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Sat 11 May
Fire Tower Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Join the Rangers as we hike to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower. This moderate 4-mile loop is suitable for intermediate hikers and will reward you with spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. On a clear day, you can even see the NYC skyline! The hike will leave from the Sterling Forest Visitor Center at 11 AM. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 May
Map & Compass Reading
Saturday, May 18, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever get turned around or confused while on a hiking trail? Or not quite sure how to use a compass and map? Join us at Sterling Forest for a presentation on compass use and map reading. Designed to help you better navigate the many trails of Sterling Forest, this lecture is geared for Middle School age children and brand new hikers. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Pond Study
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever wonder what types of creatures call your local pond home? Or what kinds of creepy crawlies live in the muck at the bottom of a lake? Join us at Sterling Forest for a pond study to learn more about these animals, and wonder no more. The day will begin with a short hike from the Visitor Center to Laurel Meadows pond where we will net plants and mud to see what types of animals we can discover. Be prepared to get wet and muddy so wearing appropriate clothing is recommended. Ticks are abundant so remember to bring your bug spray. All are welcome, but the program is geared towards children ages 6-13.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Reptile Talk
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Come join us at Sterling Forest and discover more about the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians. Learn which species of reptiles call our area home, and how they are beneficial to the environment. We will be using live animals for this program so you will get the chance to see these beautiful animals in person. The program is open to all, and will be held at the Lautenberg Visitor Center at 1:00pm.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Free Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Enjoy the morning at Sterling Forest with our youth fishing day! Our in-house Licensed DEC Fishing Guide, Alison Manges, will teach the fundamentals of fishing as well as how to utilize both equipment and tackle. The day will begin at the Visitor Center with instruction and will follow with a short walk to the fishing location. Equipment is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis, so please BRING YOUR OWN POLES AND TACKLE IF POSSIBLE. All are welcome and fishing licenses are not required for either children or adults for this event. Get ready to have some fun in the sun and hook yourself a record breaker.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Bare Rock Vista Hike
Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Explore Sterling Forest with a hike on the Bare Rock trail to Bare Rock Vista. Join the Rangers for this moderate hike lasting about 3 hours. The hike will go through beautiful hardwood forest and provide stunning views of Greenwood Lake. Make sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Survival Skills
Saturday, July 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Would you be able to survive a night in the woods with no fire or shelter? Join the Rangers and learn some basic survival skills that will help you in making it through the night. Learn how to construct debris shelters and even how to start a fire using nothing but sticks and bark! Then see a recreation of a Native American hunting camp used over a thousand years ago. You will never have to worry about being wet or cold in the woods again. This program is open to all, adults and children, and all materials will be provided.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Birds & Hummingbird Feeders
Saturday, July 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Come to Sterling Forest and learn more about the fascinating world of birds. Discover which birds call our area home for the whole year and which ones are just visiting for the summer. We will then take a short hike and see what birds we can find!!! Then finish the day by making a hummingbird feeder which will bring your new feathered friends to your back door. This program is geared towards children ages 5-13. All will be provided; just bring your sense of curiosity/wonder.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Indian Hill Hike
Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Take a break from the ordinary and accompany the Rangers on the Indian Hill loop hike. This moderate four-mile hike is perfect for both beginner and intermediate hikers looking for a more challenging hike. Indian Hill is not as well-known as our more popular trails, and the area provides fantastic views of the park in a more serene setting. It also boasts some of the largest and oldest oak trees which can be found in the park! We will meet at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center and carpool to the site as a group. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to bring water and snacks.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Aug
Geology & Geodes
Saturday, August 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever wonder how mountains are formed? Or why the landscape in our area is so rocky? Well, join us at Sterling Forest for our geology program and wonder no more. In this program, we will explore the basics of geology like mountain formation, and what makes Sterling Forest and the Hudson Highlands so unique. End the day by breaking open geodes and discovering how beautiful geology can be! Everyone is welcome, but this program is geared towards children ages 5-13.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Skulls, Bones and Beaks
Saturday, August 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Skulls and bones are much more than just Halloween decorations or props used on the set of a horror movie. Join us at Sterling Forest and learn more about the not so spooky world of bones! Learn how to read the stories that bones tell, like what an animal eats, how well it can see, and why chicken bones are hollow. Then finish up the day by making a skull of your very own! The activity is open to all but is geared towards children ages 6-13. No need to bring anything; all will be provided and be prepared to have fun!

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 Sep
Night Hike
Saturday, September 14, 2019 05:30 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Experience and see Sterling Forest in a whole new light and join the Rangers for a NIGHT hike to the Fire Tower. Hike in the light of a full moon, stargaze, and view the illuminated skyline of Manhattan. The hike will depart at 5:30 PM sharp and will arrive at the Fire Tower in time to view the sunset. We will be walking back in the dark, so headlamps or flashlights are a MUST and will not be provided. All are welcome, and be sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Digging Up the Past
Saturday, September 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Look back millions of years into the past and learn more about the world of fossils. Discover what animals used to call this area home, how fossils are made, and what we can learn from them. Then finish the day by digging for fossils and bring home a dinosaur skeleton of your very own!!! All are welcome, but the program is geared towards children ages 5-13. The program will be held at the Lautenberg Visitor Center and will begin at 1pm.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Oct
Animals of the Night
Saturday, October 12, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Join the Rangers for a talk about nocturnal animals. Learn about the different types of nighttime creatures found within the Park and the advantages of being active at night. Then dissect owl pellets and learn more about these nighttime creatures! Lecture geared towards children ages 6-13.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Halloween Happenings
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Celebrate Halloween with us at Sterling Forest. Learn about the not so spooky world of bats, and build a bat box of your very own! Also, get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin painting and trick-or-treating. It will be a spooktacular time. All are welcome – come join us for some family fun.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required