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Sun 14 May
Overlook Exhibition
Sunday, May 14, 2017 until Sunday, November 5, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana

The Olana Partnership/Olana State Historic Site is pleased to announce the ground-breaking exhibition "OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana" at Olana State Historic Site. In this exhibition, an innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros [CPPC], artist Teresita Fernández examines Frederic Church and his contemporaries' response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández's perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana's Sharp Family Gallery. In addition, the interactive sculpture Penetrable by the late Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto – a popular iconic work on loan from the CPPC that is coming directly to Olana from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – will be installed on one of the most prominent scenic viewpoints in Olana's designed landscape for the duration of the exhibition. To learn more visit www.olana.org/overlook.

Please note that the Sharp Family Gallery is located in the main house, which is open for tours Tuesday-Sunday. Other art pieces are being installed on grounds, which are open every day.

Tue 01 Aug
Katharine Livingston Timpson: The Woman Who Gave Up Clermont
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 until Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

August 1-October 31: Wednesday-Sunday 10:30am-4pm

November 1-December 17: Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-4pm​

This panel exhibit, hosted in the Visitors' Center, will explore the life of Clermont's Gilded-Age daughter, Katharine Livingston Timpson, and her complex relationship with her home and family. Katharine was John Henry Livingston's only daughter from his first wife. During her youth, Katharine and her father traveled the world, bringing countless treasures back to Clermont. Katharine briefly owned the mansion when she inherited it from her grandfather; money from her mother's family paid for many of the grand improvements of the late 1800s.

Fri 20 Oct
Fridays on the Frontier
Friday, October 20, 2017
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611 ext 223

This interactive program for 4th and 7th graders immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience American, British and Native American perspectives on the war.

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

 

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Oct
Learn How to Bird at Gardiner Library
Friday, October 20, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this second installment of a three-part series. In this program, we will take a birding walk on the trails near the Gardiner Library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan to participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one, or all three, programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Fri 20 Oct
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Every Friday from June 2 to October 27. Local fruits, vegetables, meats and other produce are available for sale each Friday at Groundwork Hudson Valley's Farm Market at Philipse Manor Hall! Aside from produce, various crafts and programs will take place during the Farm Market. EBT accepted!

Fri 20 Oct
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, October 20, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.
Registration: Required
Fri 20 Oct
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, October 20, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.
Registration: Required
Fri 20 Oct
Play Days at Jay
Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Fridays, May through October, from 12pm-2pm, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 20 Oct
Battle Loop Trail Hike
Friday, October 20, 2017 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Take in the history of the site and fall colors along a 1.2 mile trail during this guided hike.

Meet under the flagpole.

Fri 20 Oct
CDI @ SLC: CAPE
Friday, October 20, 2017 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, the Community Adventure Play Experience gives children the ability to use their imagination to transform recyclables and other discarded materials, into whatever their mind can think of. Children will be able to construct anything their mind can think of out of boxes, string, buckets and other day to day items. This free program will be taking place on the western lawn in back of the Manor Hall. Materials will be provided.

Fri 20 Oct
Evening Lake Walk
Friday, October 20, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Bike path walk. Meet at Site 10 Red House Boathouse Parking lot.

Fri 20 Oct
Legends by Candlelight Tours
Friday, October 20, 2017 until Saturday, October 28, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; with "ghosts" from the Livingston family's past bringing history to life. Tours at 6:00 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00pm ($12 per adult, $5 per child, all Friends of Clermont $8, reservations required)

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Oct
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, October 20, 2017 07:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at https://www.meetup.com/mhastro.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 21, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, June 10 through October 28. Free admission.

Sat 21 Oct
Rocky’s 5K Race (Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Laureen Fitzgerald is this year's Race Director for the annual Rocky's 5k competitive race through the Preserve trails. This race is a perennial favorite among runners and always sells out. More info at www.friendsrock.org

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Hike to Echo Rock
Saturday, October 21, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern Hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
3rd Saturday Trek
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

This month's 3rd Saturday Trek will take place on October 21st, 2017. Participants will be taken on an interpretative hike through the ruins around Science Lake in Allegany State Park. Much of the hike will be around the old "Buffalo Science Camp" or as many people referred to it as "the School in the Forest". Attendees are asked to meet at the Science Lake parking area (program site 40), located on ASP Rt. 3 at Science Lake, at 10:00am, and to come dressed for the weather.

Sat 21 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Skulk along the Nature Center Trail and discover chillingly cool natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the creepy challenge and win a prize. Wear your costume if you dare! Make Halloween crafts and enjoy cider and donuts. This drop-in program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Please call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 21 Oct
Evangola Trail Trek: The Forgotten Forest
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for part two of our trail trek series and venture into the forgotten forest of Evangola! Parts of the hike will be off trail so please wear appropriate footwear.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event also includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations, and outdoor exhibits by local fishing clubs. Fishing equipment is not necessary. Loaner rods are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will also enjoy face painting and an environmental craft.

Sat 21 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than four miles each. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

October 14: St. Helena Section- Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road
October 21: Gardeau Section- Meet at Bear Hollow #16 Trailhead on River Road
October 22: Mt. Morris Canyon Section- Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Entrance

Sat 21 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than four miles each. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

October 14: St. Helena Section- Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road
October 21: Gardeau Section- Meet at Bear Hollow #16 Trailhead on River Road
October 22: Mt. Morris Canyon Section- Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Entrance

Sat 21 Oct
Fall into Fitness: Great Gorge
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Hike with us along the Great Gorge Railway Trail to learn about the gorge geology and local history.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Skulk along the Nature Center Trail and discover chillingly cool natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the creepy challenge and win a prize. Wear your costume if you dare! Make Halloween crafts and enjoy cider and donuts. This drop-in program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Please call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 21 Oct
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our 4th annual Harvest Festival! Carve or paint a pumpkin, build a scarecrow, bob for apples, meet live animals, trick or treat with local environmental groups, take fall family photos, dance to live music, play lawn games, get your face painted, create fall themed crafts, and more! All ages are welcome. Free entry and parking.

Sat 21 Oct
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Join us for our 4th annual Harvest Festival! Carve or paint a pumpkin, build a scarecrow, bob for apples, meet live animals, trick or treat with local environmental groups, take fall family photos, dance to live music, play lawn games, get your face painted, create fall themed crafts, and more! All ages are welcome. Free entry and parking.

Sat 21 Oct
PAINT!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Come make garden rock friends!  Create your own 315 rock and see where they travel to.

At park office
Free and open to the public
Sat 21 Oct
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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

Sat 21 Oct
Weir Tour
Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional (self-led) walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Jean Horkans, jhorkans@optimum.net.

Sat 21 Oct
America's Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, October 21, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Highlighting Staatsburgh's real-life counterparts of the Downton Abbey characters, 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 the British aristocracy. Reservations required. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Fall Nature Quest (Family Program)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Fall Nature Quest (Family Program)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We've plotted an exciting scavenger hunt course for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will be supplied with a detailed map of the course, a seeker's list, clipboard and pencil. Hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Tails and Trails Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 21, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and her furry four-legged companion as you set off to explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be leashed and under your control at all times while on the walk. After the walk, you can let your furry friend run off-leash at the Dog Park in the park.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Trick or Treat Nature Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for this magical journey where your family can see woodland creatures come to life! Held at the Shaver Pond Nature Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road. Sunset at 6pm, earlier times recommended for small children. Must pre-register for a time slot.

Sat 21 Oct
Screening of WCNY’s documentary, Hallowed Ground: New York’s Forgotten Battlefields
Saturday, October 21, 2017 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Join us for a screening of WCNY's documentary on efforts to study and preserve New York's battlefields, including Newtown, Chemung, Bennington and Fort Anne.

Meet in the caretakers house.

Sat 21 Oct
By the Fireside Series - Concert
Saturday, October 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Come join us at the Quaker Bath House for an evening filled with some great music by the fire. Local musician Paul Crawford will be performing, in what will be one of the last events for the season in the new lakeside room. Paul is a semi-professional musician in Western New York. He has been playing contemporary and classic rock, contemporary country, and some originals for over twenty-five years.

Sat 21 Oct
It was Dark Back Then
Saturday, October 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765 ext 22

From 7:00 PM to 9:30 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.

Sat 21 Oct
It was Dark Back Then
Saturday, October 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765 ext 22

From 7:00 PM to 9:30 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.



Sat 21 Oct
Astronomy Night
Saturday, October 21, 2017 08:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join Willie Yee, Ph.D, President and Joe Macagne, Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association for a presentation and 21st century exploration of the night sky at Olana. Come learn about the sky by looking through telescopes and finding celestial forms. 8PM | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All Ages

Sun 22 Oct
Patriot Day Race
Sunday, October 22, 2017 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Meet at Saratoga Spa State Park Warming Hut. More information about the event can be found through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patriot-day-race-saratoga-springs-ny-tickets-35362330683  

Information regarding the charity benefiting from the race can be found here: http://annesquest.org/10th-anniversary-celebrations/patriot-day-race/

Sun 22 Oct
Salt Marsh Special (Adult Program)
Sunday, October 22, 2017 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Join us for a slow walk through fields and forest, on our way to and from a leisurely study of salt marsh life. Because we will travel about 5 miles, we recommend that you bring drinking water. Old canvas shoes or comfortable waterproof boots are also suggested.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than four miles each. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

October 22: Mt. Morris Canyon Section- Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Entrance

Sun 22 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than four miles each. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

October 22: Mt. Morris Canyon Section- Meet at Mt. Morris Dam Entrance

Sun 22 Oct
Just Pawing Around
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Enjoy a Sunday stroll with your furry four-legged companion as we journey through the oldest State Park in the United States. Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times while on the walk.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Fly Tying Workshop
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Come learn to tie flies at Saratoga Spa State Park! Fly fisherman Paul Sinicki will teach you the basics of fly tying. Bring your own equipment or use ours! No registration necessary. Meet at the Creekside Classroom, rain or shine. This class is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Donations to the Capital District Flyfishers will be accepted.

Sun 22 Oct
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Park staff for a hike to the dramatic Verkeerder Kill Falls, the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll walk through a section of dwarf pitch pine forest that got burned last year and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. This five-and-a-half-mile hike is mostly level but includes some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Participants must wear proper hiking shoes, bring water, food and appropriate gear for the weather conditions. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
KNOT TYING
Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Have you ever tried to tie a rope to something just to have it come undone?
Learn a variety of knots for most applications that will  remain fastened.

At the park office
FREE and open to the public
Sun 22 Oct
Van Cortlandt Park Loop – Old Croton Aqueduct & Putnam Rail Trails -- Joint Walk with Urban Trail Conference
Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Meet in either of two locations at 11 am: Take the local No. 1, IRT, to the last stop in the Bronx, 242nd St. and meet downstairs on the park side of Broadway OR meet at the first parking lot (free) of the Van Cortlandt Park (VCP) golf course. Easy walk, 5.5 miles: we will walk up the Putnam Rail Trail (past the historic 1748 Van Cortlandt House) to the Yonkers border and return via the Aqueduct trail. We will conclude at the historic 1902 golf clubhouse, where (at your option) you may purchase snacks and cocktails. Co-leader David Bernstein will bring the bitters. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sun 22 Oct
Woodpecker Walk
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Have you ever wondered why woodpeckers don't get headaches? Join us at the park office to learn all about our local woodpeckers and hit the trails in search for these unique birds. Donations accepted.

Sun 22 Oct
October Leaf Peeping at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the center to view the changing leaves.

(1 hour tours)

Sun 22 Oct
October Leaf Peeping at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of the center to view the changing leaves.

(1 hour tours)

Sun 22 Oct
World War I & The End of the Gilded Age
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how the Mills' extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Watercolor Wonders Lost in Space
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of space. You don't need artistic talent to create these beautiful works of art. Dress for a mess. (This program is ideal for children 7 and up – much tracing and cutting).

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Watercolor Wonders Lost in Space
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We will show you step by step how to create a unique watercolor collage of space. You don't need artistic talent to create these beautiful works of art. Dress for a mess. (This program is ideal for children 7 and up – much tracing and cutting).

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Harvest Wreath
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Using an assortment of grasses, seedpods and dried flowers, you will create a wonderful harvest wreath that is a perfect accent for the autumn season. Display it at home or give it as a gift. One Wreath Per Person. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (No charge if you bring your own wreath)

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Harvest Wreath
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Using an assortment of grasses, seedpods and dried flowers, you will create a wonderful harvest wreath that is a perfect accent for the autumn season. Display it at home or give it as a gift. One Wreath Per Person. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (No charge if you bring your own wreath)

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
Autumn Stroll (Family Program)
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy the splendid array of autumn colors, from the golds of the marsh grass to the orange and reds of the forest, on a casual walk through the park.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Oct
What’s New in the Preserve? A Short Talk with the Manager
Sunday, October 22, 2017 03:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Susan Antenen, Rockefeller State Park Preserve's Park Manager, holds monthly programs which share what is done to keep the landscape as enjoyable today as it was for the Rockefellers 100 years ago. Antenen describes upcoming changes, trail improvement projects, and new land stewardship practices. You are invited to bring your questions about the Preserve's ecology, management, and history. Held in the Preserve Gallery. Free and open to the public. Suggested for age 10+

Mon 23 Oct
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, October 23, 2017 10:30 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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.
Mon 23 Oct
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, October 23, 2017 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.
Mon 23 Oct
Hemlock Hike
Monday, October 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike will be focused on talking about the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Learn what it is and how to identify it. We will hike around the nature trail as we point out Hemlock trees and talk about this invasive species. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Mon 23 Oct
Hemlock Hike
Monday, October 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike will be focused on talking about the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Learn what it is and how to identify it. We will hike around the nature trail as we point out Hemlock trees and talk about this invasive species. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue 24 Oct
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts, or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls and High Point at Sam’s Point
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for an eight and a half mile long, beautiful, hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls and High Point. We'll follow a combination of carriage roads and footpaths as we meander through the blackened forest where the forest fire of April, 2016 took place. The understory of this forest is filled with berry bushes whose leaves typically turn a bright scarlet in autumn. Along the way, we'll visit Verkeerder Kill Falls, which drops over a dramatic rocky ledge, and is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. And, we'll hike the rocky cliff edges of the High Point Footpath, leading to High Point, which offers a 360-degree view of the Catskills, Lake Awosting and the Shawangunk Ridge. This hike is challenging in places and participants must wear proper hiking shoes, bring water, food and appropriate gear for the weather conditions. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Oct
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though somewhat challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue 24 Oct
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though somewhat challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue 24 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 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 24 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 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 24 Oct
Spa Park Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of our natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architec-ture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program is free. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Oct
Inclusive Nature Class
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This is a new class being offered at Moreau Lake State Park. Our Park Educator is working directly with a professional with 25 years of experience in teaching at one of our local schools. This class is geared directly towards school aged children who have IDD, are on the spectrum or have an IEP. Signing up for this class with consist of a 3/4-part series, signing up for one signs you up for the whole series. Class will consist of a 10-15 minute presentation with many visual aids and then we will head out on a trail walk, which will last about 40 minutes, to continue our learning. The first 3/4-part series topic will be on mammals and their fall prep for winter. Each class participant must have an adult with them and family members or siblings are welcome to attend. Class spaces are limited and registration is necessary. Please call Rebecca at 518-793-0511.

Tue 24 Oct
Inclusive Nature Class
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This is a new class being offered at Moreau Lake State Park. Our Park Educator is working directly with a professional with 25 years of experience in teaching at one of our local schools. This class is geared directly towards school aged children who have IDD, are on the spectrum or have an IEP. Signing up for this class with consist of a 3/4-part series, signing up for one signs you up for the whole series. Class will consist of a 10-15 minute presentation with many visual aids and then we will head out on a trail walk, which will last about 40 minutes, to continue our learning. The first 3/4-part series topic will be on mammals and their fall prep for winter. Each class participant must have an adult with them and family members or siblings are welcome to attend. Class spaces are limited and registration is necessary. Please call Rebecca at 518-793-0511.

Wed 25 Oct
Land Steward Volunteer Day Time
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Do field work with Steven DiFalco, our Natural Resource Specialist, and our stewardship team. Dig and cut invasive vines and shrubs, and plant and care for native wildflowers. No experience necessary. Meet at the Welcome Center courtyard. Time will be determined. Email Julia at Julia.jardine@parks.ny.gov to RSVP or for more information. Please bring gardening gloves if you have them, and sturdy sneakers or outdoor working shoes, and be prepared to work outside. Free and open to the public. Suggested for ages 10+.

Wed 25 Oct
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come learn the leave no trace outdoor ethics used to conserve our wild places and leave as little of an impact in the woods as possible. This course will get people familiar with the seven leave no trace principles and how they can reduce their impact when they are using the outdoors. This will be a fun full day event where we will hike along Lake Bonita and practice some of these principles. Please bring snacks and water. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice; please call 518-793-0511.

Wed 25 Oct
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come learn the leave no trace outdoor ethics used to conserve our wild places and leave as little of an impact in the woods as possible. This course will get people familiar with the seven leave no trace principles and how they can reduce their impact when they are using the outdoors. This will be a fun full day event where we will hike along Lake Bonita and practice some of these principles. Please bring snacks and water. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice; please call 518-793-0511.

Thu 26 Oct
Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

October 5- Middle Gorge Trail (meet in front of Lower Falls restaurant)
October 12- Lower Gorge Trail (meet at Wolf Creek parking lot)
October 19- Old Woods of the Upper Canyon (meet at Portageville Gate)
October 26- St. Helena-Ghost Town of the Genesee (meet at lower St. Helena parking)

Thu 26 Oct
Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

October 5- Middle Gorge Trail (meet in front of Lower Falls restaurant)
October 12- Lower Gorge Trail (meet at Wolf Creek parking lot)
October 19- Old Woods of the Upper Canyon (meet at Portageville Gate)
October 26- St. Helena-Ghost Town of the Genesee (meet at lower St. Helena parking)

Thu 26 Oct
Preschool Naturalists
Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

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

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Oct
Fridays on the Frontier
Friday, October 27, 2017
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611 ext 223

This interactive program for 4th and 7th graders immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience American, British and Native American perspectives on the war.

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

 

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Oct
Learn How to Bird at Gardiner Public Library
Friday, October 27, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this third installment of a three-part series. In this program, we will take a birding walk on the trails near the Gardiner Library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan to participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all three programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Fri 27 Oct
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, October 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Every Friday from June 2 to October 27. Local fruits, vegetables, meats and other produce are available for sale each Friday at Groundwork Hudson Valley's Farm Market at Philipse Manor Hall! Aside from produce, various crafts and programs will take place during the Farm Market. EBT accepted!

Fri 27 Oct
Play Days at Jay
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Fridays, May through October, from 12pm-2pm, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 27 Oct
Artist on Art Tour: Mariel Fiori
Friday, October 27, 2017 04:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Artists offer a unique lens with which to "read" an artist's home & landscape. During this series artists use many mediums and "poetic license" to talk about Olana and the exhibition with concepts and connections that inspire them. This is not a traditional house tour! Artist-led tours are accompanied by TOP's Director of Education and end with a glass of wine on the piazza near sunset. 4:30PM | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | All Ages

Fri 27 Oct
Evening Lake Walk
Friday, October 27, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Bike path walk. Meet at Site 10 Red House Boathouse Parking lot.

Sat 28 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, June 10 through October 28. Free admission.

Sat 28 Oct
FREE! Museum Storytelling: Family Tours
Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Master storyteller Tom Lee has spent the winter writing and tracking the adventurous travels of Frederic Church to craft an original story to tell inside the main house at Olana. Lee uses art, objects and stories to help young people (and grown-ups!) fall in love with museums. He integrates traditional stories, myths, and legends from countries and cultures around the world to expand and collapse history.

Sat 28 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a primitive area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 23rd.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Oct
Introduction To Exploring Off Trail
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 674-2747

Learn how to explore and enjoy the Capital District Wildlife Management Area by hiking off trail on Saturday, October 28th at 10am. Dress for the day's weather and wear shoes/boots suitable for hiking in rough terrain. Bring a compass if you have one, along with a snack and water bottle. Families with children are encouraged to participate in this free outing.

Hike will be led by Cherry Plain's own naturalist & storyteller, Lloyd Barnhart, a member of Friends Of Cherry Plain State Park. Participation limited to 15 participants, so pre-register by calling Lloyd at 518-674-2747. Meet at Cherry Plain State Park entrance. Rain date: October 29th.

Sat 28 Oct
Native Trees of the Preserve, A Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Have you ever wondered what kinds of trees you see when walking through the Preserve? John McShane will lead a ½ hour tree identification walk around the lake to discuss some key skills on how to identify them. John will also discuss how and why leaves change color in the fall. John taught "Tree Identification" at the New York Botanical Garden for many years and worked as a naturalist for several nature preserves in Westchester. He now lives in Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. Suggested for age 10+. Meet in the Preserve courtyard next to the Office and Gallery.

Sat 28 Oct
Fall Seasonal Stroll (Adult Program)
Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will savor autumn's colorful, leafy splendor.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Oct
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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

Sat 28 Oct
Tom Lee Question Tour
Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:30 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Master storyteller Tom Lee Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with twenty years' experience performing traditional stories, folktales and myths for adults and for children in museums and libraries. This special tour is what happens when your questions about Olana get layered with myths, stories and more questions. You will learn many truths- but you might be surprised how you get there.

Sat 28 Oct
Women Will Vote! Talk & Book Signing
Saturday, October 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Susan Goodier, co-author of the new book, Women Will Vote, and Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta, talks about the struggle for women's suffrage in New York.  Reservations recommended.

Sat 28 Oct
Lecture: Rescue the Prisoners of War!
Saturday, October 28, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

While en route from Massachusetts to Virginia, the British POWs from Saratoga (the Convention Army) had to cross the Hudson River in December 1778. British High-Command decided to land on Stony Point and rescue them! Michael Sheehan's illustrated lecture will dive into this little known but incredible episode in Stony Point's history.

Sat 28 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Saturday, October 28, 2017 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Family-oriented Halloween event that includes balloon twisting, a children's spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny photos. The first 50 carved pumpkins received will be placed on flotation devices and lit with candles and then sailed, from the back of kayaks, around Belmont Lake at dusk.

Sat 28 Oct
Haunted Hikes
Saturday, October 28, 2017 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Will you be spooked by our local ghost stories? Meet at Clay Pit's historic Gericke Farm, located at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd. Ages 8+

Sat 28 Oct
Haunted Hikes
Saturday, October 28, 2017 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Will you be spooked by our local ghost stories? Meet at Clay Pit's historic Gericke Farm, located at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd. Ages 8+

Sat 28 Oct
TREE ID WALK
Saturday, October 28, 2017 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Learn how to identify trees and look for signs of what creatures might be living in them.

Community Room

FREE and open to the public.
Sat 28 Oct
Saturday Family Movie: The Incredibles
Saturday, October 28, 2017 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Come join us at the 2nd installment of Philipse Manor Hall's fall movie series as we will be viewing the family favorite, The Incredibles! Get a chance to experience heartfelt classics to modern masterpieces as we cozy up on the 4th Saturday of every month. Movies are shown in the Gothic Chamber inside the Manor Hall, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket if they prefer to lie down on the floor. All films are rated PG. Free admission.

Sat 28 Oct
Halloween Program
Saturday, October 28, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

It is that time of year again. Come and partake in the festivities here at Moreau Lake State Park. The Friends of Moreau Lake (non-profit) will be sponsoring the event. Take a haunted walk through one of our camping loops. Refreshments and activities will be available. Advance registration is required and a $5 fee/car is required. Contact the park office at (518)-793-0511 to make reservations or if you have questions. Proceeds go to benefit the educational programs here at the park.

Sat 28 Oct
Halloween Program
Saturday, October 28, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

It is that time of year again. Come and partake in the festivities here at Moreau Lake State Park. The Friends of Moreau Lake (non-profit) will be sponsoring the event. Take a haunted walk through one of our camping loops. Refreshments and activities will be available. Advance registration is required and a $5 fee/car is required. Contact the park office at (518)-793-0511 to make reservations or if you have questions. Proceeds go to benefit the educational programs here at the park.

Sat 28 Oct
Luminarias on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 28, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come to the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop following the light of handmade luminarias. Experience the magic of the fall woods in the early evening and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Come in costume and be eligible to win a prize for best costume! The hike is truly magical as the lights illuminate the trail as it meanders through the woods. Pre-registration is appreciated. Please call 315-482-2479 to pre-register.

Sat 28 Oct
Luminarias on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 28, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Come to the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop following the light of handmade luminarias. Experience the magic of the fall woods in the early evening and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Come in costume and be eligible to win a prize for best costume! The hike is truly magical as the lights illuminate the trail as it meanders through the woods. Pre-registration is appreciated. Please call 315-482-2479 to pre-register.

Sat 28 Oct
Reach for the Universe
Saturday, October 28, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The universe is a vast and amazing place. We only know a fraction of its mysteries, and are learning new things all the time. Join us as we discover some of the amazing secrets of the cosmos!

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Oct
Reach for the Universe
Saturday, October 28, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The universe is a vast and amazing place. We only know a fraction of its mysteries, and are learning new things all the time. Join us as we discover some of the amazing secrets of the cosmos!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 29, 2017 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and a small natural bridge at the peak of fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.

Meet at Visitor Center to car pool.

Sun 29 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 29, 2017 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and a small natural bridge at the peak of fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.

Meet at Visitor Center to car pool.

Sun 29 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, October 29, 2017 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 24th.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
DECORATE FABRIC BAGS
Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Come join us to decorate a fabric bag to use for school, shopping or going to the beach.  
Just in time for trick-or-treating

*ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED*

At the park office
FREE and open to the public
Sun 29 Oct
Halloween Drop-In Program for Families
Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Dress up in your favorite costume and travel from station to station in the Wildmere picnic area of Minnewaska in search of tricks, treats and most importantly, fun! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Sun 29 Oct
Ramble along the RiverWalk and Aqueduct Trails past the Estates of Gilded Age Millionaires — Joint walk with WTA (co-leader Ellie Carren)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Easy 5+ mile loop walk along the RiverWalk and Aqueduct Trails past historic estates and structures, including Lyndhurst (with its recently restored historic bowling alley and the skeletal remains of a massive Lord & Burnham conservatory). Enjoy sweeping Hudson River views that extend from New York City to the work-in-progress Tappan Zee Bridge and beyond. We begin at the RiverWalk in Tarrytown at the western-most end of Van Wart Avenue, which (along with Paulding Avenue) begins at Route 9 (Broadway) just south of 287 and north of the Shames JCC and the Hilton DoubleTree). Free on-street parking is available. The walk continues to the Farmer's Market on Irvington's Main Street (adjacent to the Main Street School at 85 Main Street), which will provide excellent opportunities to shop for lunch). We return by the same route, with minor variations. The MTA Hudson Line Tarrytown Station is 1.7 miles uphill (40 or 9 minutes by foot or by taxi, respectively, from the start of the walk. For those who wish to get back by train from Irvington, the Irvington Train Station is .5 miles west (downhill) from the Farmer's Market. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call 646-303-1448.

Sun 29 Oct
October Leaf Peeping at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the center to view the changing leaves.

(1 hour tours)

Sun 29 Oct
October Leaf Peeping at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of the center to view the changing leaves.

(1 hour tours)

Sun 29 Oct
The Charms of Halloween Tea
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

This enduringly popular autumn holiday was once a time for merriment, fortune-telling and romance. Historian Carol Kohan will explore the origins of the holiday and its unique customs. A special Hallowe'en themed tea menu will be served. Costumes are welcome! Reservations required. Cost: $30/Adults, Seniors & Students, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Spooky Scavenger Hunt (Children's Program)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Ghostly flyers? Scary bats? Join us for a short presentation about myths of some of nature's most misunderstood animals. Then, search the park trail for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can wear your Halloween costumes– just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Dr. Frankenstein's Lab
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Calling all spooky Halloween scientists! Join us for some creepy science fun at the Nature Center with some weird & wacky classroom experiments!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Dr. Frankenstein's Lab
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Calling all spooky Halloween scientists! Join us for some creepy science fun at the Nature Center with some weird & wacky classroom experiments!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Fun Facts at the Falls
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Did you know Niagara Falls is America's oldest state park? Join a Park Naturalist on a walk, where we will discuss strange history, daredevils, and fun facts at the falls.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Meet Our Fruits, Nuts & Seeds at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Autumn provides a bounty of nuts and berries. Study the variey and adaptations that plants have for their survival by the comparison of samples.
Sun 29 Oct
Meet Our Fruits, Nuts & Seeds at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, October 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Autumn provides a bounty of nuts and berries. Study the variey and adaptations that plants have for their survival by the comparison of samples.
Sun 29 Oct
Haunted Garden Stroll
Sunday, October 29, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
(585) 394-4922

Join us — if you dare! — for a "haunted" stroll through the Sonnenberg grounds. Be ready for strange sights, sounds, and Sonnenberg tales that will leave you in goosebumps! Be ready for spooky characters during the walk – you never know who or what might be lurking or watching! This is a family friendly Halloween event. Refreshments available for purchase.

$7/person, under 5 FREE. Half mile walk. Enter at our main gate on Charlotte Street. Cash as well as credit cards accepted.

Sun 29 Oct
Haunted House Tours (Family Program)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wanted to visit the South Side Sportsmen's Club after dark? This is your chance! Join us for a spooky special edition house tour, including ghost stories! - just in time for Halloween. BOO! For ages 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Mon 30 Oct
Pumpkin Decorating Workshop
Monday, October 30, 2017 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Bring the family and decorate a free pumpkin! Kids will be able to paint their jack-o'-lantern and enjoy hot cider and donuts. RSVP required. Contact David Pitlyk, 518-860-9094, david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov

Meet in the caretakers house.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 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 31 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 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 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 31 Oct
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us as we hike along the newly acquired land over at Lake Bonita. A park educator will lead this hike along the new property that just opened to the public. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees do apply.

Tue 31 Oct
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us as we hike along the newly acquired land over at Lake Bonita. A park educator will lead this hike along the new property that just opened to the public. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees do apply.

Tue 31 Oct
Spa Park Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of our natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architec-ture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program is free. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
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.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 31 Oct
Halloween Hike: A Haunted History
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

Take a hike along the rim from Whirlpool to Devils Hole State Park while hearing some of the mysterious and spooky history of the area.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Nov
Outdoor Adventure Series
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Join us the first Wednesday of every month as various outdoor enthusiasts share their knowledge and passion of their favorite activity. Series will be held at the new Quaker Bath House or the Summit Warming Hut, depending on the activity. With miles of trails, serene lakes, and natural beauty everywhere it is hard not to find an activity to enjoy.

Night Hiking – Park staff will have a night hike on the Bear Paw trial.

Wed 01 Nov
Summit Warming Hut- Night Hike
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

What's in your Pack? Night hike on Bear Paw trail following a short program on the 10 essentials we should carry in our packs. Bring a flashlight or head lamp.

Thu 02 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Gobble, Gobble!
Thursday, November 2, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thu 02 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Gobble, Gobble!
Thursday, November 2, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thu 02 Nov
Walk on the Wild Side
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Car-pooling is required.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.

Thu 02 Nov
Walk on the Wild Side
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Car-pooling is required.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.

Thu 02 Nov
Home Ecologist
Thursday, November 2, 2017 01:30 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 two 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.

Thu 02 Nov
Home Ecologist
Thursday, November 2, 2017 01:30 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 two 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.

Thu 02 Nov
Annual Friends Dinner
Thursday, November 2, 2017 06:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Friends members are welcome to attend the annual election dinner at Brunswick BBQ. Email Dorothy at friendsofgraftonlakesstatepark@gmail.com to sign up.

Fri 03 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 03 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 03 Nov
Then & Now Photography Hiking Series
Friday, November 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Everything changes! Learn about history and enjoy a relaxing photography hike to some of our favorite scenic spots. Compare historic photos to what you see before you and photos you capture along the way.

Registration: Required
Fri 03 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the River
Friday, November 3, 2017 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Experience the evening calm over the interglacial valley called "St. Helena." In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight." Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot.

Fri 03 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the River
Friday, November 3, 2017 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Experience the evening calm over the interglacial valley called "St. Helena." In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight." Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot.

Sat 04 Nov
The Country House Conference
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Presented by Gary Lawrence & TR Hamilton in association with Staatsburgh State Historic Site.

Guest speakers: Alison Spear, AIA (Architect), David Byars (Author), Gary Lawrence (Architect), and Randy Lamb (Site Manager, Hyde Hall).

Conference includes:
Four Lectures- Panel Discussion- Luncheon Exclusive- House Tour

Conference Fee: $65- limited space available

Tickets available at : https://countryhouseconference.eventbrite.com

Join the Friends of Mills Mansion today and recieve $12 off each conference ticket!
Call 845-889-8851 to learn more.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
First Saturday Hike: Black Diamond Trail
Saturday, November 4, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Native American Games (Family Program)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

What would you do if you didn't have electricity? How about playing games? Native American children spent hours of fun playing games with what they found in their own "backyards" and so will you!

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Native American Games (Family Program)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

What would you do if you didn't have electricity? How about playing games? Native American children spent hours of fun playing games with what they found in their own "backyards" and so will you!

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Retracing the Capture of Revolutionary War British Spy Major Andre
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Meet at the NE-most parking lot at Sleepy Hollow High School, 210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 (from Metro-North Tarrytown Train Station by taxi or uphill walk, 0.8 miles/6 or 15 minutes, respectively). Retrace the steps of the capture of Revolutionary War spy Major John Andre. Sara Mascia, Major Andre scholar and Executive Director of The Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, will relay information about this moment in history, which played a crucial role in the American victory. View the monument to the captors of Andre at Patriots Park. Walk south along the Old Croton Aqueduct and hear the history of the Aqueduct that brought water to a thirsty NYC in 1842. We will also stop at the Historical Society for a short visit to see artifacts relating to the Capture of Andre and then return to the starting point of the walk. Length: approximately 4 miles in 2 hours. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call 646-303-1448.

Sat 04 Nov
Fall into Fitness: High Above the Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

Take a scenic hike along the rim to look at the changing water level of the Niagara River below.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
It's a Small World
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Things we see every day can look a lot different when viewed up close! Join us as we use microscopes to explore a strange and beautiful magnified world.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
It's a Small World
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Things we see every day can look a lot different when viewed up close! Join us as we use microscopes to explore a strange and beautiful magnified world.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
MAGNETIC SLIME/FLOAM
Saturday, November 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Learn how to make slime or floam with everyday household products.  Safe and fun for all ages.

*ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED*

At the park office

FREE and open to the public
Sat 04 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 04 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 04 Nov
Lichens, Mushrooms & Mosses, Oh My!
Saturday, November 4, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Venture out to enjoy the crisp autumn air as we explore the forgotten world of lichens, mushrooms and mosses.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Crepuscular Hike: Moonlight Meander
Saturday, November 4, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Embark on a nighttime journey through Knox Farm and experience the park in the glow of a full moon. Stargazing to follow program weather permitting.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, November 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a 2.5 mile hike to the escarpment at dusk. We'll watch the full moon rise over the Hudson Valley from Hang Glider Cliff. We may need flashlights for the hike out, but if the sky is clear we can hike back by moonlight. Meet at the Carrick Road trailhead at 6pm. Note, there are no restroom facilities in the north end of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 04 Nov
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, November 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us for a 2.5 mile hike to the escarpment at dusk. We'll watch the full moon rise over the Hudson Valley from Hang Glider Cliff. We may need flashlights for the hike out, but if the sky is clear we can hike back by moonlight. Meet at the Carrick Road trailhead at 6pm. Note, there are no restroom facilities in the north end of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 04 Nov
Moonlight Stroll (Family Program)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

A bustling park during the day, Sunken Meadow is a different place after the sun sets. Join us for a leisurelymoonlit stroll and enjoy the tranquil night air.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Night Prowl
Saturday, November 4, 2017 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Bundle up for a cool evening and enjoy a chance to see the park as never before with a special "after hours" walk lit by a full moon.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Nov
Night Prowl
Saturday, November 4, 2017 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Bundle up for a cool evening and enjoy a chance to see the park as never before with a special "after hours" walk lit by a full moon.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Nov
Fall Concert- Musicians of Ma'alwyck
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Musicians will present The Ruins of Rome, a concert withthe music of Stamitz, Bellini, Telemann and Rossini, and featuring a special Tableau Vivant, which will enact scenes from the 18th century Ruins of Rome wallpaper. Featuring violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, flutist Norman Thibodeau, and guitarist Sten Isachsen, Musicians of Ma'alwyck takes its programming cue from this stunning historical wallpaper recently installed in the Mansion. The final work on the program will be a tableau vivant inspired by the wallpaper and the repertory, performed by members of Loose Change Dance Collective, Laurie Zabele Cawley, Director. Tickets $25 for adults and $10 for students. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Musicians directly at (518) 366-7513 or visit www.musiciansofmaalwyck.org. Reception between performances. Limited seating.

Sun 05 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 05 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 05 Nov
About Algonquins (Adult Program)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Native Americans were our first naturalists. There is much we can learn from and about them. In thishands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will explore the land, knowledge, and traditions of Long Island's indigenous people. Very little walking, with much sitting on the grass. Not recommended for children.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Nov
Fox Trot
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Explore the mysteries of the fox on this leisurely stroll in the park. Donations accepted. Call 518-279-1155 to pre-register.

Sun 05 Nov
TELESCOPE WORKSHOP
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Got a telescope as a gift but not sure how to make use of it?  Thinking about purchasing one and wondering what are the best choices?  Have a telescope and want to be able to take great pictures through it?  Want to learn more about the night sky?
Come to our first telescope workshop (Bring your own scope if you have one!) and let our astronomer, Barefoot Bob show you the ins and outs of these wonderful pieces of equipment.

At the park office
For details call 315-637-6111
Sun 05 Nov
Dream Catchers (Family Program)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover the history behind dream catchers. Each family member (age 7 and up) will make their own dream catcher. We have feathers and beads to make it extra special. You may bring other things to add for yourself. There is an additional $1 per person fee for materials.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Nov
Dream Catchers (Family Program)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover the history behind dream catchers. Each family member (age 7 and up) will make their own dream catcher. We have feathers and beads to make it extra special. You may bring other things to add for yourself. There is an additional $1 per person fee for materials.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Nov
Nature Arts & Crafts
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a day of beach inspired arts and crafts! We begin with beach combing before heading back inside to create a variety of autumn souvenirs, incorporating the treasures we found in nature.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Nov
Nature Arts & Crafts
Sunday, November 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a day of beach inspired arts and crafts! We begin with beach combing before heading back inside to create a variety of autumn souvenirs, incorporating the treasures we found in nature.

Registration: Required
Mon 06 Nov
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, November 6, 2017 10:30 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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Mon 06 Nov
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, November 6, 2017 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Tue 07 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 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 07 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 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 07 Nov
Catch the Tunes
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Music during the early part of the 19th century was not only entertainment but also connected people and communities. All along the turnpikes and canals of New York, music reflected the culture, political, social movements and a changing world view in light of new innovations. Take a listen to history, and Catch the Tunes with Liaisons Plaisantes.

Thu 09 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Trestle Woods
Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Portageville Entrance.

Thu 09 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Trestle Woods
Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Portageville Entrance.

Fri 10 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 10 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 10 Nov
Then & Now Photography Hiking Series
Friday, November 10, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Things change! Learn about history and enjoy a relaxing photography hike to some of our favorite scenic spots. Compare historic photos to what you see before you and photos captured along the way.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Canandaigua Treaty Day Commemoration
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Come join us in Canandaigua as we commemorate the Canadaigua Treaty of 1794 which established a relationship of peace and friendship between the Haudenosaunee and the United States. Please see see our event page for more details. Free and open to the public.

Sat 11 Nov
Nature on the Move (Eastern Section)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Dream Catchers (Family Program)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

What is a ‘dream catcher'? We will explore the myths and legends behind these beautiful hangings. Afterwards, you can show us your creative side making one. Sweet dreams!There is an additional $1 per person fee for materials.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 11, 2017 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 11 Nov
Be Greener & Cleaner (Adult Program)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Conserving energy is a cause that the whole world can get behind! Join us as we explore some tips and strategies you may not have considered, that help us be more energy efficient for a cleaner, greener planet!

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Be Greener & Cleaner (Adult Program)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Conserving energy is a cause that the whole world can get behind! Join us as we explore some tips and strategies you may not have considered, that help us be more energy efficient for a cleaner, greener planet!

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 11, 2017 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 11 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

Two opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We'll go beyond the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 11, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 11 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 11, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 11 Nov
Back Yard Birds
Saturday, November 11, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

It's the time of year when birds are bulking up for the long, cold winter ahead, and Hempstead Lake State Park is a great place to observe them! Come discover the many species of birds might be seen at during the colder months of the year. Together we'll make a simple bird feeder for the birds in your back yard!

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Treasure Hunt
Saturday, November 11, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Brush up on your map reading skills by hunting forhidden treasure! Ages 8+

Sat 11 Nov
Treasure Hunt
Saturday, November 11, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Brush up on your map reading skills by hunting forhidden treasure! Ages 8+

Sat 11 Nov
Victorian Nutting Party
Saturday, November 11, 2017 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-6622

2:00 p.m. at the Clermont Cottage

Come and spend a November afternoon like the Victorians did! Join us for a walk of the grounds here at Clermont to learn how to identify black walnut and shagbark trees, then come back to the Cottage to sip hot cocoa and learn how to process nuts for eating. We'll then make a sweet treat for all of us to enjoy. (Note: all nuts used in this process will be purchased off premises).​

We welcome children age 8 and older and an adult companion for only $10; an additional child costs $5 extra. Register online or call us at (518) 537-6622.

Registration: Optional
Sat 11 Nov
Veteran's Day
Saturday, November 11, 2017 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

Join the Hall of Honor as we salute our veterans with a special emphasis on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Dak To and the 75th anniversary of Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. Further details to be announced

Sat 11 Nov
Your Excellency’s Dog Kennel at Mount Vernon is as Good a Quarter as that I am Now in
Saturday, November 11, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

At Edmonston House 1042 Route 94 New Windsor, New York. From 5:00 PM to 7:00 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.

Sun 12 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 12 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 12, 2017 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 12 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 12 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 12, 2017 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 12 Nov
The Good Hunter
Sunday, November 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Come to Ganondagan and learn Seneca hunting skills! Students ages 8-16 are welcome to come and learn about Seneca hunting equipment, practice archery, learn some animal tracking skills, and fire building! Adult supervision is required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Check back for more details on this fun program! Meet at the Seneca Art & Culture Center

Sun 12 Nov
Natural Spa Day
Sunday, November 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Using natural household products learn how to give yourself a day at the spa in your own home. We will make scrubs and lotions that you can take home.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Nov
Natural Spa Day
Sunday, November 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Using natural household products learn how to give yourself a day at the spa in your own home. We will make scrubs and lotions that you can take home.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Nov
Nature Quest (Children's Program)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Are you good at spotting things? Love scavenger hunts? Then this is the program for you! Travel at your own pace while solving riddles and searching for the amusing items on the list.

Registration: Required
Tue 14 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 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 14 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 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 14 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 14 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 14 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
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.

November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 14 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 14 Nov
The Marquis on the Mohawk: Lafayette's Three Journeys to the Mohawk Valley
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Columnist, Author, and Bookstore Owner, Dan Weaver will explore the famous Marquis de Lafayette & his different journey's through the Mohawk Valley during the Revolution and early American Republic. The Marquis is well known as the young French aristocrat who ventured to America during its fight for independence, serving as an aide to General Washington and carrying the spirit of 1776 back to France; but his journeys through the valley help paint a more dynamic portrait of the man.

Thu 16 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Legend of Baby Rattlesnake
Thursday, November 16, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thu 16 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Legend of Baby Rattlesnake
Thursday, November 16, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thu 16 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Museum Woods
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Museum.

Thu 16 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Museum Woods
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Museum.

Thu 16 Nov
Home Ecologist
Thursday, November 16, 2017 01:30 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 two 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.

Thu 16 Nov
Home Ecologist
Thursday, November 16, 2017 01:30 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 two 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.

Thu 16 Nov
Fort Constitution: The Plan vs. the Reality
Thursday, November 16, 2017 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Paul Ackermann of the West Point Museum will trace the earliest effort to secure the Hudson River at the outbreak of the American Revolution through the presentation of primary sources and modern day analysis.

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3. The Series is proudly sponsored by the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 17, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 17 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 17, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 17 Nov
Beyond the Turnouts Gallery Opening
Friday, November 17, 2017 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

A culmination of Keith Walters' photographic work of Letchworth State Park through the 2017 calendar year. The project's aim is to highlight the hidden beauty within the park through all seasons.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council of Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Gensee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.

Fri 17 Nov
Beyond the Turnouts Gallery Opening
Friday, November 17, 2017 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

A culmination of Keith Walters' photographic work of Letchworth State Park through the 2017 calendar year. The project's aim is to highlight the hidden beauty within the park through all seasons.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council of Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Gensee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.

Fri 17 Nov
Family Game Night
Friday, November 17, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The weekend is here! Time to have some fun! Bring the whole family down to the Nature Center for some Friday night wildlife-inspired games and activities.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Nov
Family Game Night
Friday, November 17, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The weekend is here! Time to have some fun! Bring the whole family down to the Nature Center for some Friday night wildlife-inspired games and activities.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Nov
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, November 17, 2017 07:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at https://www.meetup.com/mhastro.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Nov
Night Sky Over Niagara
Friday, November 17, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Be sure to dress for the weather and come view the night skies over Fort Niagara with a chance to see the shooting stars of the Leonids Meteor Shower.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Native American Games (Children's Program)
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Not all games need electricity! Native American children spent hours playing games using what they found in their own "backyards". Join us to play fun games with items found in nature just like the native Americans did!

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 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 18 Nov
Autumn Tree I.D Hike
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A hike through the fall woods to learn some basic tips and tricks that will help you to identify trees even after they have lost their leaves!

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 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 18 Nov
Distributing Reservoir Stones at New York Public Library
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Meet at the New York Public Library in New York City (short walk from the Metro-North Grand Central Terminal) at the Old Croton Aqueduct Distributing Reservoir's former site. View the original stones from the Reservoir that form part of the foundation of the NYPL. A NYPL Curator and Friends will show a short film and exhibit old Aqueduct maps, documents and pictures. Donation to NYPL: $7 per person ($5 for seniors). For reservations (required) contact Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call 646-303-1448.

Sat 18 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

Two opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We'll go beyond the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Native American Games
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Through the ages, children have played games that teach them the skills they'll need as adults. As the world has changed, so have the games. Test your skill with games Native American children played.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Native American Games
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Through the ages, children have played games that teach them the skills they'll need as adults. As the world has changed, so have the games. Test your skill with games Native American children played.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
THANKSGIVING CRAFTS
Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Come and create adorable crafts to decorate the house or the Thanksgiving table.
Choose from a variety of Fall inspired crafts or create your own.

At the park office
FREE and open to the public
Sat 18 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 18 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sun 19 Nov
Intro to Wilderness Survival (Adult Program)
Sunday, November 19, 2017 09:45 AM - 12:00 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 the grass

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 19, 2017 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 19 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 19 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tours offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 5 (Part I)- Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate

November 12 (Part II)- Special two-mile walk to the park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction.

November 19 (Part III)- Visit some of our oldest foress and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate.

Sun 19 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 19, 2017 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 19 Nov
THANKSGIVING CRAFTS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Come and create adorable crafts to decorate the house or the Thanksgiving table.
Choose from a variety of Fall inspired crafts or create your own.

At the park office
FREE and open to the public
Sun 19 Nov
Treats For Tweets (Children's Program)
Sunday, November 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover some of the common birds that can be seen during the winter. We will make a bird book and a seeded pinecone feeder (with shortening and birdseed) to feed the birds at your home.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Nov
Treats For Tweets (Children's Program)
Sunday, November 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover some of the common birds that can be seen during the winter. We will make a bird book and a seeded pinecone feeder (with shortening and birdseed) to feed the birds at your home.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Nov
Dream Catcher
Sunday, November 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

What's a dream catcher? We will explore the myths and legends behind this creative activity. Together, each family will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers and beads. All materials will be supplied. (One dream catcher per person. $1 extra materials fee)

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Nov
Dream Catcher
Sunday, November 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

What's a dream catcher? We will explore the myths and legends behind this creative activity. Together, each family will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers and beads. All materials will be supplied. (One dream catcher per person. $1 extra materials fee)

Registration: Required
Mon 20 Nov
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, November 20, 2017 10:30 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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Mon 20 Nov
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, November 20, 2017 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Tue 21 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 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 21 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 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 21 Nov
Agitate! Agitate! Collect!: Artifacts of Women’s Dissent
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Ashley Hopkins-Benton, a Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the New York State Museum to present on "Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial." She will speak on how the State Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of New York State women winning the right to vote as well as how curators have been exploring artifacts from collections around the state for their exhibit. At the same time, they have been actively collecting materials from the 2017 Women's March. Learn about the process of researching artifacts for the exhibition, collecting from the Women's march, and the parallels between the older and new materials.

Fri 24 Nov
Minature Theater: Czech-American Marionettes
Friday, November 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join us during the holiday weekend for a marionette show to thrill the young and young at heart. This program celebrates theater in miniature, an ancient art form with popular 19th century links. The New York City-based troupe, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, are dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and not-so-traditional puppetry. Their work incorporates marionette traditions of Central Europe with histories layered with adventure and travel. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $30 | Ages 2+

Fri 24 Nov
Take a Hike! (Family Program)
Friday, November 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Do you feel stuffed after all the wonderful holiday food? Do you feel like you need to get out and stretch your legs? Visit the park to get some exercise and enjoy the sights and sounds of the woodlands.

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Nov
Take a Hike! (Family Program)
Friday, November 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Do you feel stuffed after all the wonderful holiday food? Do you feel like you need to get out and stretch your legs? Visit the park to get some exercise and enjoy the sights and sounds of the woodlands.

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 24, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 24 Nov
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 24, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 24 Nov
Buy Nothing Day
Friday, November 24, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create gifts using recycled materials. All ages

Fri 24 Nov
Buy Nothing Day
Friday, November 24, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Create gifts using recycled materials. All ages

Fri 24 Nov
The Art of Wrapping Paper
Friday, November 24, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Making your own holiday wrapping paper is so fun and easy. Drop-in and have a go at our four decorating stations including paper marbling, potato and apple block printing, stencils, and paint splattering. Learn techniques that you can continue at home! To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $30 | All Ages.

Sat 25 Nov
Winter Bird Walk (Adult Program)
Saturday, November 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Nov
Winter Bird Walk (Adult Program)
Saturday, November 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Nov
Just a Hike (Adult Program)
Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Nov
Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off. What better way to relax this holiday than enjoying the forest and river of Connetquot! (approx. 3 miles). Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 25, 2017 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 25 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 25, 2017 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 25 Nov
Traveling Talks: Walking in Search of the Gobble
Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join us on a hike to learn all about the bird at the center of this holiday weekend. Environmental educator, Fran Martino, will guide us on the carriage roads. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $25 | All ages

Sat 25 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 25 Nov
November Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center

(1 hour, nearby)

Sat 25 Nov
Explore & Create: Paper Windows
Saturday, November 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join Scherenschnitte artist, Pamela Dalton, to craft your own beautiful masterpiece inspired by Church's windows. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century. Scherenschnitte is a German term meaning "scissor cutting". Dalton will lead participants on a guided tour of the windows inside the Main House at Olana, followed by a lesson on how to make your own paper-cut design. Abridged tour of the main house followed by art-making. Refreshments will be served. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 12+.

Sun 26 Nov
Winter Bird Walk (Adult Program)
Sunday, November 26, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up and join us for some birding in the woods! On this refreshing jaunt around the park, you'll discover the birds that make Hempstead Lake their home for the winter.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center.

Sun 26 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 26, 2017 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 26 Nov
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 26, 2017 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 26 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits- Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center.

Sun 26 Nov
Colonial American Games (Children's Program)
Sunday, November 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Take a journey to the past and visit Colonial America! Leave that smart phone behind in modern times and test your coordination with a ball and cup. How far can you roll a hoop? Join us for these and many other fun games to test your skills! Geared for age 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Nov
Owl Pellet Dissection
Sunday, November 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Humans have been intrigued by owls for thousands of years. Come learn about these secretive birds. We will investigate their feeding habits by dissecting an owl pellet to discover what the owl had eaten.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Nov
Owl Pellet Dissection
Sunday, November 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Humans have been intrigued by owls for thousands of years. Come learn about these secretive birds. We will investigate their feeding habits by dissecting an owl pellet to discover what the owl had eaten.

Registration: Required
Tue 28 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 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 28 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 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 28 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 28 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 28 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
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.

November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 28 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 28 Nov
The Taste of Transport: Commercialism, Industry and 19th-Century Foodways
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The mid-nineteenth century is marked by great advances in transport; both in rail and over water. Engineering feats such as the Erie Canal transformed the land, but also the daily lives of people of the era. Join Amanda Massie, Curator for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation's Bureau of Historic Sites and Valerie Balint, former curator at Olana State Historic Site, as they embark on a culinary journey that links technology to food tastes and availability. Learn how exotic foods such as pineapple and avocado found their way into 19th-century cookbooks, and how the ability to serve them on Japanese imported plates became within the reach of middle class homes throughout the United States. Discover the math and science behind shopping, cooking and dining in this period. Through an illustrated lecture, period reproductions and a tasting, Ms. Massie and Ms. Balint will tickle your taste buds.

Wed 29 Nov
The Art of Seasonal Greens: 19th Century Wreath Making
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Mary Hughes, Olana's Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 8+.

Wed 29 Nov
The Art of Seasonal Greens: 19th Century Wreath Making
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Mary Hughes, Olana's Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 8+.

Thu 30 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Where Did Everybody Go?
Thursday, November 30, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thu 30 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Where Did Everybody Go?
Thursday, November 30, 2017 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. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Fri 01 Dec
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, December 1, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 01 Dec
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, December 1, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 01 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Friday, December 1, 2017 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

View the moonrise over Pine Pond. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight." Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Trailside Lodge

Fri 01 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Friday, December 1, 2017 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

View the moonrise over Pine Pond. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight." Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Trailside Lodge

Fri 01 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Bayard Cutting Arboretum hosts its 21st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities commence with the lighting of the holiday tree by Santa. Patrons can visit the old-time Victorian mansion that will be festively decorated.

Fri 01 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 06:30 PM
Orient Beach State Park
(631) 323-2440

Orient Beach State Park will host its 31st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The local elementary school will entertain patrons with holiday songs while Santa lights the holiday tree.

Fri 01 Dec
Star Gazing
Friday, December 1, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us on the Nature Center patio with the Amateur Observers Society as we observe the stars and constellations. Bring your telescopes or binoculars, or use ours, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the sky.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Dec
Star Gazing
Friday, December 1, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us on the Nature Center patio with the Amateur Observers Society as we observe the stars and constellations. Bring your telescopes or binoculars, or use ours, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the sky.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course
Saturday, December 2, 2017 08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

On Saturday, December 2, 2017 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15am to approximately 5pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc. To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park office at 518-279-1155 by November 30th, or e-mail Elizabeth.wagner@parks.ny.gov with the parent's name, student's name and age, and your phone number. Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
First Saturday Hike: Buttermilk Falls State Park
Saturday, December 2, 2017 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 02 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles (Family Program)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some of your own from home too. There is an additional $2 per person fee for materials. Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles (Family Program)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some of your own from home too. There is an additional $2 per person fee for materials. Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
A Child's Christmas
Saturday, December 2, 2017 until Sunday, December 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10. $4 per person. Dec. 2 & 3. 

Sat 02 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 2, 2017 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 02 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit- Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Visitor Center.

Sat 02 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit- Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Visitor Center.

Sat 02 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 2, 2017 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 02 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 2, 2017 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Join us in a celebration of Dutch holiday traditions as we welcome St. Nicholas to Philipse Manor Hall. Activities include a live performance of music and storytelling about holiday celebrations from around the world, holiday crafts, scavenger hunts, traditional baked goods and refreshments, PLUS a visit and history lesson from St. Nicholas himself! Admission is free for the day!

Sat 02 Dec
December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the Humphrey Nature Center.

December 2- Pond Trail
December 9- Hemlock Loop Trail
December 16- Bishop Woods Loop Trail
December 23- Pine Loop Trail
December 30- Inspiration Point Loop Trail

Sat 02 Dec
December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the Humphrey Nature Center.

December 2- Pond Trail
December 9- Hemlock Loop Trail
December 16- Bishop Woods Loop Trail
December 23- Pine Loop Trail
December 30- Inspiration Point Loop Trail

Sat 02 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles (Family Program)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some of your own from home too. There is an additional $2 per person fee for materials. Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles (Family Program)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. We have lots of decorations to add, but you may bring some of your own from home too. There is an additional $2 per person fee for materials. Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
Fossil Finds
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

Ever wonder how scientists can figure out so much about dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, even though there are none alive to see? With fossils, it's possible to look back into the past! Join us as we discover how fossils form and explore the secrets they hold.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
Explore & Create: Persian Inspired Tiles
Saturday, December 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Local ceramic artist Dawn Dishaw will teach you how to make your very own Persian inspired tile. Both Dishaw and Frederic Church are artists moved by the designs in Owen Jones' publication The Grammar of Ornament. Acquire the basic skills needed to re-create these designs and make a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season! Abridged tour of the main house followed by art-making. Refreshments will be served. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 10+.

Sat 02 Dec
Nocturnal Animals
Saturday, December 2, 2017 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about critters that come out at night. All ages

Sat 02 Dec
Nocturnal Animals
Saturday, December 2, 2017 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about critters that come out at night. All ages

Sat 02 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 2, 2017 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will be stopping by to see if you've been good or bad this year! Crailo's Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique gifts for the holidays. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. The museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!

Sat 02 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 2, 2017 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Belmont Lake State Park will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This popular event includes an ice sculptor, holiday songs sung by the local elementary schools, figurine displays, lighting of the tree by Santa, and a fireworks display.

Sat 02 Dec
Whoo's Out Tonight? (Family Program)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Owls come in many shapes and sizes, and live in a variety of habitats. Explore their world as silent predators while learning their many adaptations. Meet local screech owls Gizmo & Nutmeg and dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures they eat.

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 3, 2017 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 03 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 3, 2017 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 03 Dec
History of Caumsett (Adult Program)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:30 PM - 02:30 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.

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Dec
Holiday “Crackle” Gallery Exhibit
Sunday, December 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470 ext 107

Artists pay homage to the Preserve's enchanting environment in this multi-media exhibition curated by Audrey Leeds. Inspired by the Rockefeller Preserve, artists have created images that express their appreciation of the landscape and living beings within the borders of thousands of acres beside the Hudson River and encompassing Stone Barns farmland. Gallery reception will be on Saturday, December 3rd from 1 to 3 PM. For more information about the exhibit and the gallery reception (free and open to the public), contact Julia at 914-631-1470 x107 or Julia.jardine@parks.ny.gov.

Sun 03 Dec
Holiday Whodunit: A History Mystery in the Mansion
Sunday, December 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Each Sunday in December, children become detectives to solve a "history mystery" by talking with costumed interpreters throughout the mansion, who provide clues to help them discover "whodunit." The program presents a new mystery every year. Families can drop in between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to enjoy the program together, at their own pace, amidst the decorated historic rooms. Each child who submits a guess as to "whodunit" will be entered to win a prize gift certificate from Oblong Books & Music.

Sun 03 Dec
Pine Cone Pals
Sunday, December 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Winter is a great time to find pine cones! Join us as we collect some, explore their structure, and create fun pine cone animals to take home!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Dec
Pine Cone Pals
Sunday, December 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Winter is a great time to find pine cones! Join us as we collect some, explore their structure, and create fun pine cone animals to take home!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Dec
Meet Our Evergreens at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 3, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.
Sun 03 Dec
Meet Our Evergreens at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 3, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.
Mon 04 Dec
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, December 4, 2017 10:30 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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Mon 04 Dec
Knee-High Naturalists Program by Volunteers Don and Maureen Felix
Monday, December 4, 2017 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(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 is appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.

Tue 05 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 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 05 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 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 05 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 05 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 05 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
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.

December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 05 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(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.

December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Wed 06 Dec
The Art of Holiday Greens: Boxwood Tree Making
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Mary Hughes, Olana's Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal boxwood trees for tabletop decoration in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 8+.

Wed 06 Dec
Outdoor Adventure Series
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Join us the first Wednesday of every month as various outdoor enthusiasts share their knowledge and passion of their favorite activity. Series will be held at the new Quaker Bath House or the Summit Warming Hut, depending on the activity. With miles of trails, serene lakes, and natural beauty everywhere it is hard not to find an activity to enjoy.

Prepare for Cross Country Skiing – Allegany Nordic will be talking about clothing used, equipment used and what you should do to prepare for the cross country skiing season.

Wed 06 Dec
Prepare for Cross Country Ski Season
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Meet at the Summit Warming Hut as Allegany Nordic will discuss everything you need to know about cross country skiing, from equipment selection to proper clothing.

Wed 06 Dec
The Art of Holiday Greens: Boxwood Tree Making
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Mary Hughes, Olana's Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal boxwood trees for tabletop decoration in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | Ages 8+.

Fri 08 Dec
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, December 8, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 08 Dec
Friday Frolics with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Friday, December 8, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas's 45 years of experience at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiousity of nature and any show-and-tell items.

Fri 08 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 8, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
(516) 922-9200

Planting Fields Arboretum will host its 13th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities of this celebration commence with the lighting of the holiday tree by Santa. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and view the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse.

Fri 08 Dec
Paper Quilling Workshop
Friday, December 8, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Take a break from the holiday rush and join local crafter, Margaret Britton, to learn the basics of paper quilling. Participants will learn how to make a lovely ornament or decoration for a card. Easy to learn, quilling has been practiced for centuries and creates lovely patterned designs using strips of paper. A tool and materials will be supplied, and refreshments will be served. Appropriate for adults and teens. Reservations required. Cost: $10, $8 Friends of Mills Mansion Members.

Registration: Required
Fri 08 Dec
Adult Moonlight Stroll
Friday, December 8, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Escape our busy world with a leisurely stroll through the park's beautiful woodlands and shoreline. Along the way, enjoy activities and discover how your night senses compare to those of nocturnal animals.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Dec
Great Grandma's Kitchen (Family Program)
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Discover what it was like to work in a late 1800's kitchen! Enjoy hands-on demonstrations of "modern" gadgets like swizzle sticks, cherry stoners, fluters and self-heating irons.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 9, 2017 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 09 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 9, 2017 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 09 Dec
Jingle Falls: Winter Bird Walk
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come join the fun with a chance to be introduced to some of the birds that call Niagara Falls State Park their home during the coldest months.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Dec
19th Century Holiday Cards
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Instead of buying your holiday cards, add a personal touch and make your own set! Start a new family tradition of creating together in preparation for the holiday season. Patti Gibbons will teach us the art of making your own holiday stationery to send your loved one - a 19th inspired century keepsake by mail. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 8+

Sat 09 Dec
Winter Survival
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore some of the amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather. Some will burrow into the earth to escape it, some sleep through it and others can brave the cold. Through fun experiments and activities, discover what life is like for these hearty survivors.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Dec
Winter Survival
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Explore some of the amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather. Some will burrow into the earth to escape it, some sleep through it and others can brave the cold. Through fun experiments and activities, discover what life is like for these hearty survivors.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Dec
December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 9, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the Humphrey Nature Center.

December 2- Pond Trail
December 9- Hemlock Loop Trail
December 16- Bishop Woods Loop Trail
December 23- Pine Loop Trail
December 30- Inspiration Point Loop Trail

Sat 09 Dec
December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 9, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the Humphrey Nature Center.

December 2- Pond Trail
December 9- Hemlock Loop Trail
December 16- Bishop Woods Loop Trail
December 23- Pine Loop Trail
December 30- Inspiration Point Loop Trail

Sat 09 Dec
When we meet again: Letters that keep us from being far away
Saturday, December 9, 2017 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

When we meet again: Letters that keep us from being far away

Details to be announced

Sat 09 Dec
The Art of Wax: Beeswax Candle Making
Saturday, December 9, 2017 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Start a new family tradition of creating together in preparation for the holiday season. Megan Denver from Hudson Valley Bee Supply will teach us the art of making rolled and dipped beeswax candles - a learning experience for all! To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Member: $15, Non-Member: $20, Family (up to 5): $40 | Ages 5+

Sat 09 Dec
Friends of Clermont Holiday Party
Saturday, December 9, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Free for members; guests $10. Visit www.friendsofclermont.org for more info on the Friends.

Sat 09 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 9, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

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

Sun 10 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 10, 2017 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 10 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits- Cabin Bank Woods
Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Visitor Center.

Sun 10 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits- Cabin Bank Woods
Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Visitor Center.

Sun 10 Dec
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, December 10, 2017 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 10 Dec
Tracks & Traces (Adult Program)
Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:30 PM - 02:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

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

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Dec
Holiday Whodunit: A History Mystery in the Mansion
Sunday, December 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Each Sunday in December, children become detectives to solve a "history mystery" by talking with costumed interpreters throughout the mansion, who provide clues to help them discover "whodunit." The program presents a new mystery every year. Families can drop in between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to enjoy the program together, at their own pace, amidst the decorated historic rooms. Each child who submits a guess as to "whodunit" will be entered to win a prize gift certificate from Oblong Books & Music.

Sun 10 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 10, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. One Wreath Per Person

There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath)

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 10, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295