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Sat 01 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks
Saturday, June 1, 2019 until Saturday, June 29, 2019 08:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and birders alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. (1 ½ hours).
Sat 01 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks
Saturday, June 1, 2019 until Saturday, June 29, 2019 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and birders alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. (1 ½ hours).
Wed 19 Jun
Spring Overlook Hike
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Spring Overlook Hike
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Castile Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Wed 19 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Castile Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Thu 20 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Thu 20 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Fri 21 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a primitive area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 16th.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Wetland Hike
Saturday, June 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Wetland Hike
Saturday, June 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Hamilton Point Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 22, 2019 09:15 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately eight-mile outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on picturesque carriage roads. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, Castle Point Carriage Road and on Upper Awosting Carriage Road. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Seashore Circular
Saturday, June 22, 2019 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

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

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam’s Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Whitetail World at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to expand their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn’s point of view, and find one if we’re lucky! Every other Saturday at 11am. April 13th and 27th, May 11th and 25th, June 8th and 22nd. (1 hour)
Sat 22 Jun
Whitetail World at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to expand their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn’s point of view, and find one if we’re lucky! Every other Saturday at 11am. April 13th and 27th, May 11th and 25th, June 8th and 22nd. (1 hour)
Sat 22 Jun
Dog Hike
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-0067

Bring your dog on a dog friendly hike with other dog owners.  Dont forget a leash, water and waste bags!
-Easy walk for all ages
-Meet at the Nature Center
Sat 22 Jun
Guided Hike to Dickinson Hill Fire Tower
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy a 3 mile moderate hike to the historic Dickinson Hill fire tower with an environmental educator. On a clear day you can observe the Adirondack Mountains, the Green Mountains, and the Taconic Range from the top of the tower. Program meets at 1:00 PM at the welcome center before driving to the trailhead. Please RSVP at (518) 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sat 22 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sun 23 Jun
Mountain Laurels on Mossy Glen Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this four-mile round trip hike along the quietly babbling edges of the Peter’s Kill stream and through the cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands of the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, but the return trip along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 18th.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Nature Photography Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join award-winning photographer Hillary Raimo for breathtaking views of the escarpment on a nature photography walk. Learn how to take a unique picture, better your composition, and experiment with abstract nature techniques. All levels of experience and cameras/devices welcome. Class fee of $25 is payable to instructor. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Nature Photography Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join award-winning photographer Hillary Raimo for breathtaking views of the escarpment on a nature photography walk. Learn how to take a unique picture, better your composition, and experiment with abstract nature techniques. All levels of experience and cameras/devices welcome. Class fee of $25 is payable to instructor. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native orchids and iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the “shore” of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native orchids and iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the “shore” of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Mon 24 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, June 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 19th.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately six-mile-long, loop hike along the Mossy Glen and Rainbow Falls Footpaths and numerous carriage roads. Enjoy a beautiful, panoramic view of the Catskills and the north end of the Shawangunk Ridge from the open, rock slabs along this route. And, the walk beneath Rainbow Falls is always refreshing and picturesque. This scenic outing wanders through varied terrain including a lush stream-side trail, easy walking sections of carriage road and some challenging rocky, narrow sections of trail. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Tue 25 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Wed 26 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Perry Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Wed 26 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Perry Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Thu 27 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Thursday, June 27, 2019 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a primitive area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 22nd.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, June 27, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, June 27, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Jun
Guided Nature Hike
Friday, June 28, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

12-1pm, all ages, explore the natural wonders of the park with a naturalist, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Juneberries & Hike to Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever heard of a juneberry? Or a shadbush? There is at least one species native to every Canadian province and continental state within the United States. Come meet and celebrate the juneberry with Park Educator, Nick Martin, on our way to Millbrook Mountain via a combination of carriage roads and one challenging footpath. On this approximately five-mile hike we will discuss the cultural and nutritious significance of this tree and learn how to identify it, too. If we are lucky, we will find some ripe juneberries along the trail to sample. Participants must come prepared with appropriate footwear and enough food and water for this hike. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a primitive area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 24th.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Bird Walk
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, join a naturalist to look for and identify birds, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 29 Jun
Weir Tour
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 29 Jun
Weir Tour
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 29 Jun
Weir Tour
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Plant Focus
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This intensive, hands-on program will help you improve your knowledge of plant identification with use of guide books. Bring drinking water, wear hat and sunscreen. Plant identification books helpful. Short walk in tall grass meadow. Some sitting on grass.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Basic Photography Hike
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-0067

Learn photography from both a technical and an artistic standpoint.  DSLRs, mirrorless and film cameras preferred, phones and point and shoots welcome!
-Easy wlak for all ages
-Meet at the Nature Center
Sat 29 Jun
Busy Beavers
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Learn about all the great things these forest workers do to create a healthy habitat for themselves and many other creatures. Weather permitting, we will take a 25 minute walk to a beaver habitat to see the lodges that beavers at Grafton build! Please call to pre-register (518) 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sat 29 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sat 29 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016 or Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sat 29 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016 or Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sat 29 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016 or Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sat 29 Jun
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016 or Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sun 30 Jun
North Side Wildflower Walk
Sunday, June 30, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a leisurely walk along Caleb's meandering trails looking for our native wildflowers.  Some are easy to pass by without noticing. Bring water and a camera if you like.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
North Side Wildflower Walk
Sunday, June 30, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a leisurely walk along Caleb's meandering trails looking for our native wildflowers.  Some are easy to pass by without noticing. Bring water and a camera if you like.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
Hike to Panther Rock and Mine Hole Falls at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 30, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Allan Serrano, Student Conservation Association/Americorps member, for an approximately five-mile hike up to Panther Rock. This route features a full range of the unique forest communities found in the Park Preserve as it ascends 1,400 feet from the fertile hardwood forests of the valley. Along the way, we’ll also pass through a Chestnut oak forest and Pitch Pine barrens until we reach Panther Rock, which offers great views of the Catskill Mountains and the Rondout Valley. On the way, there will be a side trip to Mine Hole Falls, site of a mysterious human excavation nestled behind the Falls. This moderately strenuous hike does include significant elevation gain and rugged trails. It is recommended for adults and children older than 13 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Awosting Parking Lot, where participants will carpool down to the trailhead. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires
Sunday, June 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington’s Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back, admiring architectural landmarks and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. On the return trip, you might stop to tour Jay Gould’s Lyndhurst or Washington Irving’s Sunnyside mansion (paid guided tours are available at both). When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Irvington Train Station, a 5-10-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Mon 01 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, July 1, 2019 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: June 26th.
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Jul
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Monday, July 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join a park educator for a guided hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic, rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We’ll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Wallkill Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Hike to Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Thursday, July 4, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come celebrate the Fourth of July with some visual fireworks, with one of the most celebrated scenic views in the Shawangunks, Millbrook Mountain. This approximately five-mile hike will take participants on a combination of historic carriage roads and a footpath, culminating in a pastoral panoramic view of the surrounding Hudson Valley mid-way through the hike. The footpath section of this outing traverses through forests, over a stream and over and up rock slabs, with sustained downhill and uphill sections. This footpath is moderately difficult and contains a lot of uneven terrain, which may be challenging for some. The return trip on the meandering Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road is easier, with views toward Castle Point, Patterson’s Pellet and the Palmaghatt Ravine. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Sensory Night Hike
Friday, July 5, 2019 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

8:30-9:30pm, all ages, use your senses to explore Lake Erie State Park at night with a naturalist, free to public, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 06 Jul
First Saturday Hike: Fillmore Glen State Park
Saturday, July 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Meet at the parking lot on by main pavilion. The hike will follow the Gorge and will return using the North Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 06 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 1st.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Jul
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a Sunday morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson’s Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. This easy walk is approximately three-and-a-half miles long. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 2nd.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Jul
Fungi Fun
Sunday, July 7, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

3- 4pm, all ages, discover fungal fruits that accent the woods on a stroll through Lake Erie State Park, free to public, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Tue 09 Jul
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter’s Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Meet at the Awosting Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Sensory Night Hike
Friday, July 12, 2019 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

8:30-9:30pm, all ages, use your senses to explore Long Point on Chautauqua State Park at night with a naturalist, free to public, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 13 Jul
Guided Bird Walk
Saturday, July 13, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Join renowned conservation biologist and photographer Larry Master to discover the birds and the butterflies of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. He will lead a guided bird walk on Saturday, June 8, from 7-9am, and a guided butterfly walk on Saturday, July 13, from 9:30-11:30am. Rain dates are June 15 and July 14, respectively.
Sat 13 Jul
Wegmans Interpretive Hike Series
Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Hike #7 Cuylerville to Piffard. This hike is in Livingston County in the Towns of Leicester and York. Take Route 20A west of the Village of Leicester or east from Geneseo. Park and meet at the trailhead parking lot located on the north side of 20A in the Hamlet of Cuylerville. Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Genesee River, see several ponds and pastoral landscapes along the way. (42.777354, -77.870262)

Roundtrip of entire section: 7.5 miles
Roundtrip to Chandler Rd: 6.1 milesRoundtrip to Wegmans trail marker: 3.5 miles

Sat 13 Jul
Hike with A Naturalist
Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, explore the natural wonders of the park with a naturalist, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 13 Jul
Weir Tour
Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). BY RESERVATION ONLY: Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email required (30 person limit): aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Bare Rock Vista Hike
Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Explore Sterling Forest with a hike on the Bare Rock trail to Bare Rock Vista. Join the Rangers for this moderate hike lasting about 3 hours. The hike will go through beautiful hardwood forest and provide stunning views of Greenwood Lake. Make sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, July 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 9th.
Registration: Required
Sun 14 Jul
Family Nature Hike
Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, join a naturalist as we explore the natural wonders of the park, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 14 Jul
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Mon 15 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves at a Slower Pace
Monday, July 15, 2019 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 10th.
Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Hike to Draw
Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educators, Nick Martin and Laura Conner, for a hiking art adventure. Starting at the Peter’s Kill Area, we get warmed up for the day by running through a short drawing lesson led by Nick Martin. Afterwards, we’ll head out into the Park to a few different areas to practice our new skill in the field. As a group, we’ll plan to hike approximately two miles during the duration of the program. Some of the hiking will take place on footpaths which feature hills and uneven footing that some may find challenging. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome, and parents are welcome to participate too. Meet at the Peter’s Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 20, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike to Echo Rock. Echo Rock is a scenic vista perched on the edge of a cliff above the Palmaghatt Ravine, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding Park Preserve and the Wallkill Valley. Our trip to Echo Rock will take participants on a few historic carriage roads, including Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads. Our return trip will be slightly different, as we will take Hamilton Point, Castle Point and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads to return to our starting point. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Bird Walk
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

10-11am, all ages, join a naturalist to look for birds at Lake Erie State Park, free to public, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 20 Jul
Walk the High Bridge & Explore Nearby
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day-trippers once more. Let’s start by walking into The Bronx across the Harlem River, via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct, then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Uptown Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way we pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel, and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4+ miles). Bring snacks and drinks. Meet at Highbridge Recreation Center, Amsterdam Ave. at 173 Street in Manhattan, a short walk from #1(181 St.) and A (175 St.) subways. Parking lot at 554 W 174 St, or street park. Heavy rain cancels. Inquiries: text only to Lesley Walter, (914) 671-7112.
Sat 20 Jul
Walk the High Bridge & Explore Nearby
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day-trippers once more. Let’s start by walking into The Bronx across the Harlem River, via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct, then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Uptown Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way we pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel, and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4+ miles). Bring snacks and drinks. Meet at Highbridge Recreation Center, Amsterdam Ave. at 173 Street in Manhattan, a short walk from #1(181 St.) and A (175 St.) subways. Parking lot at 554 W 174 St, or street park. Heavy rain cancels. Inquiries: text only to Lesley Walter, (914) 671-7112.
Sat 20 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 15th.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Butterflies
Saturday, July 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

1-2pm, all ages, search for and identify butterflies with a naturalist, free to public, Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 21 Jul
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining, historic, summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we’ll continue our walk to reach the site of the former historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had out across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we’ll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone fire tower, Skytop, to the North. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Trapps area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately two-and-a- half miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Fungi Fun Walk
Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, discover fungal fruits that accent the woods on this fun, easy 1-mile stroll through Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, free to public, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 21 Jul
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, July 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the parking lot within the park, just northeast of the entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. (Note: parking fee of $10, May-Sept. - parking is free along Midland Ave.) Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and South County trails. View Tibbetts Brook and learn its history. View three Croton Water structures. Bring snacks and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call/text 646-303-1448.
Sun 21 Jul
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, July 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the parking lot within the park, just northeast of the entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. (Note: parking fee of $10, May-Sept. - parking is free along Midland Ave.) Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and South County trails. View Tibbetts Brook and learn its history. View three Croton Water structures. Bring snacks and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call/text 646-303-1448.
Sun 21 Jul
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 21, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

3-4pm, all ages, an exciting hike as we search the woods for hidden treasures, free to public, Lake Erie State Park , Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Tue 23 Jul
Tuesday Trek: Long, Scenic Hike and Swim at Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever wanted to swim at the gorgeous, rock slab beach at Lake Awosting, but didn’t want to go the distance on your own? Join park educators on a guided hike to this pristine swim spot. Enjoy the company of other hikers as well as the stunning views from along the cliff-edge, Hamilton Point Carriage Road. As a bonus, we’ll also explore the backcountry Scenic Footpath, which features views from Margaret Cliff. This approximately ten-mile route is mostly on carriage roads, which are easier and faster to walk than footpaths. There are some hills and the footpath section does have a couple of narrow, rocky areas to traverse. This hike is recommended for fit hikers who are comfortable with spending all day on the trail. All participants must wear appropriate shoes, carry enough water and food for the day and bring a swimsuit if they plan on swimming. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Pond and Blueberries Adventure
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in ponds, and then pick delicious blueberries! We’ll take an approximately two-mile-long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we’ve had enough fun with the pond, we’ll pick wild blueberries until our hands are purple! This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Please bring a small bag to collect berries in. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Know Your Trees
Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, an easy 1-mile hike as we learn about the trees around us, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park , Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 27 Jul
Birds and Berries at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a delicious morning stroll through the old Minnewaska golf course and orchard. This approximately mile-and-a-half long route wanders amongst blueberry and huckleberry bushes that should be ripe for the picking. Bring a small bag to collect berries as we hike. We will also look out for birds who frequent the golf course, so feel free to bring binoculars as well. Children of all ages are welcome; however, a backpack style carrier is necessary for children who are not able to walk this distance on their own. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Bird Walk
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, join a naturalist to look for and identify birds at Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, free to public, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 27 Jul
Geology Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Christina Seymour, Student Conservation Association Intern, on this interpretive hike through the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point. Learn about how these fascinating crevices formed, while you cool off in their natural air conditioning! Along the way to the Ice Caves you will see evidence of the wildfire that burned 2,028 acres through the Park Preserve and surrounding lands in April 2016. It is captivating to see what is growing after the fire, and Christina would love to tell you all about it. This hike is three miles roundtrip, with two-and-a-half miles on carriage roads and a half mile on a footpath that includes stone stairs, two small ladders, and boardwalk sections. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Weir Tour
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 27 Jul
Family Nature Hike
Saturday, July 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

2-3pm, join a naturalist as we explore the natural wonders of the park, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 28 Jul
Awosting Falls and Compass Rock Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a five-mile, round-trip hike that features a visit to the iconic, 65- foot tall Awosting Falls and a beautiful view of the Rondout Valley from a rocky outcrop. Beginning on the High Peter’s Kill Footpath, we’ll walk near a cliff edge, looking down at the Peter’s Kill Falls below. We’ll follow this route until we reach Compass Rock which offers excellent views of the Catskill Mountains. After a quick stop at the Peter’s Kill area, we’ll conclude by walking the Awosting Falls Carriage Road to the magnificent Awosting Falls. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Jul
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 03 Aug
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, August 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 29th.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Aug
First Saturday Hike: Stony Brook State Park
Saturday, August 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Stony Brook State Park
(585) 335-8111

Meet in the Main Parking Lot near the playground and the Clara Barton shelter. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail, down the East Rim Trail, up the West Rim Trail and finally return down the Gorge Trail. Total hike mileage about 4 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.

Tue 06 Aug
Sunset Hike
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 08:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

8:30pm, free to public, Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208

Sat 10 Aug
Wegmans Interpretive Hike Series
Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Hike #9 Pentagass Rd to Village of Nunda. This hike is in Livingston County in the Town of Nunda. Take Route 408 north from Nunda or south from Mt. Morris and turn east onto Pentagass Rd. There are two trailheads along the south side of this road, please park and meet at the spur trail location furthest east, approximately .55 mile from Route 408. Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Offers a relaxing rural hike on the old rail bed paralleling farm fields and a golf course. Gaze upon beautiful country views and cross three small streams in the Keshequa Creek watershed. (42.603290, -77.925136)

Roundtrip of entire section: 3 miles
Roundtrip to Wegmans trail marker: 1.25 miles

Sat 10 Aug
Indian Hill Hike
Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Take a break from the ordinary and accompany the Rangers on the Indian Hill loop hike. This moderate four-mile hike is perfect for both beginner and intermediate hikers looking for a more challenging hike. Indian Hill is not as well-known as our more popular trails, and the area provides fantastic views of the park in a more serene setting. It also boasts some of the largest and oldest oak trees which can be found in the park! We will meet at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center and carpool to the site as a group. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to bring water and snacks.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Aug
Family Nature Hike
Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10am, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 18 Aug
Guided Nature Hike
Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10am, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 18 Aug
Walk in the Woods with a Naturalist
Sunday, August 18, 2019 01:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

1 PM free to public, Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 24 Aug
Bird Walk with Judy Callahan
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

10am, free to public, Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208
Sun 25 Aug
Tree Identification Hike
Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10am, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Sat 07 Sep
First Saturday Hike: Watkins Glen State Park
Saturday, September 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Watkins Glen State Park
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the Franklin Street main entrance in front of the new Welcome Center. The hike will go up the Gorge Trail and we will return using the Indian trail and South Rim Trail. Total hike mileage 3.0 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 14 Sep
Wegmans Interpretive Hike Series
Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Hike #11 River Rd to Route 19A. This hike is in Wyoming County, just south of the Village of Portageville. Park and meet at the trailhead on the east side of Route 19A at the intersection of River Rd, about .33 mile south of Bailey Rd (aka Whiskey Bridge). Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Trail parallels the Genesee River and traverses under a forest canopy, alongside farms, and ends near a picturesque bend in the Genesee River. Both the Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail share part of this section of the Genesee Valley Greenway. Bald Eagles are also known to habitat this area.(42.554845, -78.053066)

Roundtrip of entire section: 3.4 miles
Roundtrip to Wegmans trail marker: 1.25 miles

Sat 14 Sep
Night Hike
Saturday, September 14, 2019 05:30 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Experience and see Sterling Forest in a whole new light and join the Rangers for a NIGHT hike to the Fire Tower. Hike in the light of a full moon, stargaze, and view the illuminated skyline of Manhattan. The hike will depart at 5:30 PM sharp and will arrive at the Fire Tower in time to view the sunset. We will be walking back in the dark, so headlamps or flashlights are a MUST and will not be provided. All are welcome, and be sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Oct
First Saturday Hike: Catharine Valley Trail
Saturday, October 5, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 12 Oct
Wegmans Interpretive Hike Series
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Hike #13 Route 305 to Tibbetts Hill Rd. This hike is in Allegany County, starts in the Town of Belfast and ends in the Town of New Hudson. Park and meet at the parking lot on the east side of Route 305 between Baragon Hill Rd (east side of Rt 305) and Gleason Hill Rd. (west side of Rt 305). Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. This section is heavily wooded and traverses through forested wetlands offering numerous opportunities to view wildlife. (42.302822, -78.163094)

Roundtrip of entire section: 6.8 miles
Roundtrip to trail marker: 4.2 miles

Sat 12 Oct
Harvesting History Family Workshop Series: Victorian Nutting Party
Saturday, October 12, 2019 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Celebrate a classic autumn harvest like the Victorians did! First, we'll take a nut tree identification hike, then practice processing various nuts. We'll make some nutty snacks and enjoy hot cocoa- don't miss this wonderful fall tradition!

Registration is required: $10 per person, children 12 and under FREE

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Oct
Autumn Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join us for a walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Participants of this free event will be looking for fall migrant birds and waterfowl throughout the site. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a scarlet tanager, a belted kingfisher, or a yellow-throated vireo! Program is free and appropriate for all ages!
Tue 15 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center

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

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be postponed.
Sat 02 Nov
First Saturday Hike: Robert H. Treman State Park
Saturday, November 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 273-3440

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will also include portions of the Finger Lakes Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 4.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail and weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 09 Nov
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

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

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

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

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions. Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 with questions. Registration not necessary.
Sat 07 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks. The public can also visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.