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Wed 23 Jun
After School- Junior Naturalist Series
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Pre-registration by phone required!

Do you have a child that loves the outdoors? Have them become a Junior Naturalist! This year's theme animal is the fisher. Join on hikes, participate in activities, and complete the Jr. Naturalist booklet to earn a NYS Junior Naturalist 2021 patch!

Wednesday, June 9th: After School- Jr. Naturalist: What is a Fisher?

Wednesday, June 16th: After School- Jr. Naturalist: Using Our Senses

Wednesday, June 23rd: After School- Jr. Naturalist: Patch Ceremony

Programs will be held on Wed., June 9th, 16th, and 23rd. No charge. Ages 7-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. Must attend at least the first or second session and the last session ot earn the patch. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Registration: Required
Thu 24 Jun
Full Moon Hike
Thursday, June 24, 2021 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Pre-registration by phone required!

Step outside at night in the park. Learn about nocturnal animals, the beginnings of our moon, and more. Join us on this full moon program.

Program will be held on Thursday, June 24th, at 9pm. $2/ person, $5 for families of 3 or more. Ages 8 and up.

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks must be worn when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.

Registration: Required
Fri 25 Jun
Family Movie Night
Friday, June 25, 2021 08:45 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

No registration required.

Join us for a free movie on Long Pond beach, weather permitting. Check out our 16' big screen under Grafton's big sky! The movie is kid-friendly and PG-rated so bring the whole family. We can't announce the movie title due to licensing restrictions! Be sure to bring a blanket.

Family movie night will be held on Friday, June 25th at 8:45pm. No charge.

Sat 26 Jun
I Fish NY
Saturday, June 26, 2021 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

No registration required.

On free fishing weekend, no license is required. Educators from DEC's I Fish NY program will be on hand to show you how to fish, who's in the lake, and they even provide poles to use! Ages 6 & up. Gate fee will be refunded if you leave directly after the program.

Program will be held on Saturday, June 26th, from 9am to 1pm. Ages 6 & up. Clinic is free, but gate fee of $8/vehicle still applies. Gate fee is refundable if leaving directly after program.

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks must be worn when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.

Sat 26 Jun
Marking the Trails
Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Pre-registration by phone required!

Summer is finally here, and the park could use your help! Join us to make some of the park trails easier to follow by putting up trail markers. No previous experience is necessary.

Program will be held on Saturday, June 26th at 12pm. No charge.

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks must be worn when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.

Registration: Required
Thu 01 Jul
Art Gallery
Thursday, July 1, 2021 until Monday, July 5, 2021
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lakes State Park in partnership with the Grafton Historical Society, will host an art gallery at the park as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration on July 1st. The park is looking for artisans who have stitched, molded, and painted mediums into beautiful works of art that represent the natural aspects of the park or the surrounding town of Grafton. Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited. No charge to take part in the art gallery.

Email: graftonlakesadmin@parks.ny.gov. When emailing the park to submit a piece, please include the following information:

Your first and last name;  What category you believe your piece belongs in (Molded, Stitched, Drawn, or Misc.); Dimensions of your piece (length, width, height- feet/inches);  3-5 pictures of your piece (include all angles); If you will be providing your own method of displaying your piece; Your availability to partake in an artisan lunch midday on July 1st

Submissions are due no later than June 13th. No cost. Please submit your art piece as soon as possible to allow time for review. The park can be reached at 518-279-1155 to clarify any questions before submitting a piece via email (graftonlakesadmin@parks.ny.gov).

Registration: Required