

 

Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
National Public Lands Day - Allegany State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9121

Who doesn’t love it? The camping, the programs, the hiking….. so why not spend a few hours out of your year caring for the park you love? On Saturday, September 27th Allegany State Park will once again take part in National Public Lands Day. This is a national celebration that gives people a chance to give back, by helping to care for the public lands they use.

Check for details on www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark

OR www.publiclandsday.org

 

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Tiny Turtles
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, September 22, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Vajrayana Buddhism and the Spirits of the Earth
Sunday, September 21, 2014 03:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

The CNY Medicine Buddha Prayer Society, would like to present Lama Namdrol Tulku Rinpoche from Singapore, who will give a public talk on "Vajrayana Buddhism and the Spirits of the Earth" and also hold a traditional Buddhist incense smoke offering. The offering of incense in the form of smoke from green juniper and other sacred woods and resins is a common ritual in Buddhist countries like Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, China and Mongolia. Offering this incense smoke along with the recitation of traditional Buddhist prayers, honors and shows respect for the local earth deities and spirits which increases good will and harmony in the local environment. All are welcome to attend the public talk and participate in the ritual.

This event is free and open to everyone!

Kites Over the Hudson
Saturday, September 20, 2014 02:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195

Come fly a kite and add some color to the majestic Hudson River's breathtaking view. The first 150 children under the age of 15 will receive a free kite and prizes will be awarded in various kite-related categories. Museum admission and admission to the headquarters used by General and Mrs. Washington during the last days of the Revolutionary War is free, thanks to the support of Central Hudson and the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. Call 845-562-1195 for further details or directions.

Kites will be given free to the first 150 youth 12 or under. Admission is free thanks to generous support of Central Hudson. Program also sponsorered by Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands, and the Palisades Parks Conservancy.

Trashbusters
Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, September 15, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Monarch Migration
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Early autumn is the time of year to observe the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly. Explore the life cycle, migration, routes, and how you can help to save this species. A short walk in the park will give us a closer look into the world of these butterflies.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Minnewaska's 5th Annual Volunteer Trail Work Day
Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come to the Park Preserve to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers in this stewardship project. Join members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a region-wide volunteer organization devoted to maintaining and improving public trails, and Park Preserve staff to help improve one of the many scenic footpaths that meander through Minnewaska. Volunteers will use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and tree roots, clear woodland debris, build water bars and improve the trail route. This event is also a great way for students in public school to accrue necessary community service hours for completion of their requirements. This program is recommended for adults and teenagers, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools including loppers, bow saws and clipping shears. The parking fee will be waived for participants volunteering for this program.

Pre-registration is required by September 13 by phone at 845-255-0752, or by email: Laura.Conner@parks.ny.gov

Hiking or work boots recommended.

Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651

Come and learn about the heritage breed chickens that live at John Jay Homestead. An expert will take you to the coop, and teach you and your children how to care for chickens. This is a free, walk-in program for families with children aged 3 to 10.

Adult Ed-venture: Birds with Botany for Beginners
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds... no birds? We'll learn about plants! Bring binoculars.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older. Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Bird & Breakfast
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of the Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society) and a presentation introducing the local and migratory birds seen in our area. Afterward, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced  birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Wonderful Wildflowers
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, September 8, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 5, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, September 5, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, September 1, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Last Day of Summer! Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

12pm Registration, 3pm Judging. Free to sign up. Prizes for all participants, but extra points awarded for originality. Join us on Long Pond beach!

Last Day of Swimming for the Summer & Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 1, 2014
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

12 pm Registration, 3pm Judging. Free to sign up. Prizes for all participants, but extra points awarded for originality. Join us on Long Pond beach!

Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 31, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Bean Bag Toss
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids today? Come to Moreau Lake State Park and enjoy the beach. At 10:30, take a break from the water and play a fun game at the nature center. No reservation required.
Registration: Required
Bean Bag Toss
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids today? Come to Moreau Lake State Park and enjoy the beach. At 10:30, take a break from the water and play a fun game at the nature center. No reservation required.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Wild for Wildlife
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Calling all wildlife detectives! Join us at the Minnewaska Nature Center for an introduction to wildlife detection and to make a plaster cast of an animal track to take home. While these tracks are solidifying, we'll meander through the site of the former resort golf course in search of wildlife activity in the form of browse, scat, and tracks. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, August 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during this interactive program introducing turtles, snakes and frogs. Then, enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of the animals that call Connetquot home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Trashbusters
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve clean by volunteering your time and effort to help us pick up trash around the Park. We ask that you bring sturdy gloves and bottled water. Groups are welcome. Volunteer service letters can be presented upon request.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
War of 1812 Encampment
Saturday, August 30, 2014 until Sunday, August 31, 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 745-7611

Living History programs recreate the War of 1812. Battle demonstrations, uniform and weapons programs, Saturday night battle depicting the capture of Fort Niagara in December 1813.

Hug a Tree and Survive with S'mores!
Thursday, August 28, 2014 07:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
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 6-12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. Please join us for a campfire with s'mores after the presentation. This program costs $5 per child. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

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 Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Hunt
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Butterflies are one of the most beautiful living things in nature and they are a source of endless fascination for young children. Join Jamie McGinnis, volunteer naturalist, for a walk around the Wildmere area of Minnewaska with your toddler to look for butterflies and flowers. Please plan to meet at the informational kiosk located in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
The Habitat Web
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 02:30 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

During this program children will explore the web of connections among living and non-living things. This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 10. Registration is required.

Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Darling Dragonflies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Mine Kill Mondays Disc Golf Clinic/Doubles League
Monday, August 25, 2014 04:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

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

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

Scavenger Hunt
Monday, August 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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. $1 per child. Please call to make reservations, 793-0511.

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 adequate clothing and footwear.

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

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Monday, August 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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. $1 per child. Please call to make reservations, 793-0511.

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 adequate clothing and footwear.

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

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Afternoon Session
Sunday, August 24, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Do Fairies Live in Letchworth?
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Building fairy houses. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

1 mile, 1/2 hour.

Family Adventure: Seashore Exploration
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the beach. Dress for wading. Bring sunscreen, a towel and tightly tied shoes.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Kayaking with Tina Morning Session
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
Join Tina, an ACA certified kayak instructor, for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your Kayak. Each participant must have their own kayak and coast guard-approved PFD. Please call for imformation and registration.
Registration: Required
Hats Off to Summer!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site invites you to tip your hat in tribute to the last glorious days of summer during Hats Off To Summer! on Saturday, August 23rd from 11am - 5pm, and Sunday, August 24th, from 1-5pm.

Children and those young at heart are invited to make tricorns and mobcaps and wear their creations throughout the day. The historic Hasbrouck farmhouse, no stranger to such headgear since General and Mrs. Washington headquartered there during the last days of the Revolutionary War, will be open for guided tours.

While headquartered at the Hasbrouck House, General Washington announced the Cessation of Hostilities - a prelude to the signing of the Peace Treaty of Paris officially ending the Revolutionary War, quelled a potential military rebellion, and created the Badge of Military Merit, precursor to the Purple Heart.

If you like, wear your 18th century chapeau on a tour of the Headquarters, or in the Museum, which houses the award-winning exhibit, "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection" featuring over 1,300 artifacts, or wear it while strolling through our picturesque park. The take home craft is free with Museum admission.

Family Adventure: Night Hike
Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the night. Learn how nocturnal animals find their way in the darkness with several hands-on activities. Then, put your knowledge to the test on a walk to see and hear the creatures that come out after dark.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Rockin' Reptiles and Leapin' Lizards
Saturday, August 23, 2014 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Visiting educators from the Children's Museum of Science and Technology will share some of their animal ambassadors with you. Program offered at tent above Long Pond beach.

Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Explore Mine Kill by Kayak, Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, August 23, 2014 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Join American Canoe Association certified kayak instructors for a chance to explore beautiful Mine Kill State Park on the water! Bring your kayak, paddle and PFD to the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir boat launch on Saturday, August 23 from 9AM-3PM for a full day of learning and fun on the water.

Paddlers will be led to an outstanding view of one of the park's resident bald eagle nests and will hopefully catch a glimpse of our national bird. Other great sights will include the NYPA Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project, fascinating geology and the outlet of the Mine Kill creek. Paddlers will also learn advanced maneuvers in addition to deep water exits and kayak recoveries.

Please contact the Mine Kill park office at (518) 827-8690 or email michael.fagerstrom@parks.ny.gov to register for this event. The cost to participate is $20 per paddler. This event is limited to the first 15 paddlers and is geared toward intermediate/advanced level paddlers.

*This event is geared toward intermediate/advanced level paddlers. Registration is required for this event.

Registration: Required
Hats Off to Summer!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site invites you to tip your hat in tribute to the last glorious days of summer during Hats Off To Summer! on Saturday, August 23rd from 11am - 5pm, and Sunday, August 24th, from 1-5pm.

Children and those young at heart are invited to make tricorns and mobcaps and wear their creations throughout the day. The historic Hasbrouck farmhouse, no stranger to such headgear since General and Mrs. Washington headquartered there during the last days of the Revolutionary War, will be open for guided tours.

While headquartered at the Hasbrouck House, General Washington announced the Cessation of Hostilities - a prelude to the signing of the Peace Treaty of Paris officially ending the Revolutionary War, quelled a potential military rebellion, and created the Badge of Military Merit, precursor to the Purple Heart.

If you like, wear your 18th century chapeau on a tour of the Headquarters, or in the Museum, which houses the award-winning exhibit, "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection" featuring over 1,300 artifacts, or wear it while strolling through our picturesque park. The take home craft is free with Museum admission.

Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures
Friday, August 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come explore the Interpretive Center and complete our indoor scavenger hunt, complete with questions to get to know more about Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Stone Tool Craftsman Show
Friday, August 22, 2014 until Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Featuring Flintknapping (tool-making demonstrations and vendors), Living History Encampments of the Fur Trade Era and Civil War Era and the Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition. Atlatl (spear-throwing) competition in Thursday through Sunday.

Meet at Highbanks Recreation Area.

Stone Tool Technology Show
Friday, August 22, 2014 until Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Flintknapping, tool making and demonstrations, Native American crafts, and Mountain Man encampment. 

Meet at the Highbanks Recreation Area.

Junior Naturalists: History Detectives in the Forest
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This new and exciting program allows your children to be junior explorers of the past by finding clues in the present day forest. As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many covered benches and bungalows, called summerhouses. All but one of these structures has been removed, but observant hikers can still find clues about where they used to be. Children will be given a series of clues to locate the site of a former summerhouse and then, the group will hike to find it. Along the way, each child will be given free time to find his or her own quiet place to sketch, read or observe nature. Once we reach our destination, each child will be given time to sketch their own version of a summerhouse. To conclude this outing, we'll walk to Awosting Falls, where everyone will have the opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the setting. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants must bring a sketch pad or notebook and pencil. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

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 $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking.

Registration: Required
2014 Sandcastle Contest
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

The contest will be held each Thursday beginning June 26 through August 28, 2014. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach.

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 Beach house. For further information, please call Hither Hills State Park at (631) 668-2554.

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