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Sat 10 Dec
Goat Island Gull Watch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara River houses many species of gull each winter. Come find them and other birds on Goat Island with a park Naturalist. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 10 Dec
Natural Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Craft your own ornaments using natural items! Hot cocoa will be available for sipping next to the woodstove. All ages are welcome any time between 10AM and 12PM.
Sat 10 Dec
AMSEAS Beach Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's pristine beach while you support marine conservation and learn about Long Island sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology. At this time of year, we also keep an eye out for stranded, cold-stun sea turtles, so they may be rescued for rehabilitation. Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe bad weather. For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/nightatocean or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475.
Sat 10 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 10 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 10 Dec
HOLIDAY BONANZA
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, craft vendors, food, and crafts. Enjoy chatting with family and friends at this fun, community event.
Sat 10 Dec
Peter’s Kill Area Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. From the parking area, we will hike on the Red Loop, Bullwheel, and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to reach a scenic vista looking toward the Rondout Valley. After we have taken in the view, we'll continue on the High Peter's Kill, Yellow Connector, and Red Loop Footpaths to create a loop and return to our starting point. Portions of this hike include sustained uphill sections and wet, uneven surfaces that some may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′ 20.46" N -73°51′12.59" W. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 10 Dec
ANIMAL HOMES
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Did you know winter can be the best time to look for animal homes in the park? Join a park naturalist to see where birds, beavers, squirrels, insects, and other animals have made their homes. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 10 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 10 Dec
HOLIDAY BONANZA
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, craft vendors, food, and crafts. Enjoy chatting with family and friends at this fun, community event.
Sat 10 Dec
Backpack Adventures
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
We are ready to go on a nature experiment adventure at Caleb Smith! And everything we need will be right on our backs! We will loan you a backpack filled with fun, interesting experiments that we will complete together as we explore the park! Chidren's Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 10 Dec
Backpack Adventures
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
We are ready to go on a nature experiment adventure at Caleb Smith! And everything we need will be right on our backs! We will loan you a backpack filled with fun, interesting experiments that we will complete together as we explore the park! Chidren's Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 10 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sat 10 Dec
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for a discussion about the sea turtle species seen in NY waters, the threats they face, and how you can become an active part of sea turtle conservation! Learn how to monitor local beaches for cold-stunned sea turtles and how to report any strandings you encounter to get these endangered species immediate assistance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation. No fee, All ages welcome. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 10 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 10 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. No registration required
Sat 10 Dec
Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Sam's Point Educator, for an interpretive hike to Indian Rock. We'll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam's Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. During this almost five-mile hike, we'll traverse woods, roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Bird Seed Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Do you enjoy feeding and watching wild birds in your backyard throughout the winter? Did you know that different types of bird seed attract different types of birds? Join us and learn all a bird it! We'll make beautiful bird seed ornaments for the holidays that you can use to decorate your backyard, your home, or make as a gift for a friend. Family fun for all ages! There is no charge for this event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events.
Sat 10 Dec
Nature Hike
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sat 10 Dec
Trees Without Leaves
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Take a walk to Whirlpool State Park from Devil's Hole State Park and learn to identify trees by bark and twig. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 10 Dec
Wildlife Slumber Party
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at the Visitor Center Put on your PJs and join us to celebrate the hibernators that live in Thacher Park! Enjoy some hot chocolate while you meet some of our live animals and learn how wildlife gets ready for the winter. We will start indoors and then head outside for a short walk. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sat 10 Dec
Sticky Ice Science
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Can we make an ice cube stick to the end of a string? Find out the answer to this question and others as we conduct our icy experiments. Together we will observe how water changes phase from liquid, to solid, to gas. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 10 Dec
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 10 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sat 10 Dec
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 10 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 10, 2022 until Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion as " A Snow-Covered Jewel."  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides. In addition, on Sunday, holiday crafts for "kids of all ages" will be featured at the Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Admission Fees: $6 per person, $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Sat 10 Dec
Jingle Falls: Winter Wonderland Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park

A chance each Saturday to join a park naturalist and discover the winter wonderland that Niagara Falls becomes in the winter months. We'll begin at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion. Registration encouraged at (716) 282-5154.

Sat 10 Dec
Wildlife Slumber Party
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Put on your PJs and join us to celebrate the hibernators that live in Thacher Park! Enjoy some hot chocolate while you meet some of our live animals and learn how wildlife gets ready for the winter. We will start indoors and then head outside for a short walk. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sat 10 Dec
DIY Survival Bracelets!
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Looking for the perfect gift for your outdoorsy friend? Make survival bracelets and learn how to use them in an emergency situation under the guidance of wilderness educator, Stephen Sciame of Blue Campfire Experiences, LLC. Make one for yourself and one for a friend! Ages 8+.Cost: $8 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Children ages 6 to 11 become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids discover "whodunit." Kids can enter their solution to "whodunit" in a drawing for a prize: a gift certificate to Oblong Books & Music. Timed-entry reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free (admission paid onsite).
Sun 11 Dec
History Hike
Sunday, December 11, 2022 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
While the main purpose of this hilly, moderately paced 6-mile walk is to relax and socialize, we will make stops to discuss some spots of historic interest. Adult Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 423-1770.
Sun 11 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park

Be a part of the annual tradition and join us for our Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. To register call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 11 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 11 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 11 Dec
Scenic Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately six-mile hike on four historic carriage roads and one footpath. Starting from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will hike a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and continue on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we intersect the Meadows footpath. Then, we'll continue walking through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. Returning along the Castle Point Carriage Road until we intersect the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll continue walking west to east around the Lake, stopping to admire all the scenic views until we return to the Visitor Center. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sun 11 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sun 11 Dec
Fantastic Foxes Preschool Program
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
We'll read books, play games, and make crafts that teach us about the elusive fox! Recommended for children ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Carriage Rides
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Treat your family this holiday season and enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the Preserve as it was originally intended: via horse-drawn carriage! We encourage you to wear festive attire and join the Jingle Bell Parade at 1 pm. Rides begin every hour on the hour, registration required. Carriages can accommodate groups of 4, 6, or 8. Smaller groups will be placed with others; we will do our best to keep your group together. Children under 2 are free. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost: $25 per person + Eventbrite fees. Rain date: December 18. Tickets available on November 16 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
Fantastic Foxes Preschool Program
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
We'll read books, play games, and make crafts that teach us about the elusive fox! Recommended for children ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Nature Hike
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sun 11 Dec
Ice Lanterns
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Use natural materials to create an ephemeral work of art! Learn about native plants while using their greens, stems, and berries to craft ice lanterns to decorate your front step or holiday table. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Fur and Skulls
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Observing the fur and skulls of different animals can tell us how they adapt to living in the wild. Investigate animal adaptations and make an animal track booklet. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 11 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sun 11 Dec
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 5-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the bench near the admission booth inside the park entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. Parking is free inside the park near the meeting place or along Midland Ave. Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and the South County Trailway. View Tibbetts Brook and three Croton Water structures and learn their history. Trail may be muddy; sturdy shoes or boots advisable. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
Jingle Bell Parade!
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
‘Oer the fields we go, laughing all the way... around Swan Lake! Get into the holiday spirit and dress up for the occasion as you sip hot cider and walk around the lake alongside horses, carriages, and your fur-babies in costume. Stop by the Swan Lake kiosk to enter to win a prize for best horse costume or best dog costume, drawing at 2 pm. Dogs must be leashed. This family-friendly event is FREE, no registration required. Rain date: December 18, announcements will be made via social media.
Sun 11 Dec
Ice Lanterns
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Use natural materials to create an ephemeral work of art! Learn about native plants while using their greens, stems, and berries to craft ice lanterns to decorate your front step or holiday table. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Wreath Making
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
It's the holiday season again! Whatever holiday you celebrate a beautiful smelling natural wreath is enjoyable during these cold months. We will have all the natural plants to decorate with. Feel free to bring ribbons or anything else you like to decorate your wreath with for the season. One wreath per household. Adult Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sun 11 Dec
Owl Pellets
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Have you ever peered inside an owl pellet? Snowy owls migrate to Jones Beach most winters, where they feast on small critters and leave their droppings behind. Join us for an afternoon of pellet dissection to uncover the skeletons within! All materials provided. Children (Ages 6-12), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 11 Dec
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, December 11, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a guided hike to explore the trails of the Park as we transition to winter! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Mon 12 Dec
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Monday, December 12, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! Vaccination required. Free binocular loans available upon request. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Mon 12 Dec
LITTLE EXPLORERS – RACCOONS
Monday, December 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we'll focus on those smart, pesky nocturnal animals – the raccoons! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!

Tue 13 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 13 Dec
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
This guided, beginner-rated hike begins on the Nature Trail and then takes us around Mud Pond where we can view Moreau Lake's oldest beaver lodge! In case of ice, bring micro-spikes. If you don't own them we do have some available to borrow. In case of snow bring snowshoes. If you don't own them we have rentals available for $5 at the office. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 13 Dec
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This guided, beginner-rated hike begins on the Nature Trail and then takes us around Mud Pond where we can view Moreau Lake's oldest beaver lodge! In case of ice, bring micro-spikes. If you don't own them we do have some available to borrow. In case of snow bring snowshoes. If you don't own them we have rentals available for $5 at the office. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 13 Dec
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Brackish Water
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12) Ages 3 and up:& $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 14 Dec
Tiny Tots: Evergreen Trees
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 14 Dec
FALL ADVENTURERS WITH TOWN OF PLATTSBURGH PARKS AND REC
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
This free program is open all adults and senior citizens. If you need a boost to get started walking and hiking or maybe you are interested in trying new locations, now is the time!  We provide a safe and fun experience for all that attend. All participants must dress appropriately for the weather.  Register by 11/12 by calling 518-562-6860. More info here: https://plattsburghny.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29899

Wed 14 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 2
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Reptiles and amphibians of Letchworth.
Wed 14 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 2
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Reptiles and amphibians of Letchworth.
Wed 14 Dec
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year: The Geminids. On a cool and crisp night catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 15 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a nature-themed book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 15 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a nature-themed book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 15 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Thu 15 Dec
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, December 15, 2022 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 16 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 16, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 16 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 16, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 16 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Friday, December 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Fri 16 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Fri 16 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 16, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 16 Dec
Tiny Tots: Evergreen Trees
Friday, December 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 16 Dec
Nature Hike
Friday, December 16, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Fri 16 Dec
Evening Hours at the Mansion
Friday, December 16, 2022 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy the decorated mansion with costumed guides, live music, and fabulous holiday gift ideas in the museum's shop. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Fri 16 Dec
Adult Night Hike
Friday, December 16, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Come to Connetquot River State Park Preserve after hours for this adult only night hike! This walk with activities will connect your senses to the night. See how yours compare to creatures of the night! Adult Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 17 Dec
48th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3683 prior to December 17 for territory assignment. All day.
Sat 17 Dec
48th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Letchworth State Park
Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3683 prior to December 17 for territory assignment. All day.
Sat 17 Dec
Goat Island Gull Watch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara River houses many species of gull each winter. Come find them and other birds on Goat Island with a park Naturalist. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 17 Dec
Hike with Mike: Raven’s Rock
Saturday, December 17, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 6-mile hike to Raven's Rock, the site of one of Tarrytown's many legends. Nestled in a quieter and less-frequented area of the Preserve, Raven's Rock is one of our hidden treasures. On the way, we'll pass a field where Woody Allen filmed one of his early movies. Leashed dogs are welcome. Be prepared to hike at a steady pace. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 17 Dec
Barcelona Lighthouse Open House & Gift Shop Sale
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Come enjoy a treat next to our tree and learn about the plans for the Lighthouse tower restoration and the park's overall plan. Don't forget to hit the gift shop for last-minute Christmas gifts - we've got some great gifts and newly designed items! All proceeds support the restoration project.
Unfortunately, we are not able to ship items; in-person sales only.
Sat 17 Dec
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a tour of the fish hatchery! A short presentation about this historic site will be followed by a tour and a view inside the hatch house. Feed the fish and learn what it takes to operate a fish hatchery! Family Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 17 Dec
AMSEAS Beach Walk
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's pristine beach while you support marine conservation and learn about Long Island sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology. At this time of year, we also keep an eye out for stranded, cold-stun sea turtles, so they may be rescued for rehabilitation. Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe bad weather. For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/nightatocean or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475.
Sat 17 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 17 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 17 Dec
EVERGREEN WALK
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
A park naturalist will lead a guided nature walk to see what is happening in the park as we transition to Winter, highlighting and investigating some of the tree species that stay green all year! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 17 Dec
Forest Therapy: Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Embrace change with mindful movement, nature observation, journaling, and tea under the trees. Led by Mindful Outdoor Guide and certified Forest Therapist, Cindy Olsen, this experience will be an opportunity to celebrate the natural world in honor of the winter solstice. Ages 18+. No dogs please. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 17 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 17 Dec
Take a Bird to Lunch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
With the cold months here, many birds have either been migrating south, or bulking up for the long winter ahead. Lets help by providing them with a good meal! Using natural materials, we will make bird feeders to hang in your yard to give the migrating birds, as well as the year-long residents an extra boost! Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 17 Dec
Take a Bird to Lunch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
With the cold months here, many birds have either been migrating south, or bulking up for the long winter ahead. Lets help by providing them with a good meal! Using natural materials, we will make bird feeders to hang in your yard to give the migrating birds, as well as the year-long residents an extra boost! Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 17 Dec
Wreath Making
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join us for a fun seasonal craft! Create your very own custom wreaths with items found in nature. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 17 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 17 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. No registration required
Sat 17 Dec
Winter Wildlife Walk
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at Hop Field. Join Nature Center educators for a hike while we learn how plants and animals prepare for the winter. Registration is not required.
Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Hanging a beautiful wreath on your door is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. We will provide the wreath and plant material but feel free to bring bows, ribbons or ornaments to decorate with. One wreath per household. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure
Sat 17 Dec
FIRST DAY OF WINTER
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come listen to a children's story and then feed birds at our very own bird feeder station.
Sat 17 Dec
Drop-in, Make-Your-Own, Pressed Flower Bookmark or Tree Ornament at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Are you missing all the beautiful flowers of summer? Come make your own pressed flower bookmark with some of the most popular flowers found at Sam's Point! Participants will learn about the flower pressing process and will be able to take these bookmarks home. This event will be held inside our Visitor Center and all materials will be provided. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sat 17 Dec
Jingle Falls: Winter Wonderland Walk
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park

A chance each Saturday to join a park naturalist and discover the winter wonderland that Niagara Falls becomes in the winter months. We'll begin at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion. Registration encouraged at (716) 282-5154.

Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Photos with Hank the Miniature Donkey
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Drop by to say hi and take a holiday photo with everyone's favorite miniature donkey, Hank! Learn more about the Church family's own donkeys, which were used to travel throughout the site on Olana's historic carriage roads. This drop-in program is open and free for all. Please note, visitors with dogs will be asked to view Hank from outside a small perimeter for safety reasons.
Sat 17 Dec
Refreshments by Frankie’s Hudson Valley
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Frankie's mobile bar will be selling coffee, hot chocolate, and winter refreshments alongside their famous baklava and other seasonal treats. Grab a bite and enjoy Olana's spectacular winter views by the fire!
Sat 17 Dec
Olana Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Come celebrate the changing of the seasons during this special community celebration from 1:00-5:00pm on December 17th. Join us at Olana to celebrate winter with a series of free opportunities to experience the Hudson Valley ‘s beautiful winter landscape. Enjoy free partial access to the first floor of Olana's historic interiors. Watch the sunset and purchase refreshments from Frankie's nomadic coffee shop as you warm up around a bonfire. Drop in for a free storytelling performance led by Pamela Badila at 3pm. Take family photos with everyone's favorite miniature donkey, Hank, and learn more about the Church family's own donkeys. Outdoor art making activities will be available for all ages throughout the afternoon.
Sat 17 Dec
Free Historic Interiors Access
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Discover the treasures of Olana's Main House interior in your own time for free during this special community event. Enjoy free access to Olana's historic interiors during this self-guided opportunity. House entry will be available on a first come first served basis beginning at 1:00pm. Last house entry will be at 3:15pm.
Sat 17 Dec
Winter Wildlife Walk
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at Hop Field. Join Nature Center educators for a hike while we learn how plants and animals prepare for the winter. Registration is not required.
Sat 17 Dec
FIRST DAY OF WINTER
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come listen to a children's story and then feed birds at our very own bird feeder station.
Sat 17 Dec
Folktales by Firelight
Saturday, December 17, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Gather round our bonfire to hear stories from far and wide! Celebrate the spirit of the season and join storyteller Pamela Badila for this free outdoor storytelling program for all ages. During this program, participants will join our professional storyteller outdoors as she tells tales by firelight. This drop-in program is open and free for all.
Sun 18 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Children ages 6 to 11 become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids discover "whodunit." Kids can enter their solution to "whodunit" in a drawing for a prize: a gift certificate to Oblong Books & Music. Timed-entry reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free (admission paid onsite).
Sun 18 Dec
Birding at Fort Niagara
Sunday, December 18, 2022 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Fort Niagara State Park
Come identify birds and discuss the importance of Lake Ontario for over wintering birds at Fort Niagara To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 18 Dec
Eagle Watch
Sunday, December 18, 2022 09:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
This will be our first Eagle Watch of the season! Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them; we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 18 Dec
Eagle Watch
Sunday, December 18, 2022 09:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This will be our first Eagle Watch of the season! Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them; we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 18 Dec
Barcelona Lighthouse Open House & Gift Shop Sale
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Come enjoy a treat next to our tree and learn about the plans for the Lighthouse tower restoration and the park's overall plan. Don't forget to hit the gift shop for last-minute Christmas gifts - we've got some great gifts and newly designed items! All proceeds support the restoration project.
Unfortunately, we are not able to ship items; in-person sales only.
Sun 18 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 18 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Be a part of the annual tradition and join us for our Knox Farm Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Sun 18 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 18 Dec
Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sun 18 Dec
Creature Feature
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 18 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 18, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sun 18 Dec
Evergreen Tree Walk
Sunday, December 18, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Learn the life history and identifying features of New York's conifers! The program will cover one mile of easy trails around the Visitor Center. Great for adults and children ages 5 and up. Registration is not required.
Sun 18 Dec
Evergreen Tree Walk
Sunday, December 18, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Learn the life history and identifying features of New York's conifers! The program will cover one mile of easy trails around the Visitor Center. Great for adults and children ages 5 and up. Registration is not required.
Sun 18 Dec
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, December 18, 2022 12:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly flag changing ceremonies on the Walkway bridge to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. These events, organized and presented by these local veterans' organizations, are open to all who wish to attend. Contact: Ross Hartlipp with American Legion Post 739 for information and updates. Location: flagpole at the bridge center overlook, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.
Sun 18 Dec
Nature Hike
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sun 18 Dec
Feathered Frend Feeders
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
How do birds stay warm in the winter? Learn about the winter birds that make their homes in Hempstead Lake State Park. Create your own pinecone bird feeder to take home and feed our feathery friends. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 18 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sun 18 Dec
A Naturalists View: Winters Beginning
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we go on a naturalist's saunter to explore the approaching start of the winter season. We will enjoy all we see, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Sun 18 Dec
Family Hike
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 18 Dec
Family Hike
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 18 Dec
Winter Wonders
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
While the beach may be known to be the hot spot during the summer months, winters at Jones Beach are just as wonderful! Join an educator to learn about identifying the animal tracks from our winter critters and explore how to harvest seeds from the dormant plants. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 18 Dec
Pinecone Pals
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Winter is a great time to find pine cones! Join us as we collect some, explore their structure, and create fun pine cone animal crafts to take home! Family Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Mon 19 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Monday, December 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. This is the first Knee-high of the winter so remember to dress for the weather! As this program is on the day before Hanukkah begins, we will be reading a book about Hanukkah. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Mon 19 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Monday, December 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. This is the first Knee-high of the winter so remember to dress for the weather! As this program is on the day before Hanukkah begins, we will be reading a book about Hanukkah. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Mon 19 Dec
LITTLE EXPLORERS – FOXES
Monday, December 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we'll focus on the foxes that live in the park. This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Mon 19 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 19, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 - 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 19 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 19, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 - 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.
Tue 20 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Two Scenic Views Hike in the Peter’s Kill area of Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a stimulating and refreshing two-mile hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, both of which feature stunning views in clear weather. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 20 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 3
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Sensitive reptile and amphibian management practices.
Tue 20 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 3
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Sensitive reptile and amphibian management practices.
Tue 20 Dec
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Harbor Seals
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12) Ages 3 and up:& $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Celebrate the winter solstice with a moderate three mile hike through forests, fields and wetlands. This hike introduces the partici-pant to some of the most interesting features of the park. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Wed 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
 Meet at the Visitor Center. December 21st marks the first official day of winter. Join us for a two-mile roundtrip walk to High Point to bring in the new season and enjoy views of the Hudson Mohawk Valley. Registration is not required.
Wed 21 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
This is a moderate guided hike around the beautiful Lake Bonita. Some areas can be quite wet and icy so keep this in mind when choosing your footwear- micro-spikes and waterproof boots are recommended. If you don't own micro-spikes we do have some available to borrow. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Wed 21 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This is a moderate guided hike around the beautiful Lake Bonita. Some areas can be quite wet and icy so keep this in mind when choosing your footwear- micro-spikes and waterproof boots are recommended. If you don't own micro-spikes we do have some available to borrow. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Wed 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
 Meet at the Visitor Center. December 21st marks the first official day of winter. Join us for a two-mile roundtrip walk to High Point to bring in the new season and enjoy views of the Hudson Mohawk Valley. Registration is not required.
Wed 21 Dec
Tiny Tots: Owls
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Solstice Sunset
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days.
Wed 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Solstice Sunset
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days.
Thu 22 Dec
Get To Know Your Snowshoes
Thursday, December 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Putting on your snowshoes is sometimes the hardest part of this fun sport! Bring your snowshoes to the Creekside Class-room to get a basic introduction to bindings, base layers and the basics of snowshoeing. No snow required! We have snowshoes to practice with if you do not have your own. All ages are welcome any time between 10AM and 12PM.
Thu 22 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Thu 22 Dec
Evening Stroll
Thursday, December 22, 2022 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
This sparkling-new program will be a leisurely stroll setting out from the office parking lot and heading down to the beach, stopping along the way to appreciate the sky. As this is on the night before the New Moon there will be very little light interference from the moon so if the sky is clear we will have a spectacular view of the stars and visible planets. Bring binoculars if you've got them, we'll have some to share as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 22 Dec
Evening Stroll
Thursday, December 22, 2022 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This sparkling-new program will be a leisurely stroll setting out from the office parking lot and heading down to the beach, stopping along the way to appreciate the sky. As this is on the night before the New Moon there will be very little light interference from the moon so if the sky is clear we will have a spectacular view of the stars and visible planets. Bring binoculars if you've got them, we'll have some to share as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Fri 23 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 23, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 23 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 23, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 23 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Friday, December 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Fri 23 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Fri 23 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 23 Dec
Tiny Tots: Owls
Friday, December 23, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 23 Dec
Nature Hike
Friday, December 23, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Fri 23 Dec
Magic Circuit Wands
Friday, December 23, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
This magical program teaches the basics of simple-circuit construction in a wizardly way. Cast your favorite spell with your very own circuit wand! Take your wand with you to make magic at home. All materials provided. Children (Ages 7+), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 24 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Sat 24 Dec
AMSEAS Beach Walk
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's pristine beach while you support marine conservation and learn about Long Island sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology. At this time of year, we also keep an eye out for stranded, cold-stun sea turtles, so they may be rescued for rehabilitation. Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe bad weather. For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/nightatocean or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475.
Sat 24 Dec
Storytime Saturdays
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Spend your Saturday mornings with us at the Environmental Education and Resiliency Center for a story, coloring, and more! Parent/Guardian supervision is a must, no drop-offs. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 24 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 24 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 24 Dec
WINTER DISCOVERIES
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Stop in for a Winter Discoveries activity sheet and explore the outdoors with the entire family.
Sat 24 Dec
Christmas Eve Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a four-mile Christmas Eve hike to the scenic vista of Echo Rock. Leaving from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will walk only on historic carriage roads during this recreational program. We will take Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain, and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads to arrive at Echo Rock. This scenic vista is located on a cliff perched over the Palmaghatt Ravine, across the ravine from Patterson's Pellet. On a clear day, there are spectacular views from here. Our return trip will follow the same route, but we will make our way around the east side of Lake Minnewaska, enjoying the views around the Lake. In the event of snow on this date, this hike may be cancelled or rescheduled to another location. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 24 Dec
WINTER DISCOVERIES
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Stop in for a Winter Discoveries activity sheet and explore the outdoors with the entire family.
Sat 24 Dec
Winter Birding Walk
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come down to Jones Beach each week to visit diverse habitats to look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and elusive owls. Bring your hat, gloves, and a warm drink! Binoculars provided. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 24 Dec
Winter Seasonal Stroll
Saturday, December 24, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
On this short (approximately 1.5 miles) stroll, one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, you'll discover that nature is beautiful and interesting in winter too. Adult Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 423-1770.
Sat 24 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 24, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sat 24 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 24, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 24 Dec
Nature Hike
Saturday, December 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sat 24 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Saturday, December 24, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sat 24 Dec
Winter Wonders
Saturday, December 24, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
While the beach may be known to be the hot spot during the summer months, winters at Jones Beach are just as wonderful! Join an educator to learn about identifying the animal tracks from our winter critters and explore how to harvest seeds from the dormant plants. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 25 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 25, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 25 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 25, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 25 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sun 25 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Sunday, December 25, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Mon 26 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Monday, December 26, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Winter has begun so remember to dress for the weather! As this program is on the day Kwanzaa begins, we will be reading a book about Kwanzaa. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Mon 26 Dec
Knee-high Naturalist
Monday, December 26, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Winter has begun so remember to dress for the weather! As this program is on the day Kwanzaa begins, we will be reading a book about Kwanzaa. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Mon 26 Dec
Family Hike
Monday, December 26, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Some of us may have partaken in an extra serving or two of mashed potatoes on the day before this hike. Whether this applies to you or not, let's gather and spend some time breathing clean, fresh air and admiring the beauty of Moreau Lake State Park in early winter. As this is the first day of Kwanzaa, we will begin the hike with a short discussion on what Kwanzaa means and how it is celebrated. Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Mon 26 Dec
Family Hike
Monday, December 26, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Some of us may have partaken in an extra serving or two of mashed potatoes on the day before this hike. Whether this applies to you or not, let's gather and spend some time breathing clean, fresh air and admiring the beauty of Moreau Lake State Park in early winter. As this is the first day of Kwanzaa, we will begin the hike with a short discussion on what Kwanzaa means and how it is celebrated. Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 27 Dec
Make a Mouse House kids craft workshop
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 until Thursday, December 29, 2022
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Children ages 7 – 12 take a brief tour of the mansion to locate mouse houses tucked into different rooms, then create their own mouse house. Materials provided. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8/child or $20 for family of 3 children.
Tue 27 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Winter Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along Beacon Hill
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately 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 to admire all the scenic views along our route. 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 Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 27 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 until Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Tue 27 Dec
Letterboxing
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Looking to get the kids out of the house and into an outdoor adventure? Our letterboxing is a kind of treasure hunt designed to find natural objects based on a set of clues. This will take place in camping loop A. Once you've discovered all the clues, head down to the Warming Hut. Here you can warm yourself by the fire, enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Moreau Lake State Park and, if you've completed the letterboxing, you'll receive a prize! Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 27 Dec
Letterboxing
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Looking to get the kids out of the house and into an outdoor adventure? Our letterboxing is a kind of treasure hunt designed to find natural objects based on a set of clues. This will take place in camping loop A. Once you've discovered all the clues, head down to the Warming Hut. Here you can warm yourself by the fire, enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Moreau Lake State Park and, if you've completed the letterboxing, you'll receive a prize! Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 27 Dec
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Winter Illustration
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12) Ages 3 and up:& $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Tue 27 Dec
Year End Yoga
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join us as we usher in the new year by taking time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the next chapter. Relieve stress and explore the connection between breath and movement with instructor, Shivani Singh, in a unique session that will include 15 minutes of guided meditation. Appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Cost: $8 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. Tickets available on November 16 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 28 Dec
Drop-in Feed the Birds Program at Sam’s Point
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Birds use a lot of energy to keep themselves warm in the cold winter months. Join us to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard during this challenging season. We'll use pinecones, peanut butter, and bird seed to make a delicious treat for the birds that you can hang in trees near your house. We'll keep our eyes outside on the bird feeder, record what birds we see and use field guides to figure out the birds we can't identify. All 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 NOT required.
Wed 28 Dec
Tiny Tots: Colors
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 28 Dec
Kids Crafts with Friends
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Always popular and such fun, join the Friends of Moreau Lake State Park for some winter crafts! Let your inner artist bust out and have some laughs while producing crafts to keep or give away. There is no fee for this program, however, reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174. 
Wed 28 Dec
Kids Crafts with Friends
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Always popular and such fun, join the Friends of Moreau Lake State Park for some winter crafts! Let your inner artist bust out and have some laughs while producing crafts to keep or give away. There is no fee for this program, however, reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174. 
Thu 29 Dec
Birding Platform
Thursday, December 29, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
The barrier island is a major migratory bird corridor. Stop by the new birding platform located off the bike path by the Center to see what feathered friends fly by! Wheelchair & low-mobility accessible. Binoculars not provided, but an educator will be stationed with a birding scope. No fee, All ages welcome. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Thu 29 Dec
Celebrating New Years Around the World
Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Offered for the first time right here at MLSP! This 2-part program will help children to prepare for a year of gratitude as well as learning about how other cultures celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. We will decorate a label for a Gratitude Jar to take home and affix to a container. Every day throughout the year you are encouraged to write down one good thing that happened that day and place it in the jar. At the end of the year, look back and recall all of the good that happened! We will also have stations set up to explore some of the many ways people throughout the world celebrate the New Year. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 29 Dec
Celebrating New Years Around the World
Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Offered for the first time right here at MLSP! This 2-part program will help children to prepare for a year of gratitude as well as learning about how other cultures celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. We will decorate a label for a Gratitude Jar to take home and affix to a container. Every day throughout the year you are encouraged to write down one good thing that happened that day and place it in the jar. At the end of the year, look back and recall all of the good that happened! We will also have stations set up to explore some of the many ways people throughout the world celebrate the New Year. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 29 Dec
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, December 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join an educator as we learn about winter wildlife on a guided scavenger hunt! We'll walk short, easy trails around the Visitor Center if the weather is good and move indoors if not. Ideal for individuals 12 and under. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Thu 29 Dec
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, December 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join an educator as we learn about winter wildlife on a guided scavenger hunt! We'll walk short, easy trails around the Visitor Center if the weather is good and move indoors if not. Ideal for individuals 12 and under. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Thu 29 Dec
Sunset on Snowshoes
Thursday, December 29, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
As the month (and the year!) come to a close, come and enjoy a contemplative snowshoe stroll with a park naturalist. Snowshoes are loaned for free for the duration of the program. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 29 Dec
Sound Healing
Thursday, December 29, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Dayna Gralla for a therapeutic and restorative sound healing experience. Envelop yourself in the sounds of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and a variety of soothing instruments as you allow your mind to drift from an active state to a relaxed and meditative state. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 18 people. Ages 10+. Tickets available on November 16 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 30 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 30, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 30 Dec
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, December 30, 2022 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program has limited sign up available, please pre-register. Call 518-917-2174. Fee is 1$ per child.
Fri 30 Dec
Children’s Snowshoe Lesson
Friday, December 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Classroom to enjoy a one hour snowshoeing lesson. We will learn how to put on our snowshoes and move in them before heading out on a flat 1/2 mile hike to look for animal tracks. Snowshoes will be available to borrow. This pro-gram is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Please email Allison.Schweizer@parks.ny.gov to register.
Fri 30 Dec
Beginners’ Map and Compass Course
Friday, December 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Learn how to use a map and compass during this new two hour navigation course! Participants will identify the parts of a compass and practice basic map navigation before heading into the woods to use these skills outdoors. This program is appropriate for ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2535 to register.
Fri 30 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Winter Wonderland
Friday, December 30, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.
Fri 30 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 30, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 30 Dec
Tiny Tots: Colors
Friday, December 30, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 30 Dec
Creature Feature
Friday, December 30, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 31 Dec
Fifth Annual Minnewaska-Shawangunk (NYMS) Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird census, first proposed in December 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman, as an alternative to the Christmas "Side Hunt", a popular 19th century sport that caused a decline in bird populations. Participants of the "Side Hunt" would form teams and whichever team killed the most birds won the Hunt. The first CBC was held on December 25, 1900, with 27 participants. The CBC is the oldest citizen science project in the United States, with this being its 123 year. Participants in the CBC spend the day listening, looking for, and counting birds within a predetermined area. Taking place between December 14 and January 5, the 5th annual NYMS (Minnewaska-Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count circle will be joining the thousands of other circles in North America, Central America, South America, the Pacific, and Caribbean, in this winter tradition. Interested parties will be searching a 15-mile diameter circle for birds, which includes most of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  
Sat 31 Dec
Goodbye 2022 Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Say goodbye to 2022 with our last program of the year! Join us at the Preserve for a fun time searching for things hidden in nature along the trails! Are you up for the challenge? Children's Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 31 Dec
AMSEAS Beach Walk
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's pristine beach while you support marine conservation and learn about Long Island sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology. At this time of year, we also keep an eye out for stranded, cold-stun sea turtles, so they may be rescued for rehabilitation. Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe bad weather. For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/nightatocean or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475.
Sat 31 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 31 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 31 Dec
Last Day Hike
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
End the year with a walk in nature along one of the best remaining sand dune environments on Lake Erie. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 31 Dec
Winter Birding Walk
Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come down to Jones Beach each week to visit diverse habitats to look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and elusive owls. Bring your hat, gloves, and a warm drink! Binoculars provided. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 31 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 31 Dec
New Gear’s Eve Bike Ride
Saturday, December 31, 2022 06:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Grab your bike and some friends to join Allegany staff and Western New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA) members for the last ride of the year. Bring lights, wear warm and reflective gear and a helmet. No one will be left behind. Participants may be split into different paced groups, if necessary. There will be a social to follow the ride in the Mess Hall at Camp Allegany. Bring your own snacks. Questions: Call the Environmental Education Department (716) 354 9101 ext 232.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Hamlin Beach State Park
Self Guided hike through the Day Use of Hamlin Beach State Park. For more information please call (585) 964-2462.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Selkirk Shores State Park
Come join us for an invigorating walk through our old growth forest on our beautiful Frog Pond and Goose Foot trails. Rain or shine, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served at no charge at the park office. For more information please call (315) 298-5737.
Sun 01 Jan
First Sunrise Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Witness the first sunrise of 2023 from Archery Field Overlook, the breathtaking "Grand Canyon of the East" view at Letchworth State Park. This easy hike on mostly-level ground offers wonderful views and great photo opportunities. 1 mile. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center in the south end of the park, 1 mile south of the Castile entrance. For more information please call (585) 493-3680. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Sunrise Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Witness the first sunrise of 2023 from Archery Field Overlook, the breathtaking "Grand Canyon of the East" view at Letchworth State Park. This easy hike on mostly-level ground offers wonderful views and great photo opportunities. 1 mile. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center in the south end of the park, 1 mile south of the Castile entrance. For more information please call (585) 493-3680. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Take a self-guided tour around the Fort Ontario Military Reservation and learn about,   "BUFFALO SOLDIERS, FORT ONTARIO, AND OSWEGO'S BLACK BELT" 1908 – 1911. Dress warm and add a layer! For more information please call (315) 343-4711.

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