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

OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Thu 15 Jun
Nature Table: Bird Nests at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 15, 2017 until Friday, June 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

It is amazing what birds are able to build without hands! Encounter some of the incredible nests that birds use to shelter their eggs and young in Letchworth State Park.
Thu 15 Jun
Nature Table: Bird Nests at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 15, 2017 until Friday, June 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

It is amazing what birds are able to build without hands! Encounter some of the incredible nests that birds use to shelter their eggs and young in Letchworth State Park.
Sun 18 Jun
Winged Jewels of the Forest Exhibition
Sunday, June 18, 2017 until Sunday, July 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Photographic exhibit of songbirds with birdsong installation in Rockefeller State Park Preserve's Gallery reveals the diversity and beauty of native birds of the Preserve and features nine photographers who shadow them.

Sun., June 18 through Sunday, July 30 daily from 9:00am-4:30pm.

More info: (914) 631 – 1470.

Sun 25 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Sun 25 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 25, 2017 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 20th.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 25 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Some may car pool to nearby trails.

Sun 25 Jun
Wishin’ I was Fishin’
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Come learn what fishing is all about at Chautauqua Lake for the Statewide Free Fishing Day. Learn how to cast, and identify different fish species. Fishing poles and tackle will be provided for demonstrations. Meet in the Marina Parking lot. (1 hour)

Sun 25 Jun
Observation Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and collect real data that can be used by scientists to monitor climate change. We are offering this hike once a month to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains and should feature beautiful blooming mountain laurel. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

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

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

Sun 25 Jun
Adult Program: Plant Focus
Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This intensive, hands-on program will help you improve your knowledge of plant identification with use of guidebooks. Bring drinking water, wear hat and sunscreen. Plant identification books helpful. Short walk in tall grass meadow. Some sitting on grass.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
KIDS KAYAK LESSON
Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Meet at the Boathouse
This one day lesson is for children currently 10 - 12 years old.  Learn boating safety, equipment and proper paddle strokes.
*Registration Only*
This event is free with your park entrance fee.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 25 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we walk near the Humphrey Nature Center to enjoy the changing spring flowers as they come into bloom.
Sun 25 Jun
The Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Participation Tour
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

This interactive tour will allow visitors to experience Staatsburgh in a different and unique way! Visitors on this special tour will encounter and speak with characters from the estate's past throughout the mansion as they are immersed in Gilded Age life. Be prepared to roll up your gown or tuxedo sleeves as we put you to work in this participatory tour. You won't just be listening to someone talk!

$15/adults, $13/seniors & students, $10/Friends of Mills Mansion. Space is limited so reservations are required.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Family Program: Baywalk
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Let's take a walk to the beach and see what the tide left behind. From snails, to skates, to hermit crabs, every baywalk is different! On our walk we will learn about plants and animals that call this island their home.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Children's Program: Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(631) 581-1072

Nature hides things in plain sight every day. Take a short walk, guided by a member of the Environmental Education Team, as you discover nature's hidden "gems." Can you find the items on the list to complete the scavenger hunt?

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Family Program: Baywalk
Sunday, June 25, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's take a walk to the beach and see what the tide left behind. From snails, to skates, to hermit crabs, every baywalk is different! On our walk we will learn about plants and animals that call this island their home.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
TWIN MAGICIANS
Sunday, June 25, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 631-6111

At the Community Room at the Beach

Join us for a fun family comedy and magic show.  Afterwards take home a balloon souvenir
This event is free with your park entrance fee. 

Sun 25 Jun
Butterfly Beauties at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species, as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterflly Conservatory, are specially noted. Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos.
Sun 25 Jun
Butterfly Beauties at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 25, 2017 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species, as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterflly Conservatory, are specially noted. Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos.
Sun 25 Jun
What's New in the Preserve?
Sunday, June 25, 2017 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Manager's talk in the Gallery, followed by Q&A. More info: (914) 631–1470.

Sun 25 Jun
Adirondack Raptor Day!
Sunday, June 25, 2017 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Have you ever seen an owl? How about a hawk? Join Mark Manske outside of the nature center for his raptor presentation! There will be a Eurasian eagle owl, screech owls, and a Harris's hawk. It will be about a 2 hour presentation. All ages are welcome to come! Please remember that these are live birds, we must be respectful of them, and their space. For more information about Mark's work visit www.adkrpators.org

Mon 26 Jun
Learn-to-Swim Program: Session 1
Monday, June 26, 2017 until Thursday, July 20, 2017
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

June 26-July 20, Monday-Thursday

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

Registration: Required
Mon 26 Jun
Nattering About Nature at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, June 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Informal social gatherings to share nature stories, show off findings from the field, and discuss seasonal changes. (Inside or outside, depending on weather).
Mon 26 Jun
Nattering About Nature at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, June 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Informal social gatherings to share nature stories, show off findings from the field, and discuss seasonal changes. (Inside or outside, depending on weather).
Mon 26 Jun
First Time Kayak Lesson Series
Monday, June 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Mondays, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26

This is a series of lessons for people who have never kayaked before.  Learn about the kayak, proper safety equipment, and basic paddle strokes.

*Registration Only*  Must attend all 3 classes
Must be 18 years or older
Meet at boathouse
Fees include daily entrance fee and a one-time fee of $7

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Tue 27 Jun
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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

Tue 27 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose Hike
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and tricky footing in places. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Bring a lunch

Tue 27 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Bring a lunch

Tue 27 Jun
Pathways to Prevention: First Aid for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

FREE! Rain or shine. Join Columbia Memorial Health's Jeff Burns, RN to get tips on basic first-aid techniques and tools for outdoor enthusiasts. Jeff helps lead the CMH Emergency Department and is also a flight nurse and major in the U.S. Air National Guard. Participants will experience a 20-minute talk, followed by a short walk with the expert on Olana's carriage roads. Snacks will be served. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Wed 28 Jun
Buffalo Harbor Movies Under The Stars
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 822-1207

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

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

Wed 28 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Meet at Perry Entrance

Wed 28 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Meet at Perry Entrance

Wed 28 Jun
Make Your Own Bird Feeder!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 643-9952

Join our naturalist at the nature center (recreation hall) on the day-use side of the park. The activity is to make a bird feeder out of recycled materials. Participants are asked to bring a recycled milk or juice carton; all other supplies will be provided. For all ages!

Wed 28 Jun
Colonial Games Day
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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

Wed 28 Jun
CAPE (Community Adventure Play Experience)
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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

Wed 28 Jun
Stream Safari
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Spend an early evening in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

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

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

Thu 29 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Colorful Rainbow
Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5.

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

Registration: Required
Thu 29 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Colorful Rainbow
Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5.

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

Registration: Required
Thu 29 Jun
Preschool Naturalists
Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

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

Registration: Required
Thu 29 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 29, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

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

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Thu 29 Jun
We Are in the Very Midst of a Revolution
Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

In the early 1770's, the British repeatedly accused the American colonists of seeking independence, while the Americans repeatedly denied the accusation. Even in the aftermath of Lexington and Concord, the colonists continued to profess their loyalty to the Crown and to disavow any interest in independence. They stated that the only goal of the American uprising was to resist Parliamentary rule. The presentation will examine the ways in which colonial reluctance to separate from Great Britain was converted into firm determination to achieve complete independence.

To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134

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

Registration: Required
Thu 29 Jun
Summer Yoga at Ganondagan
Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

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

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

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

Thu 29 Jun
Sunset Stroll
Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Summer is here, and a mid-June evening is the perfect time for a stroll by the Great Lake. Bring your cameras for some breathtaking shots of the sun setting over the water. Meet at the bath house.

Fri 30 Jun
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, June 30, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Fri 30 Jun
Learn to Fish at Thompson’s Lake
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

DEC Fisheries staff will teach program participants how to identify common sportfish, how to cast a spin-casting rod, bait a hook and fishing safety. After the fishing education portion of the program, everyone will get a fishing rod and have the opportunity to use the skills they just learned and go fishing. Participants will not need a fishing license to participate in this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 872-0800 to register.

Fri 30 Jun
Learn to Fish at Thompson’s Lake
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

DEC Fisheries staff will teach program participants how to identify common sportfish, how to cast a spin-casting rod, bait a hook and fishing safety. After the fishing education portion of the program, everyone will get a fishing rod and have the opportunity to use the skills they just learned and go fishing. Participants will not need a fishing license to participate in this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 872-0800 to register.

Fri 30 Jun
Learn to Fish at Thompson’s Lake
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1674

DEC Fisheries staff will teach program participants how to identify common sportfish, how to cast a spin-casting rod, bait a hook and fishing safety. After the fishing education portion of the program, everyone will get a fishing rod and have the opportunity to use the skills they just learned and go fishing. Participants will not need a fishing license to participate in this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 872-0800 to register.

Fri 30 Jun
Birding Basics
Friday, June 30, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Interested in birds and learning how to identify different bird species? Learn to recognize by sight and sound, how to focus binoculars and navigate through field guide books, then, go on a guided trail walk to try out your new skills and identify local bird species. Binoculars recommended. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo. (1 hour, 1 mile)

Fri 30 Jun
Groundwork Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Friday, June 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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

Fri 30 Jun
Play Days at Jay
Friday, June 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

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

Fri 30 Jun
Family Nature Hike
Friday, June 30, 2017 01:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Summer is finally here! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Lake Erie State Park for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders that take place there. Tom Leblanc, Environmental Educator from Allegany State Park, will be leading the hike as you navigate the trail, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way! Meet at the bath house.

Fri 30 Jun
Seining
Friday, June 30, 2017 02:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Stop by the beach and try your hand at swinging a net through the water to see what sort of fish you can find! Naturalists will be around to tell you about the creatures that live in Lake Ontario and what you can do to help protect them.

Fri 30 Jun
Artists on Art Tour: Mariel Fiori
Friday, June 30, 2017 04:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Artists offer a unique lens with which to "read" an artist's home & landscape. During this series, artists use many mediums and "poetic license" to talk about Olana and the exhibition with concepts and connections that inspire them. This is not a traditional house tour! Artist-led tours are accompanied by TOP's Director of Education and end with a glass of wine on the piazza near sunset. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

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

Fri 30 Jun
Family Program: Family Game Night
Friday, June 30, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

It's game night at the beach! Bring the whole crew to the Nature Center for some family friendly games and activities.

Registration: Required
Fri 30 Jun
Family Program: Family Game Night
Friday, June 30, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It's game night at the beach! Bring the whole crew to the Nature Center for some family friendly games and activities.

Registration: Required
Fri 30 Jun
Special Event
Friday, June 30, 2017 07:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Fire, Storm, Collision; Lake Erie Shipwrecks – Lake Erie has perhaps the largest concentration of shipwrecks per square mile of any body of water in the world. Join Georgann and Mike as they take you on a journey back in time to learn the stories of thrilling rescues and heartbreaking tragedy of Lake Erie's past. Takes place in the bath house.

Fri 30 Jun
Fireside Jams
Friday, June 30, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

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

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

Fri 30 Jun
Family Program: Firefly Fun
Friday, June 30, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Ever wonder what lights up your yard at night? Or how these insects are so bright? Join us for some indoor activities, games and a firefly expedition to find these wonderful creatures. Please bring an empty, dry, jar to catch, observe and release the fireflies.

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

Registration: Required
Fri 30 Jun
Family Program: Firefly Fun
Friday, June 30, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Ever wonder what lights up your yard at night? Or how these insects are so bright? Join us for some indoor activities, games and a firefly expedition to find these wonderful creatures. Please bring an empty, dry, jar to catch, observe and release the fireflies.

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

Registration: Required
Fri 30 Jun
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, June 30, 2017 08:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

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

Registration: Required
Fri 30 Jun
Movie Under the Stars: Moana
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by the Manor for the beginning of our annual Movies Under the Stars film series, featuring Moana. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, Moana learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific! All Movies Under the Stars place on the west lawn of the Manor and is free of charge! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket to lie on.

Fri 30 Jun
Smores and More around the Campfire
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Join us at the scenic overlook to watch the sunset and cook smores around a campfire! Other activities may include storytelling, nocturnal animal hunt, sing-alongs, and games. Meet at the scenic overlook along the hill between the park office and the Plateau camping loop.

Sat 01 Jul
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

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

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 01 Jul
Kayaking with Tina: Beginner's Class
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

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

Saturday Programs: 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Sat 01 Jul
Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Friday, July 28, 2017
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A FREE Traveling Exhibit, July 1-28

Clermont Visitor Center

Wed-Sun 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

​Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State and raise public awareness of the struggle for equal rights, from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention through 1917, when New York State granted women the right to vote. The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in women's rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century.

Sat 01 Jul
Historic Landscape Tours
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Sat 01 Jul
Insect Hunt
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Join us at 10am, 12pm or 2pm to hunt down and learn about a wide array of local insects! We will provide nets and bug holders, as well as a checklist to keep track of how many kinds of bugs you find. Whoever finds the most wins a bug trophy! If interested, meet us outside the park office.

Sat 01 Jul
Yoga in Nature
Saturday, July 1, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy Vinyasa in the forest with Lisa Herbert, a Baptiste Certified YogaTeacher. Bring your own mat or towel! Participants should be prepared to sit and stand without assistance.

$10 per class; Pre-registration recommended

Sat 01 Jul
Yoga in Nature
Saturday, July 1, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Enjoy Vinyasa in the forest with Lisa Herbert, a Baptiste Certified YogaTeacher. Bring your own mat or towel! Participants should be prepared to sit and stand without assistance.

$10 per class; Pre-registration recommended

Sat 01 Jul
Farm Market
Saturday, July 1, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

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

Sat 01 Jul
First Saturday Hike: Fillmore Glen State Park
Saturday, July 1, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fillmore Glen State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

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.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 1, 2017 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 26th.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jul
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

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

Sat 01 Jul
Pond Exploration
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Become a scientist and explore the aquatic world! We will search for critters, big and small, which live in the Evangola pond. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 01 Jul
Four Legged Friend Hike
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Take a walk with your adventurous doggie pal along the Shaver Pond trail with local hikers Stevie and her dog Bulla. Outing is free with gate fee of $8/car.

Sat 01 Jul
Edible Plants - What is there to eat?
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Nature supplies hundreds of edible plants if we know where to look. Adele Wellman, Environmental Educator from Allegany State Park, will lead a walk along the trails to help you find and learn to identify some of the most common edible plants in the area. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo. (1 hour, 1 mile)

Sat 01 Jul
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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

Sat 01 Jul
Summit Fire Tower Talks
Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

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

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

Sat 01 Jul
Wildlife Wonders
Saturday, July 1, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site
(518) 827-6111

Wildlife Wonders is a hands on educational program for both children and adults. Learn about the critters that could be living in YOUR backyard! On display will be various pelts, skulls, and feathers from local New York State Wildlife. Participants will ge tthe chance to touch and inspect all the various parts of local wildlife.

Sat 01 Jul
Edible insects and plants - What is there to eat?
Saturday, July 1, 2017 01:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Nature supplies hundreds of edible plants if we know where to look. Adele Wellman, Environmental Educator from Allegany State Park, will lead a walk along the trails to help you find and learn to identify some of the most common edible plants in the area. Meet at the bath house.

Sat 01 Jul
Nature Knick-Knacks
Saturday, July 1, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

Sat 01 Jul
Nature Knick-Knacks
Saturday, July 1, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

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

Sat 01 Jul
Celebrate Independence!
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Sunday, July 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Lecture: Declaration of Independence: Senior Historian Michael Sunday, July 2 Sheehan will present an illustrated talk on the proceedings of Congress in early 1776, featuring the parts played by John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence to be followed by Reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter.

2:00pm: Lecture
2:45pm: Reading
3:00pm: Artillery drill and firing demonstration.

All activities Free.

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

July 1 Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays
50's & 60's Rock-n-Roll

July 8 The Sim Redmond Band
Roots Rock

July 15 Lil' Anne and Hot Cayenne
Zydeco

July 22 The Ageless Jazz Band
Big Band Jazz

July 29 The Small Kings
Rock & Original Music

August 5 The Purple Valley
Blues, Swing, & Rock-n-Roll

August 12 The Pelotones
Jazz, Blues, & Rhythm

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

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

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

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

Sat 01 Jul
MOVIE NIGHT "ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE"
Saturday, July 1, 2017 08:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Lakeview Picnic Area

S'mores at 8:00 pm
Movie at 9:00 pm
Popcorn will be served

If it is rainy the movie will be shown indoors and announced that night.  Please contact the park for new location.
Be sure to bring bug spray, blankets and chairs.
Sun 02 Jul
Historic Landscape Tours
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Sun 02 Jul
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

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

Sun 02 Jul
TIE DYE
Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Tulip Hill
Bring your own white t-shirt, pillowcase, bandanna or any other cotton article you would like to tie-dye
This event is free with your park entrance fee
Call the park if you have any questions.
Sun 02 Jul
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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

Sun 02 Jul
Stone Tower Talks
Sunday, July 2, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

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

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

Sun 02 Jul
Declaration of Independence Day Cannon Firing Program
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Join us as we celebrate the actual date that American independence was declared, by firing the fort's artillery.

Sun 02 Jul
ZOOMOBILE
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

Meet zoo animals at the beach
Sun 02 Jul
Gilded Age Scandals Tour
Sunday, July 2, 2017 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

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

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

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Jul
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

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

Sun 02 Jul
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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

Sun 02 Jul
Goat Island Adventure Walk
Sunday, July 2, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Relax and unwind while walking around the oldest state park in the United States, established in 1885. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. End your walk with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Mon 03 Jul
Learn-to-Swim Program: Session 1
Monday, July 3, 2017 until Friday, July 14, 2017
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

July 3-14, Monday-Friday

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

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

Registration: Required
Mon 03 Jul
FACE PAINTING
Monday, July 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

BJ and Company Face-painting at the beach
Mon 03 Jul
Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 3, 2017 02:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Grab your lawn chairs and head to Allegany State Park's Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation's independence! The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. on July 3rd with a chicken barbecue (until sold out) by the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department. Then at 6:00 p.m. listen to Allegany's own Artist in Residence, Darrell Porter. Darrell is a Western New York, singer-songwriter with a career that has spanned nearly 30 years. Darrell will be followed by the Keith James Band. Keith James is an accomplished pop singer/songwriter from Buffalo.

Capping off this fun-filled night will be a spectacular fireworks display over the waters of Quaker Lake! This year, patrons should plan on adjusting their viewing plans as the launch site has been relocated to a field just off ASP 3 at the midpoint of the lake between the Quaker toll booth and the intersection of ASP 3 and Cain Hollow. This change is required to be in compliance with Federal regulations restricting the distance fireworks can be launched from the newly established eagles nest in the area. The best vantage points are at both ends of the lake, a couple of areas on each side of the lake, as well as the Quaker Beach area. Patrons planning to view the fireworks at the beach should plan to arrive early as the parking lot has limited capacity and will be closed once it is full. Be sure to check the Allegany State Park Facebook page for a map of the best viewing sites.

Mon 03 Jul
Line Dancing
Monday, July 3, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

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

Tue 04 Jul
Independence Day at the New Windsor Cantonment & Knox’s Headquarters
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Celebrate the 4th at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox's Headquarters see a small cannon fired at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM. At the New Windsor Cantonment see military firing demonstrations at 2:00 PM.

Tue 04 Jul
Independence Day at the New Windsor Cantonment & Knox’s Headquarters
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

Celebrate the 4th at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox's Headquarters see a small cannon fired at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM. At the New Windsor Cantonment see military firing demonstrations at 2:00 PM.

Tue 04 Jul
Historic Landscape Tours
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

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

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

Tue 04 Jul
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

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

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 04 Jul
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

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

Ages 0 - 3

Tue 04 Jul
Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion! 18th century- inspired games, activities, and performances, along with Stewart's ice cream, will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Schuyler Mansion becoming a state historic site, the mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours, noon to 4:00 p.m. free of charge (children 12 - under must be accompanied by an adult).