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Tue 29 Sep
Fall Harvest: Fruits, Nuts, Cones & Seeds of our Native Trees
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Acorns, samaras, and pine cones oh my! Learn about these and many more fruits produced by our northeastern trees as well as some fun and funky tree terminology. Long in discussion and short in distance, this program is designed for ages 14 and up. This program will be held on Tuesday 9/29 beginning at 9:00 AM.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov no later than 4:00 PM on Sunday 9/27. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "September 29 Fall Harvest." In your email, let us know how many people in your group will be attending, first and last names, and phone numbers.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Wed 30 Sep
Sketching the Woodland
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Nature is the source of our love for beauty. Colors, shapes, and patterns give form to the singing birds, whispering trees, and silent blooms. Take a closer look at the nature around you and enjoy the meditative benefits of putting pencil to paper, reflecting what you see.

We will provide No. 2 pencils, paper, and clipboards. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have a preference (you may want to bring colored pencils when the leaves start to change!). Be sure to bring water and a comfortable seat.

This program is designed for ages 10 and up, and for a wide range of accessibility levels. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register. To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4:00 PM on the Monday before the program (8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28). Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "9/2 Sketching the Woodland." In your email, let us know how many people will be attending for your group, first and last names, and phone numbers. Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Wed 30 Sep
Evening Stroll in the Park
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Enjoy a fall evening stroll with an environmental educator as we take in the fall color and experience the tranquility that the quieter autumn season. Hikes will be led by an environmental educator and will be shorter and family friendly including our four-legged friends! This program will be held on Wednesday 9/23 and Wednesday 9/30 beginning at 5:00 PM.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov no later than 4:00 PM on Monday 9/21 for 9/23 hike and no later than 9/28 for 9/30 program. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "September 23 Evening Stroll" or "September 30 Evening Stroll." In your email, let us know how many people in your group will be attending, first and last names, and phone numbers.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course
Saturday, December 5, 2020 08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Grafton Lakes State Park will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course to attend. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall at 581 South Road from 8:15am to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. Topics covered include NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, and trailering. To register, email Grafton Lakes State Park at graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov with the parent and student's first and last name, student age, and your phone number. Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge. Please bring your own bagged lunch and snacks to enjoy. Please note that masks are required for all participants to limit the spread of COVID-19 and symptom screening will take place at program sign-in.
Registration: Required