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Thu 30 Mar
FrogWatch!
Thursday, March 30, 2017 06:30 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Help the Park Naturalist study the frogs that live in Saratoga Spa State Park! We will learn many different frog calls before walking through the wetlands in search of the amphibians. Please bring a flashlight and dress for wet ground. Icy conditions will cancel the event. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 31 Mar
Baker Trail
Friday, March 31, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace and spend some time turning this trail into a loop. Please bring a snack and water with you on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice,

Fri 31 Mar
Baker Trail
Friday, March 31, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace and spend some time turning this trail into a loop. Please bring a snack and water with you on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice,

Sat 01 Apr
First Saturday Hike: Taughannock Falls State Park
Saturday, April 1, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Gorge Trail parking lot. We will hike the Gorge Trail, North Rim Trail and the South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 3.75 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Apr
Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, as we explore some of the lesser-travelled footpaths within the Park Preserve. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will travel down the Wawarsing Turnpike, which served as a toll road in the 1850s. From there, we will connect with the Jenny Lane Footpath and take this route until its end at the intersection of Lower Awosting Carriage Road. For the return trip, we will travel down this carriage road until the intersection with Blueberry Run Footpath, on which we will take a short jaunt to reach the Mossy Glen Footpath and return to our starting point. This approximately five mile hike will take place mostly on footpaths, except for a few short sections on carriage road. These footpaths may present challenges for some, including exposed tree roots, slippery rocks and a few stream crossings. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Apr
April Fool’s Day Hike
Saturday, April 1, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we hike along the lake discussing the fun ways animals fool predators from finding them. Some animals will mimic other, scarier animals or some will camouflage themselves. This hike we will discuss how animals can be tricky in order to stay alive. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 01 Apr
April Fool’s Day Hike
Saturday, April 1, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we hike along the lake discussing the fun ways animals fool predators from finding them. Some animals will mimic other, scarier animals or some will camouflage themselves. This hike we will discuss how animals can be tricky in order to stay alive. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sun 02 Apr
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath
Sunday, April 2, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four mile hike along the Peter's Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just less than two miles. The return trip will take participants on the relatively level Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Apr
Spring Overlook Hike
Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join an educator as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sun 02 Apr
Spring Overlook Hike
Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join an educator as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue 04 Apr
Waterfall Trail Hike
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

On this hike we will be traversing the newest trail in the park. This short hike is a little over a mile long one way and connects the Western Ridge trail to Lake Bonita. This trail follows a brook with some small waterfalls and along the trail there are some beautiful rock outcroppings. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue 04 Apr
Waterfall Trail Hike
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

On this hike we will be traversing the newest trail in the park. This short hike is a little over a mile long one way and connects the Western Ridge trail to Lake Bonita. This trail follows a brook with some small waterfalls and along the trail there are some beautiful rock outcroppings. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Thu 06 Apr
Wetland Hike
Thursday, April 6, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled and take a wonderful look at the many wetland plants we have growing. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Thu 06 Apr
Wetland Hike
Thursday, April 6, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled and take a wonderful look at the many wetland plants we have growing. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.

Sat 08 Apr
Hamilton and Castle Point Loop Walk
Saturday, April 8, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight mile loop walk on some of the beautiful and historic carriage roads within Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Starting at the Nature Center, we will walk on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road until we get to the Hamilton Point Carriage Road. We will follow this carriage road until the juncture with Castle Point Carriage Road. From here, we will make our return back toward Lake Minnewaska on the Castle Point Carriage Road. Along the way, we will enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson Valley, Palmaghatt Ravine and Lake Awosting. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Apr
Cliff-top Walk
Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take in the views from the cliff edge on this early spring walk. We'll take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave picnic shelter and walk the Escarpment Trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail and the rushing waters of Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length and is over fairly level terrain with one short, steep section. Participants should dress for cool, damp weather and muddy trails. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Sat 08 Apr
Cliff-top Walk
Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Take in the views from the cliff edge on this early spring walk. We'll take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave picnic shelter and walk the Escarpment Trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail and the rushing waters of Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length and is over fairly level terrain with one short, steep section. Participants should dress for cool, damp weather and muddy trails. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Sun 09 Apr
Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam's Point
Sunday, April 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join a Sam's Point educator for this three mile hike 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Apr
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Footpath Loop Hike
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern to explore some of the less frequently visited sections of Minnewaska. Our approximately six-mile long route will follow a combination of historic carriage roads and footpaths, including the Rainbow Falls Footpath. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to the Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls Footpath showcases some of the more interesting and remote backcountry in the Park Preserve. It offers awesome panoramic views and passes nearly beneath Rainbow Falls. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll back to the parking area. This hike does include some tricky stream crossings and rock scrambles and is recommended for experienced and agile hikers. All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water to sustain themselves. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake Gary will point tracks, dens and perhaps some eagle signs as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Full moon hikes are $3 per person, please call for reservations with 24 hours advance notice, 518-793-0511.

Tue 11 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake Gary will point tracks, dens and perhaps some eagle signs as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Full moon hikes are $3 per person, please call for reservations with 24 hours advance notice, 518-793-0511.

Fri 14 Apr
Lake Ann Hike
Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A Park Naturalist will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land. This hike will take us about 3 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Fri 14 Apr
Lake Ann Hike
Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A Park Naturalist will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land. This hike will take us about 3 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Sat 15 Apr
Go With the Flow Waterfall Walk
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Spring is the best time to enjoy waterfalls in the park. Minelot and Outlet Falls spill over the cliff above the Indian Ladder Trail and rushing streams cascade down rocky slopes at Paint Mine and Hop Field. We'll choose our trail based on conditions at the time. Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.

Sat 15 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous hikes here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 15 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous hikes here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 15 Apr
Old Croton Aqueduct at Ossining - Weir Tour
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center. View a short film about the Aqueduct before visiting the weir. It is a short walk to the Weir on the Double Arch Bridge, where you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call 646-303-1448.

Sat 15 Apr
Go With the Flow Waterfall Walk
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Spring is the best time to enjoy waterfalls in the park. Minelot and Outlet Falls spill over the cliff above the Indian Ladder Trail and rushing streams cascade down rocky slopes at Paint Mine and Hop Field. We'll choose our trail based on conditions at the time. Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.

Sun 16 Apr
Morning Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along Beacon Hill Trails
Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping along the way for a short detour to a scenic vista of the Catskills. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking, however the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing.

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Apr
Build a Nest Box” at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless screw gun and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.

Wed 19 Apr
Build a Nest Box” at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless screw gun and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.

Thu 20 Apr
Turkey Path
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This fairly flat hike with a couple ups and downs travels around the new property over at Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Thu 20 Apr
Turkey Path
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This fairly flat hike with a couple ups and downs travels around the new property over at Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Fri 21 Apr
Lake Bonita
Friday, April 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This fairly flat hike with a couple ups and downs travels around the new property over at Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Fri 21 Apr
Lake Bonita
Friday, April 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This fairly flat hike with a couple ups and downs travels around the new property over at Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 22 Apr
Jay Walking with Bedford Audubon
Saturday, April 22, 2017 08:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join Bedford Audubon naturalist Tait Johansson at the Homestead to look for early spring migrating birds. Meet at the main parking lot at John Jay Homestead. Registration isrecommended. Free admission.

Sat 22 Apr
Earth Day Volunteer Event at Sam's Point
Saturday, April 22, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Celebrate Earth Day at Sam's Point with a day of service and stewardship. There's no better way to celebrate Earth Day than by serving the planet and working hard while enjoying beautiful scenery. This year, our project will be to clear brush from a mile long section of the High Point Footpath and restore the trail from effects of the recent wildfire. After breaking for lunch we will hike out by way of the Verkeerderkill Falls Footpath. This strenuous, five mile hike is recommended for experienced hikers over the age of 15. Please bring plenty of water (two liters is recommended), lunch, snacks, and appropriate work clothes. This event will take place rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Apr
Earth Day: Hike to Gertrude’s Nose
Saturday, April 22, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come celebrate Earth Day at Minnewaska by hiking one of the most celebrated and favorite hikes within the Park Preserve. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an adventurous eight mile round trip hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. Our route will follow a combination of carriage roads to reach the Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge trail offering magnificent views of the Hudson Valley. While this portion of the trail is less than three miles, some participants may find it challenging, as it includes numerous rocky sections, a few rock scrambles and a few steep ascents and descents. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Apr
Earth Day Walking Tour: Saw Mill River Heritage Tour
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Join the staff of Philipse Manor Hall on this walking tour of downtown Yonkers as we commemorate Earth Day! 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.

Sat 22 Apr
Earth Day Hike
Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Let's enjoy the outdoors on this Earth Day. Come to Moreau and we will hike a loop on our Western Ridge Trail. This hike will be steep for the first mile up then it will flatten out. Round trip this hike will be close to 4 miles. What better way to appreciate nature on a wonderful Earth day than going out for a nice hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 22 Apr
Earth Day Hike
Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Let's enjoy the outdoors on this Earth Day. Come to Moreau and we will hike a loop on our Western Ridge Trail. This hike will be steep for the first mile up then it will flatten out. Round trip this hike will be close to 4 miles. What better way to appreciate nature on a wonderful Earth day than going out for a nice hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sun 23 Apr
Mud Pond Hike
Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5/3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sun 23 Apr
Mud Pond Hike
Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5/3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sun 23 Apr
Citizen Science Hike for Families on Beacon Hill
Sunday, April 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and contribute as a citizen scientist in this new monthly series. We will be offering this hike once a month, to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for children over the age of eight, but everyone is welcome to join. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Apr
Tuesday Trek: Wild Golf Course Hike
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Park Educator, and Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Park Educator Intern, for a wander along various carriage roads and mowed paths through an old golf course and wild orchard. These old, overgrown fields, edged with abundant blueberry bushes and patches of deciduous forests, used to provide recreation opportunities and supplement food to the elegant hotels that were once found here. This approximately two mile route includes easy walking as well as potentially wet sections of trail and a few hills.

Registration: Required
Wed 26 Apr
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake, where we can stop and have lunch. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Wed 26 Apr
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake, where we can stop and have lunch. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Fri 28 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Friday, April 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This is a bit more challenging hike up to the Moreau Overlook. The first almost 1 mile up is a bit steep, summiting the Palmertown Mountain Range at a comfortable pace. Hiking almost 1.5 miles up, bring some snacks and water to have at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Fri 28 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Friday, April 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This is a bit more challenging hike up to the Moreau Overlook. The first almost 1 mile up is a bit steep, summiting the Palmertown Mountain Range at a comfortable pace. Hiking almost 1.5 miles up, bring some snacks and water to have at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 29 Apr
Blueberry Run to Castle Point Loop Hike
Saturday, April 29, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for this roughly eight mile journey mainly along Blueberry Run Footpath with a shorter section along Castle Point Carriage Road. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will hike along the easy-going Lower Awosting Carriage Road until the intersection with Blueberry Run Footpath. From there, we will hike most of Blueberry Run Footpath toward Castle Point Carriage Road, which ascends about 600 feet in elevation over the course of two miles. Castle Point is a scenic vista that offers amazing views of the surrounding Park Preserve land and the greater Hudson Valley. From Castle Point, we will walk towards Lake Minnewaska on the Castle Point Carriage Road, which offers many sweeping, scenic vistas along the way. Once at Lake Minnewaska, we will walk a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road until the intersection with Sunset Carriage Road, which will leave us a short distance from the parking area where we started. The footpath sections of this hike may include some challenging terrain, such as slippery rocks, exposed tree roots and a stream crossing. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Apr
Signs of Spring at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The natural world is changing every day as plants and animals respond to the arrival of spring. Migrant birds are returning, amphibians are laying eggs, and woodland wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Come explore and celebrate the signs of the season! Call 872-0800 to register or for more information.

Sat 29 Apr
Stone Wall Run Hike
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This is a beautiful lesser known trail across the Hudson River. A lot of people don't realize that the state owns this side of the Hudson as well. This is a decently flat hike; however it is a 3.2 mile long trail. Bring snacks and water. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 29 Apr
Stone Wall Run Hike
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This is a beautiful lesser known trail across the Hudson River. A lot of people don't realize that the state owns this side of the Hudson as well. This is a decently flat hike; however it is a 3.2 mile long trail. Bring snacks and water. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Sat 29 Apr
Joint Walk at Untermyer Park with WTA
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

An easy 4-mile walk through Untermyer Park and along the Old Croton Aqueduct. Bring your own lunch -- we will picnic at a private home on Shonnard Terrace, just off the Trail, enjoying vistas of the Hudson River. We will meet at the parking lot just inside the entrance to Untermyer Park, 945 North Broadway (Route 9) in Yonkers. (If the lot is full, there is on-street parking.) Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448. WTA Leader: Ellie Carren (914) 591-7038.

Sat 29 Apr
Signs of Spring at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

The natural world is changing every day as plants and animals respond to the arrival of spring. Migrant birds are returning, amphibians are laying eggs, and woodland wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Come explore and celebrate the signs of the season! Call 872-0800 to register or for more information.

Sun 30 Apr
Signs of Spring Photo Walk
Sunday, April 30, 2017 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Spring is here! Grab your smart phone or camera and join local photographer Angela Jorczak to capture the beauty of the season. Donations to Ronald McDonald House welcome.

Registration: Required
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
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 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
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