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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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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
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.
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