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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Hike in the Moonlight
Friday, December 5, 2014 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Registration: Required
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will be stopping by to see if you’ve been good or bad this year!. Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique gifts for the holidays. There will be crafts for the kids and refreshments by a crackling fire.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours.

This event is free.

Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Niagara Falls Winter Walk
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154
We will view the Three Sisters Islands, Horseshoe and American Falls. We can't promise a snowy walk, but you'll see pictures of Ice Bridges and snow-covered trees. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for the program.
Registration: Required
Jingle Jangle: A Winter Celebration
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 109

Join The Olana Partnership for an afternoon of fun winter activity. The Farm Complex will be bustling with a range of 19th Century activities with a 21st Century twist so you can come and spend the afternoon, or stop in amidst your other errands. Wander the Wagon House area and discover a sleigh for posing for family holiday pictures (you bring your own camera), or find a sculptor carving ice; you will also hear bell ringers and holiday carolers. We will celebrate the season with a landscape based craft that is amazing for adults and children (and great if handmade appeals for your gift giving!) We will serve hot chocolate and cookies, encourage hiking and skating if the weather allows, and the afternoon will end with a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30pm.

Pre-registration is required but walk-ins are welcome.

Tickets: $25/carload or $10/person; $30 and $15 at the door

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Ice Candles
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

When did candles begin to be used? Where does wax come from? Discover the history of candles while using hot wax and ice to create a unique candle just in time for the holidays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 20, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Let's welcome winter and celebrate that the days will be getting longer! We will go for a walk around our shore and see the winter visitors that have arrived.

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

Adult Ed-ventures are specially designed for ages 18 and older.

Adult Ed-ventures: Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 20, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Let's welcome winter and celebrate that the days will be getting longer! We will go for a walk around our shore and see the winter visitors that have arrived.

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

Adult Ed-ventures are specially designed for ages 18 and older.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Long Point Cross Country Ski
Sunday, December 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Phone: (716) 549-1050
History and nature, old growth trees and more, ski the scenic views along the lakeshore! Bring your cross country skis for a guided tour. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Take a walk on the Greenbelt
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enjoy the colors of nature as we walk part of the Greenbelt Trail where the Nissequogue River meets the Long Island Sound. On this moderate hike, we'll explore the beaches and woodland trails of Sunken Meadow State Park.

Please wear hiking shoes. Water is recommended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike to explore the preserve. Discover the changes in the forest during the winter and search for signs of wildlife surviving the snow.

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Winter Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

On this short (approx. 1.5 miles) stroll, you'll discover that nature is beautiful and interesting in winter too.

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

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

Registration: Required
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738
Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Twelfth Night festivities will be available.
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