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Eagle Watch
Friday, November 21, 2014 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join park staff on their weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us!

Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear adequate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there aren't any participants signed up 24 hours prior, the program can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Eagle Watch
Friday, November 21, 2014 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join park staff on their weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us!

Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear adequate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there aren't any participants signed up 24 hours prior, the program can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Camo Critters
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Animals have many ways to "camouflage" or blend into their environment; some can even change the color of their skin! Come join us as we take a walk and learn about all the different ways animals can hide right under our noses!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walks
Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Seal Walk
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Food for the Birds
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make food for the winter birds. We'll use pine cones to make a delicious snack that you can hang in trees near your house. Then, you can watch as your neighborhood birds enjoy the treats! Stay after the craft for a relatively easy hike along Beacon Hill Carriage Road, where children can play a bird scavenger hunt game and look for raptors soaring about the cliffs at the end of the carriage road. This program is recommended for children of all ages, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. Younger children may require assistance from their parents.

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Meets at the Nature Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Old Growth Forest Visit - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees.  

3 hours / 1-2 miles / Brush and steep terrain

Meet at Visitor Center. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Families: Nature Collages
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other families at Minnewaska to make art using materials from the natural world. First, we will look at examples of collage and explore a few assembly techniques. Then, we will search nearby trails to gather items to use in our art project. The fun begins when we return to the Nature Center and we create our collages. This program is recommended for children aged six to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. 

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Coyotes
Thursday, December 4, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to take a peek at coyotes! First we will look at coyotes, hear some stories and look at some examples of this curious animal. Afterward, participants will create a plaster cast of a coyote's paw print. While the plaster is hardening, we will venture outside for a fun, educational game about coyotes! This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved siblings are always welcome.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park 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 programs meet in the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-venture - Evergreens
Sunday, December 7, 2014 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Outdoor Tykes
Friday, December 12, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Join with other preschool age children for a fun outing in the park. Bundle up for a short hike where we'll move like the animals and then come inside for a lantern nature craft.

Meets at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, NY. Pre-register please: 279-1155.

Old Growth Forest Visit - Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B areas)
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees.

3 hours / 1-2 miles / Brush and steep terrain

Meet a Visitor Center. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Winter Wildlife Strategies
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Have you ever wondered how animals and insects survive winter without layering up or central heating? Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, at the Minnewaska Nature Center as we take a look at a few species and see how they do it! This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years. Well-behaved siblings of any age are always welcome!

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Tracks and Traces
Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (not recommended for children).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
40th Annual Letchworth Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Runs all day. 

Interested persons should please contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 14 for territory assignment.

Family Adventure: Winter Wildlife Safari
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us for a fun-filled winter safari as we walk through the preserve searching for the wildlife that call Caumsett home. Discover animals in their winter habitats and how they adapt to the coldest time of the year. Don't forget your hat and mittens!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Super Special Story Time Sessions: Wildlife in Winter
Thursday, December 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-1255
Did you ever wonder what wild animals outside do when the cold winds of winter blow? How do they survive those long, cold, dark nights? Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Children's Librarian, Amy Laber, to discover how wildlife survives winter. We'll read books that feature animals in winter and your children will learn about what animals do in winter. After the stories, we'll play a fun game in which children will pretend to be bears in winter and then they'll make a bear in a cave craft. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian. For pre-registration and information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Registration: Required
De-Stressing with Herbs
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

What herbs on your kitchen spice shelf can ease the stresses of daily life? Herbalist Gert Coleman will show you some simple herbal teas and other remedies to help you de-stress around the holiday season. A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
De-Stressing with Herbs
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

What herbs on your kitchen spice shelf can ease the stresses of daily life? Herbalist Gert Coleman will show you some simple herbal teas and other remedies to help you de-stress around the holiday season. A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, December 20, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Owls come in many shapes and sizes, from a variety of habitats all over the world. Explore the world of these silent predators and learn how they hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl.

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

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

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Series - Equinox Sunset
Sunday, December 21, 2014 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "night light." See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days.

3 hours / 2 miles

Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper.

Treasure Hunt!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Use a treasure map to discover clues and search for signs of critters along this 1 mile explore. If we succeed in finding all our clues, a treasure awaits!

$2/person or $5/family. Recommended for 5-10 year olds, but younger siblings are welcome to tag along for the adventure.

Held at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton. Please pre-register: 279-1155.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Winter Hike
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us on a hike to welcome winter! We will hike along our green and blue trails and see what winter visitors have arrived!

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

Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Winter Hike
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us on a hike to welcome winter! We will hike along our green and blue trails and see what winter visitors have arrived!

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

Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: May the Forest Be With You
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

A long time ago in a forest far, far away, trees provided food and shelter for man and beast alike. Through hands-on activities and games, we will discover the importance of trees.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: May the Forest Be With You
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

A long time ago in a forest far, far away, trees provided food and shelter for man and beast alike. Through hands-on activities and games, we will discover the importance of trees.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 3, 2015 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, January 18, 2015 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

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

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

Registration: Required
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