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Thu 11 May
Celebration: Art Exhibition
Thursday, May 11, 2017 until Sunday, June 11, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve has announced the upcoming opening of its new exhibition, "Celebration." The exhibition introduces the creative works of Anne Bell, Bonnie Sakoff and Radu Serban, whose artistic adventures are diverse in style, profuse in color and bright with energy. The exhibition reflects upon impressionist roots and is original in abstract forms and rhythms. Inspired by plants and florals, it will be surrounded by the Preserve's annual presentation of its famous Japanese Tree Peony Garden. The garden, located just outside the gallery, will be fully in bloom in May.

An Artists' Reception will be held on Sunday, May 21, 1 to 3 p.m. The gallery exhibition will be on view daily from Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Thu 18 May
Nature Table: Migration at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, May 18, 2017 until Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Migration is one of the most impressive feats in the animal kingdom. Discover the amazing journeys that birds and other animals take every year.
Thu 18 May
Nature Table: Migration at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, May 18, 2017 until Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Migration is one of the most impressive feats in the animal kingdom. Discover the amazing journeys that birds and other animals take every year.
Tue 23 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Education- May Flowers
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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

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

Tue 23 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

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

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

Tue 23 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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

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

Tue 23 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 23, 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. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 23 May
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:15 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this challenging five mile loop hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Carriage Road. This hike features various terrain including steep hills, slippery rock surfaces and a stream crossing. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering expansive views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tue 23 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the Humphrey Nature Center as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems.

Bring a lunch

Tue 23 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the Humphrey Nature Center as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems.

Bring a lunch

Tue 23 May
Pathways to Prevention: Tips for New & Expecting Parents
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join Columbia Memorial Health Pediatrician Dr. Christine Lee as she gives advice on caring for a new baby and answers questions from parents. Parents are encouraged to bring children. Participants will experience a 20-minute talk, followed by a short walk with the expert on Olana's carriage roads. Snacks will be served. Strollers are welcome. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Free. Rain or shine.

Tue 23 May
In Praise of Poison Ivy
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Deadly. Powerful. Beautiful. The much-hated plant called poison ivy is all of these things and more. Millions of people are allergic to poison ivy, which contains one of the most potent toxins on earth. But the astounding paradox is that poison ivy is a plant of immense ecological value. Wild mammals from mice to moose, honeybees and butterflies, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, robins, cardinals, and bluebirds all defy poison ivy's nasty nature and feast on its leaves and fruit. During this program, author Anita Sanchez will discuss her book In Praise of Poison Ivy, and the many roles of poison ivy in both human and natural history, starting with the plant's long history as—of all things—a popular garden plant.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Wed 24 May
Happy Birthday Mr. Letchworth
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Area school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, Civil War camp life, wool spinning and local animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.
Wed 24 May
Happy Birthday Mr. Letchworth
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Area school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, Civil War camp life, wool spinning and local animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.
Thu 25 May
Warbler Walks- Common Species
Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended.  

Meet at Castile Entrance

Thu 25 May
Warbler Walks- Common Species
Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended.  

Meet at Castile Entrance

Thu 25 May
Thematic Tour: The Constitutional Convention
Thursday, May 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Convened in Philadelphia on May 25th 1787, the Constitutional Convention was originally established to revise the Articles of Confederation, but when the delegates adjourned at the end of July, a whole new form of government had been proposed. To commemorate the 230th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention take a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House, highlighting his position as a strong proponent of a national government and his involvement in the ratification of the Constitution. Tours are scheduled at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education and Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Fri 26 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 26, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Friday after 4:00pm
Saturday before and after the Kids Conservation Day
Sunday until 1:00pm

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy; International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International).

Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl-the spear thrower; dart-the spear)

Fri 26 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 26, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Friday 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 6:00am and 6:30pm
Monday 6:00am

Six massed balloon flights. Launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons).

Fri 26 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 26, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Friday 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 6:00am and 6:30pm
Monday 6:00am

Six massed balloon flights. Launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons).

Fri 26 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 26, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Friday after 4:00pm
Saturday before and after the Kids Conservation Day
Sunday until 1:00pm

Various spear throwing competitions for target accuracy; International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Team, Individual, Animal, European, International).

Open to the public with demonstration equipment available (atlatl-the spear thrower; dart-the spear)

Fri 26 May
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, May 26, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Fri 26 May
For the Birds at Ellenville Library
Friday, May 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 647-5530

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this second installment of a three-part series offered through the Ellenville Library in April, May and June. Each program will meet at the library, followed by a bird walk in the local community. During the course of this series, we will talk about habitat, unique bird characteristics, methods of identifying birds, binoculars and tips on resources for continuing your birding education. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all three programs. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Fri 26 May
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, May 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Fridays, May through October, 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 26 May
Evening Walk on Goat Island
Friday, May 26, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Relax and unwind from the work week while walking around the oldest state park in the United States; Niagara Falls became a park in 1885. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. End your walk with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting

Fri 26 May
Mid-Hudson Astonomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, May 26, 2017 08:00 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 27 May
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 27 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 27, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday.

Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Sat 27 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 27, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday.

Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Sat 27 May
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 27 May
Spider Rybaak Fishing Clinics
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Two children's fishing clinics will be offered. Basic fishing will be from 11am to 1pm and Basics of Fly Fishing will be from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Spider brings a limited number of fishing poles, hooks, bobbers, and worms but if you can bring your own tackle, it will allow for more participation in the program.

Sat 27 May
Historic Landscape Tours
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Sat 27 May
Spider Rybaak Fishing Clinics
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Two children's fishing clinics will be offered. Basic fishing will be from 11am to 1pm and Basics of Fly Fishing will be from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Spider brings a limited number of fishing poles, hooks, bobbers, and worms but if you can bring your own tackle, it will allow for more participation in the program.

Sat 27 May
Geocache Challenge Kick-off Event
Saturday, May 27, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

We are looking to kick off the 2017 Saratoga-Capital Geocache Challenge in style on May 27th!

The site is hosting an event for all cachers who want to orientate themselves to the historic grounds as well as those looking to just find out more about what geocaching is! This will be a great opportunity to meet other cachers in the area, pick up the challenge passport, grab a map of the grounds, snag a bunch of smilies and head out for more challenge caches in local parks.

We will have 5% off coupons supplied by Cache Advance for online purchases to hand out, as well as a few terrific giveaways!

Sat 27 May
Pet Friendly Gorge Walk
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist with your furry friend and explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times while on the walk.

Sat 27 May
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder Trailhead behind the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sat 27 May
Nature Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Spring is in the air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Long Point State Park for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders that take place here. We will hike to the point, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way! Binoculars are recommended. (1 hour, 1 1/2 miles)

Sat 27 May
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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

Sat 27 May
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder Trailhead behind the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sat 27 May
Adult Program: Beginning Orienteering
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

After learning to use a compass, you will practice with it on a short course. You may need your reading glasses. Compasses will be provided. Not recommended for children. Approximately 1 mile.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 May
Colonial Flax Processing
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Using antique tools, discover how flax was processed into linen thread during the colonial era. See a flax break, scotching knife, heckles and spinning wheel in action!

Sat 27 May
Kids Conservation Day & Wildlife Festival
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Event featuring games, activities, educational workshops, spear-fishing target contest, free fishing (no license required). Presented by Letchworth State Park & Wildlife Educators Coalition.

Meet at Trailside Lodge

Sat 27 May
Kids Conservation Day & Wildlife Festival
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Event featuring games, activities, educational workshops, spear-fishing target contest, free fishing (no license required). Presented by Letchworth State Park & Wildlife Educators Coalition.

Meet at Trailside Lodge

Sat 27 May
Farm Day in the City
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Experience a farm market atmosphere in the city of Albany! Learn about the types of animals Philip Schuyler would have had on his farm and agricultural practices of the 18th century. Sheep and poultry will be among the livestock displayed on the grounds at Schuyler Mansion, while demonstrations, farm products, and gardening techniques will be shared with visitors throughout the afternoon. Pony rides for children and vendors too. Free to the public. The mansion will be available 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Open House (self-guided) tours at $3.00 per person (children 12 and under free).

Sat 27 May
Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
Saturday, May 27, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

The 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team. Other performers include Screamin' Sasquatch and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

Sat 27 May
Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
Saturday, May 27, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team. Other performers include Screamin' Sasquatch and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

Sat 27 May
Speaker Series: Samuel Ely – From Court Martial at the Battle of Bennington to Central Role in the First Armed Rebellion Against the United States of America – the June 1782 ‘Ely’s Insurrection’
Saturday, May 27, 2017 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Philip Kantor, historian, author and member of the Conway Historical Society will speak on a larger than life figure. Samuel Ely was a Yale graduate, ordained Minister, Battle of Bennington veteran, and namesake of the first domestic armed rebellion against the United States – when thousands gathered in June and July 1782 to break Ely out of jail and engage units of the Continental Army in open conflict. Come and hear about this fascinating man, and why Gen. George Washington was told he was the "most infamous man in America."

Sat 27 May
Family Fun at the Furnace
Saturday, May 27, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

"Family Fun at the Furnace," a re-enactment of the life of a 19th century iron worker at the Copake Iron Works hosted by master storyteller Tom Lee. A hands-on demonstration of sand casting and an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work will round out that day's program. We will meet in the parking area of the Historic Copake Iron Works (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY 12517).

Sat 27 May
Nature Trees
Saturday, May 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Design your own personal nature shirt using colorful paint, a super cool collection of nature stamps and your own imagination. We will show you how to make the most unique prints for your shirt. Please bring one light colored t-shirt per child.

$4.00 per person. Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 May
Nature Trees
Saturday, May 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Design your own personal nature shirt using colorful paint, a super cool collection of nature stamps and your own imagination. We will show you how to make the most unique prints for your shirt. Please bring one light colored t-shirt per child.

$4.00 per person. Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 May
Copake Iron Works Museum Guided Tours Begin
Saturday, May 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Visit one of the most intact examples of 19th century industrial ironmaking in the northeast. Guided tours are available every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (or by appointment) from May 27 to mid-November. Historic Copake Iron Works (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY 12517). Self-guided tours of the Iron Works Heritage Trail can be enjoyed every day, year-round. Download a trail map at www.FriendsofTSP.org (scroll to the bottom of the page for link).

Sat 27 May
Saturday Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
Saturday, May 27, 2017 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Come join us at the last installment of Philipse Manor Hall's winter/spring movie series. The attendees from April's movie picked the movie for May and it is "The Secret Life of Pets." 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 27 May
Traveling Talks: The Science Behind the Traveler Artist
Saturday, May 27, 2017 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University, will present the ways in which artists were inspired and informed by travel and the developing "natural sciences" in the 19th century. Dr. Ackert will lead us to ponder how ideas in the sciences informed art-making and vice versa and specifically how French anthropologist Jean Chaffanjon employed Auguste Morisot, how Alexander von Humboldt inspired Frederic Church, and how Charles Darwin influenced Marianne North. Illustrated lecture followed by Q&A and an abridged tour of the main house. Refreshments will be served. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

$15/member, $20/non-member. Ages 12+.

Sat 27 May
Raptors and Reptiles with Bill Robinson
Saturday, May 27, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Bill Robinson will present a program on the raptors and reptiles found in the Taconic State Park region. He will bring several different birds of prey and frogs and salamanders to the presentation so bring your camera and a lawn chair. Meet at the day use area next to the Park Headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls.

Sat 27 May
MOVIE NIGHT "SING"
Saturday, May 27, 2017 08:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Lakeview picnic area

S'mores at 8:00 pm
Movie at 9:00 pm

Popcorn will be served

If it is rainy the movie will be shown indoors and announced that night.  Please contact the park for new location.
Be sure to bring bug spray, blankets and chairs
Sun 28 May
Kids to Parks Day
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!
Sun 28 May
Kids to Parks Day
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!
Sun 28 May
Historic Landscape Tours
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Sun 28 May
Morning Light Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, May 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The Beacon Hill Footpath follows along the top edge of an east–facing escarpment, which gets bathed in the warm morning light. This walk, which is over two miles long, will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. This loop route follows along carriage roads as well as the footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Sun 28 May
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, May 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 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. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: May 23rd.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 May
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods.

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 28 May
Bald Eagle Walk
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Interested in birds and learning how to identify different bird species? Learn to recognize Bald Eagles at all stages of their life by sight and sound. Binoculars recommended. Meet at the Bath house. (1 hour, 1 mile)

Sun 28 May
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods.

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 28 May
Speaker Series: The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved the Northern Army
Sunday, May 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Stark wrote of his victory at Bennington, "I think we have returned the enemy a proper compliment in the above action, for the Hubbart-Town engagement." Bruce Venter, historian, author and President of America's History, LLC has researched the Battle of Hubbardton extensively and "wrote the book" on the subject. His lecture will spotlight this pivotal event in the Saratoga Campaign and our national history.

Sun 28 May
BIRDS OF PREY
Sunday, May 28, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Birds of Prey will be held in the Community Room.

Jean Soprano, Wildlife Rehabilitator, will provide an educational presentation with live appearances from  her birds of prey.

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.


Sun 28 May
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 28 May
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 28 May
Gilded Age Scandals Tour
Sunday, May 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but several of their Gilded Age peers were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Reservations required.

$10/adults, $8/seniors & students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Mon 29 May
Bedford Riding Lanes Association Spring Pace and Picnic
Monday, May 29, 2017 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 234-2752

Horseback riding pace and lunch begins and ends on the grounds at John Jay Homestead. Advance reservation necessary for participation; call 914-234-BRLA to register. Admission to the grounds is free.

Registration: Required
Mon 29 May
Memorial Day Bird Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our 2nd annual Memorial Day bird walk! We will search for birds along the Lake Erie shoreline as well as on the park's snowmobile trail.

Mon 29 May
CHALK MAKING
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Learn how to make your own sidewalk chalk.  Share colors with a friend for multicolored chalk.

Held in the Community Room

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee

Mon 29 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Meet at Parking Lot past Cabin Area B

Mon 29 May
Nattering About Nature at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Informal social gatherings to share nature stories, show off findings from the field, and discuss seasonal changes. (Inside or outside, depending on weather).
Mon 29 May
Nattering About Nature at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Informal social gatherings to share nature stories, show off findings from the field, and discuss seasonal changes. (Inside or outside, depending on weather).
Mon 29 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Meet at Parking Lot past Cabin Area B

Mon 29 May
High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a fun, holiday hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Mon 29 May
Holiday Hike - Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way back toward the Visitor Center we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Mon 29 May
Bannerman Island Memorial Day Tour
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Take a tour of Bannerman Island, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Boat to the island departs from Beacon at 12pm. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Mon 29 May
How the Gorge Was Formed- Story of the Park
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Follow short, paved, handicap accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Meet at Inspiration Point Parking Lot

Mon 29 May
How the Gorge Was Formed- Story of the Park
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved, handicap accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Meet at Inspiration Point Parking Lot

Mon 29 May
Holiday Hike - Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, May 29, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way back toward the Visitor Center we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Mon 29 May
18th Century Graveside Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

Revolutionary War soldiers stand vigil at the coffin of Colonel Francis Barber beginning at 1:30 PM and then at 2:00 PM perform a graveside mourning ceremony in honor of all America's veterans. A cannon firing and military demonstration follows the ceremony.

Mon 29 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!
Mon 29 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!
Mon 29 May
Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:00 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765 ext 22

Staff, in 18th century dress, performs a ceremony to honor our nation's veterans at the site cemetery. The vigil at the coffin of Colonel Francis Barber begins at 1:30 PM.

Mon 29 May
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:30 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

There will be a presentation on the origins and meaning of Memorial Day as part of the observance of this day. The presentation will be held in the Temple Building in conjunction with the New Windsor Cantonment activities.

Tue 30 May
Historic Landscape Tours
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Tue 30 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 30, 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. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 30 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the Humphrey Nature Center as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems.

Bring a lunch

Tue 30 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the Humphrey Nature Center as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems.

Bring a lunch

Wed 31 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Meet at Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436

Wed 31 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Meet at Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436

Thu 01 Jun
Very Early Bird Walk with Saw Mill River Audubon
Thursday, June 1, 2017 05:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

An opportunity to go birding during the height of May & June migration. Perfect for those who want to go birding before work. Meet at main parking lot off Route 117. Check www.sawmillriveraudubon.org for updates to event or for info on other upcoming events.
Thu 01 Jun
Warbler Walks- Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 1, 2017 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended.

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate

Thu 01 Jun
Warbler Walks- Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 1, 2017 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended.

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate

Thu 01 Jun
Daily Art Opportunity for Children
Thursday, June 1, 2017 until Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Daily in June: Children draw the Preserve for July's "Pop" Gallery exhibit. Children can pick up materials in the Preserve Office from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily and must submit their work by July 1st. More info: (914) 631–1470.

Thu 01 Jun
Nature Table: Warblers at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 1, 2017 until Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The southern portion of Letchworth State park supports possibly more species of breeding wood warblers than any other place in the world of similiar size (best year has been 25 species in three square miles). Become familiar with some of the more common, colorful warblers in the park.
Thu 01 Jun
Nature Table: Warblers at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 1, 2017 until Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The southern portion of Letchworth State park supports possibly more species of breeding wood warblers than any other place in the world of similiar size (best year has been 25 species in three square miles). Become familiar with some of the more common, colorful warblers in the park.
Thu 01 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 1, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Thu 01 Jun
Patron Saints of Yonkers Benefit
Thursday, June 1, 2017 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Since its founding in the 17th century, Yonkers has been continuously blessed with benefactors who used their personal assets of time, influence, or wealth to make an enduring difference to our city. Join us for an evening of food, drink, and entertainment while we learn more about these "Patron Saints" of Yonkers and honor Peter Kelly of X20, who exemplifies these traits today. $75 per person; $50 for Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, seniors, and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall web site at www.philipsemanorfriends.blogspot.com.

Registration: Required
Fri 02 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, June 2, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Fri 02 Jun
Ossining Weir Tour
Friday, June 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center. View a short film about the Aqueduct before visiting the weir. It is a short walk to the Weir on the Double Arch Bridge, where you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional 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: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Fri 02 Jun
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, June 2, 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!

Sat 03 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 03 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 03 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for lunch, compliments of the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 872-1237 to register or for more information.

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for lunch, compliments of the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 872-1237 to register or for more information.

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day-Length of Gorge Hike
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Come and enjoy the beautiful Niagara Gorge as we hike rim and gorge trails from the mouth of the gorge at Artpark to the American Falls! National Trails Day is an annual event celebrated across the United States. For information go to http://www.americanhiking.org For hike information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(914) 245-4434

Meet at the upper parking lot at French Hill School on Baldwin Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. The hike is 0.7 miles from the parking lot. Event is held rain or shine. No sandals or open toed shoes. Help celebrate completion of an important trail connection. The Outlet Bridge in FDR State Parks connects the rustic part of the park to Baldwin Road. It allows access to an area not previously visited as well as access to a former rail bed. Volunteers have been working on the bridge since April to cross a stream impassible for almost all year. The bridge has telephone poles as supports and ramps on both ends.

Sat 03 Jun
Rockwood Ramble 10K
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

A scenic 10k, all proceeds go to carriage road maintenance. Starting and ending in historic Rockwood Hall. Parking at 1 Rockwood Road, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Information and registration on the Friends of Rockefeller Preserve website, www.friendsrock.org.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day Kayak Expedition
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us again in 2017 for a terrific National Trails Day event. ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse and the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site have partnered for this event which will highlight the beauty and nature of the Schoharie Creek & Mohawk River.

Arrive by 9am at the Schoharie Crossing Boat-launch to embark on a wonderful tour of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River. A Friends member will provide historical context to the waterways and remaining features of the Erie Canal, Railroads and bridges. ECOS will educate on the environmental aspects of the waterways.

The expedition will venture along the creek and then into the Mohawk River & today's Erie Canal. More details to come! Check back for updates.

The expedition will launch from the Schoharie Crossing Boat Launch on Hartley Lane in the Town of Glen. Access the parking just off Rt. 5S across from Karen's Produce & Ice Cream

*Must have an approved floatation device in order to participate in this event. All Ages Welcome. A FREE event!

Sat 03 Jun
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

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

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

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Fishing Fun: I Fish NY
Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Come learn to fish! We will be showing how to tie line, identify fish and cast. Then try to catch a fish in Belmont Lake! This program is based on the "I Fish NY" clinic by the Department of Environmnetal Conservation. Ages 8 and up.

$4.00 per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Farm Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Take a tour of the historic Gericke Farm to learn about local history and everything that goes into operating a small organic farm. Meet at 2876 Arthur Kill Road.

All ages welcome.

Sat 03 Jun
Farm Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Take a tour of the historic Gericke Farm to learn about local history and everything that goes into operating a small organic farm. Meet at 2876 Arthur Kill Road.

All ages welcome.

Sat 03 Jun
Colonial Blacksmithing
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

During the American Revolution blacksmiths played an important role supplying iron implements vital to the military arts and the construction of military works like Fort Montgomery. Today, current-day blacksmiths will use 18th century tools and methods to fabricate items such as those used here in 1777!

Sat 03 Jun
Frolic For a Fawn at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to explore their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn's point of view, and find one if we're lucky.

Sat 03 Jun
Frolic For a Fawn at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to explore their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn's point of view, and find one if we're lucky.

Sat 03 Jun
World War I & the End of the Gilded Age Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how the Millses' extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required.

$10/adults, $8/seniors & students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Pond Exploration
Saturday, June 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We see animals on the surface first, but most of the pond's life mysteries lie beneath the surface. We will start indoors, then go down to the pond for scooping. Afterwards, we will identify what we have found. Wear sunscreen. 

$4.00 per person. Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Pond Exploration
Saturday, June 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We see animals on the surface first, but most of the pond's life mysteries lie beneath the surface. We will start indoors, then go down to the pond for scooping. Afterwards, we will identify what we have found. Wear sunscreen. 

$4.00 per person. Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Beginner ID Series (Birds) at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn the basics of identification, and then practice those skills out in the field.

Sat 03 Jun
Beginner ID Series (Birds) at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn the basics of identification, and then practice those skills out in the field.

Sat 03 Jun
OVERLOOK: Harper Montgomery on Reading Teresita Fernandez's Art
Saturday, June 3, 2017 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join Harper Montgomery, Ph.D, Distinguished Lecturer and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor in Latin American Art at Hunter College, for a lecture and discussion about Teresita Fernández. Montgomery will focus on avant-gardism, social activism, institutions, and cross-cultural conditions for making and displaying art. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Latin American art with focuses on Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and the Latino U.S. during the early twentieth-century and the contemporary movement. Illustrated lecture followed by Q&A and an abridged tour of the exhibition OVERLOOK. Refreshments will be served. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

$15/member; $20/non-member.

Sat 03 Jun
Friends of Mills Mansion Fundraiser
Saturday, June 3, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Gilded Sunset Cocktails on the Terrace. Sip cocktails and nibble on hors d'oeuvres as you watch the gorgeous sunset over the Hudson River. Act like a guest of the Ogden Mills family. Free house tour. RSVP by May 26th  by calling 845-889-8851 ext. 346 or emailing FriendsofMillsMansion@gmail.com. $75/person.

Visit www.MillsMansion.org for info.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Family Program: Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Saturday, June 3, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

As the sun sets we will search for a prehistoric-looking visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required!

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
Family Program: Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Saturday, June 3, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

As the sun sets we will search for a prehistoric-looking visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required!

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Jun
MOVIE NIGHT "TANGLED"
Saturday, June 3, 2017 08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Lakeview Picnic Area

S'mores at 8:00 pm
Movie at 9:00 pm

Popcorn will be served

If it is rainy, the movie will be show indoors and announced that night.  Please contact the park for new location.
Be sure to bring bug spray, blankets and chairs.
Sun 04 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

May 26 – November 5, 2017; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Guided tours of Olana's artist-designed landscape cover Frederic Church's 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church's original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana's ongoing preservation story. To learn more visit www.olana.org/hours-and-admission. Tours are offered on foot or on electric vehicles. Check website for specific times and to make a reservation.

Sun 04 Jun
Adult Program: Map Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Participants will use a map of the park to navigate to specific destinations. We will cover approximately 5 miles at a moderate pace. Some hills. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Gentle Yoga Series
Sunday, June 4, 2017 until Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Each Sunday in June at 10am. Taught by Cleo Post, owner of Rainbow Body Yoga in Red Hook, NY, this FREE four-part series will introduce basic gentle yoga poses in a serene and beautiful outdoor environment. Students will learn the six motions of the spine, how to enter and exit yoga poses safely, breathing techniques, and how to move the body with grace and ease. No prior experience necessary. Registration required, but admission is free! Visit www.friendsofclermont.org for registration.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
TIE DYE
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Tulip Hill Shelter

Bring your own white t-shirt, pillowcase, bandanna or any other cotton article you would like to tie-dye!

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.

Call the park with any questions.
Sun 04 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods.

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 04 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods.

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 04 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 862-4207

Enjoy an easy 1-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to New York City. Inquiries: Tom Tarnowsky, tom.tarnowsky@gmail.com or 914-862-4207.

Sun 04 Jun
Family Program: Beach Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Summer is almost here! The longer days and warmer weather make this the perfect time of year to be at the beach! Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Family Program: Beach Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Summer is almost here! The longer days and warmer weather make this the perfect time of year to be at the beach! Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Southside Sportsmen’s Club Historic House Tours
Sunday, June 4, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the Southside Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern, land, buildings, and members of the high society Sportsmen's Club's, and how it came to be Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Tours run continuously. Please arrive any time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Each tour is about 45 minutes long.

Sun 04 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 04 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 04 Jun
CAPE (Community Adventure Play Experience)
Sunday, June 4, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and in conjunction with Yonkers Arts Weekend, CAPE (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.

Sun 04 Jun
Gilded Age Scandals Tour
Sunday, June 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but several of their Gilded Age peers were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Reservations required.

$10/adults, $8/seniors & students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a Pitcher Plant "eats". There is a lot to explore in our constructed bog. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sun 04 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 2017 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a Pitcher Plant "eats". There is a lot to explore in our constructed bog. Call 872-0800 to register.

Mon 05