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Sat 28 May
Live Birds of Prey with Annie Mardiney
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person!

Sat 28 May
Live Birds of Prey with Annie Mardiney at Minnewaska
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Stop by the Minnewaska Nature Center to meet Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. No pre-registration is required for this unique opportunity to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! The Minnewaska Nature Center is located along the north end of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and is just a short walk from most of the upper parking lots.

Tue 31 May
Stream Study
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Spend an afternoon in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

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

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

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

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Kids: Be a NY Ninja
Saturday, June 4, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 967-1976

To celebrate the release of Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Shadows, four NYC state parks will be hosting free kids events to encourage kids to Be NY Ninjas and get active. Each park will have a fun activity, giveaways and a grand prize drawing with movie passes and special studio items.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve: 3-5pm; games, races & turtle crafts followed by a turtle hike with a park naturalist.

Sat 04 Jun
Kids: Be a NY Ninja
Saturday, June 4, 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

To celebrate the release of Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Shadows, four NYC state parks will be hosting free kids events to encourage kids to Be NY Ninjas and get active. Each park will have a fun activity, giveaways and a grand prize drawing with movie passes and special studio items.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve: 3-5pm; games, races & turtle crafts followed by a turtle hike with a park naturalist.

Fri 10 Jun
Bat Safari
Friday, June 10, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enter the mysterious world of these misunderstood animals! Enjoy fun 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.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jun
14th Annual Photographer's Dream Day
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join the Corps of Engineers & the Canyon Camera Club for a day of picture taking & learning. Pack a lunch & enjoy photo seminars, photo walks, & interesting subjects. This is a free public event! For details, please contact the Mount Morris Dam Visitor Center at 585-658-4790.

Sat 11 Jun
Butterflies Flutterby
Saturday, June 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 265-1054

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly. Enjoy an entertaining presentation with some surprises, followed by a walk to search for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jun
Open Garden Day
Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

John Jay Homestead has many beautiful gardens, each one lovingly tended to by dedicated organizations. Enjoy the gardens and learn about their history and design from garden club ambassadors representing Bedford Garden Club, Hopp Ground Garden Club, InterGenerate, the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America and Rusticus Garden Club. Free admission. Advance registration optional.

Registration: Optional
Sat 18 Jun
2016 Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

This family-oriented event, themed "Great Outdoors", will entertain and educate children of all ages. Various organizations will be onsite to promote outdoor recreation and also discuss environmental issues and concerns.

Free to public, vehicle use fee in effect

Fri 24 Jun
Firefly Fun
Friday, June 24, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(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.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Exploring the Seashore
Saturday, June 25, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(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.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 25, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 25, 2016 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Saturday, June 25, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

Sun 26 Jun
Discovering Dragonflies: Class #1
Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Dragonfly watching is rapidly becoming one of the most popular outdoor activities. The colorful and acrobatic displays are sure to captivate the audience. Delve into this growing world yourself and join us for the first of three classes that will introduce you to this new and exciting hobby. Bring a notebook.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Expedition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Dive into the world of pond life and discover some fun facts through hands-on activities. We will start indoors and then go down to the pond for scooping and identifying what we have found. We have set up baby pools so we can easily scoop up tadpoles, snails and many other creatures to observe close up.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Turtles, Snakes & Frogs Oh My!
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during an interactive program introducing turtles, snakes, and frogs. Enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of these fascinating animals.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jul
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, July 2, 2016 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Sun 17 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. 
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jul
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Saturday, July 23, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

Sun 24 Jul
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 6, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, August 6, 2016 02:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Sat 06 Aug
Birds and Bugs at the Battlefield
Saturday, August 6, 2016 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
(315) 646-3634

See raptors up close; Discover 500+ bugs; 2-4pm, picnic pavilion, free

Sat 13 Aug
Skull & Bones Nature Program
Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. $2 per child. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Aug
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Thursday, August 18, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

Sat 17 Sep
Biodiversity Celebration
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Celebrate NYS native animals & plants! Enjoy nature crafts, games & activities. Visit the animals & museums & enjoy fall!

Tue 25 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

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.

Sat 17 Dec
Beary Merry Holiday
Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date Sunday, December 18th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 and make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We'll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Bundle up and come out for a festive, family-friendly winter experience.