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Sun 21 Nov
Art Gallery Exhibition Premiere: “Joy to the World”
Sunday, November 21, 2021 until Monday, January 31, 2022
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Enjoy the beauty of the creative expressions of Dorothy Gillespie, displayed in our art gallery from November 21, 2021 through January 2022. Gillespie is known for her vibrant and colorful works and has been featured in exhibits around the world. She is perhaps most well-known for her wild and brilliant sculptures of painted aluminum, cut and shaped into ribbons, a technique that she pioneered. The gallery is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily; all are welcome, free of charge. The exhibit is curated by Audrey Leeds.

An opening reception will follow in December, stay tuned!

Sun 30 Jan
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Sunday, January 30, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required. January 30 walk is limited to 20 people. Please register for the January 30 walk at: https://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jan
Coexisting with Coyotes
Sunday, January 30, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Please join us for guest speaker Dana Goin's talk about coyotes, their history and ecology, and what we can do to best coexist with them. The highly adaptable eastern coyote has become exceptionally adept at living adjacent to humans, even thriving in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and NYC. Join us to better understand the behavior and benefits of the eastern coyote and how to empower our community with the tools, information, and resources we require to coexist with this misunderstood predator. Dana Goin is the Wildlife Outreach Specialist at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. She holds a degree in Wildlife Conservation and has worked in various areas around the country studying large and mid-sized carnivores including mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons. The presentation will take place in the Art Gallery at the Visitor's Center. Masks are required. This program is FREE, however if you would like to donate, we will have a bin for cash donations, or you can donate online at: https://nywolf.org/donate/

Max: 20 people.

Registration required via Eventbrite: www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Registration: Required
Thu 03 Feb
Seeing Stars: Astrophotography Presentation
Thursday, February 3, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Please join us for a presentation of astrophotography by Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. Vinny will showcase his work and describe the tools and techniques he uses to collect stunning photographs of galaxies, star clusters, eclipses, and more. There will be plenty of time for questions, so come prepared! The presentation will take place in the Art Gallery at the Visitor's Center. Masks are required.

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. 
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Feb
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, February 5, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Join Historian, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore Rockwood Hall and its rich history through stories of the land and the people who called it home. Former estate of William Rockefeller, this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes; the tour is about 3 miles roundtrip. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot

Rain date: February 12. 
Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. 
Registration: Required
Sat 12 Feb
Hike with Mike: Pocantico Lake
Saturday, February 12, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Join Historian, Mike Miernik, for a six-mile hike to Pocantico Lake and back. Learn about Pocantico Lake and how it influences the amount of water in the Pocantico River and Swan Lake areas of the Preserve. The hike will take three to four hours, depending on conditions. We will move at a brisk and steady pace, so dress in layers to avoid overheating and make sure to bring water. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center courtyard. In the event of heavy rain/snow or temperatures in the teens, the hike will be canceled and a full refund will be issued; you will be notified via email the day before. 

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 13 Feb
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Sunday, February 13, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. 

Cost: FREE. Max: 20 people on Feb. 13 and 10 people on Feb. 23. 
Registration: Required
Sun 13 Feb
Native Wildflower Seed Sowing Workshop
Sunday, February 13, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Did you know that the middle of Winter is best time of the year to start native wildflowers from seed for your garden? Join us for this hands-on workshop with Flora Project Volunteer, Patty Butter, and Preserve Steward, Devyani Mishra, to learn how to grow native wildflowers from seed and bring home two containers sown with seeds to start. We will discuss the ecological benefits of native wildflower gardens and techniques for seed sowing and growing your own plants. Please bring two clear plastic containers with lids to upcycle for this project (like the ones that salad greens are sold in). The event will take place in the Art Gallery at the Visitor's Center. Masks are required. Ages 10+. No pets please. 

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people.
Registration: Required
Tue 15 Feb
Full Moon Hike: “Snow Moon”
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Tickets available on February 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 am ET

Every month we give hikers an opportunity to experience the Preserve after dark in our "Full Moon Hike" series.  Join us for this very popular and special event! Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard. The hike will be about 4 miles. Please bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress according to weather conditions. Leashed dogs are welcome. IMPORTANT: We leave promptly at scheduled times. This is a night hike, after the park has officially closed. Latecomers will not be allowed to join after the group has departed. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled; you will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. 

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people.
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Feb
Sunset Hike celebrating “Random Acts of Kindness Day”
Thursday, February 17, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Come join us for a 3-mile sunset hike at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Please dress according to weather conditions and bring water. Leashed dogs are welcome. This hike is at Rockwood Hall, DO NOT go to the main Preserve entrance. The parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. We will leave ON TIME. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled (including overcast skies when we know there will be no visible sunset). You will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. 

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people.
Registration: Required
Sat 19 Feb
Wolves of North America
Saturday, February 19, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Learn about North America's wildest residents during this education session with a wolf expert from the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. Learn about the history, ecology, and biology of wolves, and the current challenges facing wolf recovery across the United States. An emphasis will be placed on recovery programs for critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Equip yourself with the knowledge and the tools to help save the wolves! To learn more, visit www.nywolf.org. Appropriate for individuals of all ages. The presentation will take place in the Art Gallery at the Visitor's Center. Masks are required. 

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. 
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Feb
Deer and Their Place in the Ecosystem
Sunday, February 20, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Human influence on ecosystems in the northeastern United States over the last several decades has led to severe ecological imbalances. These imbalances worsen at a rate that exceeds the adaptive response of our native fauna and flora. One result is overpopulation of deer, which has led to excessive browsing or feeding on vegetation. Join a discussion with our Naturalist, Josh DiPaola, to learn more about how excessive browsing negatively impacts the extant health and regeneration of our forests. Management practices, as well as the efficacy and challenges of such practices, will also be addressed and opened for discussion. 

Cost: FREE, registration required via Eventbrite. Max: 20 people.

PLEASE NOTE: If you reserve tickets and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite so the tickets may be made available to others who are wait-listed. Thank you! 
Registration: Required
Mon 21 Feb
Living Comfortably: Postural Therapy (VIRTUAL)
Monday, February 21, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

As we brave the winter and the manage the sedentary lifestyle that accompanies the cold, it becomes increasingly important to be conscious of our posture and find ways to make ourselves more comfortable. Join Postural Therapist, Joey Zimet, for a relaxing and relieving group session (from the privacy of your own home) where you will learn exercises to improve posture and function. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. Treat yourself to some maintenance and self-care! This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. You do not need to be on camera to participate. 

Cost: FREE, registration required via Eventbrite. Max: 100 people. 
PLEASE NOTE: If you reserve tickets and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite so the tickets may be made available to others who are wait-listed. Thank you! 
Registration: Required
Wed 23 Feb
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. 

Cost: FREE. Max: 20 people on Feb. 13 and 10 people on Feb. 23. 
Registration: Required
Sun 27 Feb
Sound Healing
Sunday, February 27, 2022 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Sound is vibration. Vibration creates ripples in water. Our bodies are made primarily of water. When you immerse yourself in sound, you give the body an opportunity to heal on a deeper level than would otherwise be accessible. Join Kendra Valentine of Blackbird Healing for a therapeutic and restorative sound healing experience. Envelop yourself in the sounds of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and a variety of soothing instruments as you allow your mind to drift from an active state to a relaxed and meditative state. Embark on a journey inward and awaken energy that is not serving you; release it and make room for more positive energy to grow and support your well-being. The event will take place in the Art Gallery at the Visitor's Center. Masks are required. Please bring a pillow, blanket, and/or yoga mat, and arrive 10 minutes early so you can settle in. To avoid disturbing the group, the door will be locked at 4 pm. Latecomers will not be allowed to enter. Ages 10+. No pets please. 

Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. Please note: sound healing is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis.  www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Registration: Required