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Sun 07 Jul
Early Bird Tour
Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The site will offer an "early bird" tour of the main areas of the First Engagement of the battle. Some driving is required to travel between the three stops. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Sat 20 Jul
Presentation on the Battle of Bennington for the Riders Mills Historical Association
Saturday, July 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the Battle of Bennington for the Riders Mills Historical Association at the schoolhouse located at Riders Mills Road and Drowne Road, Old Chatham NY.

Thu 25 Jul
Meeting of the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield
Thursday, July 25, 2019 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The trustees of the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield will be meeting at the Barnett House (30 Caretaker's Road, Hoosick Falls, NY).

Sat 27 Jul
Fireside History Presentation
Saturday, July 27, 2019 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

There will be a Fireside History presentation. The subject will be cannon at the Battle of Bennington. Visitors will meet near the upper parking area and enjoy an open fire and refreshments.

Sat 03 Aug
Battle Loop Trail Hike
Saturday, August 3, 2019 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

There will be a guided hike of the Battle Loop Trail. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Fri 16 Aug
Commemoration of the Battle of Bennington
Friday, August 16, 2019 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The Friends of the Bennington Battlefield will host the annual commemoration of the Battle of Bennington. The program will include DAR and SAR representatives and students from Hoosick Falls. The ceremony will take place near the flagpole.

Sat 17 Aug
Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga - 1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative
Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer of the Saratoga National Historical Park will present on his new collaboration, Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga - 1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The program will be held in the Caretakers House (30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY).

Sun 18 Aug
Battlefield Tours
Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tours of the battlefield will be available to interested visitors. Groups will meet under the flagpole.

Sat 31 Aug
Volunteer Day
Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The battlefield will host Volunteer Day at the Tory Fort. Volunteers will be arranging small fence rail logs at the Tory Fort. Work gloves are recommended. Refreshments will be served to participants. Parking will be available on the grounds of the Barnett House (30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY).

Sat 29 Jun
Family Movie Night
Saturday, June 29, 2019 08:45 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Join us for a free movie on the beach, weather permitting. Check out our 16' big screen under Cherry Plain's big sky! Movie is kid-friendly and PG-rated so bring the whole family. We can't announce the movie title due to licensing restrictions!

Sat 06 Jul
Wilderness Survival Skills
Saturday, July 6, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Stop by the table on the beach at Cherry Plain to learn and practice your survival skills including flint and steel fire making, primitive structure building, and water filtration and purification.

Sat 20 Jul
Reptiles with Uncharted Wild
Saturday, July 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Meet some amazing animals with educator Adam Bornt. Come visit some animal friends up-close, learn some fun facts, and ask your own questions!

Sat 27 Jul
Family Movie Night
Saturday, July 27, 2019 08:45 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Join us for a free movie on the beach, weather permitting. Check out our 16' big screen under Cherry Plain's big sky! Movie is kid-friendly and PG-rated so bring the whole family. We can't announce the movie title due to licensing restrictions!

Mon 22 Jul
Summer Sampler
Monday, July 22, 2019 until Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Kids age 7-12 are invited to Crailo to learn about the history of the Hudson Valley through hands-on games, crafts and special activities. Each day offers a different theme. Registration required. $8 per day per child/ $5 for Members of FOFC
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Yankee Doodle Band
Thursday, July 25, 2019 07:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy the stirring and patriotic music of the historic Yankee Doodle Band in our riverside park. Free!
Sat 17 Aug
Discovery Day: Colonial Ice Cream
Saturday, August 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about ice storage during the summer months and the special treats made with ice. We will be using a reproduction of an 18th century ice cream maker with original recipes. Children will also learn how to make an easy ice cream at home. $3.00 adults/ children 12 and under free.
Sat 14 Sep
Harvest Faire
Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers music, historical reenactors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities. Free to attend, suggested donation to enter museum.
Sat 12 Oct
Discovery Day: Colonial Chocolate
Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about the food ways of the colonial Dutch during a hearth cooking demonstration in our cellar kitchen. Food Ways Focus Tours will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm, regular House Tours at noon, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Included with regular admission prices
Sat 26 Oct
Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Enjoy a frighteningly good time in Crailo’s 17th century cellar kitchen as you listen to strange and scary stories from the haunted lore of the Hudson Valley. You decide whether the fireside tales are fact, fiction, or a bit of both! Included with regular admission prices.
Thu 31 Oct
Closing Day – Halloween Open House
Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Calling all goblins, ghouls, princesses and superheros! Stop by for treats, in costume or not, on our last day open for the season. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat 07 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique holiday gifts. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat 04 Jan
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

The traditional Dutch celebration of the end of the holiday season! Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season will be available. Prices TBD
Sat 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 6, 2019 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Stories shared around a fire was the original ‘streaming’ entertainment! Join our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan as she shares a variety of folktales, fairytales and family stories that are sure to delight young and old! Bring a camp chair or blanket if you like. S’mores supplies will be available. Materials fee is $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sun 07 Jul
Weeding for the Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Assist in improving our field habitat to support Bobolinks and other field nesting birds. Join staff and volunteers in removing invasive Wild Parsnip. It is easy to identify and remove. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, bring loppers if possible, and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the field. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Go Fish! Free Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

On free fishing weekend, no license is required. Educators from DEC's I Fish NY program will be on hand to show you how to fish, who's in the lake, and they even provide poles to use! Ages 6 & up. Clinic is free, but gate fee of $8/vehicle still applies. Gate fee is refundable if leaving directly after program.

Sat 29 Jun
Busy Beavers
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Learn about all the great things these forest workers do to create a healthy habitat for themselves and many other creatures. Weather permitting, we will take a 25 minute walk to a beaver habitat to see the lodges that beavers at Grafton build! Please call to pre-register (518) 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
4th of July Sand Castle Building Contest
Thursday, July 4, 2019 12:00 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!

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Beach Yoga
Saturday, July 6, 2019 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Greet the day with a gentle and enlivening Hatha yoga practice on the shore of Long Pond with Rebekah Magin. Participants must be 16 years old and provide their own mat or towel. Program costs $5 per participant. $8/vehicle gate fee refunded if departing directly after class. No pre-registration required. To find class, follow signs to the north end of the beach past the volleyball nets. In case of rain, meet in the Welcome Center. Please pre-register by calling 518-279-1155, ext.2.

Sun 07 Jul
Be Bear Aware
Sunday, July 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

" Bear" with us for a talk about the largest omnivore found at Grafton Lakes State Park. Discover interesting facts about bears, touch a real bear pelt, and even learn some tips on how to keep bears away from your house and what to do if you encounter one. This program is designed for Ages 12 and up. Meets at welcome center.

Mon 08 Jul
Learn to Swim- Grafton Lake
Monday, July 8, 2019 until Thursday, August 1, 2019
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lake State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 8th - July 19th from 5pm to 5:45pm and July 22nd - August 1st from 10:15am to 11am. Classes are Monday - Thursday. Please call the park at (518) 279-1155 for additional information and to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Group Kayaking on Long Pond
Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join a certified kayaking instructor for a morning on the water. All experience levels welcome. If you have a kayak, feel free to bring it, otherwise limited rentals are available from our boat house for an additional fee. Whether you want to learn the basics of kayaking, or need a few pointers on your already established paddle form, you won't want to miss this. Space is limited; call the welcome center to pre-register; 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Rensselaer Plateau Bioblitz
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a wildlife biologist? Join local scientists and expert naturalists as we explore and attempt to catalog as many different forms of life as we can. We will survey for fish, birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and fungi. No expertise necessary, all you need is curiosity about the natural world! Details to come. If you are interested, please email matthew.west@parks.ny.gov.

Fri 26 Jul
Family Movie Night
Friday, July 26, 2019 08:45 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a free movie on Long Pond beach, weather permitting. Check out our 16' big screen under Grafton's big sky! Movie is kid-friendly and PG-rated so bring the whole family. We can't announce the movie title due to licensing restrictions! Our food concession, MC Snack Shack, will stay open after the beach closes at 6pm, so buy dinner and treats before the show! Bring sure to bring a chair or blanket.

Sat 27 Jul
Beach Yoga
Saturday, July 27, 2019 09:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Greet the day with a gentle and enlivening Hatha yoga practice on the shore of Long Pond with Rebekah Magin. Participants must be 16 years old and provide their own mat or towel. Program costs $5 per participant. $8/vehicle gate fee refunded if departing directly after class. No pre-registration required. To find class, follow signs to the north end of the beach past the volleyball nets. In case of rain, meet in the Welcome Center.

Sat 27 Jul
Paint the Park
Saturday, July 27, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

View the park from an artist's perspective. Join our instructor as they lead a painting tutorial focusing on the natural beauty in our park as the sun is setting. No experience required, all materials provided. $12 per person, to cover cost of materials. Please call to pre-register at (518) 279-1155, ext. 2. Space is limited, so please register early!

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Guided Bird Walk
Saturday, July 13, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Join renowned conservation biologist and photographer Larry Master to discover the birds and the butterflies of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. He will lead a guided bird walk on Saturday, June 8, from 7-9am, and a guided butterfly walk on Saturday, July 13, from 9:30-11:30am. Rain dates are June 15 and July 14, respectively.
Sun 14 Jul
Children's Story Hour
Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Our children’s story hour on Monday, July 14, will feature a reading and outdoor activity, weather permitting, of Eric Carle’s “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” from 10-11am.
Mon 01 Jul
Learn to Swim- Mine Kill
Monday, July 1, 2019 until Thursday, August 22, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park is once again offering its annual "Learn to Swim" program at the Olympic-sized pool complex within the park. Lessons are available for both children and adults and will be taught by certified Water Safety Institute (WSI) instructors.

All lessons are based on American Red Cross guidelines and include the Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program (IPAP) Stages 1 and 2 for children 6 months to 4 years, followed by instruction Levels 1-6 for ages 4 and up. Mine Kill will be having two 4-week sessions for IPAP, Stage 2, and American Red Cross levels 1-6.

Lessons will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Session 1: July 1 - July 25
Session 2: July 29 - August 22 

In addition to the traditional Learn-To-Swim classes, Mine Kill State Park is also offering Adult Swim Lessons and a Competitive Swimming class. The competitive swimming class will aid students in improving their stroke definition based on the Red Cross level they have completed. Participants will learn competitive swim techniques, drills, and self-discipline. This class will be taught by WSI certified, coach, and competitive swimmer.

If you would like to enroll yourself or your son/daughter in this program, please visit https://bookwhen.com/minekill to register online. If you have any questions or have trouble online, please contact Katrina Vance at (518) 827-8690.

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
Thu 27 Jun
Knee High Naturalist - 10am and 2pm
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, June 27, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 28 Jun
Fishing Trip
Friday, June 28, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he’ll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Fish Filleting
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.
Mon 01 Jul
Learn to Swim- Moreau Lake
Monday, July 1, 2019 until Thursday, July 25, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau Lake State Park will be hosting a Learn to Swim program during the following times:

July 1st - 11th: Mon - Thurs at 10:15am - 11am and 5pm - 5:45pm

July 15th - 25th: Mon - Thurs at 10:15am - 11am and 5pm - 5:45pm

Please call the park at (518) 793-0511 for more information and registration.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Thu 04 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 4, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Friday, July 5, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Fish Fillet
Saturday, July 6, 2019 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Mon 08 Jul
Turtle Time
Monday, July 8, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles that we care for here at the park. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Afterwards we will take a little walk with them on the beach. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Mon 08 Jul
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, July 8, 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.

Tue 09 Jul
Invasive Species Lecture and Woods Walk
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come join Capital Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management and our Host The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to learn about invasive plants and how to identify such culprits in our wood lots. The program will include an easy training on how to report invasive species as a citizen scientist using a iMap Invasive mobile phone application. The event is part of the NY State Invasive Species Awareness Week. All are welcome for this free lecture and training. Please sign up for the event by contacting Kristopher Williams kbw44@cornell.edu

Registration: Required
Wed 10 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Thu 11 Jul
Fishing Trip
Thursday, July 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Mon 15 Jul
The Secret Life of Snakes
Monday, July 15, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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 stop at the park office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Jul
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, July 16, 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
Wed 17 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 18, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Jul
Beaver Adventure
Friday, July 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This short walk is family friendly and will bring participants close to a beaver lodge and on the edge of some great beaver habitat. A Park Educator will teach you all the things you never knew you wanted to know about these awesome creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the park office to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Mon 22 Jul
The Buzz on Bees
Monday, July 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join our educators as we talk about the importance of bees, their jobs in the colony, their role in our backyards, beekeeping and more. Geared toward everyone who wants to know the latest buzz on Honey Bees, other pollinators and how to keep a pollinator friendly lawn. Reservations are required with 24-hours advanced notice, call the park office at 518-793-0511. Please stop and pay for the event at the park office. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Tue 23 Jul
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event.
Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist 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 26 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 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
Sun 28 Jul
Turtle Time
Sunday, July 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles that we care for here at the park. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Afterwards we will take a little walk with them on the beach. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Fish Filleting
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Thu 27 Jun
Knee High Naturalist - 10am and 2pm
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, June 27, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 28 Jun
Fishing Trip
Friday, June 28, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he’ll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Fish Filleting
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.
Mon 01 Jul
Learn to Swim- Moreau Lake
Monday, July 1, 2019 until Thursday, July 25, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Moreau Lake State Park will be hosting a Learn to Swim program during the following times:

July 1st - 11th: Mon - Thurs at 10:15am - 11am and 5pm - 5:45pm

July 15th - 25th: Mon - Thurs at 10:15am - 11am and 5pm - 5:45pm

Please call the park at (518) 793-0511 for more information and registration.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Thu 04 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 4, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Friday, July 5, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Fish Fillet
Saturday, July 6, 2019 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Mon 08 Jul
Turtle Time
Monday, July 8, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles that we care for here at the park. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Afterwards we will take a little walk with them on the beach. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Mon 08 Jul
Friend’s Meeting
Monday, July 8, 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.

Tue 09 Jul
Invasive Species Lecture and Woods Walk
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come join Capital Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management and our Host The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to learn about invasive plants and how to identify such culprits in our wood lots. The program will include an easy training on how to report invasive species as a citizen scientist using a iMap Invasive mobile phone application. The event is part of the NY State Invasive Species Awareness Week. All are welcome for this free lecture and training. Please sign up for the event by contacting Kristopher Williams kbw44@cornell.edu

Registration: Required
Wed 10 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Thu 11 Jul
Fishing Trip
Thursday, July 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Mon 15 Jul
The Secret Life of Snakes
Monday, July 15, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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 stop at the park office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Jul
Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, July 16, 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
Wed 17 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 18, 2019 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

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. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Jul
Beaver Adventure
Friday, July 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This short walk is family friendly and will bring participants close to a beaver lodge and on the edge of some great beaver habitat. A Park Educator will teach you all the things you never knew you wanted to know about these awesome creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Stop at the park office to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Mon 22 Jul
The Buzz on Bees
Monday, July 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join our educators as we talk about the importance of bees, their jobs in the colony, their role in our backyards, beekeeping and more. Geared toward everyone who wants to know the latest buzz on Honey Bees, other pollinators and how to keep a pollinator friendly lawn. Reservations are required with 24-hours advanced notice, call the park office at 518-793-0511. Please stop and pay for the event at the park office. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Tue 23 Jul
Mud Pond Hike
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a relatively 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. Please stop at the park office to pay for the event.
Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist 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 26 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 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
Sun 28 Jul
Turtle Time
Sunday, July 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles that we care for here at the park. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Afterwards we will take a little walk with them on the beach. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.

Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Moreau Kayak Trip
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Summer is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer 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, $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. If you need to rent it will be $15.

Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Fish Filleting
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Sat 06 Jul
Feathered Phenoms
Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Ever wonder about the big birds you don't normally find in your backyard? Get ready to dive in to learn about the larger birds that can be found throughout Peebles Island. Weather permitting, we will even take a hike to an active eagles nest that can be seen from a trail in the park! This program is designed for children ages 8-12. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Mon 08 Jul
Learn to Swim- Saratoga Spa
Monday, July 8, 2019 until Saturday, July 20, 2019
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Saratoga Spa State Park will be hosting a Learn to Swim program during the following times:

July 8 - 19: Mon. - Fri. from 8:20am - 9:00am

July 8 - 20: Mon. - Fri. from 9:10am - 9:50am

Please call the park office for more information.

Registration: Required
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 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 6, 2019 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Stories shared around a fire was the original ‘streaming’ entertainment! Join our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan as she shares a variety of folktales, fairytales and family stories that are sure to delight young and old! Bring a camp chair or blanket if you like. S’mores supplies will be available. Materials fee is $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sun 07 Jul
Weeding for the Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Assist in improving our field habitat to support Bobolinks and other field nesting birds. Join staff and volunteers in removing invasive Wild Parsnip. It is easy to identify and remove. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, bring loppers if possible, and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the field. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 17 Aug
Halloween in August
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1674

Details to be determined.