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Tue 28 Jun
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jul
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, July 2, 2016 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Tue 12 Jul
Meet the Farm Animals
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

East side of Dairy Complex near main parking lot.Cornell Cooperative Extension will visit Caumsett again this year, with their popular program, "Meet the Farm Animals." arriving with goats, ducks, sheep, and often surprise guests!! (Past visitors have included new-born piglets!!) Families will be delighted by the close up and personal visits with the animals as well as the excellent instruction from the educators. This event takes place on the East side of the Farm Complex, a short walk from the parking lot. This event is presented free of charge by The Caumsett Foundation. No registration required. Appropriate for children of all ages. In the event of rain or extreme heat (danger for animals) event will be rescheduled.

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect. For information on cancellation due to weather, please check www.caumsettfoundation.org the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770.

Wed 13 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Environmental educator George Steel will be at Schoharie Crossing on July 13th to present an "environ-mental" program on Water and water resources. There is a $3.00 Suggested Donation for this program. Contact the site for more information

Fri 15 Jul
Niagara Rocks!
Friday, July 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us for an evening around the Falls! See the sights & sounds of what Niagara Falls has to offer! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jul
Discovering Dragonflies: Class #2
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Come explore the different families and species of the most commonly seen dragonflies in our second dragonfly class! There will be a power point and an excursion to a nearby pond for a hands-on encounter! Bring a notebook! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. 
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jul
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Saturday, July 23, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

Sat 23 Jul
Moth Night
Saturday, July 23, 2016 07:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Join Friends of Taconic State Park and A Way To Garden for our third annual Moth Night, part of National Moth Week. Two visiting UConn-Storrs entomologists lead our citizen-science event, appropriate for all ages, starting with a "Moth 101" talk at 7:00 PM at the Copake Iron Works, 33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY, then heading into the woods along a trail where we set up special black light stations to view the night's visitors. This event is FREE but you must register as space is limited; see Events at www.FriendsofTSP.org for details. Email president@FriendsofTSP.org or call 917-885-0691 for more information.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jul
Jump, Slither & Swim: Amphibians Visit the Beach
Saturday, July 30, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join Naturalist Jorel Spain and meet some of the local critters who call our ponds, rivers and wetlands home. These special animals require our care due to their sensitivity to the environment, but they are so well-camouflaged you may not have some of these animal ambassadors before! Free program meets at Program tent above beach.

Sat 06 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 6, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, August 6, 2016 02:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Sat 06 Aug
Birds and Bugs at the Battlefield
Saturday, August 6, 2016 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
(315) 646-3634

See raptors up close; Discover 500+ bugs; 2-4pm, picnic pavilion, free

Wed 10 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Author and Educator Anita Sanchez will take you on a walk to identify both common and uncommon flowers, as well as discuss their interrelationships with wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. She will also discuss about how people have used plants throughout history, for medicine, food, and magic. There is a $3.00 Suggested Donation for this program. Contact the site for more information

Sat 13 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Aug
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Thursday, August 18, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

Sun 28 Aug
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, August 28, 2016 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Flippin' logs and lookin' for frogs! Join us on an exploratory walk as we search for the little known residents of Knox Farm. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Fri 09 Sep
Erie Bats
Friday, September 9, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

An exhilarating evening hike to search for migrating tree bats where on a September night the highest count of migrating bats in the Great Lakes was recorded! Explore our Evangola Nature Center then try the "bat detector" over starlit Lake Erie skies. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Wed 14 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us September 14th for the program "A Birds Life" with environmental educator George Steele. There is a $3.00 Suggested Donation for this program. Contact the site for more information

Sat 17 Sep
Biodiversity Celebration
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Celebrate NYS native animals & plants! Enjoy nature crafts, games & activities. Visit the animals & museums & enjoy fall!

Tue 25 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

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.

Sat 17 Dec
Beary Merry Holiday
Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date Sunday, December 18th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 and make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We'll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Bundle up and come out for a festive, family-friendly winter experience.