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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 27 Jun
Explore the Gorge with a Guide
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 until Sunday, September 17, 2017
Watkins Glen State Park
(607) 387-7041

Tours will be 7 days a week and 10:00am and 1:00pm

This 1 mile hike will cover park history, geology, natural history and more. Learn how old the rocks are, who built the trails and how the gorge was formed! The tour ends at Mile Point Bridge and from there you can continue to the end of the Gorge Trail or use one of the Rim Trails to return to where you started.

Due to this year's construction at the Main Entrance please meet at the bottom of Couch's Staircase.
From the Main Entrance: go through the entrance tunnel, across Sentry Bridge and up the first set of stairs.
From the South Pavilion: follow the South Rim Trail to the right of the building (toward the Main Entrance), go down the stairs and meet at the bottom.

No registration required.

For more information call 607-387-7041 or email: josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov

Thu 29 Jun
Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, June 29, 2017 until Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

Hither Hills State Park plays host to a weekly sand castle contest which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach are used to create sculptures. Prizes are awarded in several categories.

Sat 01 Jul
Nature Table: Rainbows at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Sunday, August 20, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Mr. Letchworth named his estate Glen Iris in part because of his fascination with Greek mythology; Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Most sunny days a rainbow can be seen in the mist of Middle Falls. Learn about and enjoy this naturally colorful phenomenon.

Sat 01 Jul
Nature Table: Rainbows at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Sunday, August 20, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Mr. Letchworth named his estate Glen Iris in part because of his fascination with Greek mythology; Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Most sunny days a rainbow can be seen in the mist of Middle Falls. Learn about and enjoy this naturally colorful phenomenon.

Sat 01 Jul
2017 Summer Concert Series
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Saturday, August 26, 2017 07:00 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

August 12 The Pelotones
Jjazz, Blues, & Rhythm

August 19 The Destination
Rhythm, Latin, Swing, Funk/Disco

August 26 The 7th Annual Movie Under the Stars
Silent Movie Shown Outdoors at the Concert Stage

All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. and there is a $5.00 per car parking fee. Silent Movie Night starts at 8:00 p.m. and there is a $5.00 parking fee.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come and relax to local musical artists or join in dancing in front of the stage.

Thu 06 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Tennis Tournament
Thursday, July 6, 2017 until Tuesday, September 5, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration begins on May 1.

Time: Weekdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: $12.00 singles; $15.00 Doubles

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Aug
Learn-to-Swim Program: Session 2
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 until Monday, August 28, 2017
Higley Flow State Park
(315) 262-2880

Aug 1st-28th

For information on registration and to confirm the dates and hours above, please contact the park office directly.

Registration: Required
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.

Mon 14 Aug
Learn-to-Swim Program: Session 4
Monday, August 14, 2017 until Friday, August 25, 2017
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

August 14-25, Monday-Friday

9:00am-9:45am | 6:15pm-7:00pm

For information on registration and to confirm the dates and hours above, please contact the park office directly.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Aug
17th Annual Arts at the Gardens
Saturday, August 19, 2017 until Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
(585) 394-4922

Arts at the Gardens is an outdoor, two-day juried fine art and fine craft exhibition, show and sale held on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, NY. The 50 acre estate and botanical gardens creates an exceptional setting for Upstate New York's annual display of over 100 fine artisans, performers, and food and wine vendors. Arts at the Gardens engages community to create a unique environment for residents, families, and tourists to view, collect, and enjoy exceptional arts and culture. The show and sale supports independent business owners, the Finger Lakes Region and Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.

Admission: $7
(Children under 12 are FREE)

Sun 20 Aug
“Dam” Good Trail Race
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

A 20k off-road running race along the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail beginning and ending at the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area. For details visit: www.roadsarepoison.com

Sun 20 Aug
“Dam” Good Trail Race
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

A 20k off-road running race along the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail beginning and ending at the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area. For details visit: www.roadsarepoison.com

Sun 20 Aug
Gallery Exhibit “SNAP! Living with Trees
Sunday, August 20, 2017 until Sunday, September 24, 2017
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

A photographic exhibit curated by Audrey Leeds at Rockefeller Preserve Gallery. Photos of trees from within the boundaries of the Preserve. Free and open to the public.

Sun 20 Aug
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
(716) 282-5154

A beginner's class on kayaking! Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a one hour session. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Weather permitting. Space is limited. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sunday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sun 20 Aug
Views across the Ravine Walk
Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for a Sunday morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach two iconic, cliff-edge, scenic lookouts, Kempton's Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two spots are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are correct, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Plants, etc: Adult Program
Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this leisurely, hilly, eclectic saunter in the southwestern section of the park we'll focus on botany, history, and the usage of plants. Some walking in long grass.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Bald Eagle Hike
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join a park naturalist for a hike along the parks rim trail and search for the Bald Eagle!

Meet at Nature Center

Sun 20 Aug
Edible Plant Walk
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers.

Focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Meet at Snake Hill Overlook, on flat of Main Park Road, between Great Bend and Wolf Creek.

Sun 20 Aug
Edible Plant Walk
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers.

Focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Meet at Snake Hill Overlook, on flat of Main Park Road, between Great Bend and Wolf Creek.

Sun 20 Aug
Turtle Walk with Dr. Danielle Garneau
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join Dr. Danielle Garneau, SUNY Plattsburgh Wildlife Ecologist, for a moderate walk around the park. Please meet at the nature center. We'll look for turtles throughout the walk, and discuss current turtle research. This walk will feature many of the wetland ecosystems the park has to offer!

Sun 20 Aug
Campfire Cooking
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Campfire Cooking- Gourmet S'mores! Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center
Sun 20 Aug
Campfire Cooking
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Campfire Cooking- Gourmet S'mores! Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center
Sun 20 Aug
Beach Cleanup
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sandy Island Beach State Park
(315) 387-2657

Come lend a hand! Bring sand sifters, work gloves, shovels and rakes. Garbage bags and plastic gloves provided. Meet at the State Park's pop up tent next to the North Sandy Pond channel.
Sun 20 Aug
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Starting May 27th, 2017; The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 12:30pm on Sundays at the APS Stone Tower (Program Site 17).

Sun 20 Aug
3rd Sunday Music Tour on Bannerman Island: Fermata Nowhere
Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Bannerman Island, along with a musical performance by Fermata Nowhere, a youth a cappella ensemble led by Kate & Jake Van der Linden. $35. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.   
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Nature Story Hour
Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Come to the Evangola Nature Center for interactive story telling! Meet at Nature Center

Sun 20 Aug
Artist’s reception for “SNAP! Living with Trees.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Photographic exhibit of trees from within the boundaries of the Preserve. Free and open to the public with light refreshments.

Sun 20 Aug
Nature Scavenger Hunt: Children’s Program
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Nature hides things in plain sight every day. Can you find the items on the list to complete the scavenger hunt?

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Rubbish Rhumba
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

We all know we should try to reuse and recycle whenever we can. But did you know that you can turn some of your garbage into musical instruments? Join us as we show you how to transform your trash into musical treasure!
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Rubbish Rhumba
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

We all know we should try to reuse and recycle whenever we can. But did you know that you can turn some of your garbage into musical instruments? Join us as we show you how to transform your trash into musical treasure!
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Children’s Summer Theatre: My Reptile Guys
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

All events are FREE. Parking fee will be in effect. No registration is required. We recommend you bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Call the park directly for further information or Recreation Office at 631-321-3510.

Sun 20 Aug
Children’s Summer Theatre: Jester Jim
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

All events are FREE. Parking fee will be in effect. No registration is required. We recommend you bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Call the park directly for further information or Recreation Office at 631-321-3510.

Sun 20 Aug
Aster and Goldenrod Workshop at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The waning summer provides a fine assortment of fall flowers including dozens of native asters and goldenrods. More than a dozen dried species will be available to contrast and compare the features of these diverse daisies.

Sun 20 Aug
Aster and Goldenrod Workshop at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The waning summer provides a fine assortment of fall flowers including dozens of native asters and goldenrods. More than a dozen dried species will be available to contrast and compare the features of these diverse daisies.

Sun 20 Aug
Hike with a Ranger to the Ice Caves
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join a Park Ranger on this interpretive hike through the Ice Caves at Sam's Point. Learn about how these fascinating crevices formed, while cooling off in their natural air conditioning! Along the way to the Ice Caves you will see evidence of the wildfire that burned 2,028 acres through the Park Preserve and surrounding lands in April, 2016. It is captivating to see what is growing after the fire, and our Ranger would love to tell you all about it! This hike is three miles roundtrip, with two and a half miles on carriage roads and half a mile on a footpath which includes stone stairs, two small ladders and boardwalk sections. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Live Raptor Program
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Live Raptor Program. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center

Sun 20 Aug
Live Raptor Program
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Live Raptor Program. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center

Sun 20 Aug
Shorebird Education and Survival Game
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Sandy Island Beach State Park
(315) 387-2657

This program focuses on human and wildlife interactions where kids of all ages learn how endangered shorebirds forage, nest and hide from all predators! Meet at the pop up tent by the channel.
Sun 20 Aug
Salut Au Monde Series, Part 3: Native American Storytelling with Joseph Bruchac
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
(631) 427-5240

WWBA continues its 2017 Program Series, Salut au Monde.  This title is taken from one of Whitman's poems and we aim to bring the world to the Whitman stage with this Series. Joseph Bruchac will present a 60 minute program on Native Indian Storytelling. Sandi Brewster-Walker will speak on her story as a Long Island Native American and feature her book,  The Colored Girl From Long Island . Q&A and book signing to follow. 

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit our website.

Sun 20 Aug
Great Lakes Invaders
Sunday, August 20, 2017 02:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Check out our display table for an experience with aliens that live in Lake Erie! You will be able to see real preserved specimens!

Sun 20 Aug
Bike the Harbor!
Sunday, August 20, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 282-5154

Bring your bike and join us for a leisurely-paced bicycle ride along the Outer Harbor trail. We will stop at several points of interest along the way. Bike helmet is required! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 20 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 20, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

July 30 — Jeannine Laverty - Finding Home: Mountains? Flatland? Sea? It's the search that counts, isn't it?
Aug. 6 — Elizabeth Ellis - Deniable Plausibility/Plausible Deniability: Tales True and Not so True
Aug. 13 — Peter Cook - A Feast for your eyes: ASL Storytelling
Aug. 20 — Michael Reno Harrell - WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE: Tales & tunes that connect us all
Aug. 27 — Joe Bruchac - OUR STORIES REMEMBER: Lesson stories and traditional music from the Native nations of the Northeastern Woodlands
Sept. 10 — Becky Holder - "Mapping the Geography of the Heart: from a gritty steel town to the beautiful Finger Lakes of Upstate New York"

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 20 Aug
Sunset Stroll
Sunday, August 20, 2017 07:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Summer is here, and a mid-June evening is the perfect time for a stroll by the vast Great Lake to see what nature has to offer. Bring your cameras for some breathtaking shots of the sun setting over the water. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo.

Mon 21 Aug
Nature Table: Amazing Monarchs at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, August 21, 2017 until Friday, September 15, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Monarch butterflies undertake one of the most impressive annual migrations of any animal in the world. We will be raising monarchs from caterpillars in The Humphrey Nature Center .

Mon 21 Aug
Nature Table: Amazing Monarchs at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, August 21, 2017 until Friday, September 15, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Monarch butterflies undertake one of the most impressive annual migrations of any animal in the world. We will be raising monarchs from caterpillars in The Humphrey Nature Center .

Mon 21 Aug
Naturalist Walk
Monday, August 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join park naturalist, Grace Mayhew, for a guided walk along moderate trails. Please meet at the nature center. Topics will include wildflowers, tree identification, birds, mammals, reptiles, and general ecology!

Mon 21 Aug
Line Dancing
Monday, August 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

All ages and abilities are welcome to join caller Primo Fiore as he sets the pace for country western and line dancing at two of our beautiful parks on Long Island.

Tue 22 Aug
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Fun in the Sun
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Tue 22 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 07:00 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.

Tue 22 Aug
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 22 Aug
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 22 Aug
Fish Food
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Coles Creek State Park
(315) 388-5636

Fish food...poisoning! Learn who eats who and pollution plays a part with a really fun and active game.
Tue 22 Aug
Learn to Fly Fish!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Come learn to fly fish at Saratoga Spa State Park! Fly fisherman Paul Sinicki will teach you the basics of fly tying and casting. Bring your own equipment or use ours! No registration necessary. Meet at the Administration Building, rain or shine. This class is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Donations towards future programming will be accepted.

Tue 22 Aug
Spa Park Walking Tour
Tuesday, August 22, 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 architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Tue 22 Aug
Fish Food
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Fish food...poisoning! Learn who eats who and pollution plays a part with a really fun and active game.

Tue 22 Aug
Fish Food
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Fish food...poisoning! Learn who eats who and pollution plays a part with a really fun and active game.

Wed 23 Aug
Buffalo Harbor Movies Under The Stars
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 822-1207

Join us each Wednesday this summer for Buffalo Harbor's Movies Under the Stars! All movies and parking are free!

6/28 Trolls
7/05 Moana
7/12 Toy Story
7/19 Up (Sky's The Limit)
7/26 Zootopia
8/02 Bee Movie
8/09 Wall E
8/16 Lego Movie
8/23 Shrek
8/30 Dory

Wed 23 Aug
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required
Wed 23 Aug
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required
Wed 23 Aug
Naturalist Walk
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 643-9952

Join park naturalist, Grace Mayhew, for a guided walk along moderate trails. Please meet at the recreation center on the day-use side of park. Topics will include wildflowers, tree identification, birds, mammals, reptiles, and general ecology!

Wed 23 Aug
Colonial Games Day
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Each Wednesday in the summer, stop by the Manor and learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1700's! Come take a selfie as you try on many of our reproduction clothing! Test your luck at many of the popular games from 1700's, and learn about their origins and how they have transformed over the years, including some that are still played today! Admission is free but children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Wed 23 Aug
Animal Walks: Insect Safari
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Focus on insects and spiders. Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Meet at Mount Morris Dam Snack Bar parking lot.

Wed 23 Aug
Animal Walks: Insect Safari
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Focus on insects and spiders. Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Meet at Mount Morris Dam Snack Bar parking lot.

Wed 23 Aug
Photo Walks with Keith Walters: Sunset Photo Walk- Genesee Valley Greenway Trail
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 06:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Local photographer Keith Walters will guide you through some of his favorite areas of Letchworth State Park while giving tips on taking great photographs yourself. Programs are free, bring your own camera.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking area.

Wed 23 Aug
Photo Walks with Keith Walters: Sunset Photo Walk- Genesee Valley Greenway Trail
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 06:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Local photographer Keith Walters will guide you through some of his favorite areas of Letchworth State Park while giving tips on taking great photographs yourself. Programs are free, bring your own camera.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking area.

Wed 23 Aug
Special Program on Lincoln’s Private Secretary, John G. Nicolay
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(315) 343-4711

On Wednesday, August 23rd, at 7:00 PM, Civil War Historian and Oswego native Tom Ebert will speak on the life of President Abraham Lincoln's Private Secretary, John George Nicolay (1832–1901), in the Enlisted Men's Barracks at old Fort Ontario. The program is free and open to the public.

Allen Carden and Tom Ebert are co-authors of FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION, Lincoln's Private Secretary John G. Nicolay, scheduled for publication early next year. While Nicolay's 83 year old daughter published an uncritical and undocumented biography of her father in 1949, Carden and Ebert's 403 page book will be the first professional biography published on Nicolay, and represents a significant contribution to Lincoln scholarship.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego, New York. There is plenty of free parking available. If you have any questions about the program, or have accessibilthyneed to make arrangement to park closer to the old stone fort, please contact Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711 or Paul.Lear@parks.ny.gov.

Wed 23 Aug
Learn About Letchworth Series at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This year's theme is "In and Around the Genesee River". Experts in diverse fields will share their connections to the neighborhood of Letchworth State Park. Programs are held in The Humphrey Nature Center.

July 5- Life in the Lands of Letchworth: Living along the Genesee in the 19th Century by Tom Cook

July 12- Canal Women: surly Sal McMurray by Gretchen Sepik

July 19- Secrets of the Mount Morris Dam by Steve Winslow

July 26- The Geological Wonder that is Letchworth State Park by Jim Pomeroy

Aug 2- Center for Enviornemtnal Initatives on River Health by George Thomas

Aug 9- "Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal" a contemporary film

Aug 16- Explorations of Letchworth State Park Through the Lens of a Camera by Keith Walters

Aug 23- The Importance of STEM in Education and the Genesee River by Dan Menelly

Wed 23 Aug
Learn About Letchworth Series at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This year's theme is "In and Around the Genesee River". Experts in diverse fields will share their connections to the neighborhood of Letchworth State Park. Programs are held in The Humphrey Nature Center.

July 5- Life in the Lands of Letchworth: Living along the Genesee in the 19th Century by Tom Cook

July 12- Canal Women: surly Sal McMurray by Gretchen Sepik

July 19- Secrets of the Mount Morris Dam by Steve Winslow

July 26- The Geological Wonder that is Letchworth State Park by Jim Pomeroy

Aug 2- Center for Enviornemtnal Initatives on River Health by George Thomas

Aug 9- "Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal" a contemporary film

Aug 16- Explorations of Letchworth State Park Through the Lens of a Camera by Keith Walters

Aug 23- The Importance of STEM in Education and the Genesee River by Dan Menelly

Thu 24 Aug
Tiny Tots: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 24 Aug
Tiny Tots: Upon Butterfly Wings
Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 24 Aug
Wind
Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Coles Creek State Park
(315) 388-5636

Craft your own pinwheel and learn about wind and why it matters.

Thu 24 Aug
Preschool Naturalists
Thursday, August 24, 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 required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 24 Aug
Wind!
Thursday, August 24, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Craft your own pinwheel and learn about wind and why it matters.
Thu 24 Aug
Wind!
Thursday, August 24, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Craft your own pinwheel and learn about wind and why it matters.
Thu 24 Aug
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, August 24, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 24 Aug
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, August 24, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 24 Aug
Summer Yoga at Ganondagan
Thursday, August 24, 2017 07:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Victor Yoga Studio - Donation Class (Proceeds to Friends of Ganondagan)

Park at lower parking lot on Rte. 444
Alternative (construction) route: Main Street to School Street, Left on Boughton Hill Road, Left on Rte. 444, parking lot is on the left. Follow the Yoga signs along the trail.

During inclement weather, yoga will be held at Victor Yoga Studio http://www.victoryogastudio.com/index.htm l

Thu 24 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 24, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Thu 24 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 24, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Fri 25 Aug
Stone Tool Craftsman Show
Friday, August 25, 2017 until Sunday, August 27, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Featuring Flintknapping (tool-making demonstrations and vendors), Living History in the 19th Century Mountain Men Encampment. Additionally, the Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition, Atlatl (spear-throwing) activities are on Thursday, August 24.

Fri 25 Aug
Stone Tool Craftsman Show
Friday, August 25, 2017 until Sunday, August 27, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Featuring Flintknapping (tool-making demonstrations and vendors), Living History in the 19th Century Mountain Men Encampment. Additionally, the Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition, Atlatl (spear-throwing) activities are on Thursday, August 24.

Fri 25 Aug
Spider Hunt: Family Program
Friday, August 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Some spiders hunt for their prey, others wait patiently for prey to come to them. Indoor activities will be followed with a walk to capture, observe and release these fascinating creepy creatures.

Registration: Required
Fri 25 Aug
Spider Hunt: Family Program
Friday, August 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Some spiders hunt for their prey, others wait patiently for prey to come to them. Indoor activities will be followed with a walk to capture, observe and release these fascinating creepy creatures.

Registration: Required
Fri 25 Aug
Bald Eagle Hike
Friday, August 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join a park naturalist for a hike along the parks rim trail and search for the Bald Eagles!

Meet at Nature Center

Fri 25 Aug
Bug Out!
Friday, August 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Curious about the critters crawling about the woods? We are too! Join Naturalists from Allegany State Park as they take a closer look at the tiny friends crawling around Long Point State Park. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo.

Fri 25 Aug
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, August 25, 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 25 Aug
Summer Nature Scavenger Hunt
Friday, August 25, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Stop by the Creekside Classroom to pick up a summer nature scavenger hunt list! A prize will be given to participants who complete their list. This program is appropriate for families with children ages 2-12. This program is free with park entry fee. No registration necessary. For directions to the Creekside Classroom please call (518) 584-2000.

Fri 25 Aug
Play Days at Jay
Friday, August 25, 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 25 Aug
Nature Story Hour
Friday, August 25, 2017 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Come to the Evangola Nature Center for interactive story telling!

Fri 25 Aug
Open Mic Night
Friday, August 25, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come down for music, food, kids' activities, and a fun time. Every week, a host band takes the stage, and guests are invited to join in the music making! Dinner is available from the Schodack Landing Fire Company. Our environmental education staff will have a kids' craft or activity every week. Programs will be cancelled for inclement weather. Please call the Park Office to confirm.

Fri 25 Aug
Sunset Stroll
Friday, August 25, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bring your walking shoes and join us for a leisurely stroll along the jetty. Make sure to also bring your camera for some amazing sunset photo opportunities.
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Aug
Sunset Stroll
Friday, August 25, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bring your walking shoes and join us for a leisurely stroll along the jetty. Make sure to also bring your camera for some amazing sunset photo opportunities.
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Aug
Fireside Jams
Friday, August 25, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Busy on Friday night? You are now! Meet us by the Max V. Shaul campfire for a relaxing, music filled night with family, friends, and park staff. Fireside James is our camp side music program where anyone can join in! Bring your guitar, some chords, and your best dancing shoes and play a song by yourself or join in with someone else.

This is a free program that is fun for all ages. Program will be held at the firepit near the pavilion. Seating is limited, so bringing your own chairs is encouraged.

Fri 25 Aug
Friday Night Surprise: (Family Program)
Friday, August 25, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Join a Naturalist for a night time exploration program – it is Naturalist choice night. Be surprised!

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

A beginner's class on kayaking! Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a one hour session. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Weather permitting. Space is limited. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 26 Aug
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

A beginner's class on kayaking! Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a one hour session. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Weather permitting. Space is limited. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 26 Aug
Monarch Butterfly Releases at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, August 26, 2017 until Friday, September 15, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Daily, August 26 –September 15 at 10:00 am & 4:00 pm (so long as butterflies are ready to fly)

Join us for monarch butterfly releases at our butterfly garden. Learn about the life history of monarch butterflies, including their remarkable annual migration. If you're lucky, you might be the launching pad for the maiden flight of a monarch butterfly!

Sat 26 Aug
Monarch Butterfly Releases at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, August 26, 2017 until Friday, September 15, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Daily, August 26 –September 15 at 10:00 am & 4:00 pm (so long as butterflies are ready to fly)

Join us for monarch butterfly releases at our butterfly garden. Learn about the life history of monarch butterflies, including their remarkable annual migration. If you're lucky, you might be the launching pad for the maiden flight of a monarch butterfly!

Sat 26 Aug
Zumba on the Beach
Saturday, August 26, 2017 09:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Get up and get moving in the sand with local Zumba instructor Daniela Borbon! No experience necessary – just be ready to dance to great music with great people. $8 gate fee refunded if only staying for program, ask for details when pre-registering. $5 program fee. Space is limited! Call 279-1155 to pre-register. Program will begin promptly at 9am so please arrive a few minutes early. Rain date: 8/27

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Farm Market
Saturday, August 26, 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 26 Aug
Kayaking with Molly and Save the River
Saturday, August 26, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

$10 per person. Must be 13 or older to participate. Come learn about how you can become a Riverkeeper Volunteer while brushing up on your kayaking skills! Molly will teach the ACA course Smartstart Your Kayak which is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Following the kayak training, Kate Brehany from Save the River will talk about various factors that threaten the health of our river and what you can do to help. You will have plenty of time to look for wildlife and explore our shoreline! Participants will receive a Tshirt and an invasive species guide. Please call for additional information and to preregister.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Kayaking with Molly and Save the River
Saturday, August 26, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

$10 per person. Must be 13 or older to participate. Come learn about how you can become a Riverkeeper Volunteer while brushing up on your kayaking skills! Molly will teach the ACA course Smartstart Your Kayak which is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Following the kayak training, Kate Brehany from Save the River will talk about various factors that threaten the health of our river and what you can do to help. You will have plenty of time to look for wildlife and explore our shoreline! Participants will receive a Tshirt and an invasive species guide. Please call for additional information and to preregister.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Wildflowers of Summer
Saturday, August 26, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come take a wander on the trails near the Minnewaska Nature Center to discover, identify and document some of the wildflowers that we will meet on our excursion. As we meander, and come upon a wildflower, we will take some time to document it, through photographing or sketching the flower. Color pastels and sketch paper will be provided. Participants may want to bring a camera, sketch book or preferred medium to work in. For comfort and safety for the outing, participants will want to bring plenty of water, a hat or sunglasses and a comfortable or packable surface to sit on. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Nature Quest: Family Program
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We have plotted a scavenger hunt for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will have about 1 ½ hours to hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Nature Quest: Family Program
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We have plotted a scavenger hunt for you and your family to follow at your own pace. You will have about 1 ½ hours to hunt for the fascinating and humorous objects on our list.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Beautiful Bats
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Coles Creek State Park
(315) 388-5636

Learn about bat adaptations and why they are important.
Sat 26 Aug
Wet & Wild! (Children’s Program)
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Visit the pond's edge to explore life in and around this amazing habitat. Dress for wading, bring sunscreen, a towel and water shoes. (No bare feet permitted)

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Guided Hike on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join a hike to the escarpment on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. The 3 mile loop is fairly level and mainly in the woods. We will meet at the Carrick Road trailhead. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 26 Aug
Life in a Forest: Evangola
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Every forest has a story to tell. We will explore diverse forest communities and the dramas unfolding among them. Focus will be placed on early successional forests. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 26 Aug
Ben Franklin’s Experiments
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

We all think we know the story of Benjamin Franklin. We know the story of his flying a kite in a thunderstorm, but do you know about the other inventions he worked on? Historian Mike Kochan will present and demonstrate some of Benjamin Franklin's Experiments. Mike will have replicas of the machines Franklin used in his experiments. Guests will have the opportunity to conduct some of the experiments themselves! This hands-on program will bring the history of electrical developments to life.

At 2:00 Mike's illustrated talk will show Franklin's place in the history of the discoveries in electricity. Mike will start with the Greeks, move to the 17th century then the 18th century and finish with a demonstration of Franklin's famous kite experiment.

Sat 26 Aug
Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Ever wonder why some birds have a small band around their leg? Join Elyse Henshaw and Twan Leenders from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History as they band birds at Long Point State Park. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo.

Sat 26 Aug
Dunegrass Transplanting Workshop
Saturday, August 26, 2017 until Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sandy Island Beach State Park
(315) 387-2657

Planting native species in an active restoration project helps State Parks prevent the spread of invasive species. Meet in the Community Room. Refreshments provided!
Sat 26 Aug
It's a Small World
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Southwick Beach State Park
(315) 846-5338

Join us at Southwick Beach on August 26th for a guided hike where we'll focus on the small but beautiful aspects of the trail. We'll touch on everything from lichens and mosses to insects and mushrooms, so you can learn about the tremendously important tiny organisms that make the forest tick. Ask at the toll booth for directions to our meeting location.

Sat 26 Aug
Guided Hike on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join a hike to the escarpment on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. The 3 mile loop is fairly level and mainly in the woods. We will meet at the Carrick Road trailhead. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 26 Aug
What's Up With Weather
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

From wind and rain to sunny skies, the weather on Long Island can change so quickly. Through a combination of demonstrations and experiments, we will explore some different types of weather.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Indian Rock Hike
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Starting at the Sam's Point Visitor Center, we'll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam's Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains while we eat lunch. This nearly five mile hike traverses woods roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short, steep sections. Please bring plenty of water and a lunch with you. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
What's Up With Weather
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

From wind and rain to sunny skies, the weather on Long Island can change so quickly. Through a combination of demonstrations and experiments, we will explore some different types of weather.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.

Sat 26 Aug
Literary Walk – Eastern Section: (Adult Program)
Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This program is a quiet, leisurely ramble, (2 miles) generously interspersed with readings selected to enhance your appreciation of the beauty, wonder, and tranquility of nature.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Build a Birdhouse
Saturday, August 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create a home for the birds in your yard.

All ages; Guardians must help with tools

Sat 26 Aug
Build a Birdhouse
Saturday, August 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Create a home for the birds in your yard.

All ages; Guardians must help with tools

Sat 26 Aug
Discovering Dragonflies
Saturday, August 26, 2017 01:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us at the campground pond as we catch and explore these unique prehistoric insects!

Meet at Campground Pond

Sat 26 Aug
Fairy Tale Faire
Saturday, August 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(345) 373-4711

Set up will be on lawn opposite the Arts Center.  We will end with the storming of the Fort about 2:30 pm
Sat 26 Aug
My Name is Eleanor - Tour & Book Signing on Bannerman Island
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Eleanor Owen Seeland grew up on Bannerman Island. Includes: Story telling by Eleanor and book signing with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock and tour of island. This program is being offered June 10, July 29, August 26 & September 23. $35/person, includes boat ride to the island. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Brand new this year is the Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more! Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 or email us at MineKillSP@parks.ny.gov

Sat 26 Aug
Beautiful Bats
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Learn about bat adaptations and why they are important.

Sat 26 Aug
Beautiful Bats
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Learn about bat adaptations and why they are important.

Sat 26 Aug
Lecture: The New York Campaign
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated lecture on the campaign of 1776 in the New York City area. This campaign was the first real test of Washington's fledgling army. This talk covers the men, commanders, and battles of this exciting campaign.

Sat 26 Aug
Beach Treasure Hunt
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

There's treasure on the beach, can you find it? Join us for a Lake Erie themed scavenger hunt! Meet at Lifeguard Chair

Sat 26 Aug
Learn to Fish!
Saturday, August 26, 2017 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Learn to Fish! programs are free, and they are scheduled when the Hudson River tide is nice and high. There will be an educational session before fishing in the river, if weather permits. Guests should park in the main parking lot and meet at the boat launch. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated for groups of ten or more. Fishing poles, bait, tackle, and educational materials have been provided through I Fish NY, a program by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional bait is provided by Hudson River Bait and Tackle.

Sat 26 Aug
Gorge Hiking Series: Evening at the Flats
Saturday, August 26, 2017 04:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

There is nothing better than a gorge hike in the evening! Bring along a snack for a hike on the Whirlpool Rapids Trail to get a close up view of the amazing Whirlpool and rapids! For information and registration call (716)282-5154.

Sat 26 Aug
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 26, 2017 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S'mores fixins will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 26, 2017 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S'mores fixins will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
Movie Night with Castleton Public Library
Saturday, August 26, 2017 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

What will be playing this week? Call or stop by to find out! Free, family friendly films will be featured in the main field, and popcorn will be available. Bring a blanket and camp chairs, or use a park picnic table. The show will start at dark.

Sun 27 Aug
Citizen Science Phenology Hike
Sunday, August 27, 2017 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and collect real data that can be used by New York scientists to monitor climate change. We are offering this hike once a month to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Aug
I Fish NY
Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

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

Sun 27 Aug
Lake Sturgeon
Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Lake Sturgeon, fish of the deep. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center.

Sun 27 Aug
Lake Sturgeon
Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Lake Sturgeon, fish of the deep. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center.

Sun 27 Aug
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Starting May 27th, 2017; The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 12:30pm on Sundays at the APS Stone Tower (Program Site 17).

Sun 27 Aug
The Children’s Discovery Trail: (Family Program)
Sunday, August 27, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bethpage State Park
(631) 581-1072

Explore Bethpage's Children's Trail together! This self-guided trail has just been redone with some new and exciting stops and activities.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Aug
Outdoor History Tour: Family Program
Sunday, August 27, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a walk as you learn about different buildings in the preserve. We will explain the history of each, even those that are no longer standing.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Aug
Outdoor History Tour: Family Program
Sunday, August 27, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a walk as you learn about different buildings in the preserve. We will explain the history of each, even those that are no longer standing.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Aug
Live Raptor Program
Sunday, August 27, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Live Raptor Program. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center
Sun 27 Aug
Live Raptor Program
Sunday, August 27, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Live Raptor Program. Meet at the Nicandri Nature Center
Sun 27 Aug
Children’s Summer Theatre: Magic of Amore
Sunday, August 27, 2017 02:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

All events are FREE. Parking fee will be in effect. No registration is required. We recommend you bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Call the park directly for further information or Recreation Office at 631-321-3510.

Sun 27 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 27, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

July 30 — Jeannine Laverty - Finding Home: Mountains? Flatland? Sea? It's the search that counts, isn't it?
Aug. 6 — Elizabeth Ellis - Deniable Plausibility/Plausible Deniability: Tales True and Not so True
Aug. 13 — Peter Cook - A Feast for your eyes: ASL Storytelling
Aug. 20 — Michael Reno Harrell - WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE: Tales & tunes that connect us all
Aug. 27 — Joe Bruchac - OUR STORIES REMEMBER: Lesson stories and traditional music from the Native nations of the Northeastern Woodlands
Sept. 10 — Becky Holder - "Mapping the Geography of the Heart: from a gritty steel town to the beautiful Finger Lakes of Upstate New York"

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Mon 28 Aug
Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, August 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: August 23rd.

Registration: Required
Mon 28 Aug
Naturalist Walk
Monday, August 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join park naturalist, Grace Mayhew, for a guided walk along moderate trails. Please meet at the nature center. Topics will include wildflowers, tree identification, birds, mammals, reptiles, and general ecology!

Tue 29 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 07:00 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.

Tue 29 Aug
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 29 Aug
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 29 Aug
Learn to Compost
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Coles Creek State Park
(315) 388-5636

Learn to Compost. Meet at the Coles Creek Beach Pavilion
Tue 29 Aug
Learn to Compost
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Learn to Compost. Meet at the Long Sault Pavilion.
Tue 29 Aug
Learn to Compost
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Learn to Compost. Meet at the Long Sault Pavilion.
Wed 30 Aug
Buffalo Harbor Movies Under The Stars
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 822-1207

Join us each Wednesday this summer for Buffalo Harbor's Movies Under the Stars! All movies and parking are free!

6/28 Trolls
7/05 Moana
7/12 Toy Story
7/19 Up (Sky's The Limit)
7/26 Zootopia
8/02 Bee Movie
8/09 Wall E
8/16 Lego Movie
8/23 Shrek
8/30 Dory

Wed 30 Aug
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required
Wed 30 Aug
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required
Wed 30 Aug
Naturalist Walk
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 643-9952

Join park naturalist, Grace Mayhew, for a guided walk along moderate trails. Please meet at the recreation center on the day-use side of park. Topics will include wildflowers, tree identification, birds, mammals, reptiles, and general ecology!

Wed 30 Aug
Colonial Games Day
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Each Wednesday in the summer, stop by the Manor and learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1700's! Come take a selfie as you try on many of our reproduction clothing! Test your luck at many of the popular games from 1700's, and learn about their origins and how they have transformed over the years, including some that are still played today! Admission is free but children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Thu 31 Aug
Seining on the St. Lawrence
Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:00 AM
Coles Creek State Park
(315) 388-5636

Come see what we can catch by seining and learn about the critters of the river.
Thu 31 Aug
Seining on the St. Lawrence
Thursday, August 31, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Come see what we can catch by seining and learn about the critters of the river.

Thu 31 Aug
Seining on the St. Lawrence
Thursday, August 31, 2017 02:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Come see what we can catch by seining and learn about the critters of the river.

Thu 31 Aug
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, August 31, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 31 Aug
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, August 31, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 31 Aug
Summer Yoga at Ganondagan
Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Victor Yoga Studio - Donation Class (Proceeds to Friends of Ganondagan)

Park at lower parking lot on Rte. 444
Alternative (construction) route: Main Street to School Street, Left on Boughton Hill Road, Left on Rte. 444, parking lot is on the left. Follow the Yoga signs along the trail.

During inclement weather, yoga will be held at Victor Yoga Studio http://www.victoryogastudio.com/index.htm l

Thu 31 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Thu 31 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Fri 01 Sep
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, September 1, 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 01 Sep
Nature Center Craft
Friday, September 1, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Stop on down to the nature center and create your very own nature themed craft!

Fri 01 Sep
Play Days at Jay
Friday, September 1, 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 01 Sep
Camping for Kids
Friday, September 1, 2017 01:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Its camping season! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Long Point State Park to learn about camping. Adele Wellman, Environmental Educator from Allegany State Park, will be leading the camping lesson and bring along a tent to practice your new camping skills. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo.

Fri 01 Sep
Map Your Park
Friday, September 1, 2017 02:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

North, South, East, West, map your campsite and all the rest! Stop by the nature center to learn how to make your own map of Evangola! Meet at Nature Center

Fri 01 Sep
Open Mic Night
Friday, September 1, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come down for music, food, kids' activities, and a fun time. Every week, a host band takes the stage, and guests are invited to join in the music making! Dinner is available from the Schodack Landing Fire Company. Our environmental education staff will have a kids' craft or activity every week. Programs will be cancelled for inclement weather. Please call the Park Office to confirm.

Fri 01 Sep
Goat Island Adventure Walk
Friday, September 1, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Relax and unwind while walking around the oldest state park in the United States. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. End your walk with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 02 Sep
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

A beginner's class on kayaking! Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a one hour session. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Weather permitting. Space is limited. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 02 Sep
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

A beginner's class on kayaking! Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a one hour session. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Weather permitting. Space is limited. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 02 Sep
Colonial Cooking
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

18th century cooking was in many ways similar to modern times. Meals were prepared using methods such as boiling, frying, broiling and baking. Today's program will demonstrate how multi-dish meals can be created over a single open fire using various cookware and methods.

Sat 02 Sep
Farm Market
Saturday, September 2, 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 02 Sep
Long Way to the Waterfall
Saturday, September 2, 2017 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two mile hike on the Awosting Falls Carriage Road and one short footpath. Highlights of this hike include close-up views of the easy-flowing Peter's Kill stream and the iconic 65 foot tall Awosting Falls. Participants may want to bring water and a light snack for this outing. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
High Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 2, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Sam's Point staff on a hike to High Point, the point of highest elevation on the Northern Shawangunk Ridge, which features a 360 degree view. Along the way, we will enjoy scenic views of the valleys below and the dwarf pitch pine barrens known as the badlands. We will also stop at Verkeerderkill Falls, which drops 187 feet over a dramatic, rocky ledge. This hike includes five miles of challenging walking on a rocky footpath with some steep, scrambling sections. We'll also enjoy easier walking on three and a half miles of old woods roads and carriage roads. Participants must wear appropriate shoes and bring a backpack with plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
First Saturday Hike: Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area
Saturday, September 2, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

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

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

Registration: Not required but appreciated https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/TwoRiversStateParkTwoRiversStateParkTrailMap.pdf

Sat 02 Sep
Slime Time: Family Program
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Who makes slime? Let's discover the many creatures that produce slime and the reasons why. Then make some slime of your own.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Slime Time: Family Program
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Who makes slime? Let's discover the many creatures that produce slime and the reasons why. Then make some slime of your own.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Geology Walk to Minelot Creek Waterfalls
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Escape the summer heat and join our Geology Educator on a shady hike to the Paint Mine waterfalls. We'll take a portion of The Long Path that parallels the cool-running Minelot Creek, visiting 2 main waterfalls and a few smaller cascades. Compare 3 different rock types along this 2 mile (round trip) inclined walk as we pass through the New Scotland shaly-limestone, Esopus shale, and Onondaga limestone. Meet at 10am at the Visitor Center, call 518-872-0800 to register. .

Sat 02 Sep
Bald Eagle Hike
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join a park naturalist for a hike along the parks rim trail and search for the Bald Eagles!

Meet at Nature Center

Sat 02 Sep
Nature Walk: Genesee Valley Canal Trail- Locks Section
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at junction of Oakland Road and Route 436 in Oakland, NY. Will car pool

Sat 02 Sep
Nature Walk: Genesee Valley Canal Trail- Locks Section
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at junction of Oakland Road and Route 436 in Oakland, NY. Will car pool

Sat 02 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

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

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Geology Walk to Minelot Creek Waterfalls
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Escape the summer heat and join our Geology Educator on a shady hike to the Paint Mine waterfalls. We'll take a portion of The Long Path that parallels the cool-running Minelot Creek, visiting 2 main waterfalls and a few smaller cascades. Compare 3 different rock types along this 2 mile (round trip) inclined walk as we pass through the New Scotland shaly-limestone, Esopus shale, and Onondaga limestone. Meet at 10am at the Visitor Center, call 518-872-0800 to register. .

Sat 02 Sep
Precipitation Investigation
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Acid rain is a problem that affects the whole Earth. Through games and activities, we will discover what acid rain is, how it is caused, and what we can do to stop it.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Precipitation Investigation
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Acid rain is a problem that affects the whole Earth. Through games and activities, we will discover what acid rain is, how it is caused, and what we can do to stop it.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, September 2, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.

Sat 02 Sep
FACE PAINTING
Saturday, September 2, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

Come to the beach and let BJ and Company Paint your Face
Sat 02 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 2, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 02 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 2, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 02 Sep
Discovering Dragonflies
Saturday, September 2, 2017 01:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us at the campground pond as we catch and explore these unique prehistoric insects!

Meet at Campground Pond

Sat 02 Sep
Nature Knick-Knacks
Saturday, September 2, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create household decorations using natural materials. Bring any items you would like to spruce up, i.e., a lampshade or a frame.

Sat 02 Sep
Nature Knick-Knacks
Saturday, September 2, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Create household decorations using natural materials. Bring any items you would like to spruce up, i.e., a lampshade or a frame.

Sat 02 Sep
Jonathan Kruk Performance on Bannerman Island
Saturday, September 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will present "Spirits Over Bannerman's." Tales of Natives, Pirates and Patriots. $40/person includes boat ride to the island. Reservations at www.bannermancastle.org

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Wildlife Wonders
Saturday, September 2, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Do you know what's hiding in your backyard? Join us at the Max V. Shaul stage to find out what types of critters are living in your area. There will be bones, feathers, skulls, pelts and more during this interactive wildlife presentation. You'll have a chance to touch and feel various animal parts and examine them for yourself.

The education programs at Max V. Shaul are free for everyone and great for all ages. No registration is required. Please bring your own chairs as seats are limited. Programs will be held at the stage near the pavilion.

Sun 03 Sep
THE RING OF LIGHTS
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Delta Lake State Park
(315) 337-4670

End of the Year Party at the Beach

DJ, big bonfire, and firework show that starts around 8 pm when the sun goes down.

Everyone welcome to join
Sun 03 Sep
Fun with Photography Drop-in Program
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Drop in at the Minnewaska Nature Center to make photographic prints of some small objects you find in nature. Placing these objects on light sensitive paper, we'll make shadow images called sunprints. And, we'll also examine objects close-up under a hand-held microscope and then make small photos of what we see. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Sun 03 Sep
Warwarsing Turnpike and Mossy Glen Loop
Sunday, September 3, 2017 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Explore some of the lesser-travelled footpath sections in Minnewaska on this approximately five mile hike with Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member Emily Shertzer. Leaving from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will delve into history on the Warwarsing Turnpike Footpath, a remnant of the former toll road that predates the current US Route 44 and New York State Route 55. Upon reaching the intersection with Jenny Lane, we will take this footpath across one stream, through forests and across rock slabs until the intersection with Blueberry Run Footpath. From here, we will take this footpath for a short distance, crossing the Peter's Kill stream on a rustic footbridge, to reach the Mossy Glen Footpath. This beautiful trail runs along the Peter's Kill stream and through different forest types. This outing will include two stream crossings and some potentially tricky footing, that some may find challenging. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Sun 03 Sep
Cliff Hike: (Adult Program)
Sunday, September 3, 2017 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Bring drinking water for this new 6 mile very hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing.

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Sep
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some of our wild neighbors up close and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Suggested donation is $5 per family. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 03 Sep
Animal Walk
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Take a relaxing morning walk and explore one of the many trails in Evangola State Park!

Meet at Campground Registration Building

Sun 03 Sep
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet some of our wild neighbors up close and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Suggested donation is $5 per family. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 03 Sep
Baywalk
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Let's go for a stroll along the bay. Together, we will discover some of the plants and animals that make this unique environment their home
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Sep
Baywalk
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's go for a stroll along the bay. Together, we will discover some of the plants and animals that make this unique environment their home
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Sep
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, September 3, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Starting May 27th, 2017; The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 12:30pm on Sundays at the APS Stone Tower (Program Site 17).

Sun 03 Sep
X Marks the Spot! Children’s Program
Sunday, September 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Would you like to join us on a hunt for Caleb's hidden treasure? We will follow clues and picture puzzles as we go. Each child will go home with a piece of the treasure!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Sep
X Marks the Spot! Children’s Program
Sunday, September 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Would you like to join us on a hunt for Caleb's hidden treasure? We will follow clues and picture puzzles as we go. Each child will go home with a piece of the treasure!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Sep
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, September 3, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Slither on over to the nature center and meet Shadow the snake as we talk about these amazing yet misunderstood creatures! Meet at Nature Center

Sun 03 Sep
Summer Farewell Festival
Sunday, September 3, 2017 03:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Music at its best with live bands, family activities, food and a great fireworks show.

Sun 03 Sep
Summer Farewell Festival
Sunday, September 3, 2017 03:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Music at its best with live bands, family activities, food and a great fireworks show.

Mon 04 Sep
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Monday, September 4, 2017 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this five mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top Tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does include a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Mon 04 Sep
Holiday Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, September 4, 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: August 30th.

Registration: Required
Mon 04 Sep
Bald Eagle Hike
Monday, September 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join a park naturalist for a hike along the parks rim trail and search for the Bald Eagles!

Meet at Nature Center

Mon 04 Sep
Geology Walk
Monday, September 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk along the changing path of the Lower Falls. Muddy spots and lots of steps. Also offered Tuesdays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series.

Meet by octagon building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B"

Mon 04 Sep
Geology Walk
Monday, September 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk along the changing path of the Lower Falls. Muddy spots and lots of steps. Also offered Tuesdays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series.

Meet by octagon building at Lower Falls parking lot, past Cabin Area "B"

Mon 04 Sep
Nature Center Craft
Monday, September 4, 2017 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Stop on down to the nature center and create your very own nature themed craft!

Mon 04 Sep
Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Show your creative side in the sand! Prizes for all with an extra goodie for best in category: Kids, Family, Teen and Adult groups welcome. Judging at 2pm and Awards at 3pm.

Mon 04 Sep
Labor Day Cruise & Bannerman Island Tour
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:30 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Board the Estuary Steward for a boat ride to Bannerman Island, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Learn about the rich history of the castle and the island. Boat departs at 12:30pm and whole experience lasts about 2.5 hours. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Mon 04 Sep
How the Gorge was Formed- The Story of the Park
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to wheelchairs and handicapped persons. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. Also offered Sundays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series.

Meet at Inspiration Point parking lot.

Mon 04 Sep
How the Gorge was Formed- The Story of the Park
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to wheelchairs and handicapped persons. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. Also offered Sundays in July and August as part of the Weekly Walk Series.

Meet at Inspiration Point parking lot.

Mon 04 Sep
How Old is that Tree? Drop-in Program
Monday, September 4, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Stop by the Minnewaska Nature Center to learn how to determine a tree's age. Then, we'll draw tree rings representing our own lives! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Mon 04 Sep
Glen Iris Estate Walk
Monday, September 4, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Visit the home and grounds of William Pryor Letchworth. Plants and animals will be highlighted along a historical walk from the museum, past the Glen Iris and to the Middle and Upper Falls before returning to the museum.

Meet at Museum

Mon 04 Sep
Glen Iris Estate Walk
Monday, September 4, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Visit the home and grounds of William Pryor Letchworth. Plants and animals will be highlighted along a historical walk from the museum, past the Glen Iris and to the Middle and Upper Falls before returning to the museum.

Meet at Museum

Tue 05 Sep
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Daring Dragonflies
Tuesday, September 5, 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 through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Tue 05 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 5, 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.

Tue 05 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 05 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 05 Sep
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the River
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot. Bring a flashlight.

Tue 05 Sep
Crepuscular Walks: Approaching Full Moon Over the River
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot. Bring a flashlight.

Wed 06 Sep
Life in a Forest: Knox Farm
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Every forest has a story to tell. We will set out to explore diverse forest communities and the dramas unfolding among them. Focus will be placed on mature forests. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Wed 06 Sep
Home Ecologist at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, September 6, 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. September will focus on pollinators. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Wed 06 Sep
Home Ecologist at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, September 6, 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. September will focus on pollinators. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Wed 06 Sep
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Phenology Training
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Nick Dietschler, a Resource Technician at Cornell University, will be coming to Minnewaska State Park Preserve to teach interested volunteers how to monitor the phenophases of an important insect, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). HWA is an invasive insect that has been damaging many of the hemlock trees at the Park Preserve. This training will involve a 30-45 minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a short walk to look more closely at some of our hemlock trees in the field. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Wed 06 Sep
Outdoor Adventure Series
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 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.

Backcountry Camping – Park Staff will have an in-depth talk on things you need to bring on a backcountry camping trip, how to make your backpack light and what should be in the kid's backpacks.

Wed 06 Sep
Crepuscular Hike: Harvest Moon Hoopla
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Come discover what all the hoopla is about as we set out on a moonlit hike and witness the rise of the harvest moon, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Wed 06 Sep
Moonlight Paddle
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

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

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

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Sep
Tiny Tots: Those Little Rascals!
Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 07 Sep
Tiny Tots: Those Little Rascals!
Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 07 Sep
Scenic Loops: Shelf Island Loop
Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Meet at Parade Ground parking lot.

Thu 07 Sep
Scenic Loops: Shelf Island Loop
Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Meet at Parade Ground parking lot.

Thu 07 Sep
Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Thursday, September 7, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join volunteer leader Renee LaMonica, and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, for an hour of leisurely strolling. "Babes in the Woods" is offered the first Thursday of the month at Minnewaska and third Thursday of the month at Sam's Point. This program will be offered from June through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please bring a jogging type stroller or back/front pack child carrier. Meet at the Wildmere Parking Area at Lake Minnewaska.

Thu 07 Sep
Homeschoolers: Wild Edibles
Thursday, September 7, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to learn about what's good to eat in the woods. Although harvesting wild plants is not permitted at Minnewaska, we'll talk about the basics of collecting, identifying and what to do with wild plants. Then, we'll search for a few easily identifiable plants on the trails. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. As always, well-behaved younger siblings are welcome to join us. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Sep
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, September 7, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 07 Sep
Kayaking with Tina
Thursday, September 7, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

Join ACA certified kayak instructors for a beginner's class on Smartstart Paddling Orientation for your kayak. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided for the class. (Let us know if you are using your own.) Sorry no pets allowed! Weather permitting. Space is limited, sign up early. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 08 Sep
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, September 8, 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 08 Sep
Play Days at Jay
Friday, September 8, 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 08 Sep
Open Mic Night
Friday, September 8, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come down for music, food, kids' activities, and a fun time. Every week, a host band takes the stage, and guests are invited to join in the music making! Dinner is available from the Schodack Landing Fire Company. Our environmental education staff will have a kids' craft or activity every week. Programs will be cancelled for inclement weather. Please call the Park Office to confirm.

Fri 08 Sep
Classic Horror Film Showing on Bannerman Island
Friday, September 8, 2017 06:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Join hosts Len Werner, President of Bannerman Castle Trust, and Mike Burdge, from Story Screen, as we take a boat out to the mysterious Bannerman Island to watch the 1931 Universal horror classic, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Boat to island departs from Beacon Institute dock at 6pm. $35/person, includes cruise to the island and bonus legend tour. Film is complimentary. Donations are welcome. Popcorn and candy available. All visitors must bring a flashlight. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Sep
Erie Bats!
Friday, September 8, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

An exhilarating evening hike to search for migrating tree bats where on a September night the highest count of migrating bats in the Great Lakes was recorded! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 09 Sep
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Enjoy a walk with Della and Alan Wells of the Rockland Audubon Society. These birding experts will lead us through the diverse bird habitats found at the Stony Point Battlefield. First-time birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group. Weather permitting.

8:00am & 10:00am

Sat 09 Sep
Farm Market
Saturday, September 9, 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 09 Sep
Max Wheat Memorial Poetry Writing Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 2017 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a day of nature and poetry as we continue a tradition started at the Nature Center by the late, great Max Wheat! Tom Stock, a naturalist, poet, hiker, and experienced workshop leader will be taking on the programs in honor and remembrance of Max. Please come prepared with lunch, outdoor dress, and writing tools.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Old Orchard and Golf Course Hike
Saturday, September 9, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a walk on some historic carriage roads and through the fields and forests of a former orchard and golf course. This hike offers two glorious views of the Catskill Mountains, if the sky conditions area clear. This approximately three mile hike will take participants through varied terrain with a few sustained uphill sections and a few potentially wet areas. Participants will want to come prepared with comfortable hiking shoes or boots, water and a light snack. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Max Wheat Memorial Poetry Writing Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 2017 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a day of nature and poetry as we continue a tradition started at the Nature Center by the late, great Max Wheat! Tom Stock, a naturalist, poet, hiker, and experienced workshop leader will be taking on the programs in honor and remembrance of Max. Please come prepared with lunch, outdoor dress, and writing tools.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation with Richele Ford. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 11, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Call 518-872-0800 for additional information.

Sat 09 Sep
Genesee Valley Greenway Passport Hike: York Landing, North (Wegmans Hike #6, modified)
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet east of River Rd. at end of York Landing Road. The road dead ends at the trailhead parking lot.(3.1 miles)

Sat 09 Sep
22nd Annual Glen Iris 5K Run
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Run benefiting the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile, NY. Prizes and food for participants. Visit www.glenirisinn.com , or call 585-493-2622 for details.

Sat 09 Sep
22nd Annual Glen Iris 5K Run
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Run benefiting the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile, NY. Prizes and food for participants. Visit www.glenirisinn.com , or call 585-493-2622 for details.

Sat 09 Sep
Genesee Valley Greenway Passport Hike: York Landing, North (Wegmans Hike #6, modified)
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet east of River Rd. at end of York Landing Road. The road dead ends at the trailhead parking lot.(3.1 miles)

Sat 09 Sep
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation with Richele Ford. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 11, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Call 518-872-0800 for additional information.

Sat 09 Sep
Stewardship Saturdays
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the invasive species growing in the Park and help us to remove them.

Ages 5+

Sat 09 Sep
Stewardship Saturdays
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about the invasive species growing in the Park and help us to remove them.

Ages 5+

Sat 09 Sep
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.

Sat 09 Sep
Dockside Family Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2017 until Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Captree State Park
(631) 669-0449

A family-oriented, nautical themed event, that includes live music, delicious food and assorted merchandise vendors, pony rides, crab races, boat rides, a magic show, interactive pirate show, and various displays for children of all ages to enjoy.

Sat 09 Sep
Late Summer Seasonal Stroll: (Adult Program)
Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approx. 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will witness summer's slow, subtle change, as she withers and goes to seed.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 9, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 09 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 9, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 09 Sep
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 9, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam's Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road, you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Bannerman Island Chefs Farm Fresh Dinner
Saturday, September 9, 2017 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

This is a fundraiser for The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. to preserve Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island. This event includes: A 30-minute boat ride over to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward during which you will learn all about the island and it's history. A self-guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins. A live music performance by The Kings Highlander Bag Pipe Band. Please note: due to safety issues, you do not go inside the structures. There are limited seats for the dinner, so please book in advance.

Tickets are: $135 for General Admission and $125 for paid BCT Members. BCT members should click on the "Contact Bannerman" link on the left side of the page to receive promo code. Reserve at www.bannermancastle.org. Boats leave at 3:00 and 4:15.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Sep
Bird & Breakfast: (Adult Program)
Sunday, September 10, 2017 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

The Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society will be offering a continental breakfast & presentation on the local and migratory birds seen in our area. They will lead a walk afterward through the preserve. ID books are available for loan.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Sep
Views across the Ravine Walk
Sunday, September 10, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a Sunday morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach two iconic, cliff-edge, scenic lookouts, Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two spots are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Sep
Remote Controlled Fall Aero Show
Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Model airplane show with demonstrations of all types of miniature aircrafts (fixed wing, helicopters, gliders, and electric).

Sun 10 Sep
Tracks & Traces
Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own Tracks & Traces book filled with your favorite animal tracks to take home.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Sep
Tracks & Traces
Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own Tracks & Traces book filled with your favorite animal tracks to take home.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Sep
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Starting May 27th, 2017; The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 12:30pm on Sundays at the APS Stone Tower (Program Site 17).

Sun 10 Sep
Nature Walks: St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 10, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot.

Sun 10 Sep
Nature Walks: St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 10, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot.

Sun 10 Sep
The Geological Heritage of Clermont
Sunday, September 10, 2017 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

2:00 p.m. at Clermont Cottage​

Noted scientists Drs. Robert and Johanna Titus will present a special talk about the geology of the Clermont State Historic Site, and will explore its journey from the distant past. After the lecture, join Drs. Titus for a walk around Clermont's ground to see some specific specific geological formations.

Sun 10 Sep
Bike the Harbor!
Sunday, September 10, 2017 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 282-5154

As summer winds, join us on a bicycle adventure along the beautiful Buffalo Harbor! Bring your own bike and discover the treasures along the trail! Bike helmet is required! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 10 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 10, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

July 30 — Jeannine Laverty - Finding Home: Mountains? Flatland? Sea? It's the search that counts, isn't it?
Aug. 6 — Elizabeth Ellis - Deniable Plausibility/Plausible Deniability: Tales True and Not so True
Aug. 13 — Peter Cook - A Feast for your eyes: ASL Storytelling
Aug. 20 — Michael Reno Harrell - WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE: Tales & tunes that connect us all
Aug. 27 — Joe Bruchac - OUR STORIES REMEMBER: Lesson stories and traditional music from the Native nations of the Northeastern Woodlands
Sept. 10 — Becky Holder - "Mapping the Geography of the Heart: from a gritty steel town to the beautiful Finger Lakes of Upstate New York"

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Mon 11 Sep
Knee High Naturalists Program at Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, September 11, 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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.

Mon 11 Sep
Knee High Naturalists Program at Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, September 11, 2017 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Tue 12 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 12, 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.

Tue 12 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 12 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 12 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a five mile loop hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. We'll begin our walk along the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream, until we reach the Blueberry Run Footpath. This section of trail passes through an area of forest that was burned during the 2008 Overlooks Wild Fire. Next, we connect with the Jenny Lane Footpath, which we'll hike until it intersects the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath. This trail used to be a part of the toll road that was built in the 1850s and crossed the Shawangunk Ridge. This hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Tue 12 Sep
Bag Lunch Walks on Old Estate Trails
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks along trails laid out by William Webster, Mr. Letchworth's landscape designer for the Glen Iris Estate in the 1860's. Bring a lunch or bag lunches may be ordered from the Glen Iris beforehand (585-493-2622).

Meet at Front Porch of Glen Iris.

Tue 12 Sep
Bag Lunch Walks on Old Estate Trails
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks along trails laid out by William Webster, Mr. Letchworth's landscape designer for the Glen Iris Estate in the 1860's. Bring a lunch or bag lunches may be ordered from the Glen Iris beforehand (585-493-2622).

Meet at Front Porch of Glen Iris.

Wed 13 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join Environ-Mental Educator George Steel for a birdwatch along the banks of the Schoharie Creek and on the trails of Schoharie Crossing.

Begins outside the Visitor Center

Registration: Required
Thu 14 Sep
Scenic Loops: Upper St. Helena Loop
Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Meet at Trillium Trailhead, 1/2 mile up dirt road past Cabin Area "E"

Thu 14 Sep
Scenic Loops: Upper St. Helena Loop
Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Meet at Trillium Trailhead, 1/2 mile up dirt road past Cabin Area "E"

Thu 14 Sep
Baird Hersey and PRANA -- Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series
Thursday, September 14, 2017 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Need a break from your week? Join us one Thursday night each month this summer for our Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series! Relax on our beautiful grounds on the shores of the Hudson River and enjoy a FREE concert from some of the Hudson Valley's most talented and unique musicians. Bring a blanket, bring a picnic (but we're sorry, alcohol isn't allowed on Clermont's grounds). Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

Fri 15 Sep
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, September 15, 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 15 Sep
Outdoor Tykes: Forest Faeries
Friday, September 15, 2017 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Young preK-aged explorers are invited to the park to learn about our friends, the Forest Faeries! Meets at the Shaver Pond Nature Center at 10:30am to take a walk looking for faeries and then build some faery dwellings for these wee neighbors! This is a free program.

Registration: Required
Fri 15 Sep
Play Days at Jay
Friday, September 15, 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 15 Sep
Open Mic Night
Friday, September 15, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come down for music, food, kids' activities, and a fun time. Every week, a host band takes the stage, and guests are invited to join in the music making! Dinner is available from the Schodack Landing Fire Company. Our environmental education staff will have a kids' craft or activity every week. Programs will be cancelled for inclement weather. Please call the Park Office to confirm.

Fri 15 Sep
Classic Horror Film Showing on Bannerman Island
Friday, September 15, 2017 06:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Join hosts Len Werner, President of Bannerman Castle Trust, and Mike Burdge, from Story Screen, as we take a boat out to the mysterious Bannerman Island to watch the 1935 Universal classic horror sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. Boat to island departs from Beacon Institute dock at 6pm. $35/person, includes cruise to the island and bonus legend tour. Film is complimentary. Donations are welcome. Popcorn and candy available. All visitors must bring a flashlight. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Sep
Star Watch
Friday, September 15, 2017 07:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Calling all night owls! The Albany Area Amateur Astronomers will have telescopes to give you a tour of the night sky during this free program held at the Deerfield Pavilion. Cloudy skies may cancel to Saturday so call the park office to confirm: 279-1155. Enter via the winter entrance and follow signs to program.

Fri 15 Sep
Moonlight Stroll: (Family Program)
Friday, September 15, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 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 leisurely moonlit stroll and enjoy the tranquil night air.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
Nature Table: Farewell to the Monarchs at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 16, 2017 until Saturday, September 30, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Discover where all of the monarch butterflies raised at The Humphrey Nature Center are headed, and find out how many were successfully released.

Sat 16 Sep
Nature Table: Farewell to the Monarchs at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 16, 2017 until Saturday, September 30, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Discover where all of the monarch butterflies raised at The Humphrey Nature Center are headed, and find out how many were successfully released.

Sat 16 Sep
Farm Market
Saturday, September 16, 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 16 Sep
Citizen Science Plant Observation Hike
Saturday, September 16, 2017 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and collect real data that can be used by New York scientists to monitor climate change. We are offering this hike once a month to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This approximately two mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys, as well as the Catskill Mountains. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
3rd Saturday Treks: Black Snake Hiking Trail
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

As the name implies, these free, family-friendly hikes will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month from April through October. These treks will be led by park staff and each will focus on a different area of the park. Each hike will last approximately two hours. Registration is not required.

Meet at Site 41, on ASP 3, Entrance to Blacksnake Mountain Trail

Sat 16 Sep
Love the Lakes Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

You enjoyed the lakes all summer, now give back to keep them beautiful! Scout troops and clubs welcome to attend.

Sat 16 Sep
Native American & Pioneer Heritage Day
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Watch Native American Dancers perform traditional dances and learn about their cultural significance. Theday's events will include craft demonstrations, as well as a variety of demonstrations related to Native American and pioneer life. Small Game Target Atlatl Competition.The Atlatl (spear-throwing) activities are also on Friday and Sunday [contact Douglas Bassett, (585) 493-3625, for more information].

Sat 16 Sep
Native American & Pioneer Heritage Day
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Watch Native American Dancers perform traditional dances and learn about their cultural significance. Theday's events will include craft demonstrations, as well as a variety of demonstrations related to Native American and pioneer life. Small Game Target Atlatl Competition.The Atlatl (spear-throwing) activities are also on Friday and Sunday [contact Douglas Bassett, (585) 493-3625, for more information].

Sat 16 Sep
Fungi in the Forest at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Sam's Point educators for a new workshop that's all about mushrooms! We will discover how native fungi function in the ecosystem, while we explore the unique characteristics of the forest at Sam's Point. As we walk, we'll look for fungi along the trail and make spore prints from any fresh finds. Then, the group will start the process of growing mushrooms by inoculating logs with mushroom spores. The logs will be placed in the Sam's Point garden so visitors can return and watch them flourish. Mushroom kits will also be available for participants to take home. This program is open to all ages and levels of experience. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
Geology Rocks
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Did you know that there are rocks that glow in the dark, rocks that float, and rocks that conduct electricity? Come explore the intriguing world og geology!
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
Geology Rocks
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Did you know that there are rocks that glow in the dark, rocks that float, and rocks that conduct electricity? Come explore the intriguing world og geology!
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.

Sat 16 Sep
Harvest Faire
Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers seventeenth and eighteenth century music, historical reenactors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities. Harvest Faire is part of the Hudson River Ramble. Free to attend, suggested donation to enter the museum.

Sat 16 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 16, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 16 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 16, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 16 Sep
The Fearless Life of John K. Hackett: (Adult Program)
Saturday, September 16, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Join Chris Kretz for an interesting presentation that will examine John K. Hackett's life, his adventures, and his unique circle of friends – lawyers, politicians, artist, newspaper editors and sportsmen alike. Chris Kretz is an academic librarian and co-author of Oakdale from Arcadia Press. He also co-hosts the Long Island History Project podcast, sponsored by the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society.

Hosted by the Friends of Connetquot. FREE EVENT

Reservations are required: (631) 581 – 1072 or rsvp www.friendsofconnetquot.org  

Sat 16 Sep
Fun with Fermentation
Saturday, September 16, 2017 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-6622

2:00 p.m. at the Clermont Cottage

​The 19th century was a time of great progress for food preservation, with the invention of paraffin wax and mason jars in the mid 1850s. Join us at Clermont Cottage to learn how to safely lacto-ferment. You will go home with your own mason jars of sauerkraut and pickles made from produce harvested from our own teaching garden!​

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 16 Sep
Lecture: Birds of the Battlefield: Then and Now
Saturday, September 16, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

In this unique illustrated presentation, Dr. Alan Wells of the Rockland Audubon Society will discuss the fascinating and colorful array of birds documented at Stony Point through the past few centuries. Beginning with early period letters and diaries, he will trace observations of avian arrivals and departures to the present day.

Sat 16 Sep
War of the Worlds Performance on Bannerman Island
Saturday, September 16, 2017 03:15 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

The Martians are coming to Bannerman Island! This infamous radio play, first Broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Originally directed and narrated by Orson Welles, made the world tremble. Now you can experience the original script with live actors as they present the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover. Thrills and chills are guaranteed. The show is presented by Theatre on the Road.

$65/person includes boat ride to the island at either 3:15 or 4:15. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Sep
Gorge Hiking Series: Upper Great Gorge
Saturday, September 16, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us for an evening hike on the Great Gorge Railway Trail to learn about the gorge geology and local history. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 17 Sep
Photo Walks with Keith Walters: Sunrise Nature Photo Walk- Highbanks Trail
Sunday, September 17, 2017 06:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Local photographer Keith Walters will guide you through some of his favorite areas of Letchworth State Park while giving tips on taking great photographs yourself. Programs are free, bring your own camera.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking area.

Sun 17 Sep
Photo Walks with Keith Walters: Sunrise Nature Photo Walk- Highbanks Trail
Sunday, September 17, 2017 06:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Local photographer Keith Walters will guide you through some of his favorite areas of Letchworth State Park while giving tips on taking great photographs yourself. Programs are free, bring your own camera.

Meet at Parade Grounds parking area.

Sun 17 Sep
Bike & Bird
Sunday, September 17, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bring your bicycles and your binoculars and join us for a morning ride. Together, we will get some exercise while discovering some of the birds that spend their summers at the beach.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Sep
Bike & Bird
Sunday, September 17, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bring your bicycles and your binoculars and join us for a morning ride. Together, we will get some exercise while discovering some of the birds that spend their summers at the beach.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Sep
Birds with Botany For Beginners – Western Section: (Adult Program)
Sunday, September 17, 2017 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds ... no birds? We will then learn about plants! Bring binoculars.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: 8th Annual Minnewaska Volunteer Trail Work Day
Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to the Park Preserve to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers. Join members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a region wide volunteer organization devoted to maintaining and improving public trails, and Park Preserve staff, to help improve the Blueberry Run Footpath. This important connector trail runs between Castle Point and Lower Awosting Carriage Roads. Volunteers will use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and tree roots, clear woodland debris, build bog bridges and improve the trail route. Public school students needing to accrue community service hours may join us to work towards completion of their requirements. This program is recommended for adults and teenagers, who must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools including loppers, bow saws and clipping shears. The parking fee will be waived for participants volunteering for this program. All participants should also bring water and food and wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the day. Pre-registration is required by Saturday, September 16.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Sep
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Starting May 27th, 2017; The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 12:30pm on Sundays at the APS Stone Tower (Program Site 17).

Sun 17 Sep
3rd Sunday Music Tour on Bannerman Island: Diane Diachisin
Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Bannerman Island, along with a musical performance by singer/songwriter/guitarist Diane Diachisin. $35. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Sep
70th Anniversary of the United State Air Force
Sunday, September 17, 2017 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

70th Anniversary of the United State Air Force

Details to be announced

Tue 19 Sep
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Sounds Around
Tuesday, September 19, 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 through short walks, animal visitors and crafts. These programs are geared for children ages 3 – 5. Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Tue 19 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Tue 19 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 19 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Wed 20 Sep
Home Ecologist at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, September 20, 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. September will focus on pollinators. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Wed 20 Sep
Home Ecologist at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, September 20, 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. September will focus on pollinators. 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 21 Sep
Tiny Tots: Nature Walk
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 21 Sep
Tiny Tots: Nature Walk
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

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

Thu 21 Sep
Scenic Loops: Smokey Hollow Loop
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Thu 21 Sep
Scenic Loops: Smokey Hollow Loop
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)

Thu 21 Sep
Babes in the Woods at Sam’s Point
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come join volunteer leader Renee LaMonica, and other parents with babies or toddlers, at Sam's Point Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling. "Babes in the Woods" is offered the first Thursday of the month at Minnewaska and the third Thursday of the month at Sam's Point. This program will be offered from June through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please bring a jogging type stroller or back/front pack child carrier. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Sep
Lecture: Schuyler's Canal Revolution
Thursday, September 21, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Phil Lord, a former curator at the New York State Museum, will trace the evolution of canals and navigation experiments fostered by Schuyler's initiative, first begun in 1792 with the formation of the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company. This company led to New York State's original Canal Age, which was decades before the first shovel of earth was turned for the more famous Erie Canal. Light refreshments.

Fri 22 Sep
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, September 22, 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 22 Sep
Play Days at Jay
Friday, September 22, 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 22 Sep
Montauk Surf Fishing Classic
Friday, September 22, 2017 until Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-3781

A fishing tournament for the largest Striped Bass, Bluefish and largest Striped Bass Released. All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier. Registration is required. Awards ceremony takes place at the conclusion of the tournament.

Fee: $15.00 per participant

Fri 22 Sep
Open Mic Night
Friday, September 22, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come down for music, food, kids' activities, and a fun time. Every week, a host band takes the stage, and guests are invited to join in the music making! Dinner is available from the Schodack Landing Fire Company. Our environmental education staff will have a kids' craft or activity every week. Programs will be cancelled for inclement weather. Please call the Park Office to confirm.

Fri 22 Sep
Jones Beach: "Castles in the Sand"
Friday, September 22, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach is one of the most visited state parks in all of New York, second only to Niagara Falls. But have you ever wondered how it got to be so popular? Join us as we reveal the origins of one of this state's most beautiful parks.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Sep
Jones Beach: "Castles in the Sand"
Friday, September 22, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach is one of the most visited state parks in all of New York, second only to Niagara Falls. But have you ever wondered how it got to be so popular? Join us as we reveal the origins of one of this state's most beautiful parks.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Sep
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, September 22, 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 22 Sep
Max V. Movies
Friday, September 22, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family, stop by the campground for a family movie night! Please call ahead to find out what movie will be showing. Snacks will be available.

Sat 23 Sep
Farm Market
Saturday, September 23, 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 23 Sep
Hike to Echo Rock
Saturday, September 23, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Explore scenic sections of the historic Hamilton Point Carriage Road on this approximately three and a half mile hike to Echo Rock, a cliff edge vista with panoramic views. Participants will hike on the western side of Lake Minnewaska, to reach Millbrook Mountain and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads. After reaching Echo Rock, we will retrace our steps to Lake Minnewaska and hike around its east side, soaking up of views of the Lake and the surrounding Wallkill Valley. Participants will want to bring comfortable hiking shoes or boots and water and a snack. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Sam's Point staff for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. This five and a half mile hike is mostly level, but does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent.

Meet anytime from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.

Sat 23 Sep
Traditional Nature Walk: (Adult Program)
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We'll take a slow walk (approx. 3 miles), exploring nature in the woods and tall grass meadows of the southeastern section of the park.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Bark & Brew at Grafton Lakes State Park
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Do you love the park and love your pup? This event is for you! Bark & Brew is our annual benefit for local animal shelters, with dog activities galore, live music, agility course, and dog costume contest, plus food and craft beer & cider. More details to be announced in late Summer so check the park's facebook page to follow this event!

Sat 23 Sep
2nd New York Regiment Encampment
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Known for their precision drilling with 18th century reproduction weapons, the 2nd NY will demonstrate musket tactics throughout the day!

Sat 23 Sep
Wildwood Fall Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wildwood State Park
(631) 929-4314

Annual family-oriented fall festival highlights an assortment of craft vendors. Activities include carnival games, wagon rides, pony rides, funny photo, magic show, environmental displays and crafts and a children's donut eating contest.

Sat 23 Sep
Edible Plants Hike
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

What could you eat to survive if you were lost in the forest? Identify edible plants and their ethnobotanical uses.

Ages 10+

Sat 23 Sep
Edible Plants Hike
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

What could you eat to survive if you were lost in the forest? Identify edible plants and their ethnobotanical uses.

Ages 10+

Sat 23 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 23 Sep
Septemeber Nature Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.

Sat 23 Sep
South Side Up River Walk: Adult Program
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Meet on the south side. We will walk up river to Blydenburg County Park. You may wear chest waders (no felt bottoms), a modest bathing suit or shirt & shorts. You must wear water shoes or sneakers. The water is cold, fast moving and can be to the waist at times. Bring a towel, walking stick and water.

Sat 23 Sep
South Side Up River Walk: Adult Program
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Meet on the south side. We will walk up river to Blydenburg County Park. You may wear chest waders (no felt bottoms), a modest bathing suit or shirt & shorts. You must wear water shoes or sneakers. The water is cold, fast moving and can be to the waist at times. Bring a towel, walking stick and water.

Sat 23 Sep
Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Come down to the Nature Center to be a junior cryptozoologist! From The Loch Ness Monster, to Bigfoot, we will try to uncover the mysteries behind these legendary creatures.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come down to the Nature Center to be a junior cryptozoologist! From The Loch Ness Monster, to Bigfoot, we will try to uncover the mysteries behind these legendary creatures.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
My Name is Eleanor - Tour & Book Signing on Bannerman Island
Saturday, September 23, 2017 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Eleanor Owen Seeland grew up on Bannerman Island. Includes: Story telling by Eleanor and book signing with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock and tour of island. This program is being offered June 10, July 29, August 26 & September 23. $35/person, includes boat ride to the island. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Lecture: Treason! Benedict Arnold
Saturday, September 23, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Historian Benjamin Olex will present on the life of the notorious General Benedict Arnold and the events that led to his decision to sell the plans of West Point to the British. Join us for an illustrated lecture on the life of this infamous and failed hero of the American Revolution.

Sat 23 Sep
Woodland Waterfalls Walk
Saturday, September 23, 2017 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Bring a picnic supper as we hike to the waterfall and enjoy dinner in the serenity of a hemlock ravine above the falls. Picnic supper should fit in a backpack. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 23 Sep
Crepuscular Hike: Search for Nocturnal Creatures
Saturday, September 23, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Embark on a crepuscular journey to discover creatures of the night that call Knox Farm home. Flashlight recommended. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 24 Sep
Nature Walks: Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Sun 24 Sep
Nature Walks: Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Sun 24 Sep
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves – PHOTOGRAPHY EDITION!
Sunday, September 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join other photographers to explore and photograph 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. This particular hike will move at a slower pace to allow you ample time to take that perfect picture. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: September 19th.

Registration: Required