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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids: Make a Mouse House
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. Children enjoy searching for mouse houses in the historic rooms while on tour in the holiday season. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 can tour the house briefly to see the mouse houses on display, and then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required, so please call to make a reservation and inquire about admission fee.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Nature Gifts
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Holiday Cookie Decorating & Movie
Friday, December 12, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Decorate cookies and a gift box while watching Disney's "Frozen."  Complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate will be served.  Register at honesty.rohrer@parks.ny.gov or 315-637-6111.  This event is free and open to the public.  Seats and suppiles are limited.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Cold Weather Friends
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, each family will create their own dream catcher to hang in their home.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, each family will create their own dream catcher to hang in their home.

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Instructional Bird Walk for Beginners
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

In this instructional program, novice adult birders will practice observing birds at feeders in the wild. Approximately 2 miles with hills. Bring binoculars.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 423-1770.

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Native American Games
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 14 will be permitted.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting 2 weeks prior to the program; please call 631-423-1770.

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 8, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, create a dream catcher to hang at home. A $3 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Conner, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3910 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConner@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 8, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the beliefs behind the 'dream catcher.' Then, using natural materials, create a dream catcher to hang at home. A $3 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Conner, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3910 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConner@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Fall Colors
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Hike and Seek!
Saturday, November 1, 2014 01:00 PM
Camp Hero State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Halloween Themed Learn to Geocache
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us for a Halloween themed hunt during which we will learn the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS to find caches filled with Halloween candy! Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Pumpkin Craft
Friday, October 31, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin craft in the park! This program is recommended for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext 150 to register. This program will be free.
Registration: Required
Preschool Explorers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Come out and explore nature with your preschoolers. We will be using our five senses to discover the wonders of the natural world. This program is recommended for ages 2-6. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
The Hug a Tree and Survive Program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. This program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Happy Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Happy Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scary Spiders and Sneaky Snakes at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some creepy critters that people love to fear. Find out what's real and what's myth about these Halloween creatures. Make an animal mask to take home and enjoy warm cider and donuts. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Indoor Ed-venture: Tree Leaves
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Over 100 woody plant species grow in Letchworth State Park. Study the myriad of leaf shapes by comparison of laminated samples.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Scary Spiders and Sneaky Snakes at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some creepy critters that people love to fear. Find out what's real and what's myth about these Halloween creatures. Make an animal mask to take home and enjoy warm cider and donuts. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Fun for Kids: Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Search the preserve for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can even wear your Halloween costumes - just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

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

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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 external anatomy of fish.

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

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 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 external anatomy of fish.

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

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

Registration: Required
Do You Want to Build a Fire?
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
Learn how to build a fire and cook camp bread over an open flame! This program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family.
Registration: Required
Lantern Tours
Saturday, October 25, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 446-2134

Tour the ruins of Fort Montgomery at night! Join park educators, volunteers and reenactors to hear dramatic tales from the battle and bring yourself back to Obctober 1777. Witness the fort come alive as re-enactors depict various scenes from the fort's dark dramatic history.

Tours leave from the Visitor's Center at 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

Registration required; $3 per person; 18th Century Refreshments included. For more information, please call (845) 446-2134.

Registration: Required
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Join the animals at Trailside as they celebrate Halloween! The bears will trick or treat their way through their den to find treats. You can make some of your own.

Trailside educators, staff and volunteers will be there to make crafts, lead games, and tell you all about the wonderful animals at the Zoo!

Admission to the Zoo is free. Parking is $8 at the Bear Mountain lot.

For more information, call Trailside at (845) 786-2701, ext. 293.

Registration: Required
SELFIE as House: Make Your Own Self-Portrait in 3-D
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

Join Director of Education Amy Hufnagel on site after seeing the exhibit Historic Artists' Homes & Studios in the Coach House at Olana. This exhibit teaches about historic ARTIST houses nationwide, that are open to the public. This exhibit explores how the artist represented themselves - in the largest sense of the term: Olana and its grounds being Church's largest canvas; so find some inspiration, and make your selfie in 3D; then you can take a Selfie of your house!

Every Saturday throughout October, drop-in, 10am-4pm. East Lawn. All ages welcome. Free if you leave your house behind and just photograph it; Selfie as architecture to take home: $5. Vehicle use fee applies.

Fun for Kids: Who Goes There?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

You can be a detective! Come walk the beach with us and discover how to identify tracks left behind.

Reservations are reqired and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 668-2554.

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

Registration: Required
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