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First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Celebrate the New Year with a fun and easy hike! This hike will be easy and is open to all ages.

Pre-registration is necessary by December 30th; please call 518-793-0511 to reserve your spot.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

Celebrate the New Year with a fun and easy hike! This hike will be easy and is open to all ages.

Pre-registration is necessary by December 30th; please call 518-793-0511 to reserve your spot.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Registration: Required
First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 269

Start off the new year with a hike at Allegany State Park! The hike will take participants into the Wolf Run Area of Allegany State Park near the Carnahan Cemetery and to the intersection of the North Country Trail and back to the parking area.

If there is snow, participants can wear snowshoes, and families with small children are encouraged to bring sleds for them to ride on. A path will be marked out with a snowmobile prior to this event for those not wearing snowshoes. Pets are of course welcome to attend.

Distance: 3 miles into the Wolf Run Area of Allegany State Park (Quaker Side)
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Meeting Place: Wolf Run Road in Allegany State Park (Take Route 280 South at the intersection of ASP Route #3 and Route 280)

Pre-registration is not required, but is recommended by calling: 716-354-9101 x269 or emailing: john.snyder@parks.ny.gov 

Registration: Optional
First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 343-1505

Come start the year off right by exploring the winter scenery of historic Fort Ontario.

Distance: Approx. 1 mile
Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Meeting Place: In the Enlisted Men's Barracks, inside the fort

Pets are welcome. Please come dressed for cold weather, layers preferred. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the hike.

Registration is not required, but is preferred. Participants must pre-register to receive giveaways at event. To pre-register, call (315) 343-1505.

Registration: Optional
New Year’s Day Two Views Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Start 2015 off on the right foot! Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two mile snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area featuring views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. Although the distance is relatively short, there are a few modest hills on this route, which some people may find challenging on snowshoes.

This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than 8 years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Snowshoes may be reserved for this program for a fee of $5 per person. This outing will meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required & early sign up is suggested as this program may fill to capacity.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Phone: (631) 668-5000

Join us for a 2-3 hour program. There will be a short overview and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 668-5000.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-6111

Start off the new year with a hike at Mine Kill State Park!

Distance: 1-3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (Recommended for ages 5 and older)
Meeting Place: Mine Kill State Park Office (161 Mine Kill Road, North Blenheim, NY 12131)

Pre-registration is not required, however, please contact (518) 827-8690 for hike details.

Traction devices (snowshoes, Micro Spikes) will be available to use while supplies last. Dogs are welcome with a 6-foot leash and valid rabies vaccination notice. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided.

First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:00 AM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 646-2321

Join us on a First Day Hike!

Starting at the Sackets Harbor Visitor Center (Corner of Main and Bayard Streets), the route will follow the Battlefield History Trail and a portion of the new Bicentennial Trail around the school and back to the Visitor Center, approximately 2 miles. Be prepared for diverse weather and hiking conditions – snowshoes or cross country skis – trail route includes roadways, sidewalks, and un-groomed stone dust trail.

Maps available at the Village Office. For more information, call the Visitor Center at (315) 646-2321.

First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Phone: (607) 648-5251

Start off the new year with fun and exercise at Chenango Valley State Park!

Pets are welcome. Please dress for the weather (layers preferred), and bring own water/drink.

Distance: 3-4 miles
Level of Difficulty: Beginner to moderate
Meeting place: Beach Parking Lot

Registration is not required, but is preferred. Participants must pre-register to receive giveaways at event. To pre-register, call 607-648-5251 & ask for Nancy or Mike.

Hike will take place no matter what the weather conditions are.

Registration: Optional
First Day Hike & Bonfire
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651
Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with a First Day Hike on the grounds of John Jay 
Homestead. Warm up by the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa. Free admission.
 
Registration: Required
First Day Hikes - 2 to Choose From!
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3600

Recommended for families with young children:
Letchworth CSI - Who Done It: Journey on a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain near the Trailside Lodge past the site of the new Nature Center, frozen bogs and the Trout Pond.

Recommended for families with older children:
Exotic Trees from Other Lands and State & National Champions: Two mile loop to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain, and Middle Falls with more than 200' descent and 200' ascent along trails, roads and stairs.

The hikes are scheduled to begin at 1pm at Trailside Lodge. Participants are encouraged to arrive half an hour early to register. Hot chocolate & cookies will follow at 3pm with certificates and bookmarks.

Family Adventure: First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike to explore the preserve. Discover the changes in the forest during the winter and search for signs of wildlife surviving the snow.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. Please call (631) 581-1072.

Family Adventure programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult, $3 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 are free. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Seal Walk
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Jones Beach State Park will be offering a series of walks to see wintering seals January through March. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at West End Field #1.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to each date. Space is limited. Fee: $4.00 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so that others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation. Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.To make reservations, or for more information, please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614.

Registration: Required
Seal Walk
Thursday, January 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Jones Beach State Park will be offering a series of walks to see wintering seals January through March. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at West End Field #1.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to each date. Space is limited. Fee: $4.00 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so that others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation. Vehicle use fees must be paid upon arrival.To make reservations, or for more information, please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614.

Registration: Required
First Day Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 02:00 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
Phone: (607) 387-7041 ext 131

Start off the New Year by making a healthy resolution you will love to keep: a breath-taking hike at Taughannock Falls. Join the Finger Lakes Educator for a hike down the Gorge Trail, up to the Overlook, across to the multi-use trail and back to the parking lot. Hot drinks and light snacks will be available before and after the hike! Plean on being outside for at least 2 hours (more if you hike all 5 miles), so dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. If there is enough snow, feel free to bring your snowshoes or cross country skis.

Distance: 1 1/2-5 miles
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Meeting Place: Gorge Trail Parking lot on NYS Route 89

Pre-registration is required for the participant giveaways. Please pre-register by calling: 607-387-7041 ext. 131 or emailing josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
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