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Sat 27 Oct
Luminarias on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 27, 2018 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop (0.5 mile walk) following the light of handmade luminaries. Experience the magic of the fall woods and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy light snacks.

Come in costume for a chance to win our "Best Costume" prize! Pre-registration is required.

Sat 06 Oct
Fall Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a special fall-themed scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails

Thu 11 Oct
Creatures of the Night Hike for Adults
Thursday, October 11, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for an adult-paced twilight hike and search for some of the wildlife that becomes active after park guests leave for the day. Walk will be approximately 2 miles. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Sat 27 Oct
Luminarias on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 27, 2018 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop (0.5 mile walk) following the light of handmade luminaries. Experience the magic of the fall woods and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy light snacks.

Come in costume for a chance to win our "Best Costume" prize! Pre-registration is required.

Sat 20 Oct
Jay Walking – Trees of the John Jay Homestead Farmyard and Pleasure Ground, 1789 through
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Led by Robert Madigan, of Great Estates|SLM and NYBG-Certified Sustainable Landscape Manager, this 90-minuteplantation walking tour identifies significant tree specimens located at the Homestead, discusses their identifyingcharacteristics and historical context. Registration is recommended. Please watch the Homestead's website for weatherrelated cancellations.

10:00am| Location: Meet in main parking lot | Free admission | All ages

Registration: Optional
Wed 17 Oct
Gray Matters: Connecting Dementia & Alzheimer’s to Olana
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join us for Olana’s bimonthly program designed for individuals with early stages Alzheimer’s & Dementia and their family or caregivers. This program invites all participants to take part in conversation and create art around specific Olana-related themes. Once a month the program will be outside in Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape; participants will be driven on the historic carriage roads in an electric carriage. The other program of each month will take place inside the Persian-style Main House. Participants are welcome to join us at 3:30 for tea and cake in the Visitor Center before the program begins. Please make advanced reservations as this program is limited to 10 people.

3:30PM for tea and cake, 4-5PM tour historic landscape | Location: Visitor Center | Free

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Sep
Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires. Hudson River Valley Ramble Event #42.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington's Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back, admiring architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800's. On the return trip, you might stop to tour Jay Gould's Lyndhurst or Washington Irving's Sunnyside mansion (paid guided tours are available at both). When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Irvington Train Station, a 5-10-minute uphill walk). Free and no reservation required. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Mon 08 Oct
Rockwood Hall – Archville Bridge – Rockefeller Preserve -- Joint Walk with Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Urban Trail Conference
Monday, October 8, 2018 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Approximately 4-5 miles, loop walk, easy-to-moderate. This walk, mostly on the Old Croton Aqueduct, begins at the ruins of Rockwood Hall, built in 1849 and purchased by Wm. Rockefeller, John D. Senior's younger brother, in 1886, before John D. began acquiring and building what later became Kykuit. We cross the Archville bridge, which replaced the earlier bridge that carried the Aqueduct over Rt. 9 and served as a carriage trail connecting the two estates. We reach the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and walk on Rockefeller trails to view a major Aqueduct structure that crosses the Pocantico River. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. Meet at the Rockwood Hall (description & directions: www.nynjtc.org/hike/rockwood-hall-sleepy-hollow) parking lot behind Phelps Memorial Hospital at 1 pm. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, 646-303-1448, saraakelsey@gmail.com or Urban Trail Conference leader, David Bernstein, 347-224-7376, islay6@gmail.com

Sat 13 Oct
Weir Tour
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133). (From Metro-North Hudson Line Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Free and no reservation required. Inquiries: Jean Horkans, jhorkans@optimum.net or 914-762-4082.

Sat 27 Oct
Walk the High Bridge & Explore Nearby
Saturday, October 27, 2018 09:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the NE corner of 168 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan, a short walk from subway stations. Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day trippers once more. Let's take a long walk that starts across the Harlem River via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way, we will pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4.5 miles), plus elevated subway train transfers. (Metro North Hudson Line riders can ride down to Manhattan with the guide.) Bring snacks, drinks and a sun hat/light-colored umbrella. Rain cancels. Inquiries: text or phone Lesley Walter, 914-671-7112.

Sat 06 Oct
NYS Path through History: Saw Mill River Heritage Tour
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

As part of NYS Path through History, join the staff of Philipse Manor Hallon this walking tour of downtown Yonkers. Philipse Manor Hall anddowntown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill, orNepperhan, River. Following the river from its mouth at the Hudson toChicken Island, patrons will learn about the growth of Yonkers from 1682to the present, and discuss how these changes are connected to largertrends in New York and the United States. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors andstudents. Free for Friends members & for children 12 and under.

Mon 08 Oct
BIRD WALK with Saw Mill River Audubon
Monday, October 8, 2018 08:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come birding with SMRA! Beginners encouraged. Meet in the main parking lot of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. More info at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Monday | 8:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Sat 13 Oct
NATIVE PLANTS OF ROCKEFELLER PRESERVE:
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Missy Fabel and Dawn Orza will lead a 1-hour nature walk around the lake to show you what kinds of native and invasive plants are at the Preserve and some key skills on how to identify them. They will also discuss what we’re doing at the Preserve to protect native plants and why. Missy is a member of The Native Plant Center’s Steering Committee and volunteer coordinator of the Go Native U certificate program. Dawn is training to be a Cornell Master Naturalist, and has been working on eliminating invasives from the woodlands and replanting native plants in a private Westchester County estate. Meet in the Welcome Center courtyard. Free and open to the public.

Suggested for ages 10+ Saturday | 9 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Mon 15 Oct
BIRD WALK with Saw Mill River Audubon
Monday, October 15, 2018 08:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come birding with SMRA! Beginners encouraged. Meet at the Pocantico/Sleepy Hollow Road entrance of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. More info at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Monday | 8:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Sun 23 Sep
Landscape Walk for the Hudson Valley Ramble
Sunday, September 23, 2018 01:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

What You See and What You Don’t See - 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
Sun 23 Sep
Sunrise Stroll
Sunday, September 23, 2018 06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The early bird gets the view! Join your fellow early risers to celebrate the first Sunday of Spring and Fall with a Sunrise Stroll on the Walkway. Enjoy the sunrise and Walkway’s spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. The east and west gates to the Walkway will open at 6:30 AM. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

6:30AM – 7:30AM | Location: Walkway Over the Hudson | FREE | All Ages

Sat 29 Sep
Fall Colors Tour at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

With fall in full swing, the deciduous trees on the escarpment and in the valley begin to prep for the coming winter. The weeks leading to bare trees treat us with a beautiful array of colors. Join us as we learn the different trees and why they behave the way they do. Meet at the Pear Orchard parking lot. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take in the scenic beauty and seasonal color of the park on this early autumn walk. We’ll walk the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail, a three-mile loop trail in the north zone of the park. At the halfway mark, we’ll stop to take in the view from High Point, on the escarpment. Dress for a cool mountain morning and bring a snack and water. Meet at Carrick Road parking area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop at Thacher Park
Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us at the Carrick Road Parking lot and join us for our adventure through the northern area of the park. Leave No Trace is a guideline to enjoying the outdoors with as little impact as possible. This free workshop will run until roughly 2pm, so be sure to bring a packed lunch and be comfortable hiking between 3-5 miles. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Guided Walk on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils, and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Geology of the Blue Trail at Thacher Park
Sunday, October 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The blue trail in the southern portion of the park is a hidden gem and doesn’t necessarily get explored too often. Along this trail, you’ll pass a series of cliffs and some fields full of grikes. Wear appropriate footwear for walking on and off trail to view the geology. Meet at the Paint Mine parking lot. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Oct
Critters of the Night Hike at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, October 26, 2018 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Under the cover of darkness, the forest comes alive with sounds of animals and insects adapted to night-life! Join us for a sensory hike through the fields and forests surrounding the Nature Center, as we search for elusive critters of the night. Learn to identify some common night sounds and give your best owl call a shot! This program is appropriate for adults and children age 8 and older. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Tue 25 Sep
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the short section of the Western Ridge trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. From there we will hike all the Eastern Ridge trail turning onto the Ridge Run Trail, then the Cottage Park trail for a short period then cutting back onto the Western Ridge trail to end back at the Spring Overlook parking. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Sep
Ridge Run Hike
Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake, where we can stop and have lunch. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Oct
Baker Loop Hike
Monday, October 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Once we get to the Ridge we will make a loop from the Ridge Run trial to the Western Ridge trail and back down to the parking lot. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be roughly 3 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced.
Registration: Required
Wed 03 Oct
Moreau Overlook to Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Then we will continue to the Ridge Run trail and make a loop back to the overlook. There we will head back down the Moreau Overlook trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit thePalmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us to the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 2 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 09 Oct
Waterfall to Lake Ann Hike
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This will be about a 5-mile hike with ups and downs, making this a nice, scenic loop. We will start at the Lake Bonita parking lot and head over to the Waterfall trail. From there we will hike the Western ridge trail to the Lake Ann trail. This will take us back to Lake Bonita where we will head back to the parking area. Program fees apply. Registration is required 24 hours advanced notice Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Oct
Lake Bonita/Lake Ann/ Cottage Park Hike
Friday, October 12, 2018 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This will be a long hike starting at Lake Bonita to the Lake Ann Trail to the Eastern Ridge trail all the way over to the Cottage park trail and down the mountain. This hike will be roughly 6.5 miles. We will spot cars. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the office. Kids and anyone 62 and older are $1, everyone else $2. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, October 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Oct
Potter Point Hike
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
Spring Overlook Hike
Saturday, October 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2-miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 23 Oct
Western Ridge Hike
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at Mud pond and drive over to the Spring Overlook parking lot. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety to Mud pond. This will be just about 6 miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Oct
Stonewall Run Hike
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join the Park Naturalist on a beautiful hike overlooking the Hudson. This is a hidden gem on the other side of the Hudson River. It is a truly wonderful place to explore. This trail is about 3.5-miles round trip. Pre-registration is required, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Oct
Full Moon Hike
Thursday, October 25, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Registration: Required
Fri 26 Oct
Eastern Ridge Hike
Friday, October 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Haunted Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 27, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

It is that time of year again. Come and partake in the festivities here at Moreau Lake State Park. The Friends of Moreau Lake (non-profit) will be sponsoring this event. Take a haunted walk with refreshments and activities afterwards. Advance registration is required and a $5 fee/car is required. Contact the park office at (518)-793-0511 to make reservations or if you have questions. Proceeds go to benefit the educational programs at the park.

Registration: Required
Mon 29 Oct
Stonewall Run Hike
Monday, October 29, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join the Park educator on a beautiful hike overlooking the Hudson. This is a hidden gem on the other side of the Hudson River. It is a truly wonderful place to explore. This trail is about 3.5-miles round trip. Pre-registration is required, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Oct
Critter Crawl
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we go into our woods to explore! We will walk to a close by creek bed. There we will look under logs and rocks searching for cool critters. But make sure you always put everything back where you found it! Please call to reserve a spot at 518-793-0511 with 24-hour advanced notice. We will meet and pay for the event at the park office.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Sep
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the short section of the Western Ridge trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. From there we will hike all the Eastern Ridge trail turning onto the Ridge Run Trail, then the Cottage Park trail for a short period then cutting back onto the Western Ridge trail to end back at the Spring Overlook parking. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Sep
Ridge Run Hike
Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake, where we can stop and have lunch. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Oct
Baker Loop Hike
Monday, October 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Once we get to the Ridge we will make a loop from the Ridge Run trial to the Western Ridge trail and back down to the parking lot. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be roughly 3 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced.
Registration: Required
Wed 03 Oct
Moreau Overlook to Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Then we will continue to the Ridge Run trail and make a loop back to the overlook. There we will head back down the Moreau Overlook trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit thePalmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us to the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 2 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 09 Oct
Waterfall to Lake Ann Hike
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This will be about a 5-mile hike with ups and downs, making this a nice, scenic loop. We will start at the Lake Bonita parking lot and head over to the Waterfall trail. From there we will hike the Western ridge trail to the Lake Ann trail. This will take us back to Lake Bonita where we will head back to the parking area. Program fees apply. Registration is required 24 hours advanced notice Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Oct
Lake Bonita/Lake Ann/ Cottage Park Hike
Friday, October 12, 2018 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This will be a long hike starting at Lake Bonita to the Lake Ann Trail to the Eastern Ridge trail all the way over to the Cottage park trail and down the mountain. This hike will be roughly 6.5 miles. We will spot cars. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the office. Kids and anyone 62 and older are $1, everyone else $2. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, October 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Oct
Potter Point Hike
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
Spring Overlook Hike
Saturday, October 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2-miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 23 Oct
Western Ridge Hike
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at Mud pond and drive over to the Spring Overlook parking lot. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety to Mud pond. This will be just about 6 miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Oct
Stonewall Run Hike
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join the Park Naturalist on a beautiful hike overlooking the Hudson. This is a hidden gem on the other side of the Hudson River. It is a truly wonderful place to explore. This trail is about 3.5-miles round trip. Pre-registration is required, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Oct
Full Moon Hike
Thursday, October 25, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Registration: Required
Fri 26 Oct
Eastern Ridge Hike
Friday, October 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Haunted Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 27, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

It is that time of year again. Come and partake in the festivities here at Moreau Lake State Park. The Friends of Moreau Lake (non-profit) will be sponsoring this event. Take a haunted walk with refreshments and activities afterwards. Advance registration is required and a $5 fee/car is required. Contact the park office at (518)-793-0511 to make reservations or if you have questions. Proceeds go to benefit the educational programs at the park.

Registration: Required
Mon 29 Oct
Stonewall Run Hike
Monday, October 29, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join the Park educator on a beautiful hike overlooking the Hudson. This is a hidden gem on the other side of the Hudson River. It is a truly wonderful place to explore. This trail is about 3.5-miles round trip. Pre-registration is required, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Oct
Critter Crawl
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we go into our woods to explore! We will walk to a close by creek bed. There we will look under logs and rocks searching for cool critters. But make sure you always put everything back where you found it! Please call to reserve a spot at 518-793-0511 with 24-hour advanced notice. We will meet and pay for the event at the park office.

Registration: Required
Mon 24 Sep
Nature Changes
Monday, September 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take a fall hike with one of our educators, learning about the seasonal changes that can be easily observed. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Wed 26 Sep
Learn to ID Hike
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us for a hike to learn about the common types of trees in the area. Ages 5 and up. Call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Sep
Leave No Trace Hike
Friday, September 28, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist to learn the seven different Leave No Trace principles during a hike. Ages 5 and up. Call (518) 584-2000 ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Sep
Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest
Sunday, September 30, 2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Watch giant pumpkin growers from the Northeast compete to find the biggest pumpkin of the year! Last season we had over 40 giant pumpkins. This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. This event takes place at the Lincoln Bathhouse. No registration necessary. Registration fees apply to competitors. Please call (518) 584-2000 for more information.
Tue 16 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center- Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour. The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.

Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be post-poned.

Sat 29 Sep
Fall Colors Tour at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

With fall in full swing, the deciduous trees on the escarpment and in the valley begin to prep for the coming winter. The weeks leading to bare trees treat us with a beautiful array of colors. Join us as we learn the different trees and why they behave the way they do. Meet at the Pear Orchard parking lot. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take in the scenic beauty and seasonal color of the park on this early autumn walk. We’ll walk the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail, a three-mile loop trail in the north zone of the park. At the halfway mark, we’ll stop to take in the view from High Point, on the escarpment. Dress for a cool mountain morning and bring a snack and water. Meet at Carrick Road parking area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop at Thacher Park
Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us at the Carrick Road Parking lot and join us for our adventure through the northern area of the park. Leave No Trace is a guideline to enjoying the outdoors with as little impact as possible. This free workshop will run until roughly 2pm, so be sure to bring a packed lunch and be comfortable hiking between 3-5 miles. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Guided Walk on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils, and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Geology of the Blue Trail at Thacher Park
Sunday, October 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The blue trail in the southern portion of the park is a hidden gem and doesn’t necessarily get explored too often. Along this trail, you’ll pass a series of cliffs and some fields full of grikes. Wear appropriate footwear for walking on and off trail to view the geology. Meet at the Paint Mine parking lot. Pre-register for this program by calling the park office at 518-872-1237. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Oct
Critters of the Night Hike at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, October 26, 2018 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Under the cover of darkness, the forest comes alive with sounds of animals and insects adapted to night-life! Join us for a sensory hike through the fields and forests surrounding the Nature Center, as we search for elusive critters of the night. Learn to identify some common night sounds and give your best owl call a shot! This program is appropriate for adults and children age 8 and older. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Tue 25 Sep
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for a five-mile-hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. 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 some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Awosting Falls Loop Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to Minnewaska and enjoy the foliage as we hike to Awosting Falls. We’ll meet at the Awosting Parking Area, where we begin our hike on the High Peter’s Kill Footpath. As we continue along this trail, we’ll get to see beautiful views of the Rondout Valley. After crossing the Peter’s Kill stream, our hike continues onto two short footpaths, which follows along the Peter’s Kill. We’ll take a break at the Peter’s Kill Area, where we can break for lunch and use the restrooms. From there, we’ll cross Route 44/55 onto the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then onto the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. We’ll follow this trail all the way to Awosting Falls, after which we will walk back to the parking area. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpaths do include some hills and tricky footing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Oct
Morning Hike around the Lake and along Beacon Hill Footpath
Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping along the way for a short detour to a scenic vista of the Catskills. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the brilliant foliage below in the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 09 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Oct
Fall Foliage Bonanza Hike to Echo Rock
Sunday, October 14, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern Hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Oct
Beacon Hill Phenology Hike at Minnewaska
Friday, October 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join us at Minnewaska as we hike on the Beacon Hill Footpath, out to Beacon Hill. Not only will we be admiring the color of the leaves, we'll also study how the leaves have changed from the summer. Phenology hikes are offered every month to gain the most accurate data possible of seasonal changes of plants and animals. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Rainbow Falls and Lake Awosting Hike
Saturday, October 27, 2018 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join us for an exciting excursion on an assortment of historic carriage roads and footpaths to explore some of the lesser-traversed sections of the Park Preserve. For this approximately eight-mile hike, participants will hike Lower Awosting Carriage Road, Rainbow Falls Footpath, Scenic Trail Footpath and Lake Awosting Carriage Road. We'll begin our hike on Lower Awosting Carriage Road and continue until the Rainbow Falls Footpath. Rainbow Falls features interesting backcountry terrain, and on a clear day, has a spectacular view of the Catskill Mountains. At the intersection of Castle Point, we'll wander down to the Scenic Trail, walking past Margaret Cliff and Murray Hill on the way to the southwest end of Lake Awosting. From here, we'll continue around Lake Awosting on the Lake Awosting Carriage Road and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy walk back to the parking area. This hike includes some hiking over rock slabs, tree roots, a stream crossing and a rock scrambling section, which some hikers may find challenging. Participants must come with appropriate footwear and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the day. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Two Cliff Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a scenic two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area to reach two picturesque vistas. Our route will ascend a hill on the Bullwheel Footpath to reach the intersection with the High Peter's Kill Footpath. From this point, the hike will follow the trail a modest distance in each direction to reach gorgeous vistas of both the Clove Valley and the Rondout Valley, from rocky cliff edge perches. Then, we'll continue to follow the High Peter's Kill Footpath to create a loop, passing along the edges of a rushing stream and up a hill through a quiet forest. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: National Public Lands Day Volunteer Trails Event at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come join us at Sam's Point to celebrate National Public Lands Day. We will be pulling invasive plants from along the sides of our trails. Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting the globally rare ecosystem found here. All necessary training and tools will be provided. Bring enough water to last the day (at least 2 liters), snacks, and a lunch. After the work day is over, please feel free to continue to celebrate National Public Lands Day by hiking our wonderful trails. All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a free day pass to participating federal public lands, including most National Parks. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least eight years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Sep
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, September 30, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: September 25th.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Sep
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, September 30, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer, in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: September 25th.
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Oct
Month of October: Landscape Paintings of New York, solo exhibit by Mitchell Saler at Sam’s Point
Monday, October 1, 2018 until Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Mitchell Saler is having a solo exhibit, Landscape Paintings of New York, at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center as the prize for winning First Place in the Plein Air Paint Out held at Sam’s Point. The show presents around 20 of his realistic oil paintings depicting scenes of nature in the state of New York. The landscapes are on view and for sale during the month of October. A portion of the proceeds from painting sales will go to help support Sam’s Point. A reception will be held Saturday, October 6 from 3 – 5 pm, where you can meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. In his paintings, he emphasizes vastness, dramatic lighting and atmospheric effects. He is inspired by the sublime Hudson River School landscapes. Mitchell Saler states, “I enjoy the beauty and variety of landscapes in New York and how they change with the seasons. Through painting and drawing, I experience meditative relaxation as well as exhilarating energy, and in my works, I balance tranquility with a majestic drama.” He is a board member of the Goshen Art League and the Wallkill River School, and also a member of the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters. His website is www.mitchellsaler.com. Stop in to the Sam's Point Visitor Center to enjoy these beautiful paintings! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Sun 07 Oct
Ice Caves and Lake Maratanza Loop at Sam’s Point
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m What exactly is an “ice cave” and how did they form? To find out, join Laura Davis, Interpretive Ranger, for this adventurous hike to the ice caves. We’ll take the scenic route to return, enjoying views of Lake Maratanza. This hike includes approximately three and a half miles of hiking on old woods roads and a half mile of hiking on the ice caves footpath, which includes steep stone stairs, ladders, boardwalks and slippery surfaces. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Fri 12 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, October 12, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer, in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 7th.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer, in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 8th.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, October 20, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, October 21, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer, in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 16th.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves – PHOTOGRAPHY EDITION!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join other photographers to explore and photograph the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer, in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. This particular hike will move at a slower pace to allow you ample time to take that perfect picture. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 23rd.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
Tails and Trails Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Join a park naturalist and her dog as you set off to explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be leashed and under your control at all times while on the walk. After, your furry friend can run off-leash at the Dog Park in the park. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Nov
Out for a Sunday Stroll
Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Join a park naturalist for a scenic hike through the Niagara Gorge. We will learn about the local geology, history and the unique ecology at Artpark State Park. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Nov
Full Moon Adventure Series: Beaver Moon
Friday, November 23, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

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

Registration: Required
Mon 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Monday, December 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

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

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Nov
Full Moon Adventure Series: Beaver Moon
Friday, November 23, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Eco-Kids
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

A program geared for pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little ones for one or more of these fun classes. Call (716) 282-5154 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Nov
Eco-Kids
Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

A program geared for pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little ones for one or more of these fun classes. Call (716) 282-5154 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Dec
Eco-Kids
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-4691

A program geared for pre-school & elementary kids! Each month we’ll explore a new topic, take a walk, and make a craft. Join us with your little ones for one or more of these fun classes. Call (716) 282-5154 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Trek or Treat: Haunted History Hike
Sunday, October 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
(716) 284-5778

Join a park naturalist to discuss urban legends, myths, and the strange historical events of Devil’s Hole while hiking in the gorge and witnessing the foliar splendor. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Hidden Wetlands & Forgotten Trees
Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Take a journey through a forest lost in time as we explore a wetland surrounded by old growth trees. This is an off-trail hike so please bring appropriate footwear. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Young Explorers: Leaf Peepers
Sunday, October 7, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Calling all young explorers! "Peep" into the mysterious lives of trees and their changing leaves. We will walk along the trails to see the fall colors and start your own Evangola leaf collection! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Nov
Gobble Walk
Thursday, November 22, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Flare your tail and strut on out, we’ll travel in a flock and waddle Turkey Talk! So spur the poults from the roost, Tom Turkey’s on the loose! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Wed 28 Nov
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Head out to the woods for a scenic walk through Evangola to enjoy the changing season and the final days of November. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Mon 24 Sep
Crepuscular Hike: Harvest Moon Hoopla
Monday, September 24, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Come discover what all the hoopla's about as we set out on a moonlit hike to witness the rise of the harvest moon, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Oct
Fall Foliage Photography Walk
Saturday, October 20, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

From fantastic fall colors to vintage barns- Knox Farm offers many opportunities to test your photography skills! Come for a sunset walk through field and forest. Bring a camera or phone to capture the moment! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Oct
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Head out to the woods for a scenic walk through Knox Farm to enjoy the fall foliage and other autumnal changes. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Oct
Full Moon over the Falls
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

With the glow of the full moon to guide us, we will hike to Knox Falls and experience the park during twilight hours. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Nov
Autumn Tree I.D. Hike
Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

A hike through the fall woods to learn some basic tips and tricks that will help you identify trees, even after they have lost their leaves! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Thu 22 Nov
Gobble Walk
Thursday, November 22, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Flare your tail and strut on out, we’ll travel in a flock and waddle Turkey Talk! So spur the poults from the roost, Tom Turkey’s on the loose! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Fri 23 Nov
The Hidden Life of Trees
Friday, November 23, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

From mycorrhizal fungi to towering trees, we will explore how the forest creates a vast underground network called the "wood wide web" in an attempt to answer the question, can trees really talk? Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Night Hike
Friday, December 21, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

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

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Stroll Through Nature
Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Take a leisurely walk down the Great Gorge Railway Trail into the gorge, enjoying scenic overlooks along the way. Canine companions are invited to join you on this walk, leashed and under your control at all times. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Oct
Full Moon Adventure Series: Harvest Moon
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Let’s use the full moon as a guiding light, on an evening adventure of the night! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Nov
Just Pawing Around
Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Join a park naturalist and her furry four-legged companion as you set off to explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times while on the walk. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Dec
Winter Waterfall Walk Series
Sunday, December 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

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

Registration: Required
Sun 09 Dec
Winter Waterfall Walk Series
Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Oct
The Whirl of Fall
Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Travel through history and the changing colors of fall on our most challenging trail. We will learn the natural history of the gorge, while traversing beside the class 6 rapids to the trail's end, an old Great Gorge Railway stop with an incredible view of the rapids. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Wags and Whirlpool
Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Want to see the full beauty of the foliage? Want more than an easy stroll? Take our most challenging trail as we travel along the Niagara River to Whirlpool Flats enjoying the challenge and stunning views of the gorge. Dogs are welcome, leashed and under your control at all times, but be advised it is a challenging trail. We do not recommend this for elderly dogs, and we suggest use of a harness. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Two opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We'll go beyond the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for either program.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Two opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We'll go beyond the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for either program.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 27, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Trick-or-treat on our trails! Wear a costume to this family-friendly event. Best for ages 5 and up; this program includes a mile hike.

Sat 27 Oct
Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 27, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Trick-or-treat on our trails! Wear a costume to this family-friendly event. Best for ages 5 and up; this program includes a mile hike.

Sun 28 Oct
The Trail Less Traveled
Sunday, October 28, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Adult Program: Enjoy the fall air with a walk on the Red Trail. Wear good walking shoes and bring water if you would like. It is a moderate hike including some hills. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Dec
Last Walk of the Year
Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Family Program: We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
The Trail Less Traveled
Sunday, October 28, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Adult Program: Enjoy the fall air with a walk on the Red Trail. Wear good walking shoes and bring water if you would like. It is a moderate hike including some hills. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Dec
Last Walk of the Year
Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Family Program: We will take it slow, enjoying the scenery through the wetlands and forests of the preserve. We will take the time to discuss what we find along the way. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Just a Hike (Western Section)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion. During this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Salt Marsh Special
Sunday, October 21, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: Join us for a slow walk through fields and forest, on our way to and from a leisurely study of salt marsh life. Because we will travel about 5 miles, we recommend that you bring drinking water. Old canvas shoes or comfortable waterproof boots are also suggested. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Oct
Fall Seasonal Stroll
Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will savor autumn’s colorful, leafy splendor. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 04 Nov
About Algonquins
Sunday, November 4, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Programs: In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will explore the land, knowledge, and traditions of Long Island’s indigenous people. Very little walking, with much sitting on the grass. Not recommended for children. Reservations are required: (631) 423-1770
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Nov
Nature on the Move (Eastern Sect)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: We’ll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Nov
Intro To Wilderness Survival
Sunday, November 18, 2018 09:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we’ll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on the grass. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Nov
Just a Hike
Saturday, November 24, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Dec
History of Caumsett
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park’s social, economic, architectural and political history. Reservations are required: (631) 423-1770
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Dec
Tracks & Traces
Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children). Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Winter Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, You will discover that nature is beautiful and interesting in the winter too. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine)
Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Photo Op Walk
Saturday, December 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Adult Program: On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we’ll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills. Reservations are required: (631) 423 – 1770
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 28, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Children's Program: Ghostly flyers? Scary bats? Join us for a short presentation about myths of some of nature’s most misunderstood animals. Then, search the park trail for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can wear your Halloween costumes– just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around! Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Fri 23 Nov
Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Friday, November 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Family Program: Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off. What better way to relax this holiday than enjoying the forest and river of Connetquot (approx. 3 miles). Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, December 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Family Program: The Hatchery is open! Discover the fascinating life cycle of a trout and enjoy our newly reopened hatchery. An indoor presentation will be followed by a “behind the scenes” tour of the trout hatchery. We will be hiking to the hatchery, ~2 miles. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Snowmen Ice Candles
Sunday, December 16, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Family Program: When were candles first used? Where does wax come from? Join us to discover the history of candles! Together we’ll create unique candles, using hot wax and ice, just before the holidays. There is an additional $2 charge per person fee for materials. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Nov
Save Sea Turtles in New York
Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to learn about the four species of marine turtles that live off our shores and what we can do the help protect them. A beach walk and clean-up will follow, weather permitting.

Sat 01 Dec
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in New York
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Learn about cetaceans and their behavior in our local waters from Atlantic Marine Conservation Society scientists. The discussion will include what you can do to help them survive. A beach walk and clean-up will follow, weather permitting.

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

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

Sat 03 Nov
Nature Quest- The Sequel
Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

Family Program: Our first nature quest was so popular we’ve created another adventure, with a new theme! Join in on the family fun as you follow a map at your own pace to discover the items on our nature hunt list. Are you up for the challenge? Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Hawk Migration Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Adult Program: The barrier beaches of Long Island are a key stop along the Atlantic Flyway and a major migratory route for thousands of raptors each fall. Join us at the Nature Center where we will search for hawks and falcons. Enjoy a ringside view of this amazing phenomenon. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Nov
West End Hike
Sunday, November 11, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Adult Program: On this brisk, fall walk, we will be investigating the various plants and migratory birds that can be seen at this time of year. Bring your hiking shoes and your cameras for some beautiful morning photo opportunities. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Adult Program: Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike New years Day Seal Walk
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Family Program: Happy New Year! Welcome in 2019 by taking a stroll along the beach to see our winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Hawk Migration Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Adult Program: The barrier beaches of Long Island are a key stop along the Atlantic Flyway and a major migratory route for thousands of raptors each fall. Join us at the Nature Center where we will search for hawks and falcons. Enjoy a ringside view of this amazing phenomenon. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Nov
West End Hike
Sunday, November 11, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Adult Program: On this brisk, fall walk, we will be investigating the various plants and migratory birds that can be seen at this time of year. Bring your hiking shoes and your cameras for some beautiful morning photo opportunities. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Adult Program: Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike New years Day Seal Walk
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Family Program: Happy New Year! Welcome in 2019 by taking a stroll along the beach to see our winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike New Years Day Seal Walk
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-3781

Family Program: Happy New Year! Welcome in 2019 by taking a stroll along the beach to see our winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Reservations are required: (631) 668-5000
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Nov
Moonlight Stroll
Saturday, November 24, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Family Program: A bustling park during the day, Sunken Meadow is a different place after the sun sets. Join us for a leisurely moonlit stroll and enjoy the tranquil autumn night air. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Dec
Welcome Winter Walk
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Squirrels are busy collecting nuts, birds are coming and going. Join us for a winter Family walk to view all the activity as animals and plants prepare for winter. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Wegmans Interpretive Hike Series
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3600

Hike #14 Bull St. to West Cuba Rd. This hike is located in Allegany County in the Village of Cuba. Park and meet on the west side of Bull St near the gazebo adjacent to the funeral home. Easy, flat trail with a milled surface. Relaxing trail parallels Griffin and Olean Creeks offering views of abundant wildlife. 2.7 miles round trip (42.216592, -78.283329)

Sun 23 Sep
Nature Walk- St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Mon 24 Sep
Crepuscular Walk- Full Moon Over the Canyon
Monday, September 24, 2018 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight. Car caravan. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Tue 25 Sep
Animal Walk- Visit a Beaver Pond
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Focus on the habitat created by beavers. Brush and mud. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot. Bring a supper. 3 hours, 1 mile, brush and mud.
Wed 26 Sep
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Lower Falls Restaurant parking lot. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 1 mile.
Thu 27 Sep
Fiddler's Elbow Hike- Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at overlook 2 miles south of the Perry Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.
Sun 30 Sep
Nature Walk- Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 30, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Council Grounds parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Sat 06 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed- The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point.
Sat 06 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 6, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Mon 08 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

1 mile. Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. Meet at the Museum.
Wed 10 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Waterfalls Section
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Parade Grounds parking lot. 2 miles, 3 hours.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 11 Oct
Lower Gorge (#1) Trail: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Will car pool. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 13 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Dishmill Section
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at junction of Oakland and River Roads. 3 miles, 4 hours.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Sat 13 Oct
Genesee Valley Greenway Hike - Bull St. to West Cuba Rd (Wegmans Hike #14)
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Park and meet on the west side of Bull St. near the gazebo adjacent to the funeral home. 3 hours, 2.7 miles.
Sat 13 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 13, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Thu 18 Oct
Old Woods of the Upper Canyon: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate. Steep terrain and brush. Bring a lunch. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 20 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: St. Helena Section
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

4 hours, 3 miles. Meet at Sycamore (#22) Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Bring lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Sat 20 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Sun 21 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3 hours, 3 miles. General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Will car pool.
Wed 24 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Gardeau Section
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Bear Hollow (#16) Trailhead on River Road between junction of Ridge and Frost Roads. 6 hours, 5 and a half miles.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 25 Oct
St. Helena- Ghost Town of the Genesee: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 27 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 27, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Sun 28 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Car pool from Visitor Center. 9:30am at site- 3 hours, 1 and a half mile hike. Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and a small natural bridge at the peak of fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.
Wed 31 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Mt. Morris Canyon Section
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Mt. Morris Dam entrance off Route 408. 5 hours, 4 and a half miles.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 01 Nov
Walk on the Wild Side
Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3 hours, 2 miles. Dishmill creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.
Sat 03 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 04 Nov
Big Tree Tours- Part 1
Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Look inside the park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris entrance gate.

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

Thu 08 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Trestle Woods
Thursday, November 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate.

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

Sat 10 Nov
Leave No Trace Awareness Course at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 10th at 10:30 am and 2pm. Come learn about the seven principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven principles about how we can conserve and protect our environment while enjoying the outdoors. We will be playing interactive games centered around LNT and going on a short hike. The program will be 1-2 hours. Registration required by calling 585-493-3680.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 11 Nov
Big Tree Tour- Part 2
Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Sycamore (#22) Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.

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

Thu 15 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Museum Woods
Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Museum.

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

Sat 17 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 17, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 18 Nov
Big Tree Tours- Part 3
Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Visit some of our oldest forest and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18th, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base.

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

Sat 24 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 25 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center.

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

Sat 01 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Bishop Woods & Dark Woods (Visitor Center Area)
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Visitor Center. Meet at 10am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves, we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.
Sat 01 Dec
Pond Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 08 Dec
Hemlock Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 8, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Sun 09 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B Area)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Visitor Center. Meet at 10am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves, we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.
Sat 15 Dec
Bishop Woods Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Sat 22 Dec
Pine Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Sat 29 Dec
Inspiration Point Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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

Sun 23 Sep
Nature Walk- St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Mon 24 Sep
Crepuscular Walk- Full Moon Over the Canyon
Monday, September 24, 2018 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight. Car caravan. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Tue 25 Sep
Animal Walk- Visit a Beaver Pond
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Focus on the habitat created by beavers. Brush and mud. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot. Bring a supper. 3 hours, 1 mile, brush and mud.
Wed 26 Sep
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Lower Falls Restaurant parking lot. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 1 mile.
Thu 27 Sep
Fiddler's Elbow Hike- Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at overlook 2 miles south of the Perry Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.
Sun 30 Sep
Nature Walk- Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 30, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Council Grounds parking lot. 2 hours, 1 mile.
Sat 06 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed- The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point.
Sat 06 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 6, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Mon 08 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

1 mile. Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. Meet at the Museum.
Wed 10 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Waterfalls Section
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Parade Grounds parking lot. 2 miles, 3 hours.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 11 Oct
Lower Gorge (#1) Trail: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Will car pool. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 13 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Dishmill Section
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at junction of Oakland and River Roads. 3 miles, 4 hours.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Sat 13 Oct
Genesee Valley Greenway Hike - Bull St. to West Cuba Rd (Wegmans Hike #14)
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Park and meet on the west side of Bull St. near the gazebo adjacent to the funeral home. 3 hours, 2.7 miles.
Sat 13 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 13, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Thu 18 Oct
Old Woods of the Upper Canyon: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate. Steep terrain and brush. Bring a lunch. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 20 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: St. Helena Section
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

4 hours, 3 miles. Meet at Sycamore (#22) Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Bring lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Sat 20 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Sun 21 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3 hours, 3 miles. General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. Meet at Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Will car pool.
Wed 24 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Gardeau Section
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Bear Hollow (#16) Trailhead on River Road between junction of Ridge and Frost Roads. 6 hours, 5 and a half miles.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 25 Oct
St. Helena- Ghost Town of the Genesee: Thursday Nature Walks
Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
Sat 27 Oct
October Leaf Peeping Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, October 27, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. General nature walks around the grounds of center to view the changing leaves.

 

Sun 28 Oct
Nearby Excursion to Vacation Creek
Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Car pool from Visitor Center. 9:30am at site- 3 hours, 1 and a half mile hike. Hike along Vacation Creek in the Genesee Valley Multiple-use Area just north of Fillmore, NY to view waterfalls and a small natural bridge at the peak of fall color. Bring a lunch. Wear clothing and footwear you do not mind getting soiled and wet.
Wed 31 Oct
Nature Hikes on the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail: Mt. Morris Canyon Section
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Mt. Morris Dam entrance off Route 408. 5 hours, 4 and a half miles.

Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.

Thu 01 Nov
Walk on the Wild Side
Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3 hours, 2 miles. Dishmill creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot.
Sat 03 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 04 Nov
Big Tree Tours- Part 1
Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Look inside the park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State. Meet at Mt. Morris entrance gate.

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

Thu 08 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Trestle Woods
Thursday, November 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Portageville Entrance Gate.

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

Sat 10 Nov
Leave No Trace Awareness Course at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday November 10th at 10:30 am and 2pm. Come learn about the seven principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven principles about how we can conserve and protect our environment while enjoying the outdoors. We will be playing interactive games centered around LNT and going on a short hike. The program will be 1-2 hours. Registration required by calling 585-493-3680.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 11 Nov
Big Tree Tour- Part 2
Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Sycamore (#22) Trailhead on River Road just south of Picket Line Road junction. Brushy areas and uneven and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.

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

Thu 15 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Museum Woods
Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Museum.

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

Sat 17 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 17, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 18 Nov
Big Tree Tours- Part 3
Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Visit some of our oldest forest and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18th, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150 year old base.

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

Sat 24 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 25 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center.

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

Sat 01 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Bishop Woods & Dark Woods (Visitor Center Area)
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Visitor Center. Meet at 10am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves, we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.
Sat 01 Dec
Pond Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Saturdays at 1pm, 1 and a half hours, 1-2 miles. General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 08 Dec
Hemlock Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 8, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

Sun 09 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Cabin Bank Woods (Cabin A & B Area)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at Visitor Center. Meet at 10am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves, we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.
Sat 15 Dec
Bishop Woods Loop Trail: December Trail Hikes at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 01 Dec
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, December 1, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Black Diamond Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 and let us know how many people in your group to expect.

For a map of the trail and the location of the meeting parking lot visit: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/CatharineValleyTrailParkMap.pdf

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Nov
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, November 3, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert H. Treman State Park
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Upper Entrance parking lot by the Old Mill. This hike will begin on the Rim trail to see Lucifer Falls from the overlook and will also include portions of the Finger Lakes Trail. Total hike mileage approximately 4.5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail and weather conditions.

Registration: email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Sep
The Land No One Wanted but Everyone Loves
Saturday, September 29, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Did you know Glacier Lake was formed by a melting glacier 10,000 years ago? Come learn even more cool history and search for fossils as we walk through the park. We will walk along varied terrain, which will help us fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of Clark Reservation State Park. Approx. 1 mile round-trip. Meet at the nature center. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, please contact Collette Charbonneau at 315-492-1756 or collette.charbonneau@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 19 Oct
Fall Foliage Frolic
Friday, October 19, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Join us for a hike during the beautiful fall season! Total roundtrip distance 1-2 miles, rocky and uneven terrain at times. Meet at the nature center. Please bring water and dress for the weather. Please wear closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes. For more information, please contact Collette Charbonneau at 315-492-1756 or collette.charbonneau@parks.ny.gov.

Wed 24 Oct
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1590

Join us for a full moon adventure! Please bring a flashlight although we will try to let the bright moonlight guide us. 1 mile round-trip on mostly flat terrain. Meet at the information kiosk next to the parking lot. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the cooler weather. For more information, please contact Collette Charbonneau at 315-492-1756 or collette.charbonneau@parks.ny.gov.

Sun 07 Oct
Fall Foliage Frolic
Sunday, October 7, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Join us for a hike during the beautiful fall season! We will hike along the lake trail, 2 miles round-trip on flat terrain. Meet outside the beach bathhouse. Please bring water and dress for the weather. Please wear closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes. For more information, please contact Collette Charbonneau at 315-492-1756 or collette.charbonneau@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 29 Sep
Who’s at Your Backyard Bird Feeder?
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Ever wonder about the birds at your feeder? Or the other critters that might be snagging a bite as well? Join nature enthusiast Judy Callahan as she leads an exciting hike through Long Point State Park. Discover the birds and other critters enjoying a bite at the backyard bird feeder! The program will consist of a nature program and leisurely hike.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 29th at Long Point State Park. Attendees will meet at the trailhead to the Point. The program kicks off at 10:00am and will run approximately one hour. Please dress appropriately to be outdoors.

For more information contact Marla Connelly at (716) 386-3165 or email at Marla.Connelly@parks.ny.gov