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Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Who Lives Here?
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program finding unique animal homes. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Letchworth Rocks
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Stories of stone and ice.

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meets in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Steps into the Past
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program focusing on geology and old growth forest. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet by Octagon Building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B", includes lots of steps and muddy spots.

Birds of Prey, Night and Day
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 07:00 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
Phone: (607) 273-3440

Join us for a project presented by the Cornell Raptor Project. Live birds of prey will be described in detail highlighting their unique adaptations.

Meet at the North Shelter at the Lower Park. No fee; no registration required.

Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Sounds Around
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Pond Safari
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.

Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Insects and Spiders
Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Search for and identify our tiny friends on a hike through the gardens and trails.

Open to ages 8-11

Insects and Spiders
Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Search for and identify our tiny friends on a hike through the gardens and trails.

Open to ages 8-11

Fishing Games
Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

In the Midst of an Ancient Elephant
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. 

Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Haas the Great Blue Heron
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Meet the author, Julianne Flora, as she reads the delightful story about a parent waiting for the egg to hatch! Children will engage in activities that bring the book to life: how heavy is a heron? Stand eye to eye with a heron model and much more! Children will make their own story poster and take a short hike to learn where a heron looks for food!
Park Bike Ride
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Some environmental education with a twist, this class will be taught while riding bikes. This ride will be a few miles in distance and will be fun for adults, teens and grade school kids. You must bring your own bike and helmet.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Park Bike Ride
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Some environmental education with a twist, this class will be taught while riding bikes. This ride will be a few miles in distance and will be fun for adults, teens and grade school kids. You must bring your own bike and helmet.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Haas the Great Blue Heron
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Meet the author, Julianne Flora, as she reads the delightful story about a parent waiting for the egg to hatch! Children will engage in activities that bring the book to life: how heavy is a heron? Stand eye to eye with a heron model and much more! Children will make their own story poster and take a short hike to learn where a heron looks for food!
Family Fun: Secrets of the Sound
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

Join us on a hike to Caumsett's beautiful beach where we will learn about the seashore and all the creatures that call it home.

Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling (631) 423 – 1770 between 8:00 – 4:30 pm. Family Fun programs are appropriate for all ages. Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child, and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Moreau Lake Kayak
Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer time paddle is a great way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner's paddle around the lake pointing out signs of summer and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Moreau Lake Kayak
Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer time paddle is a great way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner's paddle around the lake pointing out signs of summer and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Insect Expedition
Friday, July 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, July 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (607) 467-4160

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Beach.

Friday Hikes
Friday, July 31, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, July 31, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Full Moon
Friday, July 31, 2015 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Phone: (716) 282-5154
The full moon certainly gives nature a mysterious glow! There will be a presentation filled with moon lore, facts and stories, followed by a short walk. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Full Moon
Friday, July 31, 2015 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154
The full moon certainly gives nature a mysterious glow! There will be a presentation filled with moon lore, facts and stories, followed by a short walk. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 1, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 1, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

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

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

Geology Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, August 1, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Rocks in the park hold evidence of ancient mountain building events. Explore some of this lesser known geology of the park with Thom Engel. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Please call 872-1237 to register and confirm walk.
Registration: Required
Geology Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, August 1, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Rocks in the park hold evidence of ancient mountain building events. Explore some of this lesser known geology of the park with Thom Engel. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Please call 872-1237 to register and confirm walk.
Registration: Required
Food & Aliens at Your Feet
Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Walk into the folklore of our common plants. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Jump, Slither and Swim
Saturday, August 1, 2015 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Meet some local reptiles and amphibians with naturalist Jorel Spain. Program set up at tent above beach.
The Time Before Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Stories that fossils tell. Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.
Make an Insect Mask at the Nature Center
Saturday, August 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Insects are amazing and they come in such beautiful colors and shapes. Stop into the Minnewaska Nature Center to celebrate your favorite insects by making a paper insect mask to take home. This program is suggested for children between the ages of 6-11, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are always welcome to attend, but may need parental assistance with the craft. This is an open program and participants are welcome to stop in and complete the craft at any time during the program hours.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs; please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Nature Mandalas
Saturday, August 1, 2015 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
Explore the colors and shapes of nature by creating Mandalas, a circular design that can be made out of anything you find.
"Shegahunda" Valley
Saturday, August 1, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Park geology, history, plants and animals. Meet at Middle Falls Viewfinder.
Morning Blueberry Walk for Families
Sunday, August 2, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Sunday, August 2, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Boat House.

Indoor Ed-venture - Ferns
Sunday, August 2, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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

In the Fern Workshop, study the structure and form of dozens of ferns and their allies. Dried specimens will be available to contrast and compare their features.

Live Animal Show
Sunday, August 2, 2015 07:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Local reptiles & lore. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Animal Walk
Monday, August 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about birds, bugs and other critters. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Who Lives Here?
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program finding unique animal homes. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Junior Naturalists: Weird Science
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

Registration: Required
Letchworth Rocks
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Stories of stone and ice.

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meets in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Steps into the Past
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program focusing on geology and old growth forest. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet by Octagon Building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B", includes lots of steps and muddy spots.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Finding Insects
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. Explore the field habitat to find who's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 5 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water. Please call 872-0800 to register. 
Registration: Required
Finding Insects
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. Explore the field habitat to find who's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 5 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water. Please call 872-0800 to register. 
Registration: Required
Pond Safari
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.

Fishing Games
Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Wildflower Walk
Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include license, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers. This particular program will focus on wildflowers, but will also discuss lichens, mosses, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees.

Meet at Gardeau Overlook | 2 hours | 1 mile

In the Midst of an Ancient Elephant
Thursday, August 6, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. 

Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 7, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Delta Lake State Park
Phone: (315) 337-4670

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends. Be ready to catch some dragonflies!

Meet at tent #1 in the Fox Run Picnic Area.

Insect Expedition
Friday, August 7, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 7, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 7, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Take a Hike: Born to be Wild!
Friday, August 7, 2015 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Get in touch with your wild side and explore where the Falls was born nearly 12,000 years ago, along with a park naturalist and fellow hiker enthusiasts.

For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Bat Safari
Friday, August 7, 2015 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Separate the myths from reality as you learn about bats from indoor activities. Then take a short outdoor walk around the building to observe bats as they begin their evening hunt.

Family Adventure programs are designed for children 5 & up and their families. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child, and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $10.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbarium Class - Collecting and Preserving Plants
Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Food & Aliens at Your Feet
Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Walk into the folklore of our common plants. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
The Time Before Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 8, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Stories that fossils tell. Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.
Oh Deer!
Saturday, August 8, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

Join us for a hike at Knox Farm as we explore the history of the White-tailed Deer in New York and how they impact our forests.

For information and registration, please call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
"Shegahunda" Valley
Saturday, August 8, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Park geology, history, plants and animals. Meet at Middle Falls Viewfinder.
Crepuscular Hike to the Falls
Saturday, August 8, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

In the blending of daylight and nightlight, join us as we hike to the secret falls of Knox Farm. Star gazing to follow program, weather permitting.

For information and registration, call (716) 549-1050.

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

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

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

Registration: Required
Muskrat Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Explore the biology and behavior of these furry mammals. Take a walk around the water's edge looking for signs of muskrats and their den sites along the way. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Nature Walk - Trout Pond Trail
Sunday, August 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at Trout Pond.

2 hours | 1 mile

Muskrat Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Explore the biology and behavior of these furry mammals. Take a walk around the water's edge looking for signs of muskrats and their den sites along the way. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Sunday, August 9, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Verona Beach State Park
Phone: (315) 762-4463

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Campground Shelter.

Animal Walk
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about birds, bugs and other critters. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Quest
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:15 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
Conservation Camp
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 until Friday, August 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites.

Students contemplating a career or major in the environmental sciences, as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors, will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp.

The program is designed to introduce students to peers already on the path toward an environmental degree and professionals who can help show students aspects of environmental science they would excel at and enjoy.

Learn resume building field skills and up-to-date technology; hands-on inquiry based learning; develop skills on how to minimize invasive species; and have a postivie impact on the environment.

Registration required.

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

Family program finding unique animal homes. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Letchworth Rocks
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Stories of stone and ice.

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meets in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Steps into the Past
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program focusing on geology and old growth forest. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet by Octagon Building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B", includes lots of steps and muddy spots.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fern Walk
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers. This particular program focuses on horsetails, clubmosses, and ferns.

Meet at Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of Perry Entrance on Main Park Road.

2 hours | 1 mile

Color Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Explore the world of color through a fun scavenger hunt at Trailside Museums and Zoo on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 10:30 am to 11:30.

This hour long program will open your child's eyes to the array of colors found in nature. Visit the animals at the zoo while completing a colorful scavenger hunt. Get creative and bring home a nature craft. Registration is required for this program. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register

Registration: Required
Pond Safari
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.

Tree ID
Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn how to identify the trees in our forest before they shed their leaves.

Open to ages 8-11

Tree ID
Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Learn how to identify the trees in our forest before they shed their leaves.

Open to ages 8-11

Fishing Games
Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

In the Midst of an Ancient Elephant
Thursday, August 13, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. 

Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 14, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
Phone: (607) 334-2718

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Beach.

Insect Expedition
Friday, August 14, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 14, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 14, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Birding Basics
Saturday, August 15, 2015 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn the basics of bird identification, how to use bird guide books, binoculars and a spotting scope.

If you have your own binoculars and guide books, please bring them because supply is limited.

This event will be held on Saturday, August 15th at the Tulip Hill Shelter from 7:30am-9:30am.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insect Adventure at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Learn about the six-legged creatures that inhabit the planet in this hands-on program. Join us on a scavenger hunt through the woods and fields searching for these awesome critters. Wear sun protection. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Cliff Critters at Sam's Point
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

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

 

Registration: Required
Insect Adventure at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Learn about the six-legged creatures that inhabit the planet in this hands-on program. Join us on a scavenger hunt through the woods and fields searching for these awesome critters. Wear sun protection. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Tributary Trek - Dishmill Creek
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Explore the three largest tributaries that join the Genesee River within the park. Stream shorelines are often jammed with logs and slippery rocks. Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting soiled or wet. Meet at the junction of Dygert and River Roads.

4 hours | 2 miles | Bring a lunch

Food & Aliens at Your Feet
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Walk into the folklore of our common plants. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Open Garden Days
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Phone: (518) 329-3993
Expert gardener Margaret Roach will be opening up her garden to the public four days this year (May 9, June 6, August 15 and September 19) with events on each of those days taking place at locations near the park. Visit Margaret's website for more details. 

For each day, Margaret Roach's garden will be open from 10am - 4pm. $7 entrance fee raises money for the Garden ConservancyPlant sales by Broken Arrow Nursery take place during all the Garden Days. At 11am, a lecture will occur at St. John's in the Wilderness Church, located right near the park office. On Aug. 15th, Ken Druse will present about shade gardening.
The Time Before Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Stories that fossils tell. Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

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

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

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

Dazzling Dragonflies
Saturday, August 15, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
Phone: (607) 432-2114

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Briggs Shelter.

"Shegahunda" Valley
Saturday, August 15, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Park geology, history, plants and animals. Meet at Middle Falls Viewfinder.
Hike to Hang Glider at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 16, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Observe nature in the varied habitats of meadow, pond, and woods on a hike in the northern part of the park. We will hike on the Perimeter Trail past Bullfrog Pond and out to Hang Glider Point, where we will take a break for a snack and enjoy the view, then return on the Long Path. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Hike to Hang Glider at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 16, 2015 09:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Observe nature in the varied habitats of meadow, pond, and woods on a hike in the northern part of the park. We will hike on the Perimeter Trail past Bullfrog Pond and out to Hang Glider Point, where we will take a break for a snack and enjoy the view, then return on the Long Path. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Nature Walk - Lee's Landing Trail
Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at the Lower Falls Swimming Pool parking lot.

3 hours | 1 mile | Bring lunch.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Kid's Amphibian Adventure
Sunday, August 16, 2015 01:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Frogs and salamanders are abundant in Clark Reservation, yet rarely seen. Learn more about these secretive species and how to become an amphibian detective! We will start at the Nature Center and then head down the stairs to the lake to see what we can find! Children should be of age and ability to do this short, but rugged hike. Please dress appropriately and consider insect repellent. This program is free with admission to the park ($4 per car on weekends).

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

Wildlife Presentation
Sunday, August 16, 2015 02:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join us on Sunday, August 16th for a Wildlife Presentation with a live wolf!

The presentation will be held in the Community Room at 2pm.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee

Live Animal Show
Sunday, August 16, 2015 07:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Local reptiles & lore. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Animal Walk
Monday, August 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about birds, bugs and other critters. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Who Lives Here?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program finding unique animal homes. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

All About Bees Program
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 789-2701 ext 293

Come down to Trailside Museums and Zoo to learn about the fascinating life of bees and their essential role as pollinators on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

This short program aims to engage young children and introduce them to the importance of bees as pollinators. Through fun activities participants will walk away with a better understanding of how pollination occurs and why it is so important to our everyday life. Each household will take home a mason bee hotel which will attract these important and docile native pollinators to your backyard. Registration is required for this program. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register

Registration: Required
Letchworth Rocks
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Stories of stone and ice.

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meets in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Steps into the Past
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program focusing on geology and old growth forest. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet by Octagon Building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B", includes lots of steps and muddy spots.

Honeybee Program at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a look at our observation hive to see what all "the buzz" is about! Learn about bee biology, communication, honey production and much more through a fun quiz game. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Pond Safari
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.

Honeybee Program at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Take a look at our observation hive to see what all "the buzz" is about! Learn about bee biology, communication, honey production and much more through a fun quiz game. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Fern Walk
Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees, and wildflowers. This particular program focuses on horsetails, clubmosses, and ferns.

Meet at Museum | 2 hours | 1 mile | Difficulty: Intermediate, with more difficult terrain

Fishing Games
Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

In the Midst of an Ancient Elephant
Thursday, August 20, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. 

Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

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

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

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

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Insect Expedition
Friday, August 21, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 21, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 21, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, August 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

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

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

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

Edible Plant Walk
Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with hundreds of local plants. This particular program will focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Meet at Snake Hill Overlook, on flat of Main Park Road, between Great Bend and Wolf Creek.

2 hours | 1 mile

Food & Aliens at Your Feet
Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Walk into the folklore of our common plants. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Family Adventures: Wet and Wild!
Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Visit the pond's edge to explore life in and around this amazing habitat. Dress for wading, bring sunscreen, a towel and water shoes. (No bare feet permitted).

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

Registration: Required
Animal Walk - Insect Safari
Saturday, August 22, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals. This particular program will focus on insects and spiders.

Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar parking lot.

The Time Before Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 22, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Stories that fossils tell. Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.
"Shegahunda" Valley
Saturday, August 22, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Park geology, history, plants and animals. Meet at Middle Falls Viewfinder.
Family Adventure: Explore Children's Nature Trail
Sunday, August 23, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bethpage State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore Bethpage's Children Trail together! This self-guided trail has just been redone with some new and exciting stops and activities.

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

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-venture - Asters and Goldenrods
Sunday, August 23, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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

The waning summer provides a fine assortment of fall flowers including dozens of native asters and goldenrods. More than a dozen, dried species will be available to contrast and compare the features of these diverse daisies.

Animal Walk
Monday, August 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about birds, bugs and other critters. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

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

Family program finding unique animal homes. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Letchworth Rocks
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Stories of stone and ice.

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meets in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Steps into the Past
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program focusing on geology and old growth forest. Hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet by Octagon Building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B", includes lots of steps and muddy spots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Pond Safari
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.

Fishing Games
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

In the Midst of an Ancient Elephant
Thursday, August 27, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Family program hosted weekly through July & August. 

Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Insect Expedition
Friday, August 28, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Family program hosted weekly through July & August. Meet at Trout Pond.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 28, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, August 28, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Moonlight Hike at Green Lakes State Park
Friday, August 28, 2015 08:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join the park naturalist for a moonlight walk around the lakes at Green Lakes State Park on Friday August 28th.

Meet at the Boathouse at 8pm for the guided walk which will be about 3 miles.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbarium Class - Collecting and Preserving Plants
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Turtles, Snakes and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

Registration: Required
Food & Aliens at Your Feet
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Walk into the folklore of our common plants. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
The Time Before Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Stories that fossils tell. Meet in William Pryor Letchworth Museum.
Adult Adventure: Damsels & Dragonflies
Saturday, August 29, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join Lane and Joan Smith on a tour of Connetquot's winged Dragons. We will discuss the differences and walk to different areas to discover the varieties of damsel and dragonflies.

Adult Adventure programs are geared to ages 18 and up. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
"Shegahunda" Valley
Saturday, August 29, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Park geology, history, plants and animals. Meet at Middle Falls Viewfinder.
Fun for Kids: Be a Bird for a Day!
Sunday, August 30, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

Do you have what it takes to be a bird? Enjoy activities that show how you rate at some bird skills. Then take a walk to find some real birds.

Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling (631) 423 – 1770 between 8:00 – 4:30 pm. Fun for Kids programs are appropriate for ages 5 and up. Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child, and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Live Animal Show
Sunday, August 30, 2015 07:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
Local reptiles & lore. Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.
Animal Walk
Monday, August 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about birds, bugs and other critters. Family program hosted weekly each week in July & August.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
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
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 4, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 4, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

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

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

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

Nature Walk - St. Helena Trail
Saturday, September 5, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot.

2 hours | 1 mile

Nature Walk - Genesee Valley Canal Trail (Locks Section)
Sunday, September 6, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at junction of Oakland Road and Route 436 in Oakland, New York. Will car pool.

2 hours | 1 mile

Geology Walk
Monday, September 7, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk along the changing path of the Lower Falls. Muddy spots and lots of steps. Also offered Tuesdays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series. Meet by octagon building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B".

2 hours | 1 mile

How the Gorge Was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, September 7, 2015 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to wheelchairs and handicapped persons. Covers geology, glacial and human history lced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. Also offered Sundays in July and August as part of the Weekkly Walk Series. 

Meet at Inspiration Point parking lot.

1 hour | 1/4 mile

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Planet Palooza
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 11, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 11, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 12, 2015 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Join Della and Alan Wells of the Rockland Audobon Society. These experts will lead a walk through the diverse bird habitats found at the Stony Point Battlefield; forest meadow, lawn, pond and river. First time birders are welcome. Bring binoculars or borrow an extra pair from the group.

This program is free to the public. Site entrance gate opens at 7:45am and program begins promptly at 8:00am

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

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

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

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

Nature Walk - Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 13, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at Council Grounds parking lot.

2 hours | 1 mile

Preschoolers in the Park: Insect Exploration
Monday, September 14, 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
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Smokey Hollow Hike - Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature hike utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. Meet at Highbanks Camper Contact Station across from the Perry Entrance. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 2 miles

Friday Hikes
Friday, September 18, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 18, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

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

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

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

Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, September 19, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Take a guided walk and learn how to identify trees at Green Lakes State Park from 2pm-4pm.

Meet at the Lake Trail on the East Side of the Beach on Saturday, September 19th.

The Rain Date is September 27th.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: To Be a Tree
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 25, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 25, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

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

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

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

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

Mushroom Foray
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Special program of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. A morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon. Highlights autumn fungi.

Meet at Parade Grounds Shelter.

Animal Walk - Visit a Beaver Pond
Sunday, September 27, 2015 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

This walk will focus on the habitat created by beavers, and will include brush and mud.

3 hours | 1 mile

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Special program of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. A morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon. Highlights autumn fungi.

Meet at Highbridge parking lot. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 1 mile

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
Preschoolers in the Park: Leaf Collections
Monday, October 12, 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
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

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
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
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