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Experience Birds of Prey
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Baker Trail Hike
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Don't miss your chance to spend a few hours exploring this steep challenging trail with our Park Naturalist. The sights and sounds of the woods in the mid-morning will be enjoyed during a comfortably paced hike. Please bring water and a snack for a trailside break. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.  If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Baker Trail Hike
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Don't miss your chance to spend a few hours exploring this steep challenging trail with our Park Naturalist. The sights and sounds of the woods in the mid-morning will be enjoyed during a comfortably paced hike. Please bring water and a snack for a trailside break. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.  If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
'Lakeshore Explore'
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Late summer is always a good time to explore the shore of Thompson's Lake. We'll look for aquatic animals, interesting plants, and we even may catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle! Meet at the campground beach and wear shoes that can get wet. This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 01:00 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Experience Birds of Prey
Thursday, September 3, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

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
Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Experience Birds of Prey
Friday, September 4, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Hudson River Kayak
Friday, September 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle with one our Park Naturalists will lead you along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. This is not recommended for first time paddlers. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Hudson River Kayak
Friday, September 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle with one our Park Naturalists will lead you along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. This is not recommended for first time paddlers. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Friday, September 4, 2015 10:00 AM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Friday, September 4, 2015 01:00 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Friday Hikes
Friday, September 4, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 4, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Experience Birds of Prey
Saturday, September 5, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 5, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

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

Call 872-0800 for more information.

Registration: Required
Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

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

Call 872-0800 for more information.

Registration: Required
Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Saturday, September 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Nature Walk - St. Helena Trail
Saturday, September 5, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot.

2 hours | 1 mile

Fish Filet Demo
Saturday, September 5, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Fish Filet Demo
Saturday, September 5, 2015 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.

Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. Participants should be prepared to spend time outside and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Walk Behind the Waterfalls Gorge Tour
Saturday, September 5, 2015 01:00 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Join a park naturalist on a guided nature walk one mile up the Gorge Trail to explore the origins and history of the gorge. Meet at the gorge entrance at the end of the main parking lot off of Franklin St./NYS Route 14. No fee and no reservations are needed.

Experience Birds of Prey
Sunday, September 6, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Nature Walk - Genesee Valley Canal Trail (Locks Section)
Sunday, September 6, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at junction of Oakland Road and Route 436 in Oakland, New York. Will car pool.

2 hours | 1 mile

Experience Birds of Prey
Monday, September 7, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Geology Walk
Monday, September 7, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk along the changing path of the Lower Falls. Muddy spots and lots of steps. Also offered Tuesdays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series. Meet by octagon building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B".

2 hours | 1 mile

How the Gorge Was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, September 7, 2015 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to wheelchairs and handicapped persons. Covers geology, glacial and human history lced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. Also offered Sundays in July and August as part of the Weekkly Walk Series. 

Meet at Inspiration Point parking lot.

1 hour | 1/4 mile

Experience Birds of Prey
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
State Park at the Fair
Phone: (315) 492-1756

Join the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for their Birds of Prey exhibit featuring live eagles, hawks and owls!

Shows will be at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day

 

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Planet Palooza
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, September 10, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the awesome snakes we have here in this park. We will learn about why they're so important, their natural habitat as well as how we can peacefully coexist. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Secret Life of Snakes
Thursday, September 10, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Come learn about the awesome snakes we have here in this park. We will learn about why they're so important, their natural habitat as well as how we can peacefully coexist. 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 appropriate clothing and footwear.

There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 11, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 11, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
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

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 12, 2015 until Sunday, September 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks on this peak migration weekend. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation. Children will enjoy measuring their 'wingspan' and having their face painted. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 13, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey.

Please call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 12, 2015 until Sunday, September 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks on this peak migration weekend. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation. Children will enjoy measuring their 'wingspan' and having their face painted. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 13, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey.

Please call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science
Saturday, September 12, 2015 03:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-6622

Author Akiko Busch, Furthermore grant recipient, reads from her new book. Busch combines her love of nature with elegant writing and makes us look more closely at the Hudson River and its valley.

Bring water and snacks.

Nature Walk - Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 13, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

A general nature walk highlighted by what is met along the way. Meet at Council Grounds parking lot.

2 hours | 1 mile

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
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Smokey Hollow Hike - Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

General nature hike utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. Meet at Highbanks Camper Contact Station across from the Perry Entrance. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 2 miles

Friday Hikes
Friday, September 18, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 18, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Family Seed Collection Hike at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

For many plants, fall is the season for making and dispersing seeds. Take a walk through fields and forests to examine different types of seeds and how they spread.  We'll enjoy the autumn foliage and look for seeds that fly, hitchhike and explode! Make a seed collection container to take home. This program is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but younger siblings are welcome.

Please call 872-0800 to register your family.

Registration: Required
Family Seed Collection Hike at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800

For many plants, fall is the season for making and dispersing seeds. Take a walk through fields and forests to examine different types of seeds and how they spread.  We'll enjoy the autumn foliage and look for seeds that fly, hitchhike and explode! Make a seed collection container to take home. This program is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but younger siblings are welcome.

Please call 872-0800 to register your family.

Registration: Required
Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, September 19, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Phone: (315) 637-6111

Take a guided walk and learn how to identify trees at Green Lakes State Park from 2pm-4pm.

Meet at the Lake Trail on the East Side of the Beach on Saturday, September 19th.

The Rain Date is September 27th.

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Mushroom Identification Walk
Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Jill Weiss, trip leader for the Mid-Hudson Mycological Society, and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an educational, non-foraging, mushroom walk along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road. This introduction to mushrooms will teach participants how to identify some of the more common mushrooms found at Minnewaska and as a bonus, participants will get a stunning view from the end of the carriage road.

Notes: Walking takes place on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which is a wide trail with a stone surface. There are a few inclines and declines, but the surface is relatively level and easy to walk on.

Registration: Call or email by 9/20

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours
Not suitable for children under 10. Hiking boots or other sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

Registration: Required
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: To Be a Tree
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Offered Wednesdays 10-11am or 1:30-2:30pm.

Tiny Tot programs are geared for ages 3-5. Advance reservations are required, and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. Program fees are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. The vehicle use fee of $8.00 per car will be in effect during the fee collection season.

Registration: Required
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 25, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Friday Hikes
Friday, September 25, 2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Join us every Friday to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Ponds.
Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Gardening at Gericke
Saturday, September 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976

Spend your Saturday mornings this summer digging in the dirt while learning about soils, composting, natural pest deterrents, and how you can build a garden anywhere.

Program will be held at the historic Gericke Farm at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd next to Lowe's.

Mushroom Foray
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Special program of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. A morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon. Highlights autumn fungi.

Meet at Parade Grounds Shelter.

Geology Hike with Robert Titus
Saturday, September 26, 2015 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 828-1872 ext 105

Join Robert Titus, Hartwick College geology professor, in an exploratory walking tour of the Ice Age forces that shaped the 19th Century artists' landscape. Learn too, about the bedrock geological history of the site.

Hike includes wide gravel roads, with some uneven surfaces and roots. There will be some up and down, gradual terrain.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, up to 40 people. Arrive early to be guaranteed access. Registration opens at 12:30 pm. $10/person.

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Not suitable for children under 7.

Registration: Required
Animal Walk - Visit a Beaver Pond
Sunday, September 27, 2015 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

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

This walk will focus on the habitat created by beavers, and will include brush and mud.

3 hours | 1 mile

Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 967-1976
Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, playing, and a ten minute nature walk.
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Special program of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. A morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon. Highlights autumn fungi.

Meet at Highbridge parking lot. Bring a lunch.

3 hours | 1 mile

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
Explore More Geology in Thacher Park
Saturday, November 7, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Cliffs, rocky favines and classic geology were key reasons for creating Thacher State Park over 100 years ago. The park is 3.5 square miles in size and abounds in interesting, seldom visited areas. Explore and discover more of Thacher Park, with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten (New York State Museum). Dress for hiking both on and off trail. Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.
Registration: Required
Explore More Geology in Thacher Park
Saturday, November 7, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Cliffs, rocky favines and classic geology were key reasons for creating Thacher State Park over 100 years ago. The park is 3.5 square miles in size and abounds in interesting, seldom visited areas. Explore and discover more of Thacher Park, with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten (New York State Museum). Dress for hiking both on and off trail. Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.
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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