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Thu 12 May
Art Gallery Exhibition Premiere: “A Profusion of Peonies and Posies”
Thursday, May 12, 2022 until Sunday, July 31, 2022 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
As the peonies blossom in the courtyard, so shall the gallery blossom with the opening of the exhibition, "A Profusion of Peonies and Posies" featuring art by Rosanne Cerbo, Sue Barrasi, Anne Bell, and Radu Serban. The exhibit is curated by Audrey Leeds and will be on display from May 12th to July 31st. Its opening corresponds with the Peony Celebration hosted by the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The gallery is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, free of charge.
Wed 18 May
Morning Bird Walks: Great Bend Gorge
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 08:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended. May caravan.
Wed 18 May
Morning Bird Walks: Great Bend Gorge
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Learn to recognize by sight and sound some of the rich diversity of our local bird life. Binoculars recommended. May caravan.
Wed 18 May
Flowers n’ Feathers Walk
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
With spring bird migration at its peak, and flowers at your feet, take in the wonderment of the spring season as we walk through Knox Farm. For Information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 18 May
Tiny Seeds
Wednesday, May 18, 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. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Wed 18 May
Guided Grounds tour
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Wed 18 May
FREE WALK-IN TOURS
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Stop in for a guided 30-45 minute tour of the Center with one of our educators!
Wed 18 May
Wildflower Walks: East of Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings, including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore. May caravan.
Wed 18 May
Wildflower Walks: East of Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Become more familiar with our many native wildflowers and the role of their surroundings, including the other plants and animals in their daily lives. Enjoy the fascinating variation in floral structure and folklore. May caravan.
Wed 18 May
After-school STEAM Workshop
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4
Wed 18 May
Podcast Club
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Do you want to talk history? Are you short on time? This is the group for you! Every month this group gathers to discuss a piece of recorded media (podcasts, lectures etc.). Contact David Pitlyk for details on the current selection. (david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov) The program will be held at 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.
Thu 19 May
OPEN GARDEN DAYS AT THE NEWLY OPENED JAY GARDENS
Thursday, May 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Overlooking Long Island Sound, the 23-acre Jay Estate was once the land of the Lenape before it became the family seat of nation-maker John Jay, who helped abolish slavery in New York State. Today the Jay Estate is a home for ideas, civil dialogue, and action about social and environmental justice and much more. Operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) for the benefit of the public, the land—particularly its stunning viewshed—gives context to the stories of its diverse inhabitants and stewards going back thousands of years. This month the gardens were named one of New York Cottages and Gardens magazine's "Home-Grown Beauties." Stop by any time for docent-led tours or a stroll through on your own! And please say hello to our new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.The spectacular new Jay Gardens are open to the public every week at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Thu 19 May
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Thu 19 May
Guided Grounds tour
Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Thu 19 May
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Thu 19 May
FREE WALK-IN TOURS
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Stop in for a guided 30-45 minute tour of the Center with one of our educators!
Thu 19 May
Home Ecologist: Wildflowers and How They Help Us.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except as noted (12+). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 19 May
Home Ecologist: Wildflowers and How They Help Us.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except as noted (12+). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 19 May
Forest Bathing at Minnewaska
Thursday, May 19, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides, any Thursday in May, to experience forest bathing. Over the next four consecutive Thursdays, join Jane as she guides your transition from computers and day-to-day business into present moment awareness, where we directly experience the world through our senses. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that forest bathing promotes physical and mental health, and reduces stress and anxiety, while improving mood, focus and sleep. Beyond the science, this program is about community, as nature connects us to our intrinsic selves and to others. Each week, this introduction to forest bathing will focus on a unique aspect of the practice, at a different location in the Park Preserve. This program is open to participants aged 16 and older, with minors accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet out front of the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required for each program by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0272.
Thu 19 May
Weir Tour
Thursday, May 19, 2022 04:30 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 19 May
The Syracuse Weighlock with Derrick Pratt of the Erie Canal Museum
Thursday, May 19, 2022 07:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Online via WebEx Part of our Third Thursday Winter Lecture Series, the Erie Canal Museum's Derrick Pratt will present on the history and significance of the largest object in their collection, the Syracuse Weighlock Building. Discover its important role on the canal and how it was preserved to become the museum it is today. This lecture will be available for free via the online meeting software, Webex. Meeting link goes Live at 6:50pm. Everyone will be muted upon entry, please use the Chat function to post questions, comments, and thoughts during the program.
Fri 20 May
Fire on the Genesee
Friday, May 20, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This Civil War Encampment in the Highbanks Recreation Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants. Friday, May 20 is Education Day 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and is open to local schools. Saturday, 7:00 pm, Blue & Gray Dance at the Highbanks Recreation Area. Contact Tim Buckman at (585) 507-6847.
Fri 20 May
Fire on the Genesee
Friday, May 20, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
This Civil War Encampment in the Highbanks Recreation Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants. Friday, May 20 is Education Day 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and is open to local schools. Saturday, 7:00 pm, Blue & Gray Dance at the Highbanks Recreation Area. Contact Tim Buckman at (585) 507-6847.
Fri 20 May
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, May 20, 2022 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during May. 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 especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 20 May
Guided Grounds tour
Friday, May 20, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Fri 20 May
Intro to Disc Golf
Friday, May 20, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
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.

Fri 20 May
Evening Hike
Friday, May 20, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 20 May
Twilight Bird Hike with Gregg Van Deusen
Friday, May 20, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site

We will be exploring the transition between day and night looking and listening for frogs, woodcock and owls as well as the few songbirds who sing as it gets dark. When darkness falls we will challenge our eyes trying to trick them and compare our vision to animals who live in the night. Gregg Van Deusen is a forest Kindergarten teacher. He has an AA in Rural Resource Management from Sterling College, and a BS in Outdoor Education/Natural History from Northland College and been an outdoor educator for almost 30 years. His walks use the senses to explore how an ecology of an environment interacts and coexists. Trails are likely to be muddy, so waterproof boots are needed as well as a flashlight, as the sky transitions to dark night during the walk. Ages 6 and up – families encouraged to attend! Registration required and participants limited to 15. Please call 518-597-3666 or email kris.jarrett@parks.ny.gov to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 May
Sehgahunda (Vail of Three Falls) Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 21, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday. Registration required; go to: www. yellowjacketracing.com for details or other questions contact: Eean Smith at eean@yellowjacketracing. com, (585) 732-1090.
Sat 21 May
Sehgahunda (Vail of Three Falls) Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 21, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022
Letchworth State Park
This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday. Registration required; go to: www. yellowjacketracing.com for details or other questions contact: Eean Smith at eean@yellowjacketracing. com, (585) 732-1090.
Sat 21 May
Young at HeArt: Sketching Your Vision through Fashion Illustration
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Olana State Historic Site
During this fashion design and illustration program, students will use Olana as a source of inspiration for their own designs while learning the fashion illustration skills needed to bring their visions to life. During this ten-session course designed by professional designer Sergio Guadarrama, founder of Made x Hudson and Celestino Couture, students will explore Olana's 250 acres of artist-designed landscape, collections, and elaborately decorated main house to inform their own work. $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.
Sat 21 May
Birding at the Fort
Saturday, May 21, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134


Join DEC Wildlife Technician Rachel Guerrieri for a walk during peak migration through the grounds of the Fort.  Learn how to ID both migratory and year-round birds. The fort traditionally holds a nice diversity of native birds including warblers. Bring Binoculars and Water!
Registration: Required
Sat 21 May
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, May 21, 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 21 May
Slower Paced Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, May 21, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep, rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 16th. Reservations to get into Sam's Point are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sat 21 May
Search for Spring Flowers along Mossy Glen Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road at Minnewaska
Saturday, May 21, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile hike along two footpaths and one carriage road, as we search for signs that spring has arrived in the Shawangunk Mountains. Starting from the Lower Parking Area, participants will hike along a very short section of carriage road before following Mossy Glen Footpath. This footpath can feature some beautiful spring flowers, like trilliums. Along the way, we will pass in and out of different forest types, hike along open rock slabs next to the Peter's Kill stream and hike through dense stands of rhododendron. At the end of Mossy Glen Footpath, we will follow a short section of Blueberry Run Footpath, cross a wooden foot bridge, and continue back to our starting location on the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is easy walking. While we finish up our hike, we will search for other spring wildflowers, such as violets, bluets, and fringed polygala. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 21 May
Pond Investigation
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Test the water quality of Sharrotts Pond by taking chemical tests and using a net to scoop and discover the critters that call the pond home. Includes a 1/4 mile hike. Ages 6+. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pond-investigation-registration-290821513977.
Sat 21 May
Pond Investigation
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Test the water quality of Sharrotts Pond by taking chemical tests and using a net to scoop and discover the critters that call the pond home. Includes a 1/4 mile hike. Ages 6+. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pond-investigation-registration-290821513977.
Sat 21 May
Agents of Discovery Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Love Parks? Love Apps? Play games while walking through the Preserve in this introductory program to the app. Download the Agents of Discovery App then join us for a fun time! Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 21 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Overlook
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
SATURDAY ONLY. Native perennials, shrubs, and trees with beautiful flowers are for sale! Native plants can fill difficult areas and bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. No registration needed.
Sat 21 May
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
April showers bring May flowers! Discover the exciting world of wildflowers that have begun to bloom in Hempstead Lake State Park. Together we'll observe and learn to identify flowers in the park. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Adult Event.
Sat 21 May
Spring Walks-Highbanks Trail (Mt. Morris Canyon)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 21 May
Bird Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Take a short walk around the trails and learn about WNY birds from a park educator. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Sat 21 May
Spring Walks-Highbanks Trail (Mt. Morris Canyon)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 21 May
KIDS TO PARKS DAY!
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join us for our celebration of Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play! We'll celebrate being a kid with fort building, fairy houses, mud play, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, classic outdoor games...you name it! We'll have everything your child (or your inner child!) could want to play and to enjoy nature and the park. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 21 May
Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
We plan to host a short bike ride starting from the Visitor Center at 10am and there will also be several self-guided activities offered during the day such as a towpath Scavenger Hunt along the trails. This is a family friendly day to spend at the site, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds.
Sat 21 May
Interpretive Walk for Children: The World of Horses at Staatsburgh
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 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. Reservations required: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: free
Sat 21 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Overlook
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
SATURDAY ONLY. Native perennials, shrubs, and trees with beautiful flowers are for sale! Native plants can fill difficult areas and bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. No registration needed.
Sat 21 May
Frogs & Friends
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
From frogs and toads to newts and salamanders, amphibians are an amazing group of animals! Join us to learn more about these amazing cold-blooded creatures as we search for them in their natural habitat. Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 21 May
Frogs & Friends
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
From frogs and toads to newts and salamanders, amphibians are an amazing group of animals! Join us to learn more about these amazing cold-blooded creatures as we search for them in their natural habitat. Family Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 21 May
Submarine Scramble
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come along for a Jones Beach escape room! Can you make it back to the surface, or will you succumb to the depths of the ocean? Work as a team to solve puzzles and riddles in order to escape from our sinking submarine. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4.
Sat 21 May
Tiny Seeds
Saturday, May 21, 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. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sat 21 May
Bee Day
Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Meet our beekeeper at the Homestead's apiary to learn more about our bees and beekeeping. 11:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping, 1:00 pm Westchester Beekeepers Network monthly meeting, 3:00 pm Gardening for Bees

Sat 21 May
Picnic Hike To The Narrows
Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Pack a lunch and join us for a hike to the Narrows! We will sit overlooking the St. Lawrence River and enjoy a picnic lunch. This is a 2.5 mile roundtrip hike over steep and varied terrain. Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sat 21 May
Geographical Observations at Sam’s Point
Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Standing at over 2,240 feet, Sam's Point Overlook is a beautiful vista that provides sweeping views of the valley below. Are you curious to know what you are looking at? Stop by to speak with a park staff member, who will be stationed at the overlook during this time, who will point out major landmarks visible in the landscape below. Binoculars will be available to use for an even closer look. For directions, please stop by the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however reservations to get into Sam's Point are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sat 21 May
1775: The First Year of the Revolution
Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Military reenactors and ladies from the 2nd NY Regiment will present a series of military drills, musket demonstrations, camp life, and artillery demonstrations throughout the day of this living history event. The 2nd New York will describe the military experience of New York troops in the very beginning of the American Revolution, in the year before America declared its independence.
Sat 21 May
Picnic Hike To The Narrows
Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Pack a lunch and join us for a hike to the Narrows! We will sit overlooking the St. Lawrence River and enjoy a picnic lunch. This is a 2.5 mile roundtrip hike over steep and varied terrain. Preregistration recommended. Please call (315) 482-2479 to register. Face covering encouraged when indoors.
Sat 21 May
MayFest
Saturday, May 21, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The MayFest Essential Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley's finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail and West Approach of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Vendors will exhibit their wares for tasting or purchase, allowing participants to support several agribusinesses in one location. Beer, Wine and Spirits Tasting Tickets are available now for $25. Must by 21+ to purchase a wristband. General admission to the Farmer's Market (excluding the tasting area) is free. Visit walkway.org/mayfest for tickets and more information.
Sat 21 May
Clermont and Construction
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Since the 1730s, everyone who has lived or worked at Clermont has left their mark on the mansion. Over nearly 300 years, Clermont has been rebuilt after a fire, had wings added, had its flat roof pitched, had porches added and torn off, and has been repainted hundreds of times! Join Educator Emily Robinson for a presentation about Clermont's construction history, from the first generations of the Livingston family to today. This program will be hosted at the Visitor Center. Visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sat 21 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 21 May
TOUCH TANK
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Walk in and meet our aquatic animals along side an educator.
Sat 21 May
Jr. Naturalist Program
Saturday, May 21, 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 21 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sat 21 May
Preserving African American Foodways
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Lavada Nahon is the Interpreter of African American History for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. She has a wealth of experience interpreting the lives of free and enslaved African Americans across the mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis on the work of enslaved cooks in the homes of the elite class. 
Admission to the event is free. 
Sat 21 May
Create and Cook: Family Art Workshop and Virtual Cooking Class with Olana and the Sylvia Center
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site

Families are invited to participate in three outdoor walks and art workshops at Olana and virtual healthy cooking classes with The Sylvia Center! During these special two-part programs, families will explore Olana's landscape together through observation and art activities on Saturday afternoons. After each onsite walk at Olana, meal kits with local produce will be distributed for the virtual cooking class, led by The Sylvia Center. Later that evening, families will take the lead from a TSC Chef Instructor and will use the ingredients in their meal kits to cook a healthy dinner from the comfort of their own homes. For families with children 18 and under (children should have adult supervision). Register for one or all three classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). Advance registration at OLANA.org. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. For information about The Sylvia Center please visit sylviacenter.org or email info@sylviacenter.org. Onsite Workshop and Free Meal Kit Pick Up 1:00-2:00pm, Virtual Cooking Class 4:00-5:30pm

Sat 21 May
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 5-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the bench near the admission booth inside the park entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. Parking is free inside the park near the meeting place or along Midland Ave. Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and the South County Trailway. View Tibbetts Brook and three Croton Water structures and learn their history. Trail may be muddy; sturdy shoes or boots advisable. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 21 May
Sketching the Natural World
Saturday, May 21, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Hike up to 2 miles to find tranquil areas to sit and translate the natural world onto paper. We can provide some materials but encourage participants to bring their own: sketch pad and graphite or color pencils. Teens & adults. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sketching-the-natural-world-registration-290828845907.
Sat 21 May
Sketching the Natural World
Saturday, May 21, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Hike up to 2 miles to find tranquil areas to sit and translate the natural world onto paper. We can provide some materials but encourage participants to bring their own: sketch pad and graphite or color pencils. Teens & adults. For more information and to register, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sketching-the-natural-world-registration-290828845907.
Sun 22 May
Slower Pace Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, May 22, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 17th. Reservations to get into Sam's Point are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sun 22 May
Beach Wander
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Join us for a walk to Caumsett's beautiful north shore beach! Take in the beautiful views as we walk and talk about the forest, the Sound, the sand and the shells. Bring lunch and wear comfortable shoes. 5+ miles with hilly and sandy terrain. Family Program, To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure
Sun 22 May
Sunday Stroll
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
On each Sunday stroll we will set out for a newdestination in the park! Together we will explore thenatural and recreational wonders that make upHempstead Lake State Park. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventurem, Family Event.
Sun 22 May
OPEN GARDEN DAYS AT THE NEWLY OPENED JAY GARDENS
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Overlooking Long Island Sound, the 23-acre Jay Estate was once the land of the Lenape before it became the family seat of nation-maker John Jay, who helped abolish slavery in New York State. Today the Jay Estate is a home for ideas, civil dialogue, and action about social and environmental justice and much more. Operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) for the benefit of the public, the land—particularly its stunning viewshed—gives context to the stories of its diverse inhabitants and stewards going back thousands of years. This month the gardens were named one of New York Cottages and Gardens magazine's "Home-Grown Beauties." Stop by any time for docent-led tours or a stroll through on your own! And please say hello to our new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.The spectacular new Jay Gardens are open to the public every week at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Sun 22 May
Drop-in Program: Live Birds of Prey at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 22 May
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174- specify whether you would like to join the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. program.
Sun 22 May
FOREST BATHING
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Coined shinrin-yoku in Japan in the 1980's, forest bathing is the ecotherapeutic practice of spending time immersed in nature, absorbing it with all of your senses. The physiological and psychological benefits last for days afterward with the additional benefit of a new appreciation of our precious woodland and its inhabitants. This is a beginner- rated walk along the Nature Trail with long pauses to sit and enhance our awareness of our surroundings and it is approximately a 2-hour program. A small mat is beneficial to ensure a dry seat. Pay $5 per adult (cash or check) at the office upon arrival. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174- specify whether you would like to join the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. program.
Sun 22 May
Fly Fishing Workshop Series
Sunday, May 22, 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. Recommendations for gear and literary resources will be provided. Cost: $25 for the whole series + Eventbrite fees. Max: 8 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 22 May
Squid Lab
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Slap on those gloves and get your dissectiontools ready because we're diving into theanatomy and survival adaptions of the squid.Join us for a guided squid dissection for adeeper understanding of these magnificentmarine animals. RSVP required. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4 2 and younger: Free.
Sun 22 May
Vernal Pool Exploration
Sunday, May 22, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Vernal pools are wetlands that fill with water from winter and spring rains, and usually, dry out by the end of summer. We will explore a vernal pond that serves as an important breeding site for many species, including the Yellow Spotted and Eastern Newts. Come try your hand at citizen science and discover why vernal pools are known to be the coral reefs of the northeastern forest. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.
Sun 22 May
Vernal Pool Exploration
Sunday, May 22, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Vernal pools are wetlands that fill with water from winter and spring rains, and usually, dry out by the end of summer. We will explore a vernal pond that serves as an important breeding site for many species, including the Yellow Spotted and Eastern Newts. Come try your hand at citizen science and discover why vernal pools are known to be the coral reefs of the northeastern forest. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.
Sun 22 May
Alice’s Landscape Tour
Sunday, May 22, 2022 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Upon her arrival at the house, as John Henry Livingston's third wife, Alice Livingston set out to reshape the grounds of the estate to her own ideas. After her return from an extended sojourn in Italy Alice had formal gardens installed but beyond that most of what you see today was in some way touched by Alice's hand. Come to find out how one woman shaped the estate for the future. This walk will meet on the east side of the mansion. Visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sun 22 May
Kalkberg Fossil Hunting
Sunday, May 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
The Kalkberg Limestone found at Thacher Park is rich in fossils from the Devonian Era, a period 400 million years ago when much of New York was submerged under a tropical sea. Join us as we look for fossils in the vicinity of the Paint Mine pavilion and learn about the ancient animals that used to call Albany County home. Good for participants aged fourteen plus who are comfortable walking on loose, uneven, and potentially wet rock. Note that fossils may not be removed from the park.
Sun 22 May
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, May 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: https://millsfriends.org/ Cost: $10/Regular, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 22 May
Kalkberg Fossil Hunting
Sunday, May 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
The Kalkberg Limestone found at Thacher Park is rich in fossils from the Devonian Era, a period 400 million years ago when much of New York was submerged under a tropical sea. Join us as we look for fossils in the vicinity of the Paint Mine pavilion and learn about the ancient animals that used to call Albany County home. Good for participants aged fourteen plus who are comfortable walking on loose, uneven, and potentially wet rock. Note that fossils may not be removed from the park.
Sun 22 May
Mapping Mayhem
Sunday, May 22, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
X marks the spot! Become a cartographer and make your own maps to help you discover the hidden treasure of Hempstead Lake State Park. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Children Event (Ages 7+).
Sun 22 May
POINT AU ROCHE KIDS CLUB!
Sunday, May 22, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Do you have a kid who loves nature and exploring outside? Do you have a kid who prefers the indoors, but you want to get them away from screens and playing outside more? Either way, the PAR Kids Club is for you! This week the kids will have an opportunity to help build some raised beds for a Children's Garden at the Nature Center! All kids will also get to plant their own seeds to take home. For more information, contact the Park Naturalist. 
Sun 22 May
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, May 22, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be 2-3 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!
Sun 22 May
MOM SPRING CONCERT– “THE SHIP’S CAPTAIN”
Sunday, May 22, 2022 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Two young single sisters, a curious will left by their uncle guardian, and a mysterious young man figure in the plot of this delightful 1817 vaudeville opera. Carl August Blum, a popular composer and actor, crafted this clever one act piece using entirely melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and German folksongs. Walking tour of the Pastures Historic District and Reception included in ticket price (and are not available without attending performance.) For complete details & ticket purchase, please visit musiciansofmaalwyck.org or call (814) 441—0852.
Mon 23 May
LITTLE EXPLORERS – FROGS
Monday, May 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! This week's program is all about frogs. They can do more than just say "ribbit" - come explore our slimy green friends with stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then head out for some outdoor playtime!
Mon 23 May
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, May 23, 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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 23 May
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, May 23, 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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 23 May
Creature Feature
Monday, May 23, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4 2 and younger: Free
Tue 24 May
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 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 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 24 May
Tuesday Trek: Spring Flowers along the Cliff at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educators, for a three-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from west to east. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the bright, green, spring foliage in the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 24 May
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center


Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30am, followed by a short hike at 11am, weather permitting. Ages 0-4. For more information, please visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com 

Tue 24 May
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve


Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30am, followed by a short hike at 11am, weather permitting. Ages 0-4. For more information, please visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com 

Tue 24 May
FREE WALK-IN TOURS
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Stop in for a guided 30-45 minute tour of the Center with one of our educators!
Tue 24 May
Little Explorers
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Let's get little learners excited about the environment. Each week we will explore a different part of the property at John Jay Homestead and complete a take-home activity while learning and having fun. For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Fee for the series is $80 members of Friends of John Jay Homestead; $100 for non-members.
Tue 24 May
Panels & Plants
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Solar energy is all around us! Come explore how plants and solar panels utilize the sun's power in different ways. Take a guided walk around the Center and the pollinator garden to learn about the wonders of solar energy. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4
Tue 24 May
Lock, Stock, & Navigation – the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company w/ Kathryn Shoop (Friends Meeting Program)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Enders House, Discover the efforts made by the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company, a private stock enterprise, to improve transportation in New York State. Kathryn will explore the people, the places, and plan that was to revolutionize the movement of good across New York, leading to the creation of the Erie Canal. The presentation will be preceded by a brief Friends of Schoharie Crossing meeting. The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are a 501c3 non-profit support organization. They provide resources, advocacy, and support toward the mission of Schoharie Crossing in preservation, education, and recreation.
Wed 25 May
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 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! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Todd Cameron. Please register at: https://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Wed 25 May
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
The spring season is in full swing! Enjoy a scenic walk through Woodlawn Beach to discover the sights and sounds of the season of new beginnings. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 25 May
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Wed 25 May
Guided Grounds tour
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Wed 25 May
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Wed 25 May
FREE WALK-IN TOURS
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Stop in for a guided 30-45 minute tour of the Center with one of our educators!
Wed 25 May
Buffalo Harbor Bike Tour
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
Celebrate Buffalo's waterfront as we bike along the outer harbor, exploring several pocket parks and green spaces along the way. For Information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 25 May
After-school STEAM Workshop
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4
Wed 25 May
Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Every month this group gathers to discuss a book related to the Revolutionary War. Contact David Pitlyk for details on the current selection. (david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov) The program will be held at 166 Main St, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.
Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 26 May
OPEN GARDEN DAYS AT THE NEWLY OPENED JAY GARDENS
Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Overlooking Long Island Sound, the 23-acre Jay Estate was once the land of the Lenape before it became the family seat of nation-maker John Jay, who helped abolish slavery in New York State. Today the Jay Estate is a home for ideas, civil dialogue, and action about social and environmental justice and much more. Operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) for the benefit of the public, the land—particularly its stunning viewshed—gives context to the stories of its diverse inhabitants and stewards going back thousands of years. This month the gardens were named one of New York Cottages and Gardens magazine's "Home-Grown Beauties." Stop by any time for docent-led tours or a stroll through on your own! And please say hello to our new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.The spectacular new Jay Gardens are open to the public every week at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Thu 26 May
Garden Symposium at Pocantico
Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
The Garden Symposium will examine the preservation of two extraordinary open spaces: Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Greenacre Park. Peter Iskenderian, park manager at the Preserve, and Kim Fendrich, environmental educator and event coordinator, will discuss the immersive work of maintaining and protecting the Preserve's historic carriage road system, battling the invasive species that threaten forests, creating inclusive and accessible public programming, and the dedication needed to protect this special place for generations to come. Gail Caulkins, president of Greenacre Foundation, and Lois Crimmins, executive director, will discuss Midtown Manhattan's Greenacre Park and their work on the Fight for Light campaign, which advocates citywide to mandate sunlight preservation in urban development. Coffee and pastries will be served upon arrival, and a boxed lunch will be provided following the first presentation. Weather permitting, an optional garden walk will conclude the Symposium. Proof of vaccination required. Photo courtesy of Laurence Gill. https://www.rbf.org/pocantico/events/garden-symposium-preserving-our-open-spaces
Thu 26 May
Guided Grounds tour
Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Thu 26 May
FREE WALK-IN TOURS
Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Stop in for a guided 30-45 minute tour of the Center with one of our educators!
Thu 26 May
Birding & Biking
Thursday, May 26, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
It's migration season! Join us for a leisurely bike ride with rest stops for birding. Learn about the different habitats on Jones Beach and keep your eyes open for shorebirds, Ospreys, Warblers,Tree Swallows, and more. No experience required. Binoculars are provided--but bikes and helmets are not . Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4.
Thu 26 May
Forest Bathing at Minnewaska
Thursday, May 26, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides, any Thursday in May, to experience Forest Bathing. Over the next four consecutive Thursdays in the late afternoon, join Jane as she guides your transition from computers and day-to-day business into present moment awareness, where we directly experience the world through our senses. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that Forest Bathing promotes physical and mental health and reduces stress and anxiety, while improving mood, focus and sleep. Beyond the science, this program is about community, as nature connects us to our intrinsic selves and to others. Each week this introduction to Forest Bathing will focus on a unique aspect of Forest Bathing at a different location in the Park Preserve. This program is open to participants aged 16 and older, with minors accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required for each program by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0272.
Thu 26 May
Harmonies on the Hudson- Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
Thursday, May 26, 2022 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
With styles that range from bluegrass to country to rock to folk to Americana, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys have played four International Bluegrass Music Association festivals: Wintergrass, Seattle (WA); Joe Val Boston (MA); Podunk Hartford (CT), Grey Fox in Oak Hill (NY); and in addition, The Railroad Boys were selected to fill a coveted spot in IBMA's 2013 Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC. The band has also had the honor of appearing on the Music City Roots: Live from The Factory on PBS. Due to mansion restoration work, this season of concerts will be held adjacent to the main parking lot, near the Arryl House ruins. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, as seating will not be provided. Picnic dinners are welcome, but please leave your alcoholic beverages at home. Registration is recommended, but not required. Visitors can register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Thu 26 May
NATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS
Thursday, May 26, 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! Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Thu 26 May
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us on a 3-mile sunset hike at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Please dress according to weather conditions and bring water. Leashed dogs are welcome. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. We leave ON TIME. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled (including overcast skies when we know there will be no visible sunset). You will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo courtesy of RangerSu. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 27 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 27, 2022 until Monday, May 30, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am. Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons)
Fri 27 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 27, 2022 until Monday, May 30, 2022
Letchworth State Park
Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am. Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons)
Fri 27 May
Planets and Space
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.
Fri 27 May
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during May. 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 especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 27 May
Guided Grounds tour
Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of John Jay's Bedford Farm. Fee: $7.00 adults, 12 and under Free
Fri 27 May
Planets and Space
Friday, May 27, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.
Fri 27 May
Niagara Falls Exploration
Friday, May 27, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Come out and enjoy the unofficial start to Summer with friends and family! With warmer weather and spring in full swing, we will pick out the flora and fauna that makes this park so special - all while taking in the beautiful area. For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 27 May
Guided Hike
Friday, May 27, 2022 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Join us for a walk along Battle Loop trail. This one mile hike is over easy-to-moderate terrain. Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are suggested. The group will meet under the flagpole on the hilltop. The program is cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
Fri 27 May
Learn About Black Bears
Friday, May 27, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn about Black Bears habitat, eating habits, wintering, and how humans' actions can affect them. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 27 May
Evening Hike
Friday, May 27, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook. Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Fri 27 May
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, May 27, 2022 08:30 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/275468188/ Registration: Required. Note that rain dates are the Saturday immediately following the original date.
Fri 27 May
Walkway at Night
Friday, May 27, 2022 08:45 PM - 10:15 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 8:45-10:30 p.m. Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight and check in at the appropriate gate upon arrival.
Sat 28 May
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A 2 mile bird walk that will observe a variety of birds that inhabit and breed in the park this time of year. Migration time is still ongoing so we will observe many of those birds as well as they move about the forest. All programs meet in the upper parking lot unless noted. Programs led by MaryLaura Lamont. Call for details, reservations at (631)315-5475. Rain cancels programs!!!
Sat 28 May
The FARM MARKET at John Jay Homestead
Saturday, May 28, 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 28 May
Bethpage Air Show PloverVolunteer
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Spend Memorial Day Weekend helping protect an endangered species, the Piping Plover.Take a walk out on sand to the beachfront and be positioned around the nesting areas. All ages are welcome to volunteer, but all volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 28 May
Hike with Mike: “Know Your Limits” Part 1
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know your pace and preferred distance in this series of three hikes, taking place over three months and guided by Mike Miernik. Part one is an easy walk covering about 2-3 miles, and is suitable for families with strollers. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have been hesitant about going out on their own; we'll talk about maps, reading the landscape, and trail courtesy. Future excursions will be hikes that move more briskly, take more time, and  cover more distance. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike will continue in light rain; however, in the event of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Rob Amendola. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 28 May
The Longer Walk to Awosting Falls at Minnewaska
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half mile walk to Awosting Falls, an approximately 65-foot-high waterfall. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will walk along a short multi-use trail that has recently been improved, thanks to the efforts of volunteers. At the end of this trail, we will continue along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which we will follow until we arrive at the waterfall. Some highlights of this carriage road include an intriguing, stacked rock formation, views of the Peter's Kill stream, and lush stands of rhododendrons and Eastern hemlock trees. After we have spent time at the waterfall, we will return to our starting point along the same route. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 28 May
Nature on the Move (West)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett. Adult Program, Please call for Reservations: (631) 423 - 1770
Sat 28 May
Trails and Tails
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Accompanied by your furry friend, explore the trails in Artpark State Park. We will enjoy a brief look into history, views of the swirling Niagara River, and welcome the unofficial start of Summer! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 28 May
Glimmerglass/Hyde Hall Block Party
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
Features: Utica Zoomobile, Clydesdales, guided hikes, Two bands: Hanzolo and The Bone Doctor

Rain Date: 6/11/2022
Sat 28 May
Pond Ecology
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Below the surface of the water lives a vibrant ecosystem! Explore their world with a pond scoop and we will get a close up look at some of the tiny creatures that make their home at Hempstead Lake! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure, Children Event (Ages 6+).
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