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Adult Ed-ventures: Spring Migration Hike
Sunday, April 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

This is a great time to be outdoors and bird watching is a great rea-son. Enjoy a stroll through different habitats where we will observe migratory birds as they visit this area on their journey north.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Spring Migration Hike
Sunday, April 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

This is a great time to be outdoors and bird watching is a great rea-son. Enjoy a stroll through different habitats where we will observe migratory birds as they visit this area on their journey north.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Friends of Letchworth Trail Workday
Sunday, April 26, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Help Letchworth State Park care for its many fine hiking trails. Members of Friends of Letchworth and anyone else who wants to join will meet at the gathering place and get signed in as a volunteer. The focus will be to pick up trash and clear brush. Bring hand tools (pruners, loppers, grass whips, small hand- saws) work gloves, water and snacks. Sessions will last two to three hours, but participants may leave early or stay late to help finish a project.

River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda.

Earth Week Celebration
Sunday, April 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (800) 724-0309

Take a delightful springtime sojourn to the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center the last weekend in April to celebrate Earth Week! Learn all about renewable energy, take a hike through Mine Kill State Park, or participate in one of many Earth Week activities being offered throughout the day.

Please contact NYPA at 1-800-724-0309 for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Join us for a hike where we will search for salamanders. We will learn about the different types of salamanders found in Spa Park, their lifecycles, and other interesting facts about these amphibians. This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Wetland Walk-Hike
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A beautiful walk around a small wetland is sure to impress. While enjoying an easy hike you will have the opportunity to listen and look for wild animals. Our Park Naturalist will be leading the hike and will be sure to slip in some educational facts. Registration is necessary 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 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
Wetland Walk-Hike
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A beautiful walk around a small wetland is sure to impress. While enjoying an easy hike you will have the opportunity to listen and look for wild animals. Our Park Naturalist will be leading the hike and will be sure to slip in some educational facts. Registration is necessary 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 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
Wildflower Walk
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 829-7516

Dave Behm of Curious By Nature will be here to lead a Wildflower Walk starting at 5pm at the Visitor Center. Come experience a guided wildflower tour of the towpath trail as the brilliant colors of spring emerge. The walk will be followed by a slideshow presentation and discussion on spring wildflowers at the Enders House on site.

Behm is a nature photographer who uses a "documentary" style; capturing nature as observation, beauty and discovery. He hopes that his photographs reveal details otherwise unnoticed about the natural world around us, and his passionate enthusiasm is present in every image.

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing will conduct their monthly meeting immediately after the presentation. All are welcome to stay for the meeting and refreshments.

Spring Overlook Hike
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This short, moderate snowshoe hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. Bring snack, H20 or a lunch to enjoy at the overlook. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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 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
Spring Overlook Hike
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This short, moderate snowshoe hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. Bring snack, H20 or a lunch to enjoy at the overlook. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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 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
Frog Watch!
Thursday, April 30, 2015 06:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Help the Park Naturalist study the frogs that live in Saratoga Spa State Park! We will learn many different frog calls before walking through the wetlands in search of the amphibians. Please bring a flashlight and dress for wet ground. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Morning Bird Walk-Trestle Woods
Thursday, April 30, 2015 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 8:00 am, Thursdays (3 hours, one mile or more). Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended. May car pool.

Portageville Entrance Gate

Potter Point Hike & Litter Pickup
Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

We will be taking an easy hike at Potter's Point where we will examine the coves as well as the flow of the river, while keeping a look out for signs of otters, beaver and other wildlife associated with wet habitat. During our hike we will also be collecting any litter we may find to help preserve this beautiful, pristine area. Registration is necessary 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 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
Potter Point Hike & Litter Pickup
Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

We will be taking an easy hike at Potter's Point where we will examine the coves as well as the flow of the river, while keeping a look out for signs of otters, beaver and other wildlife associated with wet habitat. During our hike we will also be collecting any litter we may find to help preserve this beautiful, pristine area. Registration is necessary 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 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
Wildflower Walk-May Day in Arbutus Woods
Thursday, April 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00 pm, except as noted (3 hours, 1 mile). Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

Friday Hikes
Friday, May 1, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 1, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Vernal Pools, Pollywogs and Other Ponderings
Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Why is a vernal pool so needed for the survival of our local amphibians? What do they look like and who lives there? Join Jorel Spain, a naturalist fascinated by vernal pools, on this morning explore of one of the park's best pools. Meets at Shaver Pond Center. Pre-register: 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Family Advenutres: Baywalk
Sunday, May 3, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Let's go for a stroll along the bay. Together, we will discover some of the plants and animals that make this unique environment their home.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Advenutres: Baywalk
Sunday, May 3, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Let's go for a stroll along the bay. Together, we will discover some of the plants and animals that make this unique environment their home.

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

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

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

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

 

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Pine Valley Trail Hike
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come join us on this short hike as we look for signs of wildlife in a predominately pine habitat. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Pine Valley Trail Hike
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come join us on this short hike as we look for signs of wildlife in a predominately pine habitat. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Terrific Turtles
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Morning Bird Walk-Chestnut Lawn
Thursday, May 7, 2015 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 8:00 am, Thursdays (3 hours, one mile or more). Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended.

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool.

Wildflower Walk-Upper and Middle Falls Area
Thursday, May 7, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00 pm, except as noted (3 hours, 1 mile). Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore. May car pool.

Meet at Museum. (3 hours, 1 mile)

 

Homeschoolers Program: Beautiful, Beloved Birds
Thursday, May 7, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 8, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 8, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Moon River Walk
Friday, May 8, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the meandering moonlit trails of the preserve. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy thefresh air!

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Advenutre: Stargazing
Friday, May 8, 2015 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join the Amateur Observer's Society this winter as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Advenutre: Stargazing
Friday, May 8, 2015 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join the Amateur Observer's Society this winter as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 9, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a walk in the woods and look for early spring ephemerals like Coltsfoot, Hepatica, Trout Lily, Bloodroot, and Trillium. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area and dress for a cool mountain morning. Call 872-0800 to register. In case of extreme weather, please call ahead to confirm program.

Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 9, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a walk in the woods and look for early spring ephemerals like Coltsfoot, Hepatica, Trout Lily, Bloodroot, and Trillium. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area and dress for a cool mountain morning. Call 872-0800 to register. In case of extreme weather, please call ahead to confirm program.

Registration: Required
Gorge Hiking Series: Artpark
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Come see where Niagara Falls formed over 12,000 years ago. As we hike, we will discuss the various rock layers, geography, as well as plants and animals in the area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Garden Days
Saturday, May 9, 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. The May 9th lecture will be by Michael Wojtech, who will present an intimate look at our native trees and how to identify them.   
Fun for Kids: Tracks & Trees
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Signs of Spring Hike at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Saturday, May 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-4757
Celebrate spring on Grand Lake Reserve as we look for the birds, blooms and bugs that return with warmer weather! Call the IRLC at 315-482-4757 for additonal information to preregister.
Signs of Spring Hike at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Saturday, May 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-4757
Celebrate spring on Grand Lake Reserve as we look for the birds, blooms and bugs that return with warmer weather! Call the IRLC at 315-482-4757 for additonal information to preregister.
Wildflower Walk-Lower Canyon Woods
Saturday, May 9, 2015 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00 pm, except as noted (3 hours, 1 mile). Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

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

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

Trailside Lodge

Mother Earth Native American Stories Walk
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Nature walkto scenic vistas to share stories about the natural world.

First overlook on Lower Falls Road, just west of Group Camping area entrance. (2 hours, ½ mile)

 

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

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

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

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise. 

Registration: Required
Back Pond Hike
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike around the back pond of Moreau Lake. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Back Pond Hike
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike around the back pond of Moreau Lake. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Morning Bird Walk-Great Bend George
Thursday, May 14, 2015 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 8:00 am, Thursdays (3 hours, one mile or more).Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended.

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool.

Wildflower Walk-East of Lee's Landing
Thursday, May 14, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00 pm, except as noted (3 hours, 1 mile). Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool. (3 hours, 1 mile)

 

Friday Hikes
Friday, May 15, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 15, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: May Sounds of the Night
Friday, May 15, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

As the sun sets, come listen and enjoy natures nighttime symphonywhile walking the paths of Bayard Cutting Arboretum. We willdiscuss the creatures who make these noises on this nighttime stroll.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Gorge Hiking Series: Devil’s Hole
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

This hike will feature the natural history of the Niagara Gorge. Topics will include the Great Gorge Route, Niagara Glen, the story of Devil's Hole, unique wildlife and more.

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

Registration: Required
Spring Fungi Walk
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Please join Mycologist, Sue Van Hook for the first morsels of spring fungi. We will walk the loop around one of the lakes in appreciation of all fungi, and will hope for a morel or two, oyster mushrooms and perhaps a fresh Dryad's sad-dle. Bring a hand lens if you own one. Sue will provide them for the group otherwise. Children make excellent mushroom hunters, so please bring them.

$10/person or family donation requested. Pre-register: 279-1155. Event meets at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, NY.

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

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

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

Refreshments will be served

Presented by the Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Bird Tour
Sunday, May 17, 2015 06:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Car-pool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.

Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (6 hours)

 

Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Unplug your family and participate in the National Get Outdoors Day. Learn about kayaks, orienteering, outdoor skills, adventure challenges, birding and nature. Donations graciously accepted. 
Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Unplug your family and participate in the National Get Outdoors Day. Learn about kayaks, orienteering, outdoor skills, adventure challenges, birding and nature. Donations graciously accepted. 
Friends of Letchworth Trail Workday
Sunday, May 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Help Letchworth State Park care for its many fine hiking trails. Members of Friends of Letchworth and anyone else who wants to join will meet at the gathering place and get signed in as a volunteer. The focus will be to pick up trash and clear brush. Bring hand tools (pruners, loppers, grass whips, small hand- saws) work gloves, water and snacks. Sessions will last two to three hours, but participants may leave early or stay late to help finish a project.

Oakland Rd junction Route 436 in Oakland, NY

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

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

Call 315-482-2479 to pre-register

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

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

Call 315-482-2479 to pre-register

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 01:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 01:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Beautiful Butterflies
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 22, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 22, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Turtle Education Program
Sunday, May 24, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Phone: (914) 631-1470
Program features a live, rehabilitated snapping turtle release. Participants will meet in the courtyard by the park office.
Geology Walk
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Parking lot past Cabin Area "B". Lots of steps and muddy spots. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

 

Registration: Required
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the Park
Monday, May 25, 2015 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved, handicap accessible walk- ways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Inspiration Point Parking Lot. (1 hour, ¼ mile)

 

Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 25, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view two State Champions!

Meet at Museum. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

Brooks & Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, andstream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate level terrain.

Frog Watch
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder what all the sounds are that were coming from a wetland? There's a good chance many of those may have been calls of different frogs. We'll learn all about frogs in the area and go out and look for some as well! Please dress appropriately with rain boots. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder what all the sounds are that were coming from a wetland? There's a good chance many of those may have been calls of different frogs. We'll learn all about frogs in the area and go out and look for some as well! Please dress appropriately with rain boots. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

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

Registration: Required
Warbler Walk-Common Species
Thursday, May 28, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. (3 hours, 1 mile or more)

 

Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 29, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 29, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Fun: Discovery the Beauty of the South Side
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take a meandering walk on the south side of the propertywhere the Nissequogue River flows. We will revel in all of nature's splendor.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Fun: Discovery the Beauty of the South Side
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take a meandering walk on the south side of the propertywhere the Nissequogue River flows. We will revel in all of nature's splendor.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Turtle Adventure
Sunday, May 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about turtles in the Nature Center, and then take a short hike to see some turtle nesting areas. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Turtle Adventure
Sunday, May 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about turtles in the Nature Center, and then take a short hike to see some turtle nesting areas. Registration is necessary 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 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-Venture: Adult Baywalk
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center for a stroll down to the bay, This unique brackish water environment is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Together, we will investigate what the tide has left behind.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-Venture: Adult Baywalk
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center for a stroll down to the bay, This unique brackish water environment is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Together, we will investigate what the tide has left behind.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
"Owls" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, May 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 534-5506
Presented by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Fahnestock State Park. The lodge is located just off the east side of Rt. 9, just north of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 301. For adults with or without children and for children ages 5 and up. For more info, visit the Nature Museum website or call (845) 534-5506. 

General Admission: $7/adults, $5/children
Museum Member Admission: $5/adults, $3/children

Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about the fascinating natural history of owls. Meet a live owl from the Museum's collection.
"Owls" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, May 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 534-5506
Presented by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Fahnestock State Park. The lodge is located just off the east side of Rt. 9, just north of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 301. For adults with or without children and for children ages 5 and up. For more info, visit the Nature Museum website or call (845) 534-5506. 

General Admission: $7/adults, $5/children
Museum Member Admission: $5/adults, $3/children

Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about the fascinating natural history of owls. Meet a live owl from the Museum's collection.
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Darling Dragonflies
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles-Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Junction of Pennycook Road and State Route 436 (¼ mile east of Parade Grounds Entrance). Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate level terrain

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Warbler Walk-Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 4, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Portageville Entrance Gate. Will car pool. (2½ hours, 1 mile)

 

Homeschoolers Program: Micro-Forest
Thursday, June 4, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 5, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 5, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Schedule of Events:

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

9:15-9:25am Welcome

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

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

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

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

3:30pm Closing Remarks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Open Garden Days
Saturday, June 6, 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 June 6th, Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery will present a talk on native plants in our gardens.
YAK: Your Adventure Kit
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1005

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

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

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

 

Adult Ed-Venture: Birds with Botany for Beginners
Sunday, June 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll besearching for birds... no birds? We'll learn about plants! Bring binoculars. (approx. 2 miles)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Fairy House Festival
Sunday, June 7, 2015 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Phone: (716) 754-4375

Visit fairy houses and participate in various fun activities! Talk with state park naturalists at their display on local mammals and Niagara area minerals and fossils. Hands on activities include bird track and fossil rubbings. Sponsored by Artpark and Company.

For information and fees call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles- DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Castile Entrance Gate. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.(4 hours, 2 mile)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Warbler Walk-Rare Species
Thursday, June 11, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool. (3 hours, 1 mile or more)

 

Friday Hikes
Friday, June 12, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 12, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Bat Safari
Friday, June 12, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enter the mysterious world of these misunderstood animals! Enjoy humorous indoor activities that separate myths from reality. As thesun goes down, we will take an outdoor walk around the buildings to observe bats as they begin their evening hunt.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Plover Poetry Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

During the Spring we get some special visitors to our shores. Join us for a walk along the shore and then come inside to compose some poetry about what we all experienced.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Plover Poetry Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

During the Spring we get some special visitors to our shores. Join us for a walk along the shore and then come inside to compose some poetry about what we all experienced.

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, Deer
Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about white-tailed deer and how their populations affect resources, followed by an interactive game.

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

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

Registration: Required
Oh, Deer
Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about white-tailed deer and how their populations affect resources, followed by an interactive game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Seashore Circular
Sunday, June 14, 2015 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this hilly, moderately paced walk through fields and woods,on our way to leisurely exploration of Caumsett's shore, we'll discussgeological and social factors that have influenced nature on LongIsland. Since we will walk approximately 4.5 miles, we suggest youbring drinking water.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Butterflies Flutterby
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly. Giggle through a funpresentation with some surprises. Afterwards, we will take a walk tosearch for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, andtemporary cages.

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

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

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

 

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles-Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Castile Entrance. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.(4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate terrain.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 19, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 19, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, June 21, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program,geared for adults, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire andbuild shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no childrenunder 16 will be permitted.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
First day of Summer Excursion to Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area
Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Visit the 5,100 acre site located between state routes 436 and 70 between Nunda and Dansville. Upland habitats include mature woodland, overgrown fields, conifer plantations, old growth apple orchards, wetlands and open meadows.

Car caravan leaves Visitor Center at 9:30 am or meet on site at Rosses on Rte 70 south of Nunda atthe Canaseraga Creek crossing (SR70 junction County Road 54 [Newville Rd.]). Bring a lunch. Will car pool and short walks. (3-5 hours, 1-2 miles; shorter or longer options available).

 

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks & Brambles-Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Perry Entrance. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 mile)

This is an intermediate terrain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lower Falls Restaurant Parking Lot

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 26, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 26, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Traditional Nature Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

We'll take a slow walk (approx. 1 mile), exploring nature in the woodsand tall grass meadows in the southwestern section of the park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Friends of Letchworth Trail Worday
Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Help Letchworth State Park care for its many fine hiking trails. Members of Friends of Letchworth and anyone else who wants to join will meet at the gathering place and get signed in as a volunteer. The focus will be to pick up trash and clear brush. Bring hand tools (pruners, loppers, grass whips, small hand- saws) work gloves, water and snacks. Sessions will last two to three hours, but participants may leave early or stay late to help finish a project.

Oakland Rd junction Route 436 in Oakland, NY

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-Venture: Just a Hike (Periphery)
Sunday, July 5, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing andsocializing.

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

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

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

 

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers
Monday, July 13, 2015 until Friday, July 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Picking
Monday, July 13, 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
Skull & Bones
Sunday, July 19, 2015 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children will become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals.

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Bird Festival
Saturday, August 1, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

Fly on over to enjoy the birds of New York State at Trailside. Visit the bald eagle, owls, hawks, turkeys and vultures. Family-friendly activities: Bird Olympics, Great Migration Challenge and much more.

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
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.
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
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
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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