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Wed 02 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 02 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 03 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, nearby)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 03 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, nearby)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 03 Dec
Extended Gallery Hours
Thursday, December 3, 2020 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by the gallery at Philipse Manor Hall the first Thursday of each month during our extended viewing hours! View a new and exciting exhibit of art and culture before stepping out for a night in Yonkers! The gallery at Philipse Manor Hall is located inside the museum and is always free to enter during museum hours.

5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Thu 03 Dec
Olana After Hours: Heather Bruegl And Joe Baker (VIRTUAL)
Thursday, December 3, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Join Heather Bruegl, Director of Cultural Affairs, Stockbridge Munsee Community and Joe Baker, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Lenape Center, for a virtual conversation about the indigenous histories of the Hudson River and the surrounding region. This conversation will touch upon Bruegl and Baker's work as contemporary advocates in their communities today. Joe Baker is the founder of the Lenape Center which aims to continue the Lenape homeland through community, culture, and the arts. In her role as the Director of Cultural Affairs, Heather Bruegl works to protect, preserve, and tell the history of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians.

Olana After Hours is a virtual platform for lively conversations with interdisciplinary practitioners discussing how their passions intersect with the ongoing story of Olana. Participants will be invited to join in the conversation so be sure to bring your own questions and refreshments to enjoy. Each conversation will be hosted on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent beforehand. $5 (FREE for members). Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. Register

Registration: Required
Fri 04 Dec
A Stroll at the Falls
Friday, December 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Take a deep breath of crisp December air while walking through the park. Watch the water flow over the brink and learn fun facts about this natural powerhouse. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change!
Fri 04 Dec
Late Season Tour
Friday, December 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
With no snow fall expected anytime soon, we are offering a winter tour of the battlefield. Guests are asked to dress warmly and bring their own face covering. Social distance will be maintained throughout the program. This intrepid tour group will form up under the flagpole on the hilltop.
Sat 05 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 5, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Holiday Tours

Saturdays throughout the month of December

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a selfguided tour of the first floor of John Jay's historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Each tour is a private experience for your family group of up to 10 people. Advanced purchase required. We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 10 people per group, including children and infants. If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel this event, you will be notified by email and receive a full refund. All tour participants above the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course
Saturday, December 5, 2020 08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Grafton Lakes State Park will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course to attend. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall at 581 South Road from 8:15am to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. Topics covered include NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, and trailering. To register, email Grafton Lakes State Park at graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov with the parent and student's first and last name, student age, and your phone number. Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge. Please bring your own bagged lunch and snacks to enjoy. Please note that masks are required for all participants to limit the spread of COVID-19 and symptom screening will take place at program sign-in.
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
Winter Birds Walk and Feeder Craft
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a guided nature walk as we search for some of the birds that stick around during the winter, then come back to the Nature Center to make a birdfeeder to attract some to your yard! All ages welcome! Walk will be from 10-11am (approximately 1 mile) on easy trails. Craft will be available after 11am. Come for the walk, the craft, or both!

Participants are advised to wear sunscreen and weather appropriate clothing/footwear if participating in the walk.

Sat 05 Dec
Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for an interpretive hike to Indian Rock. We'll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam's Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. During this almost five-mile hike, we'll traverse through the woods on carriage roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. 

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 05 Dec
Herkimer Home Holiday Celebration (Canceled)
Saturday, December 5, 2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Herkimer Home's Holiday Event For 2020 Has Been Canceled.
Sat 05 Dec
Landscape Highlights: A walking tour of Clermont’s grounds
Saturday, December 5, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? What's with all the cottages? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you to sites of interest all over the property. A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont!

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 06 Dec
Hike to Echo Rock and Patterson’s Pellet at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 6, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an early winter walk along four carriage roads to reach the Echo Rock and Patterson's Pellet scenic views. Carriage road walking is relatively easy. The surface is flat, firm and smooth, so this walk may be a good fit for people who are less comfortable with footpaths, but still enjoy walking in the woods. From Echo Rock, both Gertrude's Nose and Patterson's Pellet can be seen in the distance across the steep-sided Palmaghatt Ravine. From Patterson's Pellet, on a clear day, we'll see the stone tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. This approximately six-mile round trip walk is a great way to warm up, get outside and fight cabin fever. Arrive early to check out the gorgeous, new Visitor Center! If the carriage roads at Lake Minnewaska are groomed for cross-country skiing, the location for this hike will change.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 06 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 6, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 06 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 6, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 06 Dec
Winter Wonderland: A Children’s Walking Tour of Clermont
Sunday, December 6, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Follow in the footsteps of the Livingston sisters, Janet and Honoria, as we explore some of the girls' favorite places to play and explore. A gentle walk for families with treats.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. Please dress for the weather.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Mon 07 Dec
Little Explorers - Bears!
Monday, December 7, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

We're going on a bear hunt! Join a park naturalist for a nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! This week we'll explore bears and what they are up to this time of year. Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime!

Pre-registration is required. This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are welcome. Participants are advised to bring appropriate clothing if staying to play outdoors! 

Registration: Required
Mon 07 Dec
Knee High Naturalists
Monday, December 7, 2020 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, on site)

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

Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.

Pre-registration is required for each program. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Mon 07 Dec
Knee High Naturalists
Monday, December 7, 2020 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, on site)

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

Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.

Pre-registration is required for each program. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Tue 08 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does have some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 08 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B areas)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B areas)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
I BIRD NY
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Parks offer incredible birding opportunities for all! Join us each season as we explore a different park and learn about our local birds. It's an excellent chance to brush-up on bird I.D. for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts! Call (716) 549-1050.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Wed 09 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 09 Dec
The Frederic Church Award Virtual Gala (VIRTUAL)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a visionary and renaissance man, is considered one of the greatest 19th century landscape artists in America. The Olana Partnership established the Frederic Church Award to honor individuals who, through their vision, commitment and grasp of creative trends, make extraordinary contributions to American art and culture. Learn More
Thu 10 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 11 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Friday, December 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 11 Dec
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, December 11, 2020 05:00 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

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 12, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Holiday Tours

Saturdays throughout the month of December

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a selfguided tour of the first floor of John Jay's historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Each tour is a private experience for your family group of up to 10 people. Advanced purchase required. We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 10 people per group, including children and infants. If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel this event, you will be notified by email and receive a full refund. All tour participants above the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Saturday, December 12, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sat 12 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Geology Hike around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for this three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the lake, we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook, where we will discover some features left by the last glaciers. At the lake, we will discuss the process of how the lake was made. Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.  

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Winter Birding at Niagara Falls
Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

It's that time of year, when the Niagara River becomes the winter home for many northern species of waterfowl and birds! Join a Naturalist for a winter walk, and do some bird watching! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Sat 12 Dec
Evergreen Walk
Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

A park naturalist will lead a guided nature walk to see what is happening in the park as we transition to Winter, highlighting and investigating some of the tree species that stay green all year! All ages welcome!

Participants are advised to bring insect repellant, proper footwear, and water.

Sat 12 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 12 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Wintertime Storytime
Saturday, December 12, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Whether there's snow on the ground or not, it's always a good time for some winter stories! Join one of Clermont's costumed interpreters as they read a seasonal story in person or on Facebook live. Be sure to bundle up!

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 12, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with visitors from the 1780 Continental artillery encampment, just down the road, and 18th century holiday decorations.

Sun 13 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Sunday, December 13, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sun 13 Dec
All the Scenic Views from Lake Minnewaska and Beacon Hill
Sunday, December 13, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a relaxing four-mile hike around picturesque Lake Minnewaska and along the cliff-edge Beacon Hill hiking loop. With the leaves down, the views of the valleys below and the Catskill Mountains in the distance will be abundant. This modest outing, which features both footpath and carriage road walking, is a great way to unwind during a busy holiday season. Taking a walk in nature is a wonderful antidote to a frenetic year. Arrive early to check out the gorgeous new Minnewaska Visitor Center!

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Sun 13 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Dec
1st Annual Livingston Family Open Mic Night
Sunday, December 13, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Did you know that the Chancellor wrote a poem as well as part of the Declaration of Independence? Or that Alice Livingston wrote a winter story for her daughters? And that one of those daughters went on to write poetry of her own? Join Clermont interpreters, in person or on Facebook live, as they read the words of the people who lived in this house. Please dress for the weather.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Dec
Guided Hike
Sunday, December 13, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 2-3 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!

Meet at the Nature Center. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper footwear.
Sun 13 Dec
A Night Under Falling Stars
Sunday, December 13, 2020 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Take a walk and stargaze during the most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids! Glimpse a shooting star in the crisp December air while we search for other cool astronomical sightings! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Mon 14 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Monday, December 14, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Tue 15 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Tue 15 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Tue 15 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Wed 16 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Wed 16 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Wed 16 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Thursday, December 17, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Thu 17 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Thursday, December 17, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Home Ecologists – Animal Signs
Thursday, December 17, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Nature Book Club
Thursday, December 17, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we are exploring pioneering conservationist John Muir. Pick your own book by John Muir OR about John Muir, and we will share at the meeting! Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read a book! 

Please note that this program meets indoors and is therefore limited in size. Pleas RSVP to kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov or 518-563-6444 to reserve your spot.
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 17, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 18 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Friday, December 18, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Fri 18 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Friday, December 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 18 Dec
Virtual Nature Book Club
Friday, December 18, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Sticking close to home these days? We're offering the opportunity to participate in this month's Nature Book Club discussion virtually! This month we are exploring pioneering conservationist John Muir. Pick your own book by John Muir OR about John Muir, and we will share at the meeting! Email kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov to receive a link to join the meeting.

This program meets online. 
Fri 18 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Friday, December 18, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
46th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3625

December 19 (Saturday), all day. Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 19 for territory assignment.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 19, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Holiday Tours

Saturdays throughout the month of December

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a selfguided tour of the first floor of John Jay's historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Each tour is a private experience for your family group of up to 10 people. Advanced purchase required. We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 10 people per group, including children and infants. If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel this event, you will be notified by email and receive a full refund. All tour participants above the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
46th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3625

December 19 (Saturday), all day. Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 19 for territory assignment.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Saturday, December 19, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sat 19 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our annual Knox Farm Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Sat 19 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Winter Celebration
Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Stop by the Nature Center for crafts, games, and scavenger hunts that celebrate the official start of winter! All ages and abilities welcome! Face covering required for any participant over age 2.

Participants are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear!
Sat 19 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 19 Dec
Family Explorer Tour: Winter Solstice Edition
Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Learn about the artistic adventures of Frederic Church while taking a journey of your own! Discover Olana's designed landscape and unique architecture on an outdoor walk filled with family-friendly discussion and activities. Designed for families with children ages 5 and up.

$25 per family (up to four people) and $15 per family with Olana membership (up to four people). Advanced registration at OLANA.org. If you have more than four people in your family or would like further information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751- 6938. Register

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Winter Tree Walking Tours
Saturday, December 19, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Discover and enjoy Olana's artist-designed landscape during this winter solstice walking tour. Despite the bare look of the forest during the winter months, a great deal is still happening out there in the woods. This gentle, 60-minute outdoor tour is open to all ages and will be led by John P. O'Grady, a writer, researcher, and educator with a background in environmental studies.

$10 ($5 members); kids under 12 free. Advance registration at OLANA.org. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. Tickets

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Landscape Highlights: A walking tour of Clermont’s grounds
Saturday, December 19, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? What's with all the cottages? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you to sites of interest all over the property. A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont!

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Evergreen Envy
Saturday, December 19, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Explore nature's Christmas trees as we unravel the mystery of why evergreens stay, ever-green! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Sat 19 Dec
Winter Tree Walking Tours
Saturday, December 19, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Discover and enjoy Olana's artist-designed landscape during this winter solstice walking tour. Despite the bare look of the forest during the winter months, a great deal is still happening out there in the woods. This gentle, 60-minute outdoor tour is open to all ages and will be led by John P. O'Grady, a writer, researcher, and educator with a background in environmental studies.

$10 ($5 members); kids under 12 free. Advance registration at OLANA.org. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. Tickets

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Cloud Appreciation Walk
Saturday, December 19, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Look up! Join the Cloud Appreciation Society for this special walk celebrating the Winter Solstice. Take inspiration from Frederic Church's studies of Olana and observe the sky from different picturesque viewpoints. Hunt for and capture photos of your own cloud sightings and learn to see the winter sky in a brand new way. For all ages.

$10 ($5 members); kids under 12 free. Advance registration required at OLANA.org. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. Tickets

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Dec
Wassail, Wassail all over the Town
Saturday, December 19, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour the beautifully decorated house, serenaded by carolers, and watch the Continental artillery celebrate the holiday with a bang by firing their cannon.

Sat 19 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 19, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Sunday, December 20, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sun 20 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Dec
Two Views for One Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a stimulating and refreshing two-mile hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, both of which feature stunning views. We'll hike a short distance on the Red Loop and Bullwheel Footpaths to reach the High Peter's Kill Footpath. Once on this trail, we'll hike to each of the views, which feature the Catskill Mountains and the iconic Sky Top observation tower. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Dec
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. These events, organized and presented by these 'local veterans' organizations, are open to all who wish to attend.

Contact: Ross Hartlipp with American Legion Post 739 for information and updates.
Location: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Event Organizer: American Legion Post 739
Sun 20 Dec
“I am not myself exempted from this misfortune”: Henry Beekman Livingston at Valley Forge
Sunday, December 20, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Come sit around the fire with Henry Beekman Livingston as he talks about his experience of the hard winter at Valley Forge. Listen to his pleas to anyone who listen, for clothes and food for his men. Find out his thoughts on the mysterious Baron von Steuben when he arrived in camp.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. Please dress for the weather.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Mon 21 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Monday, December 21, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Mon 21 Dec
Little Explorers - Snow!
Monday, December 21, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, them stay for some outdoor playtime! This week the theme will be all about snow!

Participants are advised to bring sunscreen and weather appropriate clothing and footwear if staying to play outdoors.
Mon 21 Dec
Knee High Naturalists
Monday, December 21, 2020 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, on site)

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

Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.

Pre-registration is required for each program. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Mon 21 Dec
Knee High Naturalists
Monday, December 21, 2020 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, on site)

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

Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.

Pre-registration is required for each program. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Mon 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Solstice Sunset
Monday, December 21, 2020 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. (3 hours, 2 miles)

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Mon 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Solstice Sunset
Monday, December 21, 2020 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. (3 hours, 2 miles)

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Tue 22 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Tue 22 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Views from the White Cliffs: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this five-mile long 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 historic Sky Top observation tower and the lush Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath these tall white cliffs. The footpath does feature 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 trail shoes. Arrive early to check out the gorgeous new Minnewaska Visitor Center!

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 22 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Wed 23 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Wed 23 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Thu 24 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Thursday, December 24, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Thu 24 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 24, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 25 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Friday, December 25, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Fri 25 Dec
Woodlawn Beach Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 25, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our 2nd annual Woodlawn Beach Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and exploring the beach and wetland trails. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Fri 25 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Friday, December 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 26, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Holiday Tours

Saturdays throughout the month of December

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a selfguided tour of the first floor of John Jay's historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Each tour is a private experience for your family group of up to 10 people. Advanced purchase required. We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 10 people per group, including children and infants. If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel this event, you will be notified by email and receive a full refund. All tour participants above the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Saturday, December 26, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sat 26 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Dec
Guided Loop Walk around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household.  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 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 26 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Sunday, December 27, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Sun 27 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Dec
Open House
Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

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

Sun 27 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at HNC. (10a-5p, on site)

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 4th.

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Dec
Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient eastern hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the steep-sided Palmaghatt Ravine below. From the top of this scenic lookout, vultures are often seen gliding below. Arrive early to check out the gorgeous new Minnewaska Visitor Center!

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Mon 28 Dec
Lorenzo's Dark Aisle Illuminated For The Holidays
Monday, December 28, 2020 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for our holiday celebration reinvented!  This year, Lorenzo State Historic Site and our intrepid decorators will be moving our annual holiday celebration outdoors daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 12-27!  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, we will be lighting and decorating in the Dark Aisle!  Over the past year, 14 new evergreens, courtesy of the Syracuse Garden Club, have been introduced into the Dark Aisle tree line surrounding the garden and they are perfect for decorating.  Stop by to walk through this FREE, family and pet friendly display on your own!  To enter, follow the path from the first lit tree that is visible from the parking lot!

NOTE:  Masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Please visit in small groups to avoid overcrowding.  Pets must be leashed. 
Tue 29 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Tue 29 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Moonrise Over Canyon
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. (2 hours, 1 mile)

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

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Tue 29 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Moonrise Over Canyon
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. (2 hours, 1 mile)

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

Pre-registration is required for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines. Face coverings are always required in the HNC and the WPL Museum.

Registration: Required
Wed 30 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Thu 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 549-1050

"Zing" into New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It's a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 4th annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!" Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Thu 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

"Zing" into New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It's a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 4th annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!" Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 space is extremely limited in all programs. Masks are REQUIRED if over the age of 2 at all in-person programs! All programs are subject to change.
Thu 31 Dec
Guided Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Thu 31 Dec
NEW YEAR’S EVE “Sunset AND Nearly Full Moon Hike” at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, December 31, 2020 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 693-5259

Come join us for a VERY SPECIAL end-of-year sunset hike and nearly full moon hike (2 days into the new moon).This will be at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Let's join to wave this year goodbye and then go home to our new year's celebrations!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS HIKE IS AT ROCKWOOD HALL!

Maximum 20 participants only. You must be on the list. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY.

Face coverings are required at all events as is 6 feet social distancing.

Please dress according to weather conditions. Please bring water. Leashed dogs welcome.

We will gather at the main kiosk. We will leave ON TIME. Parking lot is right below Phelps Hospital, off 117. Across the street from the parking lot is the path that leads up to the park.

In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite.

Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

>>>Tickets available on December 1, 2020 10:00 am ET

Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Friday, January 1, 2021 01:00 AM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Kick-start your New Year's resolutions with a First Day Hike on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Pick up a self-guided landscape tour from our Holiday Shop in the Glass Porch of the Main House between 1:00pm and 3:00pm where all holiday merchandise is on sale for 15% off. For weather-based cancellation information please visit www.johnjayhomestead.org after 10:00am on the day of the program. Free admission.
Fri 01 Jan
A Gorgeous First Sunrise Hike!
Friday, January 1, 2021 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Get an early start on the brand-new year with a relaxing hike through the woods and along the gorge.

For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Rockefeller State Park Preserve With Saw Mill River Audubon
Friday, January 1, 2021 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon and led by SMRA Board Member Larry Trachtenberg. Now an annual Saw Mill River Audubon tradition! Start off the year and your 2021 bird list with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall. Dress warmly since it is often cooler by the river. Bring binoculars if you have them. SMRA will also have spotting scopes to share. Meet up location: Parking lot near Rockwood. Beginners encouraged!

Please sign up through our park's Eventbrite site.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Shirley Chisholm State Park
Friday, January 1, 2021 09:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(718) 277-2420

Start the year off right by joining the SCSP education team for our 2nd Annual First Day Hike! We will enjoy the sights and sounds of Jamaica Bay while exploring both the Pennsylvania and Fountain sides of the park. This hike will be roughly 4.5 miles and last approximately 2.5 hours.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Lake and Forest Exploration
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Celebrate the New Year and explore the park's beach, forest and wetland trails!

For more information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(914) 245-4434

Join the Friends of FDR State Park to visit the lesser known side of the park. Enjoy a brisk walk and visit the bridges built in 2016 and 2017. Group size is limited, masks are required, and no dogs allowed due to narrow trails. Meet up Location: Pool Parking Lot, near the bench at the northern end. Please call ahead for more information and to reserve your spot.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Big Tree Hike
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Start your New Year off right with an invigorating hike through Knox Farm State Park and visit the park's largest trees!

For more information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Minnewaska: All the Scenic Views from Lake Minnewaska and Beacon Hill
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join a Park Educator, for a relaxing four-mile hike around picturesque Lake Minnewaska and along the cliff-edge Beacon Hill hiking loop. With the leaves down, the views of the valleys below and the Catskill Mountains in the distance will be abundant. This modest outing, which features both footpath and carriage road walking, is a great way to unwind after a busy holiday season. The footpath can have slippery roots and rocks that some may find challenging to navigate. Taking a walk in nature is a wonderful way to start the year. Arrive early to check out the gorgeous new Minnewaska Visitor Center!

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Olana State Historic Site
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

First Day Hike Walking Tours

Friday, January 1, 2021; 10:00-11:00am and 1:00-2:00pm

(518) 751-0344

Celebrate the New Year with expansive views. Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape on this special First Day Hike Walking Tour. Limited capacity; all attendants must register in advance. Masks required. FREE. Register in advance: https://www.olana.org/programs-events/

First Day Hike: Downloadable Landscape Tours

Walk Olana's 250 acres and learn about its history with Olana's landscape audio tours, available at https://www.olana.org/tour-category/audio/.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hikes: Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 705-3368

"Staatsburgh in Winter:" The winter months were a unique time for Staatsburgh during the Gilded Age. Follow staff on a guided walk, completing a scavenger hunt activity along the way, and discussing the winter-time fun from the turn of the century. The Mills family enjoyed several outdoor activities along the Hudson River, from ice boating to sleigh rides, and they even rang in New Years at Staatsburgh.

All 3 First Day Hikes are free, and open to all ages and families. Each will be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover about 1 mile of fairly level terrain. Since these hikes do involve some interpretive delivery by guides, spots are limited, so that all attendees can hear and maintain social distancing. Reservations are required via https://Staatsburgh.Eventbrite.com People registering will receive details on where to meet and cancellation info, should weather be prohibitive.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Please join us for an easy hike to Bish Bash Falls. It's a great way to welcome the new year in a healthy way with friends and family including the four-legged kind. Meet at the Pavilion/Copake Day Use this 3-mile hike. This year, we will lead 2 hikes to split up large groups (following COVID-19 precautions). An afternoon bonfire will be here to enjoy too!

Please call and pre-register at (518) 329-3393.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve At Little Stony Point
Friday, January 1, 2021 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Join us for free hot cocoa and snacks at the Volunteer Center, and for short naturalist-led hikes around Little Stony Point (<1mile), or a historian-led hike on the Cornish Estate Trail (3 miles round trip). Dress warmly and bring water for a hike. All ages. Leashed pets allowed. Pre-registration requested, via Facebook.com/Littlestonypointpark under Events. Hikes will start about 11:15.

Meet up location: Park Office and Volunteer Center, 3011 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516.

Hosted by Little Stony Point Citizens Association and Friends of Fahnestock Hudson Highlands State Park.

Registration: Optional
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Montauk Point State Park
Friday, January 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Join us for a two-mile hike through historic Camp Hero State Park where we'll see remnants of a WWII military base and hike through immaculate woodlands to some of the only ocean front cliffs on Long Island.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First & Second Day Hike: Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park At Croton Reservoir & Dam
Friday, January 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

First -and Second- Day Hikes: Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Free, small group, open-air 2-hour hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam.

Meet near the restrooms at the rear of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567 (free parking). The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City.

(From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk(s) will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Contact Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call/text 646-303-1448.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
Guided Holiday Tours
Friday, January 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hikes: Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Friday, January 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 705-3368

"When Ice Came from the River: Ice Harvesting in the Gilded Age:" A century ago, the village of Staatsburg was one of the leading sites for ice harvesting in the Hudson Valley. Join staff as they explore the local history of this once thriving industry through the Mills' country estate, Staatsburgh. Local businesses, including the Mills family, employed thousands of workers and harvested hundreds of thousands of tons of ice each year.

All 3 First Day Hikes are free, and open to all ages and families. Each will be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover about 1 mile of fairly level terrain. Since these hikes do involve some interpretive delivery by guides, spots are limited, so that all attendees can hear and maintain social distancing. Reservations are required via https://Staatsburgh.Eventbrite.com People registering will receive details on where to meet and cancellation info, should weather be prohibitive.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Chenango Valley State Park
Friday, January 1, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
(607) 648-5251

We will be having 3 separate hikes, each starting at the same time/location. All will be 3 miles or less. Please be sure to bring drink/snack and a face shield of your choice. Unfortunately, due to Covid we will not be inside the building, so no indoor fires this year.

Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Beach Parking Lot/Great Hall Building. 2-3 miles, easy to moderate hike, leashed pets allowed, free to attend.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Sam’s Point
Friday, January 1, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Begin the new year with a First Day Hike at Sam's Point! What better way to start off 2021 than with an invigorating snowshoe outing for the entire family? Join us for an approximately three-mile trek through the scenic Park Preserve. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If renting snowshoes, please arrive early. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Friday, January 1, 2021 01:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Please join us for an easy hike to Bash Bish Falls. It's a great way to welcome the new year in a healthy way with friends and family including the four-legged kind. Meet at the Pavilion/Copake Day Use for this 3-mile hike. This year, we will lead 2 hikes to split up large groups (following COVID-19 precautions). An afternoon bonfire will be here to enjoy too!

Please call and pre-register at (518) 329-3993.


Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jan
First Day at the Fort
Friday, January 1, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us for a tour of the Officer's Club to view the stunning murals and museum displays, followed by a walk to view the War of 1812 Cemetery, and the lighthouse overlooking Old Fort Niagara. (The Fort is Closed on New Year's Day.)

For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 01 Jan
First Day: Let’s Go to Niagara Falls!
Friday, January 1, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us for an afternoon stroll as we welcome the first day of the New Year at Niagara Falls! Along the way we'll share stories of America's oldest state park!

For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 01 Jan
First Day Hikes: Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Friday, January 1, 2021 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 705-3368

"Staatsburgh in Winter:" The winter months were a unique time for Staatsburgh during the Gilded Age. Follow staff on a guided walk, completing a scavenger hunt activity along the way, and discussing the winter-time fun from the turn of the century. The Mills family enjoyed several outdoor activities along the Hudson River, from ice boating to sleigh rides, and they even rang in New Years at Staatsburgh.

All 3 First Day Hikes are free, and open to all ages and families. Each will be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover about 1 mile of fairly level terrain. Since these hikes do involve some interpretive delivery by guides, spots are limited, so that all attendees can hear and maintain social distancing. Reservations are required via https://Staatsburgh.Eventbrite.com People registering will receive details on where to meet and cancellation info, should weather be prohibitive.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jan
First Weekend Winter Wonderland
Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Let's take a walk where it all began, taking in the views the falls origin ~12,000 years ago while enjoying the crisp air, learning the parks history and geology.

For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 02 Jan
First Weekend Bird Walk
Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Start your annual bird list off with a bang as we walk along the trails of Woodlawn Beach State Park.

For more information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 02 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 02 Jan
First & Second Day Hike: Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park At Croton Reservoir & Dam
Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

First -and Second- Day Hikes: Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Free, small group, open-air 2-hour hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam.

Meet near the restrooms at the rear of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567 (free parking). The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City.

(From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk(s) will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Contact Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call/text 646-303-1448.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jan
Guided Holiday Tours
Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

On this guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 10 people and must follow all COVID regulations.

12:00-1:00| Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students. Free for children 12 & under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jan
First Weekend Winter Walk
Saturday, January 2, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Spend your first weekend of the New Year at Niagara Falls. The sights and sounds await you!

For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 03 Jan
First Weekend Winter Walk
Sunday, January 3, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Spend your first weekend of the New Year at Niagara Falls. The sights and sounds await you!

For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 09 Jan
Evangola Snowshoe
Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Saturday, January 9 | Evangola Snowshoe: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sun 10 Jan
Evangola Cross-Country Ski
Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Sunday, January 10 | Evangola Cross-Country Ski: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jan
Beaver Island Snowshoe
Saturday, January 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 549-1050

Saturday, January 16 | Beaver Island Snowshoe: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jan
Beaver Island Snowshoe
Saturday, January 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

Saturday, January 16 | Beaver Island Snowshoe: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 16 Jan
Winter Astronomy
Saturday, January 16, 2021 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Spend an evening exploring celestial objects and star patterns that can be observed in the winter night sky.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 17 Jan
Buckhorn Island Cross-Country Ski
Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

Sunday, January 17 | Buckhorn Island Cross-Country Ski: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Jan
Fun Facts with Kelly: Winter Trivia
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come on out to play a game of trivia - Jeopardy style! From hibernation to migration and everything in between, compete with friend and foe for a chance to win a small prize!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Wed 20 Jan
Wednesday Winter Walk
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Head to the woods for a scenic walk through Evangola as we decipher animal tracks and enjoy the winter snow.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 23 Jan
Knox Farm Cross-Country Ski
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Saturday, January 23 Knox Farm Cross-Country Ski: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jan
Snowshoe Fun!
Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Golden Hill State Park
(716) 282-5154

It's a fun time for all on snowshoes! Come for a snowshoe walk along the shore of Lake Ontario. (Weather Dependent)

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 23 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sun 24 Jan
Knox Farm Snowshoe
Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Sunday, January 24 | Knox Farm Snowshoe: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jan
Full Moon: The Wolf Moon
Thursday, January 28, 2021 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

The first full moon of the year will be our guiding light. Come along, as we explore the woods at night!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 28 Jan
Full Moon: The Wolf Moon
Thursday, January 28, 2021 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

The first full moon of the year will be our guiding light. Come along, as we explore the woods at night!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 30 Jan
Woodlawn Beach Snowshoe
Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Saturday, January 30 | Woodlawn Beach Snowshoe: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the Niagara Parks: Winter Sports Month 2021!

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis and snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call (716) 549-1050 for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 06 Feb
Animal Tracks on Snowshoes
Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 549-1050

Join an exciting search through a snow-covered forest, where every track tells a story.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 06 Feb
Animal Tracks on Snowshoes
Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join an exciting search through a snow-covered forest, where every track tells a story.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 06 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 6, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Tue 09 Feb
Winter Tree I.D.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Identifying tree species in winter can be an exciting challenge. Hone your skills and learn to identify trees based on their shape, bark and twigs.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Tue 09 Feb
Winter Weeds Walk
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

The greens of summer have long been gone yet many of our favorite plants remain, do you recognize them? Join our hike to learn some of our common winter weeds.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 13 Feb
Buffalo Harbor Birding
Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 549-1050

Celebrate winter birds as we walk along the promenade and look for waterfowl, gulls and snowy owls!

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 13 Feb
Winter Wonderland Ski Tour!
Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Cross-country skiing is a wonderful way to enjoy winter at nearby parks! Learn or improve your technique with the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club experts and NYS Parks.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 13 Feb
Birding at Niagara
Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Educators will be at the bottom of the Cave of the Winds elevator to guide your exploration of the winter birds that call this river home.

For information call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 13 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sun 14 Feb
Wildlife Tracking by Ski
Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

Glide through the snow on skis to discover animal tracks on forest trails! Free ski loan or bring your own.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 14 Feb
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 14, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Get your binoculars ready and join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! This annual citizen-science project invites bird watchers of all ages to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 14 Feb
Valentine's Day Candle Lantern Walk
Sunday, February 14, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Happy Valentine's Day! Make a lantern and discover the night with a walk through the old growth woods.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Tue 16 Feb
Fun Facts with Kelly: Niagara Falls Trivia
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come on out to play a game of trivia - Jeopardy style! From Daredevils to Natural History and everything in between, compete with friend and foe for a chance to win a small prize!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 20 Feb
Frozen Swamp Walk
Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Venture out for a unique chance to explore a forested swamp frozen in time.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 20 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Fri 26 Feb
“Lug Your Mug” A Stroll at the Park
Friday, February 26, 2021 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Grab your favorite mug or thermos and take a stroll through the cool winter air at the park. Bundle up and sip some hot chocolate while taking in the views of old growth woods. Weather permitting, the adventure will be taken on snowshoes.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 27 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Come seek migratory waterfowl and other winter birds along the Niagara River. We'll visit the lagoon overlook and a few other viewing areas in Beaver Island State Park.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 27 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come seek migratory waterfowl and other winter birds along the Niagara River. We'll visit the lagoon overlook and a few other viewing areas in Beaver Island State Park.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 27 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 06 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 6, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 13 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 13, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Tue 16 Mar
I BIRD NY
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Our parks offer incredible birding opportunities for all ages. Join us each season as we explore a different park and learn about our local birds.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Tue 16 Mar
Fun Facts with Kelly: Spring Trivia
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come on out to play a game of trivia - Jeopardy style! From wildflowers to buds, and everything in between, compete with friend and foe for a chance to win a small prize!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 20 Mar
The Sweet Life!
Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

It's maple sugaring time! Join us for an indoor presentation on the sugaring process, start to finish. Following will be an outdoor, hands-on presentation. Watch the sap turn into syrup.

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 20 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 20 Mar
Fun Facts with Kelly: First Day of Spring
Saturday, March 20, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Reservoir State Park
(716) 282-5154

Welcome in Spring with a walk through the park along the accessible path, seeking buds on trees and spring ephemerals!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 26 Mar
Timberdoodle Time
Friday, March 26, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

A frog-serenaded, dusk journey to experience the American Woodcock's dazzling display flight that only happens this time of year!

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 27 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December, January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Sat 27 Mar
Springtime is a Fine Time!
Saturday, March 27, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Signs of spring are all around us! Time to get out and enjoy a leisurely stroll with some gorgeous views of the Niagara River!

For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Wed 31 Mar
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Take a journey through Knox Farm to search for signs of spring.

For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.