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Sat 05 Jan
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, January 5, 2019 until Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 5pm from January 5th to April 7th.

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 7th.

Sat 05 Jan
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, January 5, 2019 until Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 5pm from January 5th to April 7th.

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 7th.

Sat 02 Feb
Seal Walks
Saturday, February 2, 2019 until Sunday, March 31, 2019
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000 ext 200

Montauk Point State Park will host a series of walks to observe wintering seals. Beginning in December and continuing through March 2019, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Binoculars are recommended.

The walk is approximately 3 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants are asked to please dress appropriately, wear footwear appropriate for hiking, and meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

To make reservations and/or for more information, please call (631) 668-5000 ext. 200. Program fees are $4.00 per person.Seal program dates and times are as follows:

February:
Saturday 2 12:00 pm
Sunday 3 12:00 pm
Saturday 9 2:00 pm
Saturday 16 10:00 am
Sunday 17 11:00 am

March:
Saturday 2 11:00 am
Sunday 3 11:00 am
Saturday 9 2:00 pm
Saturday 16 10:00 am
Sunday 17 11:00 am
Saturday 23 2:00 pm
Saturday 30 10:00 am
Sunday 31 11:00 am

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Birding Basics for Beginners
Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will introduce adults to birds and birding. It will provide information on where to go and what to get to learn more. Bring binoculars. Approximately one mile; much sitting indoors. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Eagle Watch
Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Eagle Watch
Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Beautiful Bald Eagles at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

By now, you may have heard the news that Bald Eagles have nested on the shore of Thompson’s Lake! Come and learn about these majestic birds of prey and their success in raising two juveniles during 2018. Learn a bit about Bald Eagles’ courtship and nesting habits, and then take a walk to view the nest and hopefully see the adults! This program begins with a brief indoor presentation, followed by a short trail walk. Appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit several viewing areas found in our state parks. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Birds and Bagels at the Welcome Center
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy a bagel and a hot beverage while observing our most active winter friends– the birds! $3 per person. Ages 5 & up. Program will be help inside. Please pre-register: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Marine Mammals Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a fun filled day all about marine mammals! Learn about these unique animals - big and small, they are similar to us! Move from station to station and participate in exciting activities, or join a seal walk and maybe spot one in person! Wonder though our kelp forest and discover its many secrets. It will be a whale of a time! Please arrive any time during this special event.

Sat 23 Feb
Marine Mammals Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a fun filled day all about marine mammals! Learn about these unique animals - big and small, they are similar to us! Move from station to station and participate in exciting activities, or join a seal walk and maybe spot one in person! Wonder though our kelp forest and discover its many secrets. It will be a whale of a time! Please arrive any time during this special event.

Sat 23 Feb
Scavenger Hunt and Found Object Art
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a part naturalist on a short walk to search for some natural items. Then we'll use what we find to make our own outside art projects! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 23 Feb
Beautiful Bald Eagles at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

By now, you may have heard the news that Bald Eagles have nested on the shore of Thompson’s Lake! Come and learn about these majestic birds of prey and their success in raising two juveniles during 2018. Learn a bit about Bald Eagles’ courtship and nesting habits, and then take a walk to view the nest and hopefully see the adults! This program begins with a brief indoor presentation, followed by a short trail walk. Appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Explore the Peter’s Kill Area
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, to explore the footpaths of the Peter’s Kill. On this approximately three-mile hike, we will hike on four footpaths to ascend to two scenic vistas, then descend to the cool Peter’s Kill stream, continue along a stream-side path and ascend yet again, to return to our starting point. This hike will take place with or without snow. This outing includes some sustained hills and uneven footing, including rocks and tree roots, which some may find challenging. Meet in the Peter’s Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 23 Feb
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, February 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Every Saturday in February - Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will hike for up to an hour on our trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap so please wear snow boots, gloves, and a hat. If you think this program might be cancelled due to weather, call 718-605-3970 x201. Ages 5+
Sat 23 Feb
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, February 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Every Saturday in February - Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will hike for up to an hour on our trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap so please wear snow boots, gloves, and a hat. If you think this program might be cancelled due to weather, call 718-605-3970 x201. Ages 5+
Sat 23 Feb
A Closer Look: A Curator Guide Exploration of the Hidden & Hard-to-see
Saturday, February 23, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

In this special tour by reservation, Staatsburgh’s Curator, Dr. Maria Reynolds, will focus on a selection of objects—from works of art to books, tools, you name it—that are not accessible or easily seen on tour, or which tell a special story. Reservations required.

Time: 1PM /Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
RESCHEDULED Early Watercraft in the Northeast at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

**This event, originally scheduled for January 20th has been moved to February 23rd due to snow**

Seafaring and travel on inland waterways likely played key roles in the earliest settlement and dispersal of human groups throughout the Western Hemisphere, and provided an important link between Native American groups in New York and surrounding areas. Archaeologist Dr. Daria Merwin will discuss evidence of early watercraft in the Northeast, and the implications of water-borne technology for subsistence, settlement, and exchange. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 23 Feb
RESCHEDULED Early Watercraft in the Northeast at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

**This event, originally scheduled for January 20th has been moved to February 23rd due to snow**

Seafaring and travel on inland waterways likely played key roles in the earliest settlement and dispersal of human groups throughout the Western Hemisphere, and provided an important link between Native American groups in New York and surrounding areas. Archaeologist Dr. Daria Merwin will discuss evidence of early watercraft in the Northeast, and the implications of water-borne technology for subsistence, settlement, and exchange. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 23 Feb
Saturday Family Movie: Show Dogs
Saturday, February 23, 2019 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The winter series of Saturday Family Movie continues with a dog out of place in, Show Dogs. Max is a rough and tumble Rottweiler police dog who gets sent undercover as a pampered show dog in a prestigious Dog Show. Along with his human partner, can the two of them avert a disaster from happening? All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

3:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 23 Feb
Art in the Park: Tree Cookie Crafts
Saturday, February 23, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create with us! Decorate cross sections of tree branches to make coasters or wall art. Ages 9+. Please RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
Art in the Park: Tree Cookie Crafts
Saturday, February 23, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Create with us! Decorate cross sections of tree branches to make coasters or wall art. Ages 9+. Please RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Project FeederWatch at Sam’s Point
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

From 10am to 11pm and 1pm to 2pm.

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us learn more about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. At the end of winter, we will send our data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help other scientists learn about these birds as well. Using binoculars, we will observe birds and learn how to identify them as they visit our feeders. Then, we will make pinecone bird feeders for you to take home so you can continue your observations in your own yard. This program is recommended for beginner and experienced bird watchers of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Eagle Watch
Sunday, February 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Eagle Watch
Sunday, February 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don’t have snow, we’ll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Invasive Plant Species - Hallock State Park Preserve
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

National Parks Service Ranger LaruaMary Lamont will lead a presentation and hike focusing on the numerous invasive plant species taking over natural habitats and eliminating our beloved native wildflowers, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees. They can even eliminate entire ecosystems. Meet in the visitor center for a quick overview of some really “bad” plants and how they got here. We will observe them in the State Park and learn about how to identify them, and efforts to control them. Walk will be about 2 hours, 1 mile.
Sun 24 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don’t have snow, we’ll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Animal Tracking
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Squirrels, fishers, and deer– oh my! We will search for animal tracks and scat to tell us who’s been active in the forest in this family friendly program. $3 per person or $10 per family. Come dressed to be outside. Please pre-register: 518-279-1155
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Nature Lecture Series - Salamanders, Snakes and Signs of Stress: NonlethalImpacts of Snake Predators on Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

By Aaron Sullivan, Houghton College. Find out some fascinating discoveries about interactions between salamanders and snakes.
Sun 24 Feb
Nature Lecture Series - Salamanders, Snakes and Signs of Stress: NonlethalImpacts of Snake Predators on Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

By Aaron Sullivan, Houghton College. Find out some fascinating discoveries about interactions between salamanders and snakes.
Sun 24 Feb
(SOLD OUT) Tea with Alice Roosevelt- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

President Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter, a good friend of the Millses' twin daughters, was celebrated for her wit and disregard for society's polite conventions. Come and meet Alice, as portrayed by American History Theater's Kim Hanley.

No snow date: Future date TBD

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Who's Been Walking in the Snow?
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Unravel the clues left behind by the park’s wildlife by making a Tracks and Traces book, filled with local animal tracks. Afterward, we will take a walk outside to search for tracks and traces. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Who's Been Walking in the Snow?
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Unravel the clues left behind by the park’s wildlife by making a Tracks and Traces book, filled with local animal tracks. Afterward, we will take a walk outside to search for tracks and traces. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, February 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.

Performing this Sunday: Alba Consort - early Mediterranean music.

Sun 24 Feb
Nature Up Close - Overwintering Mushrooms (Polypores and other Wood Decay Fungi) at the Humphrety Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxomic order.
Sun 24 Feb
Nature Up Close - Overwintering Mushrooms (Polypores and other Wood Decay Fungi) at the Humphrety Nature Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxomic order.
Mon 25 Feb
High Rock Trail
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep, however it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Feb
High Rock Trail
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep, however it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Feb
Little Exploerers - Shadows
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10 - 10:30am, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week's theme will be shadows! Note: if it is a sunny day, we will experiment and play with our shadows outside!
Mon 25 Feb
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

By Volunteer Annie O'Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.

Registration: Optional
Mon 25 Feb
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

By Volunteer Annie O'Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680.This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.

Registration: Optional
Tue 26 Feb
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Snowshoe Outing
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a crisp snowshoe walk in the wintry woods. On this approximately three-and-a-half-mile snowshoe outing, participants will walk through the forest, along the Peter's Kill stream and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, otherwise, snowshoes may be rented for $5 per person for this program. All snowshoes are located at the Park Preserve Office, in the Peter's Kill Area. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 26 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 26 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 26 Feb
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Snowflakes
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 26 Feb
Feathered Friends Monthly Homeschool Class
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us on the last Tuesday of every month for a bird-related lesson and walk. Each month we will explore a different aspect of the bird world both indoors and out. Appropriate for ages 6-12. This program is $3 per child or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register. Bird books and binoculars will be provided.
Registration: Required
Tue 26 Feb
Sunset Snowshoe or Evening Hike
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Meet at the Summit Warming Hut. Snowshoes are available, please call 716-354-9101 x 232 before 12 noon to reserve. Bring a snack for a short social gathering later.
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Feb
Wednesday Winter Walk
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Head out for a scenic walk through Evangola as we decipher animal tracks and enjoy the winter snow. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Feb
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon - West
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam. Meet at the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch.
Wed 27 Feb
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon - West
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam. Meet at the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch.
Thu 28 Feb
Home Ecologist – Geology
Thursday, February 28, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Feb
Home Ecologist – Geology
Thursday, February 28, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Feb
Guided Snowshoeing Hikes
Thursday, February 28, 2019 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Bring your own snowshoes or there will also be a limited amount of snowshoes available for use. Call the park at 716-386-2722 for more info or to reserve snowshoes.

Thu 28 Feb
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY Ulster
Thursday, February 28, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The beauty and biodiversity of the Shawangunk Ridge serve as inspiration for artists working in media including painting, drawing and literature. Join Mohonk Preserve Education Outreach Coordinator and artist Christy Belardo, poet Roger Roloff and painter Tom Sarrantonio as they discuss how flora, fauna and natural lands inform and shape their work. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

Fri 01 Mar
Thematic Tour: Women of the Jay Family
Friday, March 1, 2019 until Saturday, March 30, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Thursdays through Saturdays in March

Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor and the rest! Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay’s Bedford House. Their stories shed light on the roles of women in upper class homes in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited – www.johnjayhomestead.org. 2:00pm | Location: Glass Porch of Bedford House | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12 Thursday, March 14 –

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Trout Unlimited Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 2, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Connetquot River State Park Preserve for more information and reservations. (For ages 15 and older). Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
First Saturday Hike: Black Diamond Trail
Saturday, March 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 02 Mar
Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Celebrate the end of maple season with us! All ages welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the Nature Interpretive Center during our open hours starting January 1 until March 1. $5 cash or check.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Celebrate the end of maple season with us! All ages welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the Nature Interpretive Center during our open hours starting January 1 until March 1. $5 cash or check.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 02 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue. Bring a lunch. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early plantings have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue. Bring a lunch. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early plantings have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 02 Mar
Loop around the Lake on Snowshoes at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three-mile loop walk on snowshoes to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! Winds blow almost continuously across this sky lake causing large snow drifts that can reach incredible heights. 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. 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. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Eco-Kids Series
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Calling all pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little one. For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Peter Dispensa, solarconstant@msn.com or call 914-522-5000.
Sat 02 Mar
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Peter Dispensa, solarconstant@msn.com or call 914-522-5000.
Sat 02 Mar
Nature Walk - Signs of Life
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for an approximately 1 mile walk on the park trails. In winter, the plants seem dead and the park can seem empty of animals, but we'll search for signs of life and find them everywhere! All ages and abilities welcome!

Meet at the Nature Center.

Sat 02 Mar
Winter Beach Wander
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Leave your bathing suit behind and grab your winter coat! Breathe in the crisp winter air as we stroll the beach at Sunken Meadow. We will search for visiting wildlife along the way. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 2, 2019 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 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 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 2, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 02 Mar
World War 1 and the End of the Gilded Age
Saturday, March 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Commemorating the recent 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
Intermediate Snowshoe to Compass Rock with Winter Tree Identification at Minnewaska
Sunday, March 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Allan Serrano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps intern, for a two-mile snowshoe trek in the Peter’s Kill Area. Participants will hike to the Compass Rock promontory, which features outstanding views of the Catskill Mountains. Along the way, we’ll make stops where we’ll learn how to look for clues to identify trees in winter. The route includes a few modest hills, which some people may find challenging on snowshoes. This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children over eight years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Complimentary snowshoes may be reserved from the Park Preserve Office at the Peter’s Kill Area. No snowshoe experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome to arrive 30 minutes in advance of the trek to get assistance with the snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet at the Park Preserve Office at the Peter’s Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
History of Caumsett
Sunday, March 3, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park’s social, economic, architectural, and political history. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
Historic House Tour
Sunday, March 3, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Reservations are suggested: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Optional
Sun 03 Mar
(SOLD OUT) UnderWhere?- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 3, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Kjirsten Gustavson, Interpretive Programs Coodinator at the Bureau of NYS Historic Sites, will reprise her popular program about historic undergarments. Learn about the layers of clothing required for a women in the 1880s while Kjirsten dresses the part and reveals various layers of clothing (family safe!). Enjoy tea along with sandwiches, scones and treats in the formal dining room while listening to talks about Gilded Age history. No snow date: Future date TBD

Time: 1:00 PM / Cost: $35 / Person, $30 / Friends of Mills Mansion Members. Reservations are required. Please call 845-889-8851 to reserve and be advised that the teas fill up very quickly!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, March 3, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.

Performing this Sunday: Gemini Journey featuring Diane Block, violinist, and Terry Batts, cellist.

Sun 03 Mar
Nature Up Close - Skulls and Tracks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 3, 2019 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Dozens of replicas will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that can be located in our area.
Sun 03 Mar
Nature Up Close - Skulls and Tracks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 3, 2019 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Dozens of replicas will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that can be located in our area.
Sun 03 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 3, 2019 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Inspiration Point.
Sun 03 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 3, 2019 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Inspiration Point.
Mon 04 Mar
Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point
Monday, March 4, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join a park educator 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 woods, roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short, steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Mon 04 Mar
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, March 4, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is easier, at about 3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. We will meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Mon 04 Mar
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, March 4, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is easier, at about 3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. We will meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 05 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 05 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Leprechaun's Rainbow
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 05 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Leprechaun's Rainbow
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 05 Mar
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Mar
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Bethlehem
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/5/19 at Bethlehem

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.
Wed 06 Mar
High Rock Trail
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep, however it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Mar
High Rock Trail
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep, however it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.
Wed 06 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.
Wed 06 Mar
Snowshoe Hike
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 01:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

(conditions permitting). Free 3-mile snowshoe hike; route to be determined based on conditions. We will meet at the park office: 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517. We have a limited number of snowshoes, so please bring your own if you have them. Snowshoeing is fun and it’s a great workout, so don’t be afraid to come with us even if you are a first timer. Wear sturdy boots and watch this video by our friends at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to learn more about staying safe while having fun outdoors in the winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epr0PyTgQQE&feature=youtu.be
Thu 07 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Rock Hounds
Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Thu 07 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Rock Hounds
Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Thu 07 Mar
Homeschoolers: Maple Sugaring Program at Minnewaska
Thursday, March 7, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other Homeschoolers to experience the magic that is maple sugaring. Mid-February to early March is traditionally when sap is collected for producing maple syrup. We will search for and tap sugar maple trees using traditional tools. Each child will be able to taste test maple syrup, maple sap and at least one kind of maple candy. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. As always, well-behaved younger siblings capable of participating are welcome to join us. This program will meet in the Awosting Parking Area or Jenny Lane. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 7, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 07 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 7, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Fri 08 Mar
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, March 8, 2019 07:30 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 09 Mar
Trout Unlimited Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Caleb Smith State Park Preserve for more information and reservations. (For ages 15 and older). Reservations are required: (631) 265 -1054
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Trout Unlimited Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Caleb Smith State Park Preserve for more information and reservations. (For ages 15 and older). Reservations are required: (631) 265 -1054
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Wildlife Animal Tracking Club at 9:30am
Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join Dan Yacobellis, a local wilderness skills teacher, naturalist and tracker for 3 hours of animal tracking fun, adventure and stories. Every track is just a small piece of an epic story involving all the life of the forest. Learn how to identify the tracks and sign left by the animals that live at Grafton Lakes and what stories those signs have to tell. All skill levels are welcome. There will be something for everyone to learn. For ages 8+. Donations are welcome but there is no program fee.
Sat 09 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Cabin Fever Series: Daredevils of Niagara!
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

This month's presentation will be Daredevils of Niagara! A fascinating look at stunters of the past and the fame they made at Niagara Falls!! For information & registration call (716)282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Basketweavers’ Guild of Eastern Long Island
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join the basketweavers for their monthly meeting at the Hallock State Park Preserve Visitor Center Community Room. New members are welcome. New members are welcome.

Sat 09 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 09 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 09 Mar
Animal Homes
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Did you know winter can be the best time to look for animal homes in the park? Join a park naturalist to see where birds, beavers, squirrels, insects, and other animals have made their homes. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 09 Mar
Just a Hike (Center Section)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this five-mile, on road, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy the park’s beauty. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 09 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 9, 2019 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 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 09 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 09 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at William K. Sanford Library (Colonie)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/9/19 at William K. Sanford Library (Colonie)

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Sat 09 Mar
Weird Science Fair
Saturday, March 9, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Test out some funky reactions! Call 718-605-3970 x201 to RSVP. Ages 5+.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Weird Science Fair
Saturday, March 9, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Test out some funky reactions! Call 718-605-3970 x201 to RSVP. Ages 5+.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Mar
Astronomy- Explore the Solar System
Saturday, March 9, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Come discover the fascinating planets that share our sky. With fun hands-on activities we will gain an understanding of how big the solar system is. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of the Perry Entrance on main park road. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site.
Sun 10 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of the Perry Entrance on main park road. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site.
Sun 10 Mar
Beginner Winter Tree Identification
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Do all trees look the same to you in winter? Well, here's your chance to learn the differences that will help you identify our winter trees. Come for a guided ramble through the Bear Mountain area and discover how to distinguish local trees without their leaves. Program is roughly 2 hours long. Sturdy footwear recommended. Program geared to adults.

Program will start in front of the Bear Mountain Inn. Parking fee $10.00 per vehicle.

Sun 10 Mar
Feed the Birds! at Sam’s Point
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Birds use a lot of energy to keep themselves warm in the cold winter months. Join a Sam’s Point Ranger to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard. We’ll use pine cones to make a delicious bird treat that you can hang in trees near your house. After the craft, we will learn about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center, and submit our observations to Project FeederWatch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
(SOLD OUT) Millionaries and Masqurade Balls- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Guest historian Carol Kohan will explore how the centuries-old diversion of masquerade and fancy dress balls flourished across continents and enthralled New York society, including the Millses, in the Gilded Age.

Snow Date: Sunday, March 17

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
To Infinity and Beyond!
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy an engaging journey into space as you discover some fascinating facts about the final frontier. We'll have a contest, children verses adults, to find out who knows more about outer space. Join us for some out of this world fun!Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
To Infinity and Beyond!
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy an engaging journey into space as you discover some fascinating facts about the final frontier. We'll have a contest, children verses adults, to find out who knows more about outer space. Join us for some out of this world fun!Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
Owl Pellet Dissection
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Owls come in many shapes and sizes, from a variety of habitats all over the world. Explore the world of these silent predators and learn how they hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl. Reservations are required: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, March 10, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.

Performing this Sunday: Canta Libre - flute, harp and strings.

Mon 11 Mar
BIRD WALK with Saw Mill River Audubon.
Monday, March 11, 2019 08:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come birding with SMRA! Beginners encouraged. Meet in the main parking lot of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. More info at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Monday | 8:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Mon 11 Mar
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, March 11, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

By Volunteer Annie O’Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680. This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.
Registration: Optional
Mon 11 Mar
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, March 11, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

By Volunteer Annie O’Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680. This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.
Registration: Optional
Mon 11 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Monday, March 11, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Mon 11 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Monday, March 11, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Mon 11 Mar
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, March 11, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Mon 11 Mar
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, March 11, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Tue 12 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 12 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 12 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Forever Green
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Wed 13 Mar
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Wed 13 Mar
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 14 Mar
Winter Treks: St. Helena Valley - East
Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site. Meet at junction of Oakland River Roads. Bring a lunch.
Thu 14 Mar
Winter Treks: St. Helena Valley - East
Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site. Meet at junction of Oakland River Roads. Bring a lunch.
Thu 14 Mar
Documentary and Discussion - SNOWBOUND
Thursday, March 14, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join us for the next installment of our NEW Documentary and Discussion evening program series. Meet other nature-lovers and view and discuss a different nature-themed documentary each month. This month's documentary gives an in-depth look at how animals survive freezing gold and snowy environments.
Thu 14 Mar
No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding
Thursday, March 14, 2019 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Rather than presenting the Constitution as a cynical political bargain enshrining slavery in the new nation, Sean Wilentz argues that it actually restricted slavery’s legitimacy, and kept alive the eventual possibility of antislavery politics the national level. Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, author of seven other books and co-author or editor of many more, and the winner of multiple prizes and awards, including the Bancroft and Pulitzer (finalist). He is also historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website. 7:00pm lecture (registration and refreshments starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book signing. Reservations are recommended – www.johnjayhomestead.org. $25; $20 for members. 6:30pm | Location: Ballroom | $25; $20 for members.
Registration: Optional
Fri 15 Mar
Spring Overlook Hike
Friday, March 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Mar
Spring Overlook Hike
Friday, March 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Mar
After Dark Stroll
Friday, March 15, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Have you ever wanted to explore the Preserve after dark? Now is your chance! Bundle up and enjoy the brisk winter air as we stroll through the preserve after the sun sets. Reservations are required: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 16, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 16, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 16 Mar
Maple Sapturdays at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th and 16th. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!
Sat 16 Mar
Leprechaun Hunt!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

A mischievous leprechaun has hidden his gold on the trails around the Nature Center! Come get your own map and list of clues and set-off to search for the treasure! Bring back some "gold" and prizes too! A park naturalist will be available to help with map reading and assist in the hunt. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 16 Mar
Lights, Color, Refraction!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Have you ever heard of ROY G BIV? You’ll certainly be an expert by the end of this program, filled with hands-on activities that will help us explore the many ways that light bounces, bends, and reflects. We’ll discover how white light splits apart, revealing all the colors of the rainbow. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Lights, Color, Refraction!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Have you ever heard of ROY G BIV? You’ll certainly be an expert by the end of this program, filled with hands-on activities that will help us explore the many ways that light bounces, bends, and reflects. We’ll discover how white light splits apart, revealing all the colors of the rainbow. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & The Aqueduct
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end on a wooded trail – but in between, expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from Crawbuckie Park, a stroll through the rocky gorge of Sing Sing Kill and a neat microbrewery (almost) at walk’s end. Six miles, 3 hours (excluding the brewery), some hills. Wear hiking boots and bring water. This hike is for people who walk regularly. No bathrooms except at the brewery. Rain and snow cancel.

Meet at 10:30 am sharp in the REAR parking lot of Scarborough Presbyterian Church, 655 Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. Please do not park in the main church parking lot! Their parking lot is off Route 9 (a/k/a S. Highland Avenue), Briarcliff Manor. From Route 9 turn into Marlborough Road (a smallish road just south of Sparta Cemetery and just north of the Church). The lot is the first right turn off Marlborough. Tour leader is Lesley, cell 914-671-7112, please text only.
Sat 16 Mar
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & The Aqueduct
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end on a wooded trail – but in between, expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from Crawbuckie Park, a stroll through the rocky gorge of Sing Sing Kill and a neat microbrewery (almost) at walk’s end. Six miles, 3 hours (excluding the brewery), some hills. Wear hiking boots and bring water. This hike is for people who walk fairly regularly. No bathrooms except at the brewery. Rain and snow cancel. Meet at 10:30 am sharp in the REAR parking lot of Scarborough Presbyterian Church, 655 Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. Please do not park in the main church parking lot! Their parking lot is off Route 9 (a/k/a S. Highland Avenue), Briarcliff Manor. From Route 9 turn into Marlborough Road (a smallish road just south of Sparta Cemetery and just north of the Church). The lot is the first right turn off Marlborough. Tour leader is Lesley, cell 914-671-7112, please text only.
Sat 16 Mar
The Sweet Life!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

It's that time of year, maple sugaring time! Join a park naturalist for an indoor presentation about the sugaring process from start to finish, followed by an informal, outdoor, hands-on presentation. Watch sap turn into syrup. For information & registration call (716)282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 16, 2019 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 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 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 16 Mar
Debris in Our Marine Environment
Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to learn about how the wildlife in our Sound and bays are harmed by marine debris such as straws, plastic bottles, and "ghost" fishing gear. Learn how you can help turtles, dolphins, seals, porpoises and whales by helping to monitor our beaches. A beach walk and clean-up will follow.

Sat 16 Mar
Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island
Saturday, March 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Take a hike! Get outside and explore the Long Island Pine Barrens' deepest secrets and more! James Daniels, author of The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island, and local high schooler, will present a power point of only the best hikes on long Island. The presentation will be complete with pictures, maps, and the best hiking information available. Books will be on hand for purchasing and signing. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Ice is Nice!...And Historic!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A family program for children ages 7 – 12 on Saturday, March 16, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The program will show how ice kept food fresh in the days before the refrigerator was invented.

Before refrigeration, the Mills family, along with families throughout the world, relied on ice to preserve their food during warm months. The ice they used was harvested in the winter from the Hudson River.

During this program, families will be introduced to the tools and techniques used for harvesting and storing ice; see the mansion's historic ice box; take a walk to visit a former ice house nearby; and make ice cream. The program covers some history, a little science, and includes winter hiking on trails; a parent or guardian must accompany their children.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 889-8851, extension 300. The cost is $8 per child; $15 for families of up to 3 children

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Gallery Spotlight – Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 16, 2019 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Meet Lichen Photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, at our new exhibit at the Sam’s Point Visitors Center. Join John for a general discussion about lichens, those intrepid little organisms that we see everywhere. They grow on the rocks and trees around us, and are often underfoot as we walk the many trails in the Park Preserve. View his collection of amazing close-up macro photographs and see actual samples of some of the richly textured and colorful lichens that are found throughout Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended (but not required) by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Rivertown String Quartet: Peace Concert
Saturday, March 16, 2019 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Join the Rivertown String Quartet for their third performance at Philipse Manor Hall! Make time for peace and music with uplifting arrangements from the likes of Bach, Barber, Cat Stevens and more! The concert starts at 3:30 on Saturday, March 16th is free to attend! 3:30PM-4:45pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages
Sat 16 Mar
By the Fireside
Saturday, March 16, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

Take a moment to make the end of your winter season a little more relaxing. Join us on Saturday, March 16th for "By the Fireside" in the Red House Administration Building lobby. This month's featured performance is by Jamie Haight. Jamie began playing guitar at the age of 9. He played many gigs and dances in high school, entertaining crowds with songs from Harry Chapin, The Five Man Electric Band, and Nirvana. Later he played with bands such as Djava, Sweet Jane, and China Phrog to name a few. Jamie was a member of the Chautauqua Area Musician Program's "Fantasy Rock Star League," and was voted Chautauqua County's best lead guitarist in 2005. Over the last several years Jamie has done mostly solo work, performing at area venues and recording albums. Jamie loves playing music and teaching the many fun aspects of playing guitar.

Sat 16 Mar
Guided Moonlight Hike
Saturday, March 16, 2019 07:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call for additional information or to preregister. Snowshoes may be rented from the Nature Center for $3/pair

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Guided Moonlight Hike
Saturday, March 16, 2019 07:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call for additional information or to preregister. Snowshoes may be rented from the Nature Center for $3/pair

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Water Walk
Sunday, March 17, 2019 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While our main goals are leisurely observation of winter waterfowl and exploration of the beach, we’ll also learn about ponds. During our moderately paced 4 mile walk to and from the water, we’ll relax and socialize. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Treks: Gardeau Valley
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Breathe nature and history during a descent into the Jemison Homeland. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch.
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Treks: Gardeau Valley
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Breathe nature and history during a descent into the Jemison Homeland. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch.
Sun 17 Mar
Two Views Scenic Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a stimulating and refreshing hike along the Bullwheel and High Peter’s Kill Footpaths to two scenic overlooks in the Peter’s Kill Area. One view offers a winter panorama of the Rondout Valley, with a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, and the second view spotlights the iconic Sky Top Tower. This stone tower stands out like a landlocked lighthouse guiding visitors to the Shawangunk Mountains. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Park Preserve Office at the Peter’s Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Mar
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The American Legion Post 739 and VFW Post 6534 Highland 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

Sun 17 Mar
Historic House Tour
Sunday, March 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Reservations are suggested: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Optional
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, March 17, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.

Performing this Sunday: Margo Andrea and Paolo Bartolani - Mezzoi-Soprano and Piano.

Mon 18 Mar
BIRD WALK with Saw Mill River Audubon
Monday, March 18, 2019 08:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come birding with SMRA! Beginners encouraged. Meet in the main parking lot of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. More info at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Monday | 8:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Tue 19 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 19 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 19 Mar
Winter Treks: Lee's Landing
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Venture into the valley that separates the beginning of the Great Bend Gorge and the end of the Portage Canyon. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring a lunch.

Tue 19 Mar
Winter Treks: Lee's Landing
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Venture into the valley that separates the beginning of the Great Bend Gorge and the end of the Portage Canyon. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring a lunch.

Tue 19 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Welcome Spring
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 19 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Welcome Spring
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 19 Mar
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is easier, at about 3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. We will meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Tue 19 Mar
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is easier, at about 3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. We will meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Wed 20 Mar
Looking for Spring
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Emerge from winter hibernation and join us on a walk through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. For information & registration call (716)282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Art in the Park: Painting from Nature
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create with us! Use photos from around our Park as inspiration for your own paintings! Canvas and painting supplies will be provided. Ages 5+. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Art in the Park: Painting from Nature
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Create with us! Use photos from around our Park as inspiration for your own paintings! Canvas and painting supplies will be provided. Ages 5+. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate. May car pool. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.
Wed 20 Mar
Vernal Adventure
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Shake off your winter blues and venture out for the vernal equinox to search for signs of spring. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate. May car pool. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Equinox Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as a full moon occurs on the Equinox this year.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Equinox Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as a full moon occurs on the Equinox this year.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Educator will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Please meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Educator will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Please meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Walk: The Worm Moon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

Spring welcomes us this year with a full moon! Come explore DeVeaux Woods as we take a leisurely stroll with a glow from the night sky. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Equinox Moon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Come experience the spring equinox under the glow of a full moon during this guided walk through Knox Farm State Park. For information & registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Super Special Storytime: Making Maple Syrup at the Gardiner Library
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Children’s Librarian, Amy Laber, and Nick Martin, Park Educator from Minnewaska State Park Preserve, for a special story time all about maple syrup! Children will hear stories about maple sugaring and they’ll learn what a maple tree looks like. They’ll also be able to touch and see old-style maple sugaring tools, including a bucket, tap and hand drill. Then, with some help from their parents, each child will make their own maple tree craft that they can take home. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Thu 21 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Thu 21 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Thu 21 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring Ages 12+
Thursday, March 21, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 21 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring Ages 12+
Thursday, March 21, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 21 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at East Greenbush Library
Thursday, March 21, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/21/19- East Greenbush Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Fri 22 Mar
Wetland Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Wetland Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Timberdoodle Time!
Friday, March 22, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Take a frog-serenaded evening hike and explore the singing grounds of American Woodcocks for the rare and dazzling dusk Timberdoodle display flight! For information & registration call (716)549-1050.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Ceatures of the Night Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a twilight hike and search for some of the wildlife that becomes active after park guests leave for the day. Walk will be approximately 2 miles. This program is most appropriate for adults, but older children and teens are welcome with adult supervision. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp!
Sat 23 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Wind Catchers
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you’ll create your own unique wind catcher for your yard. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Wind Catchers
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you’ll create your own unique wind catcher for your yard. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Evergreen Baskets
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens you never knew before. We will then show you how to create your very own evergreen basket to take home with you. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 23, 2019 until Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maples sugaring techniques will be doing on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10am to 1pm each day. Info@friendsofletchworth.com for more information or lager group logistics at least 5 days in advance.
Sat 23 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 23, 2019 until Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maples sugaring techniques will be doing on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10am to 1pm each day. Info@friendsofletchworth.com for more information or lager group logistics at least 5 days in advance.
Sat 23 Mar
Spring Salutations Saunter
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Explore the fields and forests of Mine Kill State Park as we seek out signs of the new season. What plants will be popping up? What birds will we encounter? Join us to find out! This program is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for children ages 7 and up. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Park Office.

Sat 23 Mar
Spring Wake Up Hike from the Heights at Minnewaska
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join a park educator to celebrate the springing of spring! Come as we explore Castle Point Carriage Road and search for signs of the arrival of spring in the Shawangunk Mountains. This approximately seven-mile hike will start in the Lake Minnewaska area and follow a few historic carriage roads to reach Castle Point, a scenic vista with commanding views of the surrounding Park Preserve and Wallkill Valley. We will return to Lake Minnewaska on Hamilton Point Carriage Road, if time permits. If snowy and icy conditions persist on the carriage roads, the hike destination may change. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Super Hunters
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to explore the amazing predators we have here in the park. What predator can find its prey under several feet of snow? Which one can strike lightning fast to grab a fish from the pond? Which one can hunt its prey in tunnels? Explore teeth, claws, brains, eyesight, and all the other adaptations that make an animal a "super hunter". All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 23 Mar
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we’ll teach you how to find food, start a fire, and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 18 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on the grass. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 23 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 23, 2019 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 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 23 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 23 Mar
A Closer Look: A Curator-Guided Exploration of the Hidden & Hard-to-see
Saturday, March 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

In this special tour by reservation, Staatsburgh’s Curator, Dr. Maria Reynolds, will focus on a selection of objects—from works of art to books, tools, you name it—that are not accessible or easily seen on tour, or which tell a special story. Reservations required.

Time: 1PM /Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Nature Up Close - Bluebird Homes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Learn about the life of our state bird, as well as some basic of nest box design and bluebird trails. This is an excellent primer for the Morning Bird Walk on April 26th or for anyone who would like to volunteer as a helper during the 23rd season of maintaining our Bluebird Trail. To date, more than 1,100 bluebirds have fledged from our boxes.
Sun 24 Mar
Nature Up Close - Bluebird Homes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Learn about the life of our state bird, as well as some basic of nest box design and bluebird trails. This is an excellent primer for the Morning Bird Walk on April 26th or for anyone who would like to volunteer as a helper during the 23rd season of maintaining our Bluebird Trail. To date, more than 1,100 bluebirds have fledged from our boxes.
Sun 24 Mar
Wildlife Detectives
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

During a walk outside, we will uncover what animals are living in the forest by searching for clues they have left behind. Do you have what it takes to be a Wildlife Detective? Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Sunrise Stroll
Sunday, March 24, 2019 06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The early bird gets the view! Join your fellow early risers to celebrate the first Sunday of Spring and Fall with a Sunrise Stroll on the Walkway. Enjoy the sunrise and Walkway’s spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. The east and west gates to the Walkway will open at 6:30 AM. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Location: Walkway East (Poughkeepsie) and West (Highland) Entrances

Time: 6:30 AM opening at both gates, however the group walk will begin from the east gate promptly 6:30 am.

Cost: FREE to Walkway members. Donation encouraged for non-members – or become a member and help us continue to present fun and exciting events on the Walkway throughout the year!

Sun 24 Mar
South Side Birding
Sunday, March 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Join us for a slow, pleasant walk along the Nissequogue River taking in the sights and sounds of the wetlands. We’ll seek out our local residents and those returning from a warm hiatus! Plenty of time for photos, so bring your camera! Reservations are required: (631) 265 -1054
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
South Side Birding
Sunday, March 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Join us for a slow, pleasant walk along the Nissequogue River taking in the sights and sounds of the wetlands. We’ll seek out our local residents and those returning from a warm hiatus! Plenty of time for photos, so bring your camera! Reservations are required: (631) 265 -1054
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures Walk
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. May car pool. Bring a lunch. Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors.
Sun 24 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures Walk
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. May car pool. Bring a lunch. Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors.
Sun 24 Mar
The Fly Girls – Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Lecturer Bruce Kagan will give a stirring historical presentation of women rising above the prejudice to achieve their groundbreaking objective to pilot military aircraft that were often built and tested on Long Island.

Sun 24 Mar
(SOLD OUT) You Can't Make this Stuff Up: Delving Deeper into Gilded Age Scandals- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Our annual GILDED AGE SCANDALS theme tour is chock-full of stories of sex, murder, and corruption. At this tea, Staatsburgh's Educator, Don Fraser, will focus on just a few seamy stories from the tour and explore them in more sordid detail! Not for the young and impressionable! Not for the faint of heart!

Snow date: Sunday, March 31

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, March 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.

Performing this Sunday: Paul Verona - Cello, Piano, and Clarinet

Mon 25 Mar
Little Exploerers- Owls
Monday, March 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

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, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week's theme will be owls!

 

This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5 but all ages are welcome.

Mon 25 Mar
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, March 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

By Volunteer Annie O’Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680. This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.
Registration: Optional
Mon 25 Mar
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, March 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

By Volunteer Annie O’Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680. This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.
Registration: Optional
Mon 25 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Cohoes Public Library
Monday, March 25, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/25/19- Cohoes Public Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.
Tue 26 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 26 Mar
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 26 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Spring is Here
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Tue 26 Mar
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come explore nearly the complete length of the High Peter’s Kill Footpath on this approximately five-mile hike. We’ll start by walking on the High Peter’s Kill footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we’ll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Mar
Potter’s Point Hike
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Mar
Potter’s Point Hike
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Mar
Waterfall Hike
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us for a nice hike along our Waterfall trail. Don’t let the name fool you as this trail offers some small waterfalls when the stream is flowing. We will park at Lake Bonita and hike down our Waterfall trail. This hike is a short hike at about 2 miles.
Thu 28 Mar
Waterfall Hike
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us for a nice hike along our Waterfall trail. Don’t let the name fool you as this trail offers some small waterfalls when the stream is flowing. We will park at Lake Bonita and hike down our Waterfall trail. This hike is a short hike at about 2 miles.
Thu 28 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Mar
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, March 28, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! Check in with the Park Naturalist for this month's book selection. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Thu 28 Mar
Yonkers Downtown Quality of Life Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Join local politicians, police officers from the 4th precinct, business and land owners, community activist and residents for an ongoing discussion about the changes and proposals impacting the downtown area. All residents of the downtown are invited to attend to voice their concerns and hear about what the future may bring to Yonkers! 7:00pm-8:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages
Fri 29 Mar
Citizen Science Hike for Families on Beacon Hill
Friday, March 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and contribute as a citizen scientist in this new monthly series. We will be offering this hike once a month, to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two-mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for children over the age of eight, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Piping Plover Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 30, 2019 09:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Spring is almost here! Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover before they arrive for the breeding season! Help us put string on fence posts to give these special birds a protected place to nest. They will thank you!

To register and for more information, please call the Nature Center @ 516-780-3295

Sat 30 Mar
Piping Plover Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 30, 2019 09:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Spring is almost here! Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover before they arrive for the breeding season! Help us put string on fence posts to give these special birds a protected place to nest. They will thank you!

To register and for more information, please call the Nature Center @ 516-780-3295

Sat 30 Mar
March Pack Basket Class
Saturday, March 30, 2019 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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

$65 for members, $75 for non-members

Sat 30 Mar
March Pack Basket Class
Saturday, March 30, 2019 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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

$65 for members, $75 for non-members

Sat 30 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 30, 2019 until Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maples sugaring techniques will be doing on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10am to 1pm each day. Info@friendsofletchworth.com for more information or lager group logistics at least 5 days in advance.
Sat 30 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 30, 2019 until Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maples sugaring techniques will be doing on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10am to 1pm each day. Info@friendsofletchworth.com for more information or lager group logistics at least 5 days in advance.
Sat 30 Mar
Yoga and Nature at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come join us for a yoga flow class at Sam’s Point. Practicing yoga in a natural setting can boost the benefits of meditation and engage our senses in a whole new way. Experience grounding and connection to the natural world as we flow surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife. Class will be held in our Visitor Center, where you can look out towards the mountains. Afterwards, feel free to take a hike to explore more of our beautiful park. Class will be led by a RYT-200 instructor. All levels are welcome and encouraged to join. Bring your own yoga mat. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Sam’s Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Optional
Sat 30 Mar
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Sat 30 Mar
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Sat 30 Mar
Nature BINGO
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a special scavenger hunt on the trails around the Nature Center! Will you get BINGO first and win a prize? All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 30 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 30, 2019 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 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 30 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, 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 30 Mar
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 30 Mar
Project FeederWatch at Sam’s Point
Saturday, March 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us learn more about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. At the end of winter, we will send our data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help other scientists learn about these birds, as well. Using binoculars, we will observe birds and learn how to identify them as they visit our feeders. Then, we will make pinecone bird feeders for you to take home so you can continue your observations in your own yard. This program is recommended for beginner and experienced bird watchers of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, March 30, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Highlighting Staatsburgh’s real- life counterparts of the Downtown Abbey characters, this tour, led by a costumed interpreter, will explore how the servants prepared for a busy weekend of entertaining...and how the Millses’ daughter, like Downtown Abbey’s Cora, married into the British aristocracy. Reservations required. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/ Friends of Mills Mansion.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Saturday Family Movie: The Little Mermaid
Saturday, March 30, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The winter series of Saturday Family Movie moves right along with an all-time classic, The Little Mermaid! Join Ariel, a mermaid, in her care-free life under the seas! Will all the fun and adventure be enough to keep her content with her water locked life? Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

3:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sun 31 Mar
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four-mile hike along the Peter’s Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The return trip will follow the easy to walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. If there is sufficient snow cover, this will be offered as a snowshoe hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 31 Mar
Nature on the Move (Western Section)
Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We’ll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 31 Mar
Winter Concert Series
Sunday, March 31, 2019 02:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

** This week only, the concert will NOT take place at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, it will be held at Brookwood Hall, located at 50 Irish Lane in East Islip.

Come in from the winter cold and bask in the comfort and warmth of fine classical music on Sunday afternoons at the Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. All concerts begin promptly at 2:00PM and are free. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. For more details, please call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420.This is the last concert of the series.

Performing this Sunday: Cross Island featuring Suzanne Mueller on the cello, Elinor Abrams Zayas on the piano, and Joshua Redman on the clarinet.

Sat 06 Apr
A Photographer’s Journey through McNeil River Bear Sanctuary
Saturday, April 6, 2019 07:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

The McNeil River Brown Bear Sanctuary on the Alaska Peninsula is a very unique place for up close viewing of wildlife, especially brown bear. Photographer Kevin Ferris (ozarkimages.com) has visited the McNeil River sanctuary several times and will present a program that covers the history of the sanctuary, conservation approach applied at the McNeil Sanctuary as well as the photo experience. The sanctuary is accessible only through a lottery system which limits visitors to this amazing place.

Sat 06 Apr
First Saturday Hike: Taughannock Falls State Park
Saturday, April 6, 2019 09:30 PM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Meet at the Gorge Trail parking lot. We will hike the Gorge Trail, North Rim Trail and the South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 3.75 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 01 Jun
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, June 1, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 273-3440

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will continue to the lower park returning on the Gorge trail.. Total hike mileage approximately 4 ½ miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Tue 11 Jun
Native Plant Species
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Join Michael Hannen on a native species walk in the lower park. 7 pm (Fillmore Room) presentation on native species identification and tips on propagating these plants on your own property.

Sat 06 Jul
First Saturday Hike: Fillmore Glen State Park
Saturday, July 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Meet at the parking lot on by main pavilion. The hike will follow the Gorge and will return using the North Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Mon 08 Jul
Learn-to-Swim
Monday, July 8, 2019 until Friday, July 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

-For kids ages 6+ years old
-Will be a 1 two week session held on MWFs during the span of 7/8/19 – 7/19/19
-Lessons will be 10am – 10:45am
-Class size will be capped at 10 children
-Pre-registration is required (Contact Park Office for sign up packet)
-100% free to sign up and participate

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Aug
First Saturday Hike: Stony Brook State Park
Saturday, August 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Stony Brook State Park
(585) 335-8111

Meet in the Main Parking Lot near the playground and the Clara Barton shelter. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail, down the East Rim Trail, up the West Rim Trail and finally return down the Gorge Trail. Total hike mileage about 4 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.

Sat 10 Aug
Fillmore Days Celebration
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Bathtub races, old fashioned games, food vendors, arts, craft show and much more!

Contact fofgnsp@gmail.com for more information.

Sat 07 Sep
First Saturday Hike: Watkins Glen State Park
Saturday, September 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the Franklin Street main entrance in front of the new Welcome Center. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail and we will return using the Indian trail and South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.0 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 05 Oct
First Saturday Hike: Catharine Valley Trail
Saturday, October 5, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 02 Nov
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, November 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 273-3440

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will also include portions of the Finger Lakes Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 4.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail and weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 07 Dec
First Saturday Hike: Black Diamond Trail
Saturday, December 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.