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Thu 29 Oct
Lost in the Woods?
Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Worried about what to do if you're hiking and lose the trail? Does moss actually grow on the north side of trees? Exploring responsibly is an important part of sharing our wild spaces with wildlife. Come learn basic skills, ethics, and survival tips when it comes to walking where there are no trail markers. We will provide maps and compasses for the day. If you have your own compass, feel free to bring it. Please bring water, snacks, closed-toed shoes, layers with BRIGHT COLORS, a change of socks (just in case). A walking stick or hiking poles are great for extra support, if you have them. This program will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM on 10/29. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Program meeting location will be shared when you pre-register.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov by 4:00 PM on the Tuesday before the program (10/27). Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "10/27 Lost in the Woods?" 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
Fri 30 Oct
Haunted Full Moon Hike
Friday, October 30, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for a haunted full moon hike on Friday 10/30 beginning at 6PM! Enjoy a moonlit wander and learn a bit about the history of the park with an environmental educator on the eve of Halloween. This program is designed for ages 12 and up.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday 10/29. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "October 30th Haunted Full Moon Hike. In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, first and last names, and phone numbers. Spots fill up quickly for this popular program!

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