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Fri 06 May
Woodland Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 6, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
(716) 282-5154

Spring is in the air! Mother Nature awaits you with her annual display of wildflowers! Stroll through woods filled with old growth trees, listen for the birds overhead, and behold the beauty seen only this time of the year! End your evening with a Lake Ontario sunset! What a great start to your weekend.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
Crown Point Bird Banding Station Opens on May 7
Saturday, May 7, 2016 until Saturday, May 21, 2016 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

Come join us for the 41st year of bird banding at Crown Point. The Crown Point Bird Banding Association will be on site from May 7th to May 21st welcoming visitors to observe and learn from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Bird banding is an effort to identify and track different species of migratory birds to collect ecological data and improve conservation efforts. The Crown Point peninsula, jutting northward into Lake Champlain, serves as a trap for birds migrating north making it an ideal location for the banding station. 18604 individual birds have been banded at this station since 1976 representing 106 different species of birds including 28 different species of colorful warblers.

Sat 07 May
Live Birds of Prey Demonstration
Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

On Saturday, May 7, Mark Manske of "Adirondack Raptors" will offer a live birds of prey demonstration from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to help the Crown Point Bird Banding Association kick off its 41st annual bird banding event. Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about these amazing birds and witness them in action.

Sun 08 May
Bird & Breakfast
Sunday, May 8, 2016 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of the Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society) and a presentation introducing the local and migratory birds seen in our area. Afterward, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
High School Birding
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have a birding requirement for school? We can help fulfill it! Join us on a walk as we search for birds.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Basics of Birding
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

You see a bird but you have no clue what it is! Come join us and learn the basics of bird identification and equipment needed to get you started on this fun-filled hobby! A short walk in the park will be included. Appropriate for families with children ages 8 and up

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Waves of Warblers
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a hike through Knox Farm and search for warblers during their peak migration period. These energetic and colorful birds are often referred to as the "butterflies of the bird world."

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Night of the Frogs
Saturday, May 14, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

You are in for an intriguing night hike in the preserve! We will start off with a presentation indoorsand then venture into the preserve to enjoy the spring night air filled with the sounds of frogs.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 May
Songbird Serenade
Sunday, May 15, 2016 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

North America's largest concentration of migrating birds stage along the shores of Lake Erie so let's explore some waterfront parks! There will be two chances for some shoreline birding on this "NY Parks" and "Environment for the America's" cooperative program.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 May
The Ever-Changing Forest
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

A Tour with Entomologist Mike Birmingham at 10am. The forest is always in flux, influenced by everything from weather to wildlife. What are some stories from Grafton's forest over its history? Join entomologist and tree pathologist Mike Birmingham on a tour of the park where he'll share some surprising stories from the forest that was, is, and will be. Free!

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
Live Birds of Prey with Annie Mardiney
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person!

Sat 04 Jun
Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survival technics. Enjoy an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smith to catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survival technics. Enjoy an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smith to catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

Registration: Required
Fri 10 Jun
Bat Safari
Friday, June 10, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

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

Registration: Required
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
Butterflies Flutterby
Saturday, June 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 265-1054

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly. Enjoy an entertaining presentation with some surprises, followed by a walk to search for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jun
Open Garden Day
Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

John Jay Homestead has many beautiful gardens, each one lovingly tended to by dedicated organizations. Enjoy the gardens and learn about their history and design from garden club ambassadors representing Bedford Garden Club, Hopp Ground Garden Club, InterGenerate, the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America and Rusticus Garden Club. Free admission. Advance registration optional.

Registration: Optional
Sat 18 Jun
2016 Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

This family-oriented event, themed "Great Outdoors", will entertain and educate children of all ages. Various organizations will be onsite to promote outdoor recreation and also discuss environmental issues and concerns.

Free to public, vehicle use fee in effect

Fri 24 Jun
Firefly Fun
Friday, June 24, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(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.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Exploring the Seashore
Saturday, June 25, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(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.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 25, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 25, 2016 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Discovering Dragonflies: Class #1
Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Dragonfly watching is rapidly becoming one of the most popular outdoor activities. The colorful and acrobatic displays are sure to captivate the audience. Delve into this growing world yourself and join us for the first of three classes that will introduce you to this new and exciting hobby. Bring a notebook.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Turtles, Snakes & Frogs Oh My!
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during an interactive program introducing turtles, snakes, and frogs. Enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of these fascinating animals.

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

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. 
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.

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

Rain date Sunday, December 18th

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