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Sat 10 Sep
Fly Fishing Workshop Series
Saturday, September 10, 2022 until Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Learn the basics of fly fishing and leave with the skills and confidence to get out on the water in this four-part workshop series led by fly fishing expert, Len Savanella. Sessions 1 and 2 will cover the vocabulary and history of fly fishing, gear, casting, and fly tying. Sessions 3 and 4 will cover ecology and best practices and will take place in the stream so you can put your newfound skills to the test! Equipment will be provided but if you have your own, please bring it. Tickets available on August 22 at 10 am, Cost: $50 for the whole series + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. Photo courtesy of Clark Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 27 Sep
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, a snack, and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 27 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately eight-mile-long hike on a combination of wooded hiking trails and easy-walking carriage roads. Beginning on the Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along a quietly flowing stream, this hike will follow the Rainbow Falls Footpath up and over rock slabs with astounding panoramic views, culminating directly beneath Rainbow Falls. This hike does include two stream crossings and some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Tue 27 Sep
Family Hike
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
This is an easy-going walk designed to bring families together in nature. We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life, taking special notice of the changing season. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Tue 27 Sep
Family Hike
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This is an easy-going walk designed to bring families together in nature. We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life, taking special notice of the changing season. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Wed 28 Sep
September Scenic Loops: Gardeau Valley Loop
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)
Wed 28 Sep
September Scenic Loops: Gardeau Valley Loop
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Letchworth State Park
General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)
Wed 28 Sep
Autumn Amble
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 06:00 AM - 07:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
Beat the mid-week slump with a walk in the park! Begin your day on a gentle guided journey on a gorge trail with a park naturalist, as we explore the Great Gorge Railway Trail. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Wed 28 Sep
One Fish, Two Fish
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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.
Wed 28 Sep
After School- X Kids Series
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have a child that loves the outdoors? What about one that loves bugs? Then have them become an X Kid! "X Kids use their superpowers to protect incredible animals called invertebrates." All participants who complete their Xperience activity book will earn an X Kids badge! No charge. Ages 7-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. Must attend at least one of the first three sessions and the last session to earn the badge.

Wed., Sept 7th: After School- X Kids: What is an invertebrate?

Wed., Sept 14th: After School- X Kids: Pollinators

Wed., Sept 21st: After School- X Kids: Nocturnal invertebrates

Wed., Sept 28th: After School- X Kids: Invertebrates in our communities and badge ceremon

Wed 28 Sep
Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Join us for a discussion of The Revolutionary Journal of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin, 1775-1778. Baldwin was chief engineer at Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence between 1776 and 1777. A version of his journal is available online. Anyone wishing to participate in the discussion is encouraged to e-mail david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov ahead of their visit. Located at 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Wed 28 Sep
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Thu 29 Sep
Mushroom Walks and Displays
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Special programs of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. This walk will highlight more autumn fungi. This will be a morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon.
Thu 29 Sep
Mushroom Walks and Displays
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Special programs of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. This walk will highlight more autumn fungi. This will be a morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon.
Thu 29 Sep
One Fish, Two Fish
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
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.
Thu 29 Sep
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Thursday, September 29, 2022 until Friday, September 30, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Thu 29 Sep
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, September 29, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place here in the Preserve? Actually, there are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join us for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Thu 29 Sep
Community Drumming Circle
Thursday, September 29, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Visit the Walkway for a community drumming circle. This event is dependent on the weather. It is held in sunshine only and will be cancelled in the case of rain. For more information contact Suprina at www.suprinasculpture.com.
Thu 29 Sep
NATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS
Thursday, September 29, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we're reading The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book! New members always welcome!
Thu 29 Sep
Night Hike
Thursday, September 29, 2022 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Join a park educator for a hike beginning at sunset. This is an opportunity to see MLSP in a different light! The trek will be rated for beginners and is family friendly. Well behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Unfortunately, our trails don't accommodate strollers. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174. The cost is $5 for adults, $1 for children and this can be paid in cash or by check at the office upon arrival.
Thu 29 Sep
Night Hike
Thursday, September 29, 2022 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Join a park educator for a hike beginning at sunset. This is an opportunity to see MLSP in a different light! The trek will be rated for beginners and is family friendly. Well behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Unfortunately, our trails don't accommodate strollers. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174. The cost is $5 for adults, $1 for children and this can be paid in cash or by check at the office upon arrival.
Fri 30 Sep
Qigong on the Walkway
Friday, September 30, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Join us for a Qigong session at the Ulster Welcome Center. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong (pronounced "cheegong") combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing, and meditation to help us relieve anxiety, release stress, and feel more energized and peaceful. The natural movement of water is a reflection of natural wellness within ourselves. We are healthiest and happiest when the body is relaxed and flowing like the tide of the river, and when the mind is quiet and deep like the sea. All practices can be done seated or standing and are adaptable to suit individual comfort levels. Everyone is welcome to participate. These events are free for Walkway members, while non-members are asked to consider donating at the event ($5 suggested). All proceeds support Walkway Over the Hudson and its mission to bring dynamic programs like this to the Hudson Valley community.
Fri 30 Sep
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, September 30, 2022 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
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.
Fri 30 Sep
What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, September 30, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person; children 12 and under are free.
Fri 30 Sep
FRED GOLOFARO MEMORIAL MONTAUK SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT
Friday, September 30, 2022 until Sunday, October 2, 2022 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament in honor of Fred Golofaro. This tournament is open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by mail in or in person at State Park Headquarters or Paulie's Tackle of Montauk. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners. Location: Waters from the western most tip of Napeague State Park, east. Times: Noon on Friday through Noon on Sunday. Award Ceremony: Montauk Point State Park at 12:30 PM on Sunday, 10/2 Fee: $20.00 per participant.
Fri 30 Sep
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, September 30, 2022 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
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.
Fri 30 Sep
Fun Facts with Kelly: Wildflower Edition
Friday, September 30, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
As summer winds down and different colors are emerging, take a stroll in search of new flowers blooming along the trail. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 30 Sep
Nature Photography
Friday, September 30, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Bring your camera and phone to learn about your camera, how to take better pictures and then take a short walk to take pictures. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 30 Sep
Hispanic History: Frida Kahlo
Friday, September 30, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Frida Kahlo would paint colorful sugar skulls in much of her work. The skulls were reflections between life and death. We will create sugar skulls and use Frida's work to help spark our creativity. Adult Program. To Register please visit Eventbrite.com & search #NatureEdventure.
Fri 30 Sep
Bat Beach Talk
Friday, September 30, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Pre-registration by phone required! What better way to welcome in the Halloween season?! Do you love bats? Fear them? Admire from afar? This program is great for all ages. Bring a blanket and a warm layer. This program will be outdoors on the beach. Program will be held on Friday, Sept 30th, 7:00pm. $2/ person, 5 and under free. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.
Fri 30 Sep
Autumn Astronomy – Stars above Sand
Friday, September 30, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Take advantage of autumn's longer nights and enjoy an evening on the beach below the stars with a park naturalist. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 01 Oct
Perennial Party
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Do you love gardening? Do you have perennials you would like to donate? Join this fun program hosted by our gardening docent volunteer to learn more about perennials and donate any thinned or new perennials to the cause to make the gardens more sustainable. No experience with gardening required. This program is geared towards adults. Please no HOSTA. This program will involve manual labor with some bending and using of gardening tools. Free entry into the park for the day. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 01 Oct
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products.

Sat 01 Oct
71st Annual Herb Fair
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The Herb Fair is organized by the N.Y. Unit of the Herb Society of America. This year's program will feature an Herb Table, Bake Table, and Ways and Means table, containing many garden and household items for sale. Deborah Needleman will discuss the art of blending herbs to make teas, and how to use herbs within your home landscape during a 2pm lecture. Several guided tours of the John Jay Herb Garden will be offered throughout the day. Vendors will be selling soaps, teas, jams and sauces, stationary, jewelry, textiles and pottery.
Sat 01 Oct
Hike with Mike: Eagle Hill to Douglas Hill
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 5-mile hike up Eagle Hill, down to the famous triple arch bridge, along Douglas Hill, and back to Swan Lake via Farm Meadow. Great opportunity to explore a new area of the Preserve if you haven't been to the west side before! Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 01 Oct
Forest Physiognomy
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Physiognomy speaks of general appearance, that allows insight into its character. Join us for a hike through two different forest types as we explore and learn what makes each unique! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050. 
Sat 01 Oct
Twin Forts Day
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Join us as we commemorate the 245th anniversary of the battle for Forts Montgomery and Clinton!  Reenactors representing units present on the day of the battle will bring to life the dramatic defense of the forts through cannon firings, military drill, camp life and children's activities. 
Schedule
10:00 AM – 5th New York "Life of a Soldier" Presentation
11:00 AM – "Flags of the Revolution" (Presentation by Al Cavalari )
12 Noon – "Brothers in Arms" Dramatic Performance
12:30 PM – "The Scourge of Scurvy" – Military Medicine Dramatic Performance
1:00 PM - 5th New York "Life of a Soldier" Presentation2:00 PM – "Brothers in Arms" Dramatic Performance
2:30 PM – "The Scourge of Scurvy" – Military Medicine Dramatic Performance
3:00 PM – 5th New York "Life of a Soldier" Presentation
3:30 – "Flags of the Revolution" (Presentation by Al Cavalari)
4:00 PM – Camps Close
Sat 01 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 3 miles)
Sat 01 Oct
John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Founding Father John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour. Advance registration is required. $20; $15 members Friends of John Jay Homestead. www.johnjayhomestead.org/events.
Sat 01 Oct
Intro to Disc Golf
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

What are those metal-chained baskets around Lake Erie State Park? Find out!  Get an introduction to the disc golf game and an opportunity to throw some disc with a park educator. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 01 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 3 miles)
Sat 01 Oct
TREE WALK
Saturday, October 1, 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 Fall, highlighting some of the tree species that make it so beautiful this time of year. Walk will be no more than 2 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!
Sat 01 Oct
Children’s program: Shaping Staatsburgh: Explore the Language of Architecture
Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Buildings come in many different sizes and styles, designed for different uses and tastes. Join site staff for a 1-hour walk around the estate to examine the mansion and other estate buildings while learning the language of architecture and why buildings look the way they do. Appropriate for children ages 9-15; must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $2/child, accompanying adults are free; $5/person for adults attending without a child.
Sat 01 Oct
Kayaking with Kelly
Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Explore the east branch of 12 Mile Creek and learn basic kayak strokes and maneuvers! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 01 Oct
DAY FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Jay Heritage Center is thrilled that the Fall Family Festival is back – the first Jay Day in three years! Activities include: Three amazing balloon twisters – Revolutionary War swords and butterfly wings are their specialties! Hay ride and petting zoo from Bronx Equestrian! John Jay stilt walker & juggler — super photo op for the whole family! Get an exquisite keepsake portrait of your child with Varin Acevado of Sweet-Silhouette by Varin! These are one-of-a-kind profiles. Only children 10 and under please. Portrait with matting is FREE – framing additional fee. Old-fashioned cornhole and ring toss on the Mansion lawn. Guided tours, scavenger hunts, and geocaching – Why is John Jay one of the seven Founding Fathers? Who was Caesar Valentine? Where did citizens of Rye celebrate the end of the American Revolution? Find our secret geocache spot and win a prize! Archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch – Hold artifacts in your hand from 4000-year-old projectile points to an 18th century slate pencil used by one of Rye's earliest students – stay tuned for a list of additional Jay Way vendors! Guided tours of the Historic Jay Gardens. Flower-pounding with Fiona. Tickets are $40 for a Family Pass, $15 for an Individual Ticket Click here to purchase tickets online.
Sat 01 Oct
WALKTOBERFEST
Saturday, October 1, 2022 until Sunday, October 2, 2022 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Are you set - for another great Walktoberfest? Well we certainly are! 200+ vendors that show off what the Hudson Valley offers! Great start to the Fall and shop to your heart's content for early Holiday Gifts. There is a shuttle bus ready for you right from the Poughkeepsie MetroNorth Station. Walktoberfest features the popular BEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY spirit, wine and ale sampling area. Participants receive a plastic wristband and tasting glass to sample beverages from over 22 local purveyors. Access to the market and tasting area are FREE, but to participate in the tasting experience a wristband and tasting glass must be purchased. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the entry tent during the event. All ages are permitted in the tasting area. Participants must be age 21 or over to drink. There is no charge to enter the tasting area and make purchases. $25 General public, $20 Seniors/vets/active duty military, $20 Walkway members. Tasting area tickets are valid for either Saturday or Sunday, regardless of the date indicated during purchase. NOTE: General admission to Walktoberfest (excluding the tasting area) is FREE. Everyone can also enjoy live entertainment. Click the button below to purchase tickets. https://fundraise.givesmart.com/e/lstmYw?vid=t9e3z. Check out the great vendor and activity list. Learn more: www.walkway.org/walktoberfest
Sat 01 Oct
Jr. Naturalist Program
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Kids! Join us to work on your very own Jr Naturalist Book and fun craft. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 01 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sat 01 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 01 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 01 Oct
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, October 1, 2022 07:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Outdoor movie at the Nature Center! This week we follow the journey of two dogs and one cat as they make their way through wild forests to get back home to their loving family. This movie is rated G. Bring your own camp chairs or blanket to sit on! Please arrive early to set up your viewing area before the movie starts. In case of rain, we will show the movie inside the Nature Center, but please be aware that there is limited space indoors.
Sun 02 Oct
Nature Hike on the Letchworth Branch ofthe Finger Lakes Trail —Waterfalls Section
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
We are offering a guided hike of our most scenic section. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required. (3-4 hours, 2 miles).
Sun 02 Oct
Nature Hike on the Letchworth Branch ofthe Finger Lakes Trail —Waterfalls Section
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
We are offering a guided hike of our most scenic section. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required. (3-4 hours, 2 miles).
Sun 02 Oct
Wildflower Walk
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join botanist, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of autumn wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 12 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sun 02 Oct
Tales of the Titanic
Sunday, October 2, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Visit the home of Titanic ticket holders Ogden and Ruth Mills to hear tales of the Titanic's voyage as we point out the remarkable similarities between Staatsburgh's rooms and what you would have seen on the Titanic. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 02 Oct
Rippleton Schoolhouse "Community Day"
Sunday, October 2, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Since relocating to the Lorenzo grounds in 1997, the Rippleton Schoolhouse has served as a place to "live history." Hundreds of Central New York pupils have attended classes in our restored one-room schoolhouse. Since 2002, the Friends of Lorenzo have hosted this annual event welcoming "kids of all ages" to participate in period games, enjoy live music, fall refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, fall crafts, and more! 
Admission to the event is free. 
Sun 02 Oct
Spooky Craft (Autumn Leaf Monsters)
Sunday, October 2, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Join us in kicking off the spooky month with a nature-inspired Halloween craft! Create spooky creatures with leaves, pinecones and more! Cost $2 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sun 02 Oct
Painting en Plein Air
Sunday, October 2, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 02 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 2, 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 and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Mon 03 Oct
PITCH & PUTT GOLF TOURNAMENT
Monday, October 3, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
Robert Moses State Park is hosting a Pitch & Putt Golf Tournament open to players of all playing abilities that are 10 years of age and older. Registration is $40 per golfer, which includes breakfast, lunch, beverages, and giveaways. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Closest to the Pin, Low Score (men's and women's division) and Team Low Gross. Registration is required and limited to the first 72 registrants. Registration can be done by mail or in person the Robert Moses State Park Field 2 Pitch and Putt office or Regional Headquarters. 
Date:                  Monday, October 3, 2022 
Time:                  Check in/breakfast - 9AM; Tournament begins - 10AM; Lunch and awards - 12:30PM 
Location:            Robert Moses State Park, Field 2 Pitch & Putt 
Course Fee:       $40 per golfer; $160 per foursome
Registration: Required
Mon 03 Oct
LITTLE EXPLORERS – PUMPKINS
Monday, October 3, 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 everyone's favorite seasonal fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit!) – the pumpkin! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Mon 03 Oct
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, October 3, 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 03 Oct
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, October 3, 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.
Mon 03 Oct
Sound Healing
Monday, October 3, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 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. The event will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. No pets please. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 18 people. Ages 10+. Please note: sound healing is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 04 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 04 Oct
Medicine, Maladies, and Mortality with Anne Clothier - NYS History Month Tuesday Talks series
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Learn about the illnesses that influenced the lives of our ancestors 1750-1920. Anne Clothier from the Saratoga County Historical Center at the Brookside Museum will be here to discuss how our ancestors' lives were impacted by death and disease. She will bring medical implements to show during her presentation. We hope you will join us for our 8th Annual NYS History Month lecture series at Schoharie Crossing. Each week we will feature a guest speaker to present on a topic related to NYS History. Programs are free to attend, hosted inside the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Ft. Hunter – 12069
Wed 05 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 1
Wednesday, October 5, 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! Basic Leaf ID (maple vs oak vs beech), opposite vs alternate branching
Wed 05 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Middle Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Wed 05 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Middle Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Wed 05 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 1
Wednesday, October 5, 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! Basic Leaf ID (maple vs oak vs beech), opposite vs alternate branching
Wed 05 Oct
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 05 Oct
Stargazing in the Preserve
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Peer into the cosmos with Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. View Saturn and Jupiter through a telescope and observe the craters on the moon in detail. Plus, capture images to take home with you! Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 06 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Fall Leaves and Flying Seeds
Thursday, October 6, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Have you ever wondered how and why the leaves of trees change from bright green to brilliant yellow, red, and orange in autumn? Bring your homeschooled children to Minnewaska to discover the answer to this question and more. Starting with a lesson on fall foliage, Park Educators will then lead a leaf matching activity along one of the picturesque carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. This engaging game teaches young children how to identify common trees, while enjoying an easy walk in the woods. We'll also look for various plant seeds and discuss the many ways that they are dispersed. If we have enough participants, we'll also play an interactive seed game outside. Lastly, everyone will have a chance to make their own leaf craft to take home. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 years old. Well-behaved younger siblings are also welcome to join the program. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Thu 06 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Thursday, October 6, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Monster Egg Drop- Who can design and build the best device to protect their monster egg! How animals eat- Join us to explore how our animal ambassadors eat! Spooky Spiders- Join us to learn about our amazing arachnid friends! Owl Talk- learn about what our resident barred owl, Patch, eats, how she hears, and what she really looks like under all that fluff! To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 06 Oct
Weir Tour
Thursday, October 6, 2022 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Thu 06 Oct
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Along the River
Thursday, October 6, 2022 05:30 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. Experience the rising moon over the interglacial valley called "Lee's Landing".
Thu 06 Oct
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Along the River
Thursday, October 6, 2022 05:30 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. Experience the rising moon over the interglacial valley called "Lee's Landing".
Thu 06 Oct
Community Drumming Circle
Thursday, October 6, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
On Thursday evenings beginning in June and running through September, visit the Walkway for a community drumming circle. This event is dependent on the weather. It is held in sunshine only and will be cancelled in the case of rain. For more information contact Suprina at www.suprinasculpture.com. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the East Courtyard (61 Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie)
Fri 07 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 7, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 07 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 7, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 07 Oct
Monthly Volunteer Event at Minnewaska: Working in the Native Plant Garden
Friday, October 7, 2022 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in giving a little love back to Minnewaska at this recurring volunteer program, offered on the first Friday of every month. This month, volunteer efforts will be focused on maintaining the native plant gardens around the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Tasks may include weeding, deadheading, and seed saving, among others. Gardening experience is helpful, but not necessary. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. The daily parking fee will be waived for volunteers who pre-register. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by emailing Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 07 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Friday, October 7, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Fri 07 Oct
SCHUYLER FAMILY REUNION
Friday, October 7, 2022 until Sunday, October 9, 2022 03:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
This weekend the Friends of Schuyler Mansion will host the 2022 Schuyler Family Reunion. The special package of events is open to descendants, current, and soon-to-be Members, as all history lovers will be interested in the itinerary! Key events will include: Welcome Reception & Open House at Schuyler Mansion, Presentation on the charitable work and contributions of descendants Georgina (1841 – 1923) and Louisa Lee (1837 – 1926) Schuyler, Walking Tour of Albany's Historic South End neighborhood and Captain Samuel Schuyler family's Trinity Place home by City Historian and Friends of Schuyler Mansion Trustee Anthony Opalka, Presentations on tracing one's Genealogy using DNA and "Our Whole History" featuring new research by Schuyler Mansion staff, Van Rensselaer historic house tours, Optional Narrated Boat Tour on the Dutch Apple. Registration for the weekend is $125.00 per person with a current Friends membership. Children 12 & under are $62.50 / age 5 & under are free. Hotel and Dutch Apple Cruise separate. To register for this event, please call the site at (518) 434-0834 to request a registration form and get payment details. Registration deadline: Sept. 23rd.
Fri 07 Oct
Awesome Owls
Friday, October 7, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join a naturalist as we learn about owls who make their homes in Western New York. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 07 Oct
Not-so Creepy Crawlies
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Some organisms get a bad rap. Join us for a walk below a nearly full moon, where we will learn about some of the more misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 07 Oct
Not-so Creepy Crawlies
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
Some organisms get a bad rap. Join us for a walk below a nearly full moon, where we will learn about some of the more misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 07 Oct
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ANDREA WULF TO SPEAK AT JAY HERITAGE CENTER
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
On Friday, October 7, at 6pm, Jay Heritage Center will welcome award-winning and best-selling writer Andrea Wulf, author of "Founding Gardeners" and "The Invention of Nature," for a FREE program to discuss her critically acclaimed new book "Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self." Wulf's book tells the gripping story of the time period and personalities that helped shape the aesthetic embodied in the 1838 Jay Mansion. It describes how a gifted circle of young Romantics "incited a revolution of the mind that transformed our world forever." This group included the poets Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis; the philosophers Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel; along with "the formidable Caroline Schlegel, who sparked their dazzling conversations about the self, nature, identity, and freedom." The core of Wulf's tale illuminates "the extremely modern tension between the dangers of selfishness and the thrilling possibilities of free will." Click here to register for this event.
Fri 07 Oct
Starry, Starry Night
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
On Friday, October 7, we celebrate the 13th anniversary of the opening of Walkway Over the Hudson and the millions of connections made high atop the Hudson River. Join us at Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie to sip delicious local creations and savor the bounty of the Hudson Valley before taking a moonlit elevator ride with friends to stroll the World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge at twilight, soaking in amazing views you can't find anywhere else. Be amazed by the talents of our local artists and musicians, and awed by a one-of-a-kind fireworks experience. Tickets are $175 per person. Your support enhances the Walkway experience for the more than 600,000 visitors to the park each year, allowing them access to amenities and programs that strengthen their connection to our region, our river, and our community. For more information: www.walkway.org/starrystarrynight.
Fri 07 Oct
Evening Halloween Hike
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook while walking in the dark. Flashlights will be required! Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 08 Oct
Fall Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, October 8, 2022 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
Grab your binoculars and field guides and join us for a fall walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club! We'll keep our eyes and ears open as we look and listen for fall migrants and Waterfowl, like geese and ducks, on the Hudson River. Egrets have even been spotted on previous walks! Bird watchers will meet at 8:00 am in the main parking lot. This program is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events.
Sat 08 Oct
B.O.S October Count
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
Be a part of the fun as we bird the lakeshore to tally species for the Buffalo Ornithological Society October count. This count has been taking place since 1939! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 08 Oct
The Long Island Sound Beach Walk
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Autumn is a great time to stroll the beach looking for shells and other treasures! We will also be looking at the fascinating geology of the cliffs and perhaps find some good clays to mold into a "creation!"
Sat 08 Oct
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products.

Sat 08 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a park naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 08 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed – The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with mobility disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. (1 hour, 1¼ mile).
Sat 08 Oct
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 08 Oct
Halloween Crafts
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Join us to work on some Halloween Crafts.  Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 08 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed – The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with mobility disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. (1 hour, 1¼ mile).
Sat 08 Oct
FALL SCIENCE
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
We all love the bright colors of fall leaves, but have you ever wondered why they change this time of year? We'll take a short walk to see how the trees are doing and discover the science behind the color-changing trees as we try some leaf color chemistry! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 08 Oct
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Former estate of William A. Rockefeller Jr., this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 08 Oct
Colonial Wool Spinning and Dyeing
Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Discover out how wool was carded and spun in the 18th century.  Spin your own sample of knitting wool!  Watch a natural dyeing demonstration and learn about the dyeing process from the Handweaver's Guild member and re-enactor Barbara Johns.
Sat 08 Oct
Historical Reenactor: Keeping it Fresh: Colonial Food Preservation
Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Join reenactor Tom Hunt for a demonstration on what it was like to prepare for winter in the 18th and 19th centuries. From pickling to drying to salting and smoking, Tom will discuss and demonstrate many of the techniques used in early American food preservation. This is an interactive program for all ages.
Sat 08 Oct
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village of Staatsburg and its connection to the Mills family. The walk leader will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: free
Sat 08 Oct
18thc. Military Topographical Drawing Workshops
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site

We are pleased to welcome back James Lancel McElhinney, Author of the Sketchbook Traveler book series for the first of three sessions capturing the seasons as summer turns to fall. History comes alive at what was once considered "The Gibraltar of North America". Learn the concepts and techniques behind topographical watercolor landscape painting that were practice by Thomas Davies, Thomas Pownall, and other British military officers who documented the terrain of Crown colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, and the newly-captured territories of Canada. 

In the 18th century, military officers–especially engineers and artillerists–were expected to have mastered several arts practiced by civilians; notably drawing and penmanship. The high command believed that apart from drawing being a necessary skill, artistic training would make keener observers of military officers in many situations, including on the battlefield.

All media are welcome, including photography. No prior training required. Adults 18 years + are welcome. Some materials will be provided. To register please visit: https://needlewatcher.com/marketplace/military-topographical-drawing-crown-point-state-historic-site/
Sat 08 Oct
Nature Information Stand
Saturday, October 8, 2022 until Monday, October 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Nature displays will be set up at the Archery Field Overlook. Nature Interpreter will be available to answer questions and talk about the Park. RAIN LOCATION WILL BE IN THE HUMPHREY NATURE CENTER.
Sat 08 Oct
Jr. Naturalist Program
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Kids! Join us to work on your very own Jr Naturalist Book and fun craft. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 08 Oct
Nature Information Stand
Saturday, October 8, 2022 until Monday, October 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Nature displays will be set up at the Archery Field Overlook. Nature Interpreter will be available to answer questions and talk about the Park. RAIN LOCATION WILL BE IN THE HUMPHREY NATURE CENTER.
Sat 08 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sat 08 Oct
Exploring the Future of the Hudson River with Riverkeeper
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join Riverkeeper's new President Tracy Brown for a walking tour of Olana's artist-designed landscape focusing on the current threats and future prospects for the Hudson River, which sits directly in Olana's historic viewshed. Learn more about how we can work together to meet the challenges impacting the health of the Hudson River and the upcoming priorities for the river's leading team of advocates. Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguard drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law. $15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact education@olana.org.
Sat 08 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 08 Oct
Gilded Age Scandals!
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students.
Sat 08 Oct
OUTDOOR SKILLS: MAP AND COMPASS
Saturday, October 8, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Want to become more of an outdoor person or improve your outdoor skills set? Our fall Outdoor Skills Series is for you! Navigation with a map and compass is an essential skill for hiking safety, and it's fun to learn too! No more relying on GPS! This program is geared towards beginners or those who need a refresher. No experience necessary. Most appropriate for ages 10 and up. This program will include a short walk to practice our new skills!
Sat 08 Oct
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, October 8, 2022 07:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Outdoor movie at the Nature Center! This week we're showing a world-renowned Japanese animation. A story of man vs. nature, gods vs. demons, a forest caught in between, and a dying warrior who risks it all to help with eyes unclouded by hate. This movie is rated PG-13. Bring your own camp chairs or blanket to sit on! Please arrive early to set up your viewing area before the movie starts. In case of rain, we will show the movie inside the Nature Center, but please be aware that there is limited space indoors.
Sun 09 Oct
Geology Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots. ( 2 h ours, 1 mile).
Sun 09 Oct
Geology Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots. ( 2 h ours, 1 mile).
Sun 09 Oct
DUTCH APPLE CRUISE: MEET THE SCHUYLERS
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
The river was key to people's lives in the 17th and 18th century. John Scherer, Friends member and NYS Museum curator for over 40 years, will share insider information on Albany society in and around the river! Meet the Schuyler's, hear about squabbles with their neighbors, and learn about shipping and industry along the Hudson. Heidi Hill, Schuyler Mansion staff member, will share Schuyler river trivia as you cruise along the Hudson. Option to buy breakfast sandwiches and morning cocktails onboard will add to the experience. This cruise is open to the general public. To reserve your place, please call Schuyler Mansion at (518) 434-0834 – registration deadline is October 1st. Ticket: $40 per person.
Sun 09 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Sunday, October 9, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Sun 09 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, October 9, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 09 Oct
“DICKINSON” EXHIBIT TO OPEN IN JAY MANSION
Sunday, October 9, 2022 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
JHC is thrilled to announce that its newest exhibition, Unknown Soldiers: The Making of Dickinson at the Jay Estate and the Real-Life History Behind It, will be open to the public beginning on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The exhibit will remain open every Sunday this autumn, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dickinson is a Peabody Award-winning television series that follows the beloved poet Emily Dickinson, who is played by Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld. In the winter of 2021, the cast and crew of Dickinson filmed part of Season 3 at the Jay Estate, leaving behind several props–including costumes and furniture–for this exhibition. With this exhibition, we hope that visitors will learn about the relatively "unknown" histories of Black participants in the Civil War and feel inspired to learn about American history and even family history. The exhibition was curated and designed this summer by Christina Cho, our inaugural PICS Intern from Princeton University.
Sun 09 Oct
Full Moon Hike: “Hunter’s Moon”
Sunday, October 9, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join us for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am.  RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 09 Oct
Full Moon Cemetery Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Pre-registration by phone is required! Step outside at night in the park. Take a journey to less frequented parts of the park, see tombstones dating back over 100 years, and learn about some of Grafton's grizzly past. Ages 7 and up. $5 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Mon 10 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. (2 hours, 1 mile).
Mon 10 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. (2 hours, 1 mile).
Mon 10 Oct
LITTLE EXPLORERS – INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Monday, October 10, 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 honor Indigenous Peoples Day by exploring stories told by Native Americans. This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Mon 10 Oct
Original New Yorkers: Indigenous History of Land
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
The New York that you know today wasn't always this way. This year, on Indigenous People's Day, learn about the Native Nations who inhabited this land before colonization. Join us in welcoming historian and activist, Heather Bruegl, citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, for a presentation on indigenous history and heritage. The presentation will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 24 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Mon 10 Oct
A Naturalists View: Autumn
Monday, October 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we go on a naturalist's saunter to explore the world around us. We will enjoy all we see, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other. Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just starting out, this series is for you. Everyone has something to learn and knowledge to share. Our outing this month will highlight autumnal changes. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Mon 10 Oct
Talk: Slavery, Segregation & Staatsburgh: From Black Service to White Servants
Monday, October 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
In 1810, there were nine Black people enslaved on the Staatsburgh estate. In 1910, there were no recorded Black employees working inside Staatsburgh – with only one documented Black resident in the entire hamlet. What happened? Join Staatsburgh staff for a conversation about this transition from a Black presence at Staatsburgh during the early 19th century to an apparent absence during the Gilded Age. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: free
Tue 11 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 11 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Autumn Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The vast views along this route should offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the colorful leaves of fall. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 11 Oct
Hiking and Hunting
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
You may have noticed signs about the hunting program in the Preserve recently, as hunting season approaches. If you've wondered about the safety or the scope of the hunting program, or its necessity in maintaining a balanced ecosystem within the Preserve, then this program is for you. Join naturalist and manager of the hunting program, Josh DiPaola, for a 2-mile walk and talk along the Pocantico River Trail and allow him to answer any questions you may have. Cost: FREE. Max: 30 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 11 Oct
Herkimer County History with Cassandra Castle - NYS History Month Tuesday Talks series
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Discover some curious facts about the history of Herkimer County with the director of the county historical society, Cassandra Castle. In discussion will be how the county was formed, who it is named for and what mysterious events have happened in its history. Join us for our 8th Annual NYS History Month lecture series at Schoharie Crossing. Each week we will feature a guest speaker to present on a topic related to NYS History. Programs are free to attend, hosted inside the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Ft. Hunter – 12069
Wed 12 Oct
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, October 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! Rain or shine except in cases of extreme weather. Completed vaccination required. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Wed 12 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lower Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Wed 12 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lower Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Wed 12 Oct
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 13 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 2
Thursday, October 13, 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! Intermediate Leaf ID (ash vs hickory vs sumac vs tree of heaven), science of leaf color change.
Thu 13 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 2
Thursday, October 13, 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! Intermediate Leaf ID (ash vs hickory vs sumac vs tree of heaven), science of leaf color change.
Thu 13 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Thursday, October 13, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Monster Egg Drop- Who can design and build the best device to protect their monster egg! How animals eat- Join us to explore how our animal ambassadors eat! Spooky Spiders- Join us to learn about our amazing arachnid friends! Owl Talk- learn about what our resident barred owl, Patch, eats, how she hears, and what she really looks like under all that fluff! To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 13 Oct
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, October 13, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:30 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 14 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 14 Oct
FLOW LIKE A RIVER – Qigong on the Walkway
Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Join us for a Qigong session at the Ulster Welcome Center. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing, and meditation to help us relieve anxiety, release stress, and feel more energized and peaceful. The natural movement of water is a reflection of natural wellness within ourselves. We are healthiest and happiest when the body is relaxed and flowing like the tide of the river, and when the mind is quiet and deep like the sea. All practices can be done seated or standing and are adaptable to suit individual comfort levels. Everyone is welcome to participate. These events are free for Walkway members, while non-members are asked to consider donating at the event ($5 suggested). All proceeds support Walkway Over the Hudson and its mission to bring dynamic programs like this to the Hudson Valley community. www.walkway.org.
Fri 14 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and we may also visit Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a recent rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 14 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 14 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 15 Oct
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products.

Sat 15 Oct
Rocky’s 5K
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Colorful fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for Rocky's 5K. Challenging hills and wide carriage roads make it the perfect race for experienced trail runners and first-timers alike. A well-marked course with friendly volunteers, the race will feature overall and age group awards, t-shirt giveaways, and refreshments. The course is spectator-friendly, close to parking, and features beautiful terrain. For more information and to register: www.friendsrock.org/rockys-5k.
Sat 15 Oct
Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back. This hike will take participants along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, out to Millbrook Mountain, then back to the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, as we return to our starting point. The Millbrook Mountain viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the Wallkill Valley and beyond from a cliff side perch, marked with small pitch pine trees. Our return trip will include some views over the Palmaghatt Ravine, which should look lovely dressed in its fall foliage. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, a stream crossing, exposed tree roots, and sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 15 Oct
A Stroll Along the Gorge
Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Take in familiar views through the years changing environment. Enjoy crisp air with family and friends on this gorgeous walk. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Oct
FALL FAMILY FRESHWATER FISHING FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
An annual family-oriented fishing festival that integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations and outdoor exhibits sponsored by the DEC and local fishing clubs. There will be food vendors and children's activities and all can enjoy an up-close experience of a variety of birds of prey with the Raptor Project.
Sat 15 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a park naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge along the new Gorgeview trails. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Oct
Fall Fest 2022
Saturday, October 15, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

Food, Fun, Foliage and Crafts located at the Picnic and Shelter Area

Trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating for kids! 
Sat 15 Oct
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, October 15, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world. Join us for a children's hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $2/child, accompanying adults are free; $5/person for adults attending without a child.
Sat 15 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Leaf Peeping Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 15 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Leaf Peeping Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 15 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sat 15 Oct
Thinking in Systems: What Church and His Contemporaries Knew About Climate Change
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join Partners for Climate Action to learn more about how scientific thinking in Frederic Church's era connects to our own contemporary climate crisis. One of the treasures in the Church family library is a first edition of "Man and Nature," the landmark treatise by George Perkins Marsh, considered by scholars to be America's first environmentalist. Marsh was prophetic in his observations on the decline of our ecosystem and Church understood how farm and forest environments within Olana played a role in the larger ecosystem of the Hudson Valley. During this outdoor walking tour, Partners for Climate Action will connect the thinking of Marsh and Church to actions being made today to mitigate and adapt to climate change while exploring Olana's varied ecosystems. $15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact education@olana.org.
Sat 15 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 15 Oct
Gilded Age Scandals!
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students.
Sat 15 Oct
The Bedford Music Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022 03:30 PM - 09:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Enjoy the fall weather and some great live music with performances from artists such as the Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors! All ages welcome. Admission is free. Visit destination393.org for complete details.
Sat 15 Oct
Trick or Treat- Nature Trail
Saturday, October 15, 2022 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including face painting and crafts in the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Please call the welcome center to preregister for your family's time slot. Cost for this program is $4 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 15 Oct
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, October 15, 2022 06:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Outdoor movie at the Nature Center! This week fall in love with the forest as you follow the journey of a young prince – a baby deer who makes unlikely animal friends and learns the ins and outs of the forest he will one day rule. This movie is rated G. Bring your own camp chairs or blanket to sit on! Please arrive early to set up your viewing area before the movie starts. In case of rain, we will show the movie inside the Nature Center, but please be aware that there is limited space indoors.
Sat 15 Oct
ELLIOTT & SCHLEMOWITZ’S PHANTSMAGORIA
Saturday, October 15, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Join us for Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria, a 18th century-inspired magic lantern show – an unearthly experience created from a form of projected imagery. Magic lantern performers Dawn Elliott and Joel Schlemowitz have built their own fantascope, with wooden track and rear projection screen, along with newly created hand-painted slides, to recreate the full experience of the Fantasmagorie. The Phantasmagoria's eerie repertoire includes a visit to a haunted graveyard, The Death of Lord Littleton, St Dennis and the Devil, and an invocation of the Devil at a Witches' Sabbath. The show concludes with a glimpse behind the curtain to reveal the workings of phantasmagoria's inventions and techniques. Elliott and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria has received the Dick Balzer Performance Award from the Magic Lantern Society UK. Program will be held outdoors on the Schuyler Mansion grounds, so please dress accordingly, and bring your garden chair and/or blanket! Event is free, but donations are much appreciated. Registration is required and can be done by calling (518) 434-0834. Event will not take place in rain or other inclement weather – please call to check! Cider & donuts! Rain-date: Oct 22nd.
Sun 16 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike on the Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 16, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous, six-mile hike to Gertrude's Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska and showcases all the glorious fall colors. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains, and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills, and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks, and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 16 Oct
Nature at a Snail’s Pace
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Join a Forest Therapy Guide and awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. The walk will conclude with tea under the trees. (tea not provided). For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 16 Oct
A Gathering of Old Cars
Sunday, October 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
See classic cars in a Great Gatsby setting during peak leaf peeping season.
Sun 16 Oct
Artist’s Reception
Sunday, October 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Please join us for the artist's reception celebrating our latest exhibit, "The Art of Fine Living and Feasting," a depiction of the special comradeship and loving memories that meals and family gatherings bring. Creativity on canvas, courtesy of Jarvis Wilcox and Joseph Keiffer, will be on display from October 9 through November 27, just in time for the Holidays. The reception on October 16 is open to the public, free of charge. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments as you admire their work. The exhibition is curated by Audrey Leeds. The gallery is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Sun 16 Oct
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Sunday, October 16, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join wildlife photographer, Bill Golden, for a workshop to learn what settings are most effective in photographing animals in their natural habitat. Explore some of the best locations to photograph within the Preserve, as Bill has learned from his many years photographing here. Bring your DSLR camera, a notebook, and water. Please note: this program is intended for amateur to intermediate photographers. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 16 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 16, 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 and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Mon 17 Oct
LITTLE EXPLORERS – SPIDERS
Monday, October 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
EEK! Spiders are not everyone's favorite bug. But we'll explore what makes spiders cool and why they are important in nature. Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Mon 17 Oct
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, October 17, 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 17 Oct
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, October 17, 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 18 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 18 Oct
Standard of the Age – 19th Century Fire Engines made in Waterford with Brad Utter - NYS History Month Tuesday Talks series
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, New York State was a hotbed of fire engine and apparatus manufacturing. One of the main players in that industry was Lysander Button of Waterford. Starting around 1831, Lysander Button worked his way up the ladder from mechanic turned inventor to owner of the firm that would eventually take his name. Brad Utter, Senior Historian and Curator at the New York State Museum, will present the results of his latest research on Mr. Button, his company and the engines they made, which were said to set the "Standard of the Age." Join us for our 8th Annual NYS History Month lecture series at Schoharie Crossing. Each week we will feature a guest speaker to present on a topic related to NYS History. Programs are free to attend, hosted inside the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Ft. Hunter - 12069
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Head out to the woods for a scenic walk, through Knox Farm State Park, to enjoy the fall foliage and other autumnal changes. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Wed 19 Oct
Evening Bird Walk
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Celebrate "Birdability Week" as we go on an accessible evening bird walk through Knox Farm State Park. Birdability Week provides birding programs for birders with disabilities and other health concerns and is a great way to learn about our local birds! People of all ages and abilities are welcomed to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 19 Oct
Webinar: Art, Ecology, and Olana’s Native Forest
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this virtual webinar, Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership will discuss how Frederic Church engaged with the emerging field of ecology in the 19th century. By following in Alexander von Humboldt's footsteps in his meteoric rise as the country's most celebrated landscape painter and then in his four decade-long development of Olana, Church immersed himself in "landscape architecturing" to speak to the history of the land and human impact on it.
Wed 19 Oct
Hulda’s Night
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 until Saturday, October 22, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Our biggest event of the year, Hulda's Night is an adventure into the history and legends of the Preserve through live performance. Embark on a hike through the dark woods with lanterns guiding your path; a chill is in the air. You'll stop to join a traveler, The Storyteller, who recounts legends by fireside. As your journey continues along Old Gory Brook Road, you'll meet Domine Johannes Ritzema, Pastor of the Old Dutch Church during the Revolutionary War, who speaks of the struggles of holding a congregation together during a time of war... and of course, his concern over the witch living nearby, threatening his flock. As the moon rises, you'll continue down the Witch's Spring Trail, where you encounter the "witch" herself. Hulda, lonely and gravely misunderstood, awaits to tell you her side of the story. For more information, visit: friendsrock.org/huldas-nightPlease note: as of September 9, only a few tickets remain. If you missed your chance this year, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale next year. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/newsletter
Wed 19 Oct
Oral History Movie
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
No registration required. Last year Grafton Lakes State Park celebrated its 50th anniversary. To honor this milestone and to honor all those associated with the park, members of the public were interviewed to gain an insight into their memories, preserving their oral histories for generations to come. Former employees, long-time visitors, and those who used to own land where the park is today were all interviewed and their contributions compiled into a 75-minute one-of-a-kind film. Oral Histories of Grafton Lakes State Park will be showing at the Town Hall in the town of Grafton.
Thu 20 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Hike the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Thursday, October 20, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Park Educators for an adventurous hike to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point, where the air is always a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This nearly four-mile hike includes one steep hill on a carriage road, but the reward of walking through the cool, dark, talus cave is worth the effort. While in the cave, educators will explain the geology of this unique natural area and why it's so special. The footpath section of this outing does include two primitive ladders and a steep stone staircase, which some may find challenging. Plan to bring food and water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Thu 20 Oct
Fall Foliage Fire Tower Hike
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Join an educator for a hike up to the Fire Tower to see the beautiful colors of the Rensselaer Plateau! Learn about those who used to watch over the plateau from their high vantage point, the restoration of the tower, and also why leaves change color. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the fire tower. Ages 7 and up. No charge. To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 20 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Thursday, October 20, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Monster Egg Drop- Who can design and build the best device to protect their monster egg! How animals eat- Join us to explore how our animal ambassadors eat! Spooky Spiders- Join us to learn about our amazing arachnid friends! Owl Talk- learn about what our resident barred owl, Patch, eats, how she hears, and what she really looks like under all that fluff! To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 20 Oct
Weir Tour
Thursday, October 20, 2022 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Fri 21 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 21 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on either the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail or the Rail Trail and through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Along our wander, we'll stop to look at a few tree species and learn how to look for clues to identify them, using bark, buds, and leaves. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 21 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 21 Oct
Legends By Candlelight
Friday, October 21, 2022 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true! Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets will go on sale on October 3, 2022. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518)537-4240.
Fri 21 Oct
Star Party
Friday, October 21, 2022 06:15 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Join the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers to take a tour of the night sky! Free. Telescopes provided. Meet at Deerfield Pavilion. Please drive slowly in the park at night. No registration required! To register call 518-279-1155.
Fri 21 Oct
Autumn Astronomy: Orionids
Friday, October 21, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Take advantage of autumn's longer nights and enjoy the Orionid meteor shower with a park naturalist! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 22 Oct
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 22, 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! Rain or shine except in cases of extreme weather. Completed vaccination required. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Sat 22 Oct
Botany and Bird Walk - A Look Up -- Look Down Walk
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Walk along park trails identifying plants as well as migratory and resident birds that inhabit this Preserve. Roundtrip 1 mile.
Sat 22 Oct
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products.

Sat 22 Oct
Beacon Hill and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road Loop at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Starting at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, our route will take participants to the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which we'll walk until we intersect the Beacon Hill Footpath. From here, we'll follow this footpath until it ends at a field with a lovely view of the Wallkill Valley. From this field, we'll continue on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, heading around the south and then the west side of Lake Minnewaska. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, bare soil with tree roots and short sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 22 Oct
Bat Box Building
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Bats are an important part of our ecosystem as they help keep insects down. Come build a Bat house you can bring home with you. All materials will be provided. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 22 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. (3 hours, 2 miles).
Sat 22 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. (3 hours, 2 miles).
Sat 22 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 22 Oct
FALL SCAVENGER HUNT
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a special fall-themed scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails. Unable or unwilling to join a group outing right now? Pick up a Fall Scavenger Hunt at the Nature Center and go with just your family!
Sat 22 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Sat 22 Oct
Artillery Ablaze! 2nd NY Regiment & Lamb’s Artillery
Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Muskets and cannons will roar throughout the day during this living history event. Watch soldiers conducting military drills, and talk with them about how the American Revolution was fought. Visit the 18th century camp to learn about camp life from staff and the men and women of the 2nd NY Regiment. Lamb's Artillery will highlight their service as the main artillery unit of the Hudson Highlands during the war. This is our last event of the season, so don't miss it! . Note: This will not be a battle reenactment.
Sat 22 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sat 22 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 22 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 22 Oct
Inspiring Partnerships to Protect Inspiring Views
Saturday, October 22, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Frederic Church designed Olana's landscape to maximize his views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, an inspiration for many of his paintings. Join Scenic Hudson Director of Land Conservation Cari Watkins Bates and Director of Land Use Advocacy Jeffrey Anzevino to learn how Olana has inspired 50 years of collaborative — and ongoing — efforts to protect Olana's integral viewshed and create exciting ways of connecting people with the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Cari Watkins-Bates' 20+ year career in land conservation has been focused on the preservation, restoration, and access to both natural and cultural resources (including agricultural lands). She has a MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University. Prior to joining Scenic Hudson, she was with The Nature Conservancy's Nevada Field Office. $15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact education@olana.org.
Sat 22 Oct
Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience
Saturday, October 22, 2022 05:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Don't miss Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience! As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, enchanting creatures and magical beasts inspired by the Wizarding World come to life in a spellbinding Forbidden Forest. Now is your chance to see these curious inhabitants illuminated! Embark on a bewitching journey through a misty forest trail full of magic and wonder, and discover unexpected surprises around every corner. Ready your wand and cast spells, come face-to-face with Hippogriffs and Centaurs, and experience breathtaking moments based on scenes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. After all the excitement, an enchanting village will welcome you with warm food and a blazing fire. Don't miss this opportunity to step foot into our experience inspired by the wizarding world at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights. Opening hours: Mondays–Sundays, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last entry at 9:45 p.m.) Tickets required. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit https://hpforbiddenforestexperience.com/.
Sat 22 Oct
Legends By Candlelight
Saturday, October 22, 2022 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true! Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets will go on sale on October 3, 2022. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518)537-4240.
Sat 22 Oct
It Was Dark Back Then
Saturday, October 22, 2022 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

The eerie, night-cloaked grounds serve as a stage for this tale of ghosts and strange happenings.

Performances every 45 minutes between 6:00 - 10:30 pm. Admission is free. Reservations Required. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. 
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Oct
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, October 22, 2022 06:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Outdoor movie at the Nature Center! This week is an adventure written by C.S. Lewis full of wild beasts, magic, and wardrobes. Watch four children fight to save their new friends and their marvelous land from an evil witch. This movie is rated PG. Bring your own camp chairs or blanket to sit on! Please arrive early to set up your viewing area before the movie starts. In case of rain, we will show the movie inside the Nature Center, but please be aware that there is limited space indoors.
Sun 23 Oct
Learn about the Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 23, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, those amazing little organisms that we see growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. We will walk up to two miles on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 23 Oct
Fall Foliage Photo Walk
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Capture the beauty of fall foliage with photographer, Heidi Fuhrman, on a 2-mile walk in search of scenic vistas and natural subjects. Heidi will guide you to some of the best locations to shoot and will advise on framing, perspective, lighting, etc. Any camera is fine, even a cell phone; both beginners and experienced photographers are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 23 Oct
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, October 23, 2022 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway 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: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.
Sun 23 Oct
Gilded Age Scandals!
Sunday, October 23, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students.
Sun 23 Oct
The Great Connector Series: Geocaching 101
Sunday, October 23, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Join us on October 23 at 1 p.m. at the Ulster Welcome Center (87 Haviland Road, Highland) for a presentation on "Geocaching 101" by Shirley Rinaldi and Dan Jones.
Sun 23 Oct
Painting en Plein Air
Sunday, October 23, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Mon 24 Oct
LITTLE EXPLORERS – BATS
Monday, October 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
EEK! More creepy animals to explore this week as we talk about the only flying mammal, the bats! Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Tue 25 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 25 Oct
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start your day with movement! Get energized in this virtual session with postural therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises that are gentle and easily adapted to fit your needs. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. Treat yourself to some maintenance and self-care! This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. You do not need to be on camera to participate. Please note: you must register more than 10 minutes before start time to receive the Zoom link. Cost: FREE. Max: 100 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 25 Oct
Tuesday Trek: The Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous, six-mile hike to Gertrude's Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains, and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills, and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks, and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 25 Oct
Dress in the Gilded Age with Caitlin Sheldon - NYS History Month Tuesday Talks series
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Learn about the fashions that inspired the HBO show, "The Gilded Age," and watch a dressing demonstration of the many layers and pieces that make up the lady's fashionable ensemble. Caitlin Sheldon is a public librarian by day and hobby historical costumer in any bit of spare time she has. She has been sewing historical costumes since 2014 and takes inspiration from movies and shows as well as from the historical documents she finds in her library's archives Join us for our 8th Annual NYS History Month lecture series at Schoharie Crossing. Each week we will feature a guest speaker to present on a topic related to NYS History. Programs are free to attend, hosted inside the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Ft. Hunter - 12069
Wed 26 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: St. Helena – Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Wed 26 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: St. Helena – Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Wed 26 Oct
Hulda’s Night
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 until Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Our biggest event of the year, Hulda's Night is an adventure into the history and legends of the Preserve through live performance. Embark on a hike through the dark woods with lanterns guiding your path; a chill is in the air. You'll stop to join a traveler, The Storyteller, who recounts legends by fireside. As your journey continues along Old Gory Brook Road, you'll meet Domine Johannes Ritzema, Pastor of the Old Dutch Church during the Revolutionary War, who speaks of the struggles of holding a congregation together during a time of war... and of course, his concern over the witch living nearby, threatening his flock. As the moon rises, you'll continue down the Witch's Spring Trail, where you encounter the "witch" herself. Hulda, lonely and gravely misunderstood, awaits to tell you her side of the story. For more information, visit: friendsrock.org/huldas-night. Please note: as of September 9, only a few tickets remain. If you missed your chance this year, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale next year. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/newsletter
Thu 27 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 3
Thursday, October 27, 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! Advanced Leaf ID (red oak vs white oak vs red maple vs sugar maple) stressors to showy fall foliage species and management practices.
Thu 27 Oct
HOME ECOLOGIST: Leaves Tier 3
Thursday, October 27, 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! Advanced Leaf ID (red oak vs white oak vs red maple vs sugar maple) stressors to showy fall foliage species and management practices.
Thu 27 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Monster Egg Drop- Who can design and build the best device to protect their monster egg! How animals eat- Join us to explore how our animal ambassadors eat! Spooky Spiders- Join us to learn about our amazing arachnid friends! Owl Talk- learn about what our resident barred owl, Patch, eats, how she hears, and what she really looks like under all that fluff! To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 27 Oct
NATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS
Thursday, October 27, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! Contact the Park Naturalist for this month's book selection.
Fri 28 Oct
Gilded Age Scandals!
Friday, October 28, 2022 01:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students.
Fri 28 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 28, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 28 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 28 Oct
FRED GOLOFARO MEMORIAL SOUTH SHORE SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT
Friday, October 28, 2022 until Sunday, October 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Captree State Park
Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament in honor of Fred Golofaro. This tournament is open to the public. All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier. Registration is required and can be done by mail or in person at Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners. Times: Noon on Friday through Noon on Sunday, Location: Waters between Moriches and Jones Inlet, Awards Ceremony: 10/30 at Captree State Park, 12:30PM, Fee: $20.00 per participant.
Fri 28 Oct
Bat Campfire Program
Friday, October 28, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Halloween is practically here! Come out and make s'mores and learn more about the world's only flying mammal! Those who attend will learn about what bats like to eat, what bats are common in New York, and also about bats around the world. Ages 6 and up. $5 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Fri 28 Oct
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, October 28, 2022 06:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car, so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/ Registration: Required. Note that rain dates are the Saturday immediately following the original date.
Fri 28 Oct
Walkway at Night
Friday, October 28, 2022 06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. This event takes place from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Walkway At Night is sponsored by Tompkins Community Bank. Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight and check in at the appropriate gate upon arrival. As always, Walkway members are welcome to attend at no cost. Non-members can register for $5. Members have been emailed a special discount code to use upon registration providing one complimentary admission to Individual members, and up to five complimentary admissions for Family members. To become a Walkway member and receive your discount code, visit join.walkway.org. All proceeds and additional donations support the Friends of the Walkway and our mission to host community events like Walkway at Night, add amenities to the park, undertake capital construction projects, support the volunteer Ambassadors, and much more. We can't wait to see you on the Walkway!
Sat 29 Oct
Katonah 5K
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Sat 29 Oct
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Shop from local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen who provide a variety of fruit, organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, and handcrafted products.

Sat 29 Oct
Hamilton and Castle Point Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile, loop walk loaded with breathtaking, cliff-edge views. Starting on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll walk until we get to the intersection of Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and continue until we reach the intersection with Hamilton Point Carriage Road. We'll follow this carriage road until we reach the intersection with Castle Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow until we return to Lake Minnewaska. Along the way, we will enjoy views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and the distant Lake Awosting. The carriage roads at Minnewaska feature a firm, stable surface that many find easy to walk on. Participants should pack water, lunch, snacks, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the seasonal weather conditions. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 29 Oct
Autumn Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join naturalist, John McShane, for a stroll through the Preserve and discuss some key skills on how to identify native trees. You'll also learn how and why the leaves change color in the fall. The hike will be around 1-2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Suggested ages 10+. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 29 Oct
Bird-Ability
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Bird watching is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways individuals can interact with the natural world. Join us as we listen for, spot, and learn about native birds found at Grafton Lakes State Park. Program is mostly seated, and participants will be provided with binoculars. Ideal for individuals who have otherwise limited access to the outdoors because of mobility issues, but open to all. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 29 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge: Goat Island
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.</P>
Sat 29 Oct
Quarry Park on the Aqueduct at Hastings-on-Hudson
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Learn the history of this former marble quarry, which operated along (and under!) the Aqueduct. View the restoration of the site as a park with Hudson River views. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 29 Oct
CREEPY CREATURES HAUNTED HOUSE
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
For one day only, the Nature Center will be taken over by the scariest creatures that call the Park home! There will be exhibits and activities for all ages – try some edible insects, check out some skulls, see some live creepy crawlies, visit the "Table of Yuck", trick-or-treat through the woods, and more! Family-friendly costumes encouraged!
Sat 29 Oct
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, October 29, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village of Staatsburg and its connection to the Mills family. The walk leader will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: free
Sat 29 Oct
Arte y Lugares Especiales
Saturday, October 29, 2022 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
A Free Family Program Presented at Olana State Historic Site in English and Spanish. This program is part of a two-part partnership with the Hudson Area Library for families with children ages 3 and up and will include a free tour of Olana's main house, a free art-making activity, and free refreshments. Space is limited and preference is given to dual language Spanish-speaking families. Registration REQUIRED. If you are interested in attending or learning more about this program, please email education@olana.org by October 10.
Sat 29 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 29 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 29 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 29 Oct
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sat 29 Oct
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 29 Oct
GREAT JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR SAIL
Saturday, October 29, 2022 02:00 PM - 06:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail features 50 carved pumpkins donated by the community which are lit with battery-operated votives and placed on flotation devices and sailed around Belmont Lake behind kayaks at sunset. Beforehand, there are children's activities including games, inflatables, funny photos and trick-or-treat stations and the not-so-scary ‘Spooky Den'.
Sat 29 Oct
Legends By Candlelight
Saturday, October 29, 2022 until Sunday, October 30, 2022 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true! Visitors will begin their night of spooky entertainment enjoying a bonfire with marshmallows, then be whisked off on a walking tour to meet the ghosts of Clermont. Visitors for the ghost encounter should wear comfortable shoes and be ready for an adventure! As all events are outside it is suggested everyone dress for the weather. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 3, 2022. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk-ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518)537-4240.
Sat 29 Oct
HAUNTED TRAIL
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Adults and teens looking for a bigger scare? Take a self-guided trail through a forest full of monsters!
Sat 29 Oct
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Outdoor movie at the Nature Center! Think you're brave enough to watch a horror film in the woods at night? Test your bravery with this dark film based on "Hansel and Gretel" and follow them as they stumble upon the home of a witch in the forest. This movie is rated PG-13. Bring your own camp chairs or blanket to sit on! Please arrive early to set up your viewing area before the movie starts. In case of rain, we will show the movie inside the Nature Center, but please be aware that there is limited space indoors.
Sun 30 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, hikers peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 30 Oct
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, October 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free (but $10 parking fee), 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′34" N 73°51′21" 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: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sun 30 Oct
Gilded Age Scandals!
Sunday, October 30, 2022 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Due to the fascinating but sometimes risqué content of this tour, it is not recommended for younger visitors. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students.
Sun 30 Oct
Spooky Spiders Craft
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? Come learn about why spiders are a super-species and nothing to be scared of! We will be making a spider craft to take home. Great for families and children! Cost $2 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sun 30 Oct
Weir Tour
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sun 30 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 30, 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 and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Mon 31 Oct
LITTLE EXPLORERS – CREEPY CREATURES!
Monday, October 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Spiders and snakes and bats, oh my! Explore creepy creatures this week at our nature-themed story and playtime! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome! Costumes encouraged!
Tue 01 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 1
Tuesday, November 1, 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! Basic fish and fall plants.
Tue 01 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 1
Tuesday, November 1, 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! Basic fish and fall plants.
Wed 02 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Trestle Woods
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Impressive White Oak & Sugar Maple.
Wed 02 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Trestle Woods
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Impressive White Oak & Sugar Maple.
Sat 05 Nov
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, November 5, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Sat 05 Nov
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, November 5, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sun 06 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part I
Sunday, November 6, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State.
Sun 06 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part I
Sunday, November 6, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Look inside the Park's fattest tree and have lunch by one of the largest Sassafras trees in New York State.
Mon 07 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, November 7, 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 07 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, November 7, 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 08 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Over the Gorge
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 04:30 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. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge.
Tue 08 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Over the Gorge
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 04:30 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. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge.
Wed 09 Nov
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants' songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Wed 09 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: St. Helena Woods
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Tallest tree in Park.
Wed 09 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: St. Helena Woods
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Tallest tree in Park.
Sat 12 Nov
Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A look at the Park's trees and how to identify them by using bark, seeds, leaves and buds! Learn differences between hickories, oaks, cedars and many more.
Sat 12 Nov
Polar Plunge
Saturday, November 12, 2022 10:00 AM
Chenango Valley State Park
(315) 625-3625

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 12, 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 12 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 12, 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 12 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: November Nature Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 12 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: November Nature Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sun 13 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 13, 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 13 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part II
Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.
Sun 13 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part II
Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.
Sun 13 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 13, 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 13 Nov
MUSICIANS OF MA’ALWYCK FALL CONCERT
Sunday, November 13, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Thomas Gainsborough is widely considered one of the great British artists of the late 18th century, as almost everyone, art-lover or not, would recognize his 1770 painting The Blue Boy. But Gainsborough was a passionate lover of music, so devoted to the viola da gamba that he owned several instruments, and yearned to be able to have time away from painting to make music. He enjoyed the company and friendship of some of the greatest musicians in England in the mid to late 1800s, including Johann Christian Bach and Karl Abel. One of his daughters married the famous oboist Johann Fischer. He painted many of these composers, singers and instrumentalists. The Musicians program, Gainsborough's Secret Passion, will feature the musicians of Gainsborough's circle and feature Norman Thibodeau, flute; Sten Isachsen, guitar, Andre Laurent O'Neil, cello and Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin and director. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://musiciansofmaalwyck.org/.
Wed 16 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Museum Woods
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Tallest pines.
Wed 16 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Museum Woods
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Tallest pines.
Thu 17 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 2
Thursday, November 17, 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! Aquatic insects.
Thu 17 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 2
Thursday, November 17, 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! Aquatic insects.
Sat 19 Nov
Autumn Bird Walk
Saturday, November 19, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A 3 mile walk through fields, forest and pond areas to find many wintering and resident species of birds. Bring binoculars for this 3 mile jaunt.
Sat 19 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 19, 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 19 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 19, 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 19 Nov
Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana
Saturday, November 19, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana's immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students' developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church's historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting. Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by physical place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. $200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions. This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.
Sun 20 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 20, 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 20 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part III
Sunday, November 20, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base.
Sun 20 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part III
Sunday, November 20, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base.
Sun 20 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 20, 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 20 Nov
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Sunday, November 20, 2022 01:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park

Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.

Mon 21 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, November 21, 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 21 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, November 21, 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.
Wed 23 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Ancient hemlock grove.
Wed 23 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Dehgayasoh Valley Woods
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Ancient hemlock grove.
Sat 26 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 26, 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 26 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, November 26, 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 26 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Waterfalls Walk
Saturday, November 26, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
2½ hours, 2½ miles
Sat 26 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Waterfalls Walk
Saturday, November 26, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
2½ hours, 2½ miles
Sun 27 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 27, 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 27 Nov
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, November 27, 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.
Tue 29 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 3
Tuesday, November 29, 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! History of Trout Pond, management practices.
Tue 29 Nov
HOME ECOLOGIST: Life in Trout Pond Tier 3
Tuesday, November 29, 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! History of Trout Pond, management practices.
Wed 30 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Cabin Bank Woods
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Pignut 150'+.
Wed 30 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Cabin Bank Woods
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Pignut 150'+.
Wed 30 Nov
Friends of Lorenzo Member-Guest Christmas Preview Party
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
The Friends of Lorenzo will showcase the bedecked Mansion at their annual Preview Party. This year's theme is "A Snow-Covered Jewel." Hosted by the board of the Friends, members and their guests are treated to a special evening of live music and seasonal delights; an admission fee is charged. If you are not already a member and would like more information, visit www.friendsoflorenzo.org
Fri 02 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 1
Friday, December 2, 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! Cold blooded vs warm blooded, reptile vs amphibian.
Fri 02 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 1
Friday, December 2, 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! Cold blooded vs warm blooded, reptile vs amphibian.
Fri 02 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 2, 2022 05:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Everyone is welcome to participate in the annual Yuletide Celebration at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Join us in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2022 holiday season. All activities will take place outside so dress accordingly. The Manor House will not be open. In the spirit of giving, please bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need in our community.
Fri 02 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 2, 2022 06:30 PM
Orient Beach State Park
It is a joyous occasion when visitors come to" Light Up the Season" at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Orient Beach State Park. The tree is lit by Santa and he is available for pictures afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. In the spirit of the season the Park will be collecting items for families in need.
Sat 03 Dec
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 03 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 3, 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 03 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 3, 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 03 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Over the Pond
Saturday, December 3, 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. View the enlarging moon over Pine Pond.
Sat 03 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Over the Pond
Saturday, December 3, 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. View the enlarging moon over Pine Pond.
Sat 03 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 3, 2022 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Long Island State Park's Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus followed by fireworks there is an ice sculptor, juggler, holiday displays and refreshments, The public can visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.
Sun 04 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 4, 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 04 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 4, 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.
Mon 05 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 5, 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 05 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 5, 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 06 Dec
Guided Christmas Tours
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 until Friday, December 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available. Private group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled through the end of December by calling (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.
Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Wed 07 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Strivings Woods
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Forest ash 46" x 136'.
Wed 07 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Strivings Woods
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Forest ash 46" x 136'.
Thu 08 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Thursday, December 8, 2022 until Friday, December 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 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. 
Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Fri 09 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 9, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year with carolers singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse followed by Santa Claus' arrival to light the holiday tree. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and enjoy the view of the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse and meet Santa in the Hay Barn or enjoy refreshments in the café.
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
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
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. 
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.
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.