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Sat 06 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 6, 2018 until Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, and work with you until you are ready to confidently head out on your favorite trail. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 13 Jan
Snow Tubing
Saturday, January 13, 2018 until Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Every weekend in January and February starting January 13
$5.00 per person, unlimited tubing. No vehicle admission fee!
Concession stand, warming area and outdoor fireplace.

WEATHER PERMITTING...PLEASE call ahead if in doubt.

Sun 28 Jan
Hudson River Rug Hookers: A Love Affair with An American Folk Art
Sunday, January 28, 2018 until Sunday, March 4, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Gallery hours are 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM daily. Gallery Reception is on Sun. Jan. 28th from 1 to 3 PM and is free and open to the public.

The enduring craft of American Rug Hooking originated in 1850 and is resurging in popularity. The exhibit features artists from the Hudson River Rug Hookers and includes rugs inspired by the Preserve and Hudson River landscape.  Artists: Marilyn Bottjer, Mary Alenstein, Helen Buerger, Amy Stoner Cotter, Qing Dollinger, Sally Doran, Anita Eddy, Joyce Kapadia, Heidi Lawrence, Mary Parker, Charlotte Rodziewicz, Robin Schwamb, Phyllis Shapiro, Diane Skalak, Michele Vozick, Ruth Weyland, Roya Zarrehparvar. Curators: Audrey Leeds and Marilyn Bottjer. Free and open to the public.

Thu 22 Feb
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- Who's Been Waliking in the Snow?
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Feb
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- Who's Been Waliking in the Snow?
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs' animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces that might even lead us to the animals!

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Outdoor Adventures Daycamp
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Strap on some skis and snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Thu 22 Feb
Outdoor Adventures Daycamp
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Strap on some skis and snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Hike and Find Winter Bingo
Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy an easy snowshoe hike around the Creekside Classroom and explore the park's winter environment. Participants will go out in search of the items on their bingo sheet while also learning more about the winter world around them. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12. This event is free. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Home Ecologist: Birds of Prey
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 22 Feb
Home Ecologist: Birds of Prey
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 22 Feb
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY Ulster
Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Raptors on the Ridge, with ornithologist Zach Smith. Join a discussion of the majestic raptors in and around the Shawangunk Ridge, with a special emphasis on the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population in Ulster County. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203

Fri 23 Feb
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Explore how fossils are formed through hands-on activities and make a fun craft for home.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Explore how fossils are formed through hands-on activities and make a fun craft for home.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Snow Day!
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Celebrate the snowy season! Did you know snowflakes come in 35 different shapes? Join us to explore more fun snowflake facts through activities and crafts.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Beaver Builders Daycamp
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Beavers build - but do you know how? Learn all about the New York state mammal.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Fri 23 Feb
Beaver Builders Daycamp
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Beavers build - but do you know how? Learn all about the New York state mammal.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Fri 23 Feb
Saving Sea Turtles on Long Island
Friday, February 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A presentation by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society on the four species of marine turtles that liveoff our shores and what we can do to help protect them. Followed by a beach walk weather permitting.

Registration: Optional
Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Weather Wizards
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wondered how a cloud forms or why a tornado starts? Uncover weather secrets with activities and demonstrations.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Ice World "Erie" Exploration!
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Transport yourself to another world! Join a rare adventure to experience the bizarre and constantly changing icescape of craters, caves and frozen ice volcanoes along the lunarlike surface of Lake Erie! For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
The Long Journey Home: Nichols’ Eaglet
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A lecture by National Parks Service Ranger Mary Laura Lamont on the return of nesting bald eagles to Long Island after an absence of almost 80 years.
Registration: Optional
Sat 24 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Feb
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Feb
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 24 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
Birding Basics for Beginners
Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will introduce adults to birds and their adaptations. It will provide information on where to go and what to get to learn more. Bring binoculars. Indoor program with approximately one mile walk.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet at the park office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Thematic Tours: John Jay and George Washington
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Happy birthday, George Washington! George Washington respected John Jay so much that, as president, he gave Jay his choice of job in the new administration. Join us on a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House to explore the close relationship between these two leaders of our early Republic. Regular admission fees apply.

Sat 24 Feb
World War I & the End of the Gilded Age
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Themed tour. Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own ‘tracks and traces' book filled with your favorite animals tracks to take home with you. We will take a short walk outside if weather permits.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own ‘tracks and traces' book filled with your favorite animals tracks to take home with you. We will take a short walk outside if weather permits.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 565-6051

Sleigh rides are available every Saturday 2 to 6 PM also February 14 the 2 to 6 pm
Special rides can arranged by request. For further information please contact the country dreams farm at www.adirondacksleighrides.com or (518)565-6051

Sat 24 Feb
Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Exploration
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take a short snowshoe hike to search for tracks and other signs of wildlife in the park! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Saturday Family Movie: The Muppets
Saturday, February 24, 2018 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

When Walter, a Muppet fanatic, finds out what an oil mogul is planning on doing to the Muppet studios, he must rally the support of his friends, human and Muppets alike, to try to preserve their legacy! All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3 hours. Seek the valley of the "Nameless Spirits" with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 25 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3 hours. Seek the valley of the "Nameless Spirits" with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Preschoolers in the Park: Winter Wonderland at Sam’s Point
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Bring your preschoolers and join Laura Davis, Interpretive Ranger, for a fun-filled morning exploring the wonderful world of winter! We will read a story, do a craft or two, and play a game. We will be inside for most of the time, but if weather allows we will venture outside to build a snowman. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Tree I.D.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Identifying tree species in winter can be an exciting challenge. Hone your skills to identify trees based on their shape, bark and twigs. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sun 25 Feb
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Maple Sugaring by Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer's Maple Products

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Come learn the history and process of maple sugaring from a local producer who helps keep New York State one of the top producers of maple syrup in the country.

Sun 25 Feb
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Maple Sugaring by Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer's Maple Products

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Come learn the history and process of maple sugaring from a local producer who helps keep New York State one of the top producers of maple syrup in the country.

Sun 25 Feb
Alien Invaders
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Not all invaders are from out of this world. Some are more local than you think! Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures, how they traveled to Long Island and made it their home.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Bayberry Candle
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(516) 780-3295

Enjoy the beautiful aroma of bayberry in your own home! Explore what life was like when there were only candles to light up the darkness and create a candle made from real bayberries. There will be an additional fee of $2.00 per person for materials

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Two Stunning Views Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Not a morning person? Then, join a park educator for this two-mile-long, afternoon snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Our route, which does include a few modestly challenging hills, will feature views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than eight years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike through some of the most picturesque areas of the park. No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sun 25 Feb
Nature Up Close: Overwintering Mushrooms
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxonomic order.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Sun 25 Feb
Nature Up Close: Overwintering Mushrooms
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxonomic order.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Tue 27 Feb
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Snowflakes
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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

Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Make crafts, join in story time, and play with other tots while learning about nature!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 27 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Make crafts, join in story time, and play with other tots while learning about nature!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 27 Feb
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Snowshoe Outing at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join a park educator for an adventurous five-mile snowshoe hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath, a narrow trail that slowly descends to the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. Interesting icicle formations abound along the edges of the stream. From here, we'll continue along the Yellow Connector Footpath to reach the Red Loop Footpath, which we'll follow up through the woods for a rest at the Park Preserve Office. The return trip will take participants on the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the 65-foot tall Awosting Falls, where a volcano-shaped ice cone forms if conditions are right. The first half of this route includes numerous hills, rocky spots and potentially icy areas. This is a rigorous outing and participants must wear appropriate winter gear and bring plenty of food and water for the day. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska 845-255-0752.

Tue 27 Feb
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a Park Educator on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Tue 27 Feb
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a Park Educator on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Wed 28 Feb
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 28 Feb
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 28 Feb
Sunset & Moonrise Hike at 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Gather at the Shaver Pond Center (194 Shaver Pond Road) for this free evening hike. Please bring a flashlight. Space is limited, must pre-register by calling 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Wed 28 Feb
February Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

We will be meeting at Harvest Brewing (201 South St., Bennington, VT) February 28 at 6:00 PM to discuss Buckskin Pimpernel by Mary Beacock Fryer. No charge to attend, food and drink available for purchase.

Wed 28 Feb
Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 07:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Join us for a guided snowshoe hike under the bright full moon. Experience the park when it is at its most peaceful, a special treat few have the chance to enjoy!

Bring your own or call Park Office to reserve snowshoes.

Dress warmly, the temperature drops quickly when it gets dark.Bring a small flashlight, but keep it in your pocket. We want to take advantage of the bright moonlight!

Meet at the parking lot. If there is less than 6 inches of snow, this will be a hike instead.

To register for this free program, or if you have questions, please contact the park office at 315-492-1756.

Registration: Required
Thu 01 Mar
Winter Treks: Silver Lake Outlet Valley
Thursday, March 1, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

4 hours. Traverse the valley of the park's largest tributary. (Brush and stream crossings between the Gibsonville Road and the Perry Gate.)

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Thu 01 Mar
Winter Treks: Silver Lake Outlet Valley
Thursday, March 1, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

4 hours. Traverse the valley of the park's largest tributary. (Brush and stream crossings between the Gibsonville Road and the Perry Gate.)

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Thu 01 Mar
Thematic Tours: Women of the Jay Family
Thursday, March 1, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor and the rest! Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay's Bedford House. Their stories shed light on the roles of women in upper class homes in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House highlighting the lives of the Jay women. Regular admission fees apply.

Thu 01 Mar
Homeschoolers: Maple Sugaring at Minnewaska
Thursday, March 1, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other Homeschoolers to experience the magic that is maple sugaring. 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. Each child will be able to test maple syrup, maple sap and at least one kind of maple candy. 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 by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Thu 01 Mar
Life Under a Lens
Thursday, March 1, 2018 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Venture into a winter wonderland and investigate winter hardy springtails, lichens on trees and overwintering mushrooms and plant galls. Bring a hand lens if you have one! For information & registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Thu 01 Mar
First Thursday Gallery Hop…
Thursday, March 1, 2018 05:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by each of the 3 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Admission is free and participants receive a 10% discount off that night's meal at participating local restaurants!!

Thu 01 Mar
Crepuscular Hike: Full Moon Over Frozen Forest
Thursday, March 1, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Enjoy a winter night under moonlit skies as we embark on a relaxing snowshoe hike through Knox Farm. For information & registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Friday, March 2, 2018
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

(Call 518-872-0800 for details.)

Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Friday, March 2, 2018
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

(Call 518-872-0800 for details.)

Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
Friday, March 2, 2018 07:00 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

Join us for a guided snowshoe hike under the bright full moon. Experience the park when it is at its most peaceful, a special treat few have the chance to enjoy!

Bring your own or call Park Office to reserve snowshoes.

Dress warmly, the temperature drops quickly when it gets dark. Bring a small flashlight, but keep it in your pocket. We want to take advantage of the bright moonlight!

Meet at the parking lot, just past the park office.

If there is less than 6 inches of snow, this will be a hike instead.

To register for this free program, or if you have questions, please contact the park office at 315-298-5737.

Registration: Required
Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Stroll
Friday, March 2, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the meandering moonlit trails of the park. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy the crisp winter air while exploring what creatures are around this time of night!

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Trout Unlimited: Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 3, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Connetquot River State Park Preserve booth for more information and reservations.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Indian Rock Snowshoe at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 3, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Sam's Point Educators for an interpretive hike starting at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. From there we'll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam's Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. During this almost five mile hike, we'll traverse woods, roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Sam's Point Visitor Center at the rate of $5 per person for the program. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 03 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 3 (Saturday), 3 hours. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early planting have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.

Meet at ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue.

Sat 03 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 03 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 03 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

March 3 (Saturday), 3 hours. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early planting have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.

Meet at ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue.

Sat 03 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 03 Mar
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for this approximately four-mile hike along the Peter’s Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The return trip will take participants on the easy to walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. If there is sufficient snow cover, this will be offered as a snowshoe hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 03 Mar
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Predators on the Plateau
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Coyote, fox, and mink work hard all winter to survive. Learn about these Plateau predators at the park office and come prepared for a walk outside. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
The National Weather Service
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A presentation by National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morin about the NWS: "Who we are, what we do, and who we serve."

Registration: Optional
Sat 03 Mar
World War I & the End of the Gilded Age
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Themed tour. Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Wildlife Detectives
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Celebrate World Wildlife Day in the forest of the Preserve! During a walk outside, we will uncover what animals are living in the forest by searching for clues they have left behind. Do you have what it takes to be Wildlife Detective?

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, March 3, 2018 07:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Explore our winter woods by the light of the full moon! Look and listen for signs of wildlife as we walk, along our trails guided by moonlight. If weather permits, this program will be offered on snowshoes. Registration is required. Please call for additional information or to preregister. We encourage you to try walking by moonlight alone, but you can bring a flashlight with a red light (or with the light covered with red cellophane) if desired. Please do not use white lights as it interferes with the development of night vision.

Snowshoes may be rented from the Nature Center for $3/pair

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Mar
Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, March 3, 2018 07:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Explore our winter woods by the light of the full moon! Look and listen for signs of wildlife as we walk, along our trails guided by moonlight. If weather permits, this program will be offered on snowshoes. Registration is required. Please call for additional information or to preregister. We encourage you to try walking by moonlight alone, but you can bring a flashlight with a red light (or with the light covered with red cellophane) if desired. Please do not use white lights as it interferes with the development of night vision.

Snowshoes may be rented from the Nature Center for $3/pair

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 04 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 04 Mar
History of Caumsett
Sunday, March 4, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural, and political history.

Sun 04 Mar
South Side Sportsmen’s Club Historic House Tours
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Mar
Beginner Winter Tree Identification
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 786-2701 ext 293

Do you think all trees look the same in the winter? Do you believe telling them apart is hopeless? Learn to identify trees without their leaves! Comefor a guided ramble through the Bear Mountain area and discover how to distinguish local trees without their leaves. Program is roughly 2 hours long. Sturdy footwear recommended. Program geared to adults. Program will start in front of the Bear Mountain Inn. Parking fee $10.00 per vehicle

Sun 04 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Studies on Conservation and Natural History – by Various Students, SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo students will showcase their research in this poster exhibition. Each student will provide a brief introduction to their work. Afterward, the audience can visit the posters and ask questions. SUNY Geneseo geography professor Jim Kernan will introduce the exhibition.

Sun 04 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Studies on Conservation and Natural History – by Various Students, SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo students will showcase their research in this poster exhibition. Each student will provide a brief introduction to their work. Afterward, the audience can visit the posters and ask questions. SUNY Geneseo geography professor Jim Kernan will introduce the exhibition.

Sun 04 Mar
Beginner Winter Tree Identification
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Trailside Museums And Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701 ext 293

Do you think all trees look the same in the winter? Do you believe telling them apart is hopeless? Learn to identify trees without their leaves! Comefor a guided ramble through the Bear Mountain area and discover how to distinguish local trees without their leaves. Program is roughly 2 hours long. Sturdy footwear recommended. Program geared to adults. Program will start in front of the Bear Mountain Inn. Parking fee $10.00 per vehicle

Sun 04 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Mar
Nature Up Close: Skulls and Tracks
Sunday, March 4, 2018 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Dozens of replicas will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that can be located in our area.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Sun 04 Mar
Nature Up Close: Skulls and Tracks
Sunday, March 4, 2018 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Dozens of replicas will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that can be located in our area.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Sun 04 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 4, 2018 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 4 (Sunday) 6:00pm, 3 hours. Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight.

Meet at Inspiration Point

Sun 04 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 4, 2018 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

March 4 (Sunday) 6:00pm, 3 hours. Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight.

Meet at Inspiration Point

Mon 05 Mar
Knee-High Naturalist Program
Monday, March 5, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.

The program will be held every other Monday at the Humphrey Nature Center

Mon 05 Mar
Knee-High Naturalist Program
Monday, March 5, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.

The program will be held every other Monday at the Humphrey Nature Center

Tue 06 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Going Green
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

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

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Going Green
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

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

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

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Make crafts, join in story time, and play with other tots while learning about nature!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 06 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Make crafts, join in story time, and play with other tots while learning about nature!

Ages 0 - 3

Wed 07 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- 4 Leaf Clover
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

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

Held on Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Wed 07 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

4 hours. Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet and Genesee River.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 07 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

4 hours. Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet and Genesee River.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 07 Mar
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 07 Mar
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Thu 08 Mar
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- What's Green?
Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 08 Mar
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- What's Green?
Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 08 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 8, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 08 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 8, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Fri 09 Mar
Forest Frolic
Friday, March 9, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

An off-trail adventure hike exploring the forest of Evangola. Bring your venturous spirit and please wear waterproof footwear. For information & registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Fri 09 Mar
Astronomy-Explore the the Solar System
Friday, March 9, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Come discover the fascinating planets that share our sky. With fun hands-on activities we will gain an understanding of how big the solar system is.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Trout Unlimited: Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 10, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Caleb Smith State Park Preserve for more information and reservations.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Trout Unlimited: Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 10, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Caleb Smith State Park Preserve for more information and reservations.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Mad Scientist
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step into the science lab! During this hands on program, you will participate in fun and exciting experiments. Do you have what it takes to be a Mad Scientist? This program is appropriate for children ages 7 and up

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
The Sweet Life!
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

It's that time of year again! Maple sugaring time! A park naturalist will give an indoor presentation about the sugaring process. An outdoor hands-on presentation will follow. Learn to tap a tree and see sap turn into syrup. For information & registration call (716)282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 10 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 10 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 10 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 10 Mar
Crafty T-Shirt Bag Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come learn how to recycle old T-shirts into fancy bags! We call it creative recycling! We will have plenty of T-shirts available but feel free to bring your own as well! $5/person.

Sat 10 Mar
Crafty T-Shirt Bag Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Come learn how to recycle old T-shirts into fancy bags! We call it creative recycling! We will have plenty of T-shirts available but feel free to bring your own as well! $5/person.

Sat 10 Mar
Just a Hike (Center Section)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions will be most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this moderately paced, five-mile walk, thus affording the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Eco-Kids: Is it Spring Yet?
Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Spring is right around the corner, but can you tell? Discover what signs to be looking for as the world starts waking back up. Explore the woods for signs of spring after our story and craft.

A program geared for pre-school & early elementary students! Once a month, each will involve an exploratory hike along with a book reading and a craft. We hope you and your little ones can join us for one or more of these fun classes. Call (716) 282-5154 to register

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 10 Mar
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Backyard Maple Sugaring at 1pm
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Ever wonder how maple sugar goes from sap to syrup? Meet at the park office to learn how you can make syrup at home. Tasty samples for all! $2/person, $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Seals in New York
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A presentation by Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologists on seal species in our local waters and the threats that they face. Followed by a beach walk, weather permitting.
Registration: Optional
Sat 10 Mar
War of 1812 Battle at Hallock State Park: Defense of USRC Eagle
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A lecture by Hallockville Historian Richard Wines on the three-day engagement between three British warships and local militia on the cliffs of what is now Hallock State Park Preserve.

Registration: Optional
Sat 10 Mar
Project FeederWatch at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us learn more about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam's Point Visitor Center! At the end of winter, we will send our data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help other scientists learn about these birds as well. During the program, we will use binoculars to observe birds and learn how to identify them as they visit our feeders. Then we will make starter feeders for you to take home so you can continue your observations in your own yard. This program is recommended for beginner and experienced bird watchers of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

re-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Suncatchers
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover interesting facts about the sun and why we cannot live without it. Then you will create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Suncatchers
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover interesting facts about the sun and why we cannot live without it. Then you will create a unique craft that will capture rays from the sun and transform them into many brilliant colors to brighten up your home.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Mar
25th Annual Maple Sunday at our Farm
Sunday, March 11, 2018 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
(845) 225-7207

Breakfast is served until noon. Hands on demonstrations, tours of the sugar house and maple grove, pure maple syrup, maple cotton candy and other maple related product available for sale. A nice family oriented day for all.

Sun 11 Mar
25th Annual Maple Sunday at our Farm
Sunday, March 11, 2018 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
(845) 265-3773

Breakfast is served until noon. Hands on demonstrations, tours of the sugar house and maple grove, pure maple syrup, maple cotton candy and other maple related product available for sale. A nice family oriented day for all.

Sun 11 Mar
Spirit of Spring Gallery Exhibit
Sunday, March 11, 2018 until Sunday, April 22, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Open daily, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Sun 11 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

4½ hours. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 11 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 11 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 11 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

4½ hours. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 11 Mar
Bridge Position Tour
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the center of the battlefield where fighting was as, if not more, intense than the dragoon redoubt at the marked hilltop. Group will park in front of the Caretakers House and meet under the flag pole.

Sun 11 Mar
Slavery and the Palatines: A Lecture by Travis Bowman
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Usually considered a "Southern" issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Mr. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Admission $5

Sun 11 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

So You Think You Want an Exotic Pet? by Karin Fires, Wildlife Educators Coalition

Come meet some real live exotic pets! Find out what life is like with an unusual mammal, tropical bird or big reptile. Enjoy up close and personal encounters with some beautiful beasts.

Sun 11 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

So You Think You Want an Exotic Pet? by Karin Fires, Wildlife Educators Coalition

Come meet some real live exotic pets! Find out what life is like with an unusual mammal, tropical bird or big reptile. Enjoy up close and personal encounters with some beautiful beasts.

Sun 11 Mar
Art Collecting in Gilded Age America
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A tea and talk program where guests are served tea in the historic dining room, hear a lecture on a Gilded Age topic, and can attend an optional house tour after the lecture has concluded.

Reservations required. $35/person; $30/person for Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Mar
Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you'll create your very own unique wind catcher for your yard.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Mar
Wind Catchers
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you'll create your very own unique wind catcher for your yard.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Mar
NYS Parks 101
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

How well do you know Long Island State Parks? From one named "place by a sharp rock" to "walking dunes", old estates, and army barracks, we will highlight the parks' special features and facts. Then you can plan your visits through the year!

Registration: Required
Mon 12 Mar
Bird Walk with Saw Mill River Audubon
Monday, March 12, 2018 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Meet in the main parking area. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.

Mon 12 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Monday, March 12, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Mon 12 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Monday, March 12, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Tue 13 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Forever Green
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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

Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Tue 13 Mar
Jenny Lane Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner and Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator, for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Run Footpath, through a section of forest that was burned during the 2008 forest fire. This route brings hikers to the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. This loop will finish up with a one mile hike on the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, a section of the toll road built in the 1850s that crossed the Shawangunk Ridge. This five-mile-long hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 13 Mar
Scholars Lecture: Ways of Being a Hero – Nathaniel Philbrick
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution... Philbrick gives a challenging and sympathetic interpretation of the relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, who was a hero, brilliant general, and close Washington confidant before he became a traitor. Valiant Ambition has won the George Washington Book Prize. 7:00pm lecture (registration starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book-signing. Reservations are recommended. $25; $20 members

Wed 14 Mar
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 14 Mar
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Thu 15 Mar
Super Special Storytime: Making Maple Syrup at the Gardiner Library
Thursday, March 15, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Children’s Librarian, Amy Laber, and Nick Martin, Park Educator from Minnewaska State Park Preserve, for a special story time all about maple syrup! Children will hear stories about maple sugaring and they’ll learn what a maple tree looks like. They’ll also be able to touch and see old-style maple sugaring tools, including a bucket, tap and hand drill. Then, with some help from their parents, each child will make their own maple tree craft that they can take home. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Fri 16 Mar
Winter Trees at the Gardiner Library
Friday, March 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an introductory tree walk at the Gardiner Library. Late winter is an interesting time to look at trees, giving a unique glimpse at them as they start to wake up from their winter slumber and get ready for the upcoming spring. In this program, we will take a tree walk on the trails near the Gardiner Library. Along the way, we will explore ways to identify trees without leaves, including using tree bark and buds. Participants are encouraged to bring a notepad or sketch pad and pencil, a tree field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. If ice and snow persists, participants may want to bring traction devices or other appropriate footwear.

For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Fri 16 Mar
Thematic Tours: John Jay and James Madison
Friday, March 16, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Happy birthday, James Madison! Our fourth president and Virginia native, James Madison, co-authored The Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. Madison and Jay were instrumental in the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787, but diverged politically afterwards when Madison aligned with Thomas Jefferson and his Democratic-Republicans. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House highlighting the relationship between these two Founding Fathers. Regular admission fees apply.

Fri 16 Mar
Movie Screening
Friday, March 16, 2018 05:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

We will be showing a movie with a Revolutionary War theme in the caretaker's house. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. The event is free and open to the public

Fri 16 Mar
Salamander Rain
Friday, March 16, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 282-5154

The "Big Night" when hidden salamanders emerge for a rarely seen migration to forest breeding pools that only happens this time of year! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Mar
Evergreen Baskets
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens you never knew before. We will then show you how to create your very own evergreen basket to take home with you.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 17 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 17, 2018 until Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maple sugaring techniques will be going on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day.

Sat 17 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 17, 2018 until Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maple sugaring techniques will be going on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day.

Sat 17 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 17 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 17 Mar
Lookin' for Spring!
Saturday, March 17, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Emerge from winter hibernation and take a walk through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. For information & registration & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Mar
Maple Sugaring Basics at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 17, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Bring your family and join Nick Martin and other Park Educators at the Sam's Point Area to learn about one of our favorite sugary treats! We will explore the history and process of maple sugaring while learning how to identify the correct trees and how to use traditional tools to tap a tree and collect sap. This program is recommended for families with children ages 6 to 12, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
It Wears the Buckhorns from Across the Way: A Magical Journey into the Sky Realm for Adults at Sam’s Point
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Learn about Sam’s Point as a Sacred Site. In this walking tour Evan Pritchard (Grandfather Chipmunk) will start with a noon ceremony, then lead us upwards into the mythic realm of the ancestors, those who once lived in rock shelters along the trail, to what we call Sam’s Point. We will again do a ceremony at the perched boulder and sing ancient songs of blessing. Hikers will learn about local native geography, trails and place names (such as Ioskawasting), Algonquian cosmology and culture, intentional fires, rock shelters, faces of Manitou in the rocks, and much more. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
Winter Water Walk
Sunday, March 18, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While our main goals are to leisurely observe winter waterfowl and explore the beach, we'll also learn about ponds. During our moderately paced 4 mile walk to and from the water, we'll relax and socialize. Bring binoculars.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 18 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 18 Mar
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Please join us in honoring our region's veterans and their service to our country at the monthly Flag Raising Ceremony on the Walkway, organized by local veterans' organizations. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information and calendar updates visit walkway.org. Location: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Sun 18 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 18, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Mushrooms – by David Wolf, Rochester Area Mycological Society

The world of fungi and their mushrooms is a mystery to many people. Join us as David Wolf highlights some common mushrooms in our area, and shares natural history notes of some of our little forest treasures.

Sun 18 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 18, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Mushrooms – by David Wolf, Rochester Area Mycological Society

The world of fungi and their mushrooms is a mystery to many people. Join us as David Wolf highlights some common mushrooms in our area, and shares natural history notes of some of our little forest treasures.

Sun 18 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 18, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 18, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
The General's Lady Program
Sunday, March 18, 2018 02:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

"The General's Lady," a program celebrating Martha Washington and Women's History Month, will be held at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 PM. The program will include a presentation by Susan Stessin-Cohn, entitled, "In Defiance: Women Who Escaped Slavery in the Hudson Valley." The talk will deal with runaway slaves in the area and also include her experiences researching material for her book, "In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York's Hudson River Valley, 1735-1831."

This event also includes the presentation of the 2018 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This year's Woman of History is Dawn Elliott, historic interpreter, reenactor, preservationist, educator and researcher.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

For further information contact 845-562-1195.

Mon 19 Mar
Knee-High Naturalist Program
Monday, March 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.

The program will be held every other Monday at the Humphrey Nature Center

Mon 19 Mar
Knee-High Naturalist Program
Monday, March 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.

The program will be held every other Monday at the Humphrey Nature Center

Mon 19 Mar
Bird Walk with Saw Mill River Audubon
Monday, March 19, 2018 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Meet at the Sleepy Hollow entrance of the Preserve. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.

Mon 19 Mar
Searching for Spring
Monday, March 19, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 282-5154

Head out the day before the spring equinox to search for signs of spring as we prepare for warmer days ahead. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Tue 20 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Animal ABC's
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

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

Registration: Required
Tue 20 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Animal ABC's
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

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

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

Registration: Required
Tue 20 Mar
Hopp Ground Garden Club Open Meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 09:30 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Refreshments will be served. Free admission. Please contact 914-232-5487 or mplechat@verizon.net for information and reservations.

Tue 20 Mar
First Day of Spring Hike
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Celebrate the first official day of spring with a hike of the Battle Loop Trail (1 mile). (Weather permitting.) Hiking boots and warm apparel suggested. Group will meet at the main parking lot of the hilltop.

Wed 21 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- ABC's
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

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

Held on Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Wed 21 Mar
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon- West
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3½ hours. View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 21 Mar
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon- West
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3½ hours. View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 21 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 21 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm, 3 hours. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate.

Wed 21 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

March 21 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm, 3 hours. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate.

Thu 22 Mar
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- In Like a Lion-Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Mar
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- In Like a Lion-Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(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. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 22 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Fri 23 Mar
Timberdoodle Time!
Friday, March 23, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Take an evening hike to witness the American woodcock mating display flight! Serenaded by a frog chorus, explore the "Woodcock singing grounds" for a rarely seen spectacle! For information and & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Bird and Breakfast
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast before we head out into the preserve searching for any migrators and our usual local residents.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Bird and Breakfast
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast before we head out into the preserve searching for any migrators and our usual local residents.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Piping Plover Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover!

Please register yourself or your group, or for more information, please call the Nature Center at 516-780-3295

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Piping Plover Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover!

Please register yourself or your group, or for more information, please call the Nature Center at 516-780-3295

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
March Pack Basket Class
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Learn to weave a traditional pack basket from start to finish. The cost of the programs includes all materials. Each participant will leave with a completed basket. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Preregistration is required by calling the Nature Center at 315-482-2479. $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
March Pack Basket Class
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Learn to weave a traditional pack basket from start to finish. The cost of the programs includes all materials. Each participant will leave with a completed basket. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Preregistration is required by calling the Nature Center at 315-482-2479. $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 24, 2018 until Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maple sugaring techniques will be going on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day.

Sat 24 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 24, 2018 until Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maple sugaring techniques will be going on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day.

Sat 24 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Mar
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(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 16 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on grass.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 24 Mar
Clay Pit Science Fair
Saturday, March 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Calling all junior scientists! Conduct experiments with us that can easily be replicated at home. Ages 7+

Sat 24 Mar
Clay Pit Science Fair
Saturday, March 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Calling all junior scientists! Conduct experiments with us that can easily be replicated at home. Ages 7+

Sat 24 Mar
Feed the Birds! at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Birds use a lot of energy to keep themselves warm in the cold winter months. Join a Sam's Point Ranger to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard during the colder months. We'll use pine cones to make a delicious treat for the birds that you can hang in trees near your house. After the craft, we will learn about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam's Point Visitor Center, and we'll submit our observations to Project FeederWatch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Mar
America's Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, March 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Themed tour. This tour, led by a costumed interpreter, will explore how the servants prepared for a busy weekend of entertaining...and how the Mills' daughter, like Downton's Cora, married into British aristocracy.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 25 (Sunday), 2-3hours. Explore the world of insectecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Also see Indoor Ed-Ventures listed previously.

Meet at Castile Entrance. Bring a lunch.

Sun 25 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

March 25 (Sunday), 2-3hours. Explore the world of insectecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors. Also see Indoor Ed-Ventures listed previously.

Meet at Castile Entrance. Bring a lunch.

Sun 25 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Mar
Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along Beacon Hill
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator, for a three-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping along the way for a short detour to a scenic vista of the Catskills. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking, however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join David Hendler, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator and Stewardship Assistant, for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic, rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. If enough snow is present, participants are welcome to use snowshoes. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Sam's Point Visitor Center at the rate of $5 per person for the program. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

All About Bluebirds – and More by John Rogers

Join us as John Rogers explores the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, as well as other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more! While the focus will be on bluebirds, John will also share his passion for the natural world in hopes that the audience will take away some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life.

Sun 25 Mar
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

All About Bluebirds – and More by John Rogers

Join us as John Rogers explores the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, as well as other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more! While the focus will be on bluebirds, John will also share his passion for the natural world in hopes that the audience will take away some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life.

Sun 25 Mar
Mansions on the High Seas: Gilded Age Yachts
Sunday, March 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A tea and talk program where guests are served tea in the historic dining room, hear a lecture on a Gilded Age topic, and can attend an optional house tour after the lecture has concluded.

Reservations required. $35/person; $30/person for Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Sunday, March 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

You're walking in a huge park enjoying the wonderful sights and sounds of nature and suddenly you realize you are not sure you are on the path you should be. You can't find your map, it is getting dark, it may rainor snow and you are getting a bit scared: what do you do? Join us to explore the simple survival techniques for both children and parents!

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
Hug a Tree and Survive!
Sunday, March 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

You're walking in a huge park enjoying the wonderful sights and sounds of nature and suddenly you realize you are not sure you are on the path you should be. You can't find your map, it is getting dark, it may rainor snow and you are getting a bit scared: what do you do? Join us to explore the simple survival techniques for both children and parents!

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Mar
Nature Up Close: Bluebird Homes
Sunday, March 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn about the life of our state bird, as well as some basics of nest box design and bluebird trails. This is an excellent primer for the Morning Bird Walk on April 26th or for anyone who would like to volunteer as a helper during our 23rd season of maintaining our Bluebird Trail. [To date, more than 1100 bluebirds have fledged from our boxes.]

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Sun 25 Mar
Nature Up Close: Bluebird Homes
Sunday, March 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn about the life of our state bird, as well as some basics of nest box design and bluebird trails. This is an excellent primer for the Morning Bird Walk on April 26th or for anyone who would like to volunteer as a helper during our 23rd season of maintaining our Bluebird Trail. [To date, more than 1100 bluebirds have fledged from our boxes.]

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Tue 27 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Spring is Here
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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

Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Mar
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. If conditions are right, we'll pass numerous blooming mountain laurel bushes along the way. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes.

Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Wed 28 Mar
Get Outside & Play
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Take a break from Spring Break. Dress the kids for whatever the weather is and bring them out to play! If there's snow, we'll play in it; if it's warm, we'll play on the new playground. An informal naturalist presentation will be ongoing. For information and & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Thu 29 Mar
Winter Treks: Bear Hollow Trail
Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

4 hours. Great vistas from the east bank of the Smokey Hollow Valley.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Thu 29 Mar
Winter Treks: Bear Hollow Trail
Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

4 hours. Great vistas from the east bank of the Smokey Hollow Valley.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sat 31 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 31 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 31 Mar
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 31 Mar
Maple Saturdays
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, maple tree identification, and even some samples!

Sat 31 Mar
Spring Wake Up Hike from the Heights at Minnewaska
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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, the hike destination may change. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Pre-registration is required, call Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Mar
Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(516) 780-3295

Owls are unique among the bird world. Learn about this amazing raptor and, using dissection tools, we will explore the diet of this nocturnal hunter. Children 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 31 Mar
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises off our Shores
Saturday, March 31, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A presentation by Atlantic Marine Conservation Society on cetaceans and their behavior in our local waters. Learn what you can do to help them survive. Followed by a beach walk, weather permitting.

Registration: Optional
Sat 31 Mar
Feed the Birds! at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 31, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Birds use a lot of energy to keep themselves warm in the cold winter months. Join a Sam's Point Ranger to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard during the colder months. We'll use pine cones to make a delicious treat for the birds that you can hang in trees near your house. After the craft, we will learn about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam's Point Visitor Center, and we'll submit our observations to Project FeederWatch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Mar
Saturday Family Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Saturday, March 31, 2018 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

In a new take on an old classic, come check out the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast. This live action movie, tells the tale of a young prince who was forced to the shape of a beast until he finds his true love. In what may be his only opportunity, a young girl name Belle shows up looking for her father; the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Will true love find its way? Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Sat 31 Mar
Once in a Blue Moon Walk
Saturday, March 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 31 (Saturday) 6:00pm. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as the second Blue Moon of 2018 occurs.

Meet at Archery Field Overlook

Sat 31 Mar
Once in a Blue Moon Walk
Saturday, March 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

March 31 (Saturday) 6:00pm. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as the second Blue Moon of 2018 occurs.

Meet at Archery Field Overlook

Sat 31 Mar
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sun 01 Apr
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, April 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 01 Apr
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, April 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 07 Apr
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, April 7, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Gorge Trail parking lot. We will hike the Gorge Trail, North Rim Trail and the South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 3.75 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Apr
Scandalous Dances of the Gilded Age
Sunday, April 15, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A tea and talk program where guests are served tea in the historic dining room, hear a lecture on a Gilded Age topic, and can attend an optional house tour after the lecture has concluded.

Reservations required. $35/person; $30/person for Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
Announcement of the Cessation of Hostilities
Saturday, April 21, 2018 02:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

At 2:00 PM, meet a few of the camp residents and find out what the end of the war means to them.

Sun 22 Apr
Bet Your Bottom Dollar: Gambling in the Gilded Age
Sunday, April 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A tea and talk program where guests are served tea in the historic dining room, hear a lecture on a Gilded Age topic, and can attend an optional house tour after the lecture has concluded.

Reservations required. $35/person; $30/person for Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sat 05 May
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 383-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 and let us know how many people in your group to expect.

For a map of the trail and the location of the meeting parking lot visit: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/CatharineValleyTrailParkMap.pdf

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
A Revolutionary Camp at Night at the Historic Huts
Saturday, May 19, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

From 7:00 to 9:30 PM, at the huts, owned by The Town of New Windsor, on the west side of Route 300 and on the north side of Causeway Road, experience by candlelight military drills, musket firings and other period activities done at the encampment at New Windsor.

Mon 28 May
18th Century Graveside Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018 02:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

Throughout the day Revolutionary War soldiers stand vigil at the coffin of Colonel Francis Barber and then at 2:00 PM perform a graveside mourning ceremony in honor of all America's veterans. A cannon firing and military demonstration follows the ceremony.

Sat 02 Jun
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will continue to the lower park returning on the Gorge trail.. Total hike mileage approximately 4 ½ miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
Intro to Beekeeping
Saturday, June 2, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Have you ever wanted to learn about beekeeping? Maybe you're interested in making your own honey. Stop by the Max V. Stage for an Intro to Bee Keeping seminar with Dean Haskin from Mickle Hollow Maple. Dean will discuss the various aspects of how to start and maintain a bee colony and the items you will need. You will get an up close and personal experience with all the materials professional bee keepers use!

Camper education programs are the first Saturday of every month. This event is free to the public. No registration is required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Fri 15 Jun
Moonlit Owl Hike
Friday, June 15, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

We're back with another (warmer) Moonlit Owl Hike! We'll trek out and hike around the park to look and listen for one of nature's most elusive and gorgeous creatures. Bring your best owl call, we will practice some of our own to try and get some owls to talk with us.Pre-registration is not required and this event is free to the public. Please leave your pets at home for this event.

Sun 17 Jun
Children’s Day
Sunday, June 17, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

Part of New York's Path Through History weekends, a fun-filled day of family entertainment on Father's Day with the Two by Two petting zoo, magician Mr. Bayly and a host of 18th century games. The program runs 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Sat 23 Jun
A Revolutionary Camp at Night at the Historic Huts
Saturday, June 23, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

From 7:00 to 9:30 PM, at the huts, owned by The Town of New Windsor, on the west side of Route 300 and on the north side of Causeway Road, experience by candlelight military drills, musket firings and other period activities done at the encampment at New Windsor.

Fri 29 Jun
Fireside Jams
Friday, June 29, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Wed 04 Jul
Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Celebrate the 4th at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox's Headquarters see a small cannon fired at 1:00 & 4:00 PM. At the New Windsor Cantonment see military firing demonstrations at 2:00 PM

Wed 04 Jul
Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

Celebrate the 4th at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox's Headquarters see a small cannon fired at 1:00 & 4:00 PM. At the New Windsor Cantonment see military firing demonstrations at 2:00 PM

Wed 04 Jul
Americana Classic Cruise-In
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us at the mid-level pavilion for an afternoon filled with classic cars! Mine Kill State Park will be hosting a classic car cruise-in. Afternoon will include food, music, a "People's Choice" award for first, second, and third place, as well as other fun games and prizes! No registration is required. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 07 Jul
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, July 7, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fillmore Glen State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot on by main pavilion. The hike will follow the Gorge and will return using the North Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, July 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Aiming to Please
Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Come help us celebrate Henry Knox's birthday by talking about his favorite subject artillery. From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Revolutionary War cannon firings every half hour highlight this program about the 1780-81 artillery encampment at New Windsor.

Fri 27 Jul
Fireside Jams
Friday, July 27, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690

Sat 04 Aug
In the Good Old Summertime
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Come celebrate one hundred years of Knox's headquarters being a historic site. Join us for Edwardian games (tennis & croquet) on the lawn, tours of the Jane Colden plant Sanctuary, lecture on the sanctuary, and preservation themed tours of the Ellison House.

Sat 04 Aug
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, August 4, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the main entrance parking lot on Franklin Street. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail and we will return using the Indian trail and South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.0 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Aug
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended.

For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Fri 31 Aug
Fireside Jams
Friday, August 31, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 01 Sep
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, September 1, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot on Banzhoff Road. The hike will follow the Red trail to the Yellow trail down to the upper reservoir. We will head back on the Yellow trail but use the Blue loop to get back to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 3.8 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 Registration: Not required but appreciated

https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/TwoRiversStateParkTwoRiversStateParkTrailMap.pdf

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid
Saturday, September 1, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Take a walk outside your door. What do you hear? Maybe a tweet, a howl, a growl? What do you see? A nest, a track, a piece of fur, or a feather? Have you ever wondered what those sounds were or who those tracks belong to?

Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid will discuss the various species of NY and their behaviors, appearances, habitats, tracks, calls, and other aspects. This is a hands-on learning experience with gorgeous full body taxidermy displays of coyotes, bobcats, black bears, white-tail deer, owls, and more. Pelts, bones, skulls, feathers, and other items will also be on display for participants to touch and inspect. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife from your area.

This event is free to the public, pre-registration is not required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Mon 24 Sep
Moonlight Kayaking
Monday, September 24, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Sep
Fireside Jams
Friday, September 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 06 Oct
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 and let us know how many people in your group to expect.

For a map of the trail and the location of the meeting parking lot visit: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/CatharineValleyTrailParkMap.pdf

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
It was dark back then
Saturday, October 20, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

From 7:00 – 10:30 PM tour the grounds by night if you dare. In the spirit of 18th century literature costumed interpreters from the New Windsor Cantonment and Knox's Headquarters State Historic Sites submit for your approval a haunting tale. The eerie night-cloaked grounds of the historic Knox's Headquarters, the 1754 Ellison home, serve as a stage for this macabre presentation about strange happenings. Call (845) 561-1765 X22 to make reservations.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Nov
Your Excellency’s Dog kennel at Mount Vernon is as good a Quarter as that I am now in
Sunday, November 11, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Edmonston House 1042 Route 94 New Windsor, New York. From 4:00 – 6:00 PM meet Saratoga victor and New Windsor Cantonment commander Major General Horatio Gates who was not very happy to be assigned this house for the winter of 1782-83.

Sat 01 Dec
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, December 1, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Buttermilk Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the main entrance parking lot on Rte. 13. The hike will go up the Rim Trail to the Bear Trail, out to Lake Treman and back to the main parking lot. Total hike mileage 3.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 15, 2018 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with costumed staff and 18th century holiday decorations.

Sat 22 Dec
Wassail, Wassail all over the Town
Saturday, December 22, 2018 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM by candlelight watch the Ellison family, soldiers, and officers of the 2nd and 3rd Continental Artillery Regiments celebrate a rowdy Christmas Eve in the traditional 18th century manner. The performers will interact with visitors as if they were from 1780.

Thu 27 Dec
Open House
Thursday, December 27, 2018 until Friday, December 28, 2018
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM each day. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.