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Geocaching Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt during which we will learn the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS to find hidden caches filled with Easter treats! Open to all ages.

Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Nature Photography Workshop
Saturday, April 19, 2014 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join nature photographer Bob Labuski's workshop to learn valuable tips for taking great photos of Connetquot's beautiful landscapes, plants and wildlife. Bring your cameras (SLR or point and shoot) for hands-on experience. There will be a short indoor talk followed by a walk to practice new techniques!

Ages 18 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Mushroom and Moss Walk - Cabin Bank Woods
Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Explore the world of rotting longs 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.

Meet at the Lower Falls Restaurant parking lot.

This is a 1 mile walk that takes about 3 hours to complete. Please bring a lunch.

Family Nature Series, Frogs in Concert
Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
Phone: (845) 351-5907

Hear one of nature's best performances while we hike in the great outdoors. The Wood Frogs are the first amphibians to wake up from their winter nap. We will explore vernal pools in search of our croaking friends and explore their homes. The program will last approximately three hours. (easy 2 mile hike).

The trails can be steep and rocky, so please wear sturdy hiking shoes. Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features. Hunting is allowed in portions of Sterling Forest State Park, so we suggest wearing hunter orange or bright colors other than white during the hunting season.

For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.

Registration: Required
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spring is here! Join us for a walk along the blue and green trails and work with your family as a time as we search for items on our list using our senses.

Apprpriate for those ages 5 & up with their families. Registration required & is accepted two weeks prior to the program.

Registration: Required
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spring is here! Join us for a walk along the blue and green trails and work with your family as a time as we search for items on our list using our senses.

Apprpriate for those ages 5 & up with their families. Registration required & is accepted two weeks prior to the program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Planting Time
Tuesday, April 22, 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: 10-11 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Earth Day Hike
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Come join us for an Earth Day hike to celebrate Mother Nature. We will observe the signs of spring and enjoy the warmer weather. There will be an Earth Day craft for kids at the end of the hike. Open to all ages.

Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register

Registration: Required
Morning Bird Walk - Bluebird Trail
Thursday, April 24, 2014 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended.

Meet at the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Will carpool.

Participants will be walking a mile or more, and it will take about 3 hours to complete.

Appalachian Mountain Trail Presentation
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Roberto Clemente State Park
Phone: (718) 299-8750

Come learn about the Youth Opportunities Program. Natural Connections workshop will present information on how to guide groups on trails and camping.

*Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, please contact John Doherty at (718) 299-8750.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk - Featuring Fiddleheads
Thursday, April 24, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familliar 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 the Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of Perry Exit on Main Park Road.

Please bring a lunch; this walk is approximately 3 hours long and 1 mile in length.

Frog Watch
Thursday, April 24, 2014 06:30 PM
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.

Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walk - Frog Serenade
Thursday, April 24, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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. Flashlights are recommended.

Meet at the Parade Grounds parking lot. Will car pool.

This walk is about 2 hours long, and 1 mile in length.

Arbor Day
Friday, April 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (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.

 

Tree Walk
Friday, April 25, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Familiarize yourself with our trees, shrubs and woody vines. Also covers folklore and animal uses.

Meet at the Middle Falls Area; please bring a lunch.

This is a 2 hour, 1/4 mile walk.

Family Adventures: As Sly as Fox
Friday, April 25, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

On this hike we will look for signs of fox activity and keep an eye out for this elusive creature. Along the way we'll discuss the habits and habitat of the fox.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up and families. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Herps Alive! at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some cool critters in the care of wildlife rehabilitator Dee Strnisa. Amphibians and reptiles are also known as herps and these cold-blooded animals lead interesting lives. See them up close and personal in this live wildlife program.

Call 872-0800 for more information about this FREE program.

Arbor Day Family Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014 until Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-8678

Live music, performances, children's tree climb and lots of activities for children of all ages to enjoy! For more information, contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678.

$20 per vehicle. Event will be held rain or shine.

Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of our natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs.

This program costs $3. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Hug-A-Tree Workshop
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Phone: (585) 394-4922

Celebrate Arbor Day and the kings of the plant world, our trees.

This special day-long workshop will help you learn:

• The art of planting a tree from Sonnenberg's Executive Director and Horticulturist David Hutchings

• How to best use mulch with the trees in your backyard from Finger Lakes Community College's Berna Ticonchuk

• The benefits of creating rain gardens in urban areas from the Tree Advisory Board of Canandaigua. Representatives will discuss the rain gardens along the city's Main Street and tree preservation throughout Canandaigua.

• In the afternoon, David Hutchings will also discuss The Vanishing Act Exhibit on loan from the Morton Arboretum and Sonnenberg's tree preservation. In the morning, there will also be a special tree planting to honor the late Dr. William Clark, a generous benefactor to Sonnenberg and a direct descendant of the site's founder, Mary Clark Thompson.

Admission is $20 per person with a soup lunch provided by our volunteers. Call 585-394-4922 or see our online registration page for reservations.

Herps Alive! at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some cool critters in the care of wildlife rehabilitator Dee Strnisa. Amphibians and reptiles are also known as herps and these cold-blooded animals lead interesting lives. See them up close and personal in this live wildlife program.

Call 872-0800 for more information about this FREE program.

Adult Ed-ventures: Spring Stroll
Saturday, April 26, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 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 for the spring.

For ages 18 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult

Registration: Required
Springtime Walk - Lower Falls Trail
Saturday, April 26, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way.

Meet at the parking lot past Cabin Area "B."

This walk is 2 hours long and 1 mile in length. There will also be lots of steps and muddy spots, so please dress accordingly.

Seal Walks
Saturday, April 26, 2014 01:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Montauk Point State Park will be offering a series of walks on weekends through April to see wintering seals. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a 2-3 hour leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately, and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand, please try to arrive 10 Minutes before the start time. The hike is approximately 3 miles round trip. Fee: $4.00 per adult 19 and older; $3.00 for children ages 3-18; and children 3 and under are free. To make reservations, or for more information, please call (631) 668-5000.
Registration: Required
Seal Walks
Sunday, April 27, 2014 01:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Montauk Point State Park will be offering a series of walks on weekends through April to see wintering seals. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a 2-3 hour leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately, and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand, please try to arrive 10 Minutes before the start time. The hike is approximately 3 miles round trip. Fee: $4.00 per adult 19 and older; $3.00 for children ages 3-18; and children 3 and under are free. To make reservations, or for more information, please call (631) 668-5000.
Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Enjoy a relaxing walk around the park while learning about the medicinal qualities, legends, and folklores surrounding the wildflowers that grow here. Open to all ages. 

Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Search for signs of spring at the park! When you have collected all of your nature items, we will make a beautiful nature mobile. All ages welcome.

Program fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 03, 2014 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Come out and show your love for Thacher Park as we commemorate 100 years as a landmark in the capital region. There will be projects for all ages and abilities, so bring the family. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic shelter to organize, and then go to work for the morning. At 12:30 the Friends of Thacher Park will provide a BBQ lunch for all volunteers. This event is co-sponsored by Parks and Trails New York.

Register at: I Love My Park Day

Please contact the park at 518-872-1237 with any questions.

Registration: Required
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 03, 2014 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Come out and show your love for Thacher Park as we commemorate 100 years as a landmark in the capital region. There will be projects for all ages and abilities, so bring the family. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic shelter to organize, and then go to work for the morning. At 12:30 the Friends of Thacher Park will provide a BBQ lunch for all volunteers. This event is co-sponsored by Parks and Trails New York.

Register at: I Love My Park Day

Please contact the park at 518-872-1237 with any questions.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crabs
Sunday, May 04, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been on earth since before the dinosaurs? Join us as we explore the lives of these "living fossils" and then explore the shore for horseshoe crabs.

Please wear shoes that are appropriate for water and mud.

This program is ideal for children ages 5 and up with their families. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Nature Trees
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions: 10-11 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Morning Bird Walk - Chestnut Lawn
Thursday, May 08, 2014 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars are recommended.

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool.

Wildflower Walk - Upper and Middle Falls Area
Thursday, May 08, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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 the Museum.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 09, 2014 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 285-0516
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
Family Adventures: Bayside Barnacle Adventure
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Captree State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Did you know that some barnacles spend their whole lives on the back of a whale? Come learn about the journey barnacles make and discover other animals that share the pier. Wear water shoes and sunscreen. Meet outside the bait and tackle shop.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Wildflowers and Waterfalls at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Spring is dramatic and picturesque on the trail below the cliff, with cascading waterfalls and blooming woodland wildflowers. Learn about the fascinating geology of the escarpment and look for flowering Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Ginger, Columbine, and other spring bloomers.

Call to register for this free program.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
International Bird Migration Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lake Erie State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050
The southern shore of Lake Erie has one of the largest concentrations of colorful spring migrant bird species in North America! The sandy beaches, forests, grassland and wetland habitats are critical rest and feeding areas of the epic bird migration north. Two chances and locations to take a songbird- serenaded hike on this N.Y. State Parks and “Environment for the Americas” cooperative program.
Wildflowers and Waterfalls at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Spring is dramatic and picturesque on the trail below the cliff, with cascading waterfalls and blooming woodland wildflowers. Learn about the fascinating geology of the escarpment and look for flowering Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Ginger, Columbine, and other spring bloomers.

Call to register for this free program.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
International Bird Migration Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Evangola State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050
The southern shore of Lake Erie has one of the largest concentrations of colorful spring migrant bird species in North America! The sandy beaches, forests, grassland and wetland habitats are critical rest and feeding areas of the epic bird migration north. Two chances and locations to take a songbird- serenaded hike on this N.Y. State Parks and “Environment for the Americas” cooperative program.
Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk - Lower Canyon Woods
Saturday, May 10, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including the plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore.

Following the luncheon.

Location: Parade Grounds parking lot. Will car pool.

The Buzz on Honeybees at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Springtime 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, we’ll take a sunny spring walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens.

Please call to register!

Registration: Required
The Buzz on Honeybees at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Springtime 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, we’ll take a sunny spring walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens.

Please call to register!

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walk - Owl Prowl
Saturday, May 10, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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 the program, weather permitting. Flashlights are recommended. May carpool.

Meet at the Trailside Lodge.

Morning Bird Walk - Great Bend Gorge
Thursday, May 15, 2014 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended.

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will carpool.

Wildflower Walk - East of Lee's Landing
Thursday, May 15, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings including other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore.

Meet at the Parade grounds parking lot. Will car pool.

Opening of Vanishing Acts Exhibit
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Phone: (585) 394-4922

Sonnenberg is pleased to be able to offer the exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. This exhibit, produced by the Morton Arboretum in association with the Global Trees Campaign, takes a look threatened and endangered trees around the world and the importance of saving them. This exhibit will feature guides and activity pages for tree and conservation fans of all ages. It is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and home-schoolers wishing to teach or learn more about ecology, stewardship, and how we can take action to make a positive difference to the natural world around us.

For more details on the exhibit or to schedule a field trip, please contact us at 585-394-4922 or info@sonnenberg.org.

Fire on the Genesee - Civil War Encampment
Saturday, May 17, 2014 until Sunday, May 18, 2014 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

This Civil War Encampment is the highbanks Rec. Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants.

Meet at the Highbanks Recreation Area. Camps are open until 4:30 pm. Battle is at 2:00 pm.

Spring Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The ever changing progression of woodland blooms continues with Baneberry, Foamflower, Trillium, Columbine, Bellflowers, and more. Search out the spring ephemerals on a walk to High Point with naturalist Sigrin Newell.

Call 872-0800 for meeting place.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The ever changing progression of woodland blooms continues with Baneberry, Foamflower, Trillium, Columbine, Bellflowers, and more. Search out the spring ephemerals on a walk to High Point with naturalist Sigrin Newell.

Call 872-0800 for meeting place.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Night of the Frogs
Saturday, May 17, 2014 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 start off with a presentation about frogs, and then venture into the preserve to enjoy the sounds of the various frogs that call Connetquot home.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up and families. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Bird Tour
Sunday, May 18, 2014 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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.

Meet at the Mt. Morris Dam Snack bar. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Family Fun: X Marks the Spot!
Sunday, May 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lost family treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasure hunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues & use a compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: X Marks the Spot!
Sunday, May 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We have recently discovered information describing a long-lost family treasure hidden here at the preserve. Use your treasure hunting skills to solve word puzzles, follow encrypted clues & use a compass. Each step brings you closer to finding the treasure.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
The Friends of Connetquot Present: Wildlife Up Close and Personal
Sunday, May 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet live owls, a fox, turtles and more! Don't forget your camera!

Reservations are required: (631) 581-1072 or send an email to: rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org

Fee: $8 for parking

Registration: Required
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 18, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify who is using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields.

Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up.

Call to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 18, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify who is using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields.

Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up.

Call to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Butterfly
Tuesday, May 20, 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: 10-11 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Bird Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Birdsong is in the air! Thacher Park is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, recognized for its diversity of species. Meet Gary Goodness, of Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, at the Paint Mine picnic area. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call for more information.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Bird Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 08:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Birdsong is in the air! Thacher Park is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, recognized for its diversity of species. Meet Gary Goodness, of Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, at the Paint Mine picnic area. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call for more information.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The varied woodland habitats in the park give rise to a wonderful variety of woodland wildflowers. Look for Pink Ladyslippers, Gaywings, Bellflowers, Blueberries, and other late spring bloomers with botanist Ed Miller. Meet at Hop Field picnic area.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The varied woodland habitats in the park give rise to a wonderful variety of woodland wildflowers. Look for Pink Ladyslippers, Gaywings, Bellflowers, Blueberries, and other late spring bloomers with botanist Ed Miller. Meet at Hop Field picnic area.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 25, 2014 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 25, 2014 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Geology Walk
Monday, May 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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, so please wear appropriate shoes!

Meet at the parking lot past Cabin Area "B".

This is a 2 hour, 1 mile long hike.

How the Gorge was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, May 26, 2014 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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

This is a short 1 hour, 1/4 mile walk.

Meet at the Inspiration Point parking lot.

Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 26, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 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 the Museum.

This is a 2-hour, 1 mile long walk.

Warbler Walk - Common Species
Thursday, May 29, 2014 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 7 AM, every Thursday for 3 weeks. 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 a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended. May car-pool. Also see Indoor Ed-ventures on May 11th.

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool.

This is a 3 hour, 1 mile or more, walk.

Warbler Walk - Common Species
Thursday, May 29, 2014 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet at 7 AM, every Thursday for 3 weeks. 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 a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended. May car-pool. Also see Indoor Ed-ventures on May 11th.

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool.

This is a 3 hour, 1 mile or more, walk.

Family Adventures: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, May 31, 2014 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 to explore the habitats of the animals that call Connetquot home.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up and families. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Genesee Valley Greenway Hike - Part 5: South of the Village Avon
Sunday, June 01, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

This is a multiple part series offered 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.

Explore the GVG south of Avon and along the river to the mill site at York Landing.

Meet east of Avon at the Batzing Rd parking area (1/2 mile south of State Route 20). Please bring a lunch. Will car pool.

This is a 4 hour, 4 mile long hike.

Fun for Kids: Butterflies Flutter By
Sunday, June 01, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly as you take a walk in their wings during this fun presentation. Afterwards, we will search for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages. This will be an outdoor program, please bring sunblock.

For children ages 5 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Buzzy Bees
Tuesday, June 03, 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: 10-11 AM, 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Brooks and Brambles - Griffith Road to Pennycook
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over 50 miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored.

This is a 4 hour, 2 mile hike and mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings are possible in this hike, so please dress accordingly. Please bring a lunch, and we will be car pooling.

We are located at the junction of Pennycook Rd and State Route 436, about 1/2 mile east of the Parade Grounds entrance.

Warbler Walk - Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 05, 2014 07:00 AM - 10:00 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 are highly recommended! May car pool. Also see Indoor Ed-ventures on May 11th!

We will be meeting at the Portageville Entrance Gate.

This is a 2 and 1/2 hour, 1 mile long hike.

“Chronicles of Thacher Park” History Hike
Saturday, June 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Learn about the bygone times of the Indian Ladder Region while strolling on the scenic cliff top trail with historian Tim Albright. You’ll feel like a time traveler as Tim recounts tales of the area and stories of former residents. Meet at the Upper Overlook parking area and walk to Hailes Cave. Walk is approximately 1 – 1.5 mile. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking. Binoculars may be helpful.

Call 872-1237 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
National Trails Day Celebration - Canal Walk
Saturday, June 07, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Learn about Oakland as well as the history of the canal and railroad in the area.

We are located at Oakland Road Junction and Rte 436 in Oakland, NY.

This is a 2 hour, 2 mile hike, so please wear appropriate footwear.

“Chronicles of Thacher Park” History Hike
Saturday, June 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Learn about the bygone times of the Indian Ladder Region while strolling on the scenic cliff top trail with historian Tim Albright. You’ll feel like a time traveler as Tim recounts tales of the area and stories of former residents. Meet at the Upper Overlook parking area and walk to Hailes Cave. Walk is approximately 1 – 1.5 mile. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking. Binoculars may be helpful.

Call 872-1237 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Salt Marsh Splash
Saturday, June 07, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the marsh. Dress for wading and mud. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and tightly tied shoes.

This program is ideal for children ages 5 and up with their families. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Springtime Walk - Gorge Trail
Sunday, June 08, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way.

Please meet at the Upper St. Helen Picnic Area.

This is a 2 hour, 1 mile long hike; please dress accordingly.

Brooks and Brambles - DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over 50 miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored.

This is a 4 hour, 2 mile long hike; there is potential for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings, so please dress properly.

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Please bring a lunch, car pooling is required.

Warbler Walk - Rare Species
Thursday, June 12, 2014 07:00 AM - 10:00 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 parks nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are strongly recommended!

Meet at the Parade Grounds parking lot. We will be car pooling.

This is a 1 mile or more, 3 hour long hike, so please wear appropriate footwear.

Crepuscular Walk - Full Moon Beaver Walk
Thursday, June 12, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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 this program, weather permitting. Flashlights are recommended.

During this walk, one may encounter brush, water and mud, so please dress accordingly.

On the night of the event, please meet at the Parade grounds parking lot. We may be car-pooling.

Family Adventure: Night of the Frogs
Friday, June 13, 2014 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 start off with a presentation about frogs and then venture into the preserve to enjoy the sounds of the various frogs that call Connetquot home.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up and families. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Birdwalk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 14, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

It’s nesting season and that means birds are active and singing. Explore the fields and woods near the Nature Center with Gary Goodness, of the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Birdwalk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 14, 2014 08:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

It’s nesting season and that means birds are active and singing. Explore the fields and woods near the Nature Center with Gary Goodness, of the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
NatureFest
Saturday, June 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Celebrate the Staten Island Museum’s annual environmental fair with us at Willowbrook Park (Eaton Place). Learn about and interact with all things nature-related!

This event is free and all ages welcome!

Event Location: Willowbrook Park

NatureFest
Saturday, June 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Celebrate the Staten Island Museum’s annual environmental fair with us at Willowbrook Park (Eaton Place). Learn about and interact with all things nature-related!

This event is free and all ages welcome!

Event Location: Willowbrook Park

Springtime Walk - Trout Pond Trail
Saturday, June 14, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way.

For this walk, please meet at Trout Pond.

This is a 2 hour, 1 mile long walk, so please wear appropriate shoes.

Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Welcome to the world of butterflies. Discover all about their life cycles, metamorphosis and how they manage to stay alive! Then we will go on a butterfly safari into the fields to catch, observe and release these beautiful insects.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Welcome to the world of butterflies. Discover all about their life cycles, metamorphosis and how they manage to stay alive! Then we will go on a butterfly safari into the fields to catch, observe and release these beautiful insects.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winged Wonders
Saturday, June 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Did you know that dragonflies can fly backwards? Explore the fields of Caumsett for winged things and discover their amazing abilities. We will loan nets, books and temporary cages.

For ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Fence Lizard Walk with Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join Mike Shanley as he explores Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in search of NYC’s only population of Eastern Fence Lizard. Also known as the Northern Fence Lizard, the Prairie Lizard, the Pine Swift, and the Fence Swift, it reaches the northeastern extremity of its range in southeastern New York. The range of the species extends as far south as Florida and as far west as Mexico and Texas. Despite the fact that there is no record of a native New York City population, thanks to an intentional release of 29 individuals in 1942 by the herpetologist Carl F. Kauffeld they have managed to survive in the parks sandy barren habitat.

We will be meeting in the parking lot of the State Park Office at 83 Nielsen Ave.

This walk has a cap, so please register with Mike Shanley at falecore@yahoo.com First come first serve. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program.

This program is ideal for children 5 and up along with their families. There is no fee for this program.

Registration: Required
Fence Lizard Walk with the Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join Mike Shanley as he explores Clay Pits Pond Park in search of NYC’s only population of Eastern Fence Lizard. Also known as the Northern Fence Lizard, the Prairie Lizard, the Pine Swift, and the Fence Swift, it reaches the northeastern extremity of its range in southeastern New York. The range of the species extends as far south as Florida and as far west as Mexico and Texas. Despite the fact that there is no record of a native New York City population, thanks to an intentional release of 29 individuals in 1942 by the herpetologist Carl F. Kauffeld they have managed to survive in the parks sandy barren habitat.

Meet at Park Headquarters parking lot at 83 Nielsen Ave.

This event is free and appropriate for those ages 13 and up, however this walk has a cap, so please register with Mike at falecore@yahoo.com. First come first serve.

Registration: Required
Fence Lizard Walk with Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join Mike Shanley as he explores Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in search of NYC’s only population of Eastern Fence Lizard. Also known as the Northern Fence Lizard, the Prairie Lizard, the Pine Swift, and the Fence Swift, it reaches the northeastern extremity of its range in southeastern New York. The range of the species extends as far south as Florida and as far west as Mexico and Texas. Despite the fact that there is no record of a native New York City population, thanks to an intentional release of 29 individuals in 1942 by the herpetologist Carl F. Kauffeld they have managed to survive in the parks sandy barren habitat.

We will be meeting in the parking lot of the State Park Office at 83 Nielsen Ave.

This walk has a cap, so please register with Mike Shanley at falecore@yahoo.com First come first serve. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program.

This program is ideal for children 5 and up along with their families. There is no fee for this program.

Registration: Required
Fence Lizard Walk with the Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Join Mike Shanley as he explores Clay Pits Pond Park in search of NYC’s only population of Eastern Fence Lizard. Also known as the Northern Fence Lizard, the Prairie Lizard, the Pine Swift, and the Fence Swift, it reaches the northeastern extremity of its range in southeastern New York. The range of the species extends as far south as Florida and as far west as Mexico and Texas. Despite the fact that there is no record of a native New York City population, thanks to an intentional release of 29 individuals in 1942 by the herpetologist Carl F. Kauffeld they have managed to survive in the parks sandy barren habitat.

Meet at Park Headquarters parking lot at 83 Nielsen Ave.

This event is free and appropriate for those ages 13 and up, however this walk has a cap, so please register with Mike at falecore@yahoo.com. First come first serve.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions: 10-11 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Brooks and Brambles - Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over 50 miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored.

Please wear long pants and sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers and poison ivy and stream corssings may occur.) Please pack a lunch.

Meet at the Castile Entrance. Car pooling will be required.

This hike is 2 miles, and 4 hours long.

“Solstice Serenades” at Thacher Park
Friday, June 20, 2014 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening hike. Meet at Hop Field for a walk on the Yellow Trail to listen to the sounds and serenades of evening: the ethereal song of the Veery, frog calls at the wetland, and other sweet summer sounds. Walk is approximately 1.8 miles.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
“Solstice Serenades” at Thacher Park
Friday, June 20, 2014 07:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening hike. Meet at Hop Field for a walk on the Yellow Trail to listen to the sounds and serenades of evening: the ethereal song of the Veery, frog calls at the wetland, and other sweet summer sounds. Walk is approximately 1.8 miles.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
First Day of Summer Excursion to Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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.

This event is around 3-5 hours long, 1-2 miles (shorter and longer options available.) Please bring a lunch. Will car pool and short walks.

Meet at the visitor center, in which a car caravan leaves at 9:30 AM or meet on site at Rosses on Rte 70 south of Nunda at the Canaseraga Creek Crossing (SR70 junction County Rd 54 (Newville Rd.)).

Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Plant Parts
Saturday, June 21, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about plant parts with us at Gericke Farm (2876 Arthur Kill Road). We will identify the parts of a plant and reiterate that knowledge with an activity using fruits and vegetables. At the end, each child will be able to create their own healthy smoothie and explore Gericke Farm.

The event is free, and is appropriate for children ages 5 and up with their families.

Registration required & is accepted two weeks prior to the program. Register at: 718-605-3970 ext. 201.

Registration: Required
Plant Parts
Saturday, June 21, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about plant parts with us at Gericke Farm (2876 Arthur Kill Road). We will identify the parts of a plant and reiterate that knowledge with an activity using fruits and vegetables. At the end, each child will be able to create their own healthy smoothie and explore Gericke Farm.

The event is free, and is appropriate for children ages 5 and up with their families.

Registration required & is accepted two weeks prior to the program. Register at: 718-605-3970 ext. 201.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Seashore Circular
Sunday, June 22, 2014 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 discuss geological and social factors that have influenced nature on Long Island. Since we will walk approximately 4.5 miles, we suggest you bring drinking water.

For ages 18 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 423-1770.

Fees: $4 per adult

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what types of frogs live at the preserve inside. We will then do some scooping from Willow Pond outside so you can see tadpoles in various states of metamorphosis up close! Hopefully we will catch a few frogs too!

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover what types of frogs live at the preserve inside. We will then do some scooping from Willow Pond outside so you can see tadpoles in various states of metamorphosis up close! Hopefully we will catch a few frogs too!

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to to the program. Please call (631) 265-1054.

Fees: $4 per adult / $3 for children ages 3-17 / children under 3 are free.

 

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-ventures - Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 22, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundred of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the worlds's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species as well as those found in 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.

Meet at the conference room of Visitor Center.

Brooks and Brambles - Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over 50 miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored.

Please wear long pants, and sturdy footwear for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings may occur. Also, please pack a lunch for this 4 hour, 2 mile hike.

Meet at the Perry Entrance to the Park. Car-pooling is required.

Crepuscular Walk - Summer's Even by the River
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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 this program, weather permitting. Flashlights are highly recommended. May car-pool.

Meet at the Lower Falls Restuarant Parking Lot.

This walk take about 3 hours to cover 2 miles.

Family Adventures: Bat Safari
Friday, June 27, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Enter the mysterious world of these misunderstood animals while you enjoy humorous indoor activities that separate the myths from reality. As the sun goes down, we will take a short outdoor walk around the bildings to observe bats as they begin their evening hunt.

This program is ideal for ages 5 & up and families. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
12th Annual Photographer's Dream Day
Saturday, June 28, 2014 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 658-4790

Join the Corps of Engineers and the canyon Camera Club for a day of picture taking and learning. Pack a lunch and enjoy photo seminars, photo walks, and interesting subjects. This is a free public event!

For furhter details, please contact the Mt. Morris Dam Visitor Center at 585-658-4790.

Amphibians and Reptiles at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Salamanders, turtles, and snakes galore! Meet the amphibians and reptiles in the care of Dee Strnisa, wildlife rehabilitator. Get to know how and where these critters live and what you can do to help them survive in the wild.

Call 872-0800 for more information.

Amphibians and Reptiles at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Salamanders, turtles, and snakes galore! Meet the amphibians and reptiles in the care of Dee Strnisa, wildlife rehabilitator. Get to know how and where these critters live and what you can do to help them survive in the wild.

Call 872-0800 for more information.

Fossils of Thacher Park: Who were they and what do they tell us?
Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Fossils can be found in most of the rocks in Thacher Park. They tell who lived here long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What kind of animals were these? Who are their modern relatives? They show that the region was flooded by shallow seas. But what environments did different animals prefer? Tidal flats, in the surf zone, below big waves, or in deeper, calmer waters? Geologist Chuck Ver Straeten will guide you on this exploration.

Call 872-0800 to for meeting place and to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Fossils of Thacher Park: Who were they and what do they tell us?
Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Fossils can be found in most of the rocks in Thacher Park. They tell who lived here long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What kind of animals were these? Who are their modern relatives? They show that the region was flooded by shallow seas. But what environments did different animals prefer? Tidal flats, in the surf zone, below big waves, or in deeper, calmer waters? Geologist Chuck Ver Straeten will guide you on this exploration.

Call 872-0800 to for meeting place and to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Exploring Life in the River
Sunday, June 29, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

We will use a seine net to discover the animals living in the shallow waters of the Nissequogue River. We may catch minnows or even shrimp! Please bring sunscreen, a towel and shoes appropriate for water and mud.

This program is ideal for children ages 5 and up with their families. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Traditional Nature Walk
Sunday, June 29, 2014 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

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

For ages 18 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 423-1770.

Fees: $4 per adult

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Playing at the Ponds Edge
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions: 10-11 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM

This program is designed for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Just a Hike (Periphery)
Sunday, July 06, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:45 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 uninterupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

For ages 18 & up. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. Please call: (631) 423-1770.

Fees: $4 per adult

Registration: Required
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