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Fri 03 Dec
Lake Minnewaska Resort History Walk
Friday, December 3, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
What was here before Minnewaska State Park Preserve? In the not-so distant past, Minnewaska was the site of two privately owned, majestic hotels. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a slight step back in time. For this cultural history program, we will look at historical artifacts and panels within the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center and then go for a two-mile walk around Lake Minnewaska, stopping at a few historically relevant spots. Participants are strongly suggested to dress warmly in layers and winter clothing. This program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, such as snow. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Dec
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Saturday, December 4, 2021 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! We typically go rain or shine except if very low temperatures, heavy precipitation, or high winds are forecasted and/or if travel is not advised. If so, you will receive a cancelation email two hours before the scheduled walk. SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: Completed vaccinations are required to attend. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Cost: FREE. Maximum: 20 people. Photo courtesy of Neil Nourse.

Please register for this event at: https://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/

Sat 04 Dec
Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath Loop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. If the weather is clear, this hike will feature many panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and of Lake Minnewaska along the route. The Beacon Hill Footpath has a few uphill sections and rocky terrain that some may find challenging, while the carriage road sections of this hike offer relatively easy walking conditions. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Dec
Animal Homes
Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park


Did you know winter can be the best time to look for animal homes in the park?  Join a park naturalist to see where birds, beavers, squirrels, insects, and other animals have made their homes.  Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile.  All ages and abilities welcome!

Sat 04 Dec
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join our Historian, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore Rockwood Hall and its rich history through stories of the land and the people who called it home. Former estate of William Rockefeller, this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. The Rockwood Hall parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes; this tour is just over 3 miles. Rain date: December 11. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 40 people. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HIKE IS AT ROCKWOOD HALL, DO NOT GO TO THE MAIN PARK ENTRANCE!

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Sat 04 Dec
Free First Weekend Wanderings
Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Kickstart your month outdoors at Olana! Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape during hour-long walking tours beginning at the Wagon House Education Center at the historic farm complex. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana's 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk will cover about 1 mile; please wear weather-appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. Limited capacity; all attendants must register in advance. FREE. Advance registration required. This program begins at Olana's Wagon House Education Center. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.
Sat 04 Dec
Saturday Nature Outings – Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 4, 2021 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, ½ mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sat 04 Dec
Saturday Nature Outings – Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 4, 2021 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, ½ mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sat 04 Dec
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & The Aqueduct
Saturday, December 4, 2021 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from the prison hilltop and later from a nature preserve, a stroll down Sing Sing Kill gorge, a hidden museum and last, a neat microbrewery... all near or right on the Aqueduct Trail.

If you've seen BlackkKlansman, you know this turf! It was filmed below the double arch bridge. This outing is for people who walk fairly regularly. Some hills, 3.5 miles, up to 3 hours (excluding brews). Wear hiking boots, bring water and a hat for windy hills! There may be no bathrooms except at brewery. Meet at corner of Correctional Facility Road and State Street near downtown Ossining. Park free along nearby streets like Spring Street near Nelson Park, which is near our endpoint, the brewery. From MTA Hudson Line Ossining train station, it is a .8-mile walk to the meeting point. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Tour leader is Lesley, please TEXT ONLY to number provided on registration. REQUIRED: pre-registration; masks; limited numbers. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Dec
Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 5, 2021 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy, small group, open-air 2 mile/2 hour (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34"N 73°51′21"W (may be parking fee). The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Dec
All About Owls
Sunday, December 5, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Did you know that owls' eyes are fixed in place, so they have to turn their heads to see? Or that a group of owls is called a parliament? Learn more fun facts like these with Naturalist, Andrew Michalski of the Greenburgh Nature Center. Get up-close and personal with their ambassador screech owl, check out some biofacts such as feathers and bones, and dissect pellets to understand what owls eat and how they process their food. Gather at the Visitor's Center courtyard before a short walk to the Glacial Erratic, where the event will take place. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Rain Date: December 12. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people.

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Sun 05 Dec
Where Did Everybody Go?
Sunday, December 5, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Winter is almost here, and you might have noticed fewer animals around! Don't worry, they haven't disappeared! Join us for a walk around the park as we discover some clever and resourceful ways animals survive the colder months.

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventures.

Tue 07 Dec
Bonus Tuesday Trek: Scenic Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 09:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator for a most scenic walk along Upper Awosting and Castle Point Carriage Roads and a section of the remote Rainbow Falls Footpath. Our seven-mile, round-trip route offers stunning views of Lake Awosting, the largest of the sky lakes, from a rocky, cliff-top ledge. Our return trip along Castle Point Carriage Road has fabulous views out over the Wallkill Valley all the way back. Participants should come prepared to spend the entire day on the trail, wearing good walking shoes and bringing all the food, water and gear that they will need. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 08 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Cabin Bank Woods (Pignut 150’+)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3-4 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 08 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Cabin Bank Woods (Pignut 150’+)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Visitor Center. Steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will caravan. (3-4 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 09 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. Humphrey Nature Center. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 09 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. Humphrey Nature Center. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Fri 10 Dec
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, December 10, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one-mile-walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm winter boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will offered instead on December 17. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Fri 10 Dec
High Bridge & Washington Heights
Friday, December 10, 2021 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day-trippers once more. Let's start by walking into The Bronx across the Harlem River, via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct, then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Uptown Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way we pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel, and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4+ miles). Bring snacks and drinks. Meet at Salento Columbian Coffee & Kitchen, 2112 Amsterdam Ave. (W. 165 Street), a short walk from #1, A and C subways at 168 Street. Parking lot at J&B Parking at 2123 Amsterdam Ave., or street park. Please finish eating and using Salento bathroom before 10 am when we start walking. Rain cancels. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 11, 2021 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park

Experience seals in their natural environment! Montauk Point State Park will host a series of hikes to observe wintering seals. Beginning in November and continuing through April 2022, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a scenic beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. If you'd like, bring binoculars!

Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot. Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. We will be outdoors for approximately 2 hours and the hike is approximately 3-miles long. Strollers are not recommended. Space is limited and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! To register, go to Eventbrite.com and search "Seal Walks at Montauk Point." Call 631-668-5000 (ext. 0) for more information.

$4 per person; Children under 3 are FREE!

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Hike with Mike
Saturday, December 11, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Enjoy a 5-6 mile hike at a brisk but steady pace, skirting the fields at the foot of Buttermilk Hill, where Woody Allen filmed one of his early movies. The return route will be determined by weather and joyful spontaneity. The hike will be guided by our Historian, Mike Miernik, and will start and end at the Visitor's Center courtyard. Be sure to dress warmly and bring water to drink. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike will continue in light rain; however, in the event of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people. Photo courtesy of John McShane.

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Sat 11 Dec
Evergreen Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park

A park naturalist will lead a guided nature walk to see what is happening in the park as we transition to Winter, highlighting and investigating some of the tree species that stay green all year! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails. All ages and abilities welcome!

Sat 11 Dec
History of Caumsett
Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural and political history. Some walking in long grass.

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Please note: program reservations for Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and Caumsett Historic Park Preserve are taken over the phone.

Sat 11 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 11 Dec
Saturday Nature Outings – Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, ½ mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sat 11 Dec
Saturday Nature Outings – Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Humphrey Nature Center. (1 hour, ½ mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sat 11 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 12 Dec
Scenic Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 12, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike on four historic carriage roads and one footpath. Starting from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will hike a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and continue on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we intersect the Meadows footpath. Then, we'll continue walking, meandering through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course, until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue south-southwest on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. We will return directly on Castle Point Carriage Road and around the east side of Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road to our starting point. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park

Experience seals in their natural environment! The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Montauk Point State Park will host a series of hikes to observe wintering seals. Beginning in November and continuing through April 2022, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a scenic beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. If you'd like, bring binoculars!

Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot. Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. We will be outdoors for approximately 2 hours and the hike is approximately 3-miles long. Strollers are not recommended. Space is limited and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! To register, go to Eventbrite.com and search "Seal Walks at Montauk Point." Call 631-668-5000 (ext. 0) for more information.

$4 per person; Children under 3 are FREE!

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Dec
Passport to Parks
Sunday, December 12, 2021 01:00 PM
Shadmoor State Park
(631) 581-1072

Join us as we hike on trails less traveled! At the hike, you will receive a "passport" booklet. For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park for your booklet. Reservations for this hiking series are taken two weeks prior to program date.

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventures.

Sun 12 Dec
Guided Hike and Bonfire
Sunday, December 12, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park

Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Join us afterwards for a bonfire and s'mores! Length of walk will be approximately 2 miles on easy trails. All ages and abilities welcome!

Tue 14 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perenially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Wed 15 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Strivings Woods (forest ash 46”x136’)
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 15 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visit – Strivings Woods (forest ash 46”x136’)
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 1-2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 16 Dec
Tree Identification Hike
Thursday, December 16, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join Flora Steward, Devyani Mishra, on a leisurely stroll through the Preserve to learn more about trees and other plants in the area and how to identify them, particularly in the winter when your biggest clues (leaves) are not present. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Bring water to drink. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard.

In the event of rain, the hike will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. You will be notified via email the day before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people.

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Thu 16 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Thursday, December 16, 2021 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Trailside Lodge. Bring a flashlight and picnic supper. (2-3 hours, 1 mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 16 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Approaching Full Moon Over the Pond
Thursday, December 16, 2021 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Trailside Lodge. Bring a flashlight and picnic supper. (2-3 hours, 1 mile)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Fri 17 Dec
Luminary Full Moon Walk
Friday, December 17, 2021 05:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Get in the holiday spirit at our first ever luminary full moon walk! Come out to the park to enjoy a self-guided glowing trail by the Welcome Center, lit by luminary lanterns and the full moon. Enjoy the sounds of the holidays, a warm cup of hot chocolate, or roast a marshmallow over the fire. $5/person, ages 5 and under free. 

This event is self-led and will be held on Friday, Dec. 17th from 5-8:30pm. $5 per person, ages 5 and under free. 
Sat 18 Dec
Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Take a hike on our trails and play our Christmas scavenger hunt with a nature spin. Can you find all twelve? Stop in and give it a try.
Sat 18 Dec
Lenoir Nature Preserve to Untermyer Gardens
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Joint walk with the Lenoir Nature Preserve's Curator, Sara Cavanaugh. Meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers (free parking available), and enjoy an easy 2-mile loop walk along the Aqueduct Trail, with additional time spent exploring the Preserve and the Gardens, enjoying Fall foliage, in our Four Seasons/Three Parks series. The trail is somewhat steep within Lenoir, so please wear sturdy shoes. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Registration: Required
Sat 18 Dec
Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Take a hike on our trails and play our Christmas scavenger hunt with a nature spin. Can you find all twelve? Stop in and give it a try.
Sat 18 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 18 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 18, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 19 Dec
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 19, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining historic summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we'll continue our walk to reach the site of the former, historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we'll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone tower, Skytop, to the north. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Peter's Kill climbing area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately three miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center.
Registration: Required
Sun 19 Dec
Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, December 19, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Pre-registration by phone required! 

Snowshoe rentals provided for both kids and adults.Test out snowshoeing for the first time. If there is no snow, we will still have a great time going for a hike. $3 per person, any age. 

Program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19th at 1pm.& $3 per person. 

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 19 Dec
Welcome Winter Walk
Sunday, December 19, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

From marshland to forest, join us for a stroll through Sunken Meadow State Park as we welcome in winter! The temperature should be crisp, so dress for the weather!

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventures.

Sun 19 Dec
Full Moon Hike: “Cold Moon”
Sunday, December 19, 2021 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

>>>Tickets available on December 1st, 2021 at 10:00 am ET<<<

Every month we give hikers an opportunity to experience the Preserve after dark in our "Full Moon Hike" series. Join us for this very popular and special event! The hike will be about 4 miles. Please bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress according to weather conditions. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard. IMPORTANT: We leave promptly at scheduled times. This is a night hike, after the park has officially closed. Latecomers will not be allowed to enter the park after the group has departed. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled; You will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance.

Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 40 people.

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Tue 21 Dec
Bonus Tuesday Trek: Two Views for One Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Enjoy a stimulating and refreshing two-mile hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, which feature stunning views in clear weather. This hike will take participants a short distance on the Red Loop and Bullwheel Footpaths and features two scenic vistas along the High Peter's Kill Footpath. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area, 5080 Rt 44/55, Gardiner, NY. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Solstice Sunset
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. (3 hrs, 2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Tue 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walk – Solstice Sunset
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris toward Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. (3 hrs, 2 miles)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 22 Dec
Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Loop
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at CoCo Farms (store within Shell Station), 372 S. Broadway, Tarrytown (at the NE corner of the intersection of Routes 9 and 119). Park in adjacent shopping center parking lot or walk from Tarrytown MTA train station (1 mile). Enjoy an easy 5-mile loop walk along the Aqueduct Trail, including the Pocantico/Sleepy Hollow Weir, exploring history and nature. Required: pre-registration (limited number) masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Registration: Required
Thu 23 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 23, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 23 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 23, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. HNC. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 23 Dec
Winter Break Walk to High Point at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 23, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Get outside and stretch your legs by joining us for a hike to high point! We'll discuss our observations of the landscape and enjoy the scenery of the park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Thu 23 Dec
Winter Break Walk to High Point at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 23, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Get outside and stretch your legs by joining us for a hike to high point! We'll discuss our observations of the landscape and enjoy the scenery of the park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Fri 24 Dec
Christmas Eve Hike to Echo Rock
Friday, December 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a four-mile Christmas Eve hike to the beautiful senic vista of Echo Rock. Leaving from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will walk only on historic carriage roads during this recreational program. We will take Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain, and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads to arrive at Echo Rock. This scenic vista sits on a cliff perched over the Palmaghatt Ravine, across the ravine from Patterson's Pellet, and has spectacular views on a clear day. After taking in the view, we will return to our starting point. Our return trip will follow the same route as the way out, but we will make our way around the East side of Lake Minnewaska and enjoy the views around the Lake along the way. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Sun 26 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 26, 2021 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park

Experience seals in their natural environment! Montauk Point State Park will host a series of hikes to observe wintering seals. Beginning in November and continuing through April 2022, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a scenic beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. If you'd like, bring binoculars!

Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot. Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. We will be outdoors for approximately 2 hours and the hike is approximately 3-miles long. Strollers are not recommended. Space is limited and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! To register, go to Eventbrite.com and search "Seal Walks at Montauk Point." Call 631-668-5000 (ext. 0) for more information.

$4 per person; Children under 3 are FREE!

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Dec
Just a Hike
Sunday, December 26, 2021 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome there will be no formal discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy the park's beauty. Bring lunch and drinking water. Some long grass.

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

Please note: program reservations for Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and Caumsett Historic Park Preserve are taken over the phone.

Tue 28 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Kempton Ledge and Beacon Hill Scenic Views Hike
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for the last Tuesday Trek of 2021 as we stroll out along the Castle Point Carriage Road to reach the very scenic Kempton Ledge, which offers stunning winter views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. Returning along Hamilton Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads, we'll then continue along the edge of Lake Minnewaska to reach the Beacon Hill picnic area, which offers expansive views of the Wallkill valley. From here, we'll hike along the Beacon Hill Footpath to reach a nearly panoramic view of the Catskills, returning along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road. This approximately five-mile-long outing does include a narrow, rocky section of footpath that may be slippery or icy. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Thu 30 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. Humphrey Nature Center. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 30 Dec
Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Thursday, December 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. Humphrey Nature Center. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby)

Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 30 Dec
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, December 30, 2021 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come join us for a ~3 mile sunset hike at Rockwood Hall for what we hope will be a spectacular view over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Please dress according to weather conditions and bring water. The Rockwood Hall parking lot is on Kendal Way off route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. If the lot is full, you may park in the Phelps garage (free). Gather at the kiosk at the top of the hill across the street from the parking lot. We will leave ON TIME. Leashed dogs are welcome. In case of bad weather, the hike will be canceled (including overcast skies when we know there will be no visible sunset). You will be notified via email at least 2 hours in advance. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 40 people. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HIKE IS AT ROCKWOOD HALL, DO NOT GO TO THE MAIN PARK ENTRANCE!

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events