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Sat 25 May
Forest Bathing – Connecting with Nature*
Saturday, May 25, 2024 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Whirlpool State Park
Join a Forest Therapy Guide and awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. The walk will blend time for solitude in nature with some light sharing. We will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing to cover no more than a mile. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Fri 24 May
AMERICAN FLAG WALL HANGING + CAMPFIRE FOOD
Friday, May 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come celebrate Memorial Day weekend by turning a paper bag into a beautiful American flag wall hanging. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on. Then come grill hotdogs over a campfire... complete with all the fixin's! Program subject to weather. RSVP by 5/22.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
MEMORIAL DAY SUMMER KICKOFF + FIELD DAY
Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come up to our field for some awesome summer games! Weather permitting, we'll offer a variety of outdoor games that will be sure to have you primed for summer! Suitable for all ages.
Sun 26 May
PATRIOTIC BARN QUILT WORSKHOP
Sunday, May 26, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Join us, kids and adults alike, for our patriotic barn quilt workshop. The kids will make a 6"x6" star with background and border and the adults will make a 12"x12" flag-themed barn quilt. These classes will run concurrently – perfect for families! Due to the nature of the process, children should be 8 or older to participate. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on! Class size is limited, so please RSVP by 5/20. Materials fees: Adults/$25 and Children/$10
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
CRAFT CAFÉ: MEMORIAL DAY
Monday, May 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
We're getting on our Red, White and Blue with some fun crafts to enjoy the morning and show your patriotism! Complimentary tea and lemonade will be served.
Sat 01 Jun
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: LEAVE NO TRACE WORKSHOP with Adirondack Mountain Club
Saturday, June 1, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Join us with our friends from the Adirondack Mountain Club to celebrate our beautiful trails! We'll learn about "Leave No Trace" in the classroom and then take our new knowledge trail-side to experience how to enjoy the outdoors with minimum human impact. Registration is limited, please RSVP by 5/25.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Jun
I BIRD NY: BIRDWATCHING HIKE
Sunday, June 2, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Did you know that Wellesley Island State Park is a part of the NYS Birding Trail network? Join us as we take to the trails and learn about identifying birds! We'll listen to songs and find field markers of our feathered friends. BYO binoculars; if not, we will have some spares!
Sat 08 Jun
ASK THE FISHING GUIDE: FISH ID + FISH CLEANING with Fishing Guide Ethan Forbes
Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
So, you caught a stringer of various kinds of fish – perch, bass, or maybe an invasive goby –now what? Join us with local Fishing Guide Ethan Forbes to learn how to identify your catch and how to clean and filet your fish using different techniques. Bonus: learn how to clean a pike – one of the toughest fish to clean. If you like to fish, this program is for you!
Sat 08 Jun
DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD!
Saturday, June 8, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come join us on a hike along Eel Bay trail to look for signs of the Emerald Ash Borer. Learn how to prevent the spread of this invasive species, and to keep watch for early signs of this destructive insect. Hike will be approx. 1 mile. Please dress for the weather.
Sun 09 Jun
CRAFT CAFÉ: PRESSED FLOWER LANTERN
Sunday, June 9, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
This pressed flower craft is a great activity for kids and adults. Pressed flower lanterns are SO PRETTY and so easy to make! We'll have everything here, just bring yourselves! Complimentary tea and lemonade will be served. Please RSVP by 6/5.
Registration: Required
Sun 09 Jun
POTTING SHED WORKSHOP: NATIVE PLANTS
Sunday, June 9, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Curious about our gardens? Join us at the Potting Shed for a talk about our some of our native plants followed by a chance to plant your own! We will have spare gloves for those without, and if you wish, you can bring your plants home and start your very own native plant garden.
Sat 15 Jun
CELEBRATING DADS!
Saturday, June 15, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come out to the Nature Center today to celebrate dad! We'll have some cool activities including an obstacle course, fishing (bring your licenses and fishing poles! some poles available), crafts, and food. You and your dads will not want to miss this!
Sun 16 Jun
WILDFLOWER WALK
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come join us on the trails as we search for native wildflowers. We will be going on a guided walk starting from the Nature Center and then down Middle Trail to learn how to identify common ephemeral flowers and plants.
Wed 19 Jun
JUNETEENTH
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Join us for a look at the history of Juneteenth and the NY State parks and historic sites that had significance in the abolition of slavery. We'll explore some of the interesting music, songs, and artwork that came from the period of slavery. Did you know quilts played a role in the Underground Railroad? We'll create a colorful quilt to take home.
Thu 20 Jun
SUMMER SOLSTICE
Thursday, June 20, 2024 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Join us for a special celebration of the summer solstice! We'll spend the evening with live music, food, beverages, natural mandalas, flower crowns and more! Summer never started so good! RSVP appreciated by 6/17.
Sat 22 Jun
POLLINATOR CELEBRATION
Saturday, June 22, 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a demonstration and discussion of beekeeping and the benefits of bees with local beekeepers. Learn how to do the "Bee Dance" and build a solitary beehouse to take home. Local honey will be available to taste.
Sun 23 Jun
GARDEN TOUR: PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS
Sunday, June 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come take a walking tour of the Nature Center's native plant gardens with our gardeners and learn about easy-to-grow, beautiful plant options to create local habitat and welcome pollinators into your yard! We will also have native plants for you to take home and get you started. Additional plants will be available by suggested donation.
Sat 29 Jun
ETHNOBOTANY with Herbalist Sue-Ryn Burns
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Ethnobotany is the study of a region's plants and their traditional uses. Join herbal artist and Wellesley Island resident, Sue-Ryn Burns, as we explore herbal healing, identify local plants, and discuss foraging wild foods. Sue-Ryn has more than 40 years of active experience working with healing herbs for people as well as animal companions.
Sun 30 Jun
WATER COLORING!
Sunday, June 30, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Calling all artists! Come on by to learn or practice your water-coloring skills. We will have lots of pictures and props to draw inspiration from and, weather permitting, we will be outside.
Sat 25 May
From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart
Saturday, May 25, 2024 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Enjoy a presentation about the first award for enlisted soldiers, and how it became the Purple Heart that we know today.
Sat 25 May
Secret Messages
Saturday, May 25, 2024 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Children of all ages are invited to try their hand at deciphering secret messages like those used by General Washington's spy network.
Sun 26 May
Secret Messages
Sunday, May 26, 2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Children of all ages are invited to try their hand at deciphering secret messages like those used by General Washington's spy network.
Wed 22 May
Yoga At The Walkway
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Walkway Over the Hudson – Ulster Welcome Center Plaza (Highland), All are invited to enjoy an hour-long yoga and meditation session adjacent to Walkway Over the Hudson at the Ulster Welcome Center Plaza in Highland (87 Haviland Road) from 4-5 p.m. Led by Stephany Conte of Mars & Moon LLC, this event is free to attend and open to all skill levels and abilities. No RSVP required. Wear appropriate clothing, and feel free to bring your own yoga mat. For questions, contact Denise Murtagh at 845-834-2867.
Sat 25 May
Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market
Saturday, May 25, 2024 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Walkway Over the Hudson West (Highland) Entrance, The Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley's finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. More than 180 vendors will exhibit their wares for purchase, with many agribusinesses offering free samples or tastings. Tickets cost $5 per day. Walkway members receive complimentary admission. For complete information; walkway.org/mayfest.
Sun 26 May
Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market
Sunday, May 26, 2024 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Walkway Over the Hudson West (Highland) Entrance, The Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley's finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. More than 180 vendors will exhibit their wares for purchase, with many agribusinesses offering free samples or tastings. Tickets cost $5 per day. Walkway members receive complimentary admission. For complete information; walkway.org/mayfest.
Sun 26 May
Memorial Day Sunset Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, May 26, 2024 07:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Ulster Welcome Center Plaza (Highland)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 are open to all who wish to attend. The most special flag changing ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 26 in honor of Memorial Day. Dutchess County Executive Sue Serino and Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger join with veterans affairs leaders and local VFW members for a moving sunset ceremony that also includes a four-gun salute, the playing of Taps, local artists performing God Bless America, and a carnation toss into the Hudson River. This special sunset ceremony begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Mon 27 May
Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market
Monday, May 27, 2024 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Walkway Over the Hudson West (Highland) Entrance, The Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley's finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. More than 180 vendors will exhibit their wares for purchase, with many agribusinesses offering free samples or tastings. Tickets cost $5 per day. Walkway members receive complimentary admission. For complete information; walkway.org/mayfest.
Tue 28 May
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 30 May
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, May 30, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Sun 02 Jun
Walkway Talks: Navigating The Underground Railroad in the Hudson Valley
Sunday, June 2, 2024 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Meet at East Gate Plaza – Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie Gate Presented by Peter Bunten, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History ProjectIn the 18th and 19th centuries, African American people in the Mid-Hudson Valley faced enslavement, racism, and other barriers to full participation in the social and political milieus of New York. The Hudson River – both actual and as a metaphor – offers a centerpiece for understanding those barriers and the fight for freedom. This event is free to attend and open to all.
Tue 04 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 06 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, June 6, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Sat 08 Jun
Wheels in the Sky
Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Bicycle show and swap meet, shine up your bike and enter it in our bike show, or buy and sell bikes, parks and accessories from our swap meet. Guest Speakers. Bike safety and maintenance seminars. Bike Tour across the Walkway with Fred Schaeffer, learn the history of the Walkway and how it transformed from railroad bridge to the longest elevated pedestrian walkway in the world. This is a rain or shine event.
Tue 11 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 13 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, June 13, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Sun 16 Jun
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, June 16, 2024 12:00 PM - 12:30 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.
Tue 18 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 20 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, June 20, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Fri 21 Jun
Walkway At Night
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. With the moon hanging high in the sky and the Mid-Hudson Bridge twinkling in the distance, there is truly nothing like a twilight evening on the World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. Our friends from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will be on-bridge with telescopes to view the night sky (weather permitting). Everyone must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight. Walkway members are welcome to attend at no cost. Non-members can register for $5.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 27 Jun
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, June 27, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 11 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, July 11, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 16 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 18 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, July 18, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 23 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 25 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, July 25, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 30 Jul
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 01 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, August 1, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 06 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 08 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, August 8, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 13 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 15 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, August 15, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 20 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, August 20, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 22 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, August 22, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Tue 27 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Tuesday, August 27, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Thu 29 Aug
FREE CONCERTS Walkway West (Highland side)
Thursday, August 29, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Back for our 3rd season, Twilight Music in the Parks brings Hudson Valley musicians every Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hudson Valley Folk Guild beginning May 28. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs for a fun, musical evening.
Fri 28 Jun
Taste of Oneida County
Friday, June 28, 2024 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Verona Beach State Park
Through seeing, tasting, and exploring. Verona Beach State Park is hosting its 3rd annual Taste of Oneida County on Friday, June 28th. The park will feature local vendors to showcase their foods, beverages, artwork, and handcrafted products. It is free to enter the park after 5 PM and there will be live music, kids and family activities, a complimentary all-level yoga class, face painting, fairy hair, tasting samples, food trucks, alcohol, & more. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed! See the Verona Beach State Park Facebook page for the latest updates! 
Sat 25 May
Caves & Karst
Saturday, May 25, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 01 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 1, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 08 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 8, 2024 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 22 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Fri 24 May
Drop-in Play Time
Friday, May 24, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Nature Center. 

For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. The nature center offers many self-guided opportunities for little hands to explore! Dig for fossils in the kinetic sand table, build a beaver dam in the stream table, or roast a pretend marshmallow on the plush campfire with some new friends. We are open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm. 
Sat 25 May
Caves & Karst
Saturday, May 25, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 01 Jun
Birds of Prey
Saturday, June 1, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Stop by the Visitor Center where wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce you to live hawks, owls, and falcons. Binoculars will be available for visitors to borrow. 
Sat 01 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 1, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sun 02 Jun
Painting Outside the Lines
Sunday, June 2, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Nature Center 

Explore unique approaches in the use of mats to extend and enhance your paintings. A 5 x 7" painting will be completed in this two hour workshop with professional artist Diane Steele. $20 per person, cash payable at the time of the program. All skill levels. Ages 18+. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 8, 2024 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 08 Jun
New Moon Hike
Saturday, June 8, 2024 08:45 PM - 10:45 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Old Stage Road Trailhead 

Take a hike on the High Point Trail to learn about the importance of darkness for amphibians, birds, and other animals! We'll travel two miles round-trip over moderate terrain on one of the darkest nights of the year. 

Ages 13+. Headlamp or flashlight recommended. 
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
Make Your Own Fossil
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center

Drop by this table to learn how Thacher Park's fossils formed over 420 million years ago and make your own to take home! All ages. 
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 22 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 22 Jun
Time-Traveling 1 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

The rocks of Thacher Park record a long history of shallow seas, extinct marine life, volcanism and mountain building in New England, and much more. Explore this history between 450 to 390 million years ago with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, of the New York State Museum. This talk is followed on Sunday by a hike to see that long and deep history, long before the dinosaurs. 
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Drop-in Summer Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Thacher Nature Center

Celebrate the first Sunday of summer by stopping by the Nature Center between 9am and 3pm to pick up a scavenger hunt. Bring the completed scavenger hunt back to the Nature Center for a prize! 
Sun 23 Jun
Time-Traveling 2 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Sunday, June 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum on this timetraveling hike extending from the Indian Ladder Trail to the highest point in the park. It will build on the previous day's talk, visiting some less known parts of the park, on and off trail. The hike will be fairly strenuous, rising from 1000 to 1750 feet, and last about 3 hours.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Discovery Walk
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and birds! Join us for a walk in the Nature Center meadows as we discover incredible relationships between animals and plants that support our ecosystems and sustain our food systems.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Quilling Craft
Saturday, June 29, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Quilling is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join artist Diane Steele for this handson quilling craft celebrating pollinators.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Quilling Craft
Saturday, June 29, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Quilling is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join artist Diane Steele for this handson quilling craft celebrating pollinators.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Fossil Hunting
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils may not be removed from the park. N
Sat 27 Jul
Rock Mandalas
Saturday, July 27, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Mandalas represent harmony, unity, and balance. Join artist Diane Steele for this hands-on rock painting program. 
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Rock Mandalas
Saturday, July 27, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Mandalas represent harmony, unity, and balance. Join artist Diane Steele for this hands-on rock painting program. 
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Meet a Reptile
Saturday, August 10, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Stop by this table to learn about the amazing world of reptiles by meeting ours up close! Great for adults and kids alike.
Sat 24 Aug
Plant Monoprints
Saturday, August 24, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Combine the techniques of printmaking, painting, and drawing media to create a unique work of art using plant materials with artist Diane Steele
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Critters in the Creek
Saturday, August 24, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Drop by this table to take a closer look at the diverse organisms that make their home in our creek! Borrow a net and magnifying glass to see how many creatures you can find! All ages 
Sat 24 Aug
Plant Monoprints
Saturday, August 24, 2024 02:0