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Tue 23 May
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:15 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this challenging five mile loop hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Carriage Road. This hike features various terrain including steep hills, slippery rock surfaces and a stream crossing. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering expansive views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tue 23 May
Pathways to Prevention: Tips for New & Expecting Parents
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join Columbia Memorial Health Pediatrician Dr. Christine Lee as she gives advice on caring for a new baby and answers questions from parents. Parents are encouraged to bring children. Participants will experience a 20-minute talk, followed by a short walk with the expert on Olana's carriage roads. Snacks will be served. Strollers are welcome. To learn more visit www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872.

Free. Rain or shine.

Fri 26 May
Evening Walk on Goat Island
Friday, May 26, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Relax and unwind from the work week while walking around the oldest state park in the United States; Niagara Falls became a park in 1885. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. End your walk with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting

Sat 27 May
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 27 May
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 27 May
Pet Friendly Gorge Walk
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist with your furry friend and explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times while on the walk.

Sat 27 May
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, May 27, 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 27 May
Nature Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Spring is in the air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Long Point State Park for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders that take place here. We will hike to the point, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way! Binoculars are recommended. (1 hour, 1 1/2 miles)

Sat 27 May
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, May 27, 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 27 May
Adult Program: Beginning Orienteering
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

After learning to use a compass, you will practice with it on a short course. You may need your reading glasses. Compasses will be provided. Not recommended for children. Approximately 1 mile.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 May
Morning Light Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, May 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The Beacon Hill Footpath follows along the top edge of an east–facing escarpment, which gets bathed in the warm morning light. This walk, which is over two miles long, will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. This loop route follows along carriage roads as well as the footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Sun 28 May
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, May 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: May 23rd.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 May
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 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 28 May
Bald Eagle Walk
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Interested in birds and learning how to identify different bird species? Learn to recognize Bald Eagles at all stages of their life by sight and sound. Binoculars recommended. Meet at the Bath house. (1 hour, 1 mile)

Sun 28 May
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 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 28 May
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 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 28 May
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, May 28, 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.
Mon 29 May
Memorial Day Bird Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our 2nd annual Memorial Day bird walk! We will search for birds along the Lake Erie shoreline as well as on the park's snowmobile trail.

Mon 29 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Meet at Parking Lot past Cabin Area B

Mon 29 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Meet at Parking Lot past Cabin Area B

Mon 29 May
High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a fun, holiday hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Mon 29 May
Holiday Hike - Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way back toward the Visitor Center we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Mon 29 May
How the Gorge Was Formed- Story of the Park
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Follow short, paved, handicap accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Meet at Inspiration Point Parking Lot

Mon 29 May
How the Gorge Was Formed- Story of the Park
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved, handicap accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

Meet at Inspiration Point Parking Lot

Mon 29 May
Holiday Hike - Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, May 29, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way back toward the Visitor Center we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Mon 29 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!
Mon 29 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!
Wed 31 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 31, 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 Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436

Wed 31 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 31, 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 Parade Grounds Entrance off Route 436

Sat 03 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 03 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day-Length of Gorge Hike
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Come and enjoy the beautiful Niagara Gorge as we hike rim and gorge trails from the mouth of the gorge at Artpark to the American Falls! National Trails Day is an annual event celebrated across the United States. For information go to http://www.americanhiking.org For hike information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(914) 245-4434

Meet at the upper parking lot at French Hill School on Baldwin Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. The hike is 0.7 miles from the parking lot. Event is held rain or shine. No sandals or open toed shoes. Help celebrate completion of an important trail connection. The Outlet Bridge in FDR State Parks connects the rustic part of the park to Baldwin Road. It allows access to an area not previously visited as well as access to a former rail bed. Volunteers have been working on the bridge since April to cross a stream impassible for almost all year. The bridge has telephone poles as supports and ramps on both ends.

Sat 03 Jun
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will continue to the lower park returning on the Gorge trail.. Total hike mileage approximately 4 ½ miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Adult Program: Map Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Participants will use a map of the park to navigate to specific destinations. We will cover approximately 5 miles at a moderate pace. Some hills. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 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 04 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 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 04 Jun
Family Program: Beach Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Summer is almost here! The longer days and warmer weather make this the perfect time of year to be at the beach! Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Family Program: Beach Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Summer is almost here! The longer days and warmer weather make this the perfect time of year to be at the beach! Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 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 04 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 4, 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.
Wed 07 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Griffith Road to Pennycook
Wednesday, June 7, 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 junction of Pennycook Road and State Route 436 (1/4 mile east of Parade Grounds Entrance).

Wed 07 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Griffith Road to Pennycook
Wednesday, June 7, 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 junction of Pennycook Road and State Route 436 (1/4 mile east of Parade Grounds Entrance).

Wed 07 Jun
American Falls Gorge Trail and 61st Anniversary of the Schoellkopf Disaster
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Learn about the history of Schoellkopf Power Station 3. We will take an elevator ride down to the site to see first-hand what remains of this former complex. We will then hike the trails out of the gorge.

Fri 09 Jun
Family Program: Moonlight Walk
Friday, June 9, 2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

A bustling park during the day, Sunken Meadow is a different place after the sun sets. Join us for a leisurely moonlit stroll and enjoy the tranquil night air.

Registration: Required
Fri 09 Jun
Night Prowl
Friday, June 9, 2017 09:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Use all of your senses to experience the park in a less familiar realm of sights and sounds as we journey into the woods with only the moonlight. Meet at the Overlook Gazebo. (1 hour, 1 mile)

Sat 10 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 10 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 10 Jun
Adult Program: Seashore Circular
Saturday, June 10, 2017 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

During this hilly, moderately paced walk through fields and woods, on our way to leisurely exploration of Caumsett's shore, we'll discuss geological and social factors that have influenced nature on Long Island. Since we will walk approximately 4.5 miles, we suggest you bring drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Jun
Brook Road to Morgan Road (Wegmans Hike Number 3)
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3600

This hike includes Canal Lock #2. Turn west onto Brook Road off of Scottsville Road in the Town of Chili to access the parking area. Meet at the parking area (4.3 miles).
Sat 10 Jun
Gorge Hiking Series: To the Flats & Back
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

A pleasant and challenging hike, this trail features breathtaking scenery in the Niagara Gorge with an up close view of the Whirlpool and rapids!

Sat 10 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day Hike
Saturday, June 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise and learn about our wild residents.

All ages welcome.

Sat 10 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day Hike
Saturday, June 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise and learn about our wild residents.

All ages welcome.

Sat 10 Jun
Night Hike
Saturday, June 10, 2017 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Test out your senses in the moonlight! See the world transformed before your eyes. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water! Meet at the bath house.

Sun 11 Jun
Life in the Preserve: A Short Walk with the Manager
Sunday, June 11, 2017 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Walk and talk with our park manager about the local ecology and Preserve stewardship. More info: (914) 631 – 1470.

Sun 11 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 11, 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 11 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 11, 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 11 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 11, 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 11 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 11, 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 11 Jun
Crepuscular Hike: Dance of the Firefly
Sunday, June 11, 2017 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Set out on a twilight walk to discover a light show unlike any other in the natural world. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Mon 12 Jun
Hike ‘n Find
Monday, June 12, 2017 03:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Can you find a maple leaf? A squirrel? Come for a nature hike and play BINGO with the environment around you. Meet at the bath house.

Wed 14 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 14, 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 Castile Entrance

Wed 14 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 14, 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 Castile Entrance

Wed 14 Jun
Follow the Beaten Path
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:30 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Hike around on a conservation themed walk and join our discussion about minimizing our impact on the land. Meet at the bath house.

Sat 17 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 17 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 17 Jun
Adult Program: Plover Hike
Saturday, June 17, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a walk around the West End beachfront as we observe the habitat and behaviors of the endangered piping plover, as well as other nesting shore birds in the area.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Jun
Adult Program: Plover Hike
Saturday, June 17, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a walk around the West End beachfront as we observe the habitat and behaviors of the endangered piping plover, as well as other nesting shore birds in the area.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Jun
Saw Mill River Heritage Tour
Saturday, June 17, 2017 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

As part of NYS Path through History Weekend, join the staff of Philipse Manor Hall on this walking tour of downtown Yonkers. Philipse Manor Hall and downtown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill, or Nepperhan, River. Following the river from its mouth at the Hudson to Chicken Island, patrons will learn about the growth of Yonkers from 1682 to the present, and discuss how these changes are connected to larger trends in New York and the United States. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for Friends members and for children 12 and under.

Sun 18 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 18, 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 18 Jun
Hike ‘n Find
Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Can you find a maple leaf? A squirrel? Journey into the woods on one of Lake Erie State Parks trails and see what animals and plants you can find. The scavenger hunt will be available at the bath house before the hike.

Sun 18 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 18, 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 18 Jun
Walking Tours -- Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age
Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Morning tour from 11am-12:30pm. Afternoon tour from 2pm-3:30pm. Each tour follows a different route (see below). Part of Path Through History Weekend and Celebrate Irvington!

Tour the Main Street of the Village of Irvington, the former site of the Lord & Burnham Company, manufacturer of conservatories for wealthy clients, including robber baron Jay Gould of Lyndhurst, and the New York Botanical Garden. The morning walk begins in the repurposed headquarters of Lord & Burnham, now the Irvington Public Library, at 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, across the street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). It ends in the McVickar House. The afternoon walk begins in the McVicar House, 131 Main Street, and ends on the waterfront site of Lord & Burnham's repurposed factory. Both similar walks are less than 2 miles, on pavement. We will explore historic points of interest along the way in the Village of Irvington. You may also wish to join the daylong CELEBRATE IRVINGTON! festival on Irvington's Main Street (details: www.irvingtonny.gov), with free trolley rides & more. Inquiries: saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sun 18 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 18, 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 18 Jun
Weekly Wildflower Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 18, 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.
Wed 21 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 21, 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 Castile Entrance

Wed 21 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 21, 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 Castile Entrance

Thu 22 Jun
Sunset Stroll
Thursday, June 22, 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 vast Great Lake to see what nature has to offer. Bring your cameras for some breathtaking shots of the sun setting over the water. Meet at the bath house.

Fri 23 Jun
Family Program: Sunset Stroll
Friday, June 23, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

This is the perfect time of year for a stroll down to the jetty. Bring your comfortable shoes and your cameras for some breathtaking shot of the sun setting over the water.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Jun
Family Program: Sunset Stroll
Friday, June 23, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

This is the perfect time of year for a stroll down to the jetty. Bring your comfortable shoes and your cameras for some breathtaking shot of the sun setting over the water.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 24 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and "birders" alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

April-10am

May- 9am

June- 8am

Sat 24 Jun
Old Croton Aqueduct Keeper's House & Quarry Walk
Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Visit the new exhibits at the restored Keeper's House on the Aqueduct Trail in Dobbs Ferry at 15 Walnut Street. View a movie about the Old Croton Aqueduct's 175-year history, then walk, with a guide, south on the Trail to see the old Quarry in Hastings where a railway, built under the Aqueduct, transported marble to New York City. Inquiries: Mavis Cain, mavisbird500@verizon.net or 914-693-0529.

Sat 24 Jun
Kids Night Walk in the Park
Saturday, June 24, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Ever wonder what some of those "sounds that go bump in the night" are? Come to our fourth nature program for kids and parents and find out! Led by the environmental educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center at Fahnstock State Park, participants will take a listening walk through the woods, and find out who is making those weird sounds and why. What are some of the adaptations peculiar to nocturnal creatures? A bonus, if it is a clear night, will be identification of stars and constellations. Meet at Park Headquarters 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls.

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
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
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
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

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
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.

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
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
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 05 Aug
First Saturday Hike: Watkins Glen State Park
Saturday, August 5, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the main entrance parking lot on Franklin Street. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail and we will return using the Indian trail and South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.0 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 07 Oct
First Saturday Hike: Catharine Valley Trail
Saturday, October 7, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 and let us know how many people in your group to expect.

For a map of the trail and the location of the meeting parking lot visit: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/CatharineValleyTrailParkMap.pdf

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour.

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.

Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails.

In case of rain tour will be postponed.

Sat 04 Nov
First Saturday Hike: Black Diamond Trail
Saturday, November 4, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
First Saturday Hike: Buttermilk Falls State Park
Saturday, December 2, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Buttermilk Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the main entrance parking lot on Rte. 13. The hike will go up the Rim Trail to the Bear Trail, out to Lake Treman and back to the main parking lot. 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