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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.