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Animal Walk - Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, July 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Meet at Lower Falls Restaurant.

2 hours | 1 mile

*Note: Today is the North American Butterfly Association's Count Day. Experienced butterfly watchers wishing to participate on an informal count at Letchworth State Park may contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 5, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 5, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 5, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-venture: Dragonflies
Sunday, July 5, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Study the types and lifestyles of the Park's many species of dragonflies and damselflies. Images and a video of many of the common species will be viewed.

Indoor Ed-ventures allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparisons of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aides and handouts. This workshop will meet in the Conference Room at the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

Mud Pond Hike
Monday, July 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around mud pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, July 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around mud pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Compass Course & Game
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come down to the Nature Center and learn the basics of using a compass and then try your new skills out with some fun games.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Butterfly Walk
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848
The Rochester Butterfly Club will be hosting a butterfly walk at Fort Hill at Ganondagan State Historic Site. For more information, contact: Whitney.Carleton@parks.ny.gov or visit http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org
Guided Fishing Trip
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 793-0511

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 793-0511

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
Tibutary Trek - Upper Wolf Creek
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Explore the three largest tributaries that join the Genesee River within the park. Stream shorelines are often jammed with logs and slippery rocks.

Meet at Wolf Creek Cascades parking lot. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting dirty and wet. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 1 mile | Intermediate level of difficulty

Wetland Walk
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the wetland. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Wetland Walk
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the wetland. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Moreau Lake Kayak
Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a great way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle around the lake pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Moreau Lake Kayak
Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a great way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle around the lake pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Animal Walk - Dance of the Dragonfly
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. This particular program will focus on dragonflies and damselflies.

Meet at Trout Pond.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thursday, July 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!
Salamander Search
Friday, July 10, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

 

Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Friday, July 10, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the cool salamanders we have in this park. We will learn about why they're so important and hopefully find some in their natural habitat! Please be sure to dress appropriately.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

 

Registration: Required
Guided Walk to View the Rare Synchronous Firefly
Friday, July 10, 2015 09:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 232

This summer, Allegany State Park's Environmental Education Department will offer hikes to view the rare Synchronous Fireflies - once thought to exist in only a handful of places in the world. The Photinus Carolinus species, also known as the Synchronous Firefly, flashes only from late June to mid-July.

Allegany State Park will offer the opportunity to view this special species, which flashes simultaneously in an apparent competition display to attract females. Walk participants should meet at France Brook Road Site 29, near the entrance to Camp 12.

Please note, in the event of severe thunderstorms, the event will be cancelled. However, the fireflies do display in rain and you may still observe them on your own if you wish. Displays are best observed in a dark, mature forest in order to experience the full effect.

Berry Picking Stroll at Sam's Point
Saturday, July 11, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Did you know the Shawangunk Ridge was once home to a thriving berry-picking industry? Discover this fascinating cultural history on a guided hike to the remains of cabins in a berry-picking encampment. We'll hike along the Loop Road to sample tasty blueberries and huckleberries. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

Registration: Required
Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Party
Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Lend a hand to help Grafton's forest stay diverse by pulling invasive Garlic Mustard. We'll enjoy a savory pesto made from the naturally garlicky plant on fresh, locally baked bread afterwards.

Please pre-register: 518-279-1155

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 11, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
SCENTsational
Saturday, July 11, 2015 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
Our powerful sniffers trace back to a time when the nose was more important than the eyes and ears. Your nose is mightier than you might think! Come channel your inner bloodhound and explore the world of smells with a smell centered game and interactive hike.
Make Your Own Animal Track
Sunday, July 12, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the paster hardens, we'll take an approximately two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath to look for signs of animal activity. This hike features some tricky footing, elevation change, and gorgeous scenic views. This program is designed for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any ages are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Short Nature Hike
Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Take a short walk on the Nature Trail and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. While you are out and about look and listen for signs that spring is here.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Short Nature Hike
Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Take a short walk on the Nature Trail and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. While you are out and about look and listen for signs that spring is here.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Nature Walk - Highbanks Trail
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at the North Shelter in the Highbanks Recreational Area.

2 hours | 1 mile

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

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

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Picking
Monday, July 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 13, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 13, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Lake Shore Fishing
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Join a seasoned fisherman for a lesson on lake shore fishing. You will learn some fun and easy tricks of the trade and perhaps even reel in the big one. No equipment necessary, fishing licenses required for all adults 16 years of age and older.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Lake Shore Fishing
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Join a seasoned fisherman for a lesson on lake shore fishing. You will learn some fun and easy tricks of the trade and perhaps even reel in the big one. No equipment necessary, fishing licenses required for all adults 16 years of age and older.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park

Registration: Required
Guided Walk to View the Rare Synchronous Firefly
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 09:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 232

This summer, Allegany State Park's Environmental Education Department will offer hikes to view the rare Synchronous Fireflies - once thought to exist in only a handful of places in the world. The Photinus Carolinus species, also known as the Synchronous Firefly, flashes only from late June to mid-July.

Allegany State Park will offer the opportunity to view this special species, which flashes simultaneously in an apparent competition display to attract females. Walk participants should meet at France Brook Road Site 29, near the entrance to Camp 12.

Please note, in the event of severe thunderstorms, the event will be cancelled. However, the fireflies do display in rain and you may still observe them on your own if you wish. Displays are best observed in a dark mature forest in order to experience the full effect.

 

Nature Walk - Kisil Point Trail
Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at Highbanks Camper Recreation Building. Bring a lunch.

3 1/2 hours | 2 miles

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, July 17, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
Phone: (607) 547-8662

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Beaver Pond behind the Nature Center.

Berry Picking Hike to Napanoch Point at Sam's Point
Saturday, July 18, 2015 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Enjoy the huckleberries and blueberries along this adventurous, strenuous hike led by volunteer educator Sue Totten. Napanoch Point, one of the park's most remote scenic viewpoints, offers a beautiful view of the Rondout Valley and Catskill Mountains. This approximately ten mile hike will traverse mostly carriage roads, with about two miles on a narrow, rocky footpath including some steep, challenging sections. Participants must wear appropriate shoes and long pants and bring a backpack with plenty of water, snacks and lunch. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers. This particular program will focus on wildflowers, and will also discuss lichens, mosses, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees.

Meet at Great Bend Overlook | 2 hours | 1 mile

Wild Edibles: Know Your Berries
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Do you know your wild berries? Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on an approximately two to three mile wander through the fields and forests of a former golf course at Minnewaska. We will search for and identify the edible berries that grow here on the Shawangunk Ridge.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Frog Frenzy
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
Phone: (607) 547-8662

Catching frogs is a childhood pastime that can be enjoyed at any age! Learn about the frogs that live here at Glimmerglass and use nets to catch them. Don't forget to wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy and wet for this family fun activity!

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands! Meet at the Beaver Pond behind the Nature Center.

Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 18, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Jump, Slither and Swim!
Saturday, July 18, 2015 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
Meet some local reptiles and amphibians with naturalist Jorel Spain. Program set up above beach.
Animal Walk - Creek Critters
Sunday, July 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. This particular program will focus on the myriad of animals that use fresh water streams.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot. Wear clothing you do not mind getting dirty/wet. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 1 mile

Back Pond Hike
Sunday, July 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the back pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Back Pond Hike
Sunday, July 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around the back pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 19, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Sunday, July 19, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park
Phone: (607) 547-8662

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Sunset Shelter.

Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This moderate hike will challenge and impress. Hiking along the palmertown range, this trail brings you half way up the mtn and past some porcupine habitats and not frequently seen trees. Please come prepared for weather and and bugs.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This moderate hike will challenge and impress. Hiking along the palmertown range, this trail brings you half way up the mtn and past some porcupine habitats and not frequently seen trees. Please come prepared for weather and and bugs.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Pond Exploration and Blueberries

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in the ponds and pick delicious blueberries too. We'll take an approximately two-mile long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands our purple! This program is recommended for 6-10 year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so plan to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any ages are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carriaged by adults in a backpack style carrier. Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

History Scavenger Hunt

Join park educators to learn about the hidden history of Minnewaska. Most visitors do not realize that Minnewaska is the former site of two grand hotels that were built in the late 1800s. Using a compass and a set of clues, participants will discover some of the hidden history around Lake Minnewaska on an approximately two mile hike. This program is suggested for children age 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so play to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack syle carrier. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This short, moderate hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. Bring snack, H20 or a lunch to enjoy at the overlook.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalists
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This short, moderate hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. Bring snack, H20 or a lunch to enjoy at the overlook.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come and learn about the secret life of snakes from a true snake lover. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Depending on the weather we also might have the chance to go out and explore some local habitat.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Butterflies and Bees
Thursday, July 23, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This class will be split between indoor and outdoor time. You will learn about some local pollinators and their habits. This class is appropriate for grade school children and younger.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Butterflies and Bees
Thursday, July 23, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This class will be split between indoor and outdoor time. You will learn about some local pollinators and their habits. This class is appropriate for grade school children and younger.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, July 24, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
Phone: (315) 298-5737

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Open Shelter.

Registration: Required
Mushroom Foray
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Annual Bolete gathering of the Rochester Area Mycological Society - open to the public. Meet at Upper St. Helena Shelter.

Hudson River Kayak
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a great way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Hudson River Kayak
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a great way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Nature Walk - Birch Trail
Saturday, July 25, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at first overlook on Lower Falls Road, just east of Group Camping area entrance.

2 hours | 1 mile

Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 25, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, July 25, 2015 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Join Kate Woodle as she searches the park for hidden treasure. Wildflowers are often overlooked, but they are some of the most beautiful gems we have. Take a moment to stop and smell the roses, err wildflowers!

This program is free with admission to the park ($4 per car on weekends).

Registration: Required
Nature Journals for Children
Sunday, July 26, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. This program is for children between the ages of six and ten, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska. 

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here and the kids are getting antsy. Please come and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt organized by our Park Educator.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Nature Walk: Gorge Trail
Sunday, July 26, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at Great Bend Overlook.

2 hours | 1 mile

Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles
Sunday, July 26, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes required. Harvesting is prohibited. Pre-registration is required by July 23. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.olana.org.

$10/person, $5/members. Adults Only

Session One: 2:00-3:00pm; Session Two: 3:30-4:30pm

 

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Monday, July 27, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is one of our newer programs which will be taught indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. We will learn about some NYS frogs and toads while listening to their calls and coming up with some fun ways to remember what they sound like.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Monday, July 27, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is one of our newer programs which will be taught indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. We will learn about some NYS frogs and toads while listening to their calls and coming up with some fun ways to remember what they sound like.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, July 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around mud pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, July 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Enjoy a hike along the nature trail and around mud pond. A naturalist will point out some of our beautiful wetland birds, wildlife and plants.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Turtle Talk
Thursday, July 30, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles who will be spending their days with us. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Each turtle has an interesting story of how they came to live with us and those stories will be shared with you during this class. This class will be held in our beautiful Nature Center.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Haas the Great Blue Heron
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479
Meet the author, Julianne Flora, as she reads the delightful story about a parent waiting for the egg to hatch! Children will engage in activities that bring the book to life: how heavy is a heron? Stand eye to eye with a heron model and much more! Children will make their own story poster and take a short hike to learn where a heron looks for food!
Park Bike Ride
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Some environmental education with a twist, this class will be taught while riding bikes. This ride will be a few miles in distance and will be fun for adults, teens and grade school kids. You must bring your own bike and helmet.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Park Bike Ride
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Some environmental education with a twist, this class will be taught while riding bikes. This ride will be a few miles in distance and will be fun for adults, teens and grade school kids. You must bring your own bike and helmet.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Haas the Great Blue Heron
Thursday, July 30, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722
Meet the author, Julianne Flora, as she reads the delightful story about a parent waiting for the egg to hatch! Children will engage in activities that bring the book to life: how heavy is a heron? Stand eye to eye with a heron model and much more! Children will make their own story poster and take a short hike to learn where a heron looks for food!
Moreau Lake Kayak
Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer time paddle is a great way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner's paddle around the lake pointing out signs of summer and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Moreau Lake Kayak
Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer time paddle is a great way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner's paddle around the lake pointing out signs of summer and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, July 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (607) 467-4160

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Beach.

Full Moon
Friday, July 31, 2015 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Phone: (716) 282-5154
The full moon certainly gives nature a mysterious glow! There will be a presentation filled with moon lore, facts and stories, followed by a short walk. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Full Moon
Friday, July 31, 2015 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154
The full moon certainly gives nature a mysterious glow! There will be a presentation filled with moon lore, facts and stories, followed by a short walk. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Bird Festival
Saturday, August 1, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

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

Jump, Slither and Swim
Saturday, August 1, 2015 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Meet some local reptiles and amphibians with naturalist Jorel Spain. Program set up at tent above beach.
Nature Mandalas
Saturday, August 1, 2015 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400
Explore the colors and shapes of nature by creating Mandalas, a circular design that can be made out of anything you find.
Dazzling Dragonflies
Sunday, August 2, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Boat House.

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 7, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Delta Lake State Park
Phone: (315) 337-4670

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends. Be ready to catch some dragonflies!

Meet at tent #1 in the Fox Run Picnic Area.

Take a Hike: Born to be Wild!
Friday, August 7, 2015 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Get in touch with your wild side and explore where the Falls was born nearly 12,000 years ago, along with a park naturalist and fellow hiker enthusiasts.

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

Registration: Required
Oh Deer!
Saturday, August 8, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

Join us for a hike at Knox Farm as we explore the history of the White-tailed Deer in New York and how they impact our forests.

For information and registration, please call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Hike to the Falls
Saturday, August 8, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

In the blending of daylight and nightlight, join us as we hike to the secret falls of Knox Farm. Star gazing to follow program, weather permitting.

For information and registration, call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Sunday, August 9, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Verona Beach State Park
Phone: (315) 762-4463

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Campground Shelter.

Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Quest
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Conservation Camp
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 until Friday, August 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Phone: (585) 924-5848

Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites.

Students contemplating a career or major in the environmental sciences, as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors, will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp.

The program is designed to introduce students to peers already on the path toward an environmental degree and professionals who can help show students aspects of environmental science they would excel at and enjoy.

Learn resume building field skills and up-to-date technology; hands-on inquiry based learning; develop skills on how to minimize invasive species; and have a postivie impact on the environment.

Registration required.

Registration: Required
Color Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Explore the world of color through a fun scavenger hunt at Trailside Museums and Zoo on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 10:30 am to 11:30.

This hour long program will open your child's eyes to the array of colors found in nature. Visit the animals at the zoo while completing a colorful scavenger hunt. Get creative and bring home a nature craft. Registration is required for this program. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 14, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
Phone: (607) 334-2718

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Beach.

Birding Basics
Saturday, August 15, 2015 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Learn the basics of bird identification, how to use bird guide books, binoculars and a spotting scope.

If you have your own binoculars and guide books, please bring them because supply is limited.

This event will be held on Saturday, August 15th at the Tulip Hill Shelter from 7:30am-9:30am.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Open Garden Days
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Phone: (518) 329-3993
Expert gardener Margaret Roach will be opening up her garden to the public four days this year (May 9, June 6, August 15 and September 19) with events on each of those days taking place at locations near the park. Visit Margaret's website for more details. 

For each day, Margaret Roach's garden will be open from 10am - 4pm. $7 entrance fee raises money for the Garden ConservancyPlant sales by Broken Arrow Nursery take place during all the Garden Days. At 11am, a lecture will occur at St. John's in the Wilderness Church, located right near the park office. On Aug. 15th, Ken Druse will present about shade gardening.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722

This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make a story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures. Back at the Nature Center the children will decorate a buterfly cookie!

Dazzling Dragonflies
Saturday, August 15, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
Phone: (607) 432-2114

Dragonflies are fascinating, yet misunderstood, creatures. Discover dragonfly secrets, like what a baby dragonfly looks like, at this hands-on program.

If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our dragonfly friends.

Be ready to catch some dragonflies! Meet at the Briggs Shelter.

Wildlife Presentation
Sunday, August 16, 2015 02:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join us on Sunday, August 16th for a Wildlife Presentation with a live wolf!

The presentation will be held in the Community Room at 2pm.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee

All About Bees Program
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 789-2701 ext 293

Come down to Trailside Museums and Zoo to learn about the fascinating life of bees and their essential role as pollinators on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

This short program aims to engage young children and introduce them to the importance of bees as pollinators. Through fun activities participants will walk away with a better understanding of how pollination occurs and why it is so important to our everyday life. Each household will take home a mason bee hotel which will attract these important and docile native pollinators to your backyard. Registration is required for this program. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register

Registration: Required
Rosamond Zoo at Green Lakes State Park
Friday, August 21, 2015 01:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo comes to Green Lakes on Friday, August 21st.

Join us in the Community Room at 1pm for an educational presentation with live animals on site!

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Exploring Nature with Your 5 Senses
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Join the education staff at Trailside Museums and Zoo on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about the different senses we can use to explore nature.

This program aims to engage young children and teach them to explore the natural world using their 5 senses. Activities include mystery boxes, a color scavenger hunt and a scent game. Registration for this program is required. Please contact Emma Congalton at 845-786-2701 ext. 293 or emma.congalton@parks.ny.gov to register.

Registration: Required
Moonlight Hike at Green Lakes State Park
Friday, August 28, 2015 08:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Join the park naturalist for a moonlight walk around the lakes at Green Lakes State Park on Friday August 28th.

Meet at the Boathouse at 8pm for the guided walk which will be about 3 miles.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 12, 2015 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Join Della and Alan Wells of the Rockland Audobon Society. These experts will lead a walk through the diverse bird habitats found at the Stony Point Battlefield; forest meadow, lawn, pond and river. First time birders are welcome. Bring binoculars or borrow an extra pair from the group.

This program is free to the public. Site entrance gate opens at 7:45am and program begins promptly at 8:00am

Preschoolers in the Park: Insect Exploration
Monday, September 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Apples
Thursday, October 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Leaf Collections
Monday, October 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

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

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

Homeschoolers Program: Trees and Papermaking
Thursday, November 5, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lenape Indians
Thursday, December 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
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