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Sat 21 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

The fun kicks off at 10:00 with a one mile, round trip, guided hike on Red Jacket Trail -this is a continuation of our Third Saturday Trek series. Kids activities run from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will feature Sun Painting –weather permitting. This particular activity will run from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Bring a t-shirt to paint, or we will have bandanas available for a $2.00 donation. There will also be a slide presentation from 11:00-11:30 a.m. on the changes in butterfly communities in Allegany State park over an 80-year period. Kids can also build their own butterfly garden to take with them at 11:30 a.m. after the talk!

The Allegany State Park Trails Department will be in the lobby of the Administration Building amid the festivities from 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. looking for people interested in the Volunteer Trail Stewardship Program. After lunch, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. join the ASP Trails Department and our Volunteer Trail Stewards as we clear the Red House bike path of any encroaching brush. Meet in the Red House Administration Building's great room.

On-going during this event, participants can test their skills at Nature Trivia, color, and check out various displays such as non-biodegradable plastics, and DDT.

Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Apr
Birding Basics at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 27, 2018 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this fourth installment of a four-part series. During this program, we will take a walk on the trails near the library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan to participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one, or all four programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Sat 28 Apr
Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk
Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Enjoy the sudden burst of color that carpets the forest floor before the new leaves of summer take hold. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 28 Apr
ARBOR DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 28, 2018 until Sunday, April 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
(516) 922-9200

Now in its twenty-eight year, the Arbor Day Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay continues to educate and raise awareness about environmental issues as well as entertain patrons of all ages. Attendance in the past has exceeded 15,000. There are many fun-filled and exciting activities scheduled for all ages to enjoy such as face painting, a petting zoo, caricaturists, and much more!

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 (rain or shine) Sunday, April 29, 2018 (rain or shine)

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (both days)

Location: Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

More information: www.plantingfields.org

Fee per Vehicle: $20.00

Sat 28 Apr
Fiddlehead Frolic
Saturday, April 28, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A walk through the woods to discover the unfurled fronds of a fern, otherwise known as fiddleheads! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 28 Apr
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sun 06 May
Flowers n' Ferns Walk
Sunday, May 6, 2018 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Spring flowers are blooming and ferns are unfurling, a hallmark of the spring season. Come enjoy this spectacular event which lasts for only a few short weeks. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Fri 11 May
Wildflower Woods Walk at Dusk
Friday, May 11, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
(716) 282-5154

Mother Nature awaits with her annual display of wildflowers! Stroll woods filled with old growth trees, listen for birds overhead, and behold beauty seen only this time of year! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 12 May
Global Big Day Bird Count
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A fun day of birding where birders across the world unite in pursuit of seeking how many birds can be seen in a single day! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 12 May
Lichens, Mushrooms & Mosses, Oh My!
Saturday, May 12, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Enjoy the warm spring air as we explore the forgotten world of lichens, mushrooms and mosses. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 13 May
Bicycling & Birding
Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 549-1050

Bring your bicycle for a fun Buffalo waterfront ride and explore the "pocket parks" along the way for migrating birds! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 19 May
Amphibian Explorers
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It's Fowlers toad season here at the Nature Center! Let's discover more about these cute little amphibians and their life cycle. Then we'll take a walk down to explore the shallow pools and see if we can find them in their natural habitat. Ages 5 and up.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Amphibian Explorers
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

It's Fowlers toad season here at the Nature Center! Let's discover more about these cute little amphibians and their life cycle. Then we'll take a walk down to explore the shallow pools and see if we can find them in their natural habitat. Ages 5 and up.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 May
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 26, 2018 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

2:00pm Nature Scavenger Hunt – Join us for an exciting hike as we search the woods for hidden treasures. Hunt for goodies with the kids, or come along to enjoy the relaxing hike. Meet at the trailhead to the Point. Program is free to the public (approx. 1 hour).

Sat 02 Jun
Slithering Snakes
Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Snakes are fascinating creatures - if you can get past the fact that they are not fuzzy and cute (and they have no legs)! Discover the many species we have on Long Island. Recommended for children 7 & up.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
Slithering Snakes
Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Snakes are fascinating creatures - if you can get past the fact that they are not fuzzy and cute (and they have no legs)! Discover the many species we have on Long Island. Recommended for children 7 & up.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jun
Turtles, Snakes & Frogs
Sunday, June 24, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Meet Myrtle the Turtle and her friends during an interactive program introducing turtles, snakes, and frogs. Enjoy a short hike to explore the habitats of these fascinating animals.

Registration: Required