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Thu 12 May
Art Gallery Exhibition Premiere: “A Profusion of Peonies and Posies”
Thursday, May 12, 2022 until Sunday, July 31, 2022 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
As the peonies blossom in the courtyard, so shall the gallery blossom with the opening of the exhibition, "A Profusion of Peonies and Posies" featuring art by Rosanne Cerbo, Sue Barrasi, Anne Bell, and Radu Serban. The exhibit is curated by Audrey Leeds and will be on display from May 12th to July 31st. Its opening corresponds with the Peony Celebration hosted by the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The gallery is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, free of charge.
Sat 02 Jul
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, July 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. 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 2 miles roundtrip. Rain date: July 9. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Artwork by Frederick William Mielatz, 1911. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 05 Jul
Tree Identification Walk
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join conservation steward, Devyani Mishra, on a leisurely stroll through the Preserve to learn more about trees and other plants in the area and how to identify them. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water to drink. In the event of rain, 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. Maximum: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 06 Jul
Stargazing in the Preserve
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Tickets available on June 20 at 10 am. Peer into the cosmos with Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. View the night sky through a telescope and observe the craters on the moon in detail. Capture images of the moon to take home with you using a special attachment on the telescope. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard, followed by a short walk on the Overlook trail to our viewing location. Bring water and a flashlight or headlamp with a red setting. Rain date: TBD. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Vinny Coulehan. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 07 Jul
Monarch Habitat Hikes
Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Explore the habitat of monarch butterflies with Shayla and Hailey on a family-friendly hike at Rockwood Hall. Learn about the monarch life cycle and their transcontinental migration, why their numbers are in decline, and what we can do to help them. The hike will be about 2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Please bring water and wear sun protection. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 30 people. Photo courtesy of Julia Jardine. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 09 Jul
Watercolor Painting En Plein Air
Saturday, July 9, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Recommended supplies include: a watercolor set, paintbrushes, watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, and a couple small jars of water. Bring water to drink and a lightweight chair that you can carry to the site. Rain dates: TBD. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. Photo courtesy of Anne Johann. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 10 Jul
Yoga at Rockwood Hall
Sunday, July 10, 2022 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please wear sunscreen, bring a yoga mat and water, and arrive 15 minutes early. Be prepared to walk 10 minutes to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Shivani Singh. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 10 Jul
Wildflower Walk
Sunday, July 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join wildflower expert, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of summer wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures and add the iNaturalist app to your phone before attending. Recommended text: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. Dress for a moderate hike with sun protection and bring water. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 12 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 12 Jul
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start your day with movement! Get energized in this virtual session with postural therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. You do not need to be on camera to participate. Please note: you must register more than 10 minutes before start time to receive the Zoom link. Cost: FREE, registration required. Max: 100 people. Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 13 Jul
Full Moon Hike: “Super Buck Moon”
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark and observe the "super" moon as it approaches perigee, when it's closest to Earth! Join us for this 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Please bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress according to weather conditions. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo courtesy of RangerSu. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.Tickets available on June 20 at 10 am.
Sat 16 Jul
Coexisting with Wildlife
Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
As coyote and bear sightings increase and we spend more time outside in the warmer weather, it's important to know what to do when you encounter a wild animal. Join Leah Cass from the Trailside Museum at Ward Pound Ridge for a presentation on how to safely coexist with wildlife such as coyotes, bears, bobcats, and even "pests" such as venomous snakes, woodpeckers, groundhogs, bats, insects, and more. The presentation will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. Cost: FREE (registration required). Max: 30 people. Photo courtesy of Robert Amendola. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 17 Jul
Yoga at Rockwood Hall
Sunday, July 17, 2022 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please wear sunscreen, bring a yoga mat and water, and arrive 15 minutes early. Be prepared to walk 10 minutes to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Shivani Singh. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 17 Jul
The Secret Sounds of Swan Lake
Sunday, July 17, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
We all know lakes are full of mysterious creatures, but have you ever wondered about the sounds they make? Join musician and philosopher, David Rothenberg, in this family-friendly event as we reveal the soundscape of Swan Lake using special technology. You'll hear photosynthesis in action, bugs stridulating, fish grunting, turtles and salamanders milling about, and many sounds still unknown to science. Let's figure out what is making all the beautiful music out there; perhaps we'll join in and make some of our own! Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people, ages 6+. Photo courtesy of Shayla Schott. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Mon 18 Jul
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Monday, July 18, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 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! 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: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Kevin Kelly. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Thu 21 Jul
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, July 21, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 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. Bring water and good vibes. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Photo courtesy of Shayla Schott. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 22 Jul
Shakespeare at Sunset
Friday, July 22, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
As William Shakespeare famously wrote, "All the world's a stage." Join us on the lawn at the Rockwood Hall foundation and have fun with the Bard's work as it was meant to be experienced: outdoors and out loud. Bring a picnic and a blanket and come ready to read or just relax and listen. Feel free to bring your favorite monologue or scene to share. Sunglasses and a hat are recommended. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people, ages 12+. Open-source photo and artwork by Camille Butterfield. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 23 Jul
Watercolor Painting En Plein Air
Saturday, July 23, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Recommended supplies include: a watercolor set, paintbrushes, watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, and a couple small jars of water. Bring water to drink and a lightweight chair that you can carry to the site. Rain dates: TBD. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. Photo courtesy of Anne Johann. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 23 Jul
Monarch Habitat Hikes
Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Explore the habitat of monarch butterflies with Shayla and Hailey on a family-friendly hike at Rockwood Hall. Learn about the monarch life cycle and their transcontinental migration, why their numbers are in decline, and what we can do to help them. The hike will be about 2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Please bring water and wear sun protection. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 30 people. Photo courtesy of Julia Jardine. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 24 Jul
Yoga at Rockwood Hall
Sunday, July 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please wear sunscreen, bring a yoga mat and water, and arrive 15 minutes early. Be prepared to walk 10 minutes to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Shivani Singh. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 24 Jul
Geology of the Hudson Valley
Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join environmental educator, Kim Fendrich, on a journey through time. Learn about the geologic history of this area and observe evidence of tectonic activity, glaciation, weathering, and erosion throughout the Preserve. This program will begin with a demonstration to put Earth's 4.5-billion-year history into perspective, followed by discussion and then a short hike to get up-close and personal with some rocks along the Sleepy Hollow trail. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 28 Jul
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, July 28, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place here in the Preserve? There are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join us for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 30 Jul
Hike with Mike: “Know Your Limits” Part 3
Saturday, July 30, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know your pace and preferred distance in this series of three hikes guided by Mike Miernik. Our third hike will move at a brisk, steady pace covering about six miles and several hills. Bring plenty of water and wear sun protection and comfortable shoes. This is a great opportunity for individuals to try out their hiking legs on carriage roads before tackling more difficult terrain. We'll admire vistas within the Preserve and talk about maps, reading the landscape, and trail courtesy. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 31 Jul
Yoga at Rockwood Hall
Sunday, July 31, 2022 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please wear sunscreen, bring a yoga mat and water, and arrive 15 minutes early. Be prepared to walk 10 minutes to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Shivani Singh. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 31 Jul
Sound Healing
Sunday, July 31, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
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. The event will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. Ages 10+. No pets please. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 18 people. Please note: sound healing is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events. Tickets available on June 20 at 10 am.