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Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Preschool Naturalists
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116

Preschool Naturalists is a nature designed class for children ages 3-5. This hour long program will focus on using all five senses to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000, ext. 116 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Along Came a Spider
Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Along Came a Spider
Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Fun for Kids: Who Goes There?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hither Hills State Park
Phone: (631) 668-2554

You can be a detective! Come walk the beach with us and discover how to identify tracks left behind.

Reservations are reqired and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 668-2554.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Phone: (845) 786-2701 ext 293

Join the animals at Trailside as they celebrate Halloween! The bears will trick or treat their way through their den to find treats. You can make some of your own.

Trailside educators, staff and volunteers will be there to make crafts, lead games, and tell you all about the wonderful animals at the Zoo!

Admission to the Zoo is free. Parking is $8 at the Bear Mountain lot.

For more information, call Trailside at (845) 786-2701, ext. 293.

Registration: Required
National Food Day Fall Festival
Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our first fall festival, in cooperation with National Food Day, sponsored by New York State Parks, Senator Andrew Lanza, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

Come make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin to take home, go on a nature hike and more! Please bring canned food for our canned food drive. See this flyer or call for more details and the timeslots of each event!

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
National Food Day Fall Festival
Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our first fall festival, in cooperation with National Food Day, sponsored by New York State Parks, Senator Andrew Lanza, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

Come make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin to take home, go on a nature hike and more! Please bring canned food for our canned food drive. See this flyer or call for more details and the timeslots of each event!

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

Meets at Clay Pit Ponds' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Monarch Mysteries
Saturday, October 25, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050
Have you ever wondered where this little butterfly goes for the winter and how it knows to get there? Find out about this mystery and learn about their diminishing population. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Do You Want to Build a Fire?
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
Learn how to build a fire and cook camp bread over an open flame! This program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family.
Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Book Talk and Walk About
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a discussion of the book "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert. After the book discussion, we will take a walk and consider the effects of human activities on the local environment. Light refreshments will be served. You can read all, some or none of the book to participate.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up.

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
Adult Ed-venture: Book Talk and Walk About
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Join us for a discussion of the book "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert. After the book discussion, we will take a walk and consider the effects of human activities on the local environment. Light refreshments will be served. You can read all, some or none of the book to participate.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up.

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
Fun for Kids: Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Search the preserve for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can even wear your Halloween costumes - just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

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

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Fun for Kids: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

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

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Franken Fish, A fish dissection
Sunday, October 26, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

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

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Indoor Ed-venture: Tree Leaves
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Over 100 woody plant species grow in Letchworth State Park. Study the myriad of leaf shapes by comparison of laminated samples.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Happy Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Happy Halloween (Come in costume!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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 vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 116
The Hug a Tree and Survive Program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. This program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Please call (518) 584-2000 ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Preschool Explorers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Come out and explore nature with your preschoolers. We will be using our five senses to discover the wonders of the natural world. This program is recommended for ages 2-6. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Weekday Nature Walk - St. Helena: Ghost Town of the Genesee
Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.

2 hours / 1 mile

Meet at the lowest St. Helena parking lot.

 

Pumpkin Craft
Friday, October 31, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin craft in the park! This program is recommended for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext 150 to register. This program will be free.
Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: South Side Saunter
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up.

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
Adult Ed-venture: South Side Saunter
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up.

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
Fall Photography 101
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join award winning and local grant funded photographer Jarred Sutton for Photography 101. From beginner to advanced amateur, learn to overcome the technical with technique to make the camera an extension of our hand. After the learning session, put those new skills to work as we walk the grounds and capture fall foliage with Jarred's guidance to answer all your real world questions!

In addition, artwork will be on display from Jarred's recent trips and adventures. Visit www.jarredsutton.com to see some of his work.

Please bring your camera to practice with! A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Conner, 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' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Fall Photography 101
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join award winning and local grant funded photographer Jarred Sutton for Photography 101. From beginner to advanced amateur, learn to overcome the technical with technique to make the camera an extension of our hand. After the learning session, put those new skills to work as we walk the grounds and capture fall foliage with Jarred's guidance to answer all your real world questions!

In addition, artwork will be on display from Jarred's recent trips and adventures. Visit www.jarredsutton.com to see some of his work.

Please bring your camera to practice with! A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

Please contact Elisabetta O'Conner, 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' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Registration: Required
Halloween Themed Learn to Geocache
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
Phone: (518) 584-2000 ext 150
Join us for a Halloween themed hunt during which we will learn the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS to find caches filled with Halloween candy! Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 150 to register.
Registration: Required
Big Tree Tour - Part One
Sunday, November 2, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

A car tour and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts.

3 hours / 1 mile

Meet at Mt. Morris entrance gate. Bring a lunch.

Fun for Kids: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call: (631) 265-1054

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Fun for Kids: Autumn Discoveries
Sunday, November 2, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Celebrate this special time of year with an expedition along autumnal colored trails in the park. We will create a collage from the natural things we have "borrowed" from the forest.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call: (631) 265-1054

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Indoor Ed-venture - Fruit, Nuts and Seeds
Sunday, November 2, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Autumn provides a bounty of nuts and berries. Study the variety and adaptations that plants have for their survival by the comparison of samples.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Family Fun: Wildlife Oddities
Monday, November 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There are some mighty odd plants and animals that live in the preserve. We have plants that eat meat, and plants that 'pop' their seeds, which fly far from the plant. There are bugs that 'talk' using light! Join us as we explore these fun and exciting wildlife oddities.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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).

Family Fun: Wildlife Oddities
Monday, November 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There are some mighty odd plants and animals that live in the preserve. We have plants that eat meat, and plants that 'pop' their seeds, which fly far from the plant. There are bugs that 'talk' using light! Join us as we explore these fun and exciting wildlife oddities.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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).

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Fall Colors
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Thursday, November 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Family Adventures: Stargazing, Presented by "AOS"
Friday, November 7, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join "AOS" the Amateur Observer's Society at the nature center this fall as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Stargazing, Presented by "AOS"
Friday, November 7, 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Join "AOS" the Amateur Observer's Society at the nature center this fall as we observe the stars and constellations. Together we'll discover more about these diamonds in the sky.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Autumn Nature Quest
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

We've plotted a Scavenger Hunt Course for you to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a clear, detailed map of the course, a 'seeker's list', clipboard and pencil. Good luck finding the fascinating and humorous objects on our list!

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Old Growth Forest Visit - Trestle Woods
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloack of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Hike includes brush and steep terrain.

3 hours / 1-2 miles

Meet at Visitor Center. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Black Bear Madness
Saturday, November 8, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Phone: (716) 549-1050
Have your bird feeders been emptied or your garbage cans been tipped over at night? Well this could be the sign that the black bear has moved into your neighborhood. Sightings of the black bear have been dramatically increasing in our area, so come and learn about their natural habits in the wild. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, November 8, 2014 01:00 PM
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
Fun for Kids: Call of the Wild
Saturday, November 8, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Is a growl good or bad? What animal is the loudest? Come discover the wild ways animals "talk" to each other.

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

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Big Tree Tour - Part II
Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

A special two mile walk to the park's largest tree. Come see how the trees deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Please wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.

3 hours, 2 miles. Hike Rating: Intermediate, with brushy areas and uneven and steep terrain.

Meet at the Sycamore (#22) Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Bring a lunch.

Registration: Required
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles, Presented by Riverhead
Sunday, November 9, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600
The Riverhead Foundation will be giving a PowerPoint lecture on the effects the quick change of ocean water temperatures have on sea turtles. This program is free to attend, and is not recommended for young children. This is an outreach program designed to pass on the knowledge of he work that is being done and how you can help sea turtles and The Riverhead Foundation.
Registration: Required
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles, Presented by Riverhead
Sunday, November 9, 2014 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295
The Riverhead Foundation will be giving a PowerPoint lecture on the effects the quick change of ocean water temperatures have on sea turtles. This program is free to attend, and is not recommended for young children. This is an outreach program designed to pass on the knowledge of he work that is being done and how you can help sea turtles and The Riverhead Foundation.
Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Enlarging Life
Sunday, November 9, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Have you ever wondered what's in the water? Learn how to use a microscope to discover what's living in the pond, marsh, and sea water. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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
Family Adventure: Seal Walks
Sunday, November 9, 2014 02:00 PM
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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Animal ABCs
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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 vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Phone: (716) 282-5154

Enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. Join us for a guided hike that will take you past the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Make a Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Each family member, age 8 and older, will make their own unique dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Adventure: Geology Rocks!
Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

How can a rock float? Learn this and more as you perform these fun and exciting experiments to discover some of the secrets of rocks.

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
Adult Ed-venture: Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 14 will be permitted.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting 2 weeks prior to the program; please call 631-423-1770.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Native American Games
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Colonial Days
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Adult Ed-venture: Instructional Bird Walk for Beginners
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

In this instructional program, novice adult birders will practice observing birds at feeders in the wild. Approximately 2 miles with hills. Bring binoculars.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 423-1770.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Camo Critters
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Animals have many ways to "camouflage" or blend into their environment; some can even change the color of their skin! Come join us as we take a walk and learn about all the different ways animals can hide right under our noses!

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
Family Adventure: Seal Walks
Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00 PM
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
Family Fun: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Watercolor Wonders - Leaves!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

There will be many shapes and sizes of leaves for this collage. Just think how beautiful these works of art will be! We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of autumn leaves. (This program is ideal for children 8 and up, because of the tracing and cutting the activity entails.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Adventures: Seal Walk
Sunday, November 23, 2014 01:00 PM
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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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 vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Let's Rock and Roll!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Explore the many uses of rocks and minerals in every day life through games, activities, and experiments. Discover how fossils are important in teaching us about the earth's past. Many samples will be on display.

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Old Growth Forest Visit - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees.  

3 hours / 1-2 miles / Brush and steep terrain

Meet at Visitor Center. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Family Fun: Fire-n-Ice Candles
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some from home too!

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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
Fun for Kids: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Native American Games
Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Come to the Nature Center to play games that Native Americans learned to help develop their skills for survival.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Cold Weather Friends
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM
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
Indoor Ed-venture - Evergreens
Sunday, December 7, 2014 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.

Meet in the Conference Room of the Visitor Center.

Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors and vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Spikes & Shields
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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 vrafts. Children ages 3-5.

Two sessions held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of the program. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Old Growth Forest Visit - Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B areas)
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees.

3 hours / 1-2 miles / Brush and steep terrain

Meet a Visitor Center. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Adult Ed-venture: Tracks and Traces
Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (not recommended for children).

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 423-1770.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. Please note, program fees are as follows: $4 per adult. Vehicle use fees are due upon arrival during the fee collection season (dates vary at different parks).

Registration: Required
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
Adult Ed-venture: Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Using an assortment of fresh greenery, you will create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add fancy ribbon, colored balls or a cinnamon stick from home to make it extra special.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
40th Annual Letchworth Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Runs all day. 

Interested persons should please contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 14 for territory assignment.

Family Adventure: Winter Wildlife Safari
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Join us for a fun-filled winter safari as we walk through the preserve searching for the wildlife that call Caumsett home. Discover animals in their winter habitats and how they adapt to the coldest time of the year. Don't forget your hat and mittens!

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

Adult Ed-ventures: All programs are conducted on an adult level, for ages 18 & up. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: Nature Gifts
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 581-1072

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

Two sessions held on Wednesday: 10-11am, and 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration is required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; please call (631) 581-1072.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses. 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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
Tiny Tots, Nature Discoveries: The Big Blue Sea
Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

This 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.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Tiny Tots are programs specially designed for children pre-k through k, or ages 3-5. Parents and children are encouraged to learn about the natural world around them by using their senses.

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
De-Stressing with Herbs
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

What herbs on your kitchen spice shelf can ease the stresses of daily life? Herbalist Gert Coleman will show you some simple herbal teas and other remedies to help you de-stress around the holiday season. A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

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' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
De-Stressing with Herbs
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

What herbs on your kitchen spice shelf can ease the stresses of daily life? Herbalist Gert Coleman will show you some simple herbal teas and other remedies to help you de-stress around the holiday season. A $5 donation is suggested for materials.

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' Interpretive Center (2351 Veteran's Road West). Appropriate for ages 14 & up.

Registration: Required
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 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
Family Adventure: Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, December 20, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 581-1072

Owls come in many shapes and sizes, from a variety of habitats all over the world. Explore the world of these silent predators and learn how they hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl.

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
Crepuscular Series - Equinox Sunset
Sunday, December 21, 2014 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Phone: (585) 493-3625

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "night light." See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days.

3 hours / 2 miles

Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper.

Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Family Fun: Copper Creations
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Discover the art of copper tooling. It's fun and easy! Enjoy creating your very own unique copper wind chime while exploring the uses of one of the earth's most versatile minerals. (Due to safety concerns, only children ages 8 and older may participate in the program.)

Reservations are required and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

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). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Required
Winter Hike
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us on a hike to welcome winter! We will hike along our green and blue trails and see what winter visitors have arrived!

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 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 Hike
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Phone: (718) 605-3970 ext 201

Come join us on a hike to welcome winter! We will hike along our green and blue trails and see what winter visitors have arrived!

Please contact Elisabetta O'Connor, Environmental Educator, at (718) 605-3970 x 201 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
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Fun for Kids: Mad Scientist's Lab
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

Enter the Mad Scientist's Lab to conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to ahppen in the laboratory! (This program is ideal for children 7 & up).

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted starting two weeks prior to each program; please call (631) 265-1054.

Fun for Kids programs are conducted for elementary age children and older. Ages 5 & 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
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

Registration: Required
Fun for Kids: Winter Survival
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Winter can be a difficult season for anyone to get through. Come learn how the animals of Jones Beach survive the winter months. We will have activities and games.

Reservations are required for all programs and will be accepted beginning two weeks in advance of each program for all facilities. Fees: $4 per person, children under 3 are free (unless otherwise noted).

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

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
Family Fun: May the Forest Be With You
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Phone: (631) 265-1054

A long time ago in a forest far, far away, trees provided food and shelter for man and beast alike. Through hands-on activities and games, we will discover the importance of trees.

Reservations are required for all programs and will  be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; call (631) 265-1054

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
Family Fun: May the Forest Be With You
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Phone: (631) 265-1054

A long time ago in a forest far, far away, trees provided food and shelter for man and beast alike. Through hands-on activities and games, we will discover the importance of trees.

Reservations are required for all programs and will  be accepted starting two weeks prior to the program; call (631) 265-1054

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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 3, 2015 12:00 PM
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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:00 PM
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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 17, 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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Sunday, January 18, 2015 11:00 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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 PM
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
Family Adventure: Seal Walk
Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:00 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
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