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Winter Break Mini-Camp: A Jay Holiday
Thursday, December 31, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, tour the period rooms, learn about the Jay family's holiday traditions, then make your own decoration.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Here, There and Everywhere!
Thursday, December 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about how people traveled 200 years ago, then make your own travel journal.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Top Secret!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about John Jay's spies, then try your hand at using invisible ink and decoding secret messages!
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Heat & Light
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn how people 200 years ago functioned without heat and electricity, then make your own hand-dipped candles.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: What's Cooking?
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, experience what it was like to cook in a kitchen 200 years ago and cook an historic recipe. 
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Hats Off!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Did you know that most old houses did not have closets or bathrooms? Kids will tour the bedrooms then make their own mini-storage trunk.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Winter Wonder
Monday, December 28, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about what winter was like for the Jay family at the farm. Kids will make snowfall jars to take home.
Registration: Required
Winter Break Mini-Camp: Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Monday, December 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101
Drop-off program between Dec. 28th-31st for children ages 5-10. Session one takes place from 10am-12pm, the second from 1pm-3pm. Kids may attend either or both sessions. Those attending both should bring a lunch. $20 per session for non-members; $15 per session for Friends members. Advance registration/payment required; call 914-232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Today, learn about various architectural styles represented at the Homestead and in your community, and build a gingerbread house.
Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lenape Indians
Thursday, December 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fee: Free. $8 Vehicle use fee

2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A free, walk-in program for families with children ages 3-10 which takes place during Farm Market. This Saturday, join us at the farm market and celebrate autumn by making a pumpkin craft. 
The Art & Practice of Seed Saving Series - Thresh & Winnow: Harvesting, Cleaning and Storing Seeds
Saturday, October 3, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Be a part of a community seed system! In three short classes, learn everything you need to know to harvest seeds from your favorite plants. Class discussion focuses on vegetable seeds, but is appropriate for those who want to collect seeds from ornamental and native plants as well. Gardening starts with seeds. Why not collect and save your own? Sign up for one or all three classes. $30 per class or $75 for the series. Today, we focus on Thresh and Winnow: Harvesting, Cleaning and Storing Seeds.
Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Apples
Thursday, October 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Herbarium Art
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

Herbarium Art
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Teacher Development: Project Learning Tree
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on forests and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 3 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov  

Registration: Required
Teacher Development: Project Learning Tree
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on forests and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 3 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov  

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

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

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

 

The Bricks of our Foundation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Celebrate the history of Clay Pit Ponds by making your own brick to take home.
The Bricks of our Foundation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Celebrate the history of Clay Pit Ponds by making your own brick to take home.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: To Be a Tree
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am or 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Remake Our Waterfront
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

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

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

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
"100 Years of Change in the Kitchen"
Monday, September 14, 2015 12:30 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200 ext 106

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

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

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

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

Free to attend, nominal fee charged for museum entry

2nd Saturday at the Farm Market
Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
A free, walk-in program for families with children ages 3-10 which takes place during Farm Market. This Saturday, come and learn all about our heritage breed chickens. One of our “chicken experts” will take you into the coop where you will help care for our chickens.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Organic Pest & Disease Management
Thursday, September 10, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 4 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Organic Pest & Disease Management. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Planet Palooza
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Oysters 101
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 7, 2015 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Register at Beach Nature Center at Long Pond. Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality. Prizes for everyone!
Tie-Dye
Monday, September 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Bring a t-shirt, pillow case, or bandana to tie-dye at the Green Lakes State Park Tulip Hill Shelter on Monday, September 7th.

Visit the Tulip Hill Shelter anytime between 10am and 3pm with a cotton article to dye!

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.

Campfire Cooking
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn how to make some tasty treats over the campfire at the Green Lakes State Park Lakeview Picnic Area on Sunday, September 6th.

 Registration is required. Register at Honesty.Rohrer@parks.ny.gov  or by calling 315-637-6111. Supplies are limited.

Choose the 11am or 2pm session.

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Garden Smarter - Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
Thursday, September 3, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 3 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Bird Watching
Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Break out the binoculars to observe our avian friends before they head south for the colder months.

Open to ages 8-11.

Bird Watching
Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Break out the binoculars to observe our avian friends before they head south for the colder months.

Open to ages 8-11.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

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

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

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

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

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

Registration: Required
Kite Crafting
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us as we craft kites to sail in the winds blowing through the preserve.
Kite Crafting
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us as we craft kites to sail in the winds blowing through the preserve.
The Heirloom Tomato: Growing and Saving Tomato Seeds
Saturday, August 29, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Not only are heirloom tomatoes a prized garden crops, the seeds inside may be collected when the fruit is harvested for eating. Gardeners can easily save and share seeds—
and grow their favorite tomatoes—year after year. Sample the instructor’s favorite tomatoes, and leave with some heirloom seeds to grow next year. $25.
Herbarium Class - Collecting and Preserving Plants
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Flora lovers unite! The Council of Park Friends plant and garden expert Debbie will lead a 2 part class on how to create your own preserved plant collection. This class will focus on the methods used when collecting herbaceous plants for an herbarium but participants will also be able to use their plants for art or other display purposes. The first class (August 8th) will be out in the field where you will learn how to collect plants, document them, and either bring them home for pressing or press them in the field. This 2nd class will be inside, where you will mount the dried plants, prepare labels, and discuss storage and organization. There will be a single fee of $5 for the 2 classes and supplies will be included.

*There is a $4 per car entry fee to the park on weekends.

Space is limited; please email Jessica at jpaterac@syr.edu to reserve your spot in advance.

We will supply herbarium sheets, labels and glue. Participants should bring their own notebook for field notes and should bring a pencil (not pen).

The Council of Park Friends is a non-profit organization and these programs are made possible by donations.

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

The Art & Practice of Seed Saving Series - Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Vegetables
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Be a part of a community seed system! In three short classes, learn everything you need to know to harvest seeds from your favorite plants. Class discussion focuses on vegetable seeds, but is appropriate for those who want to collect seeds from ornamental and native plants as well. Gardening starts with seeds. Why not collect and save your own? Sign up for one or all three classes. $30 per class or $75 for the series. Today, we focus on
Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Vegetables.
Registration: Required
Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Organic Gardening Basics
Thursday, August 27, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 2 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Organic Gardening Basics. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Friends of Moreau Lake Craft
Thursday, August 27, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center. Please call to register, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Friends of Moreau Lake Craft
Thursday, August 27, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center. Please call to register, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Run with the Wind
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about sustainability by building a wind turbine to harness a form of renewable energy.

Open to ages 8-11

Run with the Wind
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Learn about sustainability by building a wind turbine to harness a form of renewable energy.

Open to ages 8-11

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

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

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

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

 

Herbarium Art
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

Herbarium Art
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Join us once a month this summer to frame pressed leaves and flowers. Please bring your own glass frame or a $5 suggested donation.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Tropical Treehouse
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 24, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Composting Class with OCRRA
Sunday, August 23, 2015 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Do you dream of being more eco-friendly? Would you like your family to learn? A recycling and composting specialist will guide in the creation of your own compost bin to bring home with you! The cost of the class will be ~$15 for supplies. Please email Jessica at jpaterac@syr.edu to sign up for this event in advance.

The Council of Park Friends is a non-profit organization and these programs are made possible by donations.

L.I. Aardvarks Music Program
Sunday, August 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-8668

Join us for a foot stomping, jingle shaking, drum drumming hullabaloo that both kids and parents enjoy. Geared toward toddlers and children 4 months to 4 years old. Make your own musical instruments.

Sensory Garden programming events are FREE ADMISSION with $8 parking fee. All programs start at 12pm and registration is required. Rain or shine.

To register please call Antigone Zaharakis at (516) 922-8668 or email education@plantingfields.org

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

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

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

Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

Compass Course and Games
Sunday, August 23, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course and Games
Sunday, August 23, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

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

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

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Planning the Garden
Thursday, August 20, 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Part 1 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Planning the Garden. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series.
Registration: Required
Colonial Games Day
Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 965-4027
Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Junior Naturalists: Mask Making Part 2 and Natural Sculptures
Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to finish your marvelous masks! We will spend the morning painting and putting the finishing touches on our masks. Then we will explore an area along the Peter's Kill stream where kids will make their own sculptures and drawings out of natural elements such as rocks, leaves and twigs found on the ground. This program is recommended for children between the ages of 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger children may require assistance from parents.

Pre-registration is required for all programs; call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot.

About Junior Naturalists: Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so plan to stay after the program! Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

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

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

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

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

 

Build a Birdhouse
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Make a home for the birds to put in your backyard wildlife habitat.
Build a Birdhouse
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Make a home for the birds to put in your backyard wildlife habitat.
Junior Naturalists: Mask Making Part 1 and Hike to Compass Rock
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to create a one of a kind paper mache mask! We will spend the morning creating masks using various objects for facial features and covering them with paper mache. Once our masks are finished, we will leave them to begin drying as take an approximately two mile hike uphill on a rocky High Peter's Kill Footpath to reach Compass Rock. There we will enjoy an expansive, cliff-edge view of the Catskills. The masks will finish drying overnight and we will decorate them the next day. This program is recommended for children between the ages of 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger children may require assistance from parents and need to be able to accomplish the hike with the group.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot.

About Junior Naturalists: Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so plan to stay after the program! Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Back to the Future...of Water
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

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

 

Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 17, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

Kids' Canal Camp
Monday, August 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
Phone: (315) 687-3801

There will be lots of fun learning about life on the Erie Canal with hands-on activities including archaeology.

Camp will only be Monday, Wednesday and Friday of that week; campers will not report on Tuesday or Thursday.

For more information, call Diane Brandt at 687-3801 or email coordinator@clcbm.org

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies
Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-8668

Learn about the fascinating world of butterflies with one of our educators. A scientific exploration uncovering of the caterpillars and butterflies that make thier home within the Sensory Garden. Make a butterfly wind chime to take home.

Sensory Garden programming events are FREE ADMISSION with $8 parking fee. All programs start at 12pm and registration is required. Rain or shine.

To register please call Antigone Zaharakis at (516) 922-8668 or email education@plantingfields.org

Registration: Required
Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 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. Reservations are required with 24 hours advance notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 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. Reservations are required with 24 hours advance notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Make Your Own Animal Track
Sunday, August 16, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the plaster hardens, we'll take an approximately two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath to look for signs of animal activity. This hike features some tricky footing, elevation changes and gorgeous scenic views. This program is designed for children between the ages of 7-10 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please call the Park Preserve 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. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska. 

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

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

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

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

Cliff Critters at Sam's Point
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Learn all about the animals living at the edge of the cliffs on this gentle, guided walk to the Sam's Point Overlook. Along the way we'll examine evidence of real animals. Upon our return to the Visitor Center, you'll make your own watercolor collage of a cliff-side wildlife scene. This program is recommended for families with young children up to the age of eight. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

 

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

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

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

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

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee

Colonial Games Day
Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 965-4027
Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Art Workshop - Collaborate: Our 3D Urban Panorama
Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park
Phone: (212) 486-0195

Join us for Family Art Workshops this summer! Families will explore topics like architecture and design, then create original works of art inspired by the Louis Kahn designed Park.

On August 13, families will collaborate to build a 3-dimensional cityscape, transforming recycled materials into model buildings.

Ages 3+. Registration encouraged, $5/child, members free. Our family art workshops are designed for children and their caregivers to work together on art-making projects. We recommend one adult per two children.

Register here

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

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

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

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

 

Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Alice in Waterland
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 10, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Kids on Canvas
Sunday, August 9, 2015 12:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-8668

Abrakadoodle Kids on Canvas is designed to stir children's imaginations by exploring the world of art. Sip lemonade and create your very own masterpiece. For children 6 years or older.

Sensory Garden programming events are FREE ADMISSION with $8 parking fee. All programs start at 12pm and registration is required. Rain or shine.

To register please call Antigone Zaharakis at (516) 922-8668 or email education@plantingfields.org

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

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

Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

Intro to Map and Compass for Kids at Sam's Point
Sunday, August 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Improve your family's outdoor skills by learning how to read a map and use a compass. You will practice using a map and compass to identify landmarks, then you will try a navigation challenge in the woods. This program is recommended for families with children between the ages of 6-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. 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.

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

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

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

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

Wonderful Wind
Saturday, August 8, 2015 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
This program will "blow you away!" Join us to celebrate wind with fun activities by Cherry Plain's beach.
Herbarium Class - Collecting and Preserving Plants
Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Flora lovers unite! The Council of Park Friends plant and garden expert Debbie will lead a 2 part class on how to create your own preserved plant collection. This class will focus on the methods used when collecting herbaceous plants for an herbarium but participants will also be able to use their plants for art or other display purposes. The first class will be out in the field where you will learn how to collect plants, document them, and either bring them home for pressing or press them in the field. The 2nd class (August 29th) will be inside, where you will mount the dried plants, prepare labels, and discuss storage and organization. There will be a single fee of $5 for the 2 classes and supplies will be included.

*There is a $4 per car entry fee to the park on weekends.

Space is limited; please email Jessica at jpaterac@syr.edu to reserve your spot in advance.

We will supply herbarium sheets, labels and glue. Participants should bring their own notebook for field notes and should bring a pencil (not pen).

The Council of Park Friends is a non-profit organization and these programs are made possible by donations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 8, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 8, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Teacher Development: Project WILD & WILD Aquatic
Friday, August 7, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on wildlife and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 2 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Teacher Development: Project WILD & WILD Aquatic
Friday, August 7, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us as we partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for these interactive workshops.

This program focuses on wildlife and ecosystems.

Bring a lunch and wear pants with sneakers or hiking boots.

Please RSVP 2 weeks in advance to Emily Becker by calling 718-605-3970 ext. 201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Friends of Moreau Lake Craft
Thursday, August 6, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center. Please call to register, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Friends of Moreau Lake Craft
Thursday, August 6, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center. Please call to register, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Family Art Workshop - Engineer: A Marble Play Mountain
Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park
Phone: (212) 486-0195

Join us for Family Art Workshops this summer! Families will explore topics like architecture and design, then create original works of art inspired by the Louis Kahn designed book.

In this workshop, kids will imagine and engineer their own "mini-playscape" at a marble's scale, using recycled and found objects. At the end, we will test out our creations in the "Marble Play Mountain Challenge!"

Ages 3+. Registration encouraged. $5/child, members free. Our family art workshops are designed for children and their caregivers to work together on art-making projects. We recommend one adult per two children.

Register here

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

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

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

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

 

Junior Naturalists: Wilderness Skills Hike
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 09:15 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators on this interactive five mile hike on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Before beginning the hike we will learn about the ten essentials for wilderness survival and the basics of using a compass. This program is suggested for children between the ages of 8-13, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All participants should come prepared with proper hiking shoes, plenty of water and food. Pre-registration is required.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Junior Naturalists: Weird Science
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to conduct these fun and slightly strange science experiments! We will spend the morning in the Peter's Kill area of the Park Preserve participating in activities such as color changing paper flowers, and ice cream in a bag! This program is recommended for children between the ages of 6-10 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This program will meet at the Park Preserve Office, located in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

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

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

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

Treasure Hunting in Letchworth
Monday, August 3, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geocaching & orienteering, includes short walk. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Visitor Center.

Playing with Plants
Sunday, August 2, 2015 12:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-8668

Learn all about the life cycle of plants with one of our educators. Listen as The Cat in the Hat explains how seeds grow. Plant your own mini sensory garden and enjoy a dirt pudding snack filled with yummy gummy worms.

Sensory Garden programming events are FREE ADMISSION with $8 parking fee. All programs start at 12pm and registration is required. Rain or shine.

To register please call Antigone Zaharakis at (516) 922-8668 or email education@plantingfields.org

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, August 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advance notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, August 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator. Reservations are required with 24 hours advance notice, 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 appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice by calling 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Make Your Own Field Guide
Sunday, August 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

 

Morning Blueberry Walk for Families
Sunday, August 2, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a delicious morning stroll through the old Minnewaska golf course and orchard. This approximately mile-and-a-half long route wanders amongst blueberry bushes that should be ripe for the picking. Bring a small bag to collect as we hike. Children of all ages are welcome; however, a backpack style carrier is necessary for children who are not able to walk this distance on their own. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

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

Registration: Required
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