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Sun 15 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sun 15 Dec
Fly Tying Workshop
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Come learn to tie flies at Saratoga Spa State Park! Fly fisherman Paul Sinicki will teach you the basics of fly tying. Bring your own equipment or use ours! No registration necessary. Meet at the Creekside Classroom on Picnic Loop Road, rain or shine. This class is appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Sun 15 Dec
Dripping Dozen Tour
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Looking for a real in-depth tour of the springs? This 3.5 mile guided hike will visit 12 mineral springs in the park. Terrain is moderate with a few steep sections. Participants can expect to learn about the geology and history of our unique waters. Hiking boots and appropriate winter clothing are recommended. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Tue 17 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

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

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Dec
Friends Meeting
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 04:30 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Would you like to be more involved in volunteer projects in the park? Join us for a meeting to learn more about what is going on and how you can help! Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 3:30p.m. at the Creekside Classroom. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Thu 19 Dec
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Dec
Project FeederWatch
Friday, December 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Fridays and Saturdays, 10a.m.-4p.m. Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding experience! No experience is necessary and binoculars and bird books will be provided. All ages welcome. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Fri 20 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Fri 20 Dec
Geyser Trail Snowshoe
Friday, December 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy a guided snowshoe on one of our most beloved trails. This moderate, three mile hike will wind through valleys, fields and forests, giving the visitor a unique view of the park and its many features. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sat 21 Dec
Project FeederWatch
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Fridays and Saturdays, 10a.m.-4p.m. Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding experience! No experience is necessary and binoculars and bird books will be provided. All ages welcome. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sat 21 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sat 21 Dec
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Moderate

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

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

Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Nature Snowshoe
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take an easy, 45 minute snowshoe through several habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sun 22 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sun 22 Dec
Dripping Dozen Tour
Sunday, December 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Looking for a real in-depth tour of the springs? This 3.5 mile guided hike will visit 12 mineral springs in the park. Terrain is moderate with a few steep sections. Participants can expect to learn about the geology and history of our unique waters. Hiking boots and appropriate winter clothing are recommended. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Thu 26 Dec
Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

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

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

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

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

Bring the family for nature themed fun indoors and outside at the Nature Center. We’ll have crafts to make and take home, interactive games and challenges, puppets, puzzles, and more. Take a hike or snowshoe walk on our trails, or venture out on the frozen lake, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Drop in anytime during our regular hours, 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. * ETTNC
Fri 27 Dec
Project FeederWatch
Friday, December 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Fridays and Saturdays, 10a.m.-4p.m. Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding experience! No experience is necessary and binoculars and bird books will be provided. All ages welcome. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Fri 27 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Fri 27 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Geyser Trail Snowshoe
Friday, December 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy a guided snowshoe on one of our most beloved trails. This moderate, three mile hike will wind through valleys, fields and forests, giving the visitor a unique view of the park and its many features. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Fri 27 Dec
Cardinals in Snow Art Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, December 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Come learn how to paint two sweet birds on a branch! Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class. Learn to paint the basic shapes that make these birds easier to create than you might imagine. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Fri 27 Dec
Cardinals in Snow Art Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, December 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Come learn how to paint two sweet birds on a branch! Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class. Learn to paint the basic shapes that make these birds easier to create than you might imagine. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

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

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

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Project FeederWatch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Fridays and Saturdays, 10a.m.-4p.m. Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding experience! No experience is necessary and binoculars and bird books will be provided. All ages welcome. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sat 28 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sat 28 Dec
Nature Snowshoe
Saturday, December 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take an easy, 45 minute snowshoe through several habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sun 29 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Sun 29 Dec
Dripping Dozen Tour
Sunday, December 29, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Looking for a real in-depth tour of the springs? This 3.5 mile guided hike will visit 12 mineral springs in the park. Terrain is moderate with a few steep sections. Participants can expect to learn about the geology and history of our unique waters. Hiking boots and appropriate winter clothing are recommended. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
Mon 30 Dec
Pre-K Story and Snowshoe
Monday, December 30, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us at the Creekside Classroom for nature stories and snowshoeing! This is a snowshoe outing for our youngest visitors. We will read nature themed stories before venturing outside to explore the nearby forest on snowshoes. After the lesson participants are welcome to warm up and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire. Snowshoes are available for children and their care-givers but supplies are limited. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register and reserve a pair of snowshoes. This program is appropriate for ages 2-5.
Registration: Required
Mon 30 Dec
Mud Pond Hike
Monday, December 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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

Rating: Beginner

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

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

Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Dec
Children’s Snowshoe Lesson
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Learn how to snowshoe and take a short hike through the snowy woods during this one hour lesson! After the lesson participants are welcome to warm up and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire. Snowshoes are available but supplies are limited. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register and reserve snowshoes. This program is appropriate for ages 5-12 and their caregivers.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us on our annual first day hike. This hike will take participants on an easy 2.5-3 mile hike around Moreau Lake. Refreshments will be provided afterwards by our friends members in the warming hut. Please call the park office to register for this event, 518-793-0511. Adults are $2 and children and seniors are $1.

Meet at the Park Office, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us on our annual first day hike. This hike will take participants on an easy 2.5-3 mile hike around Moreau Lake. Refreshments will be provided afterwards by our friends members in the warming hut. Please call the park office to register for this event, 518-793-0511. Adults are $2 and children and seniors are $1.

Meet at the Park Office, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

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

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

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

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

Registration: Optional
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Ring in the new year with a guided hike/snowshoe through the park! Participants will experience several mineral springs and other unique natural features during our first hike of the year. Meet at the Creekside Classroom (Picnic Loop Rd/Geyser Loop Rd). 1 mile and 3 mile hikes available. Pre-registration is required by calling 518-584-2000 ext. 116.

Dress appropriately for conditions. Prepare to bring snowshoes/traction aids if conditions warrant. Some snowshoes are available. Inclement weather (such as high winds, snow/ice storm or extreme cold) will postpone this event.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

Join us as we trek across the majestic views between Lake Champlain & Bulwagga Bay. In addition to our birdwatching, this year we are pleased to also have a naturalist guide to discuss wildlife track identification and the flora and fauna of the winter forest and shoreline. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow and end the hike with refreshments.

Meet at the Museum/Visitor Center. To register, email lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov with phone number & number of participants.

About our guides: Stacy Robinson actively enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and birding. Year round she enjoys bird watching at the Crown Point SHS and has observed over 200 species on the property. As a citizen-scientist Stacy has contributed over 4,500 observations into Cornell's eBird database including some 1,000 photos of 300+ birds species and more than 200 sound recordings.

Ellie George has been fascinated by everything that crawls, swims, flies, climbs, and grows since she was four years old. Her M.A. degree in biology has further aided her understanding of the wildlife and plants in the region, created and presented programs with the Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum, and is a summer loon field technician with the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike or Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Visitor Center for an easy 1.5 mile scenic winter walk into the woods and along the escarpment. Afterwards warm up inside with hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes to rent by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions. *TVC
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us for a moderate 3 mile hike (ages 5+). Explore the woods and wide open spaces of Mine Kill State Park, with exceptional views of Schoharie Valley, and perhaps spot a Bald Eagle along the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir. Rain/Snow or Shine. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the hike; hikers may want to bring their own water and snacks for the trail. Meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office – 161 Minekill Road, North Blenheim, NY 12131.
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike or Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet at the Visitor Center for an easy 1.5 mile scenic winter walk into the woods and along the escarpment. Afterwards warm up inside with hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes to rent by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions. *TVC
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

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

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

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join us for an easy 2 mile or 5 mile hike! Walks begin at the Day Use Restroom Facility in the main parking area. Registration is appreciated by calling 518-732-0187.

Please wear appropriate outerwear and footwear for the weather. Bring a drink to take with you on the hike.

Registration: Optional
Fri 03 Jan
All About Adaptations at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

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

Join us to explore how our wild animal neighbors are able to live where they do, survive and thrive! We will be examining a variety of skins, skulls, feathers and bones to gain an understanding of their unique adaptations. We will also make an animal track guide to help you track your furry neighbors. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sat 04 Jan
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our much-loved summer yoga teacher Rebekah Magin is here to help you get warmed up and fighting the winter blues with an indoor yoga class. $5 per person. Ages 10 & up. Please bring water & a yoga mat. Preregister 518-279-1155, ext. 2.
Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jan
35th Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, January 18, 2020 05:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meets at the maintenance shop. $10/ person to register. Big cash prizes for adult categories, goodies for kids. Call the park for more details at 518-279-1155.
Sat 25 Jan
35th Annual Winter Festival
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Snow, ice and outdoor fun, plus the option to warmup in the welcome center with our exhibitors! Polar plunge at 10:30am for pre-registered folks. Fun for the whole family!
Registration: Optional