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Sat 06 Jan
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, January 6, 2018 until Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, and work with you until you are ready to confidently head out on your favorite trail. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 13 Jan
Snow Tubing
Saturday, January 13, 2018 until Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Every weekend in January and February starting January 13
$5.00 per person, unlimited tubing. No vehicle admission fee!
Concession stand, warming area and outdoor fireplace.

WEATHER PERMITTING...PLEASE call ahead if in doubt.

Sun 28 Jan
Hudson River Rug Hookers: A Love Affair with An American Folk Art
Sunday, January 28, 2018 until Sunday, March 4, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Gallery hours are 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM daily. Gallery Reception is on Sun. Jan. 28th from 1 to 3 PM and is free and open to the public.

The enduring craft of American Rug Hooking originated in 1850 and is resurging in popularity. The exhibit features artists from the Hudson River Rug Hookers and includes rugs inspired by the Preserve and Hudson River landscape.  Artists: Marilyn Bottjer, Mary Alenstein, Helen Buerger, Amy Stoner Cotter, Qing Dollinger, Sally Doran, Anita Eddy, Joyce Kapadia, Heidi Lawrence, Mary Parker, Charlotte Rodziewicz, Robin Schwamb, Phyllis Shapiro, Diane Skalak, Michele Vozick, Ruth Weyland, Roya Zarrehparvar. Curators: Audrey Leeds and Marilyn Bottjer. Free and open to the public.

Wed 21 Feb
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Animal Counting
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

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

Held on Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Wed 21 Feb
DEC Free Fishing Clinic Day
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

FREE Program - Meet at the Beach

-Ice fishing gear and bait provided
-Advanced anglers can bring their own equipment
-Filleting demonstration
-Winter lake ecology

INSTRUCTORS: NYS Parks Staff and NYS DEC "I FISH NY" program staff

Pre- registration is appreciated Dress appropriately

Wed 21 Feb
Winter Treks: Sycamore Trail
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3½ hours. Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 21 Feb
Winter Treks: Sycamore Trail
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3½ hours. Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 21 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Wed 21 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Wed 21 Feb
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 21 Feb
Winter Hibernator Daycamp
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Do northern animals really sleep all winter? Learn about hibernation and winter survival.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Wed 21 Feb
Capturing Moments
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Nature Photography Group

Join experienced amateur photographer Charlene Dumas to try your hand or enhance your skills at nature photography.

When: Wednesdays beginning February 7th through March 14th

Time: 10 am to 11:15amWhere: Classroom, Nicandri Nature Center

Cost: Free

Each session will include a lesson/sharing portion and an opportunity to practice the skills learned by taking nature photographs around the nature center property.

A camera with manual settings is helpful, but not required.

Some equipment is available for loan.

The group is open to all experience levels.

Come prepared to go outside.

Contact the Nicandri Nature Center at 315-705-5022 or email info@massenanaturecenter.com for more information.

The Nicandri Nature Center is funded by the New York Power Authority

Wed 21 Feb
Winter Hibernator Daycamp
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Do northern animals really sleep all winter? Learn about hibernation and winter survival.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Thu 22 Feb
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- Who's Been Waliking in the Snow?
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Feb
Tinty Tots: Nature Discoveries- Who's Been Waliking in the Snow?
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5.

Thu 22 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs' animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces that might even lead us to the animals!

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Outdoor Adventures Daycamp
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Strap on some skis and snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Thu 22 Feb
Outdoor Adventures Daycamp
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Strap on some skis and snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Hike and Find Winter Bingo
Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy an easy snowshoe hike around the Creekside Classroom and explore the park's winter environment. Participants will go out in search of the items on their bingo sheet while also learning more about the winter world around them. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12. This event is free. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Home Ecologist: Birds of Prey
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 22 Feb
Home Ecologist: Birds of Prey
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 -12. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Thu 22 Feb
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY Ulster
Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Raptors on the Ridge, with ornithologist Zach Smith. Join a discussion of the majestic raptors in and around the Shawangunk Ridge, with a special emphasis on the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population in Ulster County. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203

Fri 23 Feb
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Explore how fossils are formed through hands-on activities and make a fun craft for home.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! Explore how fossils are formed through hands-on activities and make a fun craft for home.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Snow Day!
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Celebrate the snowy season! Did you know snowflakes come in 35 different shapes? Join us to explore more fun snowflake facts through activities and crafts.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Beaver Builders Daycamp
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands
(315) 769-8663

Beavers build - but do you know how? Learn all about the New York state mammal.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Fri 23 Feb
Beaver Builders Daycamp
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center
(315) 705-5022

Beavers build - but do you know how? Learn all about the New York state mammal.

Join our staff for a variety of fun, nature based programs. Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather, each day will include outdoor time.

 

Fri 23 Feb
Saving Sea Turtles on Long Island
Friday, February 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A presentation by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society on the four species of marine turtles that liveoff our shores and what we can do to help protect them. Followed by a beach walk weather permitting.

Registration: Optional
Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Birding on the River
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beaver Island State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few other viewing areas that you will find in our state parks on Grand Island. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Weather Wizards
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wondered how a cloud forms or why a tornado starts? Uncover weather secrets with activities and demonstrations.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Ice World "Erie" Exploration!
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Transport yourself to another world! Join a rare adventure to experience the bizarre and constantly changing icescape of craters, caves and frozen ice volcanoes along the lunarlike surface of Lake Erie! For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
The Long Journey Home: Nichols’ Eaglet
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A lecture by National Parks Service Ranger Mary Laura Lamont on the return of nesting bald eagles to Long Island after an absence of almost 80 years.
Registration: Optional
Sat 24 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Feb
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sat 24 Feb
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices canhelp us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer, sleep better, and ultimately can help shift our perspective, enabling us to feelmore in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place insidethe Gothic Chamber and attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 24 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
Birding Basics for Beginners
Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

This hands-on program will introduce adults to birds and their adaptations. It will provide information on where to go and what to get to learn more. Bring binoculars. Indoor program with approximately one mile walk.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Maple Syruping Saturdays
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn about the process of making maple syrup from tap to table. Help us identify which trees to tap, drill holes, hammer in spouts, and collect sap to cook up at the Nature Center. Tastes provided!  Please let the Environmental Educators know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or emailing Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet at the park office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Thematic Tours: John Jay and George Washington
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Happy birthday, George Washington! George Washington respected John Jay so much that, as president, he gave Jay his choice of job in the new administration. Join us on a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House to explore the close relationship between these two leaders of our early Republic. Regular admission fees apply.

Sat 24 Feb
World War I & the End of the Gilded Age
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Themed tour. Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own ‘tracks and traces' book filled with your favorite animals tracks to take home with you. We will take a short walk outside if weather permits.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own ‘tracks and traces' book filled with your favorite animals tracks to take home with you. We will take a short walk outside if weather permits.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 565-6051

Sleigh rides are available every Saturday 2 to 6 PM also February 14 the 2 to 6 pm
Special rides can arranged by request. For further information please contact the country dreams farm at www.adirondacksleighrides.com or (518)565-6051

Sat 24 Feb
Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Exploration
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take a short snowshoe hike to search for tracks and other signs of wildlife in the park! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Saturday Family Movie: The Muppets
Saturday, February 24, 2018 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

When Walter, a Muppet fanatic, finds out what an oil mogul is planning on doing to the Muppet studios, he must rally the support of his friends, human and Muppets alike, to try to preserve their legacy! All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3 hours. Seek the valley of the "Nameless Spirits" with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 25 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 6th.
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

3 hours. Seek the valley of the "Nameless Spirits" with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Preschoolers in the Park: Winter Wonderland at Sam’s Point
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Bring your preschoolers and join Laura Davis, Interpretive Ranger, for a fun-filled morning exploring the wonderful world of winter! We will read a story, do a craft or two, and play a game. We will be inside for most of the time, but if weather allows we will venture outside to build a snowman. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Tree I.D.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Identifying tree species in winter can be an exciting challenge. Hone your skills to identify trees based on their shape, bark and twigs. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sun 25 Feb
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Maple Sugaring by Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer's Maple Products

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Come learn the history and process of maple sugaring from a local producer who helps keep New York State one of the top producers of maple syrup in the country.

Sun 25 Feb
2018 Winter Lecture Series at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Maple Sugaring by Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer's Maple Products

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Come learn the history and process of maple sugaring from a local producer who helps keep New York State one of the top producers of maple syrup in the country.

Sun 25 Feb
Alien Invaders
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Not all invaders are from out of this world. Some are more local than you think! Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures, how they traveled to Long Island and made it their home.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Bayberry Candle
Sunday, February 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(516) 780-3295

Enjoy the beautiful aroma of bayberry in your own home! Explore what life was like when there were only candles to light up the darkness and create a candle made from real bayberries. There will be an additional fee of $2.00 per person for materials

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Two Stunning Views Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Not a morning person? Then, join a park educator for this two-mile-long, afternoon snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Our route, which does include a few modestly challenging hills, will feature views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than eight years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike through some of the most picturesque areas of the park. No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sun 25 Feb
Nature Up Close: Overwintering Mushrooms
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxonomic order.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.

Sun 25 Feb
Nature Up Close: Overwintering Mushrooms
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores which will be presented in a new taxonomic order.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm and last for two hours.