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Wed 01 May
Thematic Tours: Homes of the Founding Fathers
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 until Friday, May 31, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday, throughout the month of May

On May 18, 1768, Thomas Jefferson began to build Monticello. His home, along with those of the John Jay and the other Founders, allow us to understand the men and women who started our nation as individuals, family members, and home owners. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

 

Registration: Optional
Sat 04 May
KEEPER’S HOUSE VISITOR & EDUCATION CENTER: The Tunnel: A Passage through History
Saturday, May 4, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

A new exhibit of engineers’ drawings and photographs curated by Robert Kornfeld. Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm. The Keeper’s House has received a Greater Hudson Heritage Network Award for Excellence for its interactive permanent exhibit about the history of the Croton System and the NYC water supply.

Located at 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, between the Aqueduct Trail and Broadway. Docents are available to answer questions, provide information about walks & tours & more and sell NYC and Westchester Aqueduct maps, shirts and caps. (From Metro-North Dobbs Ferry Train Station, a 5-10-minute uphill walk).
Sun 12 May
In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature
Sunday, May 12, 2019 until Sunday, November 3, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-1872

Sharp Family Gallery, Olana State Historic Site

May 12 – November 3, 2019

Olana’s 2019 exhibition will showcase multimedia design concepts and installations, developed by leading architects and select artists. As Guest Curator, Barry Bergdoll (of Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art) invited a group of today’s most exploratory architects to respond to the transitional outdoor rooms at Olana that are so essential to the original 19th century design of Olana’s Main House. For more information visit OLANA.org

 

Fri 24 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

(Before and after the Learn to Catch a Fish & Kids Conservation Day at Trailside Lodge).

Friday after 4pm, Saturday before and after the Kids Conservation Day, and Sunday until 1pm.

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public with demonstration equipment available on Saturday (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart the spear).

Fri 24 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Monday, May 27, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Friday 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00pm and 6:30pm, Monday 6:00pm.

Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons).

Fri 24 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Monday, May 27, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Friday 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00pm and 6:30pm, Monday 6:00pm.

Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons).

Fri 24 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(Before and after the Learn to Catch a Fish & Kids Conservation Day at Trailside Lodge).

Friday after 4pm, Saturday before and after the Kids Conservation Day, and Sunday until 1pm.

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public with demonstration equipment available on Saturday (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart the spear).

Sat 25 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday.

Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday.

Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team and the F/A-18F Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration (TACDEMO). Other performers include Screamin’ Sasquatch, Team Oracle, and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

More information: www.bethpageairshow.com

Fee: Free to public

Vehicle Use Fee: $10.00

Sat 25 May
BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

The 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team and the F/A-18F Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration (TACDEMO). Other performers include Screamin’ Sasquatch, Team Oracle, and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

More information: www.bethpageairshow.com

Fee: Free to public

Vehicle Use Fee: $10.00

Sun 26 May
Live Birds of Prey at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Minnewaska Yurt, located in the grassy field next to the parking lot closest to Lake Minnewaska, to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Sun 26 May
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sun 26 May
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. (Note: parking fee of $10 May – Sept.) The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sun 26 May
Beginning Orienteering
Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

After learning to use our compass, you will practice with it on a short course. You may need your reading glasses. Not recommended for children. Approximately 1 mile.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 May
Kids to Park Day
Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!

Meet at Mt Morris Dam Visitor Center. Take the Mt Morris Dam Entrance Road located 2 miles south of Mount Morris off of SR 408. Call 585-658-4790 for more information.

Sun 26 May
Kids to Park Day
Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!

Meet at Mt Morris Dam Visitor Center. Take the Mt Morris Dam Entrance Road located 2 miles south of Mount Morris off of SR 408. Call 585-658-4790 for more information.

Sun 26 May
Red Foxes on Long Island
Sunday, May 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Learn about our local red fox from Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation. These intelligent and adaptable wild animals may be providing a benefit to human health. One of the most versatile and widespread carnivores, red foxes reside on Long Island and are distantly related to our beloved dogs. Often under-appreciated and neglected, foxes play a crucial role in Long Island’s natural environment
Sun 26 May
Gilded Age Scandals!
Sunday, May 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Reservations required. Cost: $10; $8 seniors and students; $6 Friends of Mills Mansion
Registration: Required
Sun 26 May
Connecting to Collections: The Art of Dining
Sunday, May 26, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

It wasn’t until the late 18th century that dining rooms began appearing in American homes, and with their advent came a need for new types of furniture. Examine John Jay’s 1790s dining table and some of the many other objects used by him while taking meals. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sun 26 May
Illuminate The Walkway: Memorial Day Flag Changing Ceremony + Walkway at Night
Sunday, May 26, 2019 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The Walkway is joining with Dutchess County, Ulster County, and local American Legion and VFW posts to illuminate the Walkway with luminaries and hold a moving flag changing ceremony as we remember, honor, and celebrate the lives lost in defense of our nation. Luminaries will line the Walkway as veterans, honor guards, elected officials, and the public make their way to the Center Overlook for a flag changing ceremony at dusk. After the flag is changed, the retired colors will be presented to a local family who lost a loved one in service to America. Immediately following the ceremony, the public is invited to remain on the Walkway for Walkway at Night. For additional information about purchasing luminaries and registration for Walkway at Night, visit walkway.org/illuminatethewalkway.

The American Legion Post 739 and VFW Post 6534 Highland organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region’s veterans and their service to our country.

 

Sun 26 May
BINGO, BONFIRE & S'MORES
Sunday, May 26, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Gather around the campfire at the pavilion for a relaxing evening of s'mores, BINGO and laughter with fellow campers!
Mon 27 May
Learn to Swim Registration at Moreau
Monday, May 27, 2019 until Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This year we will be using the lottery system to fill all of our learn to swim lessons. This will be done in the same manner as 2018. In order to insure fairness all guidelines must be followed to have your application submitted into the lottery. Application must be picked up from the main office of Moreau Lake State Park and dropped off at the office of Moreau Lake State Park.

The applications will be available May 27th – June 5th during the hours of 10am-8pm. Applications will not be available or excepted outside of those hours and dates. All sections of the application must be filled out and complete.

DATES and TIMES and LEVELS July 1st -11th, Monday – Thursday OR July 15th-25th, Monday – Thursday 10:15am-11am OR 5:00pm-5:45pm

• Level 1: 6 months – 3 years, with guardians in the water

• Level 2: 4 years – 6 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

• Level 3: 7 years – 10 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

We are going to accommodate the whole family in our lottery system so that all siblings can have the same lesson dates and times. If your application is drawn during the lottery you will receive an email on June 20th or 21st.

Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Learn to Swim Registration at Moreau
Monday, May 27, 2019 until Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This year we will be using the lottery system to fill all of our learn to swim lessons. This will be done in the same manner as 2018. In order to insure fairness all guidelines must be followed to have your application submitted into the lottery. Application must be picked up from the main office of Moreau Lake State Park and dropped off at the office of Moreau Lake State Park.

The applications will be available May 27th – June 5th during the hours of 10am-8pm. Applications will not be available or excepted outside of those hours and dates. All sections of the application must be filled out and complete.

DATES and TIMES and LEVELS July 1st -11th, Monday – Thursday OR July 15th-25th, Monday – Thursday 10:15am-11am OR 5:00pm-5:45pm

• Level 1: 6 months – 3 years, with guardians in the water

• Level 2: 4 years – 6 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

• Level 3: 7 years – 10 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

We are going to accommodate the whole family in our lottery system so that all siblings can have the same lesson dates and times. If your application is drawn during the lottery you will receive an email on June 20th or 21st.

Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Kids Make Your Own Animal Track Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Monday, May 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your children to Minnewaska to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. Our educators will be set up in the large, grassy area near Lake Minnewaska. While the plaster hardens, participants can explore the trails around the Lake. This activity is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Mon 27 May
Holiday Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, May 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: May 22nd.
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Parking lot past Cabin Area B. 2 hours, 1 mile. Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Mon 27 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Parking lot past Cabin Area B. 2 hours, 1 mile. Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Mon 27 May
Holiday Hike: Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, May 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop to view magnificent Lake Maratanza! On our way to the Lake, we will stop at the Sam’s Point Overlook, where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Pack a lunch and we will sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Who will bring their best “grain game” to the beach this year? Register at 12pm by the Lifeguard Station at Long Pond Beach. Must provide your own tools and props. Judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Free to enter, prizes for all!
Mon 27 May
How the Gorge was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Inspiration Point parking Lot. 1 hour, 1/4 mile.

Follow short, paved, handicap-accessible walk ways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

 

Mon 27 May
How the Gorge was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Inspiration Point parking Lot. 1 hour, 1/4 mile.

Follow short, paved, handicap-accessible walk ways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

 

Mon 27 May
Honor our Nation's Fallen Soldiers at the New Windsor Cantonment
Monday, May 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765

In honor of America's soldiers and their families on Monday May 27 of Memorial Day weekend, at 2:00 PM, site staff, in 18th century dress, perform a ceremony to honor our nation's veterans at the site cemetery. The vigil at the coffin of Colonel Francis Barber begins at 1:30PM. Admission is free. For more information please call the site at (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.

From 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM visitors will see soldiers performing musket drills, blacksmithing and other activities performed at the original encampment. Following the ceremony soldiers will fire their muskets and a cannon on the "Grand Parade", the very field where George Washington's announcement of impending peace was first read to the Army over 200 years ago.

Mon 27 May
World War I and the End of the Gilded Age
Monday, May 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

This tour describes how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War and explores the impact of the war on the Mills family and their friends. Reservations required. Cost: $10 regular, $8 Seniors & Students, $6 Friends of Mills Mansion
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Museum. 2 hours, 1 mile.

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!

Mon 27 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Museum. 2 hours, 1 mile.

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!

Mon 27 May
Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 2019 02:45 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Participate in a Memorial Day commemoration for fallen soldiers from all wars with a presentation of an 18th century military ceremony to honor the dead. Followed immediately by our 3 p.m. artillery demonstration

Tue 28 May
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this challenging five-mile loop hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Carriage Road. This hike features various terrain including steep hills, slippery rock surfaces and a stream crossing. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering expansive views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Tuesday Treks: This series of outings is usually offered every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. However, this May it is only being offered on the fourth Tuesday. It is designed for people who are home during the week, such as retirees, stay-at-home parents, or people with weekdays off from work. The series will offer outings led by a park educator. Participants should come prepared with food, water and appropriate footwear for hiking on a variety of trail surfaces.

Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.
Tue 28 May
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.
Tue 28 May
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Horseshoe Crabs
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Guided Tree Hike
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

All ages, an easy 1-mile hike as we learn about the trees around us, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Tue 28 May
Friends Meeting- Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

NYS Canal Society – Tom Grasso

Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls alternate title: Geology of the Erie Canal in the Central and Eastern Mohawk Valley: Cohoes/Waterford to Little Falls

The PowerPoint presentation will discuss the bedrock and ice age geologic history of the region, and how this long and complex natural history affected human history by controlling the route of the canal and the obstacles that had to be overcome. Some local quarries that supplied stone for locks and aqueducts will be mentioned.

Thomas X. Grasso President Emeritus of the Canal Society of New York State was society President for nearly forty years until his retirement in 2016. He was President of Inland Waterways International, based in the UK, from 2002 to 2010. Tom taught in and chaired the Geosciences Department at Monroe Community College in Rochester from 1968 to 1999 and has authored many articles and publications on New York State and European geology and canals for both the peer review and general audience press. There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

Wed 29 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Parade Grounds entrance off Route 436. Will car pool. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Wed 29 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Parade Grounds entrance off Route 436. Will car pool. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Wed 29 May
Nature in Your Neighborhood
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Meet at the "Rainbow Park" playground

Explore a new nature theme each week with hands-on activities, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, games and more! All materials provided. All ages!

All programs at Gantry Plaza State Park are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Thu 30 May
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we are reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This book describes the the author's journey as her family resolves to eat only food bought locally or grown themselves for one whole year. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Thu 30 May
Warbler Walks- Common Species
Thursday, May 30, 2019 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. 3 hours, 1 mile or more.

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park’s nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended.

Thu 30 May
Warbler Walks- Common Species
Thursday, May 30, 2019 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. 3 hours, 1 mile or more.

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park’s nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended.

Thu 30 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Bug Walk!
Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Thu 30 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Bug Walk!
Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Thu 30 May
Leaf Printing
Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

10-11am, all ages, a short walk in the woods to collect natural supplies to make leaf art, free to public, Long Point on Chautauqua State Park, Bemus Point, 716-386-3165x208
Thu 30 May
Citizen Science: Project Budburst
Thursday, May 30, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Meet at Pier 4 Fishing Pier

Tracking plant life cycles is a critical part of understanding our changing climate! Hike with us as we document the trees that are blooming in Gantry Plaza State Park! Ages 7+ and Adults.

All programs at Gantry Plaza State Park are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Thu 30 May
Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series featuring Ian Flanigan
Thursday, May 30, 2019 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Returning for his second season! Ian Flanigan's sound is an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive fingerstyle, featuring a rich, husky voice and evocative lyrics. Ian’s music is reminiscent of a road less traveled, paved with poignant lyrical truths of his past.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. FREE

Thu 30 May
Fishkill: The Supply Depot at the Crossroads of the Revolution
Thursday, May 30, 2019 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Declared as "the last of the important Revolutionary War sites yet to be properly explored," the Fishkill Supply Depot remains so today: a one-of-a-kind site of national importance that has never gotten its due. Located in Fishkill, New York, the Depot was a key strategic center of the American Revolution. Known as the "Military nerve center of the Continental army," the Depot was one of three major encampments along with Morristown and Valley Forge. Hallowed history happened here - hundreds of soldiers who fought to found our nation died and were buried in unmarked graves. In this presentation by Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot President Lance Ashworth and researcher Fred Roe, discover the history of the depot and learn about the current fight to preserve this unique site from development.

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Call (845) 446-2134 to Register. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3

Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Bannerman Island Evening Tour and Film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Friday, May 31, 2019
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

Bannerman Castle Trust Inc. presents their first Film Night of the Season on Bannerman Island! Please visit bannermancastle.org for tickets.
Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Friday, May 31, 2019 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).
Fri 31 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Friday, May 31, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).
Fri 31 May
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, May 31, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 25

On Fridays May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 31 May
Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Friday, May 31, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's investigate these living fossils that come to our shores in the spring! We will have a short talk, followed by a walk down to the bay to observe these creatures during their high tide spawning periods. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring a flashlight.

Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Friday, May 31, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Let's investigate these living fossils that come to our shores in the spring! We will have a short talk, followed by a walk down to the bay to observe these creatures during their high tide spawning periods. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring a flashlight.

Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, May 31, 2019 08:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at https://www.meetup.com/mhastro. Registration: Required
Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Movie under the Stars: Trolls
Friday, May 31, 2019 09:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by the Manor for the beginning of our annual Movie under the Stars movie series All Movies under the Stars place on the west lawn of the Manor and is free of charge! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket to lie on. Production equipment graciously provided by Sound Associates. 9:00pm-11:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages
Sat 01 Jun
On the Farm Dinner
Saturday, June 1, 2019 06:30 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651