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Family Adventure: Hike and Seek
Saturday, January 10, 2015 01:00 PM
Camp Hero State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Try to find all the items listed while hiking through the park!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 668-5000.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids: Make a Mouse House
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. Children enjoy searching for mouse houses in the historic rooms while on tour in the holiday season. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 can tour the house briefly to see the mouse houses on display, and then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required, so please call to make a reservation and inquire about admission fee.
Registration: Required
Kids Outdoor Cooking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park educator will teach the kids about some delicious treats we can make over the open fire. Along with cooking some treats, we will learn a bit about safety when around an outdoor fire pit. $3 per child to cover food costs. All ages are welcome. Registration is necessary, please call 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.

Registration: Required
Kids Outdoor Cooking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park educator will teach the kids about some delicious treats we can make over the open fire. Along with cooking some treats, we will learn a bit about safety when around an outdoor fire pit. $3 per child to cover food costs. All ages are welcome. Registration is necessary, please call 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.

Registration: Required
Tasty Treats for Winter Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Lots of birds stick around for the long, cold winter and survive on seeds and berries. Bring a plastic net bag (the kind onions come in) to make a unique bird feeder to take home and hang in your yard. We will go outside and find native berries birds love to use in our muffin mix! While they bake, we will use binoculars and field guides to view and study the birds at our feeders. Take home a feeder and a list of shrubs that will feed the birds in your backyard. Free program, is open to adults and children.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Tasty Treats for Winter Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Lots of birds stick around for the long, cold winter and survive on seeds and berries. Bring a plastic net bag (the kind onions come in) to make a unique bird feeder to take home and hang in your yard. We will go outside and find native berries birds love to use in our muffin mix! While they bake, we will use binoculars and field guides to view and study the birds at our feeders. Take home a feeder and a list of shrubs that will feed the birds in your backyard. Free program, is open to adults and children.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Treasure Hunt!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Use a treasure map to discover clues and search for signs of critters along this 1 mile explore. If we succeed in finding all our clues, a treasure awaits!

$2/person or $5/family. Recommended for 5-10 year olds, but younger siblings are welcome to tag along for the adventure.

Held at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton. Please pre-register: 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Super Special Story Time Sessions: Wildlife in Winter
Thursday, December 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-1255
Did you ever wonder what wild animals outside do when the cold winds of winter blow? How do they survive those long, cold, dark nights? Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Children's Librarian, Amy Laber, to discover how wildlife survives winter. We'll read books that feature animals in winter and your children will learn about what animals do in winter. After the stories, we'll play a fun game in which children will pretend to be bears in winter and then they'll make a bear in a cave craft. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian. For pre-registration and information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, December 18, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is a moderate hike with some short steep sections. Participants will learn about the unique Appalachian forest community found along this ridge.

Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Consider bringing snacks to enjoy while on this hike.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, December 18, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is a moderate hike with some short steep sections. Participants will learn about the unique Appalachian forest community found along this ridge.

Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Consider bringing snacks to enjoy while on this hike.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Nature Homeschool
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The school year has begun again, and it's time to start our home school classes. This class will be $3 per child, and parents must be present during the class.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Nature Homeschool
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The school year has begun again, and it's time to start our home school classes. This class will be $3 per child, and parents must be present during the class.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Nature Gifts
Wednesday, December 17, 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.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Sunday, December 14, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney Frozen. Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111. This event is free and open to the public. Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney Frozen. Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111. This event is free and open to the public. Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Saturday, December 13, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney's "Frozen." Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111. This event is free and open to the public. Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Ice Candles
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

When did candles begin to be used? Where does wax come from? Discover the history of candles while using hot wax and ice to create a unique candle just in time for the holidays.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney's "Frozen." Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111. This event is free and open to the public. Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Wreath Making
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our annual wreath making demonstration and make your own wreath to take home, just in time for the holidays! Please bring any additional decorations you would like to decorate your wreath with and any pruners, if you have them. If you have a wreath base from the previous year, please bring that one to use. A $10 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Wreath Making
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our annual wreath making demonstration and make your own wreath to take home, just in time for the holidays! Please bring any additional decorations you would like to decorate your wreath with and any pruners, if you have them. If you have a wreath base from the previous year, please bring that one to use. A $10 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Sweet Sweater Upcycle Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Have an old sweater that you just can't part with? Upcycle it! We've taken the best that Pinterest and DIY websites have to offer and found a collection of easy and fun projects using old sweaters! With a few cuts, some quick sewing and a little creativity, you'll take away several lovely handmade items, and just in time for the Holidays! Participants should bring old sweaters, needles, thread, sewing pins, scissors and optional decorative buttons.

Program is appropriate for ages 13 and up, some sewing experience is helpful. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Winter Wildlife Strategies
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Have you ever wondered how animals and insects survive winter without layering up or central heating? Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, at the Minnewaska Nature Center as we take a look at a few species and see how they do it! This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years. Well-behaved siblings of any age are always welcome!

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

Registration: Required
Sweet Sweater Upcycle Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Have an old sweater that you just can't part with? Upcycle it! We've taken the best that Pinterest and DIY websites have to offer and found a collection of easy and fun projects using old sweaters! With a few cuts, some quick sewing and a little creativity, you'll take away several lovely handmade items, and just in time for the Holidays! Participants should bring old sweaters, needles, thread, sewing pins, scissors and optional decorative buttons.

Program is appropriate for ages 13 and up, some sewing experience is helpful. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Friday, December 12, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney's "Frozen."  Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served.  Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111.  This event is free and open to the public.  Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Outdoor Tykes
Friday, December 12, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Join with other preschool age children for a fun outing in the park. Bundle up for a short hike where we'll move like the animals and then come inside for a lantern nature craft.

Meets at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, NY. Pre-register please: 279-1155.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Boxwood Trees
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Mary Hughes, Olana Flower Garden Caretaker, will guide participants to create their own unique table top tree constructed out of fresh boxwood cuttings. Boxwood trees are great to enhance the home for the holidays and will last until Spring. All materials are provided with the class, including ribbons, bulbs, decorative fruit and pine cones.

Space is limited for this class. Participants must pre-register to shasbrook@olana.org or 518-828-1872 x109

Adults welcome; $30/person, $25/member, vehicle use fee applies

Registration: Required
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Kids Winter Craft
Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Bring the kids and enjoy a craft you don't have to clean up after. The Friends of Moreau Lake will be hosting the crafts and providing all supplies! Spots are limited so please call to register, 518-793-0511.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Kids Winter Craft
Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Bring the kids and enjoy a craft you don't have to clean up after. The Friends of Moreau Lake will be hosting the crafts and providing all supplies! Spots are limited so please call to register, 518-793-0511.

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. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Youth Snowmobile Safety Course
Saturday, December 6, 2014 08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Free course for youth ages 10-18 offered at the Grafton VFW on South Road. Learn essential safety tips and enjoy a free lunch offered by Gafton Trail Blazers. Parents encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration required: 279-1155

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Coyotes
Thursday, December 4, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to take a peek at coyotes! First we will look at coyotes, hear some stories and look at some examples of this curious animal. Afterward, participants will create a plaster cast of a coyote's paw print. While the plaster is hardening, we will venture outside for a fun, educational game about coyotes! This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved siblings are always welcome.

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Wreath Making at Olana
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Mary Hughes, Olana Flower Garden Caretaker, will teach the art of creating wreaths in this hands-on workshop. Exquisite natural materials will be provided to create your own wreath. Bring your own pair of pruning shears.

Space is limited, please pre-register by preceding Thursday to 518-828-1872 x109 or shasbrook@olana.org

Adults welcome; $20/person, $15/member

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Cold Weather Friends
Wednesday, December 3, 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.

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Fun for Kids: Ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Families: Nature Collages
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other families at Minnewaska to make art using materials from the natural world. First, we will look at examples of collage and explore a few assembly techniques. Then, we will search nearby trails to gather items to use in our art project. The fun begins when we return to the Nature Center and we create our collages. This program is recommended for children aged six to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. 

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off with a hike to the hatchery and back (approx. 3 miles). Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Hike and Seek!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 01:00 PM
Shadmoor State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

How observant are you? Try to find all the items listed on our list while hiking through the park. Join us at the different parks - each has its own treasures.

Reservations are required, and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 668-2554.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Picture Perfect
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Paint a picture frame of your own! Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Bring a 2x2 picture to put in your frame! A $3 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 4 & up.

Registration: Required
Picture Perfect
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Paint a picture frame of your own! Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Bring a 2x2 picture to put in your frame! A $3 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 4 & up.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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

Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3/17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Wreath Making Class
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Sick and tired of buying wreaths that aren't exactly what you want and they just aren't fresh enough? Come take a wreath making class and make a fresh wreath that you can decorate yourself. This is a skill that you can use year after year.

Please call to make reservations, 793-0511. $20 each.

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.

Registration: Required
Wreath Making Class
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Sick and tired of buying wreaths that aren't exactly what you want and they just aren't fresh enough? Come take a wreath making class and make a fresh wreath that you can decorate yourself. This is a skill that you can use year after year.

Please call to make reservations, 793-0511. $20 each.

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.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Dream Catchers
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Each family member will make their own dream catcher and then decorate it with feathers, beads and shells. Some children will need parental help.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Food for the Birds
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make food for the winter birds. We'll use pine cones to make a delicious snack that you can hang in trees near your house. Then, you can watch as your neighborhood birds enjoy the treats! Stay after the craft for a relatively easy hike along Beacon Hill Carriage Road, where children can play a bird scavenger hunt game and look for raptors soaring about the cliffs at the end of the carriage road. This program is recommended for children of all ages, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. Younger children may require assistance from their parents.

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Meets at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Rustic Tablescapes for Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Join Marlene Marshall, artist and author of the book Woodland Style Projects to create a delightful rustic centerpiece that will wow your dinner guests and is sure to be a conversation piece during your Thanksgiving holiday. Be inspired by Frederic Church's artist-designed landscape and collect "found" natural items to design your beautiful natural masterpiece.

Please pre-register by preceeding Thursday to 518-828-1872 x109 or shasbrook@olana.org

All ages welcome; $15/person, $10/members

Registration: Required
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