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Tue 24 May
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 24 May
Tuesday Trek: Spring Flowers along the Cliff at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educators, 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. 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 bright, green, spring foliage in the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 24 May
Panels & Plants
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Solar energy is all around us! Come explore how plants and solar panels utilize the sun's power in different ways. Take a guided walk around the Center and the pollinator garden to learn about the wonders of solar energy. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4
Wed 25 May
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Todd Cameron. Please register at: https://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Wed 25 May
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
The spring season is in full swing! Enjoy a scenic walk through Woodlawn Beach to discover the sights and sounds of the season of new beginnings. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 26 May
Forest Bathing at Minnewaska
Thursday, May 26, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides, any Thursday in May, to experience Forest Bathing. Over the next four consecutive Thursdays in the late afternoon, join Jane as she guides your transition from computers and day-to-day business into present moment awareness, where we directly experience the world through our senses. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that Forest Bathing promotes physical and mental health and reduces stress and anxiety, while improving mood, focus and sleep. Beyond the science, this program is about community, as nature connects us to our intrinsic selves and to others. Each week this introduction to Forest Bathing will focus on a unique aspect of Forest Bathing at a different location in the Park Preserve. This program is open to participants aged 16 and older, with minors accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required for each program by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Thu 26 May
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us on a 3-mile sunset hike at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Please dress according to weather conditions and bring water. Leashed dogs are welcome. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. We leave ON TIME. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled (including overcast skies when we know there will be no visible sunset). You will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo courtesy of RangerSu. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 27 May
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during May. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 27 May
Guided Hike
Friday, May 27, 2022 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Join us for a walk along Battle Loop trail. This one mile hike is over easy-to-moderate terrain. Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are suggested. The group will meet under the flagpole on the hilltop. The program is cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
Fri 27 May
Evening Hike
Friday, May 27, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 28 May
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A 2 mile bird walk that will observe a variety of birds that inhabit and breed in the park this time of year. Migration time is still ongoing so we will observe many of those birds as well as they move about the forest. All programs meet in the upper parking lot unless noted. Programs led by MaryLaura Lamont. Call for details, reservations at (631)315-5475. Rain cancels programs!!!
Sat 28 May
Bethpage Air Show PloverVolunteer
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Spend Memorial Day Weekend helping protect an endangered species, the Piping Plover.Take a walk out on sand to the beachfront and be positioned around the nesting areas. All ages are welcome to volunteer, but all volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 28 May
Hike with Mike: “Know Your Limits” Part 1
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know your pace and preferred distance in this series of three hikes, taking place over three months and guided by Mike Miernik. Part one is an easy walk covering about 2-3 miles, and is suitable for families with strollers. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have been hesitant about going out on their own; we'll talk about maps, reading the landscape, and trail courtesy. Future excursions will be hikes that move more briskly, take more time, and  cover more distance. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike will continue in light rain; however, in the event of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Rob Amendola. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 28 May
The Longer Walk to Awosting Falls at Minnewaska
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half mile walk to Awosting Falls, an approximately 65-foot-high waterfall. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will walk along a short multi-use trail that has recently been improved, thanks to the efforts of volunteers. At the end of this trail, we will continue along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which we will follow until we arrive at the waterfall. Some highlights of this carriage road include an intriguing, stacked rock formation, views of the Peter's Kill stream, and lush stands of rhododendrons and Eastern hemlock trees. After we have spent time at the waterfall, we will return to our starting point along the same route. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 28 May
Nature on the Move (West)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett. Adult Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 423 - 1770
Sat 28 May
Trails and Tails
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Accompanied by your furry friend, explore the trails in Artpark State Park. We will enjoy a brief look into history, views of the swirling Niagara River, and welcome the unofficial start of Summer! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 28 May
Spring Walks-St. Helena Trail (near “Certain High Rocks”)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 28 May
Butterfly Walk
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Take a short walk around the trails and learn about Western New York butterflies from a park educator. Butterfly nets will be taken on the walk for a closer look at any butterflies found.   Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 28 May
Spring Walks-St. Helena Trail (near “Certain High Rocks”)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 28 May
Guided Hikes at Sam’s Point
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area

Join Sam's Point staff for a quick, one-mile, interpretive hike to Sam's Point Overlook at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Participants will want to bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, and a snack. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is not required. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however reservations to get into Sam's Point are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L

Sat 28 May
The Aqueduct along Amsterdam Avenue Walk
Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Most of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Manhattan ran under Amsterdam Avenue. Walk along this route and learn why that avenue was chosen, see vestiges of the aqueduct today, and immerse yourself in the historic and present-day activities of this part of Manhattan. Meet in front of the Highbridge Recreation Center at 173rd St. and Amsterdam Ave. (Public restrooms available at the beginning and end of the walk.) We will end the walk in front of the gatehouse at 135th St. For this two-hour walk, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. NOTE: the walk begins with the descent of a five-story staircase. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 28 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 28 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 28 May
Nature “Drawing From Memory” Game
Saturday, May 28, 2022 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Think you have a good memory? Come test your memory skills on our trails. We will take a short hike, find an interesting thing to look at, walk back to the Nature Center, and put your memory to the test. Sound easy? Come try it, it is not as easy as it sounds. Great for all ages. Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sat 28 May
Nature “Drawing From Memory” Game
Saturday, May 28, 2022 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Think you have a good memory? Come test your memory skills on our trails. We will take a short hike, find an interesting thing to look at, walk back to the Nature Center, and put your memory to the test. Sound easy? Come try it, it is not as easy as it sounds. Great for all ages. Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sun 29 May
Bethpage Air Show PloverVolunteer
Sunday, May 29, 2022 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Spend Memorial Day Weekend helping protect an endangered species, the Piping Plover.Take a walk out on sand to the beachfront and be positioned around the nesting areas. All ages are welcome to volunteer, but all volunteers under 16 must be accompanied byan adult.
Sun 29 May
Flowers, Bugs, and Birds, Oh My!
Sunday, May 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Joseph Davis State Park
Join us as we traverse the trails in Joseph Davis State Park in search of things that pique our interest! Flowers, insects and birds galore - we won't be short on things to explore! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 29 May
The Aqueduct in Central Park Walk
Sunday, May 29, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Uncover hidden clues to the Aqueduct in Central Park and discover links between the aqueduct's presence and the park's design. Meet in front of the Central Park Tennis House in Central Park. From the southeast corner of 96th St. and Central Park West, walk east in the park until you see the tennis courts on your left. Walk around the tennis courts to the tennis house. (Locate the tennis house on Google Maps.) We will end the walk at Central Park West and W. 85th Street. (Public restrooms available at the beginning and end of the walk.)For this two-hour walk, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks and social distancing. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Mon 30 May
Tree Identification Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Flora Steward, Devyani Mishra, on a leisurely stroll through the Preserve to learn more about trees and other plants in the area and how to identify them. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water to drink. In the event of rain, the hike will be canceled; you will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people. Photo courtesy of Kim Castaldo. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Mon 30 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.
Mon 30 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.
Mon 30 May
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the Park
Monday, May 30, 2022 12:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow short, paved, handicapped-accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.
Mon 30 May
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the Park
Monday, May 30, 2022 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow short, paved, handicapped-accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.
Mon 30 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and view State and National Champions!
Mon 30 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and view State and National Champions!
Thu 02 Jun
Warbler Walks: Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 2, 2022 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 02 Jun
Warbler Walks: Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 2, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 02 Jun
Weir Tour
Thursday, June 2, 2022 04:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 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). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Fri 03 Jun
The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House Tour, Irvington
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. It is the only known, fully domed octagonal residence and the only house which replicates Donato Bramante's 1502 Tempietto in Rome. The elegantly proportioned Tempietto was built in the form of a Tholos, an ancient classical temple, which complemented America's third quarter of the 19th-century fascination with classical forms. The 1-hour tour includes 3 flights of stairs and standing. 12-person limit. Tickets cost $29. Address: The Armour Stiner Octagon House, 45 West Clinton Avenue, Irvington, New York 10533. Contact: Jess Lombard, info@armourstiner.com
Fri 03 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: free in June
Fri 03 Jun
Evening Hike
Friday, June 3, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 04 Jun
Bird Outing and Hike in the Former Awosting Reserve at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 4, 2022 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an approximately three-mile birding outing on the Awosting Reserve Access Road, a woods road in the southern part of Minnewaska. During this outing, we will be looking and listening for birds as we hike. Distractions by other natural curiosities, such as trees and flowers, are welcomed and encouraged. This woods road has continuous uphill sections which may be challenging for some. The return trip to our starting point will be all downhill. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars, if they have them. Meet at the Aumick Road parking area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 04 Jun
Citizen Science Hike
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Learn how you can contribute to a growing body of biodiversity data using iNaturalist! This program will provide a crash course in using the iNaturalist app, followed by a short hike where you can start making observations. This program requires a smartphone (preferred) or camera.
Sat 04 Jun
Nature Walk at Hallock Preserve
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
This will be a general cultural and natural history walk looking at a variety of plants, birds, animals and discussing man's long impact on the land. All programs meet in the upper parking lot unless noted. Programs led by MaryLaura Lamont. Call for details, reservations at (631)315-5475. Rain cancels programs!!!
Sat 04 Jun
National Trails Day -Length of the Gorge Hike
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy National Trails Day along the beautiful Niagara Gorge. Hike the rim and gorge trails from where it all began, the mouth of the gorge at Artpark, to the American Falls! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 04 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Site Grounds, Get up close to the remains of the Erie Canal Aqueduct by paddling the Schoharie Creek and/or walk the historic towpaths with ECOS – the Environmental Clearinghouse. We'll have more details to come. Please reach out to SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov for more information.
Sat 04 Jun
Citizen Science Hike
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
Learn how you can contribute to a growing body of biodiversity data using iNaturalist! This program will provide a crash course in using the iNaturalist app, followed by a short hike where you can start making observations. This program requires a smartphone (preferred) or camera.
Sat 04 Jun
Jay Walking
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Join us at the visitor center for a guided history walk around the ground of John Jay Homestead. This walk is free, but space is limited; reservations recommended. The walk begins at the Visitor Center. Rain or Shine.
Sat 04 Jun
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world. Join us for a children's hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/  Cost: free in June
Sat 04 Jun
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, open-air, 2-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions/instructions for Mansion tours, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC's water system. At the end of the tour, you may wish to take an optional discounted tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest house. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 04 Jun
Spring Forest Bathing Walk
Saturday, June 4, 2022 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Join Cultured Forest for an hour of guided Spring Forest Bathing at Clermont State Historic Site. This session will be led by our Founder Brooke Mellen who you may have seen in Vogue and WSJ Magazine. She trained in Forest Medicine with Dr. Li in Japan. Forest Bathing is based on a Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku that involves connecting with nature by "Bathing in the Forest Atmosphere". Studies show time in nature lowers blood pressure, boosts immunity and reduces stress. In this activity, you will indulge with fellow nature lovers in relaxing mindfulness and self-care in a guided outdoor class. Plan to see some of the most peaceful areas of the park, while learning activities that allow you to better connect with yourself and the outdoors. Leave feeling centered and more at peace. Learn how to bring Mindfulness in Nature into your personal Wellness routine. We are excited to end this session with a tea ceremony. Reservations: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event
Sat 04 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 4, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 04 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 4, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 04 Jun
Pride Month: Rainbow
Saturday, June 4, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for one of our popular lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Now is your chance! We'll take a night-themed walk, with the ambiance of rainbow colored lanterns! With any luck, we might be able to observe some of the park's nocturnal animal residents! Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 04 Jun
Pride Month: Rainbow
Saturday, June 4, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Join us for one of our popular lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Now is your chance! We'll take a night-themed walk, with the ambiance of rainbow colored lanterns! With any luck, we might be able to observe some of the park's nocturnal animal residents! Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sun 05 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 5, 2022 05:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Carpool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.
Sun 05 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 5, 2022 05:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Carpool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.
Sun 05 Jun
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Sunday, June 5, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Robert Amendola. Please register at: www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Sun 05 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 5, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 31. 
Sun 05 Jun
Herbalism Workshop: Summer
Sunday, June 5, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Learn how to care for yourself confidently in the wild! Join Herbalist, Clare Pierson, for an exploration of the medicinal properties of herbs as we approach the summer months and begin to think about sunburn, poison ivy, etc. Embark on a weed walk to observe herbs in their natural environment and then learn how to make basic medicine from those that are observed, as well as others provided by Clare. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing; we will proceed with the walk even in light rain. The latter portion of this workshop will take place in the gallery. Bring a notebook to take notes. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events PLEASE NOTE: the herbs used in this program are food-grade and responsibly sourced outside of the Preserve; collection is not allowed here.
Sun 05 Jun
Sunday Stroll
Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
On each Sunday stroll we will set out for a new destination in the park! Together we will explore the natural and recreational wonders that make up Hempstead Lake State Park. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Family Event.
Sun 05 Jun
Bird Walk
Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Take a short walk out to the point and learn about birds from a park educator.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 05 Jun
Family Nature Hike
Sunday, June 5, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore the park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 05 Jun
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, June 5, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 05 Jun
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, June 5, 2022 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. This walk will meet on the east side of the mansion This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Mon 06 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 6, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 06 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 6, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Tue 07 Jun
Warbler Walks: Rare Species
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Tue 07 Jun
Warbler Walks: Rare Species
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Tue 07 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 07 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 2
Wed 08 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 08 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 08 Jun
Super Dads
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Thu 09 Jun
Stargazing in the Preserve
Thursday, June 9, 2022 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Peer into the cosmos with Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. View the night sky through a telescope and observe the craters on the moon in detail. Capture images of the moon to take home with you using a special attachment on the telescope. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard, followed by a short walk on the Overlook trail to our viewing location. Bring water and a flashlight or headlamp with a red setting. IMPORTANT: We leave promptly at scheduled times. This is a night hike, after the park has officially closed. Latecomers will not be able to join after the group has departed. Rain date: TBD. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Vinny Coulehan. Tickets available on May 16 at 10 am www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 10 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, June 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: free in June
Fri 10 Jun
Evening Hike
Friday, June 10, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 10 Jun
Walkway at Night
Friday, June 10, 2022 08:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. This event takes place from 8:45-10:15 p.m. Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight and check in at the appropriate gate upon arrival.
Sat 11 Jun
Spring Bird Walk with the Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, June 11, 2022 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
Grab your binoculars and field guides and join us for a spring stroll around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club! We'll keep our eyes and ears open as we look and listen for spring migrant birds throughout the grounds. We may even spot bright and colorful, forest-loving Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Black-throated Blue Warblers who migrate up to Clermont from Central and Southern U.S. Comfortable shoes are suggested. Fun for all ages! This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sat 11 Jun
Mossy Glen, Jenny Lane, and Lower Awosting Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-and-a-half-mile-long hike along three footpaths and one carriage road. We'll begin our journey along the Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run, and Jenny Lane footpaths and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy meander. Along the way we'll look for early blooming mountain laurel flowers. The footpaths may be wet or muddy and they also have sections that are rocky and uphill, which some people may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 11 Jun
Map Hike
Saturday, June 11, 2022 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
While our main goals are leisurely observation of winter waterfowl and exploration of the beach, we'll also learn about ponds. During our moderately paced 4 mile walk to and from the water, we'll relax and socialize. Bring binoculars. Adult Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 423 - 1770
Sat 11 Jun
Perfect Pollinators
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Most of the world's flowers and crops depend on the power of pollinators. Discover the many different pollinators that call Long Island their home. Enjoy ourbeautiful pollinator garden! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Children Event.
Sat 11 Jun
Spring Walks-Lee’s Landing Trail (visiting the river)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 11 Jun
Spring Walks-Lee’s Landing Trail (visiting the river)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 11 Jun
Drop-in Loop Road Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join us for this three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the lake, 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. We'll walk by the site of a prior forest fire and see lots of interesting plants. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sat 11 Jun
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Former estate of William Rockefeller, this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes; the tour is about 2 miles roundtrip. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage. Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. Rain date: June 18. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo by Austin Augustus Turner, 1860. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 11 Jun
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world. Join us for a children's hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/  Cost: free in June
Sat 11 Jun
Life at the Fish Hatchery
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Take a hike with us! Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the fish hatchery where we will explore what we see in nature along the way. Once at the hatchery, we will take a tour to learn about the trout raised there and the history of hatchery operations at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 11 Jun
Super Dads
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 11 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com . Pre-registration deadline: June 6. 
Sat 11 Jun
Climbing Area Guided Hike
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join the Thacher Climbing Coalition for a guided hike of the rock climbing area at Thacher Park. This is a unique opportunity to see a section of the park that is typically only open to climbers! All participants must fill out a waiver and be comfortable squeezing through Helm's Crevice, which is 8.5 inches wide at its narrowest point. To try out the squeeze ahead of time, you can visit the model at the entrance to the climbing area.
Sat 11 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 11 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 11 Jun
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 11 Jun
Climbing Area Guided Hike
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join the Thacher Climbing Coalition for a guided hike of the rock climbing area at Thacher Park. This is a unique opportunity to see a section of the park that is typically only open to climbers! All participants must fill out a waiver and be comfortable squeezing through Helm's Crevice, which is 8.5 inches wide at its narrowest point. To try out the squeeze ahead of time, you can visit the model at the entrance to the climbing area.
Sat 11 Jun
Pride Outside
Saturday, June 11, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
We invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to join us on a 2 mile hike through our park preserve! Teens & adults. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-outside-registration-290836759577 .
Sat 11 Jun
Pride Outside
Saturday, June 11, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
We invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to join us on a 2 mile hike through our park preserve! Teens & adults. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-outside-registration-290836759577 .
Sat 11 Jun
Landscape Highlights: A walking tour of Clermont’s grounds
Saturday, June 11, 2022 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? What's with all the cottages? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you to sites of interest all over the property. A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont! Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sat 11 Jun
(Nearly) Full Moon Hike
Saturday, June 11, 2022 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
See the Capital Region draped in moonlight on this nighttime hike! Beginning at the Old Stage Road trailhead, we'll walk two miles round-trip over moderate terrain to High Point. We'll stop periodically to adjust our night vision, listen for common nighttime animals, and take in the views around the escarpment. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear, and to bring a headlamp or flashlight. May not be appropriate for young children. Bathroom facilities not available.
Sat 11 Jun
(Nearly) Full Moon Hike
Saturday, June 11, 2022 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thacher State Park
See the Capital Region draped in moonlight on this nighttime hike! Beginning at the Old Stage Road trailhead, we'll walk two miles round-trip over moderate terrain to High Point. We'll stop periodically to adjust our night vision, listen for common nighttime animals, and take in the views around the escarpment. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear, and to bring a headlamp or flashlight. May not be appropriate for young children. Bathroom facilities not available.
Sun 12 Jun
Tree Identification Walk
Sunday, June 12, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Flora Steward, Devyani Mishra, on a leisurely stroll through the Preserve to learn more about trees and other plants in the area and how to identify them. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water to drink. In the event of rain, the hike will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 12 Jun
KNEE HIGH NATURALIST
Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
We'll begin with a nature- themed story time, read a book or two and talk about what we've read. Afterward we will go for a short walk outside so dress according to the weather! Geared towards ages 2-5. Pay $1 per child (cash or check) at the office and then drive down to the Nature Center. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Jun
KNEE HIGH NATURALIST
Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
We'll begin with a nature- themed story time, read a book or two and talk about what we've read. Afterward we will go for a short walk outside so dress according to the weather! Geared towards ages 2-5. Pay $1 per child (cash or check) at the office and then drive down to the Nature Center. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Jun
Turtles, Snakes & Frogs
Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during an interactive program introducing turtles, snakes, and frogs. Enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of these fascinating animals. Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sun 12 Jun
Discover the Dunes
Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4 2 and younger: Free.
Sun 12 Jun
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, June 12, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your kids and grandkids along for a hike in the woods to search for hidden treasures!  Meet at the trailhead to the point.

Sun 12 Jun
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, June 12, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Jun
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, June 12, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Jun
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, June 12, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Mon 13 Jun
Full Moon Hike: “Super Strawberry Moon”
Monday, June 13, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark and observe the "super" moon as it approaches perigee, when it's closest to Earth! Join us for this 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Please bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress according to weather conditions. Leashed dogs are welcome. IMPORTANT: We leave promptly at scheduled times. This is a night hike, after the park has officially closed. Latecomers will not be able to join after the group has departed. In the event of rain, the hike will be canceled; you will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo courtesy of RangerSu. Tickets available on May 16 at 10 am www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 14 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 14 Jun
FULL MOON HIKE
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
This is a guided hike around Moreau Lake after hours. We will get to experience the woods at night while viewing the full moon. This will be about a 3-mile hike on relatively flat terrain. Reservations are required, please call 518-917-2174 with 24-hour notice. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
Tue 14 Jun
FULL MOON HIKE
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This is a guided hike around Moreau Lake after hours. We will get to experience the woods at night while viewing the full moon. This will be about a 3-mile hike on relatively flat terrain. Reservations are required, please call 518-917-2174 with 24-hour notice. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
Wed 15 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 15 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Thu 16 Jun
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, June 16, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place right here in the Preserve? Actually, there are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (i.e. Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join us for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. The hike will begin at 25 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Do NOT go to the main park entrance. In the event of rain, the hike will be canceled; you will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 17 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: free in June
Fri 17 Jun
Evening Hike
Friday, June 17, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 17 Jun
Pride Month: Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 17, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Join us for one of our popular lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Now is your chance! We'll take a nightthemed walk, with the ambiance of rainbow colored lanterns! Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 18 Jun
The Many on the Genny –40-mile Ultra Marathon
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This challenging course follows trails and roads around the river on west and east sides of Letchworth State Park from and back to the Mount Morris Dam. Registration required; for details contact: Eric Eagan (585) 703-1158
Sat 18 Jun
The Many on the Genny –40-mile Ultra Marathon
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Letchworth State Park
This challenging course follows trails and roads around the river on west and east sides of Letchworth State Park from and back to the Mount Morris Dam. Registration required; for details contact: Eric Eagan (585) 703-1158
Sat 18 Jun
Rocks, Sand and Shells Beach Walk
Saturday, June 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A walk along the shore of beautiful Long Island Sound looking at and discussing rocks, sand and all the shells we find! All programs meet in the upper parking lot unless noted. Programs led by MaryLaura Lamont. Call for details, reservations at (631)315-5475. Rain cancels programs!!!
Sat 18 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 13.
Sat 18 Jun
Mountain Laurel Hike on Hamilton Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile-long outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska, Hamilton Point, Upper Awosting and Castle Point Carriage Roads and Rainbow Falls Footpath. Highlights of the hike include numerous panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley, interesting rock formations, and mountain laurel flowers in bloom. The footpath has some steep and rocky sections with narrow footing as well as two short rock scrambles, which some may find challenging. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 18 Jun
Herp Hike
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Hunt for "herps" with us on this 1 mile hike! Ages 5+. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herp-hike-registration-290844964117.
Sat 18 Jun
Herp Hike
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Hunt for "herps" with us on this 1 mile hike! Ages 5+. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herp-hike-registration-290844964117.
Sat 18 Jun
Birding the Bridle Trail
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Enjoy a scenic walk along the Bridle Trail at Hempstead Lake State Park. Discover the many different species of birds that call the park their home! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Adult Event.
Sat 18 Jun
Frog Watching
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Join us for a hike to our wetlands in search of bullfrogs, spring peepers, and green frogs! Please wear pants and waterproof hiking boots. We will be exploring off-trail for a chance to spot these awesome amphibians! Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sat 18 Jun
Drop-In Ice Caves Tours at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Park Preserve Staff every hour, starting at 10:00 a.m., for a guided tour of the Sam's Point Ice Caves. You'll get the inside scoop on how the Ice Caves were formed, as well as their cultural history. This program is recommended for anyone age six and older, with all children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the entrance of the Ice Caves. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sat 18 Jun
Quarry Park on the Aqueduct
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Learn the history of this former marble quarry, which operated along (and under!) the Aqueduct. View the restoration of the site as a park with Hudson River views. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 18 Jun
Solstice Celebration: Forest Therapy
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join us and embrace change with mindful movement, nature observation, journaling, and tea under the trees. Led by Mindful Outdoor Guide and certified Forest Therapist, Cindy Olsen, this experience will be an opportunity to celebrate the natural world and set intentions for the coming season as we approach the summer solstice. Blankets and seat cushions will be provided. Dress comfortably and wear sun protection. Ages 18+, no dogs please. This event is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage. Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. Rain date: June 19. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events. Please note: forest therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis.
Sat 18 Jun
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world. Join us for a children's hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/  Cost: free in June
Sat 18 Jun
Frog Watching
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Join us for a hike to our wetlands in search of bullfrogs, spring peepers, and green frogs! Please wear pants and waterproof hiking boots. We will be exploring off-trail for a chance to spot these awesome amphibians! Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sat 18 Jun
Butterfly Bonanza
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
The growing season has arrived, and no one is happier about it than our nectar-sipping butterflies! Explore the pollinator garden to learn what kinds of flowers you can plant to attract these beautiful insects! Discover more about the fascinating adaptations of butterflies and see some of the different species that call the park home! Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 18 Jun
Butterfly Bonanza
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
The growing season has arrived, and no one is happier about it than our nectar-sipping butterflies! Explore the pollinator garden to learn what kinds of flowers you can plant to attract these beautiful insects! Discover more about the fascinating adaptations of butterflies and see some of the different species that call the park home! Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 18 Jun
Weir Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 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). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 18 Jun
Dragonfly Exploration
Saturday, June 18, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Meet at York Landing access east of River Rd north of Piffard. (1½ hours, 1 mile)
Sat 18 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 18 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 18 Jun
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, June 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 18 Jun
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, June 18, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join wildflower expert, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of summer wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures and add the iNaturalist app to your phone before attending. Recommended text: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Dress for a moderate hike with sun protection and bring water. If there is heavy rain, the walk will be canceled; you will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 12 people. Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 18 Jun
Birding with B.O.S
Saturday, June 18, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy an evening bird walk along the new NYS Birding Trail with the New York State Parks and the Buffalo Ornithological Society as we look for bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and other grassland birds through the picturesque Knox Farm estate. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sun 19 Jun
Beautiful Blossoms on Beacon Hill Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 19, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Start your morning off right with a hike along the Shawangunk Ridge escarpment. The spectacular views will awaken your soul and the show of pale pink mountain laurel blossoms will enliven you. Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, will lead a moderate, two-mile-long hike along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath, which includes some cliffs and hills. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 19 Jun
Sunday Stroll
Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
On each Sunday stroll we will set out for a new destination in the park! Together we will explore the natural and recreational wonders that make up Hempstead Lake State Park. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Family Event.
Sun 19 Jun
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 19 Jun
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 19 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, June 19, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34"N 73°51′21"W ($10 parking fee). 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 Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sun 19 Jun
FAMILY HIKE
Sunday, June 19, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Happy Father's Day! We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 19 Jun
FAMILY HIKE
Sunday, June 19, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Happy Father's Day! We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 19 Jun
Landscape Highlights: A walking tour of Clermont’s grounds
Sunday, June 19, 2022 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? What's with all the cottages? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you to sites of interest all over the property. A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont! Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Mon 20 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 20, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 20 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 20, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 20 Jun
Discover the Dunes
Monday, June 20, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4 2 and younger: Free.
Tue 21 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 21 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 16. 
Tue 21 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Mountain Laurel Flowers Hike on Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a four-mile round trip hike along the quietly babbling Peter's Kill stream and through the cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands of the Mossy Glen Footpath. This is the time of year when the gorgeous pink and white blossoms of the mountain laurel bushes typically bloom, and this route showcases many of these showy shrubs. This trail does include some tricky footing, but the return trip along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 21 Jun
First Day of Summer Stroll
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join a park naturalist on a stroll through woods and fields on the first day of summer to High Point. We will be looking for signs of the changing season and enjoy the views from the top of Thacher Parks escarpment.
Tue 21 Jun
First Day of Summer Stroll
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join a park naturalist on a stroll through woods and fields on the first day of summer to High Point. We will be looking for signs of the changing season and enjoy the views from the top of Thacher Parks escarpment.
Wed 22 Jun
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Robert Amendola. Please register at: www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Wed 22 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 22 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 22 Jun
Colorful Rainbows
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Wed 22 Jun
Citizen Science Hike
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Learn how you can contribute to a growing body of biodiversity data using iNaturalist! This program will provide a crash course in using the iNaturalist app, followed by a short hike where you can start making observations. This program requires a smartphone (preferred) or camera.
Wed 22 Jun
Citizen Science Hike
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Learn how you can contribute to a growing body of biodiversity data using iNaturalist! This program will provide a crash course in using the iNaturalist app, followed by a short hike where you can start making observations. This program requires a smartphone (preferred) or camera.
Thu 23 Jun
GORGEous Views
Thursday, June 23, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Enjoy picturesque views of the waters below while we uncover some history of the Niagara Gorge with an easy walk along the Rim Trail. For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 24 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, June 24, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: free in June
Fri 24 Jun
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Friday, June 24, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Bring your kids and grandkids along for a hike in the woods to search for hidden treasures! Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 24 Jun
Evening Hike
Friday, June 24, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 24 Jun
Pride Month: Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 24, 2022 08:30 PM - 10:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for one of our popular lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Now is your chance! We'll take a night-themed walk, with the ambiance of rainbow colored lanterns! Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 25 Jun
Hike with Mike: “Know Your Limits” Part 2
Saturday, June 25, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know your pace and preferred distance in this series of three hikes guided by Mike Miernik. Our second hike will move at a brisk, steady pace covering about 4-5 miles. This is a great opportunity for individuals to try out their hiking legs on carriage roads before tackling more difficult terrain. We'll admire vistas within the Preserve and talk about maps, reading the landscape, and trail courtesy. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The hike will continue in light rain; however, in the event of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Shayla Schott. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 25 Jun
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile loop hike to Millbrook Mountain along the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads, returning along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Millbrook Mountain is a cliff-side viewpoint that features panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond, in clear weather. This route is decorated in countless blooming mountain laurel shrubs, giving a temporary white and pink accent to the surrounding forests. The footpath section of this route includes steep, rocky terrain and areas that are often wet and muddy, which may be challenging for some. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear with good traction and bring enough food and water for the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 25 Jun
Caumsett Sampler
Saturday, June 25, 2022 09:45 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
On this leisurely but hilly 5-mile saunter, you will get an overview of nature in the field, forest, seashore, and pond. (Some walking in long grass.) Adult Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 423 - 1770
Sat 25 Jun
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, June 25, 2022 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world. Join us for a children's hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/  Cost: free in June
Sat 25 Jun
Colorful Rainbows
Saturday, June 25, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 25 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 20.
Sat 25 Jun
Weir Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 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). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 25 Jun
Meet the Fledglings
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
For the last few weeks, our eagles have been incubating eggs, which means the nest will soon be home to new eaglets! Join us for a walk to see the nest, learn about the history of bald eagles in America, and hopefully get a glimpse of the young fledglings.
Sat 25 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 25 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 25 Jun
Trail Sessions at Olana Presented by Sustain Music & Nature and The Olana Partnership
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Enjoy music outdoors during this hike and performance by Murmur (Hudson, NY) featuring Mary Webster and Melanie Glenn of UPSTATE and Naomi Westwater (Boston, MA). A guided hike of Olana's outdoor landscape will begin at 1pm, followed by an acoustic concert at 2:30pm. Advanced registration required at sustainmusicandnature.org; sliding scale $5-75. Kids 12 and under are free. A bilingual Spanish hike can be provided for participants upon request and modifications can be made to the hike route to accommodate mobility needs. Please let us know of any specific accommodations in advance of the program by emailing education@olana.org.
Sat 25 Jun
Meet the Fledglings
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
For the last few weeks, our eagles have been incubating eggs, which means the nest will soon be home to new eaglets! Join us for a walk to see the nest, learn about the history of bald eagles in America, and hopefully get a glimpse of the young fledglings.
Sat 25 Jun
Great Estates Garden & Landscape Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2022 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? Or perhaps you've been curious about our newly blooming gardens? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you through the gardens and around the grounds to see all the interesting things this estate has to offer! A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont! This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sat 25 Jun
Walkway at Night
Saturday, June 25, 2022 08:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. This event takes place from 8:45-10:15 p.m. Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight and check in at the appropriate gate upon arrival.
Sun 26 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 26, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 21.
Sun 26 Jun
Nature at a Snail’s Pace
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
Join a Forest Therapy Guide and awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. The walk will conclude with tea under the trees. (Tea not provided). For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 26 Jun
Bird Walk
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Take a short walk out to the point and learn about birds from a park educator.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 26 Jun
Passport to Parks
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:00 AM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Join us as we hike on trails less traveled! At the hike, you will receive a "passport" booklet. For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park for your booklet. Reservations for this hiking series are taken two weeks prior to program date. Family Program (8 & up), To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sun 26 Jun
Sinkholes, Caves, and Grikes: Karst Geology at Thacher
Sunday, June 26, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Limestone bedrock is highly prone to erosion, which can lead to some peculiar changes in a landscape's surface. Learn about how these changes are created, and how they contribute to Thacher's unique karst geology. Appropriate for all individuals comfortable hiking two miles over easy to moderate terrain. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear.
Sun 26 Jun
Nature Photography
Sunday, June 26, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your camera and phone to learn about your camera, how to take better pictures and then take a short walk to take pictures.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 26 Jun
Sinkholes, Caves, and Grikes: Karst Geology at Thacher
Sunday, June 26, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Limestone bedrock is highly prone to erosion, which can lead to some peculiar changes in a landscape's surface. Learn about how these changes are created, and how they contribute to Thacher's unique karst geology. Appropriate for all individuals comfortable hiking two miles over easy to moderate terrain. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear.
Sun 26 Jun
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, June 26, 2022 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. This walk will meet on the East side of the mansion This program is free, but registration is required at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/eventsThis
Sun 26 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Fireflies by the River
Sunday, June 26, 2022 07:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Evenings (2 hours, 1 mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.
Sun 26 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Fireflies by the River
Sunday, June 26, 2022 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Evenings (2 hours, 1 mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.
Tue 28 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 28 Jun
Tuesday Trek: The Long Way to the Waterfall at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a five-mile loop hike on the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Highlights of this outing include beautiful white and pink flowering mountain laurel shrubs, a breathtaking view of the Catskills from a cliffside perch, close-up views of the fast-flowing Peter's Kill stream and the iconic 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky, and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Wed 29 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 29 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Thu 30 Jun
PRIDE Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, June 30, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Celebrate PRIDE, diversity, love, and inclusion with us on this 3-mile sunset hike at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Bring water and good vibes. Leashed dogs are welcome. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled; you will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 01 Jul
Evening Hike
Friday, July 1, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 02 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 2, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 27.
Fri 08 Jul
Evening Hike
Friday, July 8, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sun 10 Jul
Family Nature Hike
Sunday, July 10, 2022 01:00 AM - 02:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore the park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 10 Jul
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your kids and grandkids along for a hike in the woods to search for hidden treasures!  Meet at the trailhead to the point.

Fri 15 Jul
Evening Hike
Friday, July 15, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall. 
Sun 17 Jul
Animal Tracks & Signs
Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Learn about the mammals of Western New York.  Meet at the Overlook Gazebo near the picnic pavilion.

Sun 17 Jul
Nature Photography
Sunday, July 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your camera and phone to learn about your camera, how to take better pictures and then take a short walk to take photos.  Meet at the trail head to the point.  

Fri 22 Jul
Evening Hike
Friday, July 22, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 29 Jul
Evening Hike
Friday, July 29, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook.  Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 30 Jul
Backyard Birds
Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join Judy Callahan as she explores the birds and other critters at Lake Erie State Park.  Remember to bring binoculars if you have a pair.  Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 30 Jul
Eastern Bluebirds
Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Want to learn more about the birds in those nest boxes? Come meet Elaine the Bluebird Lady as she leads you into the world of the Eastern Bluebirds here in Chautauqua County.  Meet at the Overlook Gazebo near the picnic pavilion. 

Sat 30 Jul
Terrific Trees
Saturday, July 30, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

How have trees shaped our lives?  The answer may surprise you.  Learn more about what makes our trees special with Mike Callahan on a terrific afternoon tour at Lake Erie State Park. Meet at the Recreation Hall. 
Sun 31 Jul
Ferns/Nature Hike
Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore Long Point State Park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator.  Learn more about the ferns, flowers and birds that will be found along the trail. Meet at the trail head to the point.

Fri 05 Aug
Evening Hike
Friday, August 5, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sun 07 Aug
Nature Photography
Sunday, August 7, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your camera and phone to learn about your camera, how to take better pictures and then take a short walk to take pictures.  Meet at the trail head to the point.  

Fri 12 Aug
Evening Hike
Friday, August 12, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 13 Aug
Backyard Birds
Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join Judy Callahan as she explores the birds and other critters at Lake Erie State Park.  Remember to bring binoculars if you have a pair.  Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 13 Aug
Terrific Trees
Saturday, August 13, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

How have trees shaped our lives?  The answer may surprise you.  Learn more about what makes our trees special with Mike Callahan on a terrific afternoon tour at Lake Erie State Park. Meet at the Recreation Hall. 
Sun 14 Aug
Family Nature Hike
Sunday, August 14, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore the park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator.  Meet at the trail head to the point.

Fri 19 Aug
Evening Hike
Friday, August 19, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sun 21 Aug
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, August 21, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your kids and grandkids along for a hike in the woods to search for hidden treasures!  Meet at the trailhead to the point.

Fri 26 Aug
Evening Hike
Friday, August 26, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Sun 28 Aug
Ferns/Nature Hike
Sunday, August 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore Long Point State Park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator.  Learn more about the ferns, flowers and birds that will be found along the trail. Meet at the trail head to the point.

Sun 28 Aug
Nature Photography
Sunday, August 28, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 265-8277

Bring your camera and phone to learn about your camera, how to take better pictures and then take a short walk to take pictures.  Meet at the trail head to the point.  

Fri 02 Sep
Evening Hike
Friday, September 2, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 17 Sep
Family Nature Hike
Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore the park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 23 Sep
Evening Hike
Friday, September 23, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 07 Oct
Evening Halloween Hike
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook while walking in the dark. Flashlights will be required! Meet at the Recreation Hall.