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Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Seashells
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Seashells
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Moths
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about moths, our featured wildlife of the week, in honor of Moth Week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Moths
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about moths, our featured wildlife of the week, in honor of Moth Week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Junior Naturalists: Pond Exploration and Blueberries
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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 are purple! This program is recommended for six to ten 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 $8 per vehicle. 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. Participants should 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.

Registration: Required
Tree I.D. Walk
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
For children ages 11 and up. (Another walk will take place on July 9th for ages 6-10.)

Learn about trees and have fun at the same time.  Tree I.D. skills, games and activities combine to give kids a hands-on nature experience.  $2 per child.  Please call (845) 889-8851 to reserve a spot. 

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Healthy Living Week
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Meet us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, try your luck at hoops & other entertaining games, or learn about nutritious & delicious food & beverages! Join Doug from Schoharie Area Wild (SAW) and about the new trail being built through the county.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Junior Naturalists: Trees and Papermaking
Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Trees are one of the most magnificent living things on planet Earth and we'll take some time to get to know them better. Your children will make their own recycled paper from discarded, clean newspaper. Then, as it dries, they'll walk the trails near the Nature Center, learning how to age a tree and making friends with a tree by playing a fun game in the woods. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All registrants should bring a sandwich sized bag of newspaper, ripped into small pieces, approximately the size of cold cereal, with them. This is a messy activity, so participants should wear clothing they don't mind getting soiled. Pre-registration is required.

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 $8 per vehicle. 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. Participants should 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.

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Healthy Living Week
Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Meet us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, try your luck at hoops & other entertaining games, or learn about nutritious & delicious food & beverages! Join Doug from Schoharie Area Wild (SAW) and about the new trail being built through the county.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Craft Day
Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center.  Our nature center has a new addition that will be open for exploring before and after the craft.  Please call to register, 793-0511.  

Registration: Required
Craft Day
Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park are hosting a fun craft in the nature center.  Our nature center has a new addition that will be open for exploring before and after the craft.  Please call to register, 793-0511.  

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 25, 2014 09:30 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

Registration: Required
Guided Fishing Trip
Friday, July 25, 2014 09:30 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

Registration: Required
Frog Frenzy
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:00 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 in our parks and use nets to catch them. Listen to different frog calls to figure out which frogs you have been hearing. Don't forget to wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy and wet! If you wear insect repellant please wash your hands for the safety of our frog friends!

Summer Nature Tent Series: Healthy Living Week
Friday, July 25, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Meet us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, try your luck at hoops & other entertaining games, or learn about nutritious & delicious food & beverages! Join Doug from Schoharie Area Wild (SAW) and about the new trail being built through the county.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Hawk Road Hike
Friday, July 25, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Join the Park Educator on a beautiful hike over looking the Hudson. This trail is new to the park and is a truly wonderful place to explore.   Pre-registration is required, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Hawk Road Hike
Friday, July 25, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Join the Park Educator on a beautiful hike over looking the Hudson. This trail is new to the park and is a truly wonderful place to explore.   Pre-registration is required, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Bat Safari
Friday, July 25, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Moth Night
Friday, July 25, 2014 08:00 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Meet at the "Iroquois Lodge" in the six nations campground at Watkins Glen State Park any time after 8pm. From 8:30-9:00pm there will be a brief introduction and a number of exhibits. From 9:00pm on there will be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line within walking distance of the lodge. Access to the park is free after 5:30pm (main entrance charges until 7:30pm). The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the vicinity.

Native American Games
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cherry Plain State Park
Phone: (518) 733-5400

In Native American culture it was well accepted that you can "learn while you play and play while your learn." Come learn and play with us in the field across from the park playground.

Family Adventure: Digging Archaeology
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will "dig" through history with this hands-on program. No really, we will be digging! So dress for a mess as we become archeologists searching for the Smith family treasure.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Digging Archaeology
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will "dig" through history with this hands-on program. No really, we will be digging! So dress for a mess as we become archeologists searching for the Smith family treasure.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Mushroom Foray
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Annual Bolete gathering of the Rochester Area Mycological Society to which the public is invited. This morning foray will focus on summer boletes and other mycorrhizal fungi followed by a public display of mushrooms in the afternoon. This event will last several hours.

Meet at Upper Street Helena Shelter.

Pond Exploration for Kids
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come for a two-mile hike to explore the ponds in Minnewaska's former golf course. We'll use nets to see what life, be it amphibian, insect or other, can be found in these ponds. And, if any of the delicious blueberries are ripe near the ponds, we'll take some time to enjoy them! This program is recommended for children age six to nine years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Waterproof boots for all participants is highly recommended. Pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrival to the Park Preserve is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. Please call the Park Preserve 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
Learn How to Cast
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Please come and participate in a very informative casting demo.  A seasoned fisherman will be on the beach teaching some tricks for a perfect cast.  This is a family friendly event.  Please call to make a reservation 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Learn How to Cast
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511
Please come and participate in a very informative casting demo.  A seasoned fisherman will be on the beach teaching some tricks for a perfect cast.  This is a family friendly event.  Please call to make a reservation 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, July 26, 2014 02:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reaseons of safety, no one under age 14 will be permitted to attend.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

 

Registration: Required
Lamp Post Critters! with Charlie Roberto
Saturday, July 26, 2014 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Have you ever wondered why winged critters are attracted to lights around your home?  Join Naturalist Charlie Roberto for a peek into the nocturnal and secretive life of moths.  This activity starts indoors and then heads outside in search of common moths found in your neighborhood. Flashlights are welcome but their use will be restricted during the program. Suggested donation - Adults $3 & Kids $2

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9. 

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.

Registration: Required
Moth Night
Saturday, July 26, 2014 08:00 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
Phone: (607) 273-3440

Meet at the main parking lot of Robert H. Treman State Park (lower unit) any time after 8pm. There will be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line around the edges of the parking lot adjacent to the park office. Access to the park is free after 6pm. The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the vicinity.

Lamp Post Critters! with Charlie Roberto
Saturday, July 26, 2014 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Have you ever wondered why winged critters are attracted to lights around your home?  Join Naturalist Charlie Roberto for a peek into the nocturnal and secretive life of moths.  This activity starts indoors and then heads outside in search of common moths found in your neighborhood. Flashlights are welcome but their use will be restricted during the program. Suggested donation - Adults $3 & Kids $2

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9. 

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Beach Exploration
Sunday, July 27, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

The wrack line is a perfect place to uncover shells, beach glass, drift wood, and other ocean treasures. Join us for a relaxing walk along the beach as we discover what the waves have left behind. Your guide will help you identify your beach combing finds.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Beach Exploration
Sunday, July 27, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

The wrack line is a perfect place to uncover shells, beach glass, drift wood, and other ocean treasures. Join us for a relaxing walk along the beach as we discover what the waves have left behind. Your guide will help you identify your beach combing finds.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Blueberries on Beacon
Sunday, July 27, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath hiking loop offers some of the best views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills and this time of year, it also provides abundant blueberries to snack on as you walk along. We'll start our walk along the carriage road, then hike uphill along the footpath to reach its conclusion along the Minnewaska Carriage Road, which we'll continue to follow along the western edge of Lake Minnewaska. The total distance for this moderate outing, which does include some hills and narrow, cliff-edge sections of the trail, is approximately three and a half miles. This hike is being led by Eric VanDeusen, volunteer naturalist.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrival to the Park Preserve is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. Please call the Park Preserve 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
Family Adventure: I Spy A Dragonfly!
Sunday, July 27, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the dragonfly's many beautiful colors, life-cycle and unique behaviors. Enjoy hands-on activities followed by outdoor capture, observation and release of these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: I Spy A Dragonfly!
Sunday, July 27, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the dragonfly's many beautiful colors, life-cycle and unique behaviors. Enjoy hands-on activities followed by outdoor capture, observation and release of these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Treasure Hunt
Sunday, July 27, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Have you ever wished to be a pirate searching for treasure? Then this is the program for you! You will learn the compass basics so you can follow the ancient map to find the Lost Treasure of Sunken Meadow! Good luck matey! Arrrghhh! This is an outdoor program best suited for children ages 8 and up. Please dress for the weather.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Fun with Fish
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 225-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrival to the Park Preserve is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. Please call the Park Preserve 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
Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Walk
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your toddler and join Jamie McGinnis for a stroll through the old meadows of the former hotel golf course and along Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads. The meadows are filled with low bush and high bush blueberry and this is the time of year when they're usually ripe for the picking. Bring a sandwich sized plastic bag to fill and clean hands to eat them as you walk. This modest hike does include some hills and also trails that are suitable for only sturdy strollers. Please make sure to bring enough water, sun protection and bug protection too. Meet at the informational kiosk in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, 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. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required.  Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 1 mile, 2 hour walk will focus on wildflowers, but will also discuss other plants.

Meet at Upper St. Helena Parking lot.

Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures that are often misunderstood. Did you know that some of our dragonflies migrate south for the winter like birds? Find dragonfly nymphs as well as other insects that live in and around the water. Don't forget to wear clothes that can get muddy and wet! If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our animal friends.

Summer Nature Tent Series: Earth Week
Friday, August 1, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Learn all about bears, eagles and invasive species at the Mine Kill Summer Nature Tent every Tuesday through Friday in July. Each week will have a different environmental theme, beginning with Wildlife Week the Tuesday after 4th of July weekend. Find us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex.

This week, celebrate our Mother Earth during the Earth Week nature tent. Lots of educational games & activities based on everything related to our wonderful planet.

Admission to the Mine Kill Nature Tent is free with a daily pool pass. The Mine Kill pool is $2 per adult and $1 for youth under 12. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

Geology Walk
Saturday, August 2, 2014 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Much of the rock found in Thacher Park is limestone. Limestone can be dissolved through natural processes and this gives rise to topography called karst. Features of karst topography include sinkholes and caves. On this walk we will see some fine examples of karst and learn about a process that is shaping the park we see today.

Registration: Required
Geology Walk
Saturday, August 2, 2014 09:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Much of the rock found in Thacher Park is limestone. Limestone can be dissolved through natural processes and this gives rise to topography called karst. Features of karst topography include sinkholes and caves. On this walk we will see some fine examples of karst and learn about a process that is shaping the park we see today.

Registration: Required
CCC Day: Gibsonville Camp Hike
Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion Day! Begin the reunion with a 1 mile, 1 1/2 hour hike at Gibsonville Camp. Meet at Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of Perry Entrance on Main Park Road.

Public is invited to attend!

Learn Your Leaves: Outstanding Oaks
Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Are you confused with tree terminology or the multitude of different kinds of trees? Then, this basic tree identification walk, which will focus on one family of trees, is made for you. As we take an approximately three-mile hike to Awosting Falls along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road, we will take a look at the outstanding oaks that call this Park Preserve home. This outing meets in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Toadstools? with Steve Rock
Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 265-3773

Join Steve Rock, mushroom enthusiast, for a fascinating walk to learn about the secret lives of mushrooms, their role in nature and how to identify a variety of mushrooms found in the park.  Suggested donation - Adults $3 & kids $2

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9.

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Toadstools? with Steve Rock
Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 265-3773

Join Steve Rock, mushroom enthusiast, for a fascinating walk to learn about the secret lives of mushrooms, their role in nature and how to identify a variety of mushrooms found in the park.  Suggested donation - Adults $3 & kids $2

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9.

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shark Frenzy
Saturday, August 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover fun and fascinating facts about these greatly misunderstood creatures as we explore the depths of the deep blue sea in search of one of nature's most efficient hunters.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Thru Hike Rainbow Falls Footpath
Sunday, August 3, 2014 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator for the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, along with Laura Conner, Minnewaska's Environmental Educator, for an approximately ten and a half mile long outing on the Rainbow Falls Footpath. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to the Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls Footpath showcases some of the more interesting and remote backcountry in the Park Preserve and concludes at the Castle Point Carriage Road. The hike will then follow this scenic carriage road back to Lake Minnewaska and down to the Awosting Parking Lot, where we began our day.

All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water to sustain them all day long in the summer heat.

This hike is challenging! Please contact Sona Mason directly at smason@nynjtc.org or by calling her at (201) 512-9348 x16 to register.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk
Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 1 mile, 2 hour long walk will focus on wildflowers, but will also discuss other plants.

Meet at Gardeau Overlook.

Family Adventure: Salt Marsh Safari
Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Orient Beach State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Come explore the salt marsh and learn about what animals do at high and low tide. Walk through the marsh to discover creatures and play a game. This program is also offered at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Bring sunscreen, a towel, and tightly tied shoes for wading.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: The Sand Beneath Your Feet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This new program will give you an insight on the subject of sand. You will enjoy discovering kinetic sand, conducting many sand experiments and hands-on activities as you learn all about sand! We will also make a sand candle to take home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: The Sand Beneath Your Feet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This new program will give you an insight on the subject of sand. You will enjoy discovering kinetic sand, conducting many sand experiments and hands-on activities as you learn all about sand! We will also make a sand candle to take home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-Venture: Ferns
Sunday, August 3, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
This program allows participants a more detailed study of ferns with comparisons of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aides and handouts. Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance.

Participants should come prepared withbinoculars.

Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Crabby Crabs
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Crabby Crabs
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Salamanders
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about salamanders, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Salamanders
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about salamanders, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Rosamond Gifford Zoo to You
Friday, August 8, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111
Learn about some animals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!  This program will be held at the Community Room at the beach.  This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.
Adult Ed-venture: History Hike
Saturday, August 9, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

While the main purpose of this hilly, moderately paced 6 mile walk is to relax and socialize, we will make stops to discuss some spots of historic interest. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Beach Art
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

With a lesson about the habitat around us and all the resources at our finger tips, we will bring out your artistic side. Using shells and sand we will create some beautiful art work to bring home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Beach Art
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

With a lesson about the habitat around us and all the resources at our finger tips, we will bring out your artistic side. Using shells and sand we will create some beautiful art work to bring home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Mobile Homes
Saturday, August 9, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

No RVs please! Can you imagine cramming everything you own into an itty, bitty living space and carrying that space everywhere you go? That's what many animals have to do to survive. Join us as we pry into the cramped lifestyle of shell dwelling animals. Live animals will be on display.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Mobile Homes
Saturday, August 9, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

No RVs please! Can you imagine cramming everything you own into an itty, bitty living space and carrying that space everywhere you go? That's what many animals have to do to survive. Join us as we pry into the cramped lifestyle of shell dwelling animals. Live animals will be on display.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live there. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live there. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin' at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

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

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin' at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesday: Mammals of CPPSPP
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about the mammals of CPPSPP, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesday: Mammals of CPPSPP
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about the mammals of CPPSPP, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beat the Heat
Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Dazzling Dragonflies
Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures that are often misunderstood. Did you know that some of our dragonflies migrate south for the winter like birds? Find dragonfly nymphs as well as other insects that live in and around the water. Don't forget to wear clothes that can get muddy and wet! If you wear insect repellant, please wash your hands for the safety of our animal friends.

Insects at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. We'll explore different habitats to find what's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water.

Registration: Required
Interesting Insects
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
Phone: (607) 467-4160

Did you know that scientist think there are more insects in the world than any other type of animal? Learn how to catch insects using sweep nets and aerial nets; like the kind you would use to catch butterflies. We will also talk about how to have fun looking for insects while protecting ourselves from ticks. The first step is to wear light colored long pants and sleeves; and insect repellant. We'll also learn how to do a tick-check. Please wash your hands after applying insect repellant for the safety of our animal friends.

Insects at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. We'll explore different habitats to find what's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Suburban Farming
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

There are so many benefits to raising your own vegetables and chickens! It is easier than it looks, and the rewards are edible!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Camouflage Commandos
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Every day creatures are engaged in mortal combat. Mother Nature has equipped each side with specific adaptations to help them stay alive. An indoor training session will be followed by an outdoor recon mission as we search for the highly skilled, ever elusive camouflage commandos.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Camouflage Commandos
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Every day creatures are engaged in mortal combat. Mother Nature has equipped each side with specific adaptations to help them stay alive. An indoor training session will be followed by an outdoor recon mission as we search for the highly skilled, ever elusive camouflage commandos.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shorebird Hike
Sunday, August 17, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

They have been here all summer long running along our shore lines foraging and nesting on the sand. Lets take a walk on the beach to discover who we share our summer shores with.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Shorebird Hike
Sunday, August 17, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

They have been here all summer long running along our shore lines foraging and nesting on the sand. Lets take a walk on the beach to discover who we share our summer shores with.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Fern Walk
Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 walk will focus on horsetails, clubmosses and ferns.

Meet at Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of Perry Entrance on Main Park Road.

Walk is 1 mile and 2 hours long.

Indoor Ed-Venture: Asters and Goldenrods
Sunday, August 17, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

The waning summer provides a fine assortment of fall flowers including dozens of native asters and goldenrods. More than a dozen, dried species will be available to contrast and compare the features of these diverse daisies.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Adult Ed-venture: Traditional Nature Walk
Sunday, August 17, 2014 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

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

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Registration: Required
Letchworth Landscapes: Abstract Geology with Painter, Richard Shearer
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A part of the Learn About Letchworth Series, this year's theme is "The Nature of Letchworth - Past, Present and Future". The focus of the presentations will be experts in diverse fields to share their connections to the nature of Letchworth State Park.

Program is held in Lower Falls Restaurant.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beach Art
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beach Art
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Frogs and Toads
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about frogs and toads, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Frogs and Toads
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about frogs and toads, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge.

Registration: Required
Insect Safari
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 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, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. This 2 hour walk will focus on insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies) and spiders.

Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar parking lot.

Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Crazy things are happening in the science lab. Children will do several experiments using household items. You never know what we will create, or blow up! (For ages 7 & up)

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Literary Hike
Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

This program is a quiet, leisurely ramble, generously interspersed with readings selected to enhance your appreciation of the beauty, wonder and tranquility of nature. Approximately 2 miles.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Registration: Required
Baywalk
Saturday, August 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Lets take a walk to the beach and see what the bay left behind. On our walk we will learn about plants and animals that call this island their home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Baywalk
Saturday, August 23, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Lets take a walk to the beach and see what the bay left behind. On our walk we will learn about plants and animals that call this island their home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Wolves of New York: Fact or Fiction?
Saturday, August 23, 2014 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 265-3773

Meet Atka, the live wolf ambassador from the Wolf Conservation Center.  Learn about the life history of the Wolves in North America.  Discover the challenges facing this once abundant predator and their unique role in keeping the environment in balance. For more information about Wolf Conservation Center, please visit: www.nywolf.org. Suggested donation - Adults $7 & Kids $5

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9. 

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.
Registration: Required
Wolves of New York: Fact or Fiction?
Saturday, August 23, 2014 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 265-3773

Meet Atka, the live wolf ambassador from the Wolf Conservation Center.  Learn about the life history of the Wolves in North America.  Discover the challenges facing this once abundant predator and their unique role in keeping the environment in balance. For more information about Wolf Conservation Center, please visit: www.nywolf.org. Suggested donation - Adults $7 & Kids $5

Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Address is 2920 Rte. 9, Cold Spring, NY.  The Lodge is in close proximity to the Rte. 9 & Rte. 301 intersection, a ¼ mile north of the traffic light.  Watch for the sign on the east side of Rte. 9. 

For program, directions or inclement weather event challenges - call us at 845.265.3773 or 845.225.7207.
Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Night Hike
Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the night. Learn how nocturnal animals find their way in the darkness with several hands-on activities. Then, put your knowledge to the test on a walk to see and hear the creatures that come out after dark.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seashore Exploration
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wildwood State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Darling Dragonflies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Hi Little Dragonfly
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Cliff Hike
Saturday, August 30, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this new 6 mile, very hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water. For safety reasons, no one under 18 will be permitted to attend.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Monarch Watch
Saturday, August 30, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join us as we explore the life cycle and migration of the amazing monarch butterfly. We'll touch on some of the recent challenges facing these butterflies and how you can help, from the plants you grow to the food you eat. Additionally, we'll search for evidence of monarch butterflies on trails near Lake Minnewaska. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Pond Explorations
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will scoop pond water into observation pools where children can safely explore pond life up-close. Please wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a towel.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, August 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during this interactive program introducing turtles, snakes and frogs. Then, enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of the animals that call Connetquot home.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 30, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us as we say goodbye to summer vacation. Enjoy s'mores and entertaining tales with storyteller Claire Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. Fee for supplies is $1 per person. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Registration: Required
Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 30, 2014 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us as we say goodbye to summer vacation. Enjoy s'mores and entertaining tales with storyteller Claire Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. Fee for supplies is $1 per person. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Registration: Required
Wild for Wildlife
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Calling all wildlife detectives! Join us at the Minnewaska Nature Center for an introduction to wildlife detection and to make a plaster cast of an animal track to take home. While these tracks are solidifying, we'll meander through the site of the former resort golf course in search of wildlife activity in the form of browse, scat, and tracks. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We will take you down to the bay to seine, collect and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes that can go in water and protect your feet, as well as a bathing suit.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal with wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. See and learn about the birds of prey and other animals in her care and why they are with her. Find out how you can help protect wildlife from harm. Donations are appreciated. Call for more information.

Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal with wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. See and learn about the birds of prey and other animals in her care and why they are with her. Find out how you can help protect wildlife from harm. Donations are appreciated. Call for more information.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Meet the Animals
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Fence Lizards
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about fence lizards, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Fence Lizards
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about fence lizards, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Fern Walk
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 walk will focus on horsetails, clubmosses and ferns.

Meet at Museum for this 1 mile, 2 hour walk.

Shelf Island Hike: Scenic Loop
Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature hike utilizing trail, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot for this 2 mile, 3 hour hike.

Don't forget to bring a lunch!

Fern Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ferns are some of the oldest living organisms on the earth and their graceful fronds decorate the cool shady forests. Explore the woodland trails at the Nature Center and discover a variety of ferns with botanist Ed Miller. Call for more information.

Fern Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ferns are some of the oldest living organisms on the earth and their graceful fronds decorate the cool shady forests. Explore the woodland trails at the Nature Center and discover a variety of ferns with botanist Ed Miller. Call for more information.

Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Flower Power: Germination Dissection
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Lets take a closer look and see what is inside seeds. We will dissect and investigate the growing power behind our favorite flowers and plants. With hands on experiments and examples, we will delve into the world of botany.

Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Late Summer Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, September 7, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approx. 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will witness summer's slow, subtle change, as she withers and goes to seed.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Wonderful Wildflowers
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Chubby Chipmunks
Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Birds with Botany for Beginners
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds... no birds? We'll learn about plants! Bring binoculars.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older. Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: What Planet Are You From?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Envision an alien planet in our galaxy. What kinds of extraterrestrials would live there? We'll delve into the world of adaptations as each child gets to construct a cosmic creature. We will supply everything you will need, so just bring your active imagination and we will have some fun!

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Nature Quest
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.  Check in with us when you are done.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Monarch Migration
Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Early autumn is the time of year to observe the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly. Explore the life cycle, migration, routes, and how you can help to save this species. A short walk in the park will give us a closer look into the world of these butterflies.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program. 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Butterflies & Moths
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 785-3614

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

Two sessions: 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Reservations are required, please call (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295. Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. Fees: $4 per person, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Waterfowl
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about waterfowl, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays: Waterfowl
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about waterfowl, our featured wildlife of the week. After our talk, we will take a nature walk to look for the featured species.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up. Program is free of charge!

Registration: Required
Edible Plant Walk
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 2 hour, 1 mile walk will focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Meet at Snake Hill Overlook, on flat of Main Park Road, between Great Bend and Wolf Creek.

Walk is 2 hours, 1 mile.

The Herb Fair
Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651

Sponsored by the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America. Plant and craft demonstrations, great food, and herb-related merchandise on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Free admission; food and merchandise available for purchase.

Cub Scout Day: John Jay’s Farm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 101

Explore the historic outbuildings and grounds at John Jay Homestead to learn about history, industry, and agriculture. Scouts can milk a mechanical cow, learn about the heritage-breed chickens that live at the historic site, and plant a "crop" to take home.

This two-hour program meets requirements for Tiger (1G), Wolf (Know Your Community – F), and Bear (What makes America special? – B, C, D) scouts.

Admission is $3.00 per child; advance registration required. Call (914) 232-5651 x101 to reserve.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Traditional Nature Walk
Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

We'll take a slow walk (approx 3 miles), exploring nature in the woods and tall grass meadows of the southeastern section of the park.

Fees: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Tiny Turtles
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Held Tuesdays 10-11am AND 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tots programs are specially designed for ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Prehistoric Hysteria
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Journey back in time to explore our prehistoric past. What kind of creatures lived then and how do we know what they did? Discover what it is like to be a paleontologist during our fossil hunt. Enjoy finding and making a fossil to take home.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older (ages 5 & up). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program.

Registration: Required
Mushroom Foray
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

The public in invited to attend this annual fall gathering of the Rochester Mycological Society that will focus on autumn fungi. There will be a morning forway followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon. 

Meet at Parade Grounds Shelter for this four hour event!

Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Mighty Migrator
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. They fly our east coast shore line this time every year migrating one way only to have their offspring return. Come learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Family Adventure programs are ideal for children ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per adult, children under three are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Monarchs
Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Migration time has begun, and the monarch butterfly is making its way south. Come learn about this exciting adventure, the story of the monarch butterfly and what you can do to help.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older. Fees: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Monarchs
Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Migration time has begun, and the monarch butterfly is making its way south. Come learn about this exciting adventure, the story of the monarch butterfly and what you can do to help.

Adult Ed-ventures are appropriate for ages 18 & older. Fees: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program, call 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614.

Registration: Required
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600
This mushroom walk will highlight autumn fungi! Meet at Highbridge parking lot and bring a lunch! Walk is 1 mile and will take about 3 hours.
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