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Sat 19 Oct
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, October 19, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 05 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 5, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Enjoy the fall colors and incredible views of the Hudson Valley on this guided hike. 
Sat 05 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 5, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Enjoy the fall colors and incredible views of the Hudson Valley on this guided hike. 
Sat 05 Oct
1st Saturday Lighthouse Visiting Hours
Saturday, October 5, 2024 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October, the first floor of the Lighthouse will be open and staffed with a costumed interpreter to talk about its history. A lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens is available to view in the museum's Lighthouse Gallery along with a fog bell and other artifacts. Please note: no access to the upper level is permitted.
Sat 28 Sep
In Their Own Words, The Battle for Fort Clinton!
Saturday, September 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Come for a unique, walking tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Using firsthand accounts and archaeological data, this tour will chart the flow of the battle of the Twin Forts starting at Bear Mtn and ending up at Fort Clinton (today site of Trailside Museums and Zoo) focusing on the intense fighting that happened in and around Fort Clinton on the day of the battle. Registration Required: Call (845) 446-2134 to Register or for More Information.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Sep
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, September 21, 2024 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 07 Sep
Fossil Hunting
Saturday, September 7, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils may not be removed from the park. 
Sat 07 Sep
Fossil Hunting
Saturday, September 7, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils may not be removed from the park. 
Sat 07 Sep
1st Saturday Lighthouse Visiting Hours
Saturday, September 7, 2024 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October, the first floor of the Lighthouse will be open and staffed with a costumed interpreter to talk about its history. A lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens is available to view in the museum's Lighthouse Gallery along with a fog bell and other artifacts. Please note: no access to the upper level is permitted.
Sat 31 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, August 31, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 31 Aug
Length of the Gorge Series: Schoellkopf Power Station Trail
Saturday, August 31, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 30 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, August 30, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 30 Aug
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, August 30, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Thu 29 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Birding Talk and Walk at Minnewaska – Fall Migration
Thursday, August 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Every autumn, millions of songbirds and hawks take to the skies as they fly south to their winter habitats. Learn where and when to look for this amazing feat of nature during a presentation by Nick Martin, Park Educator. After this discussion, we will go for a slow-paced walk of up to two miles on the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water to sustain themselves for the outing. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. If not, a few pairs will be available for participants to borrow. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 28 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: “How About That Habitat?”
Wednesday, August 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Snakes, birds, and bears, oh my! Join SCA/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, Josh Grosse, and learn about the various habitats that Minnewaska provides for these animals. This program will also include a half-mile walk to the Beacon Hill field, where we will play a game about finding the right resources for different animals' habitats before we return to the Nature Center. To finish out our time together, Junior Naturalists will make their own mini "habitat in a box" for a native animal of their choosing, using model trees, mosses, paints, and more. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 25 Aug
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Sunday, August 25, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sun 25 Aug
Tails on Trails
Sunday, August 25, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Bring your furry friend on this casual walk to take in the beautiful views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge. It is not necessary to have a dog to participate, however, all dogs must be up-to-date on immunizations, leashed, and under control. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sun 25 Aug
Birding on the Beach
Sunday, August 25, 2024 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Start the morning off with a walk to the beach. Discover the birds that call Lake Erie home! Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, August 24, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 24 Aug
Paws in the Park
Saturday, August 24, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy a leisurely walk with your dog and a Park Naturalist. It is not necessary to have a dog to participate, however, all dogs in attendance must be up-to-date on immunizations, leashed, and under control. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Length of the Gorge Series: Great Gorge Railway Trail
Saturday, August 24, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 23 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, August 23, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 23 Aug
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, August 23, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 23 Aug
Stroll at DeVeaux
Friday, August 23, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
Come take a leisurely stroll around DeVeaux Woods State Park with a Park Naturalist and learn a little about the history and environment of one of the few remaining old growth forests in the area. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Wed 21 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Evening Discovery Hike in the Old Golf Course and Orchard at Minnewaska
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an evening open discovery hike along some of the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska and through the old golf course and orchard. During this approximately two-mile hike, we will focus on awareness of the natural world – looking at and discussing what participants are interested in looking at, such as trees, mosses, amphibians, birds, and more. Part of this hike will take place on Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads, which are gently sloping, gravel trails. The other part of this hike will take place on the grassy paths that wind through the old orchard and golf course, which may be muddy or wet. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water for the outing and are encouraged to wear sturdy and waterproof boots. Participants may want to bring binoculars if they have them. A few pairs will be available for participants to who would like to borrow them. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 21 Aug
Wednesday Wingspan Wander
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Birds of a feather flock together! Enjoy a casual bird walk to observe our feathered friends. All levels and birding beginners are welcome, Binoculars are not necessary but encouraged. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Wed 21 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Nature Sculptures along the Peter’s Kill Stream
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
For many people, nature and art go hand in hand. In this fun, family program, we will take a look at notable artists who used beautiful landscapes along the Shawangunk Ridge as inspiration for paintings, and other artists who have used natural objects, like sticks and rocks, to make their own wonderful creations. After our discussion, we will take an approximately one-mile round trip hike on the Red Loop Footpath to reach the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream that's shaded from the summer heat by a dense forest. Here, we'll collect natural materials to make our own sculptures right along the stream edge. Once we've shared, we'll return the natural materials to where we found them and walk back up to where we started. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 19 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Learn Your Ferns at Minnewaska
Monday, August 19, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll and hands-on lesson about ferns. These beautiful, non-flowering plants come in many varieties, shapes and sizes. During the program, you'll learn about the basic characteristics of these plants and how to identify some of our more common ferns. We'll walk up to four miles along the carriage roads in the Lake Minnewaska area on a search for these charismatic plants, learning as we go. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Aug
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Sunday, August 18, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 17 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, August 17, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 17 Aug
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, August 17, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 17 Aug
Length of the Gorge Series: Whirlpool Flats
Saturday, August 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 16 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, August 16, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 16 Aug
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, August 16, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Wed 14 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: “Why Hike?”: Adventurous Outing and Discussion of Long-Distance Hikers at Minnewaska
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Throughout modern history, people have used long-distance hiking as a form of leisure, exercise, personal fulfillment, and even political protest. Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for an all day, eight-mile hike on a combination of gently sloping carriage roads and rugged footpaths. On this hike, we will discuss the lives and accomplishments of a few notable long-distance hikers, including John Burroughs, Grandma Gatewood, and Dr. John Francis. We will begin at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center and make our way down to the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We will follow this until we intercept Blueberry Run Footpath, which we will take until we reach the iconic Castle Point. On our return trip, we will follow Castle Point Carriage Road until we meet the trailhead for Rainbow Falls Footpath, which will take us back to Upper Awosting Carriage Road. This section of trail includes some moderate rock scrambling. We will follow Upper Awosting Carriage Road back to the Visitor Center. Please note that this hike is intended for more experienced hikers, as the footpaths include some steep sections with tricky footing. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, and plenty of water and food to sustain themselves. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Aug
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Sunday, August 11, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 10 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, August 10, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 10 Aug
Ribbit, Slither, Croak
Saturday, August 10, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Evangola State Park
Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Evangola State Park. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Length of the Gorge Series: Devil’s Hole to Whirlpool
Saturday, August 10, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 09 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, August 9, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 09 Aug
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, August 9, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Thu 08 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Sam’s Point: Snakes of Sam's Point
Thursday, August 8, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Come learn about the wonderful world of snakes with Colleen Stevens, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Education Intern. The program will start off at the Sam's Point Visitor Center with a lesson on the different species of snakes that live in our area. We will discuss typical snake habitat, venomous species and much more. After the lesson, we will hike out on Loop Road with high hopes of experiencing snakes in their natural habitat! This three-mile hike is mildly challenging, with some steep sections. Plan to bring food and lots of water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 07 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Tree Talk with Taylor at Sam’s Point
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Taylor Pazderski, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Ecosystem Steward, for a three-mile walk and talk lesson on the globally rare dwarf pitch pines and other vegetation found in the Park Preserve. We will talk about Sam's Point's unique fire dependent ecosystems and the plant species that live within them. This walk will include stops to see evidence of a previous forest fire at Sam's Point and a wonderful variety of different trees, shrubs, and flowers, and plants. This hike will take place on Loop Road, a recently restored carriage road. Loop Road does have some uphill and downhill portions that can be steep at times. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 07 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Sam’s Point: Hike to the Ice Caves
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Park Educator, for an adventurous hike to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point, where the air is always a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even during the height of the summer heat. This nearly four-mile hike includes one steep hill on a carriage road, but the reward of walking through the cool, dark, talus cave is worth the effort. While in the cave, educators will explain the geology of this unique natural area and why it's so special. The footpath section of this outing does include two primitive ladders and a steep stone staircase, which some may find challenging. Plan to bring food and lots of water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 04 Aug
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Sunday, August 4, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sun 04 Aug
Wondrous Water
Sunday, August 4, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Join us on this rim trail hike as we discuss the wonders of water of the Niagara Gorge! Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, August 3, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 03 Aug
1st Saturday Lighthouse Visiting Hours
Saturday, August 3, 2024 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October, the first floor of the Lighthouse will be open and staffed with a costumed interpreter to talk about its history. A lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens is available to view in the museum's Lighthouse Gallery along with a fog bell and other artifacts. Please note: no access to the upper level is permitted.
Sat 03 Aug
Length of the Gorge Series: Artpark
Saturday, August 3, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 02 Aug
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, August 2, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 02 Aug
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, August 2, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 02 Aug
Birding for Beginners
Friday, August 2, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Tweet, Tweet! Learn about the common birds we see in the park with a short presentation before taking a walk to see what we can find! Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Snakes of Sam's Point
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Come learn about the wonderful world of snakes with Colleen Stevens, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Education Intern. The program will start off at the Sam's Point Visitor Center with a presentation on the different species of snakes that live in our area. We will discuss typical snake habitat, venomous species and much more. After the presentation, we will hike out on the Indian Rock Footpath with high hopes of experiencing snakes in their natural habitat! This five-mile hike is mildly challenging, starting on Loop Road, then hiking on a footpath with steep and rocky terrain. Individuals may attend just the presentation if they are uncomfortable with the hiking portion of the program. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Mon 29 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Field Guide Creation at Minnewaska
Monday, July 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Field guides are excellent tools that blend the areas of art and science to create a deeper understanding of the world around you. On this three-mile outing, we will be focusing on how to create entries in a field guide, which can be used to help identify plants and animals at Minnewaska. Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, will help walk you through the steps of making entries in your own field guide, from taking measurements of the subject to making a drawing. Blank guides, measurement tools, and drawing materials will be provided by Minnewaska before we embark on the hike. Starting from the Lower Parking Lot, we will follow the entire length of the Mossy Glen Footpath, which is lined with abundant mountain laurel and follows the edges of the babbling Peter's Kill stream. Along the way, we will make a few stops to create entries in our guides. Please note that the footpath includes some tricky footing and may be slippery in some places. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and food to sustain themselves. Participants are also encouraged (but not required) to download the "Seek" iNaturalist app­ – a helpful digital tool for identifying plant and animal species using your phone's camera­– before coming to this program. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Jul
Mansion Tours
Sunday, July 28, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Travel back in time as you experience the 1838 Jay Mansion! Our docent-led tours share the stories of the many eras of the Jay Mansion and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive restoration process. No reservation necessary. Please visit our website or email Meredith Slater: mslater.jhc@gmail.com.
Sun 28 Jul
Monarch Habitat Hike
Sunday, July 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Explore the habitat of monarch butterflies with Shayla and Hailey on a family-friendly hike at Rockwood Hall. Learn about the monarch life cycle and their incredible transcontinental migration, why their numbers are in decline, and what we can do to help them. The hike will be about 2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Max: 20 people. Cost: $4.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Jul
Eco-Friendly Rock Painting
Sunday, July 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Paint some rocks with fun facts on the bottom and then take a guided walk around Goat Island to place the eco-friendly painted rocks around the park! Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Jul
Guided Hike: History Hidden in the Woods
Sunday, July 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Have you ever wondered what some of the ruins within Mills-Norrie State Park might be? The beautiful park land was once the setting for grand Hudson Riverfront estates. This 90-minute guided hike will lead visitors through the park, exploring the history of three historic estates: from Staatsburgh's founding as a gentleman's farm in the 1700s to the development of The Point and Stonehurst estates in the 19th century. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles of uneven terrain, requiring sturdy footwear. Cost: free, Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, July 27, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 27 Jul
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Saturday, July 27, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 27 Jul
Yonkers Waterfront Walking Tour
Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Why was Philipse Manor Hall built where it was? Why did the Munsee have a village in downtown Yonkers for thousands of years? How did the Yonkers waterfront change over time? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you explore the daylighted Saw Mill River and Yonkers' Hudson River waterfront. $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets include museum admission. To register, email philipsemanorhall@parks.ny.gov or call 914-965-4027.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Length of the Gorge Series: Schoellkopf Power Station Trail
Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Weir Tour
Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Meet up address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562. Free easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: pre-registration.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village and its connection to the Mills family. A guide will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the lasting legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Cost: free, Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, July 27, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join botanist, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of summer wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Max: 12 people. Cost: $4. Parking: $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, July 26, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 26 Jul
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, July 26, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 26 Jul
Exploration Experts
Friday, July 26, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Venture throughout the park on this guided scavenger hunt. Talk about different things to look at when identifying flora and fauna and win a small prize! Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Insect Exploration
Friday, July 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
We will search the pond and fields for flying, crawling and swimming insects. Nets and magnifiers will be provided. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Stroll Along the Gorge
Friday, July 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Come walk from Whirlpool to the Freedom Plaza and back with a Park Naturalist and learn about the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway and the restoration of the gorge. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, July 26, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Learn about the Lichens of Minnewaska with John Franklin, Guest Educator
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, the colorful organisms seen growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. These amazing and abundant organisms consist of a fungus and an alga or cyanobacteria living together in a symbiotic relationship. Lichens were the pioneer species of life to establish on this rocky, barren landscape after the glaciers receded thousands of years ago. This program will include up to two miles of walking on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Walkway Talks: Oaxaca Over the Hudson
Sunday, July 21, 2024 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
This Walkway Talks event will explain a little of the history of La Guelaguetza, the music, dances, and food of the region of Oaxaca and provide visitors with a taste of the event and a costumed dance demonstration by members of Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie. Felipe Santos, Festival Head Organizer, and members of La Guelaguetza committee, a diverse group of dedicated volunteers who work behind the scenes year-round to bring this vibrant, cultural event to the Hudson Valley. This event is free to attend and open to all.
Sun 21 Jul
Mansion Tours
Sunday, July 21, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Travel back in time as you experience the 1838 Jay Mansion! Our docent-led tours share the stories of the many eras of the Jay Mansion and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive restoration process. No reservation necessary. Please visit our website or email Meredith Slater: mslater.jhc@gmail.com.
Sun 21 Jul
Weir Tour
Sunday, July 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Meet up address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562. Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: pre-registration.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Tails on Trails
Sunday, July 21, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Bring your furry friend on this casual walk to take in the beautiful views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge. It is not necessary to have a dog to participate, however, all dogs must be up-to-date on immunizations, leashed, and under control. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Sunday, July 21, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, July 20, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 20 Jul
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Saturday, July 20, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 20 Jul
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, July 20, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 20 Jul
Rockwood Hall/Archville Bridge
Saturday, July 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Meet up address: Rockwood Hall parking lot (description & directions: www.nynjtc.org/hike/rockwood-hall-sleepy-hollow) behind Phelps Memorial Hospital. Enjoy an approximately 3 miles/3 hours (total) loop walk, easy-to-moderate, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. We begin at the ruins of Rockwood Hall, built in 1849 and purchased by Wm. Rockefeller, John D. Sr.'s younger brother, in 1886, before John D. began acquiring and building what later became Kykuit. We cross the Archville bridge, which replaced the earlier stone bridge that carried the Aqueduct over Rt. 9 and served as a carriage trail connecting the two estates. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Pre-registration required.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Length of the Gorge Series: Great Gorge Railway Trail
Saturday, July 20, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, July 20, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 19 Jul
Full Moon Hike: “Buck Moon”
Friday, July 19, 2024 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Tickets available on June 18 at 10 am. Experience the Preserve after dark! Join Shayla, Hailey, and Dave for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace and there will be hills; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Max: 40 people. Cost: $4.
Registration: Required
Fri 19 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, July 19, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 19 Jul
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, July 19, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 19 Jul
Guided Hike: History Hidden in the Woods
Friday, July 19, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Have you ever wondered what some of the ruins within Mills-Norrie State Park might be? The beautiful park land was once the setting for grand Hudson Riverfront estates. This 90-minute guided hike will lead visitors through the park, exploring the history of three historic estates: from Staatsburgh's founding as a gentleman's farm in the 1700s to the development of The Point and Stonehurst estates in the 19th century. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles of uneven terrain, requiring sturdy footwear. Cost: free, Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, July 18, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Tickets available on June 18 at 10 am. Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place here in the Preserve? Actually, there are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join Ranger Su (tonight as "Major Su") for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. Max: 30 people. Cost: $4.
Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Third Thursday: FREE Farmscape Ecology Walk
Thursday, July 18, 2024 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join Farmscape Ecology researchers for a walk to experience Olana's landscape from the perspective of habitats. What are they? Which plants and animals live in them? And how does Frederic Church's landscape compare to that of the wider region? FREE, meets at the Wagon House Education Center.
Thu 18 Jul
FREE Third Thursday at Olana
Thursday, July 18, 2024 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Enjoy FREE house and landscape tours at Olana State Historic Site. Learn more about Frederic Church's artwork, explore his family home, and take in spectacular views! Tickets are FREE but must be reserved day-of. Last house entry is at 3pm; programs are until 5pm. First come first served, space is limited. Want to make a day of it? Join a FREE program. Click here to learn more. Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.
Wed 17 Jul
Tree Identification Walk
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join conservation steward, Devyani Mishra, for a leisurely stroll to learn about trees and how to identify them. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Leashed dogs are welcome. Max: 15 people. Cost: $4. Parking: $6 per vehicle. NYS Residents over 62 park for free on weekdays.
Registration: Required
Wed 17 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Blueberry Picking Hike in the Meadows
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
July is wild blueberry season, so join Park Educators and other families to pick your own wild blueberries while taking a one-and-a-half-mile hike on the Meadow paths. Along the way, we will discuss the history of blueberry and huckleberry picking at the Park Preserve and look for signs of wildlife in the grasses and ponds. Attendees must bring their own one-quart containers. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 14 Jul
Mansion Tours
Sunday, July 14, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Travel back in time as you experience the 1838 Jay Mansion! Our docent-led tours share the stories of the many eras of the Jay Mansion and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive restoration process. No reservation necessary. Please visit our website or email Meredith Slater: mslater.jhc@gmail.com.
Sun 14 Jul
WNY Hiking Challenge at Artpark
Sunday, July 14, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Join us for a walk on one of the WNY Hiking Challenge's suggested trails. This hike will satisfy both the WNY Hiking Challenge and the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge! The WNY Hiking Challenge is not run by NYS Parks and participation is not required. Registration required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sun 14 Jul
Guided Hike: History Hidden in the Woods
Sunday, July 14, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Have you ever wondered what some of the ruins within Mills-Norrie State Park might be? The beautiful park land was once the setting for grand Hudson Riverfront estates. This 90-minute guided hike will lead visitors through the park, exploring the history of three historic estates: from Staatsburgh's founding as a gentleman's farm in the 1700s to the development of The Point and Stonehurst estates in the 19th century. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles of uneven terrain, requiring sturdy footwear. Cost: free, Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, July 13, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 13 Jul
Clermont Grounds and Gardens Tour
Saturday, July 13, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Join us for a summertime tour of Clermont's formal gardens. Walk with one of our experienced tour guides and learn the history of the land. From woods to farmland to manicured lawns, Clermont's landscape has changed with each generation. This tour includes gentle inclines on uneven surfaces. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather. Please note: The cost of the event is $5 per person, please be prepared to pay at the door. Space is limited. Visitors must register in advance.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Saturday, July 13, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 13 Jul
Length of the Gorge Series: Devil’s Hole to Whirlpool
Saturday, July 13, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Lenoir Nature Preserve to Untermyer Gardens
Saturday, July 13, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Meet up address: Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers at the Nature Center (up the hill from the parking lot).Enjoy Hudson River views and while exploring the Preserve and the Gardens and walking the Aqueduct between them. Easy 4-hour loop walk. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, July 13, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Summer Sun on Buttermilk Hill
Saturday, July 13, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
The road less-traveled, Buttermilk Hill is one of the scenic areas of the Preserve that often gets overlooked. Explore both Buttermilk Hill and Ferguson Lake on this 4-mile hike with Guardian Patricia. The hike will move at a moderate pace and will include some hills. Leashed dogs are welcome. Max: 20 people. Cost: $4.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, July 12, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 12 Jul
Firefly Walk!
Friday, July 12, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Tickets available on June 18 at 10 am The fireflies are out en masse and they put on a spectacular show this time of year! We'll set out just before sunset and meander through open meadows as the fireflies awaken from their slumber and begin to display their love language. The hike will be about 4 miles, leashed dogs are welcome. Max: 40 people. Cost: $4.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, July 12, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 12 Jul
Croton Dam Hike
Friday, July 12, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Meet up address: Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. Enjoy a free, easy, 2 miles/hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41.22603, -73.85770. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Note: Parking fee for Croton Gorge Park is $10. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Hike Through History
Friday, July 12, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Reminisce about years gone by. Take a leisure hike and discover the history of Knox Farm State Park. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, July 12, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Sensory Hike: Rise and Shine!
Friday, July 12, 2024 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Awaken your senses and tune in to nature in this embodied experience with Linda Parker. You'll be amazed at what you notice when you home in on one sense at a time. Take this opportunity to quiet your mind and connect with the forest using this unique approach. Max: 15 people. Cost: $4. Parking: $6 per vehicle; NYS residents over 62 park free on weekdays.
Registration: Required
Thu 11 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Birding Talk and Walk – Summer Songbirds at Minnewaska
Thursday, July 11, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a talk and walk that will focus on the songbirds of summer at Minnewaska. After meeting at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we'll take a short walk to the Nature Center, for a presentation and discussion about all these interesting songbirds. After, we will go for a slow-paced, bird walk of up to two miles on the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water to sustain themselves for the outing. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. If not, a few pairs will be available for participants to borrow. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 10 Jul
Wednesday Wingspan Wander
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Birds of a feather flock together! Enjoy a casual bird walk to observe our feathered friends. All levels and birding beginners are welcome, Binoculars are not necessary but encouraged. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Tree Identification Hike on the Beacon Hill Loop at Minnewaska
Monday, July 8, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a casual hike along the Beacon Hill hiking loop to learn some of our more common trees. This approximately three-mile route features easy walking carriage roads as well as a cliff-edge footpath with lovely views of the Wallkill Valley and Catskill Mountains. The footpath does include some modest hills and potentially tricky footing that may be challenging for people who are not familiar with hiking or who have some physical limitations. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Saturday, July 6, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 06 Jul
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Saturday, July 6, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Sat 06 Jul
1st Saturday Lighthouse Visiting Hours
Saturday, July 6, 2024 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October, the first floor of the Lighthouse will be open and staffed with a costumed interpreter to talk about its history. A lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens is available to view in the museum's Lighthouse Gallery along with a fog bell and other artifacts. Please note: no access to the upper level is permitted.
Sat 06 Jul
Length of the Gorge Series: Artpark
Saturday, July 6, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Join us on a hike that takes on a portion of the Niagara Gorge! Each week we will cover a new portion of the gorge. Participants must be 8 years or older. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, July 6, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village and its connection to the Mills family. A guide will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the lasting legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Cost: free, Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Hike with Mike: Douglas Hill
Saturday, July 6, 2024 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Mike for a 5-mile hike and traverse the variety of landscapes the Preserve has to offer. Lake views will give way to Hudson River views as we pass through the forest and alongside meadows. If we're lucky, we'll encounter some frolicking horses. Leashed dogs are welcome. Be prepared to move at a steady pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Max: 20 people. Cost: $4. Parking: $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Goat Island Evening Walk
Friday, July 5, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls at sunset on a guided tour. Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 05 Jul
Stroll at the Falls
Friday, July 5, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us for a casual stroll to Prospect Point and around Goat Island to view the Falls and explore what makes this park so unique! Registration available at Eventbrite.com but not required.
Fri 05 Jul
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, July 5, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free Reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Ice Caves Geology Walk and Talk at Sam’s Point
Friday, July 5, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Geologist and Sam's Point Educator, for a walk through the historic Ice Caves, where the air temperatures remain cool and comfortable all summer and a large chunk of ice rests beneath the boardwalk trail. If you've ever been curious about how this nationally recognized, natural landmark formed, this program is for you! While on this three-mile walk, Becca will offer a lesson on the unique geology of the entire Sam's Point area, including other visible geologic features, such as glacial evidence and extinct faults. This hike will take place on a series of carriage roads and footpaths which include a somewhat steep hill and some rocky terrain. Good mobility is required for this hike as there are also two ladders to climb. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Tue 02 Jul
Sunset Stroll
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy the rolling hills of Knox Farm as the sun sets during this evening walk. For ages 8 and up. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Nature, the Storyteller at Minnewaska
Monday, July 1, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a discussion about the long association between nature and the oral and written traditions in human cultures. From the Lenape and Zulu creation stories to the biblical Garden of Eden, the natural world around us has been deeply intertwined in our belief systems. Our outing will include a four-mile, round trip walk to the tranquil Echo Rock, where we will listen to some of these stories and explore their significance. On our return trip, we will look at the natural landscape of Minnewaska, discussing things like talus and trees, and aligning their existence with notable historical events to build perspective on our relationship with the world around us. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and food to sustain themselves. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Jul
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Monday, July 1, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sun 30 Jun
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Sunday, June 30, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore its close relationship with the Mills family and their estate. A guide will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the villagethat demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the lasting legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Cost: free. Reservations required: https://Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
SPRINGTIME WALK: Butterflies of Early Summer
Sunday, June 30, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join us on various topics as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the haunts of the nature center and nearby. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center
Sun 30 Jun
SPRINGTIME WALK: Butterflies of Early Summer
Sunday, June 30, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Join us on various topics as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the haunts of the nature center and nearby. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center
Sun 30 Jun
Reflections at Rainbow Falls at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 30, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a peaceful, six-mile hike to the iconic Rainbow Falls. Participants will meet at the Lower Parking Area, where we will select a nature themed meditation card, setting a mindful intention for our journey. Our hike will begin on Mossy Glen Footpath — a meandering trail lined with lush mountain laurel that crisscrosses the babbling Peter's Kill. We will then take a short, uphill stretch of Blueberry Run Footpath to connect with Upper Awosting Carriage Road. Then, we will walk to the upper entrance of the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a natural staircase descending into a sea of greenery. As we arrive at Rainbow Falls, we will take time to reflect on our meditation card while enjoying the calming sound and cool mist offered by the waterfall. Our return trip will continue along the remainder of Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a moderate rock scramble. We will connect with Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which we will follow until we reach our starting point at the Lower Parking Area. Some sections of trail may be muddy and wet. Participants are highly encouraged to wear hiking boots and bring plenty of food and water. You may also bring a journal and writing utensil to assist in your reflections. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Sunday, June 30, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sat 29 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Saturday, June 29, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Sat 29 Jun
Hike Through History
Saturday, June 29, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Discover the important people and events that created and protected our nation's oldest state park on this guided walk. Registration available on Eventbrite.com but not required.
Registration: Optional
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Jewels of the Sky*
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Evangola State Park
On this guided walk we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallows as well as other dragonflies and butterflies that may be in flight. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Tails on Trails*
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Bring your furry friend on this casual walk to take in the beautiful views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge. It is not necessary to have a dog to participate, however, all dogs must be up to date on immunizations, leashed, and under control. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Yonkers Waterfront Walking Tour
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Why was Philipse Manor Hall built where it was? Why did the Munsee have a village in downtown Yonkers for thousands of years? How did the Yonkers waterfront change over time? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you explore the daylighted Saw Mill River and Yonkers' Hudson River waterfront. $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets include museum admission. To register, email philipsemanorhall@parks.ny.gov or call 914-965-4027.
Sat 29 Jun
BEACH MONITORING/CLEAN-UP: FOCUS ON ECOSYSTEMS
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Join us for a presentation by an Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologist on Long Island Sound ecosystems, including how marine debris affects the health of the ecosystem. It will be followed by our weekly walk with to monitor for wildlife along the Park Preserve's Long Island Sound beachfront. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring gloves. Trash pickers and buckets will be provided, to help remove debris that can harm sea life. Meet at Visitor Center.
Sat 29 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free. Reservations required: https://Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Footpath, and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Millbrook Mountain is one of many scenic vistas within Minnewaska and offers one of the most expansive views in the Park Preserve, from a cliff-top perch. Raptors are often seen gliding below and above. The footpath sections of this hike include uneven, rocky terrain, a stream crossing, wet areas, and other challenges that some might find difficult. All participants should come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the outing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Beach Walk on Long Island Sound
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A walk along the shore of beautiful Long Island Sound with State Park Naturalist MaryLaura Lamont looking at and discussing rocks, sand, cliff formations and seashells. Meet at Visitor Center.
Sat 29 Jun
CANYON VIEWS: Mount Morris to Hogsback
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at 9:00 am, bring water, a pack lunch and sturdy footwear. For those who enjoy the demand of a longer hike, we will explore 2 of the parks longest trails as we hike along the three canyons of Letchworth State Park. 4½ hours, 3 miles or more.
Sat 29 Jun
CANYON VIEWS: Mount Morris to Hogsback
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 9:00 am, bring water, a pack lunch and sturdy footwear. For those who enjoy the demand of a longer hike, we will explore 2 of the parks longest trails as we hike along the three canyons of Letchworth State Park. 4½ hours, 3 miles or more.
Sat 29 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Fri 28 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 28, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Fri 28 Jun
Sunset Stroll & Pride Picnic
Friday, June 28, 2024 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Marsha P. Johnson State Park (East River State Park)
In collaboration with Latino Outdoors, come learn about LGBTQ+ history while taking a tour of our park! Then enjoy a picnic at sunset! Click here to register.
Fri 28 Jun
Public Tour of the Battlefield
Friday, June 28, 2024 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required. The group will gather under the flagpole on the hilltop.
Fri 28 Jun
TINY TOTS: Baby Marine Bio
Friday, June 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.
Fri 28 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 28 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 28 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Thu 27 Jun
Sleepy Hollow Loop Walk along the Aqueduct and within the Rockefeller Preserve.
Thursday, June 27, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, open-air walk of approximately 3 miles/hours. Meet at Aqueduct Ventilator #12, on the Aqueduct Trail just steps south of the intersection of Gory Brook Road and Ridge Street in Sleepy Hollow (on-street parking on Gory Brook Road). We will walk north and discuss the Aqueduct and view some of its structures, including a weir, a 90-foot-high embankment carrying the Aqueduct over the Pocantico River, the ghostly remnants of an old Keeper's House, touch upon Rockefeller history and the monument in nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to those in the NY Guard's First Provisional Regiment who perished during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic while guarding the Aqueduct during The Great War. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: pre-registration. https://aqueduct.org/events/sleepy-hollow-loop-walk-5.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Thursday, June 27, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Wed 26 Jun
Pride Outside Rainbow walk
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Join us to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month! The outdoors are for everybody to enjoy and diversity is necessary both for a thriving ecosystem and a thriving community! Join an educator on a guided hike around the park to collect natural materials that make up the rainbow. We'll then make these materials into a pride-themed craft. This program is open to all ages and costs $4 per person. Call 518-279-1155 to register or with any questions.
Wed 26 Jun
EXPLORE LETCHWORTH: Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
A new series of nature walks aimed to immerse participants into the diversity of habitats that can be found in Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch. Meet at Dygert Road junction on River Road
Wed 26 Jun
EXPLORE LETCHWORTH: Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
A new series of nature walks aimed to immerse participants into the diversity of habitats that can be found in Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch. Meet at Dygert Road junction on River Road
Wed 26 Jun
Tiny Tots: Rainbows!
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Enjoy short walks, stories, dances, animal visitors, and crafts. For children ages 3 - 5.
Tue 25 Jun
Tot Time
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Join us at Hendrix Creek Patio for a fun morning of toddler-friendly crafts and activities! Storytime at 11:30am, and a short hike at 12:00pm. No registration required. For more information click here.
Tue 25 Jun
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come explore the picturesque High Peter's Kill Footpath with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, on this approximately four-and-a-half-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff edge with numerous, scenic viewpoints. We'll follow this until we reach the Yellow Connector Footpath, which hugs the frothing edges of the Peter's Kill stream. We'll hike up the east spur of the Red Loop Footpath and take a short break at the Peter's Kill restrooms. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow and steep sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Participants should bring enough water and food for the outing and wear proper hiking shoes. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Western to Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Join an educator on a more difficult hike of 6 miles from Western Ridge, to Ridge Run, to Eastern Ridge with viewpoints along the Western Ridge Trail. Bring a lunch or snack, plenty of water, waterproof shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather. The cost for the hike is $5 for adults (cash or check). Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Western to Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Join an educator on a more difficult hike of 6 miles from Western Ridge, to Ridge Run, to Eastern Ridge with viewpoints along the Western Ridge Trail. Bring a lunch or snack, plenty of water, waterproof shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather. The cost for the hike is $5 for adults (cash or check). Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mon 24 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Monday, June 24, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sun 23 Jun
Mansion Tours
Sunday, June 23, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Travel back in time as you experience the 1838 Jay Mansion! Our docent-led tours share the stories of the many eras of the Jay Mansion and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive restoration process. No reservation necessary. Please visit our website or email Meredith Slater: mslater.jhc@gmail.com.
Sun 23 Jun
GARDEN TOUR: PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS
Sunday, June 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come take a walking tour of the Nature Center's native plant gardens with our gardeners and learn about easy-to-grow, beautiful plant options to create local habitat and welcome pollinators into your yard! We will also have native plants for you to take home and get you started. Additional plants will be available by suggested donation.
Sun 23 Jun
GARDEN TOUR: PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS
Sunday, June 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come take a walking tour of the Nature Center's native plant gardens with our gardeners and learn about easy-to-grow, beautiful plant options to create local habitat and welcome pollinators into your yard! We will also have native plants for you to take home and get you started. Additional plants will be available by suggested donation.
Sun 23 Jun
Time-Traveling 2 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Sunday, June 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum on this timetraveling hike extending from the Indian Ladder Trail to the highest point in the park. It will build on the previous day's talk, visiting some less known parts of the park, on and off trail. The hike will be fairly strenuous, rising from 1000 to 1750 feet, and last about 3 hours.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Time-Traveling 2 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Sunday, June 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum on this timetraveling hike extending from the Indian Ladder Trail to the highest point in the park. It will build on the previous day's talk, visiting some less known parts of the park, on and off trail. The hike will be fairly strenuous, rising from 1000 to 1750 feet, and last about 3 hours.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Map Hike
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Participants will use a map of the park to navigate to specific destinations. We will cover approximately 5 miles over some hills. Please call for Reservations: (631) 423- 1770.
Sun 23 Jun
Creativity Walk to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Bring a journal or a sketchbook and any other art materials you can comfortably carry for a three-mile walk to the scenic Echo Rock with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator. Along the way, we will discuss notable artists, photographers, and writers who have been inspired by the Shawangunk Ridge's myriad beauties and wonders. We will talk about basic artistic concepts like composition and color theory and do a practice exercise or two to gain hands-on experience with these principles. After reaching Echo Rock, we will soak in the panoramic view that boasts exciting geological formations, a ravine filled with old growth trees and a beaver pond, and the bright green foliage of early summer. We will take some time to create our own artwork, with optional prompts provided by Josh, before making our return trip to the Visitor Center. Some art supplies will be offered by Minnewaska, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 18.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sat 22 Jun
Tales of Tightropes and Daredevils
Saturday, June 22, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Join us on this guided walk on Goat Island as we share the tales of daredevils and funambulists of Niagara Falls through the years. Registration available on Eventbrite.com but not required.
Registration: Optional
Sat 22 Jun
Terrific Trees
Saturday, June 22, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

How have trees shaped our lives? The answer may surprise you. Learn more about what makes our trees special with Mike Callahan on a terrific afternoon tour at Lake Erie State Park. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Sat 22 Jun
EXPLORE LETCHWORTH: Wolf Creek
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
A new series of nature walks aimed to immerse participants into the diversity of habitats that can be found in Letchworth State Park. Meet at Castile entrance.
Sat 22 Jun
Backyard Birds
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join Judy Callahan as she explores the birds and other critters at Lake Erie State Park. Remember to bring binoculars if you have a pair. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Sat 22 Jun
EXPLORE LETCHWORTH: Wolf Creek
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
A new series of nature walks aimed to immerse participants into the diversity of habitats that can be found in Letchworth State Park. Meet at Castile entrance.
Sat 22 Jun
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore its close relationship with the Mills family and their estate. A guide will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the villagethat demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the lasting legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Cost: free. Reservations required: https://Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Mountain Laurel Hike on Hamilton Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile-long outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska, Hamilton Point, Castle Point, and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads and Rainbow Falls Footpath. Highlights of the hike include numerous panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley, interesting rock formations, and mountain laurel flowers in bloom. The footpath has some steep and rocky sections with narrow footing as well as two, short, rock scrambles, which some may find challenging. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sat 22 Jun
The Walkway Freedom Trail & America’s River of Dreams
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Come to understand the relationship of national abolitionist icons Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglas with the Pre-Civil War, local free & enslaved Black community in a guided, narrated walk. The walking tour will cover approximately 5 miles, following a walking route from the Sojourner Truth memorial on the west side of the Walkway to College Hill Park in Poughkeepsie via the Dutchess County Rail Trail. Please anticipate approximately 2 ½ hours for the tour. An optional abbreviated, assisted tour will be available to those who need it via Walkway's 11-passenger, electric tram. This version of the tour will cover the Walkway park only and will not require any walking. Meet at the Sojourner Truth Statue on Highland side. https://dchsny.org/june22/.
Fri 21 Jun
CREPUSCULAR WALK: Fireflies by the River
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot.
Fri 21 Jun
Knoxturnal Stroll*
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy a peaceful evening stroll through the rolling hills of Knox Farm in search of nocturnal animals. Adults Only. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jun
CREPUSCULAR WALK: Fireflies by the River
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot.
Fri 21 Jun
Walkway At Night
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. With the moon hanging high in the sky and the Mid-Hudson Bridge twinkling in the distance, there is truly nothing like a twilight evening on the World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. Our friends from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will be on-bridge with telescopes to view the night sky (weather permitting). Everyone must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight. Walkway members are welcome to attend at no cost. Non-members can register for $5.
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jun
Nature Photography
Friday, June 21, 2024 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Don't forget to bring along your camera and phone for an interactive photography session! Discover tips and tricks to improve your photography skills, and then put your newfound knowledge to the test with a short walk. Capture the beauty of your surroundings while honing your craft under guidance. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Fri 21 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 21, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 21 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 21, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 21 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Friday, June 21, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Thu 20 Jun
Full Moon Hike: “Strawberry Moon”
Thursday, June 20, 2024 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join Shayla, Hailey, and Dave for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace and there will be hills; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Max: 40 people. Cost: $4. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events. Tickets available on May 20 at 10 am.
Thu 20 Jun
Pride Sunset Walk
Thursday, June 20, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Hike park trails and celebrate Pride Month as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline! Registration required.
Registration: Required
Thu 20 Jun
BIRDING WALK
Thursday, June 20, 2024 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
MEETS AT DEEP BAY PARKING LOT. The planned route is the level terrain on Long Point peninsula (2 miles or less round trip). Birders of all experience levels are welcome. We have a few extra binoculars to loan out if you need some – please contact us in advance to reserve a pair.
Thu 20 Jun
First Day of Summer Guided Hike
Thursday, June 20, 2024 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Join us for a guided hike of Battle Loop Trail to mark the official arrival of summer. The trail covers approximately one mile over moderate terrain. The group will gather under the flagpole on the hilltop. Your guide will cover topics relating to the battle and the forested landscape.
Thu 20 Jun
FREE Third Thursday at Olana
Thursday, June 20, 2024 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Enjoy FREE house and landscape tours at Olana State Historic Site. Learn more about Frederic Church's artwork, explore his family home, and take in spectacular views! Tickets are FREE but must be reserved day-of. Last house entry is at 3pm; programs are until 5pm. First come first served, space is limited. Want to make a day of it? Join a FREE program happening in the Wagon House Education Center. Learn more below.
Thu 20 Jun
Tiny Tots: Dino Discoveries
Thursday, June 20, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Enjoy short walks, stories, dances, animal visitors, and crafts. For children ages 3 - 5.
Thu 20 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Thursday, June 20, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Wed 19 Jun
Stonewall Hike
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
This is a guided hike on a lesser-known trail along the Hudson River with the added interest of logging history and old foundations. This 3.5-mile hike has some steeper parts but is not considered difficult. Meet at the office and convoy or carpool to the trailhead. The cost is $5 for adults, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24-hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Stonewall Hike
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This is a guided hike on a lesser-known trail along the Hudson River with the added interest of logging history and old foundations. This 3.5-mile hike has some steeper parts but is not considered difficult. Meet at the office and convoy or carpool to the trailhead. The cost is $5 for adults, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24-hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 14.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Hike through a Forest of Flowers on Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning hike to see the gorgeous, pink and white blooms of the mountain laurel bushes. Our route will follow the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which features a gorgeous Catskills viewpoint, to reach the Beacon Hill Footpath. From here, we'll hike along the cliff-edge of the Beacon Hill Footpath, through the cool woods amidst a riot of blooming mountain laurel, before continuing along the scenic Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. This moderate, three-mile-long hike does include some cliffs and hills. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Discovering Bluebirds
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Lakeside State Park
Have you ever looked inside an eastern bluebird's home? Take a peek with us, as we learn about these extraordinary avians, and discover how you can help them! 3 miles. Meet at the main picnic area parking lot.
Tue 18 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Beautiful Blooms on Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately five-mile loop hike to Millbrook Mountain along the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Millbrook Mountain features cliff-edge, panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond. This route features countless blooming mountain laurel shrubs, whose showy, white and pink flowers brighten the surrounding forest. The footpath section of this route includes steep, rocky terrain and areas that are often wet, muddy and slippery, which may be challenging for some. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear with good traction and bring enough food and water for the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mon 17 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Monday, June 17, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sun 16 Jun
Beginner Bird Watch
Sunday, June 16, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Calling all beginner birders ages 14+, join us on a guided hike to search for birds! Bring binoculars if you have them. The hike will be a start and stop walk for less than two miles. Class is $5 per adult, $1 for under 18. Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24-hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jun
Beginner Bird Watch
Sunday, June 16, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Calling all beginner birders ages 14+, join us on a guided hike to search for birds! Bring binoculars if you have them. The hike will be a start and stop walk for less than two miles. Class is $5 per adult, $1 for under 18. Park tollbooth fees are waved in lieu of program fees, be sure to call 24-hours in advance to reserve your spot by calling the office at 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jun
Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Tour – Path Through History Weekend
Sunday, June 16, 2024 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Come visit for one of these tours at Schoharie Crossing during New York States Path Through History Weekend. We will offer a short tour at 10am and another at 1pm that explores the history of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. This tour will allow patrons to access the towpath of the remnants of this historic canal feature. These are free tours thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Meet at Aqueduct Boat Launch, Hartley Lane.
Sun 16 Jun
WILDFLOWER WALK
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come join us on the trails as we search for native wildflowers. We will be going on a guided walk starting from the Nature Center and then down Middle Trail to learn how to identify common ephemeral flowers and plants.
Sun 16 Jun
WILDFLOWER WALK
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come join us on the trails as we search for native wildflowers. We will be going on a guided walk starting from the Nature Center and then down Middle Trail to learn how to identify common ephemeral flowers and plants.
Sun 16 Jun
Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Tour – Path Through History Weekend
Sunday, June 16, 2024 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Come visit for one of these tours at Schoharie Crossing during New York States Path Through History Weekend. We will offer a short tour at 10am and another at 1pm that explores the history of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. This tour will allow patrons to access the towpath of the remnants of this historic canal feature. These are free tours thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Meet at Aqueduct Boat Launch, Hartley Lane.
Sun 16 Jun
Guided Hike: History Hidden in the Woods
Sunday, June 16, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Have you ever wondered what some of the ruins within Mills-Norrie State Park might be? The beautiful park land was once the setting for grand Hudson Riverfront estates. This 90-minute guided hike will lead visitors through the park, exploring the history of three historic estates: from Staatsburgh's founding as a gentleman's farm in the 1700s to the development of The Point and Stonehurst estates in the 19th century. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles of uneven terrain, requiring study footwear. Cost: free. Reservations required: https://Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jun
Mountain Laurel Flowers Hike on Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 16, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a four-mile round trip hike along the quietly babbling Peter's Kill stream and through the cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands of the Mossy Glen Footpath. This is the time of year when the gorgeous pink and white blossoms of the mountain laurel bushes typically bloom, and this route showcases many of these showy shrubs. This trail does include some tricky footing, but the section of the trip that follows the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Sunday, June 16, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sat 15 Jun
Hike Through History
Saturday, June 15, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Discover the important people and events that created and protected our nation's oldest state park on this guided walk. Registration available on Eventbrite.com but not required.
Registration: Optional
Sat 15 Jun
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, June 15, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 15 Jun
Invasive Species in Lake Erie State Park
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join us for a short hike at Lake Erie State Park to learn about invasive species. Explore their impact on the local ecosystem and discover ways to address this environmental challenge. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Sat 15 Jun
History & Hearsay Tour – Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Come visit for one of these tours at Schoharie Crossing during New York States Path Through History Weekend. We will offer a short tour at 10am and another at 1pm that explores some of the strange history from along the canal near the Visitor Center & Museum. These are free tours thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Meet at Visitor Center, Schoharie Street.
Sat 15 Jun
Pride Walk Along the Gorge*
Saturday, June 15, 2024 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Come show your pride at parks and join a Park Naturalist on a walk along the Niagara Gorge Rim trail from Devil's Hole State Park to Whirlpool State Park and back! Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
BEACH MONITORING/CLEAN-UP: FOCUS ON COASTAL BIRDS
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Join us for a presentation on the coastal birds in our area and how they are affected by marine debris. The presentation will be followed by our weekly walk along the Park Preserve beach. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring gloves to help remove debris. Trash pickers and buckets will be provided. Meet at Visitor Center.
Sat 15 Jun
I Am Your Father
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
On this guided walk, in a faraway galaxy, fathers of animals we will find. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
FROGS!
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist to explore some of the frog species that live in the park. Frogs are noisy this time of year! What are they saying? Who are they talking to? We'll learn a little about frog communication and then head out for a short walk to look for frogs in the pond. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 15 Jun
History & Hearsay Tour – Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Come visit for one of these tours at Schoharie Crossing during New York States Path Through History Weekend. We will offer a short tour at 10am and another at 1pm that explores some of the strange history from along the canal near the Visitor Center & Museum. These are free tours thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Meet at Visitor Center, Schoharie Street.
Sat 15 Jun
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Cost: free. Reservations required: https://Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
Mossy Glen, Jenny Lane, and Lower Awosting Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 15, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-and-a-half-mile-long hike along three footpaths and one carriage road. We'll begin our journey along the Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run, and Jenny Lane footpaths and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy meander. Along the way we'll look for blooming mountain laurel flowers. The footpaths may be wet or muddy and there are also sections that are rocky and uphill, which some people may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Saturday, June 15, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Sat 15 Jun
Summer in the Preserve
Saturday, June 15, 2024 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
What you see, hear, smell, and feel in the Preserve changes throughout the year. As summer begins to unfold, join Mike for a 6-mile hike and experience lush greenery, frogs chirping, increased pollinator activity and birds in peak breeding season. Leashed dogs are welcome. Be prepared to move at a steady pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Max: 20 people. Cost: $4. Parking: $6 per vehicle. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 15 Jun
Birding with BOS
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Darien Lakes State Park
Enjoy a morning walk along the open fields of Darien Lakes State Park as we search for birds of grasslands and thickets. Binoculars recommended. Co-sponsored by the Buffalo Ornithological Society. 2 miles. Meet at gravel lot off Alleghany Rd (Rte. 77).
Sat 15 Jun
WOODLAND WALK: Shotgun Ridge Trail
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Darien Lakes State Park
An afternoon outing to experience the transition of spring to summer along the shotgun ridge trail. 2 miles. Meet at the Sumner Rd trailhead parking area.
Fri 14 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Fri 14 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Fri 14 Jun
Ferns/Nature Hike
Friday, June 14, 2024 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore Lake Erie State Park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator. Learn more about the ferns, flowers and birds that will be found along the trail. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Fri 14 Jun
BIRDING ON THE GREENWAY
Friday, June 14, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Dip your toe or jump headlong into the world of birds on and around the trail. Meet at parking area off of Route 305 (42.302838, -78.163068).
Fri 14 Jun
TINY TOTS: Animal Habitats
Friday, June 14, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.
Fri 14 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 14 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 14 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 9.
Registration: Required
Fri 14 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.