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Fri 29 Apr
Arbor Day
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join the activities at Letchworth State Park, as the Genesee State Park Region commemorates Arbor Day. Tree planting and an interpretive walk are planned for the day in the Middle Falls Area.

Fri 29 Apr
Tree Walk
Friday, April 29, 2016 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(2 hours, 1/2 mile). Familiarize yourself with our trees, shrubs and woody vines. Also covers folklore and animal uses. Bring a lunch.

Sat 30 Apr
April Maple Weekends
Saturday, April 30, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-2622

Join us at the Glen Iris Inn every Saturday and Sunday in April as we celebrate New York State's Sugar Maple. Breakfast (8-10:30) will be highlighted with several breakfast entrees featuring local maple syrup and cream. Our gift shop has a selection of seasonal New York State maple products. The Park Interpretive Staff will conduct a hike from the Inn at 11:00am discussing the sugar maple and the estate of the Glen Iris. Call for information or group reservations, 585-493-2622.

Sat 30 Apr
Nature Hike: Part Thirteen: Fowlerville Road to York Landing
Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(3 hours, 2.6 miles). Explore the GVGas it travels south, on the west sideof the Genesee River. Meet at theYork Landing Parking Area off RiverRoad north of Piffard. Car-poolingis required. Bring a lunch.

This is a multiple part seriesoffered throughout the year. Designed to explore and sample some of this 90-mile linear trail mostly along the Genesee River's valley from Cattaraugus, Allegany,Wyoming, and Livingston to Monroe Counties.

 

Sat 30 Apr
Mushroom & Moss Walks: Silver Lake Outlet Woods
Saturday, April 30, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Explore the world of rotting logs and stumps to better appreciate the role of fungi in forest ecology. Learn to recognize which fungi rot which wood. Visit communities of lichens and mosses on the surface of bark. Three different woodlands will be searched. This is a continuation of a theme from three workshops held this past winter on fungi, lichens and mosses. Bring a lunch.

Sun 01 May
Springtime Walks: Highbanks Trail
Sunday, May 1, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails.

Will car pool. Bring a lunch. ( 3 hours).

Thu 05 May
Morning Bird Walks: Chestnut Lawn
Thursday, May 5, 2016 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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.

Thu 05 May
Wildflower Walks: Upper and Middle Falls Area
Thursday, May 5, 2016 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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.

Fri 06 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 6, 2016 until Sunday, May 8, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public with demonstration equipment available on Saturday (atlatl -the spear thrower; dart - the spear).

(as part of the Spring Knap-in by GeneseeValley Flintknappers Association at the Highbanks Campground)

Friday after 4:00pm; Saturday 10am - 5 pm, and Sunday until 3:00 pm.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come join us at Letchworth State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. 

Project 1: Raking Leaves, Litter clean up, staining benches at Wolf Creek, Great Bend overlook.

Project 2: Maintaining fall material of playgrounds on the south end of Letchworth park.

Project 3: Invasive plant removal

Project 4: We will have a group participating in stream bank erosion control by planting live stem dogwood branches. Please bring work gloves,knee high rubber boots/hip waders, and 5 gallon pails.

All ages are welcome. Volunteers should meet at the Tea Table/Eddy's parking lot and to wear long sleeves, long pants, and enclosed shoes.   

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Douglas Kelly for more information: doug.kelly@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
Wildflower Walks: Lower Canyon Woods
Saturday, May 7, 2016 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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.

Sat 07 May
Crepuscular Walks: Owl Prowl
Saturday, May 7, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Sun 08 May
Mother Earth Native American Stories Walk
Sunday, May 8, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(2 hours, ½ mile). Nature walk to scenic vistas to share stories about the natural world.

Sun 08 May
Waves of Warblers
Sunday, May 8, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

All warblers recorded from Letchworth State Park (highlighting 25 nesting species) will be featured in a new warbler video. Natural history accounts will be summarized and will include detailed park distribution based on recent research. This is an excellent primer for the Warbler Walks on May 26 & June 2 and 9.

All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

 

Thu 12 May
Morning Bird Walks: Great Bend Gorge
Thursday, May 12, 2016 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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.

Thu 12 May
Wildflower Walks: East of Lee's Landing
Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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.

Sat 14 May
Quaker Road to Lehigh Valley Trail (Wegmans Hike Number 4)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This hike is located in Monroe County just south of the Village of Scottsville. Take River Road South from the Village, or north from Route 20. Turn east onto Quaker Road (Rt. 251). The trailhead is approximately ¼ mile ahead. Meet at the trailhead. (3.1 miles)

Sun 15 May
Nearby Excursion to Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area
Sunday, May 15, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(3-5 hours, 1-2 miles (shorter & longer options); car caravan leaves the Visitor Center at 9:30 am. 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.

Thu 19 May
Springtime Walks: Gorge Trail
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails.

Will car pool. Bring a lunch. (3 hours).

Sat 21 May
Fire on the Genesee
Saturday, May 21, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Battles at 1:30 pm. This Civil War Encampment in the Highbanks Recreation Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants. Friday, May 20 is Education Day 10:00 am - 1:00pm and is open to local schools. Contact Tim Buckman at (585) 493-3611.

Sun 22 May
Fire on the Genesee
Sunday, May 22, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Battles at 1:30 pm. This Civil War Encampment in the Highbanks Recreation Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants. Friday, May 20 is Education Day 10:00 am - 1:00pm and is open to local schools. Contact Tim Buckman at (585) 493-3611.

Wed 25 May
Happy Birthday , Mr. Letchworth!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Area school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, civil war camp life, wool spinning and local animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr. Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.

Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2016 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 7:00 am, Thursdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). 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. May car pool. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 8th.

Fri 27 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 27, 2016 until Sunday, May 29, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International and European).Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl – the spear thrower; dart – the spear).

Friday after 4:00 pm; Saturday before and after the Free Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic, and Sunday until 3:00 pm.

 

Fri 27 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 27, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Six massed balloon flights. Launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance.

Friday: 6:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 6:00am and 6:30 pm

Monday: 6:00am.

Sat 28 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Registration: Required
Sat 28 May
Free Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic and Kids Conservation Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Event featuring games, activities, educational workshops, spear-fishing target contest, free fishing (no license required),free lunch and door prizes. Presented by Friends of Letchworth in conjunction with DEC and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Trailside Lodge.

Sun 29 May
Kids to Parks Day
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is agreat way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!

Sun 29 May
Springtime Walks: Lower Falls Trail
Sunday, May 29, 2016 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails.

Mon 30 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(2 hours, 1 mile). 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.

Mon 30 May
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the PArk
Monday, May 30, 2016 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(1 hour, 1/4 mile). Follow short, paved, handicap-accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Mon 30 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 30, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(2 hours,1 mile). 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!

Wed 01 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00am (4 hours, 2 miles). 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.

Wed 01 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Beaver Walk
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Thu 02 Jun
Warbler Walks: Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 2, 2016 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 7:00 am, Thursdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). 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. May car pool. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 8th

Sat 04 Jun
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(2 hours, 2 miles) Scottsville to Route 253. Meet at Canawaugus Park in Scottsville off Route 251. The total walking distance will be about 2 miles, as we walk to the junction of 253 and back.

Sun 05 Jun
Springtime Walks: Birch Trail
Sunday, June 5, 2016 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails.

Wed 08 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00am (4 hours, 2 miles). 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.

Thu 09 Jun
Warbler Walks: Rare Species
Thursday, June 9, 2016 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 7:00 am, Thursdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). 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. May car pool. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 8th

Sat 11 Jun
14th Annual Photographer's Dream Day
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join the Corps of Engineers & the Canyon Camera Club for a day of picture taking & learning. Pack a lunch & enjoy photo seminars, photo walks, & interesting subjects. This is a free public event! For details, please contact the Mount Morris Dam Visitor Center at 585-658-4790.

Sat 11 Jun
Fowlerville Road (Wegmans Hike Number 5)
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This hike is located in Livingston County in the Town of York. Park on the south side of Fowlerville Road. Meet at the parking area. (2.5 miles)

Sun 12 Jun
Bird Tour
Sunday, June 12, 2016 06:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(6 hours). 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.

Wed 15 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00am (4 hours, 2 miles). 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.

Sat 18 Jun
Gibsonville Walk
Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(3 hours, 1mile). Visit the vanished village of Gibsonville. Bring a lunch.

Sun 19 Jun
Springtime Walks: Trout Pond Trail
Sunday, June 19, 2016 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails.

Mon 20 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Summer's Eve Full Moon by the River
Monday, June 20, 2016 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (3 hours, 2 miles), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Wed 22 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00am (4 hours, 2 miles). 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.

Sat 25 Jun
Rock and Roll Into Summer
Saturday, June 25, 2016 03:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Musical performances, Wildlife Educators Coalition Animal Exhibit and ourown home-made lawn games, food and FIREWORKS.

Sun 26 Jun
Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 26, 2016 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(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 9th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.)

All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

Wed 29 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00am (4 hours, 2 miles). 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.