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Tue 31 Jan
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Footpath Longer Loop at Minnewaska
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for an approximately six-mile hike through the winter woods and along a few scenic carriage roads. Starting along the Mossy Glen Footpath, we'll walk this scenic trail, which follows the edge of the Peter's Kill stream, until we intersect the Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll hike up until we intersect the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We'll follow this easy route to reach the Sunset Carriage Road, which offers beautiful views as it meanders down towards the stream again. If time allows, we'll make a quick visit to Awosting Falls before we walk back to our starting point in the Lower Parking Area. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpaths do include some hills and tricky footing. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jan
Gorge-ous Trees
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Learn about the winter ecology of the gorge and about its very old and very special trees, along the path from Devil's Hole State Park to Whirlpool State Park and back. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Tue 31 Jan
WINTER ADVENTURERS WITH TOWN OF PLATTSBURGH PARKS AND REC – XC SKIING
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
This free program is open all adults and senior citizens. If you have ever wanted to try cross country skiing...now is the time! Leaders provide a safe and fun experience for all that attend. Equipment can be provided as needed. All participants must address appropriately for the weather. Must pre-register (by the Friday before) for each session by calling 518-562-6860. More info here: https://plattsburghny.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29893#144471.
Tue 31 Jan
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Tue 31 Jan
Winter Snowshoe Hikes
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 04:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Join us as we explore the woods and various points of interest at Allegany State Park. Park Naturalists will lead interpretive snowshoe treks or hikes (even if there is no snow) on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 PM.

Witness a breath-taking winter sunset, hike along a quiet creek, visit a secret beaver pond, or a historic site. Meeting places and hikes will vary. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a flashlight, water, a snack, and a sense of adventure. Need snowshoes?  No problem, we have several pairs to rent for FREE during the program. Call to reserve snowshoes by 10:00 AM the day of each hike.

For more information and the location of the weekly hike contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-6232 or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark. All programs and times are subject to change.   

January 31- Meet at Red House Camp Store – Hike to Bridal Falls
Wed 01 Feb
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 until Tuesday, February 28, 2023 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The month-long celebration highlights some of America's notable African Americans and their accomplishments through informative posters and pictures. We invite you to visit and learn more about these great Americans and their impact on American history and culture.
Wed 01 Feb
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 until Tuesday, February 28, 2023 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
The month-long celebration highlights some of America's notable African Americans and their accomplishments through informative posters and pictures. We invite you to visit and learn more about these great Americans and their impact on American history and culture.
Wed 01 Feb
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 until Tuesday, February 28, 2023 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
The month-long celebration highlights some of America's notable African Americans and their accomplishments through informative posters and pictures. We invite you to visit and learn more about these great Americans and their impact on American history and culture.
Wed 01 Feb
WINTER TREKS: Sycamore Trail
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.
Wed 01 Feb
WINTER TREKS: Sycamore Trail
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.
Wed 01 Feb
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 until Tuesday, February 28, 2023 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
The month-long celebration highlights some of America's notable African Americans and their accomplishments through informative posters and pictures. We invite you to visit and learn more about these great Americans and their impact on American history and culture.
Wed 01 Feb
Tiny Tots
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 01 Feb
Animal Evidence
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Joseph Davis State Park
Take a short hike and see if you can find any evidence of the animals of the Niagara Region. Work on your track and scat identification skills! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Wed 01 Feb
PULITZER WINNER STACY SCHIFF ON “THE REVOLUTIONARY: SAMUEL ADAMS”
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 06:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Pulitzer-winning historian Stacy Schiff will discuss her New York Times best-selling new book, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams," in a virtual discussion with Jay Heritage Center (JHC) Executive Director Kevin Peraino. Go to jayheritagecenter.org to register. Schiff's new book was named one of the best books of 2022 by the New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Oprah Daily, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, USA Today, and many more.
Wed 01 Feb
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 08:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! Vaccination required. Free binocular loans available upon request. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Favata. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/.
Thu 02 Feb
Winter Wetlands
Thursday, February 2, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Joseph Davis State Park
Did you know the Niagara River Corridor is the only designated wetland of international importance in New York State? Learn more and celebrate World Wetlands Day with us on a walk! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Thu 02 Feb
Knee-high Naturalist
Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a nature-themed book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 02 Feb
Knee-high Naturalist
Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a nature-themed book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the Nature Center upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 02 Feb
Senior Craft
Thursday, February 2, 2023 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Beat winter boredom by learning to make a new winter craft. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Thu 02 Feb
MOONLIGHT NATURE SKI HIKE
Thursday, February 2, 2023 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. (Offered in 2 parts, max. 2 hours, 2 mi.)
Thu 02 Feb
MOONLIGHT NATURE SKI HIKE
Thursday, February 2, 2023 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. (Offered in 2 parts, max. 2 hours, 2 mi.)
Fri 03 Feb
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, February 3, 2023 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program is a drop in program, please be on time as we will be starting our hike at 9:35am.
Fri 03 Feb
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, February 3, 2023 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program is a drop in program, please be on time as we will be starting our hike at 9:35am.
Fri 03 Feb
Tiny Tots
Friday, February 3, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 03 Feb
February, Animal Tracks: Tier 1
Friday, February 3, 2023 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
See casts and models of common mammal tracks and hike outside to find tracks for real.
Fri 03 Feb
February, Animal Tracks: Tier 1
Friday, February 3, 2023 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
See casts and models of common mammal tracks and hike outside to find tracks for real.
Fri 03 Feb
Seal WalK
Friday, February 3, 2023 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
In the winter, Jones Beach welcomes back its winter seal population. Learn about these incredible marine mammals and their migration to Jones Beach, and go for a walk to spot Harbor and Gray Seals feeding in our bay. Please book in advance, capacity is limited. Meet at JBENC. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free.
Sat 04 Feb
Indoor Winter Instructional Baseball Program: Ages 5 to 7 Years Old
Saturday, February 4, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Roberto Clemente State Park
The program is for boys & girls ages 5-7 & 8-10. The program will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 and run through Saturday, April 1, 2023. The first 5 weeks the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 9:00am to 10:15am and the 8-10 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. We will then take off Saturday, February 25th for the winter break. When we resume on Saturday, March 4, the 8-10 year old age group will practice 9:00am to 10:15am and the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. All your child needs is a glove. We ask that you child wear sneakers and sweat pants so that they are comfortable. Any questions, please contact me at 718-299-7264. Registration link is attached below for your convenience and is only online. Everyone must register online. You will still have to bring proof of age on the first day so please don't forget to make a copy of your child's birth certificate. SPACE IS LIMITED SO DO NOT HESITATE. PLEASE register responsibly knowing your child will attend every week and be committed to the program as it only enhances the program for everyone. REGISTRATION BEGINS Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Register here at: http://rcsprbi.leagueapps.com/events/3634398-winter-indoor-instructional-baseball-program-2023
Sat 04 Feb
The Cultural Landscape Walking Tour- West Side
Saturday, February 4, 2023 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(3 mile walk) Cultural/human history of this park is long, varied and interesting. See historic hedgerows, find where the old Camp Carey was located, and stand on land that witnessed a Long Island battle during the War of 1812!
Sat 04 Feb
Snowshoe Stroll
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk half a mile over easy terrain on the Orange Trail. Ideal for those interested in moving at a leisurely pace. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Beach Monitoring and Clean-Up Walk
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve

Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's Long Island Sound beach while you support marine conservation and learn about local sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. 

Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology.  Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. 

Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. 

We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe weather. 

For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/events or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475
Sat 04 Feb
Just a Hike
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Join us as we hike around Hempstead Lake State Park. Observe our winter wildlife and discover some history of the park with us! Please dress for the weather, as this program is completely outside. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hempstead-lake-state-park-environmental-education-and-resiliency-center-38733458463
Sat 04 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 04 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 04 Feb
Awosting Falls Carriage Road and Mossy Glen Footpath Hike
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike to Awosting Falls and beyond. On this recreational outing, participants will hike on the Awosting Falls Connector, Awosting Falls Carriage Road, Awosting Falls Connection, and Mossy Glen Footpath and then return to our starting point by the same route. Features of this hike include intriguing rock formations, the meandering and beautiful Peter's Kill stream, stands of rhododendron, and the approximately 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If conditions are cold enough prior to this outing, a volcano-like formation of snow and ice collects in the pool below the waterfall in winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. if you will be borrowing snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Weir Tour
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. To register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 04 Feb
Winter Watercolors
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Reservoir State Park
Celebrate the outdoors by making nature-inspired art indoors! No prior art experience is necessary to attend and enjoy this creativity-boosting event. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 04 Feb
Snowshoe Stroll
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk half a mile over easy terrain on the Orange Trail. Ideal for those interested in moving at a leisurely pace. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Deer Detectives
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Where have all the deer gone? Expand your deer knowledge indoors as we explore the ways of the white-tailed deer. Outdoors we will become deer detectives and search for the clues that the deer have left behind. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 04 Feb
Deer Detectives
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Where have all the deer gone? Expand your deer knowledge indoors as we explore the ways of the white-tailed deer. Outdoors we will become deer detectives and search for the clues that the deer have left behind. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 04 Feb
Geology Rocks
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Discover how rocks are formed and what makes each one unique! With an educator, we'll learn how to identify different types of rocks and put our skills to the test with a hands-on sorting activity. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 04 Feb
Indoor Winter Instructional Baseball Program: Ages 8 to 10 Years Old
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Roberto Clemente State Park
The program is for boys & girls ages 5-7 & 8-10. The program will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 and run through Saturday, April 1, 2023. The first 5 weeks the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 9:00am to 10:15am and the 8-10 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. We will then take off Saturday, February 25th for the winter break. When we resume on Saturday, March 4, the 8-10 year old age group will practice 9:00am to 10:15am and the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. All your child needs is a glove. We ask that you child wear sneakers and sweat pants so that they are comfortable. Any questions, please contact me at 718-299-7264. Registration link is attached below for your convenience and is only online. Everyone must register online. You will still have to bring proof of age on the first day so please don't forget to make a copy of your child's birth certificate. SPACE IS LIMITED SO DO NOT HESITATE. PLEASE register responsibly knowing your child will attend every week and be committed to the program as it only enhances the program for everyone. REGISTRATION BEGINS Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Register here at: http://rcsprbi.leagueapps.com/events/3634398-winter-indoor-instructional-baseball-program-2023
Sat 04 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 04 Feb
80th Anniversary Of The Sacrifice Of The Four Chaplains
Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Presenting a 35 minute video about the loss of the four chaplains who gave up their life vests to other men who did not have them when their transport ship was sunk in the North Atlantic ocean. Video includes recollections of survivors of that sinking. Admission is free.
Sat 04 Feb
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 04 Feb
Tracks & Traces
Saturday, February 4, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs' animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces to figure out what animals live at the Preserve! To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sat 04 Feb
WINTER LECTURE SERIES: Story of the Seneca Council House, Karen Russell
Saturday, February 4, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Winter Lecture Series is our opportunity to delve deeper into subjects of interest in and around Letchworth State Park. Our roster of speakers in 2023 include park employees in multiple roles, an acclaimed entomologist, and two lifelong students of Genesee Valley history.
Sat 04 Feb
WINTER LECTURE SERIES: Story of the Seneca Council House, Karen Russell
Saturday, February 4, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
The Winter Lecture Series is our opportunity to delve deeper into subjects of interest in and around Letchworth State Park. Our roster of speakers in 2023 include park employees in multiple roles, an acclaimed entomologist, and two lifelong students of Genesee Valley history.
Sat 04 Feb
Snowshoe Trek
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk 1 mile round-trip over the Orange Trail. Hike will include moderate inclines. Ideal for individuals interested in moving at a moderate pace. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Winter Writing: A Journaling Journey
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Reservoir State Park
The quiet of winter can be conducive to enhancing our powers of observation. Exercise your body and mind on a short walk, followed by an interactive indoor journaling activity with us! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 04 Feb
A Life in Service
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
It took a small army to run this 79-room Gilded Age estate. See the mansion through the servants' eyes, as they rose before dawn and toiled until after midnight. The tour—led by a costumed guide—will include visiting the unrestored servants' hall. Even in its unrestored state, the hall is a striking artifact of servant life and work, featuring the servants' dining room, the footmen's bedrooms, and the tiled kitchen with its massive coal range. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 04 Feb
Snowshoe Trek
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk 1 mile round-trip over the Orange Trail. Hike will include moderate inclines. Ideal for individuals interested in moving at a moderate pace. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
SNOWSHOE WALK
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Snowshoes may be borrowed for this walk. Meet at HNC (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sat 04 Feb
Seal Walk
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
In the winter, Jones Beach welcomes back its winter seal population. Learn about these incredible marine mammals and their migration to Jones Beach, and go for a walk to spot Harbor and Gray Seals feeding in our bay. Please book in advance, capacity is limited. Meet at JBENC. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free.
Sat 04 Feb
SNOWSHOE WALK
Saturday, February 4, 2023 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Snowshoes may be borrowed for this walk. Meet at HNC (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sun 05 Feb
Eagle Watch
Sunday, February 5, 2023 until Sunday, February 26, 2023 09:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them; we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 05 Feb
Eagle Watch
Sunday, February 5, 2023 until Sunday, February 26, 2023 09:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them; we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 05 Feb
Girl Scouts Snowshoe Stroll
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk half a mile over easy terrain on the Orange Trail. Ideal for Daisies and Brownies earning their snowshoe adventure bage. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Feb
Snowshoe & Ice Volcano Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Embrace the winter season on a guided snowshoe walk through the forested trails of Evangola. If present, we will end the hike exploring the frozen phenomenon of Lake Erie ice volcanoes! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 05 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 05 Feb
FAMILY NATURE WALKS: Frozen Bogs
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Enjoy the area and unique plants surrounding several small frozen bogs.
Sun 05 Feb
FAMILY NATURE WALKS: Frozen Bogs
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Enjoy the area and unique plants surrounding several small frozen bogs.
Sun 05 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 05 Feb
Drop-in Feed the Birds Program at Sam’s Point
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Birds use a lot of energy to keep themselves warm in the cold winter months. Join us to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard during this challenging season. We'll use pinecones, peanut butter, and bird seed to make a delicious treat for the birds that you can hang in trees near your house. While observing the bird feeder outside, we'll record the birds that we see and use field guides to identify the birds we don't know. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 05 Feb
Girl Scouts Snowshoe Stroll
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Meet at Hop Field, We'll learn basic snowshoe techniques, then walk half a mile over easy terrain on the Orange Trail. Ideal for Daisies and Brownies earning their snowshoe adventure bage. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Feb
Winter Wonders
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
While the beach may be known to be the hot spot during the summer months, winters at Jones Beach are just as wonderful! Join an educator to learn about identifying the animal tracks from our winter critters and explore how to harvest seeds from the dormant plants. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 05 Feb
Just a Hike (On the Roads)
Sunday, February 5, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal discussion during this four -mile, on road moderately paced walk thus affording walkers the opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy the park's beauty. (Long grass possible) Please call for Reservations: (631) 423-1770.
Sun 05 Feb
Selkirk Shores 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2023 11:00 AM
Selkirk Shores State Park
Selkirk Shores State Park is pleased to announce the return of the snowshoe 5K run/walk! Race will begin and end at our historic enclosed shelter which overlooks Lake Ontario. Enjoy our thrilling woodland racecourse with portions of the trail groomed. Finish by warming up around the great stone fireplace and enjoying some refreshments. Everyone is welcome to participate. $20 pre-registration online or at park office. $25 day of race. Snowshoes can be reserved in advance – email shelly.wilmott@parks.ny.gov for availability. If there is no snow, the race will still take place, adjust accordingly. For more information on this program or any other events, please call our Park Office at 315-298-5737. You can also email: shelly.wilmott@parks.ny.gov or facebook.com/Selkirk Shores State Park Register for the race at: www.runsignup.com/race/NY/Pulaski/SelkirkShores5KSnowshoe.
Sun 05 Feb
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, February 5, 2023 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 05 Feb
House Tours
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Tours of the historic Nicoll Grist Mill are included and will be offered after your house tour. Recommended for children 8+. Tours are offered on the first and third Sunday of the month, September-June. Reservations are required: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nys-parks-long-island-environmental-education-33908178297
Sun 05 Feb
How Animals Prepare for Winter
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Have you ever wondered where all the animals go during the winter? Let's explore the winter behavior of animals and see how they adapt to make it through the cold months. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hempstead-lake-state-park-environmental-education-and-resiliency-center-38733458463
Sun 05 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sun 05 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sun 05 Feb
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 5-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the bench near the admission booth inside the park entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. Parking is free inside the park near the meeting place or along Midland Ave. Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and the South County Trailway. View Tibbetts Brook and three Croton Water structures and learn their history. Trail may be muddy; sturdy shoes or boots advisable. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. To register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sun 05 Feb
Overlooking the Geology
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. Dress warmly, bring, binoculars-and perhaps a thermos of hot chocolate! No registration required.
Sun 05 Feb
Black History Month: Self-Guided Hike
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Come celebrate Black History Month at Sunken Meadow State Park! Ten stations along this self-guided hike through the marsh and woodlands will each feature the achievements of a Black environmentalist who has made great contributions to the field of science. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sun 05 Feb
Overlooking the Geology
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. Dress warmly, bring, binoculars-and perhaps a thermos of hot chocolate! No registration required.
Sun 05 Feb
Overlooking the Geology
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. Dress warmly, bring, binoculars-and perhaps a thermos of hot chocolate! No registration required.
Sun 05 Feb
A Life in Service
Sunday, February 5, 2023 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
It took a small army to run this 79-room Gilded Age estate. See the mansion through the servants' eyes, as they rose before dawn and toiled until after midnight. The tour—led by a costumed guide—will include visiting the unrestored servants' hall. Even in its unrestored state, the hall is a striking artifact of servant life and work, featuring the servants' dining room, the footmen's bedrooms, and the tiled kitchen with its massive coal range. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 05 Feb
INTERMEDIATE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 5, 2023 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1½ hours, 1½ miles).
Sun 05 Feb
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2023 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
In the winter, Jones Beach welcomes back its winter seal population. Learn about these incredible marine mammals and their migration to Jones Beach, and go for a walk to spot Harbor and Gray Seals feeding in our bay. Please book in advance, capacity is limited. Meet at JBENC. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free.
Sun 05 Feb
INTERMEDIATE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 5, 2023 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1½ hours, 1½ miles).
Sun 05 Feb
Full Moon Hike
Sunday, February 5, 2023 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Join a Park Educator on a beginner hike around Moreau Lake. If the clouds cooperate we'll get to enjoy the splendor of the moon rising above the mountains! This hike is family friendly and well-behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring micro-spikes or snowshoes; there are limited numbers of micro-spikes to borrow and snowshoes to rent ($5 per pair) if weather-appropriate- let us know if you need either when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance- the earlier the better as this is a popular program and it fills up quickly. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 05 Feb
Full Moon Hike
Sunday, February 5, 2023 05:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Join a Park Educator on a beginner hike around Moreau Lake. If the clouds cooperate we'll get to enjoy the splendor of the moon rising above the mountains! This hike is family friendly and well-behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring micro-spikes or snowshoes; there are limited numbers of micro-spikes to borrow and snowshoes to rent ($5 per pair) if weather-appropriate- let us know if you need either when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance- the earlier the better as this is a popular program and it fills up quickly. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 05 Feb
Full Moon Hike: “Snow Moon”
Sunday, February 5, 2023 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join us for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events. Tickets available on January 19 at 10 am
Sun 05 Feb
Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk at John Brown Farm
Sunday, February 5, 2023 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
There will be a Moonlight Snow Shoe party at John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Come walk the fields and forests of the John Brown trails under the light of a full moon. Please bring your own shoes and poles!


Mon 06 Feb
Northern Slavery Collective Conference
Monday, February 6, 2023 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is pleased to host the First Annual Northern Slavery Collective Conference. The Northern Slavery Collective (NorSC) is a cohort of museums and historic sites rethinking their current narratives by including the stories of enslaved and free people who lived and worked on these properties. The conference can be attended in person or virtually. The conference includes panel presentations, roundtable discussion, a tour of Philipse Manor Hall, opportunities for networking, and more. Featuring keynote speaker Lavada Nahon, Lead Interpreter of African American History for the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites. This conference is open to museum and heritage professionals, historians, and the public interested in the history and interpretation of enslavement in the north. Tickets are $30 for in-person and $15 for virtual access. Full schedule, call for papers, and scholarship information at www.philipsemanorhall.com/programs-and-events.
Mon 06 Feb
LITTLE EXPLORERS – GROUNDHOGS
Monday, February 6, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! What was that whole business with the groundhog predicting the weather? What are wild groundhogs doing this time of year anyway? Come explore our region's most famous hibernator! Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5 but all ages are always welcome.
Mon 06 Feb
KNEE-HI NATURALISTS: Webs of Food
Monday, February 6, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Ages 3-6. All Knee-Hi Naturalists programs include four 15-minute activities. These are a song, a craft, a story, and outdoor exploration.
Mon 06 Feb
KNEE-HI NATURALISTS: Webs of Food
Monday, February 6, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Ages 3-6. All Knee-Hi Naturalists programs include four 15-minute activities. These are a song, a craft, a story, and outdoor exploration.
Mon 06 Feb
Seeing Stars: Astrophotography
Monday, February 6, 2023 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Explore the cosmos through astrophotography with Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. Vinny will showcase his work and describe the tools and techniques he uses to collect stunning photographs of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, eclipses, and more. There will be plenty of time for questions, so come prepared! Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 07 Feb
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start your day with movement! Get energized in this virtual session with postural therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises that are gentle and easily adapted to fit your needs. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. Treat yourself to some maintenance and self-care! This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. Cost: FREE. Max: 100 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 07 Feb
Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along the Scenic Beacon Hill Loop
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three-mile, loop hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from west to east, stopping for all the scenic vistas along the way. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing cliff line and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This hike will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 07 Feb
Frosted Forests
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Golden Hill State Park
What happens to the forests when they freeze? Come find out while taking a naturalist guided walk in the woods! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Tue 07 Feb
Lunchbox Lesson on John Brown w/ Brendan Mills of John Brown Farm SHS
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Brendan Mills, Historic Site Manager at John Brown Farm will discuss the lasting impact of Brown, his efforts toward emancipation of Blacks in America, and what his homestead in the Adirondacks of NY continues to offer as a focus toward social change. Free and open to the public. No registration required. WebEx free web meeting platform, link goes live at 11:50am. Virtual via WebEx.
Tue 07 Feb
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Tue 07 Feb
Winter Snowshoe Hikes: Bear Paw
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 04:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
Join us as we explore the woods and various points of interest at Allegany State Park. Park Naturalists will lead interpretive snowshoe treks or hikes (even if there is no snow) on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 PM. Witness a breath-taking winter sunset, hike along a quiet creek, visit a secret beaver pond, or a historic site. Meeting places and hikes will vary. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a flashlight, water, a snack, and a sense of adventure. Need snowshoes? No problem, we have several pairs to rent for FREE during the program. Call to reserve snowshoes by 10:00 AM the day of each hike. For more information and the location of the weekly hike contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-6232. Meet at Summit Warming Hut.
Tue 07 Feb
Trivia Tuesday
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
Come one, come all to compete with friends and family alike in a game of Nature Bingo! Figure out clues to fill in spaces and win small prizes! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Tue 07 Feb
Webinar: Moving Art, Moving Audiences: Nineteenth-Century Traveling Exhibitions and the Matter of Abolition
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
In the mid-nineteenth century, Americans faced a new way to encounter art: the traveling exhibition. Sculptures, panoramas, and paintings crisscrossed the country, appearing at venues that included exhibition and entertainment halls, galleries, reform societies, and fairs. During this virtual webinar, Caitlin Meehye Beach will explore the phenomenon of traveling exhibitions as they intersected a pressing concern of the day: the abolition of slavery. Following the publication of her 2022 book, Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery, this presentation focuses on three works in particular: Hiram Powers The Greek Slave, Henry "Box" Brown's The Mirror of Slavery, and Frederic Edwin Church's The Icebergs. Tune in to consider the mobilization of images to abolish slavery, and the regimes of race, sentiment, and spectacle that would be confronted in so doing. Webinar: Moving Art, Moving Audiences.
Tue 07 Feb
2023 Lecture Series: Revolutions, author Stacy Schiff on her book The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Friends of John Jay Homestead present their 2023 Lecture Series: Revolutions, beginning with Stacy Schiff on her book The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 7:00pm at Bedford Playhouse. Samuel Adams burned his letters and left no memoir, but was in his day proclaimed as the "chief incendiary" of the Revolution, the "prime mover," the "patriarch of liberty," and the target of the British troops – for arrest, or even assassination – whom Paul Revere was riding to warn on April 18, 1775. Schiff is renowned as a formidable researcher and biographer of extraordinary people, including Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, the Witches of Salem, Saint-Exupery, and Vera Nabokov (Pulitzer 2000). All lectures this year will be held at Bedford Playhouse while the Ballroom at John Jay Homestead is undergoing renovation. A Zoom option is available for those unable to attend in person. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. Visit www.johnjayhomestead.com/events/lectures to learn more.
Wed 08 Feb
Tiny Tots: Heart 2 Heart
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nys-parks-long-island-environmental-education-33908178297
Wed 08 Feb
Tiny Tots
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 08 Feb
February, Animal Tracks: Tier 2
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Take a short, easy hike to learn some tips and tricks for identifying elusive mammal tracks.
Wed 08 Feb
February, Animal Tracks: Tier 2
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Take a short, easy hike to learn some tips and tricks for identifying elusive mammal tracks.
Wed 08 Feb
Storm of the Century
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

It has been nearly thirty years since the 1993, Storm of the Century. The cyclonic storm formed over the Gulf of Mexico and brought cold weather, heavy snowfall, high winds, and storm surges affecting the east coast from Hondurous to Canada. In eastern NY, two feet of snow fell from the sky in two days. Ring in the New Year and join an educator from Grafton Lakes State Park to learn more about the fateful weather patterns that collided to create the Superstorm of '93. This program will take place at Rail to River Brewing Co. in Ravena, NY on February 1 from 7-8pm. No cover charge, $1 per beer will be donated to Grafton Lakes State Park.
Wed 08 Feb
Lecture: “Doing the Work: How Including the Enslaved Expands our Understanding of Colonial New York”
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Historians have identified at least 115 named individuals enslaved by the Philipse family at their properties in Manhattan and Westchester. Additional references to unnamed individuals increase the total to over 125. The enslaved communities living at the Philipse properties were large and diverse. With residences in Manhattan, Yonkers, and Sleepy Hollow, warehouses in all three locations, gristmills, sawmills, farmland, livestock, and sailing vessels, a large and skilled enslaved workforce was essential. Lavada Nahon is the lead Interpreter of African American History for the Bureau of Historic Sites, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She served as project lead for the new "Our Whole History" exhibit at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. In-person tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets include general admission to the museum. Virtual attendance via WebEx is free, but registration is required. Register at www.philipsemanorhall.com/programs-and-events.
Thu 09 Feb
WINTER TREKS: Dishmill Creek
Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Journey into the valley and examine its crystalline waterfalls. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.
Thu 09 Feb
WINTER TREKS: Dishmill Creek
Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Journey into the valley and examine its crystalline waterfalls. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.
Thu 09 Feb
Grow Your Own Sprouts
Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Come and learn how- and why you'd want to- grow your own sprouts at home. Bring a quart sized wide mouth mason jar, we will provide the sprouting lid and your first batch of seeds to sprout. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 each, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 09 Feb
Grow Your Own Sprouts
Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Come and learn how- and why you'd want to- grow your own sprouts at home. Bring a quart sized wide mouth mason jar, we will provide the sprouting lid and your first batch of seeds to sprout. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 each, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 09 Feb
Tiny Tots: Greetings, Groundhogs!
Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nys-parks-long-island-environmental-education-33908178297
Thu 09 Feb
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, February 9, 2023 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Thu 09 Feb
Ice Harvesting Program
Thursday, February 9, 2023 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park

Please join the Friends of Peebles Island as we welcome Tom Ragosta, President of Watervliet Historical Society and Museum. Tom is also the City of Watervliet's Historian and in that capacity, he will be offering a program on Ice Harvesting. The program will include a brief history on the harvesting process as well as the detailed process of storing natural ice. Tom will bring many articles used in the harvesting process and they will be on display. This program is open to the public and no registration is necessary.
Fri 10 Feb
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, February 10, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which may be muddy and wet. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will be offered instead on February 17. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. For more information about the program, please email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or call the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 10 Feb
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, February 10, 2023 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program is a drop in program, please be on time as we will be starting our hike at 9:35am.
Fri 10 Feb
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, February 10, 2023 09:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly wanderers is a new program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner's hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers' confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This program is a drop in program, please be on time as we will be starting our hike at 9:35am.
Fri 10 Feb
Tiny Tots: Valentine's Day
Friday, February 10, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hempstead-lake-state-park-environmental-education-and-resiliency-center-38733458463
Fri 10 Feb
Tiny Tots
Friday, February 10, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 10 Feb
Creature Feature
Friday, February 10, 2023 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 11 Feb
Indoor Winter Instructional Baseball Program: Ages 5 to 7 Years Old
Saturday, February 11, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Roberto Clemente State Park
The program is for boys & girls ages 5-7 & 8-10. The program will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 and run through Saturday, April 1, 2023. The first 5 weeks the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 9:00am to 10:15am and the 8-10 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. We will then take off Saturday, February 25th for the winter break. When we resume on Saturday, March 4, the 8-10 year old age group will practice 9:00am to 10:15am and the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. All your child needs is a glove. We ask that you child wear sneakers and sweat pants so that they are comfortable. Any questions, please contact me at 718-299-7264. Registration link is attached below for your convenience and is only online. Everyone must register online. You will still have to bring proof of age on the first day so please don't forget to make a copy of your child's birth certificate. SPACE IS LIMITED SO DO NOT HESITATE. PLEASE register responsibly knowing your child will attend every week and be committed to the program as it only enhances the program for everyone. REGISTRATION BEGINS Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Register here at: http://rcsprbi.leagueapps.com/events/3634398-winter-indoor-instructional-baseball-program-2023
Sat 11 Feb
Hike with Mike: Eagle Hill & 13 Bridges
Saturday, February 11, 2023 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 5-6 mile hike to two of the Preserve's most popular destinations. Hudson River views and the ever-changing landscape will offer a buffet for your senses. Be prepared to hike at a steady pace. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 11 Feb
Bird Walk with Audubon
Saturday, February 11, 2023 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
You don't need to be a birder to enjoy the breathtaking sight of Snowy Owls on our beaches in winter! These regal visitors from the north are attracted to the tundra-like setting to hunt and rest. Join us to find them and other winter raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl, and to learn about the dynamic coastal ecosystem in play during off-season. Photo opportunities abound! Please note, there is no walk if it rains or snows or the temperature is below 25 degrees. All ages welcome. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 11 Feb
Animal Tracks along the Stream’s Edge at Minnewaska
Saturday, February 11, 2023 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a combination recreational and interpretive, three-mile hike along Lower Awosting Carriage Road and Mossy Glen Footpath. The footpath section of this hike follows the edge of the Peter's Kill stream and features many lovely views of it. The carriage road section is easy-walking, returning us to our starting point. Along the way, we will look for clues of wild animals, in the form of tracks and footprints in the snow. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive by 9:10 a.m. if you will be borrowing snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Black History Month- The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Basquiat painted many self-portraits. Through these works, he explored his identity as an African-American man. His paintings were also tributes to African American historical figures, jazz musicians, sports personalities and writers. Together we'll use his art as inspiration to create our own self portrait. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sat 11 Feb
Beach Monitoring and Clean-Up Walk
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve

Start your Saturday morning with a walk at Hallock State Park Preserve's Long Island Sound beach while you support marine conservation and learn about local sea life. Scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society lead our weekly beach walk. 

Along the way, we pick up marine debris and discuss current local issues of marine biology.  Along the way, you will learn how to collect relevant data and how to support marine conservation on your own. 

Participants of all ages are welcome. We meet at the Visitor Center, just off Sound Avenue, and then drive to the upper parking lot for a walk of about 1.5 miles. 

We provide trash pickers and buckets. Please bring you own gloves. Pre-registration is not necessary but suggested so that we may notify you if an event is cancelled due to severe weather. 

For more information: visit https://www.amseas.org/events or call the Park Office at (631) 315-5475
Sat 11 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 11 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sat 11 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sat 11 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 11 Feb
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
We're celebrating STEM all day with hands-on science experiments, introductions to famous female scientists, and interviews with women who work in STEM. Girl Scouts of all levels can earn their STEM Career Explorations badge too! All ages (and genders) welcome!
Sat 11 Feb
Indoor Winter Instructional Baseball Program: Ages 8 to 10 Years Old
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Roberto Clemente State Park
The program is for boys & girls ages 5-7 & 8-10. The program will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 and run through Saturday, April 1, 2023. The first 5 weeks the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 9:00am to 10:15am and the 8-10 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. We will then take off Saturday, February 25th for the winter break. When we resume on Saturday, March 4, the 8-10 year old age group will practice 9:00am to 10:15am and the 5-7 year old age group will practice from 10:30am to 11:45am. All your child needs is a glove. We ask that you child wear sneakers and sweat pants so that they are comfortable. Any questions, please contact me at 718-299-7264. Registration link is attached below for your convenience and is only online. Everyone must register online. You will still have to bring proof of age on the first day so please don't forget to make a copy of your child's birth certificate. SPACE IS LIMITED SO DO NOT HESITATE. PLEASE register responsibly knowing your child will attend every week and be committed to the program as it only enhances the program for everyone. REGISTRATION BEGINS Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Register here at: http://rcsprbi.leagueapps.com/events/3634398-winter-indoor-instructional-baseball-program-2023
Sat 11 Feb
Crafty Kids Valentine’s Day
Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Crafty Kids returns for 2023 with a bang! Join us for Valentine's Day crafts and heart-shaped cookie decorating in our newly renovated Visitors Center! Light instruction is offered, creativity is encouraged. Please note: The cost of the event is $5 per person. This is a children's program; all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. Those wishing to attend must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events.
Sat 11 Feb
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 11 Feb
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′ 20.46" N -73°51′12.59" W. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. To register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 11 Feb
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 11 Feb
Sweater Mitten Making
Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at the Visitor Center, Ages 12 and up. Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! Participants should bring an old sweater (wool if possible), and fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining. Some sewing experience is helpful. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Sweater Mitten Making
Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center, Ages 12 and up. Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! Participants should bring an old sweater (wool if possible), and fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining. Some sewing experience is helpful. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Animal of the Future
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Have you ever wondered what animals might look like millions of years from now? Let's investigate animal adaptations and create our own animals that could exist in the future. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hempstead-lake-state-park-environmental-education-and-resiliency-center-38733458463
Sat 11 Feb
WINTER LECTURE SERIES: Basics of Wild Mushrooms and Mushroom Photography, Craig Braack
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Winter Lecture Series is our opportunity to delve deeper into subjects of interest in and around Letchworth State Park. Our roster of speakers in 2023 include park employees in multiple roles, an acclaimed entomologist, and two lifelong students of Genesee Valley history.
Sat 11 Feb
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sat 11 Feb
WINTER LECTURE SERIES: Basics of Wild Mushrooms and Mushroom Photography, Craig Braack
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
The Winter Lecture Series is our opportunity to delve deeper into subjects of interest in and around Letchworth State Park. Our roster of speakers in 2023 include park employees in multiple roles, an acclaimed entomologist, and two lifelong students of Genesee Valley history.
Sat 11 Feb
Drop-in, Make-Your-Own, Pressed Flower Bookmark or Valentine at Sam’s Point
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Are you missing all the beautiful flowers of summer? Come make your own pressed flower bookmark with some of the most popular flowers found at Sam's Point. Participants will learn about the flower pressing process and will be able to take these artistic creations home. This event will be held inside our Visitor Center and all materials will be provided. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sat 11 Feb
Make a Period-Style Valentine, drop-in craft workshop
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Join Staatsburgh staff in making valentines for your favorite people, using collage elements and 19th-Century images. All materials provided and light refreshments served. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $8/person; $20 for 3-5 family members.
Sat 11 Feb
Slavery, Segregation & Staatsburgh: From Black Service to White Servants
Saturday, February 11, 2023 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
In 1810, there were nine Black people enslaved on the Staatsburgh estate. In 1910, there were no recorded Black employees working inside Staatsburgh – with only one documented Black resident in the entire hamlet. What happened? Join Staatsburgh staff for a conversation about this transition from a Black presence at Staatsburgh during the early 19th century to an apparent absence during the Gilded Age. Reservations required: wwwBookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: free
Sat 11 Feb
80th Anniversary Of The Sacrifice Of The Four Chaplains
Saturday, February 11, 2023 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
This program will honor the loss of the of Four Chaplains with a presentation about their story and conclude with a candle lighting ceremony to commemorate the loss of Chaplain (1t Lt.) George L. Fox; Chaplain (1t Lt.) Alexander D. Goode; Chaplain (1t Lt.) Clark V. Poling and Chaplain (1t Lt.) John P. Washington. Audience members will be asked to read a biography of one of these four men as part of the commemoration. The Four Chaplains are also featured on the Ultimate Sacrifice kiosk at the Hall of Honor. Admission is Free, and as seating is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. To make a reservation or for more information about the event, please call 845-561-1765.
Sat 11 Feb
A Life in Service
Saturday, February 11, 2023 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
It took a small army to run this 79-room Gilded Age estate. See the mansion through the servants' eyes, as they rose before dawn and toiled until after midnight. The tour—led by a costumed guide—will include visiting the unrestored servants' hall. Even in its unrestored state, the hall is a striking artifact of servant life and work, featuring the servants' dining room, the footmen's bedrooms, and the tiled kitchen with its massive coal range. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sat 11 Feb
INTERMEDIATE NATURE SKI HIKE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1½ hours, 1½ miles).
Sat 11 Feb
Seal Walk
Saturday, February 11, 2023 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
In the winter, Jones Beach welcomes back its winter seal population. Learn about these incredible marine mammals and their migration to Jones Beach, and go for a walk to spot Harbor and Gray Seals feeding in our bay. Please book in advance, capacity is limited. Meet at JBENC. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free.
Sat 11 Feb
INTERMEDIATE NATURE SKI HIKE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge (1½ hours, 1½ miles).
Sat 11 Feb
CANDLELIGHT SNOWSHOE EVENT
Saturday, February 11, 2023 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
Bring family and friends out to enjoy a self-guided groomed candlelit half mile trail. Snowshoe rentals are available on a first come-first serve basis for $5/pair. Afterwards enjoy a warm fire, refreshments, and kids crafts in the enclosed shelter. Please bring a non-perishable good to be donated to the local food pantry and receive a free gift! 
Sun 12 Feb
FAMILY NATURE WALKS: Pine Pond
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Venture across former farmland to a natural series of ponds, now surrounded by pines.
Sun 12 Feb
FAMILY NATURE WALKS: Pine Pond
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Letchworth State Park
Venture across former farmland to a natural series of ponds, now surrounded by pines.
Sun 12 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 12 Feb
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 12 Feb
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Joshua Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other. If conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The vast views along this route should offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the pristine, winter landscape. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Feb
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
In the winter, Jones Beach welcomes back its winter seal population. Learn about these incredible marine mammals and their migration to Jones Beach, and go for a walk to spot Harbor and Gray Seals feeding in our bay. Please book in advance, capacity is limited. Meet at JBENC. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free.
Sun 12 Feb
Horses and Hot Chocolate!
Sunday, February 12, 2023 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site

From 11:00am until 2:00pm join the Lorenzo Driving Competition under the tent at Lorenzo State Historic Site to meet the Cazenovia College miniature horses and a real-life Fjord horse – just like Sitron in Frozen! (Dress as your favorite Disney character for a special photo!) Gifts, raffles, hot chocolate, and a chance to tour Lorenzo's second – and seldom seen – Oakman Carriage Collection. There's no charge, but donations of $10 and above to support LDC will receive a BOGO ticket for a beverage from Meier's Creek Brewing Company and a raffle ticket for a basket of winter cheer and goodies from Meier's Creek and Lorenzo.

From 11:00am until 3:00pm the New York State Draft Horse Club will offer sleigh rides, free to the public! (Wagon rides if there is not enough snow.)

Sun 12 Feb
The REAL Gilded Age: America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Sunday, February 12, 2023 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This tour highlights the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel Downton Abbey and HBO's The Gilded Age. Led by a costumed interpreter, the tour shows how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw on TV. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 12 Feb
WINTER CONCERT SERIES Musician: West Islip Symphony
Sunday, February 12, 2023 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, along with the Islip Arts Council, invite you to come in from the cold and enjoy the comfort and warmth of fine classical music. All concerts to be held in the Upper Carriage House and will begin promptly at 1:00PM. Seating is first come, first serve.
Sun 12 Feb
Valentine's Day Ice Candles
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Looking for a fun winter craft? Join us! We'll use hot wax and cold ice to create a unique candle for you to decorate, with a Valentine's Day theme! Appropriate for ages 8 and up. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sun 12 Feb
Feathered Friend Feeders
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Discover how winter birds make their homes in Hempstead Lake State Park and how they stay warm in the winter. Create your very own pinecone bird feeder to take home to feed the feathery friends that may visit your neighborhood. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hempstead-lake-state-park-environmental-education-and-resiliency-center-38733458463
Sun 12 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge. (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sun 12 Feb
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sun 12 Feb
NOVICE NATURE SKI HIKE
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Experience the beauty and mystery of winter with the aid of your cross-country skis or snowshoes. Search for winter greenery and the hidden life on bark. Learn to read the animal stories in snow. Programs are held every Saturday and Sunday January 8th through February 12th. Call ahead for snow conditions, 585-493-3680, Meet at Trailside Lodge. (1 hour, 1 mile).
Sun 12 Feb
Family Hike
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Feb
Family Hike
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Family hikes are slower paced, easy-going walks intended to comfortably bring people together in nature. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in. The pace and path will be determined by the group at the time of the hike. At this time our trails are not able to accommodate strollers or wheelchairs, however, we can stay to the roads making the hike more accessible. If this is something your party requires, please let us know when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call or text 518-917-2174.
Sun 12 Feb
Geology Rocks
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center