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Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Register
Start time for all projects: 10am
End time for all projects: 11:30am

Meeting Location for all projects: Main Parking Lot. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Planter Project: Volunteers will weed, plant and water the raised beds in the front of our information building. Tools, but not gloves, are provided. Please bring: Garden Gloves, water, snack

Volunteer Project #2: Hilltop rake-out: The approach to the dragoon breastworks was recently cleared. Portions remain covered in leaves and twigs. Volunteers will help rake out the area to promote the growth of grass. Rakes will be provided. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, snack

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-860-9094 Email: david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Apr
Build a Nest Box at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless drill with a screw bit and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Spotlight on the Spotted Salamander at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Why did the Spotted Salamander cross the road? Learn more about Thacher Park’s unofficial mascot with an up-close and personal encounter and take a hike to check out a vernal pool. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and block the sun. The season is short and the blooms of some delicate flowers can disappear in days. We’ll look for early bloomers like hepatica, coltsfoot, trout lily, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 518-872-0800 to register for this free program
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join in the statewide volunteer effort to show some love for your favorite park – Thacher Park, of course! There are a variety of projects for different interests and abilities, so bring a friend or family member along. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area near the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by Parks and Trails New York and the Friends of Thacher Park. The Friends will provide a complimentary bbq lunch for all volunteers. Please register online at www.ptny.org. For more information contact the park at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12:30pm

Meeting Location for all Projects: Pear Orchard Pavilion. Parking Instructions: Volunteers should park in the Pear Orchard pavillion parking lot

Volunteer Project #1: Highway Clean Up: pick up trash and debris along Route 157 which runs through the park. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring: Garden gloves

Volunteer Project #2: Picnic Table Assembly: put together 24 new picnic tables. Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Adjustable wrench, screwdrivers and water

Volunteer Project #3: Spread manufactured wood chips on playgrounds, campground and zip line area. Weed and mulch the Visitor Center flower beds. Assemble benches. Paint park police station. Trail trimming. Litter pick-up. Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden Gloves

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-818-4490

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Trout Discovery Day
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Come help us release trout into the park’s ponds! Bring a bucket for your fish friend, and be ready for some fun fishy activities too! Event meets at the Deerfield Pavilion. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-registration required: (518)-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Tree, Tree, Hooray! at the Welcome Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us in celebrating Arbor Day by showing your tall forest friends some love! Enjoy a tree-themed craft and an outdoor walk (weather permitting). Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Optional
Sat 27 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Welcome Center
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy the spring weather and learn positive ways that you can make a difference in protecting the place we all call home– the earth! Games, activities, and a short hike (weather permitting) will make for a fun afternoon. Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Optional
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Help your favorite park spruce up for spring! Volunteer for a morning of projects in the beautiful outdoors. Morning refreshments provided. Scout groups welcome! Preregistration starts on April first online at www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location: Welcome Center

Volunteer Project #1: Building picnic tablesAges: Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring: Water, snack

Volunteer Project #2: Remove brush and downed trees from picnic areas. Ages: Appropriate for children 12 and under. Please bring: Garden gloves, loopers, rakes, water, snack, please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty

Volunteer Project #3: Prep flower beds around the park (multiple locations: welcome center, beach, ticket booth). Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves & gardening tools, water, snack

Volunteer Project #4: Set-up boat house: pressure wash and scrub boats, set up boats at docks, and set up life vests in boat houseAges: 18 and over Description: Please bring: Water and snack. Please weare long pants, close-toed shoes a must.

Volunteer Project #5: Shoreline and beach clean-up: helping us clean up the beach and getting ready for the warm season Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Gardening gloves, water and snack

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-279-1155 Email: mary.downey@parks.ny.gov

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!
Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019 09:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we’ll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Check-in at 9am at the Grafton Welcome Center, trail work 9:30am-noon, followed by lunch. Please RSVP so we have projects and food for all: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 12pm

Meeting Location: Grant Cottage Historic Site Visitor Center. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project: Help us get the historic site ready for another season. We will have leaf raking/blowing, debris clearing, trail clearing and potentially other assignments.

We can accommodate: Small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-538-8330 Email: ben@grantcottage.org

Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Register
Start time: 10am
End time: 3pm

Meeting Location: Pavilion. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: General clean-up. We will tidy up the day use area by raking up sticks, leaves and other debris. Park Beautification: We will be planting flowers at entry sign, bathrooms, and the flagpole. We will also be repainting a guide rail in the day use area. Trail Work: We will be clearing overgrowth along the path to the fishing access. Please bring: Garden Gloves

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-827-8685 Email: ashley.drum@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Smart Start Kayaking Course
Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
10th Annual Summer Fest
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park presents our 10th annual Summer Festival. Come out to the park on July 20th for local food, vendors, exhibitors, music, entertainment, open pools, games, environmental education presentations, and much much more. This event will be held from 10 am till 6 pm. Fun for all ages and free for all. As we get closer to summer check out Facebook for updates of this festival. For more information contact the parks office 518-827-8690

Thu 08 Aug
Smart Start Kayaking Course
Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Fri 16 Aug
Moonlight Paddle
Friday, August 16, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 31, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasive, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 Sep
Moonlight Paddle
Saturday, September 14, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Sep
Painting in the Park
Thursday, September 26, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
National Lands Day
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join hundreds of thousands of people at sites throughout the country and take part in the 26th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The day is great to connect people to public lands and their communities, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers of all ages and abilities to spend the day outdoors celebrating public lands. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy.

Sun 13 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Fri 18 Oct
Haunted House Weekend Festival
Friday, October 18, 2019 until Saturday, October 19, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Get ready for two days of ‘Scho-haire-raising' Halloween fun, Friday and Satuarday, October 18-19, at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitor Center.

On Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mine Kill will host its annual Halloween Haunted House. take a hauntingly scary tour of some local landmarks through the Haunted Village. On Saturday, starting at 11am Nypa holds a costume parade and contest for children of all ages, with prizes awarded in various categories. Mine Kill's haunted house will open at 12pm and run till 3pm There will be free pumpkins for all participants, a hayride, Halloween crafts and more! For more information please contact the Mine Kill office at 518-827-8690

Thu 24 Oct
Painting in the Park
Thursday, October 24, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Nov
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Enjoy the Park's trails under the nearly Full Beaver Moon. Use your night-vision and your ears to detect the presence of wildlife as we walk along the Long Path from Mine Kill to the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather, and meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office.

This is a free event. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Thu 14 Nov
Painting in the Park
Thursday, November 14, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Winter Decoration Workshop- 2 sessions
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Mon 22 Apr
Earth Day Back Pond Hike and Craft
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come enjoy the outdoors for Earth Day! We will go for a fun easy hike along the back pond and then do a fun Earth day craft. Please call the park office to reserve a spot with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Kids River Adventure
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us on a family friendly event for the kids! We will be hiking through the woods along the Hudson river on a little adventure to some cool spots. Please call the park office to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Wetland Walk
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Secret Life of Snakes
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Don’t fear our friendly snakes. Come and learn about the various kinds we take care of right here in our nature center that are also found in our park. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay, $1 for seniors and children, $2 for adults, at the park office.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 4.5-5 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Mud Pond Hike
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, May 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 3pm

Meeting Location: Nature Center

Please bring gloves, water, snack and dress appropriately for all projects

Volunteer Project #1: planting annual flowers and vegetables in beach house gardens. Appropriate for children 12 and under.

Volunteer Project #2: Lake shore walk to pick up garbage and fishing line. All ages welcome.

Volunteer Project #3: Mulching of 3 playgrounds with wood chips. All ages welcome.

Volunteer Project #4: Replacing and installing benches near Nature Center. This project involves some lifting of heavy materials such as benches and bags of concrete. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #5: Clean and paint benches by concession stand. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #6: Assembling, staining and installing of small lending libraries. This project requires with some lifting of heavy materials. Knowledge of how to use basic tools required. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #7: Potters Point clean-up. This project requires being able to carry garbage bags of debris. Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #8: Boat launch clean-up on Spiers Falls Road. This project requires picking up garbage. Adults only

Registration: Required
Tue 07 May
Moreau Overlook Hike
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Thu 09 May
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 09 May
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Fri 10 May
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Friday, May 10, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 11 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Saturday, May 11, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.
Registration: Required
Mon 13 May
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Fri 17 May
Potter’s Point Hike
Friday, May 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 17 May
Full Moon Hike
Friday, May 17, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 18 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Saturday, May 18, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Tue 21 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 24 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Friday, May 24, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
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
Mon 22 Apr
Earth Day Back Pond Hike and Craft
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come enjoy the outdoors for Earth Day! We will go for a fun easy hike along the back pond and then do a fun Earth day craft. Please call the park office to reserve a spot with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Kids River Adventure
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us on a family friendly event for the kids! We will be hiking through the woods along the Hudson river on a little adventure to some cool spots. Please call the park office to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Wetland Walk
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Secret Life of Snakes
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Don’t fear our friendly snakes. Come and learn about the various kinds we take care of right here in our nature center that are also found in our park. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay, $1 for seniors and children, $2 for adults, at the park office.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 4.5-5 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Mud Pond Hike
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 02 May
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, May 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 3pm

Meeting Location: Nature Center

Please bring gloves, water, snack and dress appropriately for all projects

Volunteer Project #1: planting annual flowers and vegetables in beach house gardens. Appropriate for children 12 and under.

Volunteer Project #2: Lake shore walk to pick up garbage and fishing line. All ages welcome.

Volunteer Project #3: Mulching of 3 playgrounds with wood chips. All ages welcome.

Volunteer Project #4: Replacing and installing benches near Nature Center. This project involves some lifting of heavy materials such as benches and bags of concrete. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #5: Clean and paint benches by concession stand. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #6: Assembling, staining and installing of small lending libraries. This project requires with some lifting of heavy materials. Knowledge of how to use basic tools required. Appropriate for 13 and up.

Volunteer Project #7: Potters Point clean-up. This project requires being able to carry garbage bags of debris. Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #8: Boat launch clean-up on Spiers Falls Road. This project requires picking up garbage. Adults only

Registration: Required
Tue 07 May
Moreau Overlook Hike
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Thu 09 May
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

10am and 2pm

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 09 May
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Fri 10 May
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Friday, May 10, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 11 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Saturday, May 11, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.
Registration: Required
Mon 13 May
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Fri 17 May
Potter’s Point Hike
Friday, May 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 17 May
Full Moon Hike
Friday, May 17, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 18 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Saturday, May 18, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Tue 21 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 24 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Friday, May 24, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
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
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Peebles Island State Park will host volunteers as part of I Love My Park Day on Saturday May 4, 2019, from 9am-1pm. Help us in the resurfacing of trails, removing brush and downed tree limbs, litter pick up, and other projects. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcomed to take part in the cleanup. Groups are encouraged to participate.

Please bring water, gloves, loppers, stone rakes, shovels, and bug spray. Limited work tools will be available. Activities for children will be available.

Come enjoy the views, picnic with family and friends, hike around the island, watch wildlife, or kayak along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers knowing that you helped make your Park more healthy and beautiful.

Those interested in volunteering at Peebles Island State Park on May 4th can register online in early April at https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day. Please send an email to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com or call 518-268-2188 with questions.

Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 1pm

Meeting Location: Pavilion in the Park. All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Litter pick up along the trails and shorelines. Reinforce specific sections of the trails by spreading stone and stone dust. Prune trees and remove roots from trails. Please bring: Garden gloves, shovels and metal rakes, water

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-268-2188 Email: friendsofpeebles@gmail.com

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Nature Hike
Saturday, April 20, 2019 until Sunday, April 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m.
Mon 22 Apr
Explore the Park!
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Stop by the Creekside Classroom for a fun family activity with a hand-out to discover more about your local park. No registration necessary. For more information please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111.
Tue 23 Apr
Earth Week at Creekside Classroom
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Visit the Classroom any time between 10a.m. and 4p.m. and upcycle some fun Earth Day crafts! No registration necessary. This event is free. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Tue 23 Apr
FrogWatch!
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 07:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Help the Park Naturalist study the frogs that live in Saratoga Spa State Park! We will learn many different frog calls before walking through the wetlands in search of the amphibians. Please bring a flashlight and dress for wet ground. Icy conditions will cancel the event. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Apr
Fish Stocking
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Children and their families are invited to help release brown trout into Geyser Creek, located in the Geyser Picnic Area of Saratoga Spa State Park.

Technicians from the Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery, operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation, stock the area streams each year with the help of volunteers. Please bring a bucket and join us in introducing the trout to their new home! This year’s activities include demonstrations and displays. This event is free. No registration is required for this event. For more information, please call 584-2000.

Thu 25 Apr
Earth Week at Creekside Classroom
Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Visit the Classroom any time between 10a.m. and 4p.m. and upcycle some fun Earth Day crafts! No registration necessary. This event is free. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Fri 26 Apr
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Children and their families are invited to visit the Creekside Classroom and enjoy a free nature scavenger hunt! No registration necessary. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Sat 27 Apr
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, April 27, 2019 until Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m.
Sun 28 Apr
Nature Hike
Sunday, April 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m.
Tue 30 Apr
FrogWatch!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 07:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Help the Park Naturalist study the frogs that live in Saratoga Spa State Park! We will learn many different frog calls before walking through the wetlands in search of the amphibians. Please bring a flashlight and dress for wet ground. Icy conditions will cancel the event. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12pm

All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Trail clean-up: general trash and debris clean up along various trails throughout the park
Meeting Location: Administration building
Please bring: Garden gloves, water, suncreen & insect repellent

Volunteer Project #2: Flower Beds and Tree Planting: prep and planting of Administration Building's flower beds with annuals. Dig holes and plant young trees in various areas of the park.
Meeting Location: Administration Building.
Please bring: Garden gloves, garden spades, trowels, rakes, water, snack

Volunteer Project #3: Dog Park Clean-Up and Maintenance: remove debris and leaves from dog park, fill holes, level uneven areas, etc.
Meeting Location: Dog Park - 10 Crescent St
Please bring: Garden gloves, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, garden wagons, water, snack

We can accommodate: Small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 518-587-2000 Email: jenny.emmons@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Main pavilion located in the park. Parking Instructions: All participants should meet at the main pavilion in the picnic area.
Ages for all projects: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Clearing Portage Trails - cutting back & raking trails that will be used by kayakers, canoers, campers, and visitors of the park. Bring gloves, brush clippers, and rakes if you want, otherwise the park will provide necessary tools. Please bring: Garden gloves and insect repellent

Volunteer Project #2: Playing in the flowerbeds - multiple flowerbeds throughout the park to clean up, removing debris, and put down new mulch, and planting new flowers. Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes

Volunteer Project #3: Fun with a brush - various poles, displays, and/or kiosks may require touch-up painting after the harsh effects of the winter season. Please bring: Garden gloves. Multiple other fun projects possible - helping to beautify the park by picking up scattered ground litter, and trail work to potentially installing sign posts, signs, and fixing picnic tables.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-766-0561 Email: friendsofschodackisland@gmail.com

Registration: Required
Tue 23 Apr
Friends Meeting: NYS Canal Corp Presenter
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

David Lamphere, a section chief with the NYS Canal Corporation will be here to discuss their operations, hydrology and maintaining a century old navigation system. 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.
Thu 25 Apr
Sara-Cap Geocache Challenge Kick-off
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

We are looking to kick off the 2019 Saratoga-Capital Geocache Challenge! Get your challenge passport and begin collecting smiles and stamps! For more on the Geocache Challenge or geocaching at NY State Parks & Historic Sites, please visit www.nysparks.com
Fri 26 Apr
Canal Clean Sweep
Friday, April 26, 2019 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

At the Visitor Center

We have an amazing volunteer project occurring for Canal Clean Sweep this year. Come help the Friends of Schoharie Crossing clear a new trail from Yankee Hill to South Amsterdam along the banks of the Mohawk River. Register on the Parks and Trails NY Website in the "ticket" section.

An informal trail has connected the site to S. Amsterdam for years, we've been granted the ok through the Adopt-A-Trail program to create this as a formal trail. It will parallel the Mohawk River and Canalway bikepath, however this natural based trail will provide a different connection to nature along the river and through the trees.

All along the canal people are coming out, working together and cleaning up along the way! Help us by giving this terrific area a fresh cleaning for the beginning of the 2019 season! This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to come out and lend a hand at Schoharie Crossing. Lunch will be provided to those volunteers who wish to stay until noon to help-out.

Please bring work gloves, wear proper hard soled footwear for walking the grounds. Personal hand tools such as rakes, trash grabbers, etc. are welcome – please put your name on it so it isn’t misplaced. Register through Parks & Trails New York here: http://ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Apr
Hilarious Historians: A Comedy Show
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Presented by The Hysterical Society

Old timey, funny, and sometimes downright inappropriate! Come on out to Schoharie Crossing for this comedy show like none-other. Enjoy witty history jokes from the present and the past. Each historian will get a set to provide you with hysterical looks at our past.

“Happy Hour” begins at 6pm with the first histo-comic hitting the stage at 6:30pm.
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Register
Start time for all projects: 8:00am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Visitor Center.

Volunteer Project #1: We will be sprucing up around the Visitor Center and planting flowers. We ask that everyone check in at the Visitor Center before directing toward work on site. Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring a beverage, work gloves. We will provide a sandwich lunch for anyone still on site at 12n. Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves/gardening tools, branch clippers,rakes, hand saws, shovels, water, snack

Volunteer Project #2: We will be conducting clearing work on a new trail extension connecting Yankee Hill Lock on the east end of the site to South Amsterdam. This is a Friends of Schoharie Crossing Adopt-a-Trail Project. We ask that everyone check in at the Visitor Center before directing toward work on site. Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring a beverage, work gloves. We will provide a sandwich lunch for anyone still on site at 12pm. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up Please bring: Garden gloves, branch clippers, hand saws, shovels, rock rakes, water, snack

We can accommodate: Small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-829-7516 Email: david.brooks@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 18 May
Market Basket Workshop with Beverly Cornelius
Saturday, May 18, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House

While iconic for Market Day, this Basket is great for foraging in the wild. Easily slipped over your forearm, it is perfect for everything from wild mushrooms to herbs and pine cones.

This is a true beginner basket with a flat solid bottom and a simple splint weave. Students will have the opportunity to play with dyed reed and pattern to personalize their own basket.

Approximate finished size - 8”x12”x12” - Materials fee - $25. -Students must bring this fee with them to the class. Teacher will provide all supplies and tools Please bring a bagged lunch and beverages for the day.

Registration is encouraged for this program as seating is limited. For online registration information, https://form.jotform.com/83604950008151 or please contact david.brooks@parks.ny.gov. For more on the instructor, visit: www.beverlycornelius.com

 

Registration: Optional
Sat 18 May
Kids to Parks Day – Nature Walk
Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Spring is in the Air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Schoharie Crossing and exploration of the natural wonders of this rich historic site! Traverse the trails at your own pace, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way! After the walk, enjoy a picnic lunch at the site and create new memories that will last a lifetime.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is partnered with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (yes! we have a National Parks Stamp too!)

Tue 21 May
Friends Meeting- Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls
Tuesday, May 21, 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.

 

Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day: Paddle & Walk
Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Schoharie Crossing Boat Launch

In conjunction with the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, we will be out on the waters of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River to explore what nature has provided and mankind has constructed.

After the paddle, enjoy a picnic lunch and we will re-convene near the Visitor Center to walk the Towpath Trail.

For more information, find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook for detailed event information. A personal flotation device is required for this program. Bring along a lunch and plenty of hydration.

 

Thu 06 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 6, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Sat 08 Jun
Mini Session Photos at the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

You and your family can have your photograph taken at this beautiful historic location. Join Photos by Jenny G. and the Friends of Schoharie Crossing at the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct to have your family portrait taken on Saturday, June 8th. Each session will produce a wonderful and cherished memory as well as high resolution digital image sent to your email and a 5"x7" mailed print copy of your photo. *

20-minute time-slots begin at 10am. For online registration information visit https://form.jotform.com/83526019220146, contact david.brooks@parks.ny.gov or find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook.

Donation for this service is $25.00. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing to support their efforts in historic preservation and providing educational as well as recreational opportunities at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

*Please arrive a few minutes early for your time slot. You will be asked to fill out a form with your name, contact information, and email address as well as write your mailing address on the label for your 5"x7" print.
Registration: Required
Thu 13 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 13, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE 

 

Sat 15 Jun
Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs with Gibson & Staudle
Saturday, June 15, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Path Through History Weekend

Join us for the musical presentation, “Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs.” Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle will feature the historic songs of lumberjacks in the lumbering camps of the Adirondack Mountains from the 1800’s. This program also includes interesting narratives about the lumberjacks and their lifestyle in the charming and tough era in upstate New York history. Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are award-winning songwriters and singers, and have been performing for eight years at hundreds of events. Together they play acoustic and blues-style originals and favorites with a variety of instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele. For more about Gibson & Staudle visit: www.cosbygibsonandtomstaudle.com/. This is a free event. Donations are always accepted.

All Weekend: Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

Sun 16 Jun
FMRRC Mule Haul
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Fulmont Roadrunners Club is conducting their annual Mule Haul race on Father’s Day. Please visit: http://www.fmrrc.org/ for more information.
Wed 19 Jun
Wildlife Wednesday – Birds w/ George Steele
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator George Steele will be here for a program about Birds! Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Thu 20 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Tue 25 Jun
Friends Meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

A meeting of the Friends group will occur at Schoharie Crossing as final arrangements are made for Canal Days. Contact the site for more information.

Thu 27 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 27, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Fri 28 Jun
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Friday, June 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

The Alzheimer's Association will present, "Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association® is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging:

• Cognitive activity

• Physical health and exercise

• Diet and nutrition

• Social engagement

In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible.

For more information please contact Meagan: (518) 888-5563 mdemento@alz.org www.facebook.com/ALZNENY

 

Fri 05 Jul
Powwow Celebrating St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Friday, July 5, 2019 until Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

Gates open at 10:00 am. Grand entry is about noon each day and then Opening Prayer followed by the posting of the colors (flags). Event will include veterans honor dance, intertribal dancing, Aztec dancing, Iroquois Social Dancing, and more. The public is invited to join in and have fun.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands encourage all veterans to come and be honored at the Veterans Dance. We will honor all firefighters and paramedics also. All handicapped spectators, nursing home residents and children under 5 years of age are free.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands

Gates @ 10am

Grand Entry and raising of flags starts @ 12n

Veterans Honor Dance Intertribal Dancing Aztec Dancing @ 2pm

Iroquois Social Dancing @ 2:45pm

Candy Dance for kids @ 3:30pm Intertribal Dancing @ 4pm

Retrieval of flags @ 5pm

Sat 06 Jul
Canal Days
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

The annual celebration of the community & canal! More information to come, check back for updates! If you’d like to be a part of the activities and programs for this event, contact Janice at SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516 for details.

Music, food, vendors, Tri County Old Time power (old engines and machinery0 field days, wagon rides, community organization tables, Utica Zoomobile, demonstrations, Canal Corp. lock model and buoy boat, etc.

 

Wed 10 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday – Trees and Flowers w/ Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator and Author Anita Sanchez will be here for a program about trees and flowers.

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Fri 19 Jul
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Friday, July 19, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House

The Alzheimer's Association will present, "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site followed by a short walking tour along the Schoharie Creek.

One-hour program explains basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

The Alzheimer’s Association® has created an education program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. The free one-hour Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia program:

• Explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

• Examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s. • Details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease.

• Identifies FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.

• Looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research.

• Offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

For more information please contact Meagan: (518) 888-5563 mdemento@alz.org www.facebook.com/ALZNENY

Tue 23 Jul
Friends of Schoharie Crossing Meeting
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House
Wed 24 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Sun 28 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 28, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 04 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 4, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 07 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday – Slime Time with Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator and Author Anita Sanchez will be here for a program about worms, slugs, and other creepy crawlers!

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

 

Sun 11 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 11, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 18 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 18, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 21 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Sun 25 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 25, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tue 27 Aug
BEER History is Brewing- Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

Local brewer and historian Greg Gravina will be here to discuss….Beer! Its local history, brewing techniques and more!

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 04 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday – Mammals: Tracks and Traces w/ George Steele
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator George Steele will be presenting a program on Mammal, their traces and traces…

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

 

Sun 08 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 8, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 18 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Tue 24 Sep
Friends Meeting: PRISM – A discussion on invasive species
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

A representative from PRISM - Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management – will be here to discuss invasive species in our waterways and on land.

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.
Sun 29 Sep
National Coffee Day
Sunday, September 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Celebration National Coffee Day with a free cup of Canal Coffee at the Visitor Center between 1pm and 4pm.
Tue 15 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center

Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour.

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be postponed.
Tue 22 Oct
Friends Meeting: ROTTEN! w/ Anita Sanchez
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for a great presentation by environmental educator and author Anita Sanchez about her new book, “ROTTEN! Vultures, Beetles, and Slime: Nature's Decomposers” (released January 2019).

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.

Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 12pm

Meeting Location: Schuyler Mansion grounds. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Schuyler mansion gardens and grounds beautification

We can accommodate: Small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-434-0834 Email: heidi.hill@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Wed 24 Apr
Build a Nest Box at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless drill with a screw bit and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Spotlight on the Spotted Salamander at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Why did the Spotted Salamander cross the road? Learn more about Thacher Park’s unofficial mascot with an up-close and personal encounter and take a hike to check out a vernal pool. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and block the sun. The season is short and the blooms of some delicate flowers can disappear in days. We’ll look for early bloomers like hepatica, coltsfoot, trout lily, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 518-872-0800 to register for this free program
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join in the statewide volunteer effort to show some love for your favorite park – Thacher Park, of course! There are a variety of projects for different interests and abilities, so bring a friend or family member along. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area near the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by Parks and Trails New York and the Friends of Thacher Park. The Friends will provide a complimentary bbq lunch for all volunteers. Please register online at www.ptny.org. For more information contact the park at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12:30pm

Meeting Location for all Projects: Pear Orchard Pavilion. Parking Instructions: Volunteers should park in the Pear Orchard pavillion parking lot

Volunteer Project #1: Highway Clean Up: pick up trash and debris along Route 157 which runs through the park. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring: Garden gloves

Volunteer Project #2: Picnic Table Assembly: put together 24 new picnic tables. Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Adjustable wrench, screwdrivers and water

Volunteer Project #3: Spread manufactured wood chips on playgrounds, campground and zip line area. Weed and mulch the Visitor Center flower beds. Assemble benches. Paint park police station. Trail trimming. Litter pick-up. Ages: All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden Gloves

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-818-4490

Registration: Required