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Sun 27 Dec
Open House
Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.

Sat 26 Dec
Saturday Family Movie: TBD
Saturday, December 26, 2020 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

The winter series of Saturday Family Movie continues with (TBD)!! Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 3:00PM-4:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 26 Dec
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 19 Dec
Wassail, Wassail all over the Town
Saturday, December 19, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour the beautifully decorated house, serenaded by carolers, and watch the Continental artillery celebrate the holiday with a bang by firing their cannon.

Sat 19 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

A great day for families. Free admission. Explore the mansion at your own pace, enjoy music and treats.

Sat 19 Dec
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Tue 15 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 until Saturday, December 19, 2020 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. Walk-ins welcomed but reservations encouraged. Please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov. 7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Optional
Sun 13 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 13, 2020 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions throughout the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. ($12 per adult, $5 for children under 12)

Sat 12 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 12, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with visitors from the 1780 Continental artillery encampment, just down the road, and 18th century holiday decorations.

Sat 12 Dec
Gingerbread Spectacular
Saturday, December 12, 2020 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall as part of the larger downtown seasonal program that day, from 2:00-4:00, stop by the Manor for a chance to customize and decorate their own Gingerbread cookie! All activities for the day are free but supplies are limited to first come first serve. 2:00pm-4:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: 1-12

Sat 12 Dec
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Fri 11 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 11, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park annual Holiday Tree Lighting begins with the Carolers singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse awaiting Santa Claus' arrival to light the holiday tree. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and enjoy the view of the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse and meet Santa in the Hay Barn or enjoy refreshments in the café.

Thu 10 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Thursday, December 10, 2020 until Sunday, December 13, 2020
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn every room in the mansion with festive holiday décor.  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.  Holiday Admission Fees:  $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.   Dec. 12-13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tue 08 Dec
Guided Christmas Tours
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 until Friday, December 11, 2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Traditional tours of the mansion and decorations will be available. Group tours of eight or more may also be scheduled by prior arrangement.  Holiday Admission Fees:  $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.
Tue 08 Dec
Self-Guided Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 until Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

On this self-guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year's Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027. 12:00pm-3:30pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Sat 05 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 5, 2020 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park

Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks. The public can also visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.

Sat 05 Dec
Herkimer Home Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 5, 2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

General Herkimer's home will be decorated for the season!  Hear traditional yuletide music played in the mansion, enjoy a horse drawn/wagon ride, and experience an open-hearth cooking demonstration with light refreshments.  Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under Free.
Sat 05 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 5, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Join us in a celebration of Dutch holiday traditions as we welcome St. Nicholas to Philipse Manor Hall. Activities include a live performance of music and storytelling about holiday celebrations from around the world, holiday crafts and scavenger hunts, baked goods and refreshments, PLUS a visit from St. Nicholas! Admission is free for the day! 12:00pm-3:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 05 Dec
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 05 Dec
A Child’s Christmas
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Drop in for stories read by Janet and Honoria Livingston's nurse Ollie under the Christmas tree and treats for children 3-10. ($4 per person)

Fri 04 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 4, 2020 06:30 PM
Orient Beach State Park

It is a joyous occasion when more than 300 visitors come to "Light Up the Season" at the thirty-third annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Orient Beach State Park. The tree is lit by Santa and he is available for pictures afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. In the spirit of the season the Park will be collecting winter coats and non-perishable food items for families in need.

Fri 04 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 4, 2020 05:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

Everyone is welcome to participate in the twenty-fourth annual Yuletide Celebration at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Join us in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2020 holiday season. Hot beverages will be served outside after Santa lights the tree. All activities will take place outside so dress accordingly. The Manor House will not be open. In the spirit of giving, please bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need in our community.

Thu 03 Dec
Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop
Thursday, December 3, 2020 05:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Attendees receive a discount for their meal that night at local downtown restaurants!! 5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 28 Nov
Saturday Family Movie: TBD
Saturday, November 28, 2020 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

The fall series of Saturday Family Movie continues with (TBD)!! Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 3:00PM-4:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 28 Nov
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, November 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 21 Nov
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 14 Nov
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 07 Nov
Harvesting History Workshop: Herb-Infused Candles
Saturday, November 7, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Just in time for the holidays! Using dried herbs, create aromatic and colorful home-made beeswax candles Children must be accompanied by an adult. ($15 per person, children 12 and under FREE, registration required)

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Nov
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Thu 05 Nov
Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop
Thursday, November 5, 2020 05:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Attendees receive a discount for their meal that night at local downtown restaurants!! 5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 31 Oct
Haunted House
Saturday, October 31, 2020 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

You are invited to Philipse Manor Hall's "Haunted House" walk thru from 4pm to 7pm on Halloween day (for children). Grab on to your partner and get ready to scream!!! Additional entertainment and activities to take place on the site. Haunted House is brought to you by the Yonkers Downtown BID. 4:00PM-7:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 31 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 31 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 31 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture.
Sat 24 Oct
It was dark back then
Saturday, October 24, 2020 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

From 7:00 - 10:30 PM tour the grounds by night if you dare. In the spirit of 18th century Gothic literature, costumed interpreters from the New Windsor Cantonment and Knox's Headquarters State Historic Sites submit for your approval a haunting tale. The eerie night-cloaked grounds of the historic Knox's Headquarters, the 1754 Ellison home, serve as a stage for this macabre presentation about strange happenings. Beginning October 1, call (845) 561-1765 X22 to make reservations.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Saturday, October 24, 2020 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park

The 8th annual Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail will take place at Belmont Lake State Park and features donated carved pumpkins which are lit and placed on boats that are pulled around the lake by kayaks at dusk. Children's activities include crafts, games, inflatables, funny photos and trick-or-treat stations and the not-so-scary 'Spooky Den'.

The Pumpkin Sail begins at 6:15pm.

Sat 24 Oct
Saturday Family Movie: TBD
Saturday, October 24, 2020 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

The fall series of Saturday Family Movie continues with (TBD)!! Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 3:00PM-4:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 24 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 24 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 24 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture.
Fri 23 Oct
Legends by Candlelight Tours
Friday, October 23, 2020 until Saturday, October 24, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts of the museum's history. Tours at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 pm. ($12 per adult, $5 per child, all FOC members $10, reservations required)

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Oct
South Shore Surf Fishing Tournament
Friday, October 23, 2020 until Sunday, October 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Captree State Park

Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament open to the public. All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier. Registration is required and can be done by mail in or in person at State Park Headquarters by October 16th. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners.

Location of the Tournament: Waters between Moriches and Jones Inlet.

Location of the Award Ceremony: 12:30pm on October 25, 2020 at Captree State Park. 

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 17 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 17 Oct
2020 Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

This family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing in MacDonald Pond and South Pond with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations by the DEC, and outdoor exhibits by local fishing clubs. Loaner rods are first come, first served. Children can also enjoy an inflatable slide, pumpkin decorating, face painting and live entertainment. Refreshments are available for purchase.

Sat 17 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture.
Sat 17 Oct
Autumn Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, October 17, 2020 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join us for a walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Participants of this free event will be looking for fall migrant birds and waterfowl throughout the site. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a scarlet tanager, a belted kingfisher, or a yellow-throated vireo! Program is free and appropriate for all ages!

Fri 16 Oct
Legends by Candlelight Tours
Friday, October 16, 2020 until Saturday, October 17, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts of the museum's history. Tours at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 pm. ($12 per adult, $5 per child, all FOC members $10, reservations required)

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Oct
Harvesting History Workshop: Victorian Nutting Party
Saturday, October 10, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Celebrate a classic autumn harvest like the Victorians did! First, we will take a guided nut tree identification hike, then practice processing various nuts. We'll make some nutty snacks and enjoy hot cocoa-don't miss this wonderful fall tradition. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ($10 per person, children 12 and under FREE. Registration is required)

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Oct
Harvestfest
Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

The fall is in full swing at Philipse Manor Hall today! Come celebrate the fall harvest by participating in many fun-filled, family oriented, fall crafts and activities! Featuring colonial craftsmen, pumpkin painting, apple cider pressing and more!! Come stop by and celebrate this year's fall season at Philipse Manor Hall! 12:00PM-3:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 10 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 10 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 10 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture.
Sat 10 Oct
NYS Path through History: Saw Mill River Heritage Tour
Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

As part of NYS Path through History, join the staff of Philipse Manor Hall on this walking tour of downtown Yonkers. Philipse Manor Hall and downtown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill, or Nepperhan, River. Following the river from its mouth at the Hudson to Chicken Island, patrons will learn about the growth of Yonkers from 1682 to the present and discuss how these changes are connected to larger trends in New York and the United States. 10:00AM-11:00am | Location: Yonkers | $5 per adult. $3 for seniors (62) and students. Free for children 12 and younger | Ages: All Ages

Sat 03 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 03 Oct
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 03 Oct
Twin Forts Day
Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Join us as we commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the battle for Forts Montgomery and Clinton! Reenactors representing units present on the day of the battle will bring to life the dramatic defense of the forts through cannon firings, military drill, camp life and children's activities.

Sat 03 Oct
Farm Market
Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture.
Thu 01 Oct
Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop
Thursday, October 1, 2020 05:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Attendees receive a discount for their meal that night at local downtown restaurants!! 5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 26 Sep
Saturday Family Movie: TBD
Saturday, September 26, 2020 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

The Fall series of Saturday Family Movie starts off with (TBD)!! Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 3:00PM-4:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 26 Sep
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, September 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 26 Sep
In Their Own Words, The Battle for Fort Montgomery
Saturday, September 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were here and what they left behind. Program will last about 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration.

Sat 26 Sep
Wildwood Fall Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wildwood State Park

The twenty-seventh annual Fall Festival at Wildwood State Park is a fun filled family event featuring a variety of craft and food vendors and live children's entertainment. All activities are free and include children's games, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, funny photos, inflatables, build a scarecrow contest and pumpkin weight raffle.

Fri 25 Sep
Montauk Surf Fishing Tournament
Friday, September 25, 2020 until Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park

Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by mail in or in person at State Park Headquarters by September 18th or at Paulie's Tackle of Montauk by 9am September 26. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners.

Location of the Tournament: Waters from the western most tip of Napeague State Park, east.

Location of the Award Ceremony: Montauk Point State Park at 12:30pm on Sunday, August 27, 2020.

Registration: Required
Thu 24 Sep
The D&H Canal with Bill Merchant
Thursday, September 24, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via WebEx

The D&H Canal: 19th Century Engine of Prosperity tells the basic history of the D&H and illustrates how many of the industries it fostered. Bill Merchant has been with the D&H Canal Historical Society for over eight years. He previously served as board president and is now employed as the Deputy Director for Collections, Historian and Curator. He also serves as president of the Delaware and Hudson Transportation Heritage Council, vice president of the Ulster County Historical Society, and on the board of the Century House Historical Society, where he serves as historian and collections committee chair.

This is a FREE Event hosted by Schoharie Crossing via Webex. Please note: the link goes live ten minutes prior to the presentation. Everyone is automatically muted upon entry. We ask that you disable your webcam to save bandwidth and avoid distraction.

Sun 20 Sep
Clermont 101
Sunday, September 20, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Tours of the house are not currently available but here's an opportunity to learn about the history of this home called Clermont. Join a member of Clermont's staff as they breakdown the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Sep
Clermont 101
Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Tours of the house are not currently available but here's an opportunity to learn about the history of this home called Clermont. Join a member of Clermont's staff as they breakdown the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 Sep
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, September 19, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 19 Sep
Porch Performances: History Comics Chat
Saturday, September 19, 2020 02:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Did you know that Clermont loves comics? We even have a resident cartoonist! Join artist and school programs coordinator, Emily, in a presentation about her work and History Comics Club, Clermont's popular comic-making program.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Wed 16 Sep
Sunset Saunter
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
Lake Erie boasts some of the best sunsets in the world and Buffalo Harbor provides excellent viewing opportunities. Enjoy a walk along the promenade to take in a Lake Erie Sunset for yourself! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 16 Sep
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Join us for a hike along the boardwalk and trails to explore a freshwater sand dune environment. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Mon 14 Sep
Riverfest
Monday, September 14, 2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Join Philipse Manor Hall as it participates in the Annual Yonkers Riverfest! Participate in a variety of family-friendly and historic activities with crafts, reenactors, and more! Admission is free for all outdoor activities. Museum admission is $3 per person, free for kids 12 and younger, and covers admission to the new exhibit. 7:00pm-8:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sun 13 Sep
“A Tyrant with whom he will never be reconciled”: The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, September 13, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join one of Clermont's Historic Interpreters, Molly Feibel for a walk and talk on Clermont's grounds that will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution which culminated in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear the stories of the Livingston family and other residents of Clermont including enslaved people and local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Sep
Dockside Family Festival
Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Captree State Park

This annual event has a nautical theme and provides activities and entertainment for people of all ages. Activities include live music, a pirate show, boat ride around the bay, pony rides, crab races, children's entertainment, interactive displays and merchandise vendors.

Sun 13 Sep
25th Annual Glen Iris 5k Run
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Run benefiting the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile New York. Prizes and food for participants.

Visit www.GlenIrisInn.com or call 585-493-2622 for details.

Sun 13 Sep
25th Annual Glen Iris 5k Run
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Letchworth State Park

Run benefiting the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile New York. Prizes and food for participants.

Visit www.GlenIrisInn.com or call 585-493-2622 for details.

Sat 12 Sep
Dockside Family Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Captree State Park

This annual event has a nautical theme and provides activities and entertainment for people of all ages. Activities include live music, a pirate show, boat ride around the bay, pony rides, crab races, children's entertainment, interactive displays and merchandise vendors.

Sat 12 Sep
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Thu 10 Sep
Kayaking Basics with Tina
Thursday, September 10, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center

Are you looking to learn more about your kayak, equipment, or paddle strokes and maneuvers? Look no further! Join ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors for a paddle in the lagoon. Topics will include kayak/paddle anatomy and style, safety equipment all should carry, and strokes/ maneuvers that make kayaking a little easier. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will not be providing kayaks, paddles or life jackets for our kayaking programs. All participants will be required to provide their own equipment. Masks will be required while on shore and must be carried with you while on the water. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Thu 10 Sep
Kayaking Basics with Tina
Thursday, September 10, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park

Are you looking to learn more about your kayak, equipment, or paddle strokes and maneuvers? Look no further! Join ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors for a paddle in the lagoon. Topics will include kayak/paddle anatomy and style, safety equipment all should carry, and strokes/ maneuvers that make kayaking a little easier. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will not be providing kayaks, paddles or life jackets for our kayaking programs. All participants will be required to provide their own equipment. Masks will be required while on shore and must be carried with you while on the water. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Sun 06 Sep
Porch Performances: The Unsinkable Margaret Beekman
Sunday, September 6, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Perhaps known as Clermont's most important matriarch, Margaret Beekman Livingston features in all the major stories of this house's history. Today, hear from the lady herself as she shares what it was like to be from two influential and local families, to mother ten children, and to see this house burned and rebuilt. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Sep
Beach Sunset & Full Moon Photography Walk
Saturday, September 5, 2020 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Lake Erie has the best sunsets so bring your phone or camera to capture the colors, followed by the full moon rise! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 05 Sep
History Story Hour at Clermont
Saturday, September 5, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join us at Clermont's main porch for a historical story hour! Costumed interpreters will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley's history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour. A wonderful outing for families! Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Sep
History Story Hour at Clermont
Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join us at Clermont's main porch for a historical story hour! Costumed interpreters will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley's history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour. A wonderful outing for families! Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Sep
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Thu 03 Sep
Harmonies on the Hudson: James Mongan/Star Children
Thursday, September 3, 2020 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Singer/songwriter, James Mongan, usually accompanied by his music project, Star Children, performs an original selection of solo acoustic music. James has been songwriting and performing for various solo and collaborative projects for decades in NYC and since moving to Woodstock, NY has crafted and refined a collection of energetic pop and smart rock-n-roll songs that will invigorate and inspire. Both James and Star Children are slowly making their way performing live throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, James describes Star Children and his solo work as "Modern pop for vintage tastes, Catskill style". (Admission is Free)

Thu 03 Sep
Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop
Thursday, September 3, 2020 05:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Attendees receive a discount for their meal that night at local downtown restaurants!! 5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Mon 31 Aug
Little Explorers - Owls
Monday, August 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week's theme will be owls!

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

A mask is required to attend. Please bring clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather.

Registration: Required
Mon 31 Aug
Grafton’s Silent Forest Friends
Monday, August 31, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for a meandering tour around our ponds as we observe the riches of the fields and forests. Grafton Lakes has hundreds of plant species, and each one has its own unique personality. Come meet the characters keeping you company on your walks!

Program designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out a different location in the park and learn about different plants!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 27th Grafton's Silent Forest Friends." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Aug
Program on the Portico – Staatsburgh’s Servants
Sunday, August 30, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This ½ hour presentation on Staatsburgh's front portico will discuss the advantages and sacrifices of being a servant. The staff will display some of Staatsburgh's artifacts that were used by the servants as well as reproductions of servant uniforms. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com . Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Sunday, August 30, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Aug
“A Tyrant with whom he will never be reconciled”: The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, August 30, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join Clermont's curator Geoff Benton for a walk and talk on Clermont's grounds that will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution which culminated in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear the stories of the Livingston family and other residents of Clermont including enslaved people and local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Aug
Hike the Park: Exploring Grafton Lakes’ 2,500 Acres
Sunday, August 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

New to the park or looking to explore lesser visited trails with a small group? Join an environmental educator as we check out quieter corners of Grafton Lakes' 2,500 acres. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them.

This program will be held on Sundays 8/16 and 8/30 beginning at 11:00 AM. This program is designed for ages 8 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different area of the park.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov 4:00PM on 8/12 for the 8/16 program and email by 8/26 for the 8/30 program. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 16 Hike the Park." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Sun 30 Aug
Scavenger Hunts
Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
I spy... something to do! Find! Hear! Touch! Sniff! On Sunday August 16 and 30 stop by the scavenger hunt table at the Welcome Center anytime between 10am and noon to be sent on a journey to explore the woods, find nature's hidden treasures, and win a prize! Designed for ages 12 and under.
Sun 30 Aug
The Mighty Niagara: River and Rapids
Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Start your week off with a walk at Niagara Falls State Park. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens, and along the American Rapids trail to where the rapids begin. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 30 Aug
Birds of Grafton Lakes State Park
Sunday, August 30, 2020 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Lend your eyes and ears as we look for different birds in Grafton Lakes State Park! Be part of a state-wide network of birders that contributes to the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas project with DEC that helps evaluate populations and distribution of our avian friends. Grafton is located in an Important Bird Area and Bird Conservation Area and we have a variety of species around our forests, lakes, and ponds. Each week we will explore different habitats in search of a diversity of bird species. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and binoculars if you have them. Limited binoculars are available to borrow.

This program is designed for ages 12 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different location in the park and explore habitats.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 2 Birding Program." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, phone number, and if you need to borrow binoculars.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Sat 29 Aug
Bat Safari
Saturday, August 29, 2020 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enter the mysterious world of these fascinating and misunderstood animals! There will be a short intro, with 6' distancing. We will provide chairs or bring your own if wish.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Exclusive Interview with Patch the Barred Owl
Saturday, August 29, 2020 03:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
FACEBOOK LIVE: Join us on Friday, August 29th at 3:30pm for an exclusive interview with our Barred Owl Patch. Learn how Patch came to be in our care, cool adaptations that help barred owls hunt, and some of Patch's personal quirks. Tune in from anywhere and get to know our feathery friend!
Sat 29 Aug
Clermont 101: Growing Up Clermont
Saturday, August 29, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join Clermont's School Program Coordinator Emily Robinson as she discusses what it was like growing up at Clermont. Drawing from stories about the family and the people who worked on the estate, Emily will shed light on how childhood differed from what we think of today as well as how some things haven't changed at all. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Clermont 101: Growing Up Clermont
Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join Clermont's School Program Coordinator Emily Robinson as she discusses what it was like growing up at Clermont. Drawing from stories about the family and the people who worked on the estate, Emily will shed light on how childhood differed from what we think of today as well as how some things haven't changed at all. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
The Closing of an Ocean that Trembled the Earth
Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

What are rocks but hints and clues about the past?! Join us on this hike in the park to learn about a tumultuous time in Earth's history when the smell of salty sea water combined with sulphurous volcanic steam. Discover how the closing of an ocean caused the earth to tremble and create the conditions for the formation of the wacky rocks we have today. Program will be held on Saturday, August 29th, beginning at 11am. To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4:00PM on 8/27.

This program is designed for adults. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 29th Geology Walk." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 29 Aug
Seashell Stories
Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Shells come in all different shapes, size and colors. The animals that make these shell houses have interesting lives. Identify some common shells along the Long lsland Sound and learn about the creatures that make them.

Park at the upper parking lot unless otherwise noted. Reservations required by calling (631) 315-5475. Programs currently limited to 20 people. All participants must have face coverings and adhere to current social distancing practices.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Saturdays in the Park
Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
It's Saturday, and there is nothing better than a morning walk on Goat Island! Enjoy the views and listen to some fun facts and stories about the oldest state park in the country. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 29 Aug
Invaders in Our Space
Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a short nature walk. Learn to identify some of the common plant and animal invaders that live in this area. You may even discover that you have some in your own backyard! Explore what the presence of invasive species means for our local habitats, and what you can do to help. All ages and abilities welcome.

The maximum number of participants is 9.

A mask is required to attend. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper footwear.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Scenic Views from the White Cliffs: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Saturday, August 29, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, Sarah LaLumiere, for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the historic Sky Top stone tower and the lush Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath these steep white cliffs. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear trail shoes. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Fire Ecology Walk at Sam's Point
Saturday, August 29, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Are you fascinated by fire? Are you interested in understanding how the 2016 wildfire affected the plants and animals at Sam's Point? Learn about Sam's Point's unique fire-dependent ecosystem during this interpretative, three-mile hike on the Loop Road with Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger. We will explore the landscape to examine fire-adapted species and to compare and contrast where fire has been suppressed and reintroduced. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Aug
Movie under the Stars
Friday, August 28, 2020 09:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Stop by the Manor for the conclusion of our annual Movie under the Stars movie series featuring The Lion King (2019)! All Movies under the Stars place on the west lawn of the Manor and is free of charge! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket to lie on. Production equipment graciously provided by Sound Associates. 9:00pm-11:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Fri 28 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 28, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Aug
Children's Activites
Friday, August 28, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located at the firepit area by the check-in booth.

Fri 28 Aug
Play Days @ Jay (@Home)
Friday, August 28, 2020 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

We've missed seeing you at our usual Friday afternoon Play Day's @ Jay program! While we wait to play together again, you can have your own Play Days @ Jay (@ Home) – join us on Instagram Live for an activity, craft, or mini-tour. Check our website for details on each week's program, which will include a list of supplies you'll need to participate. Our website also features lots of fun at-home activities for your whole family! This month's programs include:

 August 7 – Mini-tour of the Dining Room

 August 14 – Make a rag doll

 August 21 – Make a potato stamp

 August 28 – Make sachets

Fri 28 Aug
Sensory Hike with “RangerSu”
Friday, August 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

In our sensory hike series, talking is kept to a minimum. We walk in presence through the woods, stopping at times to explore what we are seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling through observance of nature, we seek to become more centered and connected with the world around us. Leashed-dogs welcome. Meet in the park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS Maximum 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Aug
Sarah Lawrence College Student Carnival
Friday, August 28, 2020 11:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Join students from Sarah Lawrence College on the grounds of Philipse Manor Hall for a Student Carnival! With the help and support of Greyston, the students will be hosting fun games, crafts and activities for all members of the community! 11:00AM-12:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Fri 28 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, August 28, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Thu 27 Aug
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, August 27, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of The Nature Book Club! This month we are reading Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!

This program is aimed at adults. The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

A mask is required to attend.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Thursday, August 27, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Thu 27 Aug
Children's Activites
Thursday, August 27, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cumberland Bay State Park

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located near the playground.

Thu 27 Aug
Dendrology 101: Trees of Our Northeastern Forests
Thursday, August 27, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

In this series we will learn how to identify different trees by their leaves, fruits, bark as well as their natural history and ecology. Located on the Rensselaer Plateau, Grafton Lakes State Park has a diversity of tree species, some often found much farther north. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them.

This program is designed for ages 15 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different location in the park and explore different forest types and tree species.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. (Email by 7/28 to register for the 7/30 program, email by 8/4 for the 8/6 program, email by 8/11 for the 8/13 program, email by 8/18 for the 8/20 program, and email by 8/25 for the 8/27 program.) Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 28th Dendro 101." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Thu 27 Aug
Connecting to Collections Virtually
Thursday, August 27, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

The Homestead's expert staff offers a guided exploration of our collection – join us on Instagram Live for short curatorial talks. This month's programs include:

August 6 – Women's Objects from Everyday Life

August 13 – Amusements

August 20 – Pardon My French

August 27 – Objects from Everyday Life

Wed 26 Aug
Sketching the Woodland
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

You don't have to be an artist to love art! Nature is the source of our love for beauty. Colors, shapes, and patterns give form to the singing birds, whispering trees, and silent blooms. Take a closer look at the nature around you and enjoy the meditative benefits of putting pencil to paper, reflecting what you see. This program is a series occurring on Wednesdays.

Program designed for ages 10 and up. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out different places in the park and sketch different things in nature!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 5th Sketching the Woodland." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Wed 26 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Wed 26 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Kids Make Nature Journals and Nature Art
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators for a morning in nature, observing and making art. Minnewaska staff will provide disassembled nature journals to each child, individually packaged and not touched for the preceding 72 hours. Once assembled, children will be given time to draw, write and fill these journals on the trail. We'll hike down to the edges of Peter's Kill stream where each participant will have a chance to share their favorite nature art with the group. Examples of this can include a poem, visual art, music or more. Then, everyone will have time to build free-form, natural sculptures using sticks, rocks on the ground and fallen leaves. When we've all shared our art, we'll put the natural objects back where they came from, dismantling our work and returning the landscape to its natural state. Participants will need to bring their own crayons, pencils, tape or other tools to use with their nature journals. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Registration required, call 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Aug
Insect Investigators
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Join an environmental educator and explore different park habitats in search of insects and other invertebrates! Please bring your own sunscreen, water, mask, and a sense of adventure. Nets and containers provided. This program is held on Tuesdays 7/28, 8/11 and 8/25 beginning at 9:30 AM.

The program is designed for ages 7-12. The program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out a different location in the park on the hunt for insects!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. (Email by 7/26 to register for the 7/28 program, email by 8/9 for the 8/11 program, and email by 8/23 for the 8/25 program.) Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 26th Insect Investigators." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Tue 25 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Stroll along the Gorgeous Hamilton Point Carriage Road
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
One of our favorite routes in the Park Preserve is Hamilton Point Carriage Road, scene of numerous porcupine and raptor sightings and stunning, cliff-edge views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a walk along the west side of Lake Minnewaska and out past the start of the Palmaghatt Ravine to reach Echo Rock, and if time allows, to take a peak at two other scenic vistas. This easy walk will be approximately five miles roundtrip. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Long Scenic Hike and Swim at Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever wanted to swim at the gorgeous, rock slab beach at Lake Awosting, but didn't want to go the distance on your own? Join park educators on a guided hike to this pristine swim spot. Enjoy the company of other hikers as well as the stunning views from along the cliff-edge Hamilton Point Carriage Road. As a bonus, we'll also explore the backcountry Scenic Footpath, which features views from Margaret Cliff. This approximately ten mile route is mostly on carriage roads, which are easier and faster to walk than footpaths. There are some hills and the footpath section does have a couple of narrow, rocky areas to traverse. This hike is recommended for fit hikers who are comfortable with spending all day on the trail. All participants must wear appropriate shoes, carry enough water and food for the day and bring a swimsuit if they plan on swimming. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 24 Aug
Grafton’s Silent Forest Friends
Monday, August 24, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for a meandering tour around our ponds as we observe the riches of the fields and forests. Grafton Lakes has hundreds of plant species, and each one has its own unique personality. Come meet the characters keeping you company on your walks!

Program designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out a different location in the park and learn about different plants!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 27th Grafton's Silent Forest Friends." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, August 23, 2020 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, and what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join the Park Naturalist for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! We'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all! All ages and abilities are welcome.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

Participants are advised to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a mask.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Sunday, August 23, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Porch Performances: Constant Change: The Architectural History of Clermont
Sunday, August 23, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

On August 23 at 2:00pm join Clermont's curator Geoff Benton to explore the evolution of Clermont's style and look through the seven generations of the Livingston family that lived there. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Marsh Life Meander
Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Experience a slow-paced walk along the marshes to discover who's out and about.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Quiet Views from the Eastern Cliffs at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 23, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a lovely, two mile, morning hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. The rocky, narrow footpath, which does include a few hills, features wide, open views of the Wallkill Valley including the iconic Skytop Firetower. And, the true reward is the glorious view of the Catskills and Northern Shawangunks found when we reach the end of the carriage road. This quiet walk is close to the Lake Minnewaska area, but feels distant from the crowds. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Invasive Species Removal Project
Sunday, August 23, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Help protect Grafton's wildlife and native plants! Invasive species have no natural predators to keep their growth in check. Without intervention, these species will eventually overwhelm the natural spaces you love, bringing with them: more ticks, lots of thorns, and a loss of shady trees and wildlife. BYO water, sunscreen, and a can-do attitude! We'll supply the work gloves and tools. Wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. You may also want a hat and bug repellant. If you have a favorite digging tool or thick pair of work gloves, feel free to bring it along.

This project is designed for teens and adults. The meeting location will be shared when you pre-register.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4PM on 8/5 to register for 8/9 project and by 4pm on 8/19 for the 8/23 project. Please be sure to include the date and project title in your email. For example, "August 9th Invasive Species Removal Project." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that project capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the project.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Knox Farm BioBlitz
Sunday, August 23, 2020 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park

Calling all community scientists, naturalists and nature enthusiasts! We need YOUR help for our first ever Knox Farm BioBlitz! Teams will set out to identify and document as many living organisms in the park as possible over 14 hours. With over 600 acres we need your help! Teams will focus on groupings to include: Birds, Invertebrates, Plants, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians and Fungi.

Call 716-549-1050 or email event coordinator at Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov to sign-up for a field team and time slot.

Sat 22 Aug
History Story Hour at Clermont
Saturday, August 22, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join us at Clermont's main porch for a historical story hour! Our new Junior Interns will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley's history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour. A wonderful outing for families! Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
History Story Hour at Clermont
Saturday, August 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join us at Clermont's main porch for a historical story hour! Our new Junior Interns will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley's history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour. A wonderful outing for families! Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Fire Tower Tour: How Fire Towers Saved Forests, Money, and Lives
Saturday, August 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

If you have ever been up in a fire tower, you know the awe inspiring view the high vantage point gives its visitors. But why were fire towers first built? How did their erection save millions of dollars and countless lives? Join us for this hike to the Dickenson Fire Tower and discover the fire tower legacy and how persistence and gumption on the part of the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park payed off to restoring our fire tower to what we see today. Program will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, beginning at 11am. To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4:00PM on 8/20.

This program is designed for adults and kids ages 8 and older. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 22nd Fire Tower Tour." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program. </P>

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, August 22, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 22 Aug
Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a guided scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be 1 mile or less on easy trails.

Unable or unwilling to join a group right now? Pick up a Scavenger Hunt at the Nature Center (open weekends 12-3pm) and go with just your family!

The maximum number of participants is 24.

A mask is required to attend. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper footwear.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
The Trail Less Traveled
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the park on the shady red trail.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
The Trail Less Traveled
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the park on the shady red trail.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Geology Hike around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for this three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the lake, we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook, where we will find clues left on the landscape by the last glaciers, thousands of years ago. Once you learn what these features are, you'll start to notice them all over the Shawangunks! At the lake, Becca will describe the amazing, land-sculpting, glacial process by which the lake was formed. Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Bird Walk
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

This will be the first bird walk of the season in the Park and the bird migration has already started. Plan on a 3 mile roundtrip walk through various habitats to catch a glimpse of some southbound migrant birds as well as year round residents!

Park at the upper parking lot unless otherwise noted. Reservations required by calling (631) 315-5475. Programs currently limited to 20 people. All participants must have face coverings and adhere to current social distancing practices.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Tea Time Hike High Peter’s Kill / Awosting Falls Loop
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come join Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, Sarah LaLumiere, and learn about the different plants found in nature which can be used for making tea. Collecting plants is not allowed at Minnewaska, however, we will discuss how to identify these plants along with the beneficial properties that they offer while hiking the High Peter's Kill Footpath. This hike features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints and one steep hill to climb up. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Knox Farm BioBlitz
Saturday, August 22, 2020 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park

Calling all community scientists, naturalists and nature enthusiasts! We need YOUR help for our first ever Knox Farm BioBlitz! Teams will set out to identify and document as many living organisms in the park as possible over 14 hours. With over 600 acres we need your help! Teams will focus on groupings to include: Birds, Invertebrates, Plants, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians and Fungi.

Call 716-549-1050 or email event coordinator at Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov to sign-up for a field team and time slot.

Fri 21 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 21, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Aug
Children's Activites
Friday, August 21, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located at the firepit area by the check-in booth.

Fri 21 Aug
Genesee Valley Greenway Action Plan – Public Information Meeting
Friday, August 21, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

During the past eight months the Greenway has evaluated the status of the trail to recommend a set of high impact projects that the Park will target for implementation. The findings of the Action Plan will be presented at a virtual public meeting via a Zoom webinar on August 20th and August 21st. The public is encouraged to participate. All draft meeting materials as well as the recorded meetings will be posted to the project website following the completion of the meetings. Feedback will be accepted for one month following this presentation.

For more webinar log-in information please visit the project website https://geneseevalleygreenway.com/ and click-on "events".

Or click on either of the zoom registration links below.

Register in advance for the Aug 21, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zAlV-vMhTzSlyrthuo9eBw

The Genesee Valley Greenway Action Plan has been funded through a generous grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation. The grant has been provided to the New York State Park Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation in coordination with the Natural Heritage Trust. Contact Kristine Uribe, Park Manager of the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park: (585) 493-3614 for more information.

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Aug
Play Days @ Jay (@Home)
Friday, August 21, 2020 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

We've missed seeing you at our usual Friday afternoon Play Day's @ Jay program! While we wait to play together again, you can have your own Play Days @ Jay (@ Home) – join us on Instagram Live for an activity, craft, or mini-tour. Check our website for details on each week's program, which will include a list of supplies you'll need to participate. Our website also features lots of fun at-home activities for your whole family! This month's programs include:

 August 7 – Mini-tour of the Dining Room

 August 14 – Make a rag doll

 August 21 – Make a potato stamp

 August 28 – Make sachets

Fri 21 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, August 21, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Fri 21 Aug
Take a Walk Along the Niagara Gorge
Friday, August 21, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Join a state park naturalist for a leisurely walk along the rim trail to Devil's Hole State Park and back. This trail offers lots of "gorge-ous" views of the Niagara River! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 20 Aug
Kayaking Basics with Tina
Thursday, August 20, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center

Are you looking to learn more about your kayak, equipment, or paddle strokes and maneuvers? Look no further! Join ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors for a paddle in the lagoon. Topics will include kayak/paddle anatomy and style, safety equipment all should carry, and strokes/ maneuvers that make kayaking a little easier. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will not be providing kayaks, paddles or life jackets for our kayaking programs. All participants will be required to provide their own equipment. Masks will be required while on shore and must be carried with you while on the water. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Thu 20 Aug
Kayaking Basics with Tina
Thursday, August 20, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park

Are you looking to learn more about your kayak, equipment, or paddle strokes and maneuvers? Look no further! Join ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors for a paddle in the lagoon. Topics will include kayak/paddle anatomy and style, safety equipment all should carry, and strokes/ maneuvers that make kayaking a little easier. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will not be providing kayaks, paddles or life jackets for our kayaking programs. All participants will be required to provide their own equipment. Masks will be required while on shore and must be carried with you while on the water. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Thu 20 Aug
Genesee Valley Greenway Action Plan – Public Information Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 2020 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

During the past eight months the Greenway has evaluated the status of the trail to recommend a set of high impact projects that the Park will target for implementation. The findings of the Action Plan will be presented at a virtual public meeting via a Zoom webinar on August 20th and August 21st. The public is encouraged to participate. All draft meeting materials as well as the recorded meetings will be posted to the project website following the completion of the meetings. Feedback will be accepted for one month following this presentation.

For more webinar log-in information please visit the project website https://geneseevalleygreenway.com/ and click-on "events". Or click on either of the zoom registration links below.

Register in advance for the Aug 20, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Yj-Nb21qSJK_LHHXJ_Yv3A

The Genesee Valley Greenway Action Plan has been funded through a generous grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation. The grant has been provided to the New York State Park Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation in coordination with the Natural Heritage Trust. Contact Kristine Uribe, Park Manager of the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park: (585) 493-3614 for more information.

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Thursday, August 20, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Thu 20 Aug
Accessible Outdoor Exploration
Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
Visit beautiful Evangola State Park and join us for a relaxing sidewalk tour to experience and enjoy the park's natural charm. People of all ages and abilities are welcome! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Thu 20 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Thu 20 Aug
Children's Activites
Thursday, August 20, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cumberland Bay State Park

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located near the playground.

Thu 20 Aug
Dendrology 101: Trees of Our Northeastern Forests
Thursday, August 20, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

In this series we will learn how to identify different trees by their leaves, fruits, bark as well as their natural history and ecology. Located on the Rensselaer Plateau, Grafton Lakes State Park has a diversity of tree species, some often found much farther north. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them.

This program is designed for ages 15 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different location in the park and explore different forest types and tree species.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. (Email by 7/28 to register for the 7/30 program, email by 8/4 for the 8/6 program, email by 8/11 for the 8/13 program, email by 8/18 for the 8/20 program, and email by 8/25 for the 8/27 program.) Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 28th Dendro 101." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Thu 20 Aug
Connecting to Collections Virtually
Thursday, August 20, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

The Homestead's expert staff offers a guided exploration of our collection – join us on Instagram Live for short curatorial talks. This month's programs include:

August 6 – Women's Objects from Everyday Life

August 13 – Amusements

August 20 – Pardon My French

August 27 – Objects from Everyday Life

Wed 19 Aug
Stars: a Window into the Past
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 09:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Ever wondered how far away stars really are? How about how stars formed in the first place? From the Big Bang to accelerating expansion, participants will be taken on a whirlwind journey back in time. A tale of epic proportions all visible in the night sky! Join us for this unique program and spend the evening under the stars. Program will be held on Wednesday, August 19th, beginning at 9pm. To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4:00PM on 8/18.

This program is designed for adults and kids ages 12 and older. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 19th Stars Program." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

  Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants during program set up and break down as well as when using the restrooms, but are NOT required during the program when participants are seated on their blankets. Lastly patrons must keep social distance and set up their towel/blanket 10 feet from others outside their family group.

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Aug
Sketching the Woodland
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

You don't have to be an artist to love art! Nature is the source of our love for beauty. Colors, shapes, and patterns give form to the singing birds, whispering trees, and silent blooms. Take a closer look at the nature around you and enjoy the meditative benefits of putting pencil to paper, reflecting what you see. This program is a series occurring on Wednesdays.

Program designed for ages 10 and up. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out different places in the park and sketch different things in nature!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 5th Sketching the Woodland." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Wed 19 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Wed 19 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Kids Make Nature Journals and Nature Art
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators for a morning in nature, observing and making art. Minnewaska staff will provide disassembled nature journals to each child, individually packaged and not touched for the preceding 72 hours. Once assembled, children will be given time to draw, write and fill these journals on the trail. We'll hike down to the edges of Peter's Kill stream where each participant will have a chance to share their favorite nature art with the group. Examples of this include a poem, visual art, music or more. Then, everyone will have time to build free-form, natural sculptures using sticks, rocks on the ground and fallen leaves. When we've all shared our art, we'll put the natural objects back where they came from, dismantling our work and returning the landscape to its natural state. Participants will need to bring their own crayons, pencils, tape or other tools to use with their nature journals. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Registration required, call 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: We Love Butterflies!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators to learn about butterflies and what makes them so unique. We'll search for evidence of their activity, including eggs, caterpillars, leaf chewing and actual butterflies, as we walk the trails in the Peter's Kill Area. Bring your own crayons and decorate a monarch butterfly mask that we'll provide to each child. Feel free to bring your own insect nets to use too! This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Aug
Mark the Trails Project
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Come be a lasting guide on the trails. Mark paths through the woods and clear the way for wanderers by helping us with trail marking and brushing. Tools provided. Wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. You may also want a hat and bug repellant. This program will be held on Tuesdays, 8/4 and 8/18 beginning at 9:00 AM.

Program designed for teens and adults. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov no later than 4PM two days before the program. (Email by 8/2 to register for 8/4 project and email by 8/16 for 8/18 program.) Please be sure to include the date and project title in your email. For example, "August 4th Mark the Trails Project." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that project capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the project. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the project.

Mon 17 Aug
Little Explorers - Turtles!
Monday, August 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! This week we'll be exploring our reptile friends, the turtles! Join in for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime!

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

A mask is required to attend. Please bring clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather.

Registration: Required
Mon 17 Aug
Grafton’s Silent Forest Friends
Monday, August 17, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for a meandering tour around our ponds as we observe the riches of the fields and forests. Grafton Lakes has hundreds of plant species, and each one has its own unique personality. Come meet the characters keeping you company on your walks!

Program designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out a different location in the park and learn about different plants!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 27th Grafton's Silent Forest Friends." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Sunday, August 16, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Porch Performances: A News Life in a New Land: The Palatines of Livingston Manor
Sunday, August 16, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

On August 16th at 2:00 pm join Clermont's curator Geoff Benton for a discussion of the Palatines that populated Livingston Manor and the Clermont estate. Learn how the Palatines and their descendants left their mark on Clermont and the Hudson Valley. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Sunday, August 16, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam's Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road, you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years of age and older, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. These events, organized and presented by these local veterans' organizations, are open to all who wish to attend.

Contact: Ross Hartlipp with American Legion Post 739 for information and updates.

Location: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Sun 16 Aug
Hike the Park: Exploring Grafton Lakes’ 2,500 Acres
Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

New to the park or looking to explore lesser visited trails with a small group? Join an environmental educator as we check out quieter corners of Grafton Lakes' 2,500 acres. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them. This program will be held on Sundays 8/16 and 8/30 beginning at 11:00 AM.

This program is designed for ages 8 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different area of the park.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov 4:00PM on 8/12 for the 8/16 program and email by 8/26 for the 8/30 program. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 16 Hike the Park." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Sun 16 Aug
Scavenger Hunts
Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
I spy... something to do! Find! Hear! Touch! Sniff! On Sunday August 16 and 30 stop by the scavenger hunt table at the Welcome Center anytime between 10am and noon to be sent on a journey to explore the woods, find nature's hidden treasures, and win a prize! Designed for ages 12 and under.
Sun 16 Aug
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 16, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top stone observation tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does feature steep hills, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Hatchery Tour
Sunday, August 16, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the fish hatchery and take a tour to discover the many stages of a growing trout.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Birds of Grafton Lakes State Park
Sunday, August 16, 2020 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Lend your eyes and ears as we look for different birds in Grafton Lakes State Park! Be part of a state-wide network of birders that contributes to the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas project with DEC that helps evaluate populations and distribution of our avian friends. Grafton is located in an Important Bird Area and Bird Conservation Area and we have a variety of species around our forests, lakes, and ponds. Each week we will explore different habitats in search of a diversity of bird species. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and binoculars if you have them. Limited binoculars are available to borrow.

This program is designed for ages 12 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different location in the park and explore habitats.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 2 Birding Program." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, phone number, and if you need to borrow binoculars.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Sun 16 Aug
World Class Violinist, Gwen Laster, plays on Bannerman's Island – Free Daytime Concert!
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
Includes: Cruise to Bannerman Island's on the Hudson, Island Tour and the FREE concert! – Sponsored by Adams Fair Acre Farms – book online at www.bannermancastle.org
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Astronomy
Saturday, August 15, 2020 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Discover the stories and pictures in the constellations!

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Clermont 101
Saturday, August 15, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Tours of the house are not currently available but here's an opportunity to learn about the history of this home called Clermont. Join a member of Clermont's staff as they breakdown the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Rustic Blueberry Sign Painting Party at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 15, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come visit Sam's Point for a fun day of painting and exploring! Join artist Shawn Dell Joyce from the Wallkill River School of Art, as she leads you step-by-step through painting a rustic blueberry sign. There will be two sessions with ten people per session. This is a free program with a $10 per vehicle parking fee, which gets you access to the park all day, so you can hike the many trails and possibly pick some blueberries. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Rain date: Sunday August 16th
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Chair Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 15 Aug
Trees and Shrub Identification
Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

What trees and shrubs grow within the Park Preserve and how you can learn to identify them by looking at their leaves, buds and bark, and sometimes their fruits.

Park at the upper parking lot unless otherwise noted. Reservations required by calling (631) 315-5475. Programs currently limited to 20 people. All participants must have face coverings and adhere to current social distancing practices.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Rustic Blueberry Sign Painting Party at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come visit Sam's Point for a fun day of painting and exploring! Join artist Shawn Dell Joyce from the Wallkill River School of Art, as she leads you step-by-step through painting a rustic blueberry sign. There will be two sessions with ten people per session. This is a free program with a $10 per vehicle parking fee, which gets you access to the park all day, so you can hike the many trails and possibly pick some blueberries. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Rain date: Sunday August 16th
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Saturdays in the Park
Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
It's Saturday, and there is nothing better than a morning walk on Goat Island! Enjoy the views and listen to some fun facts and stories about the oldest state park in the country. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Aug
Pond Exploration
Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist to visit the pond near the Nature Center and see what aquatic life, large and small, we can find! Then we'll collect some samples and bring them back to examine more closely under the microscope. All ages and abilities welcome.

The maximum number of participants is 9.

A mask is required to attend. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose via the Most Scenic Route
Saturday, August 15, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Sarah LaLumiere, SCA/AmeriCorp Member, for this approximately six-mile long hike on the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and the stunning Gertrude's Nose Footpath. Considered one of the most outstanding hikes in the entire Hudson Valley, this cliff-edge, wildly scenic route does not disappoint, featuring panoramic views of landmarks as far away as High Point State Park in New Jersey. We'll hike out to Gertrude's Nose, a cliff promontory, and then double our pleasure by continuing back along the same gorgeous route. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 14 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 14, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Fri 14 Aug
Children's Activites
Friday, August 14, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located at the firepit area by the check-in booth.

Fri 14 Aug
Play Days @ Jay (@Home)
Friday, August 14, 2020 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

We've missed seeing you at our usual Friday afternoon Play Day's @ Jay program! While we wait to play together again, you can have your own Play Days @ Jay (@ Home) – join us on Instagram Live for an activity, craft, or mini-tour. Check our website for details on each week's program, which will include a list of supplies you'll need to participate. Our website also features lots of fun at-home activities for your whole family! This month's programs include:

 August 7 – Mini-tour of the Dining Room

 August 14 – Make a rag doll

 August 21 – Make a potato stamp

 August 28 – Make sachets

Fri 14 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Friday, August 14, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Thu 13 Aug
Gateway to the West: Schenectady and the Erie Canal
Thursday, August 13, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via WebEx

Join Schenectady City Historian Chris Leonard on a rollicking ride on the Erie Canal through Schenectady, from the Rexford Aqueduct to old Lock 23, the busiest transit point on the entire canal. Spend time with GE executives on boisterous pleasure cruises and hustle through backstreets with greenhorns desperately seeking whiskey. Travel with Leonard as he spins yarns of Schenectady's unique characters, ne'er-do-well wharf rats, and foul-mouthed parrots, who made their livings on the canal.

This is a presentation offered for free and is via Webex. Program link will be live ten minutes prior to the presentation. All participants will be muted upon entry, please disable your cameras to save bandwidth and avoid distraction.

Thu 13 Aug
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds
Thursday, August 13, 2020 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com Threatening weather or excessive heat will cancel.
Registration: Required
Thu 13 Aug
Tree ID Hike with Kim Castaldo
Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Please dress according to weather conditions. Please bring water. Meet park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite.com. Leashed-dogs welcome. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS MAXIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Thu 13 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Thu 13 Aug
Children's Activites
Thursday, August 13, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cumberland Bay State Park

Come and join us for nature-themed crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and more! We will set up the area to enable social distancing between families, but please bring a mask just in case. Want to avoid people altogether? Pick up an activity to take back to your campsite! All ages welcome.

Located near the playground.

Thu 13 Aug
Dendrology 101: Trees of Our Northeastern Forests
Thursday, August 13, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

In this series we will learn how to identify different trees by their leaves, fruits, bark as well as their natural history and ecology. Located on the Rensselaer Plateau, Grafton Lakes State Park has a diversity of tree species, some often found much farther north. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them.

This program is designed for ages 15 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different location in the park and explore different forest types and tree species.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. (Email by 7/28 to register for the 7/30 program, email by 8/4 for the 8/6 program, email by 8/11 for the 8/13 program, email by 8/18 for the 8/20 program, and email by 8/25 for the 8/27 program.) Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "July 28th Dendro 101." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Thu 13 Aug
Connecting to Collections Virtually
Thursday, August 13, 2020
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

The Homestead's expert staff offers a guided exploration of our collection – join us on Instagram Live for short curatorial talks. This month's programs include:

August 6 – Women's Objects from Everyday Life

August 13 – Amusements

August 20 – Pardon My French

August 27 – Objects from Everyday Life

Wed 12 Aug
Catch a Falling Star: Perseid Meteor Shower!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Evangola State Park
The Perseid Meteor Showers are known for producing bright meteors that often leave trails! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to catch all the action by dark Lake Erie skies. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 12 Aug
Sketching the Woodland
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

You don't have to be an artist to love art! Nature is the source of our love for beauty. Colors, shapes, and patterns give form to the singing birds, whispering trees, and silent blooms. Take a closer look at the nature around you and enjoy the meditative benefits of putting pencil to paper, reflecting what you see. This program is a series occurring on Wednesdays.

Program designed for ages 10 and up. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will check out different places in the park and sketch different things in nature!

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov two days before each program by 4:00PM. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 5th Sketching the Woodland." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your family group as well as your first and last name and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Wed 12 Aug
Historic Landscape Tours
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. $7 per person. Advanced registration required.
Wed 12 Aug
Jean’s Jaunt
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Join Jean for a jaunty walk through the Preserve! Do you like hiking with an experienced hike guide who knows the terrain and all the stories behind them? Then you'll love joining Jean for her jaunts through Rockefeller because no one knows these roads like Jean! Leashed-dogs welcome. Meet in the park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Wed 12 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: We Love Butterflies!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators to learn about butterflies and what makes them so unique. We'll search for evidence of their activity, including eggs, caterpillars, leaf chewing and actual butterflies, as we walk the trails in the Peter's Kill Area. Bring your own crayons and decorate a monarch butterfly mask that we'll provide to each child. Feel free to bring your own insect nets to use too! This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required