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Wed 06 Nov
Sam’s Point Gallery: The Hudson Valley from an Artist’s View, Exhibit and Art Sale
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 until Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Beginning on November 6th and continuing through the end of December, the Gallery at Sam's Point will be showing a collection of paintings and prints created by local artists. This exciting show will depict scenes of local areas, flora, and fauna. These works are donated from a private collection, being offered for the first time. They are priced moderately for holiday gift giving. The sale of these works will benefit local food pantries. Start your collection of scenes of the Hudson Valley by purchasing one of these outstanding works. Pre-registration is not required.

Sun 10 Nov
Mammals & Migratory Art Gallery at Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Sunday, November 10, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Mammals and migratory beings are joyfully elevated by artists Roseanne Cerbo, Jeanne DiMeglio, James Dyekman, Sharon Falk, Michael Garber, Jocelyn Henry, Eric David Laxman and Doris Shepherd Wiese; that seek every artistic opportunity to emphasize the remarkable quality of living creatures visited in eastern surroundings.

Inquires: 914-631-1470 ext. 0

Art Sales/Gallery Info: proleeds@aol.com

Vehicle Parking: $6 weekends & holidays

Mon 25 Nov
Magic of Lights Holiday Drive
Monday, November 25, 2019 until Saturday, January 4, 2020
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Long Island's favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price.

Tickets and more information: https://magicoflights.com/events/jonesbeach/

 

Mon 25 Nov
Magic of Lights Holiday Drive
Monday, November 25, 2019 until Saturday, January 4, 2020
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Long Island's favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price.

Tickets and more information: https://magicoflights.com/events/jonesbeach/

 

Sat 07 Dec
Holiday bazaar at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Saturday December 7th: 10am to 4pm

Sunday December 8th: 11am to 4pm.

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, fleece and woolen items, baskets, honey and maple products, wildlife photography, puppets, ornaments, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers in our gift shop, too. Enjoy live music that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC

Sat 07 Dec
Holiday bazaar at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Saturday December 7th: 10am to 4pm

Sunday December 8th: 11am to 4pm.

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, fleece and woolen items, baskets, honey and maple products, wildlife photography, puppets, ornaments, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers in our gift shop, too. Enjoy live music that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC

Sat 07 Dec
A Child’s Christmas
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Drop in for stories read by Janet and Honoria Livingston's nurse Ollie under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10. ​

Drop In

$4 Per Person

For more information please call (518) 537-4240

Sat 07 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 07 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sun 08 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 08 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
Guided Walks
Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Sun 08 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 08 Dec
History of Caumsett: Adult Program
Sunday, December 8, 2019 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural and political history.

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 8, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 08 Dec
Guided Hikes
Sunday, December 8, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Mon 09 Dec
Potter’s Point Hike
Monday, December 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Mon 09 Dec
Potter’s Point Hike
Monday, December 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Mon 09 Dec
Self-Guided Holiday Tours: Tuesday - Saturday
Monday, December 9, 2019 until Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

From 12/9 to 1/4, Tuesdays - Saturdays.

On this self-guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700’s. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year’s Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027.

12:00pm-3:30pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Optional
Mon 09 Dec
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, December 9, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members' information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.

Mon 09 Dec
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, December 9, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members' information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.

Tue 10 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this modestly challenging, five-mile roundtrip hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley are abundant from the top of Millbrook Mountain. The footpath section of this outing traverses through forests, over a stream and over rock slabs, with sustained downhill and uphill sections. Some participants may find this uneven terrain challenging. The meandering Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads are easier, with scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below. If icy conditions make this route unsafe, an alternate route will be chosen. Participants should bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 10 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 10 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 10 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 10 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 10 Dec
Guided Christmas Tours
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available.  Group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled by prior arrangement.
Christmas Admission Fees:  $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more information please call 315-655-3200
Tue 10 Dec
Tree Tracking Tuesdays (T3)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Register for this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com or by calling Rebecca at 914-631-1470 x106.

Tuesday | 1:00 pm – 2:30pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Wed 11 Dec
Children’s Story Hour & Holiday Craft
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Pre-school age children are invited to gather around the Christmas tree and listen to stories read by Staatsburg Librarian Lisa Prentiss, and then make a holiday craft. Reservations required. Cost: Free
Registration: Required
Wed 11 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join us for a full moon hike. This event is free and open to all ages. The hike follows our wide gravel carriage roads and is relatively flat with a few hilly spots (moderate hike). Please bring a flashlight or headlamp! Please come dressed for the weather, will be canceled in case of heavy rain or snow so check your email for updates! Registration for this event is required. Limit 40 participants. Recommended 12 and up

Thursday | 5:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Registration: Required
Wed 11 Dec
Movies in the Barn: "The Horse Soldiers"
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Movies in the Barn will present: "The Horse Soldiers" starring John Wayne and William Holden. This 1959 film directed by John Ford was the fictional account of an actual Union cavalry raid deep into Mississippi during the Civil War. Following the film there will be a History vs. Hollywood roundtable discussion.

Thu 12 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 12, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
Winter Decoration Workshop- 2 sessions
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Charlie Needs a Cloak
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Charlie Needs a Cloak
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 12 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 12 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 12 Dec
Home Ecologist - Birds of Prey
Thursday, December 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 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 12 Dec
Home Ecologist - Birds of Prey
Thursday, December 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 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 12 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 12, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Thu 12 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Thursday, December 12, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more infomation call 315-655-3200

Fri 13 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 13, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 13, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 13 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 13 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 13, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 13, 2019 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
(516) 922-9200

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its fifteenth annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year. Carolers kick off the festivities singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse, then Santa Claus arrives 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.
Fri 13 Dec
Friends of Mills at Staatsburgh Holiday Gala
Friday, December 13, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Join the Friends for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and musical entertainment in the dining room for an elegant and festive evening at the mansion. Reservations required. Call: (845) 889-8851 ext. 346 or see: https://millsfriends.org/event/gilded-christmas/
Registration: Required
Fri 13 Dec
Moonlight Sensory Walk
Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Explore the night using your senses. Why do night creatures see better than us at night? How do animals use their sense of smell? These and other sensory questions will be answered through hands on activities to experience the night like a nocturnal animal does

Registration: Required
Fri 13 Dec
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Friday, December 13, 2019 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year: The Geminids. On a cool, crisp night, catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
45th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 21 for territory assignment.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 14, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
45th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 21 for territory assignment.
Sat 14 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Hike with Master Story Teller Mike
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Let's take a hike on Brook Trail and swing through the pastures. Michael is the Preserve's master storyteller and always happy to share stories of the preserve during the hike.

Saturday | 9:00 am | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Art in the Park: Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to make a wreath out of fresh greens for the 21st annual Clay Pit Wreath Workshop! This workshop has a $15 fee, payable in cash or check made out to Natural Heritage Trust on the day of the event. Adults/teens only. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Art in the Park: Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Join us to make a wreath out of fresh greens for the 21st annual Clay Pit Wreath Workshop! This workshop has a $15 fee, payable in cash or check made out to Natural Heritage Trust on the day of the event. Adults/teens only. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 14 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

We invite you, and your family, to come spend the day at our winter market! Enjoy live music, holiday crafts, local artisans, raffles, and food vendors including homemade baked goods and Driftwood BBQ.
Sat 14 Dec
Free Nature Craft at Cragsmoor Free Library
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Laura Davis Kennedy, Sam’s Point Interpretive Ranger, at the Cragsmoor Free Library, to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard as the colder weather sets in. We’ll use pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed to make a delicious bird treat that you can hang in trees where you live. After making your bird treat, gather some delicious treats for yourself at the Library’s Cookie Walk! Proceeds from cookie sales benefit the Cragsmoor Free Library. Pre-registration is NOT required. For questions contact Nancy Krum, Library Director, at 845-647-4611 or by emailing nancy@cragsmoorfreelibrary.info.
Sat 14 Dec
Winter Bird Walk and Feeder Craft
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a guided nature walk as we search for some of the birds that stick around during the winter, then come back to the Nature Center to make a bird feeder to attract some to your yard! All ages welcome! Walk will be from 10-11am (approximately 1 mile) on easy trails. Craft will be available after 11am. Come for the walk, the craft, or both!
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

We invite you, and your family, to come spend the day at our winter market! Enjoy live music, holiday crafts, local artisans, raffles, and food vendors including homemade baked goods and Driftwood BBQ.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Craft Workshop: Make a Christmas Cracker
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Christmas crackers were popular dinner favors during the Gilded Age, cracking open to reveal sweets and small gifts. Learn how to make your own festive crackers, decorate them to your liking and take home a set for your own Christmas dinner. This fun family craft is suitable for adults and children 10 & up. All materials provided. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. Cost: $8 per person; $20 for a family of 3 to 5 people.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Create your own holiday wreath with hemlock branches from the battlefield! The program is fun for the whole family. Donations are welcome.

Location: Caretakers House (30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090)

Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information. *TVC
Sat 14 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. More details to come. For more information call 716-282-5154.
Sat 14 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam to Ossining Weir (one way or loop) Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Snow or heavy rain date, Sunday, December 15, 11am.

Joint walk with Urban Trail Conference -- Easy-to-Moderate hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam, then south along the Aqueduct trail to the Weir in Ossining (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 walk). At the Ossining Weir, you may end your hike or return to Croton Gorge Park. To start, meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. (Over 5 miles one way, 10 miles loop, 2.5 or 5 hours). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 14 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam to Ossining Weir (one way or loop) Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Snow or heavy rain date, Sunday, December 15, 11am.

Joint walk with Urban Trail Conference -- Easy-to-Moderate hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam, then south along the Aqueduct trail to the Weir in Ossining (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 walk). At the Ossining Weir, you may end your hike or return to Croton Gorge Park. To start, meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. (Over 5 miles one way, 10 miles loop, 2.5 or 5 hours). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 14 Dec
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 14 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information. *TVC
Sat 14 Dec
Forest Friends Story Time
Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join Amanda the Forest Fairy while she reads some stories about her friends who live in the forest with her, both magical and ordinary. Enjoy crafts, play games, and dress up with props to take photos at our selfie station. Weather permitting, take a short hike or build a snow castle. Warm up with hot chocolate and baked goods. This is a fundraising event for Rensselaer Youth Outdoors; suggested donation is $5-25 dollars or pay what you can. No one will be turned away! Contact Amanda the RYO coordinator with any questions; Amanda.ryo.coordinator@gmail.com or call 518-712-9667.
Sat 14 Dec
Harp Performances
Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

On three Saturdays in December, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present performances of period music, performed by harpist Elysia Roman. Set amidst the historic rooms, decorated for the holidays, Ms. Roman’s performances are not formal concerts, but are meant to be enjoyed as visitors tour the house. Roman will perform holiday songs that are now classics but were brand new during the Gilded Age like What Child Is This? (1865) and Away in a Manger (1882), along with elegant classical music from the same period including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (1890) and Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia (1899).

Before studying harp at the collegiate level, Elysia Roman performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall, among many other famous concert halls. She toured Asia with an orchestral ensemble in 2012 and performed that same year at the World Harp Congress. Beginning studies at the age of nine, Elysia has maintained an attitude of excellence, passion and dedication throughout her musical studies and professional career. Her full sound and expert tone production can fill cathedrals and historic mansions alike.

The performances are included in the price of site admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students with an ID; and children 12 and under are free.

Sat 14 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 14 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 14 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting). In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under. For more information call 315-655-3200

Sat 14 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Gingerbread Spectacular
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall as part of the larger downtown seasonal program that day, from 2:00-4:00, stop by the Manor for a chance to customize and decorate their own Gingerbread cookie! All activities for the day are free but supplies are limited to first come first serve.

2:00pm-4:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: 1-12

Sat 14 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Tour the elegantly appointed 1754 Ellison house decorated for Christmas and staffed by Revolutionary War era costumed interpreters.

Sat 14 Dec
Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 14, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Tour and explore Old Fort Niagara's 1726 French Castle, which will be decorated for the season by the Youngstown Garden Club and lit entirely by candles. Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand feu de joie. Visitors can make seasonal crafts and write with a quill pen, plus enjoy music, cooking demonstrations, Native dancing, campfires and other activities. This seasonal, historically-authentic experience will put you in the Christmas spirit!

Tickets are $15 online and in advance for general admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Ticket sales are final and not refundable. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

Tickets for Sat., December 7th

Tickets for Sat., December 14th

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 15 Dec
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 15, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining historic summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we’ll continue our walk to reach the site of the former, historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we’ll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone tower, Skytop, to the North. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Dickie Barre area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately two-and-a- half miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Both veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Guided Hikes
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Sun 15 Dec
Tracks & Traces: Adult Program
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children).

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 15 Dec
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

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 15 Dec
Historic House Tours
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring or what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join the Park Naturalist and special guests for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear. Come for one season or for them all. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Nature Center.
Sun 15 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 15, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Guided Walks
Sunday, December 15, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Sun 15 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 15, 2019 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. 

Adults $12/ Friends of Clermont $10, Children 12 and under $5 Tickets Required. Please call (518) 537-4240

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Sunday, December 15, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Mon 16 Dec
Little Explorers - Winter Birds
Monday, December 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30am, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we will explore the birds that stick around during the winter, and make a bird feeder to take home!

This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are welcome.

Tue 17 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 17 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 17 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Brr..Winter is Here
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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.

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 until Saturday, December 21, 2019 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700’s. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. Walk-ins welcomed but reservations encouraged. Please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Optional
Wed 18 Dec
Sensory Hike: a quiet hike through the woods
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

A quiet lunchtime walk through the woods to focus on letting our senses experience the nature around us.

Wednesday | 12:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Thu 19 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 19, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 19 Dec
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Dec
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 19 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 19 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 19 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 19, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Thu 19 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 19, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Thu 19 Dec
The Battle of Brooklyn
Thursday, December 19, 2019 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

The Battle of Brooklyn was a make or break moment for Patriot forces early on in the Revolutionary War. Through firsthand sources and recently discovered period maps, historian and researcher Frank Licameli will shed new light on this dramatic and pivotal battle.

Fri 20 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 20, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 20, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 20 Dec
Hudson River Eagle Tour
Friday, December 20, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Dec
Hudson River Eagle Tour
Friday, December 20, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Slippery Seals
Friday, December 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

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.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 20 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 20, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Friday, December 20, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
Evening Hours at the Mansion
Friday, December 20, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Spend a festive evening at the fully-decorated mansion with costumed guides, live music, a craft activity and gift shopping. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students, Children age 12 & under free.
Sat 21 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 21, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
Project FeederWatch Drop-In Program at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

At 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us learn more about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. At the end of winter, we will send our data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help other scientists learn about these birds as well. Using binoculars, we will observe birds and learn how to identify them as they visit our feeders. Then, we will make pinecone/peanut butter bird feeders for you to take home so you can continue your observations in your own yard. This program is recommended for beginner and experienced bird watchers of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Sat 21 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 21 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Fun Facts with Kelly: Winter Birding Edition
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Reservoir State Park
(716) 284-5778

Tweet, tweet! While some birds migrate away for the colder months, some overwinter in our backyards. Sit back, relax, and maybe catch a glimpse of some birds we see year-round. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 21, 2019 until Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 21 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 21 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Join us for our annual Knox Farm Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Both veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 21, 2019 until Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike to Kempton Ledge at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a walk along two carriage roads to reach Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista overlooking the Palmaghatt Ravine. The distance for this outing is approximately three miles and takes place entirely on carriage roads, which offer a stable and relatively easy walking experience. On a clear day, we should have nice views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and Gertrude’s Nose. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. If the carriage roads at Lake Minnewaska are groomed for cross-country skiing, this hike will change locations. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. (Note: 168th St. stop on the #1 is closed, but 157th St. will do; there is also on-street parking.) We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC’s water system. Optional side trip up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir. You may wish to take a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) after the walk. Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the High Bridge and back is approximately 2 miles. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. (Note: 168th St. stop on the #1 is closed, but 157th St. will do; there is also on-street parking.) We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC’s water system. Optional side trip up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir. You may wish to take a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) after the walk. Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the High Bridge and back is approximately 2 miles. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Celebrate the shortest day of the year. Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails, then come back to the Nature Center for refreshments by the fire! Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!
Sat 21 Dec
Guided Walks
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Sat 21 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A great day for families! Explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor's center.

Admission: FREE

For more information please call (518) 537-4240

Sat 21 Dec
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 21 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 21 Dec
Harp Performances
Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

On three Saturdays in December, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present performances of period music, performed by harpist Elysia Roman. Set amidst the historic rooms, decorated for the holidays, Ms. Roman’s performances are not formal concerts, but are meant to be enjoyed as visitors tour the house. Roman will perform holiday songs that are now classics but were brand new during the Gilded Age like What Child Is This? (1865) and Away in a Manger (1882), along with elegant classical music from the same period including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (1890) and Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia (1899).

Before studying harp at the collegiate level, Elysia Roman performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall, among many other famous concert halls. She toured Asia with an orchestral ensemble in 2012 and performed that same year at the World Harp Congress. Beginning studies at the age of nine, Elysia has maintained an attitude of excellence, passion and dedication throughout her musical studies and professional career. Her full sound and expert tone production can fill cathedrals and historic mansions alike.

The performances are included in the price of site admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students with an ID; and children 12 and under are free.

Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
Fire Up Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us around our fireplace in celebration of the first day of winter! Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, stories, and games.
Sat 21 Dec
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though somewhat challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our naturalist will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though somewhat challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our naturalist will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Fire Up Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join us around our fireplace in celebration of the first day of winter! Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, stories, and games.
Sat 21 Dec
Snowmen Ice Candles
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

When were candles first used? Where does wax come from? Join us to discover the history of candles! Together we'll create unique candles, using hot wax and ice, just before the holidays.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Welcome in the winter season as we enjoy a trail hike through the park during the shortest day of the year! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Guided Hikes
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Fun
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Kick off the longest night of the year by learning about nocturnal animals! We will play games, make a craft, and take a short jaunt outside. Ages 5+.
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Fun
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Kick off the longest night of the year by learning about nocturnal animals! We will play games, make a craft, and take a short jaunt outside. Ages 5+.
Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sat 21 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 21, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year: Wassailing at Knox’s Headquarters
Saturday, December 21, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Join rowdy and binging locals and Continental artillerymen as they celebrate Christmas in this first-person program. They are wonderful people, but be sure to keep your hand on your purse at all times.

Sun 22 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three-mile hike to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way back towards the Visitor Center, we will stop at the Sam’s Point Overlook, where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Guided Walks
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Sun 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine): Adult Program
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 22 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 22 Dec
Guided Hikes
Sunday, December 22, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Sun 22 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Sunday, December 22, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Tue 24 Dec
Christmas Eve Tuesday Trek: Lake Minnewaska and Beacon Hill Hike
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four-mile walk along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, with a side trip through the old golf course for a great view of the Catskills. When we reach the East side of Lake Minnewaska, we’ll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the escarpment edge, until we reach the Beacon Hill Carriage Road. From here, there is another stunning view of the Catskills as well as Skytop Fire Tower. We’ll then follow this carriage road back to the Lake Minnewaska area. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 24 Dec
Pre-Holiday Sensory Hike
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

The holidays can be fun and joyful. They can also be stressful for some. Lets take a sensory walk through the woods in preparations for the coming holidays and the opportunities of the New Year.

Tuesday | 12:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Wed 25 Dec
Woodlawn Beach Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our first ever Woodlawn Beach Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group, exploring the beach and wetland trails. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 26, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 26 Dec
Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Try out snowshoeing with us! Join a park naturalist on a fun snowshoe around the lake. This event is weather dependent. If we do not have enough snow, we may still hike. Please call the park office for more information and to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Snowshoes are available to rent.

Thu 26 Dec
Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Try out snowshoeing with us! Join a park naturalist on a fun snowshoe around the lake. This event is weather dependent. If we do not have enough snow, we may still hike. Please call the park office for more information and to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Snowshoes are available to rent.

Thu 26 Dec
Holiday Family Fun at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 26, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Bring the family for nature themed fun indoors and outside at the Nature Center. We’ll have crafts to make and take home, interactive games and challenges, puppets, puzzles, and more. Take a hike or snowshoe walk on our trails, or venture out on the frozen lake, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Drop in anytime during our regular hours, 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. * ETTNC
Thu 26 Dec
Holiday Family Fun at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 26, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Bring the family for nature themed fun indoors and outside at the Nature Center. We’ll have crafts to make and take home, interactive games and challenges, puppets, puzzles, and more. Take a hike or snowshoe walk on our trails, or venture out on the frozen lake, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Drop in anytime during our regular hours, 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. * ETTNC
Thu 26 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 26 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 26 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 26 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 26, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 27 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 27, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 27 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 27, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 27 Dec
Watercolor Wonders
Friday, December 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We will show you step by step how to create an artistic, beautiful, colorful watercolor collage. Lots of tracing and cutting. No need to be familiar with art. For children 7 and up please.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Watercolor Wonders
Friday, December 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

We will show you step by step how to create an artistic, beautiful, colorful watercolor collage. Lots of tracing and cutting. No need to be familiar with art. For children 7 and up please.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Kids Craft Workshop: Make A Mouse House
Friday, December 27, 2019 until Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmas time for many years. For these workshops, children ages 6-10 tour the house briefly to see mouse houses on display, then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child; reservations required. Cost: $8 child or $15 family (up to 3 children)
Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 27 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Cardinals in Snow Art Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, December 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Come learn how to paint two sweet birds on a branch! Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class. Learn to paint the basic shapes that make these birds easier to create than you might imagine. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 27, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 27 Dec
Cardinals in Snow Art Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, December 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Come learn how to paint two sweet birds on a branch! Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class. Learn to paint the basic shapes that make these birds easier to create than you might imagine. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Sunset Hike: Eagle Hill
Friday, December 27, 2019 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Eagle Hill has a spectacular view of the River and the bridge. This hike will leave from the main office and head directly to Eagle Hill in order to watch the sunset over the river.

Friday | 4:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Fri 27 Dec
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, December 27, 2019 06:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

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. Registration: Required
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 28, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 28 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 28 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Scavenger hunts aren't just for the summer-time! Join us for a scavenger hunt as we explore the preserve's trails to see what winter at the preserve is like! You'd be surprised what you can find! Dress for the weather!

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 until Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 28 Dec
Holiday Shop - Clerance Sale
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

All holiday merchandise is 15% off. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 28 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 until Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 28 Dec
Care of Magical Creatures
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Our creatures have been petrified! Help us find them all in this Harry Potter inspired scavenger hunt.
Sat 28 Dec
Guided Hikes
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Sat 28 Dec
Mad Scientist Lab
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

We will conduct several different science experiments using household items. You never know what we might create, split in half, or even blow up! Crazy things are bound to happen in the laboratory! Recommended for children 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Care of Magical Creatures
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Our creatures have been petrified! Help us find them all in this Harry Potter inspired scavenger hunt.
Sat 28 Dec
Interpretive Photo-Op Walk: Adult Program
Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we'll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for quick snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 28 Dec
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & the Aqueduct
Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end in an urban park – but in between, expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from a nature reserve, a stroll through the rocky gorge of Sing Sing Kill, a hidden museum and a neat microbrewery … all of it near or on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. If you’ve seen BlackkKlansman, you know this turf! Some hills, 4 miles, 3 hours (excluding brews). Wear hiking boots and bring water, snacks. This outing is for people who walk regularly. Meet inside Ossining’s Nelson Park, which borders Route 9, on the S. Highland (Route 9) side of the park. Park free along nearby residential streets. (From the Metro-North Hudson Line Ossining Train Station, it is a 1-mile, somewhat uphill walk to the park. PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS WALK. Tour leader is Lesley. Please TEXT ONLY to 914-671-7112.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & the Aqueduct
Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end in an urban park – but in between, expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from a nature reserve, a stroll through the rocky gorge of Sing Sing Kill, a hidden museum and a neat microbrewery … all of it near or on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. If you’ve seen BlackkKlansman, you know this turf! Some hills, 4 miles, 3 hours (excluding brews). Wear hiking boots and bring water, snacks. This outing is for people who walk regularly. Meet inside Ossining’s Nelson Park, which borders Route 9, on the S. Highland (Route 9) side of the park. Park free along nearby residential streets. (From the Metro-North Hudson Line Ossining Train Station, it is a 1-mile, somewhat uphill walk to the park. PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS WALK. Tour leader is Lesley. Please TEXT ONLY to 914-671-7112.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 28 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 28 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 28, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 28 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 28, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Guided Walks
Saturday, December 28, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Sat 28 Dec
Saturday Family Movie: Smallfoot
Saturday, December 28, 2019 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The fall series of Saturday Family Movie wraps up with a cold blast and a new look at old story in Smallfoot. Legends of the Yeti has existed for centuries in mountainous areas in Asia, but few have heard of the story of smallfoot! Told from the eyes of the Yetis, follow Migo as he sets out to prove to his people that elusive smallfoot; humans, really do exist! All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

3:00pm-4:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sun 29 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 29 Dec
Guided Hikes
Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Penn Bike Connector

Each hike will last ~1 - 1.5 hours

Sun 29 Dec
Welcome Winter Walk
Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Winter is officially here! What better way to enjoy the start of a new season than by spending your morning at Sunken Meadow State Park. Signs of life are still around! Explore the forest with us as we celebrate the start of winter. Come prepared forthe weather!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 29 Dec
Holiday Break Hike to Echo Rock and Patterson’s Pellet at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 29, 2019 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an early winter walk along four carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock and Patterson’s Pellet scenic views. Carriage road walking is relatively easy. The surface is flat, firm and smooth, so this walk may be a good fit for people who are less comfortable with footpaths, but still enjoy walking in the woods. From Echo Rock, both Gertrude’s Nose and Patterson’s Pellet can be seen in the distance across the steep-sided Palmaghatt Ravine. From Pattereson’s Pellet, on a clear day, we’ll see the stone tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. This approximately six-mile round trip walk is a great way to warm up, get outside and fight cabin fever. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. If the carriage roads at Lake Minnewaska are groomed for cross-country skiing, the location for this hike will change. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 29 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 29 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Dec
Guided Walks
Sunday, December 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Meet at Oystercatcher Trail Entrance

Each walk will last ~45 min - 1 hour

Mon 30 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Monday, December 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Mon 30 Dec
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, December 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event.

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Mon 30 Dec
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, December 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is relatively easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event.

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

"Zing" in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It’s a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 3rd Annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!” Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 773-3271

"Zing" in New Year's Eve on a snowshoe hike along the majestic Niagara River! It’s a great chance to try our lightweight "Atlas" snowshoes on our 3rd Annual "Beaver Island Blizzard Bash!” Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike- Hinsdale
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 08:45 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Ring in the New Year with an easy, yet invigorating walk along Genesee Valley Greenway’s most recent open section heading east along Oil Creek. Pre-registration required! Please include number in party and hike location as there is more than one hike that day. Send email to: Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov with “First Day Hike Regi” in the subject line OR Leave a message at: (585)493-3614

Meet Up Location: 8:45 am Hinsdale United Methodist Church - Main St. (42.167278, -78.387766)

*In case of severe weather, a posting will be made on Facebook advising the event is cancelled.* *Dress weather appropriate**Parking is available at the meet up location*The Hinsdale Historical Society will lead this hike. Hot chocolate will be served afterwards. Bathrooms will be available at meeting location. "

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike: First Day Lake & Forest Exploration
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 09:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Celebrate the New Year and explore the park through an "Old Growth Forest" along Lake Erie's shore! Remember to dress warm! Meet at the warn-up room/bathhouse for this easy 1 mile hike. Registration required by calling 716-549-1050.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hikes at Letchworth at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Hike for Birds- 9am–10:30am: New Year’s Day birding trips are a tradition among many birders to start their annual bird list. We will explore a variety of habitats in search of many different species of birds. 1½ miles or less.

Hikes for Families- 10am-11:30am: This winter wander explores the forest between Trout Pond & Pine Pond. 1½ miles. 12:30pm-1:30 pm: Journey a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain near the Humphrey Nature Center, observing frozen bogs & Trout Pond. Less than 1 mile.

Hike to Learn- 1pm-3pm: A slower paced hike to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain & Middle Falls with more than 200’ descent and 200’ ascent along trails, roads & stairs. This hike enjoys breathtaking views as well as state and national champion trees. 2 miles.

Hike to Hike- 11am-1:30 pm: This is a longer, faster paced hike to view the Park’s deepest canyon from several vantage points along the Gorge Trail. 3-4 miles.

Self-Guided Hike- 10am-3pm: Walk at your own pace through the woods on the proposed route of The ANT, a nature trail that will be uniquely suited to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and others with social and cognitive disabilities yet will enhance the visitor experience for all who walk the Trail. 1¼ miles.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hikes at Letchworth at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Hike for Birds- 9am–10:30am: New Year’s Day birding trips are a tradition among many birders to start their annual bird list. We will explore a variety of habitats in search of many different species of birds. 1½ miles or less.

Hikes for Families- 10am-11:30am: This winter wander explores the forest between Trout Pond & Pine Pond. 1½ miles. 12:30pm-1:30 pm: Journey a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain near the Humphrey Nature Center, observing frozen bogs & Trout Pond. Less than 1 mile.

Hike to Learn- 1pm-3pm: A slower paced hike to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain & Middle Falls with more than 200’ descent and 200’ ascent along trails, roads & stairs. This hike enjoys breathtaking views as well as state and national champion trees. 2 miles.

Hike to Hike- 11am-1:30 pm: This is a longer, faster paced hike to view the Park’s deepest canyon from several vantage points along the Gorge Trail. 3-4 miles.

Self-Guided Hike- 10am-3pm: Walk at your own pace through the woods on the proposed route of The ANT, a nature trail that will be uniquely suited to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and others with social and cognitive disabilities yet will enhance the visitor experience for all who walk the Trail. 1¼ miles.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Bird ID HIke
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon and led by SMRA Board Member Larry Trachtenberg. Now an annual Saw Mill River Audubon tradition! Start off the year and your 2020 bird list with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall. Dress warmly since it is often cooler by the river. Bring binoculars if you have them. SMRA will also have spotting scopes to share. Meet up location: Parking lot near Rockwood. Beginners encouraged! Pre-registration is not required. Please call 914-666-6503 for more information.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Bethpage State Park
(516) 249-0701

Meet at the Picnic Area for this 10am hike (5 miles). For additional information please call 516-249-3560.

Come join us on a New Year’s Day hike through Bethpage State Park. Look for signs of rabbits, hawks, fox and owls along the trail. Bring water & snack; hike: rain, snow, or shine, only blizzard cancels.

Picnic area parking lot by rest rooms. From Rt 135: Take exit 8 to Powell Ave, Bethpage; go east; the first road on the north side is the entrance to the Polo Field and Picnic area. Go to the end of the road and you will be at the Rest Rooms and Play ground area. GPS 40.753023, -73.466590

Registration is preferred, but not required. To confirm attendance, call 516-249-3560 and leave information on answering machine. If you wish to have someone return your call, please say your phone number twice.

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the CVT Trail at Fairgrounds Lane. This easy 3.25 mile walk follows the old Chemung Canal Towpath through the Queen Catherine Wildlife Management Area. Dress in easy layers. There is parking on either side of Fairgrounds lane adjacent to CVT before you enter Frog Hollow Marina. This area is often cold and windy but once you are out on the CVT the weather becomes milder and you may be taking off at least one layer.

For inquires please contact the Watkins Glen Office at 607-535-4511.

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Join us for a first hike of this new year where we will observe and learn about Caumsett’s grasslands, woodlands, and some of its historical/main features! Expect cold weather, please dress appropriately. Bring water if desired, and if you have a set of binoculars, feel free to bring those as well! Meet at the Dry Stock Building for this 10am hike. Call 631-423-1770 for additional information.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
A Gorgeous First Day Hike!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

Start the New Year off with a hike through an old growth woods and see what's new at DeVeaux Woods State Park! Dress for the weather, camera and binoculars suggested. Meet at the Castellani Building for this easy 1.25 mile hike. Pre-registration is required by calling 716-282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Delta Lake State Park
(315) 337-4670

Ring in the New Year with us hiking the Fox Run trail and warm up after wards around a fire at the beach with hot dogs and s’mores. This easy 1 mile hike starts at 10am. Meet at the Four Seasons Room in the Beach Bathhouse.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(315) 343-4711

Join us on an easy one mile hike through history as we walk the grounds where the only Emergency Refugee Shelter was located in the entire country in 1944-46. Refreshments will be available. Hikers need to dress warm and add a layer. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (@FortOntario) for any updates. Meet inside the old stone fort in front of the Enlisted Men’s Barracks. Registration is required by calling 315-343-4711.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Join us for an easy 1 - 1.5 mile hike at Glimmerglass State Park. The park will supply warm beverages and snacks following the hike. Registration is not required but preferred.

Call ahead if heavy snow fall is forecasted.

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Join us for an easy 1.9 miles or 2.9 miles hike at Green Lakes State Park! Come explore the Environmental Education Center and learn why the lakes at Green Lakes State Park so special. Dress for the weather. Due to the possibility of large crowds, we will be offering self-guided hikes around one or both lakes (Green Lake and Round Lake). Be sure to stop back at the Environmental Education Center for some hot chocolate to celebrate a great start to 2020.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Big Tree Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Start your New Year off right with an invigorating hike through Knox Farm and visit the park’s largest trees! Meet at the visitor parking lot for this easy 1.5 mile hike. Registration is required by calling 716-549-1050.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Ring in the New Year with a history hike starting at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 around the perimeter of picturesque Peebles Island. Meet at the Peebles Island Visitor Center. The Perimeter Trail is an easy two mile hike.

Learn about the Native American presence on the Island, view existing earthwork fortifications from 1777, and discover the history of this strategic site. Dress for the weather and bring cameras and binoculars for a chance to see wildlife. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public. Please send an email to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com or call (518) 268-2188 with questions. Registration is not required but an email to the above address with the number of people in your group would help us to plan accordingly.

Check our website for any changes due to the weather: https://sites.google.com/view/friendsofpeeblesisland/home

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
Shelter #2
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Seneca Lake State Park
(315) 789-2331

Join us for a walk along the lakeshore with one or two interpretive stops! Meet at Shelter #2 for this 10am hike. Rain or shine, Refreshments provided.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Join us for an easy to moderate 4 Mile hike around the scenic Sterling Lake. Along the way hikers will enjoy historic remaining structures of the iron industry, some predating the revolutionary war. Weather Permitting, registered participants will be contacted in case of cancellation. Please wear appropriate attire/footwear and bring water and a snack.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike to explore the forest of Sunken Meadow. Discover the changes in the forest during the winter and search for signs of wildlife. Breathe in the fresh air and embrace a new start to 2020! This is a moderate 3 mile hike. Meet at Field 4.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area
(607) 732-6287

Start the new year off on the right foot and join us for a nice 2 mile hike through the forest of Two Rivers. This will be a new route compared to previous years hikes and will not disappoint! Be sure to dress for the weather, light refreshments will be provided. Please check out our Event on the Two Rivers State Park Facebook page for more details as the New Year approaches.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:30 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

We will be offering two hikes:

Blacksnake Mountain Trail: A moderate 3 mile hike.

Science Lake Trail: An easy 1 mile hike.

Guided hikes will be at 11:00am at Blacksnake and 1:00pm at Science Lake, however, feel free to hike either trail at anytime throughout the day. Non-guided First Day Hikes will run from 10:30am to 2:00pm

Free Chili dinner at 12pm sponsored by the Friends of Allegany State Park afterwards. For inquiries call 716 354 9101 ext 232.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:30 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(914) 245-4434

Join the Friends of FDR State Park to visit the lesser known side of the park. Enjoy a brisk walk and visit the bridges built in 2016 and 2017. Meet up Location: Pool Parking Lot, near the bench at the northern end. Call 914-245-4434 for additional information.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
(315) 492-1756

Join us for a great way to start the New Year - a walk at Clark Reservation! Hot cocoa, cider and snacks served in the Nature Center after. Meet at the Large Pavilion for this easy to moderate hike. Please dress appropriately.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike or Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Visitor Center for an easy 1.5 mile scenic winter walk into the woods and along the escarpment. Afterwards warm up inside with hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes to rent by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions. *TVC
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day RIDE - Avon
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Fellow snowmobilers! Ring in the New Year with your comrades on the Greenway’s First Day Hike Ride from the Avon area heading south to Cuylerville. Pre-registration required! Please include number in party and hike location as there is more than one hike that day. Send email to: Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov with “First Day Hike Regi” in the subject line OR Leave a message at: (585)493-3614

20-30 miles for snowmobiling // 2 miles for hiking

Meet Up Location: Erie-Attica Trail Parking Lot – State Route 5 to Farmers Rd. in Avon (42.922842, -77.756422)

**Registered snowmobiles are the only motorized form of transportation permitted on the Greenway. Please, no ATV’s, UTV’s etc. ** *In case of severe weather, a posting will be made on Facebook advising the event is cancelled* *Dress weather appropriate* *Parking is available at the meet up location.* **This ride is supported by the Caledonia Trailblazers and the Henrietta Hill & Gully Snowmobile clubs. If there is no snow, there will still be a hike. If there is snow, hikers are still encouraged to attend to hike, ski or snowshoe. The clubs will offer hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks afterwards. Please bring beverage. *There will be a porta-john available in the parking area.*

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

There will be short hikes and then hot cocoa, snacks and songs at the grand opening of our new Volunteer Center at Little Stony Point (3011 Route 9D, 10516). 2 choices: 1 mile on Little Stony Point and 3 mile on Cornish Estate Trail

Meet up location: Park Office and Volunteer Center, 3011 Route 9D, Cold Spring NY 10516

Call 845-225-7207 for additional information.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us for a moderate 3 mile hike (ages 5+). Explore the woods and wide open spaces of Mine Kill State Park, with exceptional views of Schoharie Valley, and perhaps spot a Bald Eagle along the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir. Rain/Snow or Shine. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the hike; hikers may want to bring their own water and snacks for the trail. Meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office – 161 Minekill Road, North Blenheim, NY 12131.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join us for an easy 1 mile hike starting at 11am at the Museum Visitors Center. This landscape walk along Olana’s upper carriage road loop provides introduction and an unparalleled 360-degree view of the Catskill Mountains, Hudson River Valley, Main House, and historic farm. Immerse yourself in Frederic Church’s greatest masterpiece and artful landscape that he designed over four decades. This walk addresses the significant role that Olana has played in landmark environmental conservation decisions during the 20th and 21st centuries. Good walking shoes and water encouraged.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join us to welcome in the new year as we explore the nature trails and look for wildlife in the diverse habitats of the park. This easy 1.5 mile hike starts at 11am. Then head back for refreshments by the fireplace in the Nature Center! Depending on trail conditions there may be cross-country ski/snowshoe options for the hike. We have a limited number of snowshoes in all sizes available to borrow: first-come first-served. If you have your own equipment bring it!
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Robert G. Wehle State Park
(315) 938-5302

Join us for this easy 2 mile hike! We will be going down the Wehle road to the snakefoot trail and following it along the lake to the picnic area and back up the Whele road to the maintenance building. We will have lunch after the hike.

Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike or Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet at the Visitor Center for an easy 1.5 mile scenic winter walk into the woods and along the escarpment. Afterwards warm up inside with hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes to rent by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions. *TVC
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

The event will start with a short presentation at the Hallock Visitors Center about local marine life and the dangers from humans they face in Long Island waters. The group will then take a one-mile hike (sandy and inclined grades) to and along the Hallock State Park Preserve beachfront on Long Island Sound to check for cold-stunned sea turtles and to pick up beach trash blown in by the winter storms.

Meet at the Visitors Center. Call 631-315-5475 or email hallocksp@parks.ny.gov for additional information.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Montauk Downs State Park
(631) 668-3781

Join us for a 2 mile hike thru woodland trails to the Seal Haulout Site. Seals haul out on the rocks to sunbath in the winter temperatures. Dress Appropriately for winter weather, wear comfortable shoes. You will be outdoors for 2 to 3 hours. Meet at the Lighthouse Cafe
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-2554

We will start at Montauk Point for a hike through Camp Hero's magnificent pristine maritime forest, spectacular ocean views and dramatic bluffs overlooking the ocean. Breathe in the fresh air and embrace a new start to 2020!

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt 10567. 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 Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call or text 646-303-1448.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt 10567. 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 Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call or text 646-303-1448.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
(607) 648-5251

Meet at the beach area at the Old Admin Building (large stone building on hill). Two hikes will be offered: One will be 2.5-3 miles and the other will be 3.5-4 miles (easy to moderate). All ages are welcomed and leashed pets are allowed. No pre-registration is required. Contact 607-648-5251 for more information.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Start the New Year right with a First Day Hike! First, we will hike to Ellis Swamp then circle around to Clay Pit Road and conclude with the Orange Trail which passes through New York City’s only Pine Barrens habitat. This easy hike will be 2 miles long.

Event is weather permitting; the hike will be cancelled in heavy rain or snow and/or temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Start the New Year right with a First Day Hike! First, we will hike to Ellis Swamp then circle around to Clay Pit Road and conclude with the Orange Trail which passes through New York City’s only Pine Barrens habitat. This easy hike will be 2 miles long.

Event is weather permitting; the hike will be cancelled in heavy rain or snow and/or temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike- Cuba
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
(585) 493-3614

Ring in the new year with an easy, yet invigorating winter walk along the Greenway, heading west along Griffin Creek and Olean Creek, where an abundance of wildlife can typically be seen. Pre-registration required! Please include number in party and hike location as there is more than one hike that day. Send email to: Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov with “First Day Hike Regi” in the subject line OR Leave a message at: (585)493-3614

Meet Up Location: Bull St., Cuba (42.216592, -78.283329)

*In case of severe weather, a posting will be made on Facebook advising the event is cancelled* *Dress weather appropriate* *Parking is available at the meet up location. *At this time we are only offering a hike, however, if there is snow feel free to bring snow shoes / skis* *There are no bathroom facilities available, however, The Palmer Opera House, located at 12 W Main St, Cuba, NY 14727 is less than a ½ mile away from the meet up location and will be open at 11:00 am and after the hike to offer hot beverages, snacks, and handicapped accessible restrooms. .

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Come celebrate the New Year in the outdoors! Hike the 2 mile moderate Shaver pond trail and enjoy picturesque views of water and woods. Spots fill up quickly! Pre-register and reserve your snowshoes at 518-279-1155, ext. 2. This event is weather permitting and will be cancelled in the event of heavy snow or extreme cold. Meet at the Welcome Center.

Please dress for the weather; waterproof boots or shoes are suggested. Snowshoes available on a first-come, first-served basis; please be sure to pre-register to reserve a pair. Enjoy some hot cocoa and warm up in our Welcome Center after the hike! This event is weather permitting and will cancelled in the event of heavy snow or extreme cold.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Join us for an easy mile long hike along the shores of Lake Ontario, back to our Yanty Marsh Boardwalk, where we will learn about Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes. Event is weather permitting, hot chocolate and hot cider after back at Shelter 1.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Join us for the first ever First Day Hike at Herkimer Home State Historic Site! We'll trek down the trail by the historic Erie Canal, where you can enjoy the splendor of winter wildlife and take in the natural scenery of the local forest. Easy 3 mile hike starts at 1pm at the Herkimer Home Visitor Center. Pre-registration not required. All ages and leashed pets welcome. For more information please call 315-823-0398.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

First Day Family Fun. Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with a First Day Hike on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Warm up by the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa and browse our Holiday Shop’s end-of-season sale. Pick up your self-guided landscape tour between 1:00pm and 2:00pm at the registration table in our main parking lot. For weather-based cancellation information please visit www.johnjayhomestead.org after 10:00am on the day of the program. Free admission.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Kick off the New Year in the outdoors! Join us for this annual event held across New York State. We will have two woodland hike options available – a short family-friendly half-mile hike and a longer two-mile trek. We will keep an eye out for porcupines, white-tailed deer, and other winter wildlife. Meet inside the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

Weather permitting. Please, dress appropriately with footwear for varied winter terrain and possible ice. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions allow.

Pre-registration recommended in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Waterfall Hike at Minnewaska
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Begin 2020 with a First Day Hike at Minnewaska! Join us for a two-and-a-half-mile snowshoe hike to Awosting Falls. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will hike briefly on the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then journey up the scenic Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which has a gentle incline as it approaches Awosting Falls. If weather conditions are cold enough, a frozen volcano-like structure forms at the base of the waterfall. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. When these run out, snowshoes may be rented for $5 per person. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Difficulty: Easy (slowly sloping hills, consistent terrain)

Meeting time: 1:00 pm

Meeting place: Peter’s Kill Office Porch

Pre-registration: Yes

Contact: Laura Conner

Phone: 845-255-0752

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Sam's Point
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Begin the new year with a First Day Hike at Sam’s Point! What better way to start off 2020 than with an invigorating snowshoe outing for the entire family? Join us for an approximately three mile trek through the scenic park preserve. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If renting snowshoes, please arrive early. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam’s Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Please join us for an easy hike to Bash Bish Falls. It's a great way to welcome the new year in a healthy way with friends and family including the four-legged kind. After, we'll have a roaring fire and roast some marshmallows. For inquiries call 518-329-3993. 
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739

Start off the New Year by making a healthy resolution you will love to keep: a breath-taking hike at Taughannock Falls. Join the Finger Lakes State Parks staff for a hike down and back on the Gorge Trail! If you are up for more of a challenge you can continue up to the Overlook on the North Rim trail, across to the Multi-use trails and then make your way back to the parking lot. Plan on being outside for at least 2 hours (more if you hike all 5 miles), please dress for the weather, bring water and wear appropriate footwear. We will meet at the start of the Gorge Trail by NYS Route 89.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Kick off the New Year in the outdoors! Join us for this annual event held across New York State. We will have two woodland hike options available – a short family-friendly half-mile hike and a longer two-mile trek. We will keep an eye out for porcupines, white-tailed deer, and other winter wildlife. Meet inside the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

Weather permitting. Please, dress appropriately with footwear for varied winter terrain and possible ice. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions allow.

Pre-registration recommended in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike to explore the preserve. Discover the changes in the forest during the winter and search for signs of wildlife. Breathe in the fresh air and embrace a new start to 2020! Meet at the Main House for this 1:30pm hike. Call 631-581-1072 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike New Years Day Seal Walks
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Happy New Year! Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short walk along the shore line where we will view the seals in the Bay. Don't forget to bundle, and bring binoculars if you would like a closer view. Event is weather permitting, dress warm, wear shoes that you can walk in the sand wearing. Meet at Field 10.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Meet at Field 10 for this 1:30pm hike. Call 516-780-3295 for additional information.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Meet at Field 10 for this 1:30pm hike. Call 516-780-3295 for additional information.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike New Years Day Seal Walks
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Happy New Year! Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short walk along the shore line where we will view the seals in the Bay. Don't forget to bundle, and bring binoculars if you would like a closer view. Event is weather permitting, dress warm, wear shoes that you can walk in the sand wearing. Meet at Field 10.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:30 PM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
(315) 646-3634

Join us for an easy and invigorating two-mile trek through an old growth forest to the gorge rim trail where’ll we’ll see the Whirlpool and rapids in their winter splendor. Follow parts of the Battlefield’s nationally recognized History Trail and Village’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Trail, beginning and ending at the Visitors Center. Pause to read interpretive panels about the War of 1812 and Sackets Harbor history. You might even see a bald eagle or deer along the way. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with people who enjoy, and appreciate, a winter day’s walk in Northern New York.

Icy conditions mean the hike is cancelled. For more information, call the Visitors Center at (315) 646-2321

Free NYS Parks “First Day Hike” cool keepsake!

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 02:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Join us a tour of the Officer’s Club to view the stunning murals and museum displays, followed by a walk to view the War of 1812 Cemetery, the lighthouse, and Old Fort Niagara from the parking lot. (The Fort is Closed on New Year’s Day.)  This easy hike is less than a mile and starts at 2pm. Preregistration is required.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
Let's go to Niagara Falls!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Join us for an afternoon stroll as we welcome the 1st day of the New Year at the falls! Stories will be told along the way of America’s oldest state park! Dress for the weather, camera and binoculars suggested. Meet at the Goat Island Parking Lot #3 for this easy 1.5 Mile hike. Pre-registration is required by calling 716-282-5154.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 02:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Meet at the center bump out on the Walkway at the flag pole for this easy 1 to 3 miles hike! Starts at 2pm.
Thu 02 Jan
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Thursday, January 2, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Fri 03 Jan
All About Adaptations at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us to explore how our wild animal neighbors are able to live where they do, survive and thrive! We will be examining a variety of skins, skulls, feathers and bones to gain an understanding of their unique adaptations. We will also make an animal track guide to help you track your furry neighbors. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Fri 03 Jan
All About Adaptations at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us to explore how our wild animal neighbors are able to live where they do, survive and thrive! We will be examining a variety of skins, skulls, feathers and bones to gain an understanding of their unique adaptations. We will also make an animal track guide to help you track your furry neighbors. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sat 04 Jan
2nd Annual Minnewaska-Shawangunk (NYMS) Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, January 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird census, which was first proposed in December 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman. It was offered as an alternative to the Christmas “Side Hunt”, which contributed to declining bird populations in the late 19th Century. Participants of the Side Hunt would form teams and whichever team killed the most birds won the Hunt. The first CBC was held on December 25, 1900 with 27 participants. In its 120th year, the CBC is the oldest citizen science project in the United States. Currently, the CBC can attract as many as nearly 77,000 participants. These participants spend the day listening, looking for and counting birds within a predetermined area and day between December 14 and January 5. This year the 2nd annual NYMS (Minnewaska-Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count circle will be joining the thousands of other circles in North America, Central America, South America, the Pacific and Caribbean, in this winter tradition. Interested parties will be searching a 15-mile diameter circle for birds, including all of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Residents with bird feeders in the Minnewaska-Shawangunk CBC circle may also participate in the count by counting birds at their feeders. Contact Nicholas Martin at Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or 845-255-0752 no later than December 28th for an assignment or to learn how to report your bird feeder count.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jan
Knox Farm Cross-Country Ski
Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jan
Cabin Fever Series: Ice Bridges of Niagara
Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This month's presentation: Ice Bridge of Niagara. Winter draws people here to enjoy the beauty of ice and snow and see if the "bridge" of ice has formed. Listen and see photos of yesteryear, when people were allowed on the ice! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 04 Jan
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

The traditional Dutch celebration of the end of the holiday season! Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season will be available. Prices TBD
Sat 04 Jan
Salutations of the Season!
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Join us for an evening of merriment at Schuyler Mansion's annual Twelfth Night celebration! The evening's festivities will highlight the Feast of Epiphany as it may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family in the 18th century. From 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., the site will host an open house, replete with 18th century holiday fare, live music, period reenactors, bonfires (weather dependent) and wassail toasts!

Then cross the river, where the celebration continues at Crailo State Historic Site with Yuletide decorations, hearthside cooking, live music, re-enactors and other festive traditions of the 17th century! A special combination admission for both historic houses is available.

Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, was one of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Dutch and English of 17th and 18th century New York. Falling on January 6th, Twelfth Night was the final holiday of the season, marked by unsurpassed feasting and revelry. Come and celebrate with us! Snow date: Sun., Jan 5th, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Combo Admission (both sites): $8 Adults / $7 Seniors & Students / $2 Kids (12 and under) / $6 Friends MembersSingle-Site Admission: $7 Adults / $6 Seniors & Students / $2 Kids (12 and under) / $5 Friends Members

Sun 05 Jan
Knox Farm Snowshoe
Sunday, January 5, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing at your favorite state parks! (snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Thu 09 Jan
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, January 9, 2020 04:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Snowshoeing (or a hike if no show) led by a naturalist. Bring your own or snowshoes are available to borrow with advance reservation; call 354-9101x236 by the day before the event to have them waiting there for you! Meet in the marina parking lot near the Purple Martin Birdhouses.
Registration: Optional
Sat 11 Jan
Buckhorn Island Cross-Country Ski
Saturday, January 11, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Buckhorn Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jan
Winter Yoga Class
Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Our much-loved summer yoga teacher Rebekah Magin is here to help you get warmed up and fighting the winter blues with an indoor yoga class. $5 per person. Ages 10 & up. Please bring water & a yoga mat. Preregister 518-279-1155, ext. 2.
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Sunday, January 12, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Sunday, January 12, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Sunday, January 12, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Sunday, January 12, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Beaver Island Snowshoe
Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing at your favorite state parks! (snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Beaver Island Snowshoe
Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing at your favorite state parks! (snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jan
Winter Run Series 5K
Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 321-3510

This is the first race of a series of four races to be held every Sunday beginning January 12th. Race dates and locations are as follows: January 12th (Heckscher), 19th (Robert Moses), 26th (Sunken Meadow) and February 2nd (Jones Beach). Registration for all four races is $40 per entry. Registration for single race is $15 per entry. Each race will be 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510. To register online, visit https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jan
35th Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, January 18, 2020 05:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meets at the maintenance shop. $10/ person to register. Big cash prizes for adult categories, goodies for kids. Call the park for more details at 518-279-1155.
Sat 18 Jan
Snowshoeing & Cocoa
Saturday, January 18, 2020 until Sunday, January 19, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
(716) 856-3858

Borrow snowshoes to walk through Delaware Park and finish at the Darwin Martin House for cocoa! After, participants can take a tour of the beautiful house. Free snowshoeing and cocoa. Optional house tour $10/person. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Jan
Winter Run Series 5K
Sunday, January 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
(631) 321-3510

This is the second race of our four race series Race dates and locations are as follows: January 12th (Heckscher), 19th (Robert Moses), 26th (Sunken Meadow) and February 2nd (Jones Beach). Registration for all four races is $40 per entry (until maximum capacity is reached). Registration for single race is $15 per entry. Each race will be 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510. To register online, visit https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jan
35th Annual Winter Festival
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Snow, ice and outdoor fun, plus the option to warmup in the welcome center with our exhibitors! Polar plunge at 10:30am for pre-registered folks. Fun for the whole family!
Registration: Optional
Sat 25 Jan
Evangola Snowshoe
Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out snowshoeing at your favorite state parks! (snowshoes provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jan
Fun Facts with Kelly: Falls Trivia Edition
Saturday, January 25, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Play a Jeopardy-style trivia game about the natural and local history of Niagara Falls, followed by a walk in the park to take in the spectacular views! Weather permitting, we will take the adventure on snowshoes. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154

Sat 25 Jan
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, January 25, 2020 04:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Snowshoeing (or a hike if no show) led by a naturalist. Bring your own or snowshoes are available to borrow with advance reservation; call 354-9101x236 by the day before the event to have them waiting there for you! Meet in the marina parking lot near the Purple Martin Birdhouses.
Registration: Optional
Sun 26 Jan
Evangola Cross-Country Ski
Sunday, January 26, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

A celebration of snow sports and a chance to try out cross-country skiing at your favorite state parks! (skis provided) Program location may be moved to a nearby park depending on snow conditions. Call for the meeting place and equipment reservation.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jan
Winter Run Series 5K
Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 321-3510

This is the third race of our four race series Race dates and locations are as follows: January 12th (Heckscher), 19th (Robert Moses), 26th (Sunken Meadow) and February 2nd (Jones Beach). Registration for all four races is $40 per entry (until maximum capacity is reached). Registration for single race is $15 per entry. Each race will be 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510. To register online, visit https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/

Registration: Required
Wed 29 Jan
Wednesday Winter Walk
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Head to the woods for a scenic walk through Evangola as we decipher animal tracks and enjoy the winter snow. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Feb
Winter Run Series 5K
Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(631) 321-3510

This is the last race of our four race series. Registration for single race is $15 per entry. This race is 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510. To register online, visit https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Feb
Winter Run Series 5K
Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(631) 321-3510

This is the last race of our four race series. Registration for single race is $15 per entry. This race is 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510. To register online, visit https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/

Registration: Required
Tue 04 Feb
Winter Tree I.D.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Identifying tree species in winter can be an exciting challenge. Hone your skills and learn to identify trees based on their shape, bark and twigs. For more information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Tue 04 Feb
Hands-on Nature: Winter Buds
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our indoor workshop as we learn to identify trees based on their twigs and buds, a handy skill to know on a winter walk! For more information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Thu 06 Feb
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, February 6, 2020 04:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Snowshoeing (or a hike if no show) led by a naturalist. Bring your own or snowshoes are available to borrow with advance reservation; call 354-9101x236 by the day before the event to have them waiting there for you! Meet in the marina parking lot near the Purple Martin Birdhouses.
Registration: Optional
Sat 08 Feb
Safe Boater Course at Sunset Bay State Marine Park, Irving
Saturday, February 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Feb
Safe Boater Course at Sunset Bay State Marine Park, Irving
Saturday, February 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Feb
Safe Boater Course at Sunset Bay State Marine Park, Irving
Saturday, February 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Feb
Safe Boater Course at Sunset Bay State Marine Park, Irving
Saturday, February 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Feb
Safe Boater Course at Sunset Bay State Marine Park, Irving
Saturday, February 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Feb
Cabin Fever Series: The Great Gorge Route Trolley
Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This month's presentation: The Great Gorge Route. This trolley once ran in the Niagara Gorge and over to Canada! Come look at the delightful journey passengers would have taken from 1895-1935. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sun 09 Feb
Frozen Swamp Walk
Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Venture out for a unique chance to explore a forested swamp frozen in time. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Feb
Fun Facts with Kelly: Sensory Edition
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Rough, smooth, sweet-scented, or hollow sounding - put your senses to the test and learn about unique items found in nature throughout all the seasons. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 14 Feb
Valentine's Day Candle Lantern Walk
Friday, February 14, 2020 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Bring your family, friends, significant other, or come solo for a fun-filled night! Sip some hot chocolate while making your own lantern, then enjoy a walk through the old-growth woods. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Feb
Winter Wonderland Ski Tour!
Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Cross-country skiing is a wonderful way to enjoy winter at nearby parks! Learn how from the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club experts, or improve your technique, on a cooperative ski tour program with NYS Parks. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Feb
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Get your binoculars ready! This annual citizen science project invites birders, of all ages and skill, to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 16 Feb
Winter Weeds Walk
Sunday, February 16, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

The greens of summer have long been gone, yet many of our favorite plants remain. Do you recognize them? Join us for a hike to learn some of our common winter weeds. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Tue 18 Feb
Fun Facts with Kelly: Winter Trivia Edition
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come one, come all! Play a game of trivia to learn about nature in winter! Hibernation to migration, and everything in between. Test your knowledge and compete to win, Family Feud style! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Wed 19 Feb
Wednesday Ice Volcano Walk
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Take a guided walk to see the very unique Lake Erie Ice Volcanoes and other ice formations. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Thu 20 Feb
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, February 20, 2020 04:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Snowshoeing (or a hike if no show) led by a naturalist. Bring your own or snowshoes are available to borrow with advance reservation; call 354-9101x236 by the day before the event to have them waiting there for you! Meet in the marina parking lot near the Purple Martin Birdhouses.
Registration: Optional
Sat 22 Feb
I BIRD NY
Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
(716) 549-1050

Our parks offer incredible birding opportunities for all ages. Join us each season as we explore a different park and learn about our local birds. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we seek migratory waterfowl and other winter birds found along the Niagara River. We'll visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas in Beaver Island State Park. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we seek migratory waterfowl and other winter birds found along the Niagara River. We'll visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas in Beaver Island State Park. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Feb
A Stroll at the Falls
Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come out and enjoy a winter wonderland with friends and family! With the chill in the air and ice on the falls, take in this natural wonder that amazes us all. Weather permitting, the adventure will be taken on snowshoes. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154

Sat 07 Mar
A Stroll Through the Woods
Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Walk through the cool winter air in the old-growth woods of DeVeaux Woods. After, we will mingle and enjoy a slide show of picturesque parks changing through seasons, and sip on hot cocoa. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Brmus Point
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Sunday, March 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Sunday, March 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Sunday, March 8, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Tue 10 Mar
Fun Facts with Kelly: Nature Trivia Edition
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come one, come all! Play trivia to learn about all things nature! From trees and flowers, to mammals and reptiles. Test your knowledge and compete to win, Family Feud style! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 14 Mar
Cabin Fever Series: Daredevils of Niagara
Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This month's presentation: Daredevils of Niagara! "Come one, come all!!" A fascinating look at stunters of the past, and the perils they faced to find fame at Niagara Falls! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 19 Mar
Vernal Adventure
Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Shake off your winter blues and venture out for the vernal equinox to search for signs of spring. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 21 Mar
The Sweet Life!
Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

It's that time, maple sugaring time! Join us for an indoor presentation on the sugaring process, start to finish. Following will be an outdoor, hands-on presentation. Watch the sap turn into syrup. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Mar
Timberdoodle Time
Friday, March 27, 2020 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

A frog-serenaded, dusk journey to experience the American Woodcock's dazzling display flight that only happens this time of year! For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 04 Apr
Safe Boating Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Saturday, April 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Apr
Safe Boating Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Saturday, April 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Apr
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Saturday, April 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Apr
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Saturday, April 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Apr
Safe Boater Course at Barcelona Lighthouse, Westfield
Saturday, April 4, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Aug
Fillmore Days
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Come join us for bathtub races, food venders, crafters, and more! More information TBA.
Sun 06 Sep
Annual Car Show & Flea Market
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Fillmore Glen State Park
(315) 497-0130

Join us on September 6th for Fillmore Glen's annual car show and flea market! More details TBA.