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Thu 24 Oct
Daredevils of Niagara Falls!
Thursday, October 24, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Come take a stroll with us on Goat Island. Listen to stories about Annie Edson Taylor and other Daredevils of the Falls on the anniversary date of Annie's famous feat! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Oct
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, October 25, 2019
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m.
Fri 25 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, October 25, 2019 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 primitive area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 20th.
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Oct
Fun Facts with Kelly: Fall Foliage Edition
Friday, October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Autumn shows us just how beautiful change can be. Stroll with an interpreter along the Artpark Gorge Trail and take in the spectacular show of the changing season. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
SCARY STORYTELLING WITH PAMELA SCHEMBRI
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

At 3pm and 4:30pm.

$15 ADULT, $10 MEMBER, $10 CHILD | VISITOR’S CENTER

Join author and storyteller Pamela Schmebri for a ghost story walk along Olana’s carriage roads inspired by historic gothic and Victorian era literature, folklore, and Halloween traditions.

Sat 26 Oct
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m.
Sat 26 Oct
Rainbow Falls and Lake Awosting Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 26, 2019 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for an exciting excursion on an assortment of historic carriage roads and footpaths to explore some of the lesser-traversed sections of the Park Preserve. For this approximately ten-mile hike, participants will hike Mossy Glen Footpath, Lower Awosting Carriage Road, Rainbow Falls Footpath, Scenic Trail Footpath and Lake Awosting Carriage Road. We’ll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls features interesting backcountry terrain and has a spectacular view of the Catskill Mountains. At the intersection of Castle Point, we’ll wander down to the Scenic Trail, walking past Margaret Cliff and Murray Hill on the way to the southwest end of Lake Awosting. From here, we’ll continue around Lake Awosting on the Lake Awosting Carriage Road and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll back to the parking area. This outing includes some hiking over rock slabs, tree roots, a stream crossing and a rock scrambling section, which some hikers may find challenging. Participants must come with appropriate footwear and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the day. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Walking Dunes
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

Join the park naturalist on this hour long hike through the Walking Dunes. During the hike discover how the dunes "walk". The hike ends with a shortwalk along the interior of Napeague Harbor where many shells, shorebirds and other sea life may be seen.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Weir Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There 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). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 26 Oct
Weir Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There 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). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 26 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

(1 hour, nearby) General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.
Sat 26 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(1 hour, nearby) General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.
Sat 26 Oct
Haunted History Hike
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Meet ghosts of Clay Pit’s Past in this interpretive history hike. Ages 10+.
Sat 26 Oct
Haunted History Hike
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Meet ghosts of Clay Pit’s Past in this interpretive history hike. Ages 10+.
Sun 27 Oct
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m.
Sun 27 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 27, 2019 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

(Car pool from Visitor Center) (9:30 am at site – 3 to 4 hours, 1 1/2 miles and van tour) Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.
Sun 27 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 27, 2019 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(Car pool from Visitor Center) (9:30 am at site – 3 to 4 hours, 1 1/2 miles and van tour) Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.
Sun 27 Oct
Fall Foliage from Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator for an adventurous six-mile hike to Gertrude’s Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude’s Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Wags and Whirlpools
Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, this one’s for you! Venture into the gorge for a hike along the lower Niagara to the whirlpool flats for a stunning view of the changing foliage. Dogs are welcome, but not necessary. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Fall Seasonal Stroll: Adult Program
Sunday, October 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will savor autumn's colorful, leafy splendor.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, October 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sun 27 Oct
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, October 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sun 27 Oct
Evening Lantern Walk
Sunday, October 27, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Take a leisurely walk through the dark meandering trails of Caleb as we discuss some spooky Long Island tales. Your stories and tales are welcome

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Evening Lantern Walk
Sunday, October 27, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Take a leisurely walk through the dark meandering trails of Caleb as we discuss some spooky Long Island tales. Your stories and tales are welcome

Registration: Required
Mon 28 Oct
Last Chance Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, October 28, 2019 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 primitive 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. This will be the last Shingle Gully hike in 2019. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 23rd.
Registration: Required
Tue 29 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

(3 hours, 2 miles). Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.
Tue 29 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(3 hours, 2 miles). Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.
Tue 29 Oct
PATHWAYS TO PREVENTION
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

TODAY HURTS, SO LET’S BUILD A STRONGER TOMORROW! FREE | WAGON HOUSE EDUCATION CENTER

Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between Olana and Columbia Memorial Health brings innovative education programs to aid you in your wellness. Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer, Corey Smith will give you tips on properly taking care of your posture and body at your workplace. Participants will experience a 30-minute talk, followed by an optional short walk with the experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Corey Smith, Columbia Memorial Health

Wed 30 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks - St. Helena - Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Wed 30 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks - St. Helena - Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Sat 02 Nov
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, November 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 273-3440

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will also include portions of the Finger Lakes Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 4.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail and weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 02 Nov
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 02 Nov
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 02 Nov
Photography Workshop
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join Max on a slower-paced hike to find beauty in nooks and crannies along our trails. Take part to learn about field techniques for nature photography. Participants should bring their own cameras. Ages 13–Adult.
Sat 02 Nov
Photography Workshop
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join Max on a slower-paced hike to find beauty in nooks and crannies along our trails. Take part to learn about field techniques for nature photography. Participants should bring their own cameras. Ages 13–Adult.
Sat 02 Nov
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Nov
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sat 02 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 03 Nov
Sunrise Fire Tower Hike
Sunday, November 3, 2019 05:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Start the day off by watching the sunrise over the green mountains from one of the best views on the Rensselaer Plateau, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Be sure to dress in layers and bring proper lighting (headlamps preferred) for this 3 mile hike. Pre-registration required, please call (518) 279-1155, ext. 2.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Nov
Let's Take a Walk
Sunday, November 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We have two hours. Where would you like to walk? Shall we try something new? Perhaps the orange trail which is the highest area of the park? Majority wins, we walk!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Nov
Let's Take a Walk
Sunday, November 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We have two hours. Where would you like to walk? Shall we try something new? Perhaps the orange trail which is the highest area of the park? Majority wins, we walk!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

Part I – November 3. Look inside the Park’s fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris entrance gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 1 mile.

Sun 03 Nov
Big Tree Tours
Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

Part I – November 3. Look inside the Park’s fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris entrance gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 1 mile.

Sun 03 Nov
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, November 3, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, or what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join a Park Naturalist and special guests for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! Each week we'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all. All ages welcome.
Tue 05 Nov
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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 relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Nov
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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 relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Trestle Woods
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 06 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Trestle Woods
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 06 Nov
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 826-1930

Join us for a hike along the parks boardwalk and trails to explore its freshwater sand dune environment. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Nov
Sensory Hike: a quiet hike through the woods
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

An equestrian trail ride and lunch at beautiful Rockwood Hall. Ride at your leisure on a marked course, and the enjoy a catered buffet lunch overlooking the Hudson River. Lunch is open to the public, all are welcome. A benefit for the carriage roads of Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

Thu 07 Nov
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

At 10am and 2pm.

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

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

At 10am and 2pm.

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

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Nov
Wetland Hike
Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Nov
Wetland Hike
Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Nov
Moonlight Stroll
Friday, November 8, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the moonlit trails of the park. The woodlands are different in the dark. Discover what creatures are around this time of night!

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Enjoy the Park's trails under the nearly Full Beaver Moon. Use your night-vision and your ears to detect the presence of wildlife as we walk along the Long Path from Mine Kill to the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather, and meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office.

This is a free event. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Caumsett Sampler: Adult Program
Saturday, November 9, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this leisurely but hilly 5-mile saunter, you will learn about nature in the field, forest, seashore, and pond. Bring drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Eggs are not just for the Spring! An indoor presentation will be followed by a "behind the scenes" tour of the trout hatchery. We will be hiking to the hatchery, ~2 miles

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Seal Walks
Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Two separate opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We will take you past the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for either program
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Weir Tour
Saturday, November 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There 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).

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sat 09 Nov
Treasure Hunt
Saturday, November 9, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Look for hidden pieces to complete a map to find treasure hidden outside the nature center, and then take it up a notch by hunting for treasure on our trails! Ages 8+.
Sat 09 Nov
Treasure Hunt
Saturday, November 9, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Look for hidden pieces to complete a map to find treasure hidden outside the nature center, and then take it up a notch by hunting for treasure on our trails! Ages 8+.
Sun 10 Nov
Big Tree Tour Part 2
Sunday, November 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

Part II - November 10. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven & steep terrain. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sun 10 Nov
Big Tree Tour Part 2
Sunday, November 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

Part II - November 10. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven & steep terrain. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sun 10 Nov
Seal Walks
Sunday, November 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Nov
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, November 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, or call/text 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sun 10 Nov
Crepuscular Walks - Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Sunday, November 10, 2019 04:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise over Pine Pond. Meet at Sycamore #22 trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven & steep terrain. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sun 10 Nov
Crepuscular Walks - Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Sunday, November 10, 2019 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise over Pine Pond. Meet at Sycamore #22 trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven & steep terrain. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sun 10 Nov
A Dose of Nature: Night Time Adventure
Sunday, November 10, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Escape the stress of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Join us for a presentation followed by a walk through the woods along Lake Ontario. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Nov
Autumn Tree I.D. Hike
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Hike through the fall woods to learn some basic tips and tricks that will help you to identify trees even after they have lost their leaves! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Nov
Moonlight Meander
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Embark on a crepuscular journey through Knox Farm. Experience the park in the glow of a full moon. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Nov
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 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, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Nov
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 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, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Nov
Full Moon Hike: Beaver’s Moon
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join us for a full moon hike. This event is free and open to all ages. The hike follows our wide gravel carriage roads and is relatively flat with a few hilly spots (moderate hike). Please bring a flashlight or headlamp! Please come dressed for the weather, will be canceled in case of heavy rain so check your email for updates! Registration for this event is required. Limit 40 participants. Recommended 12 and up

Wed 13 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Museum Woods
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Museum. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 13 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Museum Woods
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Museum. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Thu 14 Nov
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 14 Nov
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 14 Nov
Moreau Overlook Loop Hike
Thursday, November 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking about 1 mile up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep and rocky hike. On the way down we will make a loop hiking over to the old overlook. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Thu 14 Nov
Moreau Overlook Loop Hike
Thursday, November 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking about 1 mile up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep and rocky hike. On the way down we will make a loop hiking over to the old overlook. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Nov
Mud Pond Hike
Friday, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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 relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Nov
Mud Pond Hike
Friday, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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 relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Rockwood Hall – Archville Bridge – Rockefeller Preserve
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Enjoy an approximately 4-5 mile loop walk, easy-to-moderate, mostly on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. We begin at the ruins of Rockwood Hall, built in 1849 and purchased by Wm. Rockefeller, John D. Senior's younger brother, in 1886, before John D. began acquiring and building what later became Kykuit. We cross the Archville bridge, which replaced the earlier bridge that carried the Aqueduct over Rt. 9 and served as a carriage trail connecting the two estates. We reach the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and walk on Rockefeller trails to view a major Aqueduct structure that crosses the Pocantico River. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. Meet at the Rockwood Hall parking lot (description & directions: www.nynjtc.org/hike/rockwood-hall-sleepy-hollow) behind Phelps Memorial Hospital at 10 am.

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Urban Trail Conference co-leader, David Bernstein, islay6@gmail.com or 347-224-7376.

Sat 16 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Two separate opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We will take you past the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for either program
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Tree ID Hike
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn your trees! Includes a mile-long hike. Ages 8+
Sat 16 Nov
Tree ID Hike
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn your trees! Includes a mile-long hike. Ages 8+
Sat 16 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sat 16 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 17 Nov
Big Tree Tours Part 3
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Sundays (3 hours). Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 17. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Sun 17 Nov
Big Tree Tours Part 3
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Sundays (3 hours). Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 17. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Sun 17 Nov
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, or what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join a Park Naturalist and special guests for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! Each week we'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all. All ages welcome.
Sun 17 Nov
Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires
Sunday, November 17, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Take an afternoon stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington's Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of only a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back (total distance less than 4 miles), admiring architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800's. On the return trip, you might stop to tour Jay Gould's Lyndhurst or Washington Irving's Sunnyside mansion (paid guided tours are available at both). When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions.

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448.

Mon 18 Nov
High Rock Trail Hike
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand-new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep; however, it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 18 Nov
High Rock Trail Hike
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand-new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep; however, it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Tree Tracking Tuesdays (T3)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470 ext 106

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Register for this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com or by calling Rebecca at 914-631-1470 x106.

Registration: Required
Wed 20 Nov
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Head to the woods for a scenic walk through Evangola to enjoy the changing season and final days of November. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

At 10am and 2pm.

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

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

At 10am and 2pm.

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

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, November 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, November 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Nature on the Move (Eastern Section): Adult Program
Saturday, November 23, 2019 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Holiday Crafts and a Walk in the Park
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

Time to relax and enjoy making some fun crafts for the upcoming holidays! Then, we will take a short walk around DeVeaux Woods. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Trails and Puppy Dog Tails
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join naturalist Kim Cullen and her four legged friend, Finnegan, on a fun fury hike. All dogs and dog lovers are welcome to come. Dogs must be on a leash, be able to walk with other dogs and people, and have proof of rabies vaccination.
Sat 23 Nov
Seal Walks
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Trails and Puppy Dog Tails
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join naturalist Kim Cullen and her four legged friend, Finnegan, on a fun fury hike. All dogs and dog lovers are welcome to come. Dogs must be on a leash, be able to walk with other dogs and people, and have proof of rabies vaccination.
Sat 23 Nov
Weir Tour
Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There 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).

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sat 23 Nov
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail but will have to hike it back up on the return. When we reach the Western Ridge trail we will turn around and head back. Hiking the waterfall back will be steeper. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail but will have to hike it back up on the return. When we reach the Western Ridge trail we will turn around and head back. Hiking the waterfall back will be steeper. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Nov
Seal Walks
Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Nov
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, or call/text 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Mon 25 Nov
Western Ridge Hike
Monday, November 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at one end of the trail and drive over to the other end. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety one way. This will be about 6+ miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Nov
Western Ridge Hike
Monday, November 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at one end of the trail and drive over to the other end. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety one way. This will be about 6+ miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 27 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 27 Nov
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 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. 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. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Nov
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 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. 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. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Nov
Gobble Walk
Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 826-1930

Flare your tail and strut on out, we'll travel in a flock and waddle Turkey Talk! So, spur the poults from the roost, Tom Turkey's on the loose! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Fri 29 Nov
Opt Outside Hike
Friday, November 29, 2019 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Opt to spend this Black Friday in nature! Join us for our signature 3.5-mile hike along the scenic Wellesley Island waterfront. Trails consist of uneven terrain, and slight elevation changes. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, and packing water. Beginner hikers welcome!
Fri 29 Nov
Opt Outside Hike
Friday, November 29, 2019 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Opt to spend this Black Friday in nature! Join us for our signature 3.5-mile hike along the scenic Wellesley Island waterfront. Trails consist of uneven terrain, and slight elevation changes. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, and packing water. Beginner hikers welcome!
Fri 29 Nov
Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off! What better way to relax this holiday than enjoying the forest and river of Connetquot (approx. 3 miles)? Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Nov
#OptOutside Walk
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Forget the mall and #OptOutside with us this Black Friday! Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for wildlife in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome! Meets at the Nature Center.
Fri 29 Nov
OptOutside Eagle Trail Walk
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Choose to #OptOutside on #BlackFriday! Check out the work being done on the Eagle Trail to connect Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site to the south-side of Amsterdam via a riverside nature path. Work off the stuffing and pumpkin pie with Friends member and trail ambassador, John Naple.

We will meet at Yankee Hill Lock at the Putman Store 10 AM on Black Friday. We will walk approximately 3 miles to Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. We will stop and view natural phenomena (eagles, other birds, small mammals, etc., and perhaps pick up trash and vegetation along the way) Plan 2 hours for this walk.

Please arrange a ride back to Yankee Hill if leaving a car there (or opt to walk the 3 miles back). Parking in Amsterdam is available at the bike trail parking lot.

Sat 30 Nov
Just a Hike: Adult Program
Saturday, November 30, 2019 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a guided scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails.
Sat 30 Nov
Seal Walks
Saturday, November 30, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Tue 03 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits - Cabin Bank Woods
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Tue 03 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits - Cabin Bank Woods
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Sat 07 Dec
First Saturday Hike: Black Diamond Trail
Saturday, December 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 07 Dec
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 07 Dec
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 07 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 07 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 07 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks. The public can also visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.
Sun 08 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
History of Caumsett: Adult Program
Sunday, December 8, 2019 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural and political history.

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Fri 13 Dec
Moonlight Sensory Walk
Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Explore the night using your senses. Why do night creatures see better than us at night? How do animals use their sense of smell? These and other sensory questions will be answered through hands on activities to experience the night like a nocturnal animal does

Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Both veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Tracks & Traces: Adult Program
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children).

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 15, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Welcome in the winter season as we enjoy a trail hike through the park during the shortest day of the year! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine): Adult Program
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Scavenger hunts aren't just for the summer-time! Join us for a scavenger hunt as we explore the preserve's trails to see what winter at the preserve is like! You'd be surprised what you can find! Dress for the weather!

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Interpretive Photo-Op Walk: Adult Program
Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we'll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for quick snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 28, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Dec
Welcome Winter Walk
Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Winter is officially here! What better way to enjoy the start of a new season than by spending your morning at Sunken Meadow State Park. Signs of life are still around! Explore the forest with us as we celebrate the start of winter. Come prepared forthe weather!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Lighthouse Concession (located across from the parking lot entrance). Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

"Zing" in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It’s a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 3rd Annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!” Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

"Zing" in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It’s a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 3rd Annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!” Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required