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Sat 01 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 1, 2018 until Monday, December 31, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

December 1st through 31st, Thursdays - Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm:

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees.

1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Glass Porch | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sat 15 Dec
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, December 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Family Program: The Hatchery is open! Discover the fascinating life cycle of a trout and enjoy our newly reopened hatchery. An indoor presentation will be followed by a “behind the scenes” tour of the trout hatchery. We will be hiking to the hatchery, ~2 miles. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Bishop Woods Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sat 15 Dec
Bishop Woods Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sun 16 Dec
Winter Waterfall Walk Series
Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Join a park naturalist for a walk around Goat Island. We will discuss the history of Niagara Falls State Park while viewing its splendor during the winter! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Winter Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, You will discover that nature is beautiful and interesting in the winter too. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Dec
Baker Trail Loop
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will start at the nature center and walk the nature trail to the Mud Pond trail to the Western Ridge trail. Then we will connect on the Baker trail. This section will have a bit of an incline to it. We will then connect to the overlook trail back down to the parking lot. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 18 Dec
Baker Trail Loop
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will start at the nature center and walk the nature trail to the Mud Pond trail to the Western Ridge trail. Then we will connect on the Baker trail. This section will have a bit of an incline to it. We will then connect to the overlook trail back down to the parking lot. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Dec
Wetland Trail Hike
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Dec
Wetland Trail Hike
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, December 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, December 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Friday, December 21, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Celebrate the transition from the shortest day to the longest night of the year. Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails, then come back to the Nature Center for refreshments by the fireplace! Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp!
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Night Hike
Friday, December 21, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Welcome in the winter season as we enjoy an evening trail hike on the longest night of the year. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 22, 2018 until Sunday, January 20, 2019
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000 ext 200

Montauk Point State Park will host a series of walks to observe wintering seals. Beginning in December and continuing through March 2019, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Binoculars are recommended.

The walk is approximately 3 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants are asked to please dress appropriately, wear footwear appropriate for hiking, and meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

To make reservations and/or for more information, please call (631) 668-5000 ext. 200. Program fees are $4.00 per person.Seal program dates and times are as follows:

December: 
Saturday 22 12:00 pm
Sunday 23 1:00 pm
Sunday 30 9:00 am

January:
Tuesday 1 10:30 am
Saturday 5 1:00 pm
Sunday 6 1:00 pm
Saturday 19 12:00 pm
Sunday 20 12:00 pm

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Winter Birds Walk and Feeder Craft
Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a guided nature walk as we search for some of the birds that stick around during the winter, then come back to the Nature Center to make a bird feeder to attract some to your yard! All ages welcome! Walk will be from 10-11am (approximately 1 mile) on easy trails. Crafts will be available after 11am. Come for the walk, the craft, or both!
Sat 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine)
Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Pine Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sat 22 Dec
Pine Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sat 22 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Adult Program: Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Adult Program: Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Full Moon Adventure Series: Long Night Moon
Saturday, December 22, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

Let's use the full moon as a guiding light, on an evening adventure of the night! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Dec
Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Dec
Two Views Scenic Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 23, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a stimulating and refreshing hike along the Bullwheel and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area. One view offers a winter panorama of the Rondout Valley, with a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, and the second view spotlights the iconic Sky Top Tower. This stone tower stands out like a landlocked lighthouse guiding visitors to the Shawangunk Ridge. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Wed 26 Dec
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert

Registration: Required
Wed 26 Dec
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
Seals in New York
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join scientists from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to understand the seals we find in our local waters, the threats they face during their seasonal time here, and what we can do to help them. A beach walk and clean-up will follow, weather permitting.

Thu 27 Dec
High Rock Trail Hike
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Easter Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $1 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
High Rock Trail Hike
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Easter Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $1 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Evergreen Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

While the aroma of balsam is still in the air, take time to appreciate the season’s color- green! We’ll take an easy walk to find several species of conifers and learn how to identify them by their leaves (needles) and cones. Then we’ll warm up at the Nature Center with some hot cocoa and make a simple tree ID guide to take home. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Holiday Break Hike to Echo Rock
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an early winter walk along three carriage roads to reach picturesque Echo Rock. From this scenic spot, Gertrude's Nose can be seen in the distance across the steep-sided Palmaghatt Ravine. This approximately three-mile round trip walk is a great way to warm up, get outside and fight cabin fever. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. If the carriage roads at Lake Minnewaska are groomed for cross-country skiing, this hike will change locations to Mossy Glen Footpath. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a special winter-themed scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails.
Sat 29 Dec
Evergreen Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

While the aroma of balsam is still in the air, take time to appreciate the season’s color- green! We’ll take an easy walk to find several species of conifers and learn how to identify them by their leaves (needles) and cones. Then we’ll warm up at the Nature Center with some hot cocoa and make a simple tree ID guide to take home. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Photo Op Walk
Saturday, December 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we’ll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Inspiration Point Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sat 29 Dec
Inspiration Point Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.

Sun 30 Dec
Last Walk of the Year
Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Family Program: We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Dec
Last Walk of the Year
Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Family Program: We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Mon 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Monday, December 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

At the Nature Center: Ring in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! A great chance to try our lightweight Atlas snowshoes or take a scenic power walk if there is no snow. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for the program.

Registration: Required
Mon 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Monday, December 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

At the Nature Center: Ring in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! A great chance to try our lightweight Atlas snowshoes or take a scenic power walk if there is no snow. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for the program.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Hike 1 (10:00am, 3 miles): Devil's Nose Hike: Join us for a quick paced hike to the new Devil's Nose trail for the first time! We will enjoy lake views while learning some of the history of Hamlin Beach State Park.

Hike 2 (1:30pm, 1.5 miles): Yanty Marsh Hike: Join us on this family-friendly walk as we explore the frozen Yanty Marsh looking for signs of winter critters.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike with Saw Mill River Audubon
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon and led by SMRA Board Member Larry Trachtenberg. Now an annual Saw Mill River Audubon tradition! Start off the year and your 2019 bird list with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall. Dress warmly since it is often cooler by the river. Bring binoculars if you have them. SMRA will also have spotting scopes to share. Meet up location: Parking lot near Rockwood. Beginners encouraged!

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike in the Peter’s Kill at Minnewaska
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Begin 2019 with a First Day Hike at Minnewaska! Come for a stimulating and refreshing two-mile snowshoe hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, both of which feature stunning views in clear weather. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. When these run out, snowshoes may be rented for $5 per person. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike and the hiking destination may change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park on January 1, 2019 for our Annual First Day Hike. Allegany's 1st Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area. The Environmental Education Department has put together a self-guided hike on Bear Paw located at the Summit Area of the Red House side of the park. The hike is 2.4 miles in length and easy to moderate in intensity. It begins at the Summit Warming Hut and follows the scenic ridgeline to Stone Tower, then loops back to the Warming Hut. Interpretive points of interest can be found along the way. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. This First Day Hike will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants should begin the hike by stopping in the Summit Warming Hut to sign in and pick up a trail map. Make sure you stop back at the Warming hut as The Friends of Allegany State Park host a free hot meal of chili provided by J-Con concessions. from 12:00- 2:00 pm. There also will be coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Bethpage State Park
(516) 249-0701

Come join us on a New Year's Day hike through Bethpage State Park. Look for signs of rabbits, hawks, fox and owls along the trail. Bring water & snack; hike: rain, snow, or shine, only blizzard cancels.

Meet up location: Picnic area parking lot by rest rooms. From Rt 135: Take exit 8 to Powell Ave, Bethpage; go east; the first road on the north side is the entrance to the Polo Field and Picnic area. Go to the end of the road and you will be at the Rest Rooms and Play ground area

 

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park
(607) 547-8662

Enjoy a lovely walk through the woods to start out the new year and then return to Sunset Pavilion for a warm beverage courtesy of the park.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Delta Lake State Park
(315) 337-4670

Join Delta Lake State Park for a two-hour hike along the flat and smooth Red Trail. The meeting place will be at the 4 Seasons room in the beach bathhouse at 10am, parking is close to the building. There will be refreshments and a place to warm up after the hike.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Welcome the New Year with a walk in the park! If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe. We'll leave from the Visitor Center and walk for about an hour, taking in views from the escarpment along the way. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(315) 343-4711

This year's First Day Hike is called "WWI and Fort Ontario" Come enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the 75-acre reservation where hikers will be brought back to when Fort Ontario was General Hospital No. 5 during the Great War. Fort Ontario guide, Corey King will point out where buildings use to stand during this time in Fort Ontario's 263-year history.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

Join us for a lovely jaunt through the wood and enjoy the winter scenery around Gilbert Lake. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be available in Briggs.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Ring in the New Year with a history hike starting at 10:00am on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 around the perimeter of picturesque Peebles Island. Meet at the Peebles Island Visitor Center. The Perimeter Trail is an easy two mile hike.

Learn about the Native American presence on the Island, view existing earthwork fortifications from 1777, and discover the history of this strategic site. Dress for the weather and bring cameras and binoculars for a chance to see wildlife. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public. Please send an email to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com or call (518) 268-2188 with questions.

Registration is not required but an email to the above address with the number of people in your group would help us to plan accordingly.

Check our website for any changes due to the weather: https://sites.google.com/view/friendsofpeeblesisland/home

Registration: Optional
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join park staff on a 2-mile guided hike through the unique natural features of Saratoga Spa State Park and afterwards, relax by the fire sipping hot cocoa in the Creekside Classroom.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Seneca Lake State Park
(315) 789-2331

Join us for an easy stroll along the water! This year we will be showcasing the new connection to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail. We will be hiking to the far side of Rt. 96A and returning from there. Meet at Shelter #2.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Join us for a hike through beautiful Sunken Meadow State Park.

Meet at Field 4 for moderate, 3 mile hike.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Welcome the New Year with a walk in the park! If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe. We'll leave from the Visitor Center and walk for about an hour, taking in views from the escarpment along the way. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area
(607) 732-6287

Let's kickoff 2018 together! We will hike down the red trail across the creek to link up with the green trail which will lead into the field for a fantastic view of the Valley, then we will descend down to the yellow trail and find our way back to our starting point. Come explore some of what Two Rivers has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(914) 245-4434

Join the Friends of FDR State Park to visit the lesser known side of the park. Enjoy a brisk walk and visit the bridges built in 2016 and 2017.

Meet up Location: Pool Parking Lot, near the bench at the northern end

Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike New years Day Seal Walk
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Family Program: Happy New Year! Welcome in 2019 by taking a stroll along the beach to see our winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals, then caravan with us to the shore line where we walk to view the seals in the Bay. Don't forget to bundle, and bring binoculars if you would like a closer view.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals, then caravan with us to the shore line where we walk to view the seals in the Bay. Don't forget to bundle, and bring binoculars if you would like a closer view.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike New years Day Seal Walk
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Family Program: Happy New Year! Welcome in 2019 by taking a stroll along the beach to see our winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-3781

Join us for a 2 mile hike thru woodland trails to the Seal Haulout Site. Seals haul out on the rocks to sunbath in the winter temperatures.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Join us for a first hike of this new year where we will observe and learn about Caumsett's grasslands, woodlands, and some of its historical/main features!

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1756

Join Clark Reservation for a first day hike!

Dress for the weather. Raffles - $1 each, $5 for 7 cash only. Drawn during the hike, so come back to the Nature Center afterwards to check for winners and have refreshments.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Kick-off the New Year with a leisurely hike around Green Lake (about two miles). Meet at the new Environmental Education Center. Arrive a little early to check out the new exhibits if you have not done so already. Dress for the weather! Sometimes the trail gets a little icy, so you may want to bring a hiking stick and wear boots with good traction. Friendly dogs on leash welcome, but not allowed in the Education Center. Green Lakes has over 20 miles of hiking trails, so if you if this hike isn't for you, find one you like to do on your own!

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

The event will start with a short presentation at the Hallock Visitors Center about local marine life and the dangers from humans they face in Long Island waters. The group will then take a one-mile hike (sandy and inclined grades) to and along the Hallock State Park Preserve beachfront on Long Island Sound to check for cold-stunned sea turtles and to pick up beach trash blown in by the winter storms.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Little Stony Point
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Join us for a short hike on New Year's Day, and welcome the New Year. Hot cocoa and snacks will be served after the hike.

Meet up location: Park Office and Volunteer Center, 3011 Route 9D, Cold Spring NY 10516

2 choices: 1 mile on Little Stony Point and 3 mile on Cornish Estate Trail

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Explore the open fields, and deep forests of Mine Kill State Park. Enjoy views of the Schoharie Valley, the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, and maybe catch a glimpse of a bald eagle! (Moderate, 3-mile hike)

Hike is rain, snow or shine. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather. Bring your own water, snacks. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Get outdoors to start off the New Year right! Join us for first day hike as we follow the nature trail around Moreau lake and end at the warming hut with refreshments provided by our friends group.

$2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Get outdoors to start off the New Year right! Join us for first day hike as we follow the nature trail around Moreau lake and end at the warming hut with refreshments provided by our friends group.

$2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Have you ever wanted to step into a piece of art? Now is your chance! Help us kick off the new year right by joining us for a walk along the artist-designed Ridge Road carriage drive, as we explore Olana as an inspiration for the creation of art through the centuries.

For Registration, please visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/

 

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join us to welcome in the new year as we explore the nature trails and look for wildlife in the diverse habitats of the park. Then head back for refreshments by the fireplace in the Nature Center!

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Robert G. Wehle State Park
(315) 938-5302

We will hike down the Wehle road to the Snakefoot Trail following it for one mile along the shore of Lake Ontario to the picnic area and back up the Wehle road to the maintenance Building. (2 miles).

There will be sandwiches and hot chocolate and coffee and cookies after the hike. For those people participating is the hike will have free use of snowshoes and cross country ski during the hike.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Meet at the Lautenberg Visitor Center for a mild 4-mile hike around scenic Sterling Lake. Along the way hikers will enjoy historic remaining structures of the iron industry, some predating the revolutionary war.

Please wear sturdy shoes bring water and a snack. Event is weather permitting, if the hike is cancelled we will call all those who have registered.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
Croton Reservoir & Dam First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Greet the New Year with an easy 1-mile 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 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to New York City. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
(607) 648-5251

Join Chenango Valley State Park for a first day hike. There will be at least 2 separate hikes, one will be easy and the other will be moderate to difficult

Meet up location: Beach area- Great Hall

Approximate distance: 3-4 miles

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Take a First Day Hike to start your first day right! We will walk 2 miles of our trails.

Easy to moderate; slight elevation change, unpaved trails, not wheelchair accessible but accessible guided walks will be available that morning upon request.

Meet up location: Nature Interpretive Center at 2351 Veterans Rd W Staten Island, NY 10309

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Take a First Day Hike to start your first day right! We will walk 2 miles of our trails.

Easy to moderate; slight elevation change, unpaved trails, not wheelchair accessible but accessible guided walks will be available that morning upon request.

Meet up location: Nature Interpretive Center at 2351 Veterans Rd W Staten Island, NY 10309

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike- New Years Day BirdingSnowshoe Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

Ring in the new year birding on snowshoes through Crown Point State Historic Site on the shores of Lake Champlain and Bulwagga Bay. Birding led by Stacy and Mark Robinson. Hot cider and cocoa served in the pavilion afterwards. All ages, approximately 90 minutes. Registration required. Email Lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov or call 518-597-4666.

Mark and Stacy Robinson live in Port Henry NY and actively enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and birding. They have found the Crown Point SHS to be a exceptional location to see birds and have observed over 200 species on the property.

The Cornell Lab or Ornithology and the National Audubon Society launched eBird in 2002. eBird is an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers, and amateur naturalists real-time data about bird distribution and abundance. As a citizen-scientist Stacy has contributed over 4,400 checklists, or observations, into eBird's database including some 1,000 photos of 300+ birds species and more than 200 sound recordings.

The New Years Day bird walk may offer sightings of some visiting winter raptors including Bald Eagle and Rough-legged Hawk, songbirds including Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Buntings, or winter finches. Open water will likely host Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and other waterfowl.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike (#1)
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Ring in the new year with an easy, yet invigorating winter walk along the Greenway, heading west along Griffin Creek and Olean Creek, where an abundance of wildlife can typically be seen.

Meet up location: Bull St., Cuba (42.216592, -78.283329)

Send email to: Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov with "First Day Hike Reg" in the subject line OR Leave a message at: (585)493-3614

There are no bathroom facilities available, however, The Perfect Blend Coffeehouse & Eatery, located at 14 W Main St, Cuba, NY is less than a ½ mile away from the meet up location and a perfect place to grab a quick bite or a hot beverage before or after the hike

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike (#2)
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Ring in the new year with an easy, yet invigorating winter walk along the Greenway through both wooded and pastoral scenes, heading north from Canawaugus Park to Rt 383 and back.

Meet up location: Canawaugus Park, Scottsville, NY

Send email to: Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov with "First Day Hike Reg" in the subject line OR Leave a message at: (585)493-3614

Bathrooms will be available at the municipal building located next to Canawaugus Park. This bathroom is unfortunately not handicapped accessible

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Come walk our Shaver Pond trail to celebrate the New Year in the outdoors! We will enjoy picturesque views of water and woods on this 2 mile outing, over moderate terrain. Enjoy some hot cocoa and warm up in our Welcome Center after the hike!

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center for all hike options

Hike #1 – Families with younger children. Letchworth CSI – Who Done It?: Journey on a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain to observe frozen bogs and Trout Pond.

Hike #2 – Exploratory Walk. Winter Wander Between Ponds: Using deer trails and other paths, this 1 ½ mile journey explores the area between Trout Pond and Pine Pond.

Hike #3 – Families with older children. Exotic Trees from Other Lands and State & National Champions: Two-mile loop to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain and Middle Falls with more than 200' descent and 200' ascent along trails, roads and stairs.

Hike #4 – Faster paced, longest hike. Winter Hike to View the Great Bend: Three or more mile outing to view the park's deepest canyon from several vantage points along the Gorge Trail.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Kick start your New Year's resolutions with a hike on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Warm up by the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa. Pick up your self-guided landscape your between 1pm and 2pm at the registration table in our main parking lot.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center for all hike options

Hike #1 – Families with younger children. Letchworth CSI – Who Done It?: Journey on a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain to observe frozen bogs and Trout Pond.

Hike #2 – Exploratory Walk. Winter Wander Between Ponds: Using deer trails and other paths, this 1 ½ mile journey explores the area between Trout Pond and Pine Pond.

Hike #3 – Families with older children. Exotic Trees from Other Lands and State & National Champions: Two-mile loop to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain and Middle Falls with more than 200' descent and 200' ascent along trails, roads and stairs.

Hike #4 – Faster paced, longest hike. Winter Hike to View the Great Bend: Three or more mile outing to view the park's deepest canyon from several vantage points along the Gorge Trail.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Grab your friends and family and welcome in the New Year at our 3rd Annual First Day Hike! People of all ages and leashed dogs are welcome to join us on a 1-1.5 mile hike. Please dress for the weather. We will use snowshoe if conditions permit. (snowshoes can be rented for $3).
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Waterfall Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Begin 2019 with a First Day Hike at Minnewaska! Join us for a two-and-a-half-mile snowshoe hike to Awosting Falls. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will hike briefly on the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then journey up the scenic Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which has a gentle incline as it approaches Awosting Falls. If weather conditions are cold enough, a frozen volcano-like structure forms at the base of the waterfall. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. When these run out, snowshoes may be rented for $5 per person. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Choose from two different hikes:

Ice House Chimney hike – hike a beautiful, wide, flat, hard packed dirt trail with occasional views of the Hudson River. The destination is 2.5 miles down the Orange trail. The hike will be led by a guide who will share information about the ice industry during the late 1800's. The hike will return to the parking area via the same route.

Campground hike will allow people the opportunity to walk around the campground and down the yellow trail for a short circle back to the main park area. Families with small children and shorted the hike if necessary. The guide for this hike will share information about the park and it's flora and fauna. This hike will last 45 minutes to an hour.

Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided, if weather dictates unsafe conditions than event will be cancelled and posted on the Schodack Island Facebook page. Those planning to go on the 5-mile hike should wear sturdy boots, dress in layers, and carry a water bottle

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Please join us for an easy hike to Bash Bish Falls. It's a great way to welcome the new year in a healthy way with friends and family including the four legged kind. After, we'll have a roaring fire and roast some marshmallows.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Start off the New Year by making a healthy resolution you will love to keep: a breath-taking hike at Taughannock Falls. Join the Finger Lakes Regional Educator for a hike down and back on the Gorge Trail! If you are up for more of a challenge you can continue up to the Overlook on the North Rim trail, across to the Multi-use trails and then make your way back to the parking lot. Plan on being outside for at least 2 hours (more if you hike all 5 miles), please dress for the weather, bring water and wear appropriate footwear. We will meet at the start of the Gorge Trail by NYS Route 89.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Grab your friends and family and welcome in the New Year at our 3rd Annual First Day Hike! People of all ages and leashed dogs are welcome to join us on a 1-1.5 mile hike. Please dress for the weather. We will use snowshoe if conditions permit. (snowshoes can be rented for $3).
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Join us for a relaxing walk through the beautiful Connetquot River Preserve.

Meet at the Main House for an easy, 2.5 mile hike.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:30 PM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
(315) 646-2321

Join us on the annual First Day Hike.

Follow parts of the Battlefield History Trail and Village's War of 1812 Bicentennial Trail, ending at the Visitor Center - approximately 2 mi. Prepare for diverse weather conditions – snowshoes or cross country skis – trail route includes roadways, sidewalks, and un-groomed stone dust trailFor more information, call the Visitor Center at (315) 646-2321

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 02:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Join The Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park on our annual legendary historic first day hike.

Meet up location: Center bump out on the walkway at the Flag pole

Thu 03 Jan
Winter Treks: Wolf Creek Valley
Thursday, January 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Creep down to the freshwater creek named after the Deer Wolf - they made their dens in this valley more than 150 years ago.
Thu 03 Jan
Winter Treks: Wolf Creek Valley
Thursday, January 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Creep down to the freshwater creek named after the Deer Wolf - they made their dens in this valley more than 150 years ago.
Sat 05 Jan
Seal Walks
Saturday, January 5, 2019 until Sunday, March 10, 2019
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach State Park will be offering a series of walks to see wintering seals January through March. Meet at the Jones Beach Nature Center, West End, where a State Park Naturalist will lead visitors on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Reservations are required and can only be made online, https://bookwhen.com/JonesBeachNatureCenter.

Space is limited. Program fee is $4.00 per person. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so that others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation. For questions and more information, please call the Jones Beach Nature Center at (516) 780-3295.

January:
Saturday 5 10:30 am
Saturday 12 1:30 pm
Saturday 19 10:30 am
Saturday 27 1:30 pm

February:
Saturday 2 10:30 am
Saturday 9 1:30 pm
Sunday 10 1:30 pm
Sunday 17 10:30 am
Sunday 24 1:30 pm

March:
Saturday 2 1:30 pm
Sunday 10 1:30 pm

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Jan
Seal Walks
Saturday, January 5, 2019 until Sunday, March 10, 2019
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Jones Beach State Park will be offering a series of walks to see wintering seals January through March. Meet at the Jones Beach Nature Center, West End, where a State Park Naturalist will lead visitors on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Reservations are required and can only be made online, https://bookwhen.com/JonesBeachNatureCenter.

Space is limited. Program fee is $4.00 per person. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so that others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation. For questions and more information, please call the Jones Beach Nature Center at (516) 780-3295.

January:
Saturday 5 10:30 am
Saturday 12 1:30 pm
Saturday 19 10:30 am
Saturday 27 1:30 pm

February:
Saturday 2 10:30 am
Saturday 9 1:30 pm
Sunday 10 1:30 pm
Sunday 17 10:30 am
Sunday 24 1:30 pm

March:
Saturday 2 1:30 pm
Sunday 10 1:30 pm

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Jan
Eco-Kids Series
Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Calling all pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little one. For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 5, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 05 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 5, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 05 Jan
Along the Aqueduct Trail
Saturday, January 5, 2019 01:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet the new Curator of the Lenoir Nature Preserve, Sara Cavanaugh. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the Lenoir Nature Preserve.

Meet at the Keepers House at 15 Walnut Street in Dobbs Ferry, off Broadway. Learn about Lenoir from Sara and enjoy light refreshments. Afterwards, there will be an optional visit to the Preserve at 19 Dudley Street in Yonkers, off Broadway: on foot in a guided tour along the Aqueduct Trail (2.6 miles each way, wear sturdy shoes; steps and steep initial entry within the Preserve); or by car, where you will be treated to a tour of this beautiful Westchester County Nature Preserve. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

 

Wed 09 Jan
Winter Treks: Silver Lake Outlet Valley
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Brush and stream crossings. Traverse the valley of the park's largest tributary.
Wed 09 Jan
Winter Treks: Silver Lake Outlet Valley
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Brush and stream crossings. Traverse the valley of the park's largest tributary.
Sat 12 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 12, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 12 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 12, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sun 13 Jan
Family Nature Walks: Letchworth Arboretum
Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Walk beneath towering forest trees from around the world, which were planted in various combinations in the early 1900s. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Sun 13 Jan
Family Nature Walks: Letchworth Arboretum
Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Walk beneath towering forest trees from around the world, which were planted in various combinations in the early 1900s. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Thu 17 Jan
Winter Treks: Bear Hollow Trail
Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Bear Hollow #16 Trailhead on River Road 1/2 mile south of Ridge Road junction. Bring a lunch. Great vistas from the east bank of the Smokey Hollow Valley.
Thu 17 Jan
Winter Treks: Bear Hollow Trail
Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Bear Hollow #16 Trailhead on River Road 1/2 mile south of Ridge Road junction. Bring a lunch. Great vistas from the east bank of the Smokey Hollow Valley.
Sat 19 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 19, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 19 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 19, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Wed 23 Jan
Winter Treks: Hogsback
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

See this unique landform from the western rim of the canyon. Meet at the Hogsback Overlook (1 mile south of G.W. Harvey Pool at north end of the park). Bring a lunch.
Wed 23 Jan
Wednesday Winter Walk
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Embark on a winter walk as we investigate animal tracks, admire 150 year old trees, and discuss how the park's wildlife endures the winter months! For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Wed 23 Jan
Winter Treks: Hogsback
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

See this unique landform from the western rim of the canyon. Meet at the Hogsback Overlook (1 mile south of G.W. Harvey Pool at north end of the park). Bring a lunch.
Sat 26 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 26 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sun 27 Jan
Family Nature Walks: Denton Brook
Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Explore the woods the brook drains before it plummets 500 feet to meet the Genesee River. Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate.
Sun 27 Jan
Family Nature Walks: Denton Brook
Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Explore the woods the brook drains before it plummets 500 feet to meet the Genesee River. Meet at the Castile Entrance Gate.
Thu 31 Jan
Winter Treks: Sycamore Trail
Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road 1/4 mile south of Picket Line Road junction. Bring a lunch.
Thu 31 Jan
Winter Treks: Sycamore Trail
Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree. Meet at Sycamore #22 Trailhead on River Road 1/4 mile south of Picket Line Road junction. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Feb
Seal Walks
Saturday, February 2, 2019 until Sunday, March 31, 2019
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000 ext 200

Montauk Point State Park will host a series of walks to observe wintering seals. Beginning in December and continuing through March 2019, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Binoculars are recommended.

The walk is approximately 3 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants are asked to please dress appropriately, wear footwear appropriate for hiking, and meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

To make reservations and/or for more information, please call (631) 668-5000 ext. 200. Program fees are $4.00 per person.Seal program dates and times are as follows:

February:
Saturday 2 12:00 pm
Sunday 3 12:00 pm
Saturday 9 2:00 pm
Saturday 16 10:00 am
Sunday 17 11:00 am

March:
Saturday 2 11:00 am
Sunday 3 11:00 am
Saturday 9 2:00 pm
Saturday 16 10:00 am
Sunday 17 11:00 am
Saturday 23 2:00 pm
Saturday 30 10:00 am
Sunday 31 11:00 am

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Feb
Eco-Kids Series
Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Calling all pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little one. For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Feb
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, February 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 02 Feb
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, February 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sun 03 Feb
Family Nature Walks: Frozen Bogs
Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Enjoy the area and unique plants surrounding several small frozen bogs. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center.
Sun 03 Feb
Family Nature Walks: Frozen Bogs
Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Enjoy the area and unique plants surrounding several small frozen bogs. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center.
Wed 06 Feb
Winter Treks: Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Journey into the valley and examine its crystalline waterfalls. Meet at Dygert Road junction on River Road. Bring a lunch
Wed 06 Feb
Winter Treks: Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Journey into the valley and examine its crystalline waterfalls. Meet at Dygert Road junction on River Road. Bring a lunch
Sat 09 Feb
Forest to Lake Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Explore nature's outdoor wonders snowshoeing the park's forested trails and ending with a look at Lake Erie's famous Ice Volcanoes! Snowshoes will be provided. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Feb
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, February 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 09 Feb
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, February 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sun 10 Feb
Frozen Swamp Walk
Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Venture out for a unique chance to explore a forested swamp frozen in time. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Feb
Family Nature Walks: Pine Pond
Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Venture across former farmland to a natural series of ponds, now surrounded by pines. Meet at the Trailside Lodge.
Sun 10 Feb
Family Nature Walks: Pine Pond
Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Venture across former farmland to a natural series of ponds, now surrounded by pines. Meet at the Trailside Lodge.
Thu 14 Feb
Valentine's Day Candle Lantern Walk
Thursday, February 14, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

Bring your family, friends, significant other or just yourself out for a fun-filled night. Sip some hot chocolate while making your own lantern then enjoy a walk through the old growth woods. For information & registration call (716)282-5154.
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Seek the valley of the Nameless Spirits with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks. Meet at the Trailside Lodge.
Thu 21 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Seek the valley of the Nameless Spirits with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks. Meet at the Trailside Lodge.
Wed 27 Feb
Wednesday Winter Walk
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Head out for a scenic walk through Evangola as we decipher animal tracks and enjoy the winter snow. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Feb
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon - West
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam. Meet at the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch.
Wed 27 Feb
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon - West
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam. Meet at the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue. Bring a lunch. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early plantings have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Mar
Nearby Excursion to Genesee Valley Park
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the ice rink parking area off Elmwood Avenue. Bring a lunch. Explore the planting of this County Park where several of the early plantings have grown big enough to be the largest in the state. Bring a lunch.
Sat 02 Mar
Eco-Kids Series
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Calling all pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little one. For more information & registration call (716) 282-5154
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 3, 2019 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Inspiration Point.
Sun 03 Mar
Winter Waterfalls Walk
Sunday, March 3, 2019 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Visit the Middle and Upper Falls as they are rescued from winter's clutches by the melting shadows of the evening sky. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Inspiration Point.
Wed 06 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.
Wed 06 Mar
Winter Treks: Fiddler's Elbow
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Perry Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gardeau and Smokey Hollow Valleys.
Sun 10 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of the Perry Entrance on main park road. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site.
Sun 10 Mar
Winter Treks: Kisil Point
Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Witness the junction of the Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, one mile north of the Perry Entrance on main park road. Will car pool. Bring a lunch. Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site.
Thu 14 Mar
Winter Treks: St. Helena Valley - East
Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site. Meet at junction of Oakland River Roads. Bring a lunch.
Thu 14 Mar
Winter Treks: St. Helena Valley - East
Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Hike a loop across several ravines on the eastern slope above the former village site. Meet at junction of Oakland River Roads. Bring a lunch.
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Treks: Gardeau Valley
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Breathe nature and history during a descent into the Jemison Homeland. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch.
Sun 17 Mar
Winter Treks: Gardeau Valley
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Breathe nature and history during a descent into the Jemison Homeland. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. Bring a lunch.
Tue 19 Mar
Winter Treks: Lee's Landing
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Venture into the valley that separates the beginning of the Great Bend Gorge and the end of the Portage Canyon. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring a lunch.

Tue 19 Mar
Winter Treks: Lee's Landing
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Venture into the valley that separates the beginning of the Great Bend Gorge and the end of the Portage Canyon. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring a lunch.

Wed 20 Mar
Looking for Spring
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Emerge from winter hibernation and join us on a walk through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. For information & registration call (716)282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate. May car pool. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.
Wed 20 Mar
Vernal Adventure
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Shake off your winter blues and venture out for the vernal equinox to search for signs of spring. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate. May car pool. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Equinox Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as a full moon occurs on the Equinox this year.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Equinox Walk
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge as a full moon occurs on the Equinox this year.
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Walk: The Worm Moon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

Spring welcomes us this year with a full moon! Come explore DeVeaux Woods as we take a leisurely stroll with a glow from the night sky. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Equinox Moon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Come experience the spring equinox under the glow of a full moon during this guided walk through Knox Farm State Park. For information & registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Timberdoodle Time!
Friday, March 22, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Take a frog-serenaded evening hike and explore the singing grounds of American Woodcocks for the rare and dazzling dusk Timberdoodle display flight! For information & registration call (716)549-1050.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures Walk
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. May car pool. Bring a lunch. Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors.
Sun 24 Mar
Search for Hidden Creatures Walk
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. May car pool. Bring a lunch. Explore the world of insect ecology and discover signs of insects at work. Find mysterious plant galls and study insect feeding behaviors.