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Turtle Education Program
Sunday, May 24, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Phone: (914) 631-1470
Program features a live, rehabilitated snapping turtle release. Participants will meet in the courtyard by the park office.
Geology Walk
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Parking lot past Cabin Area "B". Lots of steps and muddy spots. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

 

Registration: Required
Beavers and Muskrats
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about beaver and muskrat differences and similarities, then take a short hike to see evidence of both residents of Moreau Lake. Registration is necessary with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

 

Registration: Required
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the Park
Monday, May 25, 2015 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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

Inspiration Point Parking Lot. (1 hour, ¼ mile)

 

Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 25, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view two State Champions!

Meet at Museum. (2 hours, 1 mile)

 

Your Green Thumb
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Learn about the local plants and animals along our waterfront, how to identify them, and how to take care of them. Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Tree ID Hike
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150

Get out and enjoy nature and learn how to identify a variety of the trees that grow in our area on a relaxed nature hike in Saratoga Spa State Park. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, andstream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate level terrain.

Woodpecker Walk
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Woodpeckers of all shapes and sizes inhabit Saratoga Spa State Park. Take a walk with the park naturalist to find evidence of woodpecker activity and learn all about these fascinating creatures! All ages welcome. This program is free. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Frog Watch
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder what all the sounds are that were coming from a wetland? There's a good chance many of those may have been calls of different frogs. We'll learn all about frogs in the area and go out and look for some as well! Please dress appropriately with rain boots. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

Registration: Required
Frog Watch
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder what all the sounds are that were coming from a wetland? There's a good chance many of those may have been calls of different frogs. We'll learn all about frogs in the area and go out and look for some as well! Please dress appropriately with rain boots. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us and appreciate the flowers in May through various activities.

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve's Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
The Hort Presents Fifth Annual Urban Agriculture Conference (#UAC2015)
Thursday, May 28, 2015 until Friday, May 29, 2015
Riverbank State Park
Phone: (212) 694-3600

On Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, The Hort (The Horticultural Society of New York) will host its fifth annual Urban Agricultural Conference (#UAC 2015). Participants will take part in hands-on demonstrations at Randall’s Island Urban Farm on Thursday; Friday, at Riverbank State Park, they will hear from urban farmers including Ron Finley from LA; Tony Kasowski, a Phoenix farmer who grows all from artichokes to kale, and a NYS trio feeding millions through innovative programs. They’ll see Plant This Movie, narrated by Darryl Hannah, and eat healthy food grown locally at a Big Apple picnic.

"By 2030... 60% of the global population will live in cities. We need innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments," says George Pisegna, director of horticulture and public programs for The Hort.

Warbler Walk-Common Species
Thursday, May 28, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. (3 hours, 1 mile or more)

 

Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come out for our new knee high naturalist class! This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 29, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, May 29, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, May 29, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities and a walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Adult Fun: Discovery the Beauty of the South Side
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take a meandering walk on the south side of the property where the Nissequogue River flows. We will revel in all of nature's splendor.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Fun: Discovery the Beauty of the South Side
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take a meandering walk on the south side of the property where the Nissequogue River flows. We will revel in all of nature's splendor.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Night of the Frogs
Saturday, May 30, 2015 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

You are in for an intriguing night hike in our preserve! We will start off with a presentation about frogs and then venture into the preserve to enjoy the sounds of the various frogs that call Connetquot home.

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Saturday, May 30, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Turtle Adventure
Sunday, May 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about turtles in the Nature Center, and then take a short hike to see some turtle nesting areas. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

Registration: Required
Turtle Adventure
Sunday, May 31, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Learn about turtles in the Nature Center, and then take a short hike to see some turtle nesting areas. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts with hands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on down to Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ou robservation pools.

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Tadpole Expedition
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Dig into the world of frogs and discover some fun facts with hands-on activities including a pond scoop. We will hop on down to Willow Pond and check out which creatures are visiting ou robservation pools.

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Nature's Harmony
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

The same way music needs rhythm, tempo, and beats, nature needs producers, consumers, and decomposers to sync in"harmony"! Join us in a fun filled adventure to discover how everything around us is connected.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-Venture: Adult Baywalk
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center for a stroll down to the bay, This unique brackish water environment is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Together, we will investigate what the tide has left behind.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-Venture: Adult Baywalk
Sunday, May 31, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center for a stroll down to the bay, This unique brackish water environment is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Together, we will investigate what the tide has left behind.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
"Owls" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, May 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 534-5506
Presented by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Fahnestock State Park. The lodge is located just off the east side of Rt. 9, just north of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 301. For adults with or without children and for children ages 5 and up. For more info, visit the Nature Museum website or call (845) 534-5506. 

General Admission: $7/adults, $5/children
Museum Member Admission: $5/adults, $3/children

Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about the fascinating natural history of owls. Meet a live owl from the Museum's collection.
"Owls" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, May 31, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 534-5506
Presented by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Event takes place at Hubbard Lodge, part of Fahnestock State Park. The lodge is located just off the east side of Rt. 9, just north of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 301. For adults with or without children and for children ages 5 and up. For more info, visit the Nature Museum website or call (845) 534-5506. 

General Admission: $7/adults, $5/children
Museum Member Admission: $5/adults, $3/children

Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about the fascinating natural history of owls. Meet a live owl from the Museum's collection.
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walks-Full Moon Beaver Walk
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

 Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a lessfamiliar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended.

Parade Ground Parking Lot. Brush, water and muddy spots. Will car pool.

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Darling Dragonflies
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles-Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Junction of Pennycook Road and State Route 436 (¼ mile east of Parade Grounds Entrance). Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate level terrain

 

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Warbler Walk-Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 4, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Portageville Entrance Gate. Will car pool. (2½ hours, 1 mile)

 

Homeschoolers Program: Micro-Forest
Thursday, June 4, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 5, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 5, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Firefly Fun
Friday, June 5, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the world of lightning bugs through exciting activities and a walk to catch and release fireflies. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Jr. Angler Catch & Release Tournament
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This ‘Catch and Release Tournament' is sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith. We supply the bait. If you have equipment, bring it, ifnot, we have a limited supply. Reservations are required and spaceis limited.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 The event will be held from: 9-11am (Ages 5-8) and 1-3pm (Ages 9-12)

Registration: Required
Outdoor Girls Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 232

Allegany State Park presents the opportunity for girls in grades 6-12 to experience and enjoy nature and science in a fun and interesting way with Outdoor Girls' Day on June 6, 2015.

The day will include banding songbirds, learning how to draw them, and looking for creek creatures and things that can be eaten in the woods. These hands-on nature programs will be presented by women in the natural science fields, such as Sharon Dehn from the Zaefel Nature Sanctuary; Jennifer Miller, Wildlife Artist; Jennifer Schilck with Jamestown Audubon; Dr. Mary Puterbaugh Mulcahy from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and Adele Wellman, Katie Vecellio, and Heidi Tschopp from Allegany State Park.

 Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:15am Registration at Camp Allegany

9:15-9:25am Welcome

 9:30-11:40am Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 1-3

11:45-12:15pm Panel Discussion and Questions

 12:15-12:45pm LUNCH – Bring your own lunch and drink

12:50-3:00pm Groups rotate every 40 minutes through Stations 4-6

3:30pm Closing Remarks

3:30-4:00pm Meet and Mingle with the Pros

Teachers and parents are welcome to attend. The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Registration: Required
Gertrude’s Nose Hike
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and tricky footing in places. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us for a kid friendly introduction to dragonflies and damselflies indoors, followed by a hike in search of these beautiful and delicate insects.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

For each day, Margaret Roach's garden will be open from 10am - 4pm. $7 entrance fee raises money for the Garden ConservancyPlant sales by Broken Arrow Nursery take place during all the Garden Days. At 11am, a lecture will occur at St. John's in the Wilderness Church, located right near the park office. On June 6th, Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery will present a talk on native plants in our gardens.
YAK: Your Adventure Kit
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1005

Bring your family and Explore the park together using the excitingactivities in Your Adventure Kit!

So take an adventure at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Rental is $10.00. (A refundable deposit is required.)

Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Adult Ed-Venture: Birds with Botany for Beginners
Sunday, June 7, 2015 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. (approx. 2 miles)

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Mountain Laurel Walk on Mossy Glen
Sunday, June 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately three mile hike along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This footpath follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill, a quietly moving mountain stream, and through cool hemlock forests. Mid-June is typically when the mountain laurel blooms, erupting the forest in a sea of color in the form of white and pink blossoms. The first leg of the trip will take participants down Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

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

 

Conservation Celebration
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us at the Staten Island Zoo (614 Broadway Ave, 10310) to learn about conservation and why it's important for our species! For more information check out: statenislandzoo.org

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

 

Fairy House Festival
Sunday, June 7, 2015 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Phone: (716) 754-4375

Visit fairy houses and participate in various fun activities! Talk with state park naturalists at their display on local mammals and Niagara area minerals and fossils. Hands on activities include bird track and fossil rubbings. Sponsored by Artpark and Company.

For information and fees call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375.

Annual 18th Century Garden Fair
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 823-0398
Celebrate spring at Herkimer Home State Historic Site by joining us at our upcoming event, an 18th Century Garden Fair at Herkimer Home, on Sunday, June 7, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Learn about plants and herbs that were common in the 18th century.  Children can plant seeds to take home and play colonial games.

Activities associated with spring will be demonstrated throughout the event.  A variety of vendors will be on hand selling traditional garden plants, herbs, and other handcrafted items.

At 2:00 PM there will be a guided bird walk with Kathy and Ron Mocko.
 
There is no fee to attend the event.  Herkimer Home will be open for tours from 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 PM. THe fee to tour the house is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for Seniors, $3.00 for students 12-17 and children under 12 are free.
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be hands-on-activities and games as well as many specimens to observe. Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

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

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Life In A Shell
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the world of creatures who make and live in the shells youfind on the beach, in rivers and even on land. There will be hands-on-activities and games as well as many specimens to observe. Before the end of the program, we will make a craft using shells.

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

Fees: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 for children ages3 - 17, Children under 3 are free. Vehicle Use Fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (Vehicle use fees vary among the parks).

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted forelementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Did you know that horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils" because they have been on earth since before dinosaurs? Join us as weexplore the lives of these fascinating creatures. As well as some of the other spring visitors.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Colorful Scavenger Hunt
Monday, June 8, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

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

Registration: Required
TCT
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
East River State Park
Phone: (718) 782-2731

Come care for local trees and greenspace and help with our local oyster monitoring project too! Contact (718) 782-2731 for questions about the time or more info.

Brooks & Brambles- DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Castile Entrance Gate. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.(4 hours, 2 mile)

 

This is an intermediate terrain.
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Warbler Walk-Rare Species
Thursday, June 11, 2015 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. Also see Indoor Ed-venture on May 10th.

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool. (3 hours, 1 mile or more)

 

Friday Hikes
Friday, June 12, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 12, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Bat Safari
Friday, June 12, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Plover Poetry Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

During the Spring we get some special visitors to our shores. Join us for a walk along the shore and then come inside to compose some poetry about what we all experienced.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Plover Poetry Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

During the Spring we get some special visitors to our shores. Join us for a walk along the shore and then come inside to compose some poetry about what we all experienced.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs, Oh My!
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Greenway Hike- York Landing North
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Park at the York Landing Parking Area off York Landing road in the Town of York. Meet at the Information Kiosk.

This two-year hike series will include all fourteen hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. This program was es- tablished to get people outdoors and active and was launched on I Love My Park Day in 2014. The hikes vary in distance and cov- er sections in the northern, mid- dle and southern portions of the Greenway.

For each hike there is a trail marker where a crayon or pencil can be used to create a rubbing. Participants may submit six rub- bings for Wegmans coupons or ten rubbings for a chance to win a New York State Empire Pass- port. The Empire Passport pro- vides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most of New York's State parks and recreational facilities. Wegmans Passport booklets are available at Wegmans locations near the Greenway, the Letch- worth State Park Visitor Center and the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway office in Mt. Morris.

The interpretive hike series will include the history of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and incorporate history of the town in which the hike is located. In addition, the hike leader will point out interesting natural and historic features along the way.

The Road Less Traveled
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This approximately two and a half mile long hike will travel along the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, which follows a portion of the original toll road built to cross over the Shawangunk Ridge from New Paltz to Kerhonkson, called the New Paltz-Wawarsing Turnpike. This recreational hike will expose participants to a footpath less traveled by the public, offering a tranquil experience in an area peppered with cultural history. This footpath is also part of the more than 50 mile long Shawangunk Ridge Trail that traverses the length of the Shawangunk Ridge. This program is recommended for adults and children ten years of age and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This outing meets in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration required.

Registration: Required
Fire Ecology Walk and Talk at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Learn about Sam's Point's unique fire-dependent ecosystem and the regenerative effects of prescribed fire management. Following a presentation at the Visitor Center, we will explore the landscape to examine fire-adapted species and to compare and contrast forests where fire has been suppressed and reintroduced. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Oh, Deer
Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about white-tailed deer and how their populations affect resources, followed by an interactive game.

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

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

Registration: Required
Oh, Deer
Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about white-tailed deer and how their populations affect resources, followed by an interactive game.

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 13, 2015 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

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

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

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

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 13, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

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

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

Registration: Required
Long Way to the Waterfall
Sunday, June 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for a five mile loop hike on the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Highlights of this outing include a breathtaking view of the Catskills from a cliffside perch, close-up views of the fast-flowing Peter's Kill stream, and the iconic 65 foot tall Awosting Falls. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Seashore Circular
Sunday, June 14, 2015 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

During this hilly, moderately paced walk through fields and woods,on our way to leisurely exploration of Caumsett's shore, we'll discuss geological and social factors that have influenced nature on Long Island. Since we will walk approximately 4.5 miles, we suggest you bring drinking water.

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

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Seining with Jan Porinchak
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of local residents living in and on Willow Pond using a seine net and pool.

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Butterflies Flutterby
Sunday, June 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly. Giggle through a fun presentation with some surprises. Afterwards, we will take a walk to search for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
How Clark Reservation Was Formed
Sunday, June 14, 2015 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

Join Dr. Bryce Hand as he reveals the secrets of Clark Reservation's tumultuous past. Look for evidence of past life as well as clues to how the park's unique landscape was formed.

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

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Happy Father's Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

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

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

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses

Registration: Required
Brooks & Brambles-Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Castile Entrance. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.(4 hours, 2 miles)

This is an intermediate terrain.

 

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 19, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 19, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Hamilton Point Loop Hike
Saturday, June 20, 2015 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately eight mile outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, the exciting and often overlooked Rainbow Falls Footpath and on Upper Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Backcountry Basics at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 20, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Be prepared any time you hit the trail with the tips and skills you will learn from experienced outdoorswoman and volunteer educator, Sue Totten. Bring your backpack and hiking essentials and learn to be well prepared for all of your outdoor adventures. This instructional program will include a seminar on preparedness, safety, etiquette, camping basics, and leave no trace principles. After the presentation, we will hike the nearly three mile Loop Road. This program will be offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Celebrate Nature at the Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-2100

Live Animals! Pony Rides! Fun Games! Arts & Crafts! Music! Earth Friendly!

Free Admission! (There is an $8.00 Vehicle Use Fee)

Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

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

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

Registration: Required
Summer Safety Saturdays
Saturday, June 20, 2015 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start summer off right by learning about potential natural hazards such as ticks, sun damage and poison ivy. Also learn preventative measures.

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

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

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, June 21, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for adults, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
First day of Summer Excursion to Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area
Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Visit the 5,100 acre site located between state routes 436 and 70 between Nunda and Dansville. Upland habitats include mature woodland, overgrown fields, conifer plantations, old growth apple orchards, wetlands and open meadows.

Car caravan leaves Visitor Center at 9:30 am or meet on site at Rosses on Rte 70 south of Nunda atthe Canaseraga Creek crossing (SR70 junction County Road 54 [Newville Rd.]). Bring a lunch. Will car pool and short walks. (3-5 hours, 1-2 miles; shorter or longer options available).

 

Beacon Hill Mountain Laurel Walk
Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

It's the traditional time for the mountain laurel bushes to bloom, so come join Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, for a two mile long loop hike to view the expected burst of blooms. This modest hike follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath and should offer both scenic views and glorious pink and white flowers. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Hike with Dr. Don Leopold
Sunday, June 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
Phone: (315) 492-1590

This tradition has been a highlight at Clark Reservation for years! Join Dr. Don Leopold as he introduces us to the many trees and plants found here at Clark Reservation. We may even spot a rare plant or two along the way! After the hike, join the Council of Park Friends for some refreshments. Members of the group are encouraged to stay for the annual meeting as well.

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

Indoor Ed-Ventures-Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory are specially noted.

Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 5th.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Conference Room in the Visitor Center and Regional Administration Building located in Letchworth State Park.

 

Brooks & Brambles-Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Perry Entrance. Mud, prickers, poison ivy, and stream crossings. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. (4 hours, 2 mile)

This is an intermediate terrain.

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the different wildlife that dwells in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve through various activities each week.

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

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

Registration: Required
Crepuscular Walks-Summer's Eve by the River
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Meet evenings (2 hours, 1mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blend- ing zone of daylight and "night- light". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May car pool.

Lower Falls Restaurant Parking Lot

Fun for Kids: Seashore Explorers
Friday, June 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Celebrate summer! Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the sound. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 26, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, June 26, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for a weekly nature walk and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air!

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

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

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Deer Detectives
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn all about white-tailed deer and how to search for signs of their presence fol-lowed by a walk on our trails.

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

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

 

Registration: Required
Juneberries & Hike to Millbrook Mountain
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Have you ever heard of a juneberry? Or a shadbush? There is at least one species native to every Canadian province and continental state within the United States. Come meet and celebrate the juneberry with Park Educator, Nick Martin, on our way to Millbrook Mountain via a combination of carriage roads and one challenging footpath.

On this approximately five mile hike we will discuss the cultural and nutritious significance of this tree and learn how to identify it, too. If we are lucky, we will find some ripe juneberries along the trail to sample. Participants must come prepared with appropriate footwear and enough food and water for this hike. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Fins to Scales
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, we will explore the internal and externalanatomy of fish.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

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

 

Registration: Required
Fun For Kids: Underwater Wonders
Saturday, June 27, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover what's living in a pond! You will be amazed how active it is. Wear old shoes– it gets muddy!

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

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

Fun for Kids: Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Traditional Nature Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 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 in the southwestern section of the park.

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Moon Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

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

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

Family Adventures: These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Hike to Swim at Lake Awosting
Sunday, June 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your swimming gear and picnic lunch and join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for this ten-mile roundtrip hike to the picturesque and refreshing Lake Awosting Swim Area, located in the remote backcountry. We will walk to the beach area of the Lake, where a changing station is available, and a lifeguard will be on duty.

This program is recommended for physically fit children and adults. Participants must make sure to pack plenty of food and water and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Ice Caves and Lake Maratanza Loop at Sam’s Point
Sunday, June 28, 2015 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Phone: (845) 647-7989

Join us for a guided hike through Sam's Point's ice caves, where snow and ice are naturally preserved well into summer. We'll discuss the role of geology in this unique natural feature, as well as the flora and fauna that live there. After exploring the ice caves we'll hike the loop road around Lake Maratanza.

This four mile hike includes ladders and boardwalks in the ice caves as well as easy hiking on woods roads. Please pack water and snacks and wear appropriate hiking shoes. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Friends of Letchworth Trail Work Day
Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Help Letchworth State Park care for its many fine hiking trails. Members of Friends of Letchworth and anyone else who wants to join will meet at the gathering place and get signed in as a volunteer. The focus will be to pick up trash and clear brush. Bring hand tools (pruners, loppers, grass whips, small hand- saws) work gloves, water and snacks. Sessions will last two to three hours, but participants may leave early or stay late to help finish a project.

Oakland Rd junction Route 436 in Oakland, NY

Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots: "Nature Discoveries"-Frogs & Toads
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Fees: $4.00 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted). Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.

Cancellations: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation.

Tiny Tots: Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3 - 5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers
Monday, July 13, 2015 until Friday, July 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 7-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$2/child. Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Week Three Panorama: Farming and its Hudson Valley Roots
Monday, July 20, 2015 until Friday, July 24, 2015 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-0135

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

Wagon House Education Center; Ages 5-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Bird Festival
Saturday, August 1, 2015 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701

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

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

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

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

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

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

For each day, Margaret Roach's garden will be open from 10am - 4pm. $7 entrance fee raises money for the Garden ConservancyPlant sales by Broken Arrow Nursery take place during all the Garden Days. At 11am, a lecture will occur at St. John's in the Wilderness Church, located right near the park office. On Aug. 15th, Ken Druse will present about shade gardening.
Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

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

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

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

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

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

Registration: Required
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