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Wed 01 May
WILDFLOWER DISPLAY
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
A fresh-cut display of plants is changed each week throughout May and June. (Sightings Book and naturalists available for questions) Meet at Humphrey Nature Center.
Wed 01 May
WILDFLOWER DISPLAY
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
A fresh-cut display of plants is changed each week throughout May and June. (Sightings Book and naturalists available for questions) Meet at Humphrey Nature Center.
Sat 01 Jun
NATURE TABLE DISPLAY: Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, June 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Month-long displays dig deeper into what's going on in the park that month. Naturalists are available throughout each day to discuss seasonal nature table topics. Please note our annual community science butterfly count will be held on July 13th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.)
Sat 01 Jun
NATURE TABLE: Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, June 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Month-long display at the nature center about the many kinds of butterflies that thrive in the park. Please note our annual community science butterfly count will be held on July 13th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.) Meet at Humphrey Nature Center
Sat 01 Jun
NATURE TABLE: Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, June 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Month-long display at the nature center about the many kinds of butterflies that thrive in the park. Please note our annual community science butterfly count will be held on July 13th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.) Meet at Humphrey Nature Center
Sat 01 Jun
NATURE TABLE DISPLAY: Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, June 1, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Month-long displays dig deeper into what's going on in the park that month. Naturalists are available throughout each day to discuss seasonal nature table topics. Please note our annual community science butterfly count will be held on July 13th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.)
Tue 04 Jun
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 until Tuesday, June 25, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress and explore the connection between breath and movement with instructor, Shivani Singh, as the sun sets over the Hudson with views of the Tappan Zee bridge and NYC in the distance. Appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Cost: $6. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Fri 14 Jun
Haudenosaunee Heritage – Past, Present and Future
Friday, June 14, 2024
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Traditional Cornhusk Dolls and Raised Beadwork Workshops with internationally recognized Dolores Elliott and Seneca Nation member Ronnie Reitter. Traditional Cornhusk Dolls Friday 9am to 10am, repeated 1pm to 2pm. Traditional Velvet Strawberry Beaded Ornament 10am to 12noon, repeated 3pm to 5pm. Register $8 per person youth (12-18 yrs.) and adults. Space is limited. NYS Parks online registration www.naturalheritagetrust.org/haudenosaunee-arts". The Origin of Stories" storytelling free Friday 7pm, historic site's pavilion off Hill Street. Bring a lawn chair. If rain, the session will be at the Hotel building. "Discovering the Traditional Raised Beadwork and Cornhusk Arts" Saturday 10am to 12noon seethe collections of Dolores Elliott and Ronnie Reitter. Free admission. Don't miss the Smithsonian "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" exhibit "Museum on MainStreet" program and "Sackets Harbor in the North Country" exhibit showcasing Haudenosaunee women's influence on the Suffragists.
Fri 14 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 14 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 9.
Registration: Required
Fri 14 Jun
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT (SELF-GUIDED)
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Celebrate Pride Month with a special rainbow themed scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Nature Center anytime between 9am and 3pm Thu-Mon and head out on the trails to look for colorful nature! Appropriate for all ages.
Fri 14 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun 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 event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 14 Jun
Wiggly Wanderers
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun 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 event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511. https://parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/.
Fri 14 Jun
BIRDING ON THE GREENWAY
Friday, June 14, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Dip your toe or jump headlong into the world of birds on and around the trail. Meet at parking area off of Route 305 (42.302838, -78.163068).
Fri 14 Jun
TINY TOTS: Animal Habitats
Friday, June 14, 2024 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.
Fri 14 Jun
Nature Crafts
Friday, June 14, 2024 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Experience the excitement of nature crafting with pipe cleaners, tissue paper and markers to transform them into vibrant butterflies, moths or even dragonflies. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Fri 14 Jun
Caumsett Foundation Sunset Music Series Presents Project 23.6° N
Friday, June 14, 2024 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Project 23.6° N is a new chamber ensemble dedicated to highlighting the music of Taiwan from past to present. The name "Project 23.6° N" actually has a twofold meaning: first, it correlates to the geographical coordinates of Taiwan, but also roughly references the peak population in the past. The group advocates for Taiwanese music from the past to present in the world of classical music dominated by Western composers, aiming to promote the music of Taiwan on an international scale. Founded by three doctoral music students at SUNY Stony Brook, Pianist Calvin Hu has been invited to perform alongside faculty from NYC's top music schools, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook through the Starry Nights concert and was the recipient of the Ackerman Award for musical excellence in the graduating 2023 class. Pin-hui Tsai, the cellist in the ensemble, has worked closely with the esteemed Emerson Quartet at the String Quartet Institute in the Music Department, and a fellowship recipient at the Round Top Orchestra Institute, undergoing intensive orchestral training. An American Prize finalist in flute, Kaichen Cheng, has been an Outreach Program Artist in the Department of Music and actively engages in education and programs in the local community. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Fri 14 Jun
Ferns/Nature Hike
Friday, June 14, 2024 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Let's explore Lake Erie State Park on this fun, educational guided walk with a park educator. Learn more about the ferns, flowers and birds that will be found along the trail. Meet at the Recreation Hall.
Fri 14 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Fri 14 Jun
Rainbow Lantern Walk
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
Join us for one of our popular evening lantern walks with a Pride Month twist! To register, please visit Eventbrite.com.
Sat 15 Jun
WOODLAND WALK: Shotgun Ridge Trail
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Darien Lakes State Park
An afternoon outing to experience the transition of spring to summer along the shotgun ridge trail. 2 miles. Meet at the Sumner Rd trailhead parking area.
Sat 15 Jun
Farm Market
Saturday, June 15, 2024
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Friends of John Jay Homestead host a weekly outdoor, certified market which provides the finest New York-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, breads, specialty items and more on a historic farm setting. Customers can expect to find certified organic and biodynamic produce, ethically raised, organic meat and eggs, as well as a wide variety of artisan food items with dozens of weekly vendors. While at John Jay Homestead, patrons can also enjoy a walk, sight see, and explore flower, herb, and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead.The Farm Market is open from 9:30am to 2:00pm for the general public, while members of Friends of John Jay Homestead are offered the Members Only First Pick from 9:00am to 9:30am.
Sat 15 Jun
Tick Check at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Ticks are a common sight while out hiking. Learn about the different species of ticks, including which ticks affect us humans the most, what diseases they cause and how to avoid getting them while out hiking. You will also learn about the animals that help keep us safe from these little parasites. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L.
Sat 15 Jun
“Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” presented by the Smithsonian Institution
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
One of 12 locations in NYS, only state site and only North Country venue. Supported by site's own regional stories exhibit. May 18 to June 29, Union Hotel building 6-week programs include: Humanities NY "Reading & Discussion" series and Community Conversation;" National Trails Day Story Walk with Hay Memorial Library; Haudenosaunee Traditional Arts workshops on I Love NY "Path Through History Day;" partnering with "Our Story Bridge" gathering oral stories; Presentation by Prof. Mel Schrems of St. Lawrence U. "Poetry at the Hotel" and "Building Stories" with Hay Memorial Library; Concert by 10th Mountain Division musicians.
Sat 15 Jun
Haudenosaunee Heritage – Past, Present and Future
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Traditional Cornhusk Dolls and Raised Beadwork Workshops with internationally recognized Dolores Elliott and Seneca Nation member Ronnie Reitter. Traditional Cornhusk Dolls Friday 9am to 10am, repeated 1pm to 2pm. Traditional Velvet Strawberry Beaded Ornament 10am to 12noon, repeated 3pm to 5pm. Register $8 per person youth (12-18 yrs.) and adults. Space is limited. NYS Parks online registration www.naturalheritagetrust.org/haudenosaunee-arts". The Origin of Stories" storytelling free Friday 7pm, historic site's pavilion off Hill Street. Bring a lawn chair. If rain, the session will be at the Hotel building. "Discovering the Traditional Raised Beadwork and Cornhusk Arts" Saturday 10am to 12noon seethe collections of Dolores Elliott and Ronnie Reitter. Free admission. Don't miss the Smithsonian "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" exhibit "Museum on MainStreet" program and "Sackets Harbor in the North Country" exhibit showcasing Haudenosaunee women's influence on the Suffragists.
Sat 15 Jun
Birding with BOS
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Darien Lakes State Park
Enjoy a morning walk along the open fields of Darien Lakes State Park as we search for birds of grasslands and thickets. Binoculars recommended. Co-sponsored by the Buffalo Ornithological Society. 2 miles. Meet at gravel lot off Alleghany Rd (Rte. 77).
Sat 15 Jun
The Boat Float n' Folk Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
The scenic, calm waters of the canal mean this event is great for families and paddlers of all experience levels. Choose form 4 launch locations in the park depending on your preferred distance- there is a 10 mile, 7 mile, 3 mile, and an out-n-back option available- with the option of shuttle service if you need transportation!

All paddlers end at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum with live music, food trucks, local breweries, fold arts with live demonstrations including basketry, blacksmithing, fiber arts, crafts for kids to make and more!

$10 per paddler which included admission to the Festival. Register and learn more at https://chittenangolanding.org/tickets-registration

All paddlers also receive the 2024 waterproof Old Erie Canal Paddle Guide!

Bring your won kayaks, canoes, or even stand-up paddle boards! Rentals are also available through Morse Kayak Rentals. 

Come experience the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park as park of NYS Parks Centennial! 
Sat 15 Jun