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Porcupine Adventure
Friday, March 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will take participants up the Red Oak Ridge Trail to view the abandoned graphite mines. Participants will get a chance to see recent porcupine activity in and around the mines as well as their feeding quarters.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Porcupine Adventure
Friday, March 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will take participants up the Red Oak Ridge Trail to view the abandoned graphite mines. Participants will get a chance to see recent porcupine activity in and around the mines as well as their feeding quarters.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Winter Stroll
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy the green trail on this casual stroll that will give us a chance to explore the woods in the beauty of the winter season.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Winter Stroll
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy the green trail on this casual stroll that will give us a chance to explore the woods in the beauty of the winter season.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Adult Adventures: Evergreen Baskets
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens as you create your very own evergreen basket to take home.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
HWA Invasion!
Saturday, March 7, 2015 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
Phone: (518) 827-8690

Join Mine Kill State Park staff, biologists and the public for a chance to learn more about the hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA). Discovered in the park in 2012, this invasive pest is threatening every hemlock tree in the region. Get the facts about HWA during a presentation by renowned forest entomologist, Professor Mark Whitmore. Participants will then conduct an HWA survey on the park grounds in an effort to identify the bug and help stop its spread.

Admission is free. This event will take place at the NYPA Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center located 1 mile north of Mine Kill State Park on State Route 30. Please call (518) 827-8690 for details.

Guided Winter Weekend Walks
Saturday, March 7, 2015 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunites for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind to learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes if the weather premits.

The hike is at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Please call 315-482-2479 for more information.

Guided Winter Weekend Walks
Saturday, March 7, 2015 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunites for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind to learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes if the weather premits.

The hike is at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Please call 315-482-2479 for more information.

Niagara's Nature
Sunday, March 8, 2015 11:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Reservoir State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

If you are at the park sledding or ice skating, stop in the warming pavilion to learn about some of the wildlife found in the Niagara Region. If winter activities are not available due to weather conditions, then the display will not be available.

For information call (716) 282-5154.

Family Adventures: Super Heroes!
Sunday, March 8, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how incredible animals can be with activities, games and a craft. You may dress as your favorite Super Hero!

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Super Heroes!
Sunday, March 8, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover how incredible animals can be with activities, games and a craft. You may dress as your favorite Super Hero!

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Going Green
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Going Green
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Lucky Rainbows
Wednesday, March 11, 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. (Ages 3-5)

Two sessions are held each Wednesday: 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Cross Country Ski
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Cross Country Ski
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: Animal Tales
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: Animal Tales
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska for a sap-seeking journey! Mid-February and early March is traditionally when sap is collected for producing maple syrup. We will search for and tap sugar maple trees using traditional tools.

This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. As always, well-behaved younger siblings capable of participating are welcome to join us. This program will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is a moderate hike with some short steep sections. Participants will learn about the unique Appalachian forest community found along this ridge.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Phone: (518) 793-0511

This is a moderate hike with some short steep sections. Participants will learn about the unique Appalachian forest community found along this ridge.

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 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice. If there are no participants signed up, classes can be cancelled at the discretion of the park.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Bring your family and search together as a team using your 5 senses to find fun things that nature hides in plain sight.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Winter Wilderness Walk
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

The forest and fields are still very much alive in winter. Join us to examine the signs of life and survival during nature's toughest season!

For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

 

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Adult Seal Walk
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Ages 18 & up. Fees: $4 per person. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-ventures: Adult Seal Walk
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Ages 18 & up. Fees: $4 per person. Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Winter Hike: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Using your senses, check off and complete your scavenger hunt, while you explore the woods of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Winter Hike: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Using your senses, check off and complete your scavenger hunt, while you explore the woods of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Backyard Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Do you long to set up a family-scale syruping operation in your backyard? Join us for a short film, demo and samples of sap and fresh syrup.

$2/person and $5/family

Fun for Kids: Sunsational!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover fun facts about the sun, then create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Sunsational!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover fun facts about the sun, then create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Leprechaun's Rainbow
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

To learn about rainbows, we need to understand light and color. With experiments and activities we can discover together how rainbows appear.

For ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

 

Registration: Required
Frozen Falls and Animal Tracks Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring the family to learn about wildlife in winter while learning how to snowshoe. First, children will make a plaster animal track inside, then everyone will snowshoe up to the 65 foot tall Awosting Falls to witness this frozen wonder. Our hike follows along Awosting Falls Carriage Road for a round trip distance of approximately one and a half miles. While we hike, we'll look for signs of wildlife in winter including tracks, browse, scat and more.

This program is recommended for families with children age seven and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Snowshoes may be rented for children participating in the program for $5, adult snowshoe rental is $15 per person. Snowshoe rental is on a first-come, first-serve basis and early arrival is reccomended for rentals. Pre-registration is required.

Fun for Kids: Leprechaun's Rainbow
Sunday, March 15, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

To learn about rainbows, we need to understand light and color. With experiments and activities we can discover together how rainbows appear.

For ages 6 & up. Programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

 

Registration: Required
"Who's Hoots for You?" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 15, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and find out who's whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world! Examine the Nature Center's mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide! Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
"Who's Hoots for You?" at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 15, 2015 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and find out who's whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world! Examine the Nature Center's mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide! Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
First Day of Spring Walk
Friday, March 20, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Spring begins today in the Northern Hemisphere! Emerge from winter hibernation and join us on a walk through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring.

For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Maple Day
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Phone: (315) 482-2479

Come learn about the ecology and history of making maple syrup! We will walk the Eel Bay trail and teach you how to identify a sugar maple, determine if it is learge enough to tap, tap the tree, and process the sap. Then we will find out if you can taste the difference between. We will even tell you the legend of how maple syrup was discovered! Fun for the whole family.

For more questions call 315-482-2479.

Maple Day
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Wellesley Island State Park
Phone: (315) 482-2722

Come learn about the ecology and history of making maple syrup! We will walk the Eel Bay trail and teach you how to identify a sugar maple, determine if it is learge enough to tap, tap the tree, and process the sap. Then we will find out if you can taste the difference between. We will even tell you the legend of how maple syrup was discovered! Fun for the whole family.

For more questions call 315-482-2479.

Spring Wake Up Hike from the Heights
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join park educators to celebrate the springing of spring! Come as we explore Castle Point Carriage Road and search for signs that spring is springing on the Shawangunk Ridge. This approximately seven mile hike will start from the Lake Minnewaska area and follow historic carriage roads to reach Castle Point, a scenic vista with commanding views of the surrounding Park Preserve and Hudson Valley. We will return to Lake Minnewaska on Hamilton Point Carriage Road, if time permits. If snowy and icy conditions persist on the carriage roads, this hike destination may change locations.

Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Spring Blooms
Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to welcome spring and paint a small flower pot to take home with marigold seeds.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Spring Blooms
Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to welcome spring and paint a small flower pot to take home with marigold seeds.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x201 or email Elisabetta.OConnor@parks.ny.gov for more information. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program.

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

Registration: Required
Backyard Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 21, 2015 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Phone: (518) 279-1155

Savor a delicious sign of Spring and learn how to make syrup in your backyard.

$2/person and $5/family

Family Adventures: What Goes Bump in the Night
Saturday, March 21, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the night. Learn how nocturnal animals find their way in the darkness with several hands on activities.

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Adult Adventures: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

In this hands-on program, discover how to find food, start a fire and build a shelter.

For ages 18 & up. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee must be paid during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted beginning two weeks prior to the program. To register, please call (631) 423 – 1770 between 8:00 – 4:30 pm. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Spring Nature Quest
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Spring Nature Quest
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Water Olympics
Sunday, March 22, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

This fun series of competitions will explore and explain the 'wonders of water' from surface tension to buoyancy. Celebrate World Water Day with us!

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Whales Tale
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Whales Tale
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Held Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm

Programs for pre-k through k. Ages 3-5. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: High Peter's Kill Loop Hike
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Environmental Education Intern Laura Davis for an approximately two mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. This moderate hike will take place on a variety of footpaths that will take participants on a journey across rock slabs, up and down sustained hills to a stunning view of the Catskill Mountains and along a cool mountain stream dotted with hemlocks and rhododendron. If snowy and icy conditions persist on the footpaths, this hike destination may change locations. This outing will meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Outer Space
Wednesday, March 25, 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. (Ages 3-5)

Two sessions are held each Wednesday: 10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm

Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots Let's Discover Nature Hour: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. (Ages 3-5)

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Night Sounds
Friday, March 27, 2015 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050

Night Sounds is a journey through dusk into the world of night! Listen for the sleigh bell serenade of Spring peepers under shooting stars and a copper Mars. Will the Wood Frogs quack and the Timber Doodles twitter? Do Screech Owls whinny and can Barred Owls call for dinner? A quiet sensory walk through the evening forest trails.

For information and registration, call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Stargazing Hosted by AOS
Friday, March 27, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join the Amateur Observer's Society this winter as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Stargazing Hosted by AOS
Friday, March 27, 2015 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join the Amateur Observer's Society this winter as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

These programs are usually ideal for children ages 5 and up along with their families. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Please call (516) 780-3295 or (516) 785-3614 to make reservations. Space is limited.

Registration: Required
Help Protect the Endangered Piping Plover
Saturday, March 28, 2015 09:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join us! Volunteer to help protect the endangered Piping Plover!

9am at the Nature Center
Please call to register: 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614

Registration: Required
Help Protect the Endangered Piping Plover
Saturday, March 28, 2015 09:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join us! Volunteer to help protect the endangered Piping Plover!

9am at the Nature Center
Please call to register: 516-780-3295 or 516-785-3614

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Family Nature Walk
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a walk as the winter winds down and spring starts to rev-up! Dress for the weather.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Family Nature Walk
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a walk as the winter winds down and spring starts to rev-up! Dress for the weather.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Meet the Animals
Saturday, March 28, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Meet face-to-face with some amazing animals that live on Long Island. Learn who may be living in your own backyard!

Ideal for children ages 5 & up / Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Environmental Office at (631) 581 – 1072. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child and children under 3 are free. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required and are accepted starting two weeks prior to the program. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 29, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Then you'll create your own unique wind catcher to take home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 29, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Then you'll create your own unique wind catcher to take home.

Fees for programs are $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Reservations will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office at (631) 265 – 1054. An $8.00 parking fee per car will be charged between and including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. All programs conducted on the North Side of the Park unless otherwise noted. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Registration: Required
"Salamanders" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, April 19, 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

As winter fades, these fascinating, seldom seen creatures emerge from hibernation and return to their vernal pools. Do you know which species is most common: red-backed, yellow spotted or marbled? Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller to discover the answers as you learn about salamanders! Then take a guided walk in search of these spring time residents.


"Salamanders" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge
Sunday, April 19, 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

As winter fades, these fascinating, seldom seen creatures emerge from hibernation and return to their vernal pools. Do you know which species is most common: red-backed, yellow spotted or marbled? Join environmental educator Carl Heitmuller to discover the answers as you learn about salamanders! Then take a guided walk in search of these spring time residents.


Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Unplug your family and participate in the National Get Outdoors Day. Learn about kayaks, orienteering, outdoor skills, adventure challenges, birding and nature. Donations graciously accepted. 
Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest
Sunday, May 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Phone: (845) 265-3773
Unplug your family and participate in the National Get Outdoors Day. Learn about kayaks, orienteering, outdoor skills, adventure challenges, birding and nature. Donations graciously accepted. 
"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.
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
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
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