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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.

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

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
"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.

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
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 27, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 20, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 13, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, August 6, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Week Four Panorama: The Mysterious Benedict Society Visits Olana Wagon House
Monday, July 27, 2015 until Friday, July 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Panorama rifts off Trenton Lee Stewart's children's novel series The Mysterious Benedict Society. This book series celebrates youth who develop their special skills and encourages teamwork, traveling, as well as a perplexing puzzles and curious conundrums. Each youth will each receive a Kate inspired red bucket, will work in terms to translate Morse Code, solve riddles, train falcons, meet Mr. Benedict, and learn memory and climbing tips; teams of 4 will compete each day for the bag of diamonds. Not required to read the book series, but some exposure to the story line will be helpful. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child; AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

Registration: Required
Schoolhouse Summer Day Camp
Monday, July 27, 2015 until Friday, July 31, 2015
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200 ext 100

Embark on a new adventure every day at Portals to the Past! The Friends of Lorenzo invite inquisitive boys and girls (ages 8-12) to step back in time for the eleventh season of the popular Rippleton School House Summer Camp. The schoolhouse, mansion and beautiful grounds of Lorenzo will be our portals to the past, as we study life in the 19th century and explore worlds of science, art and nature.

9am-4pm each day. Camp is coordinated by Pat Hill. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For fees and more information, visit www.lorenzoNY.org or call Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100

Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 23, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Explore the rich history of Olana as a working farm in the 19th Century! Youth will engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on learning activities and art projects to develop their understanding of farming- both historical and current. Cultivate an appreciation for food and farming with workshops led by local ecologists and farmers. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child

Registration: Required
Skull & Bones
Sunday, July 19, 2015 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children will become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals.

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 16, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers
Monday, July 13, 2015 until Friday, July 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration with the Taconic Outdoor Education Center to bring you this camp for aspiring scientists and explorers. Frederic E. Church loved natural history, nature, and ecology. This camp will be led by seasoned environmental educators who have a number of fun-filled experiments, play and expeditions planned inside Olana's 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

Registration: Required
Skull & Bones
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children will become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals.

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 9, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Week One Panorama: Elements of Art
Monday, July 6, 2015 until Friday, July 10, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church's art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Work with one of the artists featured in Olana's En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To register visit www.olana.org or e-mail ahufnagel@olana.org.

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

Panorama takes place during the whole month of July. Families can choose to participate for one week or all the weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download camper registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel PO Box 199 Hudson, NY 12534 registration, online or by mail must be received by Monday March 16th to qualify for the discounted rate. Registration for all camps will close June 12.

Pricing BEFORE March 15: ONE WEEK $160/child, TWO WEEKS $300/child, THREE WEEKS $460/child, FOUR WEEKS $600/child

AFTER March 16: ONE WEEK $200/child, TWO WEEKS $380/child, THREE WEEKS $560/child, FOUR WEEKS $740/child 

Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, July 2, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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 Fun: X Marks The Spot
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lostfamily treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasurehunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues and usea compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: X Marks The Spot
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lostfamily treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasurehunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues and usea compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Exploring Life in the River
Sunday, June 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

We will use a seine net to discover the animals living in the shallow waters of the Nissequogue River. We may catch minnows or even shrimp! Bring sunscreen, a towel, and shoes appropriate forwater and mud.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Moon Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Take advantage of the fresh evening air with a pleasant walk alongthe moonlit trails of the preserve. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy a delightful summer night.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Underwater Wonders
Saturday, June 27, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover what's living in a pond! You will be amazed how active it is. Wear old shoes– it gets muddy!

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

 

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Seashore Explorers
Friday, June 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Celebrate summer! Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the sound. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
2015 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, June 25, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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.

Fee: $10 Vehicle use fee

Crepuscular Walks-Summer's Eve by the River
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Lower Falls Restaurant Parking Lot

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Ventures-Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory are specially noted.

Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 5th.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

 

Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
2015 Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-2100

This family-oriented event, themed "Great Outdoors", will entertain and educate children of all ages. Various organizations will be onsite to promote outdoor recreation and also discuss environmental issues and concerns.

Fee: $8 Vehicle use fee

Celebrate Nature at the Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-2100

Live Animals! Pony Rides! Fun Games! Arts & Crafts! Music! Earth Friendly!

Free Admission! (There is an $8.00 Vehicle Use Fee)

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-From Big to Small
Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-From Big to Small
Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Registration: Required
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Registration: Required
Is Herkimer Home Haunted?
Saturday, June 13, 2015 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 823-0398

We invite you to join Central New York Ghost Hunters, Herkimer Home Staff and volunteers for this exclusive 2 hour paranormal investigation of this famous historic site. Central New York Ghost Hunters focus on educating the public on paranormal activity, communication, and debunking. Participants will use a variety of ghost-detecting equipment such as EMF detectors, infrared thermometers, audio recorders and more. Herkimer Home staff will share the site's history as they guide you to each investigation location on the hallowed ground. Based on the groups' finding, you can determine whether the site is haunted!

The program will conclude with light refreshments in the Visitor Center exhibit area. Gifts and Ghost Hunter shirts will be available for purchase.

- Groups leave every 30 min. - First group at 6pm and last group at 10pm - Group size is limited Cost: $15 per person (All proceeds go to Herkimer Home)

 Ages: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Family-friendly tours leave at 6, 6:30, and 7pm

 

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

 Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survivaltechniques. We will take an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smithto catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survivaltechniques. We will take an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smithto catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Greenway Hike- York Landing North
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Park at the York Landing Parking Area off York Landing road in the Town of York. Meet at the Information Kiosk.

This two-year hike series will include all fourteen hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. This program was es- tablished to get people outdoors and active and was launched on I Love My Park Day in 2014. The hikes vary in distance and cov- er sections in the northern, mid- dle and southern portions of the Greenway.

For each hike there is a trail marker where a crayon or pencil can be used to create a rubbing. Participants may submit six rub- bings for Wegmans coupons or ten rubbings for a chance to win a New York State Empire Pass- port. The Empire Passport pro- vides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most of New York's State parks and recreational facilities. Wegmans Passport booklets are available at Wegmans locations near the Greenway, the Letch- worth State Park Visitor Center and the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway office in Mt. Morris.

The interpretive hike series will include the history of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and incorporate history of the town in which the hike is located. In addition, the hike leader will point out interesting natural and historic features along the way.

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Colorful Scavenger Hunt
Monday, June 8, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

 Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

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
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be handsonactivities and games as well as many specimens to observe.Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be handsonactivities and games as well as many specimens to observe.Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

 

Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

 

YAK: Your Adventure Kit
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1005

Bring your family and Explore the park together using the excitingactivities in Your Adventure Kit!

So take an adventure at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Rental is $10.00. (A refundable deposit is required.)

Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Fun for Kids: Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us for a kid friendly introduction to dragonflies and damselflies indoors, followed by a hike in search of these beautiful and delicate insects.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
Outdoor Girls Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 232

Allegany State Park presents the opportunity for girls in grades 6-12 to experience and enjoy nature and science in a fun and interesting way with Outdoor Girls' Day on June 6, 2015.

The day will include banding songbirds, learning how to draw them, and looking for creek creatures and things that can be eaten in the woods. These hands-on nature programs will be presented by women in the natural science fields, such as Sharon Dehn from the Zaefel Nature Sanctuary; Jennifer Miller, Wildlife Artist; Jennifer Schilck with Jamestown Audubon; Dr. Mary Puterbaugh Mulcahy from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and Adele Wellman, Katie Vecellio, and Heidi Tschopp from Allegany State Park.

 Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:15am Registration at Camp Allegany

9:15-9:25am Welcome

 9:30-11:40am Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 1-3

11:45-12:15pm Panel Discussion and Questions

 12:15-12:45pm LUNCH – Bring your own lunch and drink

12:50-3:00pm Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 4-6

3:30pm Closing Remarks

3:30-4:00pm Meet and Mingle with the Pros

Teachers and parents are welcome to attend. The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends ofCaleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends ofCaleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, June 5, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities anda walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Micro-Forest
Thursday, June 4, 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
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Flower Power
Thursday, June 4, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Flower Power
Thursday, June 4, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walks-Full Moon Beaver Walk
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

 Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a lessfamiliar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended.

Parade Ground Parking Lot. Brush, water and muddy spots. Will car pool.

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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 Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts withhands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on downto Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ourobservation pools.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts withhands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on downto Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ourobservation pools.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Harmony
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

The same way music needs rhythm, tempo, and beats, nature needs producers, consumers, and decomposers to sync in"harmony"! Join us in a fun filled adventure to discover how everything around us is connected.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Night of the Frogs
Saturday, May 30, 2015 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

You are in for an intriguing night hike in our preserve! We will startoff with a presentation about frogs and then venture into thepreserve to enjoy the sounds of the various frogs that call Connetquot home.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Nature hides things in plain sight every day. Using your 5 sensesand a keen eye, you will find the items on the list to complete yourscavenger hunt.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, May 29, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities and a walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
New York Atlatl Competition
Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest), NYAA contests (Team, Indiviudal, Animal, European, and International).

Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart - the spear)

Meet at Trailside Lodge

 

Family Fun: Slime Time!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Let's discover the many creatures that produce slime and thereasons why. Then make some slime of your own.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Slime Time!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Let's discover the many creatures that produce slime and thereasons why. Then make some slime of your own.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
New York Atlatl Competition
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest), NYAA contests (Team, Indiviudal, Animal, European, and International).

 Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart - the spear)

-Open before and after the picnic

Meet at Trailside Lodge

New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 22, 2015 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest), NYAA contests (Team, Indiviudal, Animal, European, and International).

Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart - the spear)

Meet at Trailside Lodge

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-The Extraordinary Egg
Thursday, May 21, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-The Extraordinary Egg
Thursday, May 21, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Happy Birthday Mr. Letchworth!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Area school children will be visiting  Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth.

A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at ten interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, civil war camp life, wool spinning and local animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr. Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.

Family Fun: Nature Quest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at yourown pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of thefascinating and humorous objects on our list!

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Nature Quest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at yourown pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of thefascinating and humorous objects on our list!

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Totally Tidal
Sunday, May 17, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Captree State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Did you know some animals that live in the water can survive beingleft high and dry? Discover the fascinating features that help animalslive in the "tidal zone".

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

 

Registration: Required
Butterfly House & Gardening Training
Sunday, May 17, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

We are always in need of volunteers interested in gardening. Come learn about native plants and the importance of pollinators while helping us maintain the Nature Center's many gardens.

Call 315-482-2479 to pre-register

Butterfly House & Gardening Training
Sunday, May 17, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2479

We are always in need of volunteers interested in gardening. Come learn about native plants and the importance of pollinators while helping us maintain the Nature Center's many gardens.

Call 315-482-2479 to pre-register

Family Adventure: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 16, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 16, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

 

Registration: Required
Wildlife Up Close and Personal: Erik Callender’s "Reptiles and Amphibians of L.I. and the East Coast"
Saturday, May 16, 2015 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

You'll be amazed by the diversity of these animals from Long Island, New York andthe East coast! Learn about the importance of these intriguing animals in our own backyards!

Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Refreshments will be served

Presented by the Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

 

Registration: Required
A Day of Science
Saturday, May 16, 2015 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (516) 437-4000

"If your child is a budding scientist and curious about the natural world, this exciting hands-on event is perfect!"

Ages 10 and up only.

Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks)

Presented by the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Freshwater Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover all about fish; where they live and how to catch them. If you have your own freshwater equipment and bait please feelfree to bring it with you. If not, a limited amount of loanerequipment will be available. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 Activities will be held from 9-11am and 1-3pm

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Freshwater Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover all about fish; where they live and how to catch them. If you have your own freshwater equipment and bait please feelfree to bring it with you. If not, a limited amount of loanerequipment will be available. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

 Activities will be held from 9-11am and 1-3pm

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Amphibian Search
Monday, May 11, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

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
Indoor Ed-Ventures-Waves of Warblers
Sunday, May 10, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

All warblers recorded from Letchworth State Park (highlighting 25 nestling species) will be featured in a new warbler video. Natural history accounts will be summarized and will include detailed park distribution based on recent research. this is an excellent primer for the Warbler Walks on May 28, June 4 and June 11.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

Crepuscular Walks-Owl Prowl
Saturday, May 9, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Trailside Lodge

Signs of Spring Hike at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Saturday, May 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-4757
Celebrate spring on Grand Lake Reserve as we look for the birds, blooms and bugs that return with warmer weather! Call the IRLC at 315-482-4757 for additonal information to preregister.
Signs of Spring Hike at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Saturday, May 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-4757
Celebrate spring on Grand Lake Reserve as we look for the birds, blooms and bugs that return with warmer weather! Call the IRLC at 315-482-4757 for additonal information to preregister.
Fun for Kids: Tracks & Trees
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Who's footprint is that? Where did that feather come from? Join us at the Nature Center as we figure out which animals have been here using the clues they leave for us.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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: Tracks & Trees
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Who's footprint is that? Where did that feather come from? Join us at the Nature Center as we figure out which animals have been here using the clues they leave for us.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Greenway Hike-Brook Road to Black Creek
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Park at the Brook Road Parking Area off Brook Road in the Town of Chili. Meet in Parking Area.

This two-year hike series will include all fourteen hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. This program was es- tablished to get people outdoors and active and was launched on I Love My Park Day in 2014. The hikes vary in distance and cov- er sections in the northern, mid- dle and southern portions of the Greenway.

For each hike there is a trail marker where a crayon or pencil can be used to create a rubbing. Participants may submit six rub- bings for Wegmans coupons or ten rubbings for a chance to win a New York State Empire Pass- port. The Empire Passport pro- vides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most of New York's State parks and recreational facilities. Wegmans Passport booklets are available at Wegmans locations near the Greenway, the Letch- worth State Park Visitor Center and the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway office in Mt. Morris.

The interpretive hike series will include the history of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and incorporate history of the town in which the hike is located. In addition, the hike leader will point out interesting natural and historic features along the way.

I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 9, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Johnson Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 762-8712

Join us at Johnson Hall State Historic Site for the fourth annual I Love My Park Day. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

This I Love My Park Day event will be held Saturday, May 9.

From 9am-2pm, staff and volunteers will install raised beds and fences for the new herb and flower garden. This project is appropriate for ages 18 and older only. Water, snacks and lunch will be provided to volunteers.

Register for this May 9th event: I Love My Park Day

Registration: Required
Tykes: Pre-K Nature Program
Friday, May 8, 2015 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Our May theme will be Forest Fairies! Join us for some outdoor exploring looking for materials to build fairy homes and seeking out signs of wee animals along the forest floor. Free! Pre-register: 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Beautiful, Beloved Birds
Thursday, May 7, 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
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Outdoor Expedition
Thursday, May 7, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Outdoor Expedition
Thursday, May 7, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-I Love Mommy
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

 Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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"-I Love Mommy
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

 Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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
Adult Fun: Custom Walking Sticks
Sunday, May 3, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy a unique workshop to design your very own walking stick.Sticks, carving tools, wood burners and decorative materials willbe provided. (If you have your own tools and gloves feel free tobring them).

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs areconducted on an adult level. Ages 18 and up.

 

Registration: Required
Adult Fun: Custom Walking Sticks
Sunday, May 3, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy a unique workshop to design your very own walking stick.Sticks, carving tools, wood burners and decorative materials willbe provided. (If you have your own tools and gloves feel free tobring them).

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs areconducted on an adult level. Ages 18 and up.

 

Registration: Required
5th Annual Volunteer Fair
Saturday, May 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195

Not-for profits in the greater Newburgh area are encouraged to participate in the 5th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair. Washington's Headquarters is proud to partner with Safe Harbors of the Hudson and the Newburgh Free Library to coordinate this program. That day, there also will be tours of the Hasbrouck House, which was used by General and Mrs. Washington during the Revolutionary War. Because of the generous support of our sponsors, all tours of the Hasbrouck House and museum will be free.

For more information or directions, please call (845) 562-1195.

Family Fun: I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a fun time working together to improve the quality of your state park. We have a wide variety of projects you can choose from. Call for more information. No fee.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a fun time working together to improve the quality of your state park. We have a wide variety of projects you can choose from. Call for more information. No fee.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a fun time working together to improve the quality ofyour state park. We have a wide variety of projects you canchoose from. Call for more information. No fee.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees:  Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Astronomy-Starry Skies
Friday, May 1, 2015 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the fascinating stars that share our sky. With fun hands-onactivities we will gain an understanding of how big thegalaxy really is.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Search for signs of spring at the park! When you have collected all of your nature items, we will make a beautiful nature sun catcher. All ages welcome. Program fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Spring Stroll
Sunday, April 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join Lane and Joan Smith for a scenic hike through the preserve. Along the way, discover the plants and wildlife that are renewing forthe spring.

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs areconducted on an adult level. Ages 18 and up.

Registration: Required
Natural Mother’s Day Gifts
Sunday, April 26, 2015 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Surprise mom with some beautiful gifts made from natural items! Each participant will take home a vase made from twigs and a plantable seed paper card. This program costs $5 per child. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
3rd Annual Autism Awareness Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Roberto Clemente State Park
Phone: (716) 299-8750

Please join us for another day of fun and celebration in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

Enjoy games, prizes, arts and crafts, and giveaways!

For more information please contact John Doherty or Soleyl Ovalle at (716) 299-8750.

 

St. George Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the St. George Day Festival in Tompkinsville Park (Victory Blvd, 10301)!

Find us in the Earth Zone and learn about Arbor Day while creating an Arbor Day themed craft with us!More information can be found at: stgeorgedaysi.com

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

St. George Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the St. George Day Festival in Tompkinsville Park (Victory Blvd, 10301)!

Find us in the Earth Zone and learn about Arbor Day while creating an Arbor Day themed craft with us!More information can be found at: stgeorgedaysi.com

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information.

Vernal Pool Exploration for Families
Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to Minnewaska to learn about the amazing amphibians that live here. Children will make their own frog mask, learn about amphibian habitats and visit vernal pools to look for frogs, salamanders and insects. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. 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.

 

Registration: Required
TILT's 2nd Annual "For the Trees" Arbor Day Community Event
Saturday, April 25, 2015 09:30 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 686-5345
To celebrate our 30 years of conserving the place we love, TILT plans to plant 30 new trees along our Lois Jean and John MacFarlane Trail, with the help of volunteers. Bring the whole family and also enjoy workshops, hikes and exhibits from TILT and our partner organizations! This event will take place at TILT's Zenda Farms PReserve in Clayton. For additional information, call TILT at 315-686-5345.
TILT's 2nd Annual "For the Trees" Arbor Day Community Event
Saturday, April 25, 2015 09:30 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 686-5345
To celebrate our 30 years of conserving the place we love, TILT plans to plant 30 new trees along our Lois Jean and John MacFarlane Trail, with the help of volunteers. Bring the whole family and also enjoy workshops, hikes and exhibits from TILT and our partner organizations! This event will take place at TILT's Zenda Farms PReserve in Clayton. For additional information, call TILT at 315-686-5345.
Crepuscular Walks-Frog Serenade
Thursday, April 23, 2015 07:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool.

Family Adventure: Lost Treasure of Connetquot
Thursday, April 23, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Have you ever wished to be a pirate searching for treasure? Thenthis program is for you! You will learn compass basics and thenfollow the "ancient" map to find the Lost Treasure of Connetquot!Good luck, matey!

RESERVATIONS are required for most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages 3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Family Adventures: These programs areusually ideal for children ages 5 and up.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-World In A Bottle
Thursday, April 23, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-World In A Bottle
Thursday, April 23, 2015 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 most programs. Call the number listed with each park to make reservations. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program for all facilities.

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the feecollection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

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

Registration: Required
Celebrate Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Come enjoy some fun, family earth day activities! Then, join us for a hike as wemake the park a cleaner place with a beach clean-up.

No fee.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Seeds
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

 Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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"-Seeds
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 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 each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

 Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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
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