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Sun 17 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 17, 2017 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen ($12 adult; $5 for children under 12)

Sat 16 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A great day for families. See the house with Christmas decorations accenting the historic interiors. Free admission.

Sat 25 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 25, 2017 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.

Sun 19 Mar
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, March 19, 2017 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. There will be some sitting on the grass.

For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted.

$4.00 per person

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 18, 2017 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 18 Mar
Fabulous Forest
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

We love to walk in the woods, but how much do you know about the majestic beauties that create it? There will be games and activities to help us appreciate all the plants and animals that make up these fabulous forests.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 11, 2017 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 04 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Enjoy the beautiful moonlit views of the park on an evening snowshoe walk. With a bright moon and cover of snow, we'll leave the flashlights behind. Snowshoes are available to rent for $5 per person and may be reserved in advance. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Conditions will determine meeting place. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Enjoy the beautiful moonlit views of the park on an evening snowshoe walk. With a bright moon and cover of snow, we'll leave the flashlights behind. Snowshoes are available to rent for $5 per person and may be reserved in advance. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Conditions will determine meeting place. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Mar
Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations
Saturday, March 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind on a Saturday in January or March and learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes when weather permits. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Sat 04 Mar
Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations
Saturday, March 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind on a Saturday in January or March and learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes when weather permits. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Sat 04 Mar
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, March 4, 2017 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.

Fri 03 Mar
Nature Game Night
Friday, March 3, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Like Games? Love Nature? Are you up to a challenge? Bring your family to this fun-filled evening of games and activities that will test your outdoor skills and knowledge. Game on!

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Tue 28 Feb
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Snowshoe
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an adventurous five mile snowshoe hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will hike along the Red Loop and Bullwheel Footpaths to reach the High Peter's Kill Footpath. We will continue along the High Peter's Kill Footpath until its conclusion, stopping along the way to take in scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the surrounding Park Preserve. The return trip will take participants on the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the 65 foot tall Awosting Falls. The first half of this route includes numerous hills, rocky sections and potential icy areas. Participants must wear appropriate winter footwear and bring plenty of food and water for the day. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Feb
Winter Celebration
Sunday, February 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Discover the many wonders of winter! We have lots of hands on activities and science experiments. Each station will have a unique winter-themed activity staff members of the Environmental Team will be available to guide you if you need help! Stop by anytime during this free special event.

Sun 26 Feb
Berry Pickers’ History Hike & Movie at Sam’s Point
Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Did you know the Shawangunk Ridge was once home to a thriving berry-picking industry? Discover this fascinating cultural history on a short guided snowshoe hike to the remains of cabins in a berry-picking encampment. Bring a lunch to enjoy while we warm up in the Visitor Center and watch a 27 minute documentary that presents stories from some Berry Pickers themselves. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Sam's Point Visitor Center at the rate of $5 per person for the program. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. 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. This program is being offered at the Sam's Point Area in Cragsmoor.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 26, 2017 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.

Sun 26 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(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.

Sat 25 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Saturday, February 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet at the Park Office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 279-1155

Sat 25 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 25, 2017 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 25 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 26. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 25 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 26. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Fri 24 Feb
Animal Signs program at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Ever wonder where all the wild animals are in winter? You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they've left behind. Learn all about these ‘wildlife signatures' and go outside and look for signs of our wild neighbors. Make an edible sign treat to enjoy or take it home. Call 872-0800 to register. This FREE program is appropriate for all ages!

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Feb
Fun Fridays: Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on the second and fourth Fridays in February to explore the footpaths of the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Hikes may be up to a mile and a half long and will take place with or without snow. This is a great way to jump start your morning and if there is snow, this is an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe in a beautiful setting. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Feb
Animal Signs program at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Ever wonder where all the wild animals are in winter? You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they've left behind. Learn all about these ‘wildlife signatures' and go outside and look for signs of our wild neighbors. Make an edible sign treat to enjoy or take it home. Call 872-0800 to register. This FREE program is appropriate for all ages!

Registration: Required
Thu 23 Feb
Weather Wizards
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wondered how a cloud forms or why a tornado starts? Join us to uncover weather secrets with activities and demonstrations.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Wed 22 Feb
Winter Break Playday!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Celebrate winter break and Presidents Day at Clermont! Old fashion hot chocolate making, historic crafts, and snowman building (weather permitting) Parents must accompany children throughout the event. Ages 5-11 Kids are free, adults $5.

Wed 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Wed 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Mon 20 Feb
Winter Wildlife Survival
Monday, February 20, 2017 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

How is it that deer, wood frogs, or even praying mantis survive the winter? Come to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site and discover how our backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces! Program will involve a nature trek, searching for tracks and sign, hands-on furs, and games. This family-friendly program is suited for children 8 and up.

Registration: Required
Mon 20 Feb
Winter Preparedness and Survival for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, February 20, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Do you and your children enjoy spending time outdoors in the winter? If you want to learn how to have the most enjoyable and safe experience for your family, come join Gary Natatlie, volunteer and licensed New York State Guide, for this educational program. You will learn how to dress and how to pack your backpack for winter, including a hands-on demonstration of tools and how to use them. He will lead you and your children in building a snow shelter or debris hut and he will also show you how to collect available forest debris and put it together to build a successful fire. This program is recommended for children age ten and up, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old.

Sun 19 Feb
Snowshoeing & Cocoa
Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
(716) 549-1050

Borrow a pair of our snowshoes and join a naturalist for a trip through Delaware Park. Finish your trek at the Darwin Martin House to enjoy hot cocoa! An optional house tour ($10 per person) will be offered.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Feb
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 19, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000 ext 201

Every winter we are lucky to have these migrants from the north. Join us for a short overview of seals and then we will walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter. We'll be walking along the shore so please dress for the weather!

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Feb
Animal Tracking
Saturday, February 18, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

The winter woods may seem quiet, but there are many signs of animals right before us! Learn the tricks of tracking with this family program. $2/child, $5/family. Meets at Park Office. Pre-register: 279-1155

Sat 18 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 18, 2017 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 18 Feb
Snow!
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Celebrate the snowy season! Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? Have you ever wondered how snow forms? Join us to explore more fun snowflake facts through activities and crafts.

Children's Program

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

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Feb
Winter Preparedness and Survival for Adults at Sam’s Point
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors in winter but wonder how you'd handle a survival scenario in the deep cold, in the woods, then this program is for you. Join Gary Natalie, volunteer and licensed New York State Guide, to learn how to be prepared and hopefully survive such a scenario. Gary will show you how to dress; what tools to pack along with you and how to use them; how to build a snow shelter or debris hut and teach you how to build a successful fire with available forest debris. This program is recommended for adults and will be taught on a more in-depth level than the family version of the same program.

Registration: Required
Tue 14 Feb
Tuesday Trek: Cross-Country Ski to Echo Rock
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, for a four mile round trip, cross-country ski outing to Echo Rock, where scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below are breathtaking. This modestly challenging outing will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and the recently renovated Hamilton Point Carriage Road, a route that does include two challenging hills. Participants must provide their own ski equipment and must have previous cross-country skiing experience. Once trails are groomed for cross-country skiing, a per-head trail fee will be charged. The trail fee is: $10 per adult, $9 per senior citizens (62 and older) and $7 per junior (17 and under). If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Feb
Winter Beach Wander
Sunday, February 12, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

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.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Feb
Mossy Glen Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, February 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a crisp hike 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. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Feb
Sledding Party
Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Supervised sledding (safety sleds only). Bonfire, snowman contest, refreshments (hot chocolate and treats). FREE admission.

(Rescheduled from previous date.)

Sat 11 Feb
Candlelight Hike
Saturday, February 11, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

Enjoy the winter wonderland at night with family, friends, and loved ones on a self-guided candlelit trail. Either hike, ski, or snowshoe the gradual half mile loop. Afterwards enjoy a warm fire and refreshments at the enclosed shelter. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry and receive a free gift. Snowshoe rentals available for $5, call the park office for availability at 315-298-5737.

Sat 11 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Saturday, February 11, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet at the Park Office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 279-1155

Sat 11 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 11, 2017 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 11 Feb
Maple Sugaring
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 323-1770

This hands-on program will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree so you can make real maple syrup at home. You will also learn the cultural, historical, economic, and scientific background of this uniquely American craft. Short-walk.

Geared for the average adult, this program is not recommended for children.

$4.00 per person

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson’s Lake
Saturday, February 11, 2017 06:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

We're ordering colder temperatures this winter, so once again we can have our Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson's Lake. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners, with 3 categories of fish. (The more folks registered, the bigger the cash prizes!). Registration begins at 5:30am, fishing begins at 6am and ends at 1pm. Registration fee is $10 per person, free for kids under 12 years old. Call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson’s Lake
Saturday, February 11, 2017 06:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

We're ordering colder temperatures this winter, so once again we can have our Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson's Lake. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners, with 3 categories of fish. (The more folks registered, the bigger the cash prizes!). Registration begins at 5:30am, fishing begins at 6am and ends at 1pm. Registration fee is $10 per person, free for kids under 12 years old. Call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Fri 10 Feb
Fun Fridays in February: Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska
Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on the second and fourth Fridays in February to explore the footpaths of the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Hikes may be up to a mile and a half long and will take place with or without snow. This is a great way to jump start your morning and if there is snow, this is an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe in a beautiful setting. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area

Registration: Required
Thu 09 Feb
‘Small Ones’ Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Calling all preschoolers, this snowshoe adventure is just for you. We will put on our tiniest snowshoes and take a fun preschool-paced walk outdoors. We'll practice waddling like a penguin, tromping like a polar bear, falling down then getting back up. Afterwards, warm up indoors with some books and a paper craft activity. Program is appropriate for ages 3-5. Adult snowshoes are also available. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 09 Feb
‘Small Ones’ Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Calling all preschoolers, this snowshoe adventure is just for you. We will put on our tiniest snowshoes and take a fun preschool-paced walk outdoors. We'll practice waddling like a penguin, tromping like a polar bear, falling down then getting back up. Afterwards, warm up indoors with some books and a paper craft activity. Program is appropriate for ages 3-5. Adult snowshoes are also available. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Sun 05 Feb
The 3rd Annual Selkirk Shores 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2017 11:00 AM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

$20 Pre-registration, $25 Race Day
Pre-registration closes February 4th at www.runsignup.com
Race Day registration : 10:00am – 10:45am at the Enclose Shelter

If there is no snow, the race will still be held. Adjust accordingly. A limited number of loaner shoes are available to rent. Call the Park Office at 315-298-5737 for more details.

Sun 05 Feb
Meadows & Woods in Winter Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk through a variety of habitats from open fields into woods and forest. We will look for sign of wildlife and enjoy the beauty and silence of a winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa at the nature center. Bring your snowshoes or rent a pair for $5. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 05 Feb
Meadows & Woods in Winter Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk through a variety of habitats from open fields into woods and forest. We will look for sign of wildlife and enjoy the beauty and silence of a winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa at the nature center. Bring your snowshoes or rent a pair for $5. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sat 04 Feb
Maple Sugaring
Saturday, February 4, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(631) 581-1072

From seed to syrup, discover the importance of our maple trees and appreciate all that goes into this liquid gold! This hands on program will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree. We'll start indoors to show the tools and the process, then we will venture outdoors to tap a tree. Dress for the weather.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
New Shoes and Frozen Falls
Saturday, February 4, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever wanted to snowshoe, but not had an opportunity to do so? Now is a great chance to get out and learn how with Park Educator, Nick Martin. In this introductory outing, we will experience how easy traveling in snowshoes can be. After learning how to put on our new shoes and maneuver in them, we will go for an approximately two mile snowshoe to the base of Awosting Falls. Snowshoes may be rented at the Park Preserve Office, located in the Peter's Kill Area. Early arrival is strongly suggested for those renting snowshoes. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 4, 2017 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 04 Feb
Snowshoeing Adventure
Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Get out of your house and come explore nature's outdoor wonders! Learn about the history of the snowshoe, and then join us on a hike as we look for signs that animals have left behind, and the dens they depend on during our cold winter months. Snowshoes will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
New Shoes and Frozen Falls
Saturday, February 4, 2017 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever wanted to snowshoe, but not had an opportunity to do so? Now is a great chance to get out and learn how with Park Educator, Nick Martin. In this introductory outing, we will experience how easy traveling in snowshoes can be. After learning how to put on our new shoes and maneuver in them, we will go for an approximately two mile snowshoe to the base of Awosting Falls. Snowshoes may be rented at the Park Preserve Office, located in the Peter's Kill Area. Early arrival is strongly suggested for those renting snowshoes. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Extreme Cold Survivors
Sunday, January 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore some of the fascinating ways that animals survive in extremely cold weather. Through fun experiments and hands-on activities we will find out what life is like for these hearty survivors.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Extreme Cold Survivors
Sunday, January 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Explore some of the fascinating ways that animals survive in extremely cold weather. Through fun experiments and hands-on activities we will find out what life is like for these hearty survivors.

Family Program

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

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Buckhorn Snowshoe
Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing (snowshoes provided) or go cross-country skiing at your favorite state park! Call for the meeting place as program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Cross-Country Ski to Kempton Ledge and Beyond
Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a five mile long, cross-country ski outing to Kempton Ledge and a couple of the other scenic views beyond it. This modestly challenging outing will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and Castle Point Carriage Road, a well-groomed route that does include two challenging hills. Participants must provide their own ski equipment and must have previous cross-country skiing experience. They should also wear appropriate winter gear and bring adequate food and water. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jan
Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations
Saturday, January 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind on a Saturday in January or March and learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes when weather permits. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Sat 28 Jan
Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations
Saturday, January 28, 2017 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

The winter months provide some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind on a Saturday in January or March and learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes when weather permits. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Sat 28 Jan
Maple Sugaring
Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:30 PM - 02:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree so you can make real maple syrup at home. You will also learn the cultural, historical, economic, and scientific background of this uniquely American craft. Short-walk.

Geared for the average adult, this program is not recommended for children.

$4.00 per person

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 28, 2017 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 28 Jan
Snowshoe to High Point in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join a snowshoe walk to High Point on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. The 3 mile loop includes a couple of moderately steep slopes. Bring a snack along for a break at the cliff view point. If there's no snow, we'll enjoy a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent and may be reserved in advance. We will meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and confirm conditions.

Sat 28 Jan
Winter Fest
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for snowshoeing, kids contests, indoor exhibitors, guided outings, and much more at the 32nd Annual Winter Fest! This is a FREE family-friendly event with something for everyone.

Winterfest Schedule of Events

Sat 28 Jan
Kids Ice Fishing Clinic
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jan
Kids Ice Fishing Clinic
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jan
Salmon River Winter Festival Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

As part of the Salmon River Winter Festival, Selkirk Shores State Park will be hosting a guided 1 mile snowshoe hike with survival fire making techniques to be demonstrated along the way. Snowshoes are available free of charge (normally $5 fee to rent for the day). Please call the park office for availability and to reserve at 315-298-5737. To find out more about the Salmon River Winter Festival or a schedule of events check out www.facebook.com/oswegocountywintercarnival

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jan
Snowshoe to High Point in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join a snowshoe walk to High Point on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. The 3 mile loop includes a couple of moderately steep slopes. Bring a snack along for a break at the cliff view point. If there's no snow, we'll enjoy a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent and may be reserved in advance. We will meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and confirm conditions.

Sat 28 Jan
Whirlpool Snowshoe
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing (snowshoes provided) or go cross-country skiing at your favorite state park! Call for the meeting place as program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jan
Cross Country Ski
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jan
Cross Country Ski
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Jan
Exploring Hailes Cave at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, January 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Hailes Cave is the longest of known caves in Thacher Park. Historically popular for exploring, the cave has not been accessible for many years and is now gated to protect hibernating bats. Take a photographic tour of Hailes Cave with Thom Engel. Learn what the current mapping has revealed and about the potential for further exploration of the cave. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 22 Jan
Exploring Hailes Cave at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, January 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Hailes Cave is the longest of known caves in Thacher Park. Historically popular for exploring, the cave has not been accessible for many years and is now gated to protect hibernating bats. Take a photographic tour of Hailes Cave with Thom Engel. Learn what the current mapping has revealed and about the potential for further exploration of the cave. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 21 Jan
Celebration of Winter
Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
(845) 265-3773

Taconic Outdoor Education Center (75 Mountain Laurel Ln., Cold Spring, NY) will host this seasonal program, featuring fun winter activities, including:

* Snow tubing at Highland Lodge

* Ice skating (bring your own skates), broomball and ice fishing demonstrations on TOEC's Duck Pond. A warming fire will be available at Duck Pond.

* Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in Highland Lodge

* A sugar on snow tasting will take place outside the maple sugar house highlighting the ageless tradition of local maple syrup heated to proper temperature and poured over fresh snow. A tremendous treat for all ages. 

Suggested donation of $3.00 per person.

Sat 21 Jan
Indian River Lakes Conservancy Winter Hike
Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come explore the winter woods at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy in Redwood. The exact location of the hike is yet to be determined. Please contact the Indian River Lakes Conservancy (indianriverlakes@gmail.com) for additional information. This hike will be led on snowshoes of there is sufficient snow.

Sat 21 Jan
Celebration of Winter
Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
(845) 265-3773

Taconic Outdoor Education Center (75 Mountain Laurel Ln., Cold Spring, NY) will host this seasonal program, featuring fun winter activities, including:

* Snow tubing at Highland Lodge

* Ice skating (bring your own skates), broomball and ice fishing demonstrations on TOEC's Duck Pond. A warming fire will be available at Duck Pond.

* Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in Highland Lodge

* A sugar on snow tasting will take place outside the maple sugar house highlighting the ageless tradition of local maple syrup heated to proper temperature and poured over fresh snow. A tremendous treat for all ages. 

Suggested donation of $3.00 per person.

Sat 21 Jan
Indian River Lakes Conservancy Winter Hike
Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Come explore the winter woods at the Indian River Lakes Conservancy in Redwood. The exact location of the hike is yet to be determined. Please contact the Indian River Lakes Conservancy (indianriverlakes@gmail.com) for additional information. This hike will be led on snowshoes of there is sufficient snow.

Sat 21 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 21, 2017 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 21 Jan
Woodland Snowshoe Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a scenic trek on one of the most picturesque trails in the park. We'll walk 1.25 miles through woodlands, along frozen streams with waterfalls, and take in views of the large wetland south of Paint Mine. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them for $5/pair. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jan
Knox Farm Snowshoe
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing (snowshoes provided) or go cross-country skiing at your favorite state park! Call for the meeting place as program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jan
Woodland Snowshoe Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Take a scenic trek on one of the most picturesque trails in the park. We'll walk 1.25 miles through woodlands, along frozen streams with waterfalls, and take in views of the large wetland south of Paint Mine. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them for $5/pair. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jan
Mossy Glen Snowshoe Outing
Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an exhilarating snowshoe hike! In this recreational program, participants will explore the Mossy Glen Footpath, a nearly two mile long trail that traverses through a diverse forest. If the conditions are snowy, animal prints and signs are often seen along this trail. Once we reach the end of Mossy Glen, we will take a short spur of Blueberry Run Footpath and return to our starting point along the easy walking Lower Awosting Carriage Road, making the round trip distance approximately four miles. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants may want to bring Micro Spikes or other traction devices. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jan
Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, January 21, 2017 05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grab your poles and parkas and join us on the ice for a day of award-worthy angling. Registration is 5:30-11am in the maintenance shop. $10/adult ages16+, free for children 15 and under. NYS fishing license required to participate. Big cash prizes for first place adult winners, and many other prizes to be won! (If ice conditions are poor, contest will be rescheduled to February 11th)