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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
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 27 Nov
Frosty Fresh Air Hike
Saturday, November 27, 2021 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Take a hike on our trails and enjoy the crisp, fresh fall air. Share a picture on our Facebook page of you and your family to enter a drawing to win a private tour with a naturalist. Winner will be announced on December 4th. Trail maps are available at the kiosk by the parking lot and inside the Nature Center. Trails are open from sunrise until sunset.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Nov
Frosty Fresh Air Hike
Saturday, November 27, 2021 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Take a hike on our trails and enjoy the crisp, fresh fall air. Share a picture on our Facebook page of you and your family to enter a drawing to win a private tour with a naturalist. Winner will be announced on December 4th. Trail maps are available at the kiosk by the parking lot and inside the Nature Center. Trails are open from sunrise until sunset.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Nov
Autumn Bird Walk
Saturday, November 20, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A 3-mile walk through fields, forest and pond areas to find wintering species of birds. Bring binoculars.

All programs meet in Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Sat 06 Nov
Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, November 6, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve

A look at the Park's trees and how to identify them by using bark, seeds, leaves and buds! Learn differences between hickories, oaks, cedars and many more.

All programs meet in Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Sat 30 Oct
Nature Nightmares Hike
Saturday, October 30, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

 Prepare to be terrified by this creepy hike through the woods. Includes a 1-mile hike, weather permitting. The guides will light your way, but we recommend you bring your own flashlight!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-nightmares-hike-registration-166338704543

Sat 30 Oct
Nature Nightmares Hike
Saturday, October 30, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

 Prepare to be terrified by this creepy hike through the woods. Includes a 1-mile hike, weather permitting. The guides will light your way, but we recommend you bring your own flashlight!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-nightmares-hike-registration-166338704543

Sat 30 Oct
Nature Nightmares Hike
Saturday, October 30, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Prepare to be terrified by this creepy hike through the woods. Includes a 1-mile hike, weather permitting. The guides will light your way, but we recommend you bring your own flashlight!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-nightmares-hike-registration-166338704543

Sat 30 Oct
Nature Nightmares Hike
Saturday, October 30, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Prepare to be terrified by this creepy hike through the woods. Includes a 1-mile hike, weather permitting. The guides will light your way, but we recommend you bring your own flashlight!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-nightmares-hike-registration-166338704543

Sat 30 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Weir Tours
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours.
Sat 30 Oct
Fall Foliage: Identifying Native Trees in the Preserve
Saturday, October 30, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join naturalist, John McShane, for a tree identification walk around Swan Lake. Discuss some key skills on how to identify the native trees that occupy the Preserve and learn how and why the leaves change color in the fall. John taught a "Tree Identification" course at The New York Botanical Garden for many years and worked as a naturalist for several nature preserves in Westchester. Suggested for ages 10+. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water to drink. Leashed dogs welcome. Rain date: October 31st. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sat 30 Oct
Autumn Bird Walk
Saturday, October 30, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Autumn Bird Walk - some southbound birds are still migrating through Long Island while winter birds in as well as the typical year-round birds. Sparrows, hawks, and waterfowl should be found about the waters and forest trails of the Preserve! Bring binoculars for a 2.5-mile walk through trails of the Preserve.

All programs meet in the Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Sun 24 Oct
Senior Hike
Sunday, October 24, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join us for a leisurely stroll through the Preserve, "no rabbits, just turtles." The walk will be led by JoAnn Gisolfi, who has been leading hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club for 25 years. You can expect to walk about 3-4 miles with a low to moderate gradient. This hike is tailored for seniors and only those who are vaccinated will be allowed to join. Bring water to drink and a snack to enjoy on the trail. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard. Leashed dogs are welcome. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be rescheduled for Sunday, October 31. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 10 people.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sat 23 Oct
Luminary Hike
Saturday, October 23, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us for our signature illuminated night hike! The fall woods transform into a magical landscape with moonbeams and trailside lanterns lighting the way. This self-guided hike takes place on half-mile North Field Loop.

+MEMBERSHIP MIXER: Members will be able to enjoy conversation, snacks, and refreshments in the classroom throughout the duration of the Luminary Hike. RSVP by 10/20.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Luminary Hike
Saturday, October 23, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Join us for our signature illuminated night hike! The fall woods transform into a magical landscape with moonbeams and trailside lanterns lighting the way. This self-guided hike takes place on half-mile North Field Loop.

+MEMBERSHIP MIXER: Members will be able to enjoy conversation, snacks, and refreshments in the classroom throughout the duration of the Luminary Hike. RSVP by 10/20.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Family Explorer Tour
Saturday, October 23, 2021 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Learn about the artistic adventures of Frederic Church while taking a journey of your own! Discover Olana's designed landscape and unique architecture on an outdoor walk filled with family-friendly discussion, activities, and art-making prompts. For families with children ages 5 and up. $10 per adult; $5 for members (free for children 12 and under).
Sat 23 Oct
Fall Foliage Dog Walk
Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Escape the stress of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Join us for a walk with your furry friend. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 23 Oct
Hike with Mike
Saturday, October 23, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Enjoy a hike guided by our historian, Michael Miernik, and learn about the natural and human history of the Preserve. The walk will start and end at the Visitor's Center courtyard, venturing from Swan Lake to Bedford Road, about 4-5 miles round trip. Leashed dogs are welcome. Make sure to bring water with you. 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.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Fri 22 Oct
Family Sensory Walk
Friday, October 22, 2021 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

This approximately 25-minute educator-led walk for families with young children will encourage exploration and mindfulness as we use our senses to discover many of the hidden natural wonders on the Homestead's property. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child; please leave your pets at home. These experiences are free, but reservations are required. Rain or Shine.
Fri 22 Oct
A Stroll Along the Gorge
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 282-5154

Take in familiar views through the years changing environment. Enjoy crisp air with family and friends on this gorgeous walk. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Wed 20 Oct
Full Moon Owl Prowl
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Under the glow of a full moon, embark on an owl prowl and listen to the unique sounds of the woods at night. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 20 Oct
Full Moon Hike: “Hunter Moon”
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

>>>Tickets available on October 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! Please bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress according to weather conditions. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard. In case of bad weather, the event may be canceled; please watch for notices from Eventbrite. 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase tickets and cannot make it, we ask that you cancel your reservation through Eventbrite so the tickets may be made available to others who are wait-listed. Thank you for your cooperation. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 40 people

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sun 17 Oct
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, October 17, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Sunday, October 17, 2021 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

With fall in full swing, the deciduous trees on the escarpment and in the valley begin to prep for the coming winter. The weeks leading to bare trees treat us with a beautiful array of colors. Join us as we learn about the different trees and why they behave the way they do.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Sunday, October 17, 2021 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park

With fall in full swing, the deciduous trees on the escarpment and in the valley begin to prep for the coming winter. The weeks leading to bare trees treat us with a beautiful array of colors. Join us as we learn about the different trees and why they behave the way they do.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, October 17, 2021 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Sensory Hike: Mindful Outdoor Experience
Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Embrace the Earth and connect to nature with all your senses on a hike led by Cindy Olsen, Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and founder of Cindy By Nature, LLC. The hike will begin with gentle stretches and breathing, followed by walking meditation, ending with locally grown Ayurvedic tea in the woods. A winner of Westchester Magazine's Best Outdoor Experience in 2019, this program is one you won't want to miss! A blanket and cushion will be provided, dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water to drink. Ages 18+, please leave your pup at home. Rain date: October 24. Cost: $10 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sun 17 Oct
ALS Walk
Sunday, October 17, 2021 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

West to East

Event Organizer: The ALS Association

Since our founding in 1985, The ALS Association has been tirelessly working to end ALS for good. Every day, researchers are getting closer to discovering treatments and a cure for ALS, but need the help of our donors to get us to that finish line. For more information visit: http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=14700&pg=entry

Sat 16 Oct
Beginners Nature Photography Night with Columbia Land Conservancy
Saturday, October 16, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 392-5252

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and local photographer, Robert Gilson, for a special evening exploring Olana through a new lens. During this walk and workshop, participants will learn more about nature photography techniques while taking snapshots and connecting Olana's artist designed landscape. Please bring your own digital camera and/or smart phone with a camera. During this program, participants will walk about 1 mile along Olana's carriage roads; please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Ages 12 and up. $5/free for Olana and CLC members.

Robert Gilson has an MFA in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop, formerly a satellite program of SUNY Buffalo. His photographs have been exhibited and published in the U.S. and Europe. Through his photographs, Robert's goal is to convey the magic that happens in the natural world. Outdoor Exposure, Columbia Land Conservancy's photography club, meets monthly, with members taking part in photography challenges, visiting Public Conservation Areas, and learning new skills. For more than thirty years, the Columbia Land Conservancy has worked to inspire our community to more deeply connect with, respect, and protect the natural world. For additional information, call 518.392.5252 or visit clctrust.org.

Sat 16 Oct
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 AM - 01:00 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. Once the estate of William Rockefeller, this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Gather at the Rockwood Hall parking lot on Kendal Way at the end of route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water to drink. In the event of heavy rain, the tour will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. 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!

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sat 16 Oct
Botany and Bird Walk
Saturday, October 16, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

A Look Up and Look Down Walk - this walk will combine a walk/talk about the plants as well as the birds that inhabit this Preserve.

All programs meet in Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Sat 16 Oct
Alzheimer’s Walk
Saturday, October 16, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Event Organizer: Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter

Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer's. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Walk to End Alzheimer's is happening — and you can join us at your local event or Walk From Home in your neighborhood. No matter where you participate, know that your health and safety are our top priorities. All local events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, we ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site. We will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees.

*Walkway Over the Hudson is not involved in the planning or execution of this event. For more information, please visit: https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=14654&pg=entry

Thu 14 Oct
Sunset Hike
Thursday, October 14, 2021 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come join us for a 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. We will gather at the main kiosk at the top of the hill and will leave ON TIME. The parking lot is right below Phelps Hospital, off Route 117. The path that leads to the park is across the street from the parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. In case of bad weather, the event may be canceled (including overcast skies when we know there will be no visible sunset). Please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 40 people. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HIKE IS AT ROCKWOOD HALL, DO NOT GO TO THE MAIN PARK ENTRANCE!

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Thu 14 Oct
Park Exploration
Thursday, October 14, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Explore the wonders in our backyard with this walk around the park and through the old growth woods that call it home. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 14 Oct
Tree Identification Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, October 14, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Come join Flora Steward, Devyani Mishra, on a walk through Rockwood Hall to learn more about trees and other plants in the area and how to identify them. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Gather at the Rockwood Hall parking lot on Kendal Way at the end of route 117, just after the intersection of Phelps and Regeneron. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water to drink. 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: 15 people. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HIKE IS AT ROCKWOOD HALL, DO NOT GO TO THE MAIN PARK ENTRANCE!

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Wed 13 Oct
Weir Tours
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 04:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours.
Mon 11 Oct
In Search of Fall Foliage
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

A walk along the Lake Erie shore to search for the first glimpses of fall colors and to enjoy the change of seasons. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Mon 11 Oct
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Monday, October 11, 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.

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

Sun 10 Oct
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, October 10, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, October 10, 2021 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading & Hike
Saturday, October 9, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Join Staten Island Out LOUD for a reading of "An American Sunrise," a collection of poems by Joy Harjo, US poet laureate, and the first Native American to hold that position. Followed by a 1-mile hike. Indoor/outdoor, hike is weather permitting. Best for pre-teens to adults.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-peoples-day-poetry-reading-and-hike-registration-166325505063

Sat 09 Oct
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading & Hike
Saturday, October 9, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Join Staten Island Out LOUD for a reading of "An American Sunrise," a collection of poems by Joy Harjo, US poet laureate, and the first Native American to hold that position. Followed by a 1-mile hike. Indoor/outdoor, hike is weather permitting. Best for pre-teens to adults.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-peoples-day-poetry-reading-and-hike-registration-166325505063

Sat 09 Oct
Inside/Out House Tour
Saturday, October 9, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Take a walk with one of Clermont's docents around the Mansion. Learn about the rooms inside the house from the outside. This exciting tour takes you deep into the lives of the Livingstons and the people who toiled at Clermont.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Environmentalists on Olana: Exploring Historic and Modern Threats to the Hudson River with Riverkeeper
Saturday, October 9, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Local environmentalists and ecological stewards will lead walking tours of Olana, engaging participants in the work of their organizations and providing new insights into Olana's 250-acres. By connecting their naturalist expertise with Olana's physical landscape, each visiting environmentalist will provide a deeper understanding of Olana as not only an artist-designed landscape, but a resource for immersive explorations in our natural world.

Join Riverkeeper's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jen Benson for a walking tour of Olana's artist-designed landscape to learn the history of the Hudson River, explore historic and current threats to the river, and learn about Riverkeeper's efforts to advocate for fishable and swimmable waters. Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguard drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law. $15 per person/ $10 for members.

Sat 09 Oct
Inside/Out House Tour
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Take a walk with one of Clermont's docents around the Mansion. Learn about the rooms inside the house from the outside. This exciting tour takes you deep into the lives of the Livingstons and the people who toiled at Clermont.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join our wildflower expert, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk through the Preserve. Learn about the identification of autumn wildflowers and how you can contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve. Dress for a moderate hike with sun protection and bring plenty of water. Bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures and add the iNaturalist app to your phone. Recommended text: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. Rain date: October 16th from 2-4 pm. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 12 Participants.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Mombasha High Point Hike
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

This hike meanders through beautiful Eastern hardwood forest and reaches the 1261-foot summit of Mombasha High Point. At the summit you will enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding Hudson highlands area, including views of downtown Manhattan. This is a moderate 5-mile hike suitable for people with any level of hiking experience. We will meet at the Visitor Center, then drive to the Doris Duke trailhead to begin the hike.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this hike is limited to 15 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Wed 06 Oct
Weir Tours
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 04:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours.
Sun 03 Oct
Cemetery Walk
Sunday, October 3, 2021 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Pre-registration by phone required!

The park has a few cemeteries located within its bounds. Take a journey to less frequented parts of the park, see tombstones dating back over 100 years, and learn about the first settlers of Grafton.

Program will be held on Sunday, Oct 3rd, 2:30pm. $2/ person, $5 for families of 3 or more. Good for all ages. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Oct
Into the Wild
Sunday, October 3, 2021 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Ever wondered what you'd do if you became stranded in the woods? Join naturalist and wilderness educator, Stephen Sciame of Blue Campfire Experiences LLC, on a 3-hour adventure into the wild where you will learn how to use the natural resources available to you to problem-solve in an emergency. This program is geared towards children ages 9-15 but all are welcome. Please bring a mask to wear while in close proximity to others, preferably a reusable mask as you will also be using it in a demonstration. Rain date: October 10. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people.

Please register for all events through Eventbrite at https://rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com

Sat 02 Oct
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Free, small group, open-air, 2-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions/instructions for Mansion tours, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC's water system. At the end of the tour, you may wish to take an optional discounted tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest house. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes.
Sat 02 Oct
Trail Trek
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

Fall is the perfect season for hiking in the park. Explore trails with an Environmental Educator on an easy paced walk to High Point. Trails are mostly level with a few moderate ups and downs leading to the beautiful viewshed of the Valley below at the Escarpment.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
Trail Trek
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park

Fall is the perfect season for hiking in the park. Explore trails with an Environmental Educator on an easy paced walk to High Point. Trails are mostly level with a few moderate ups and downs leading to the beautiful viewshed of the Valley below at the Escarpment.

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
The Long Island Sound Beach Walk
Saturday, October 2, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

The Long Island Sound Beach Walk - autumn is a great time to stroll the beach looking for shells and other treasures! We will also be looking at the fascinating geology of the cliffs and perhaps find some good clays to mold into a "creation!"

All programs meet in Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Thu 30 Sep
Accessible Outdoor Exploration
Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Visit beautiful Evangola State Park and join us for a relaxing sidewalk tour to experience and enjoy the park's natural charm. People of all ages and abilities welcome. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Thu 30 Sep
Gardeau Valley Hike – Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at overlook 2 miles south of the Perry Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 2 miles)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Thu 30 Sep
Gardeau Valley Hike – Scenic Loop Series
Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at overlook 2 miles south of the Perry Entrance Gate. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 2 miles)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 29 Sep
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at High Bridge parking lot. (2-3 hours, 1 mile)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 29 Sep
Mushroom Walk
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at High Bridge parking lot. (2-3 hours, 1 mile)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Wed 29 Sep
Walk with a Biologist
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Take an hour-long hike with Atlantic Marine Conservation Society's Education Coordinator, Lindsey Reisz through Hallock State Park Preserve. The guided walk will explore the various habitats in the Preserve, search for wildlife, and discuss the current environmental issues and what we can do to help.  

Please email education@amseas.org to register. Sponsored by Parks and Trails New York.
Wed 29 Sep
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Sam's Point Park Educators for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather, including sturdy footwear. 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. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Tue 28 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Out and Back to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator and Vanessa Pagano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, for an adventurous, six-mile hike to Gertrude's Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. 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 should 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
Mon 27 Sep
Wild Walks
Monday, September 27, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Start and end your week right with this guided hike through the park! Meeting point at Hendrix Creek Patio. 

All programs are FREE. All ages are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sun 26 Sep
Fun Facts with Kelly: Wildflowers
Sunday, September 26, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Joseph Davis State Park
(716) 282-5154

Explore a park of wonder, while we search for natural beauties emerging along the trail side. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 26 Sep
River Walk - Celebrate World Rivers Day!
Sunday, September 26, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Did you know the Connetquot River is 6-miles along and is almost completely protected by park lands? Come celebrate "World River Day" with us and take a walk along this incredible river while learning about the creatures that call it home.

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

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. $4 per person, cash only. If you would like to register for a program with a group, please call 631-581-1072 to schedule a private program.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Sep
Nature Walk – St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 26, 2021 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. (2 hours, 1 mile)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sun 26 Sep
Nature Walk – St. Helena Trail
Sunday, September 26, 2021 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. (2 hours, 1 mile)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our former summer programs will not be available this season such as most of our Special Events and Learn About Letchworth series, but keep alert for updates in advertising media and Facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark. All programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Sun 26 Sep
Guided Hike: Signs of Fall
Sunday, September 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Celebrate the first weekend of Fall by looking at signs of the seasonal changes in the park! 

Visit our eventbrite page to reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Family Explorer Tour
Saturday, September 25, 2021 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Learn about the artistic adventures of Frederic Church while taking a journey of your own! Discover Olana's designed landscape and unique architecture on an outdoor walk filled with family-friendly discussion, activities, and art-making prompts. For families with children ages 5 and up. $10 per adults; $5 for members (free for children 12 and under)
Sat 25 Sep
Guided Hike: Signs of Fall
Saturday, September 25, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Celebrate the first weekend of Fall by looking at signs of the seasonal changes in the park! 

Visit our eventbrite page to reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Migrating Monarchs & Butterfly Walk
Saturday, September 25, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Witness the monarch migration and learn about local butterflies while helping with the community science project Monarch Watch. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 25 Sep
Welcome Fall Stroll
Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

The fall season is here! Put down that Pumpkin Spice Latte and join us for a hike through the forest. Learn all about the plants and animals of the Preserve and how they prepare for the changing season.

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

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. $4 per person, cash only. If you would like to register for a program with a group, please call 631-581-1072 to schedule a private program.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Ramble Event: Geology Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Rebecca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, on a four-mile hike around Lake Maratanza and the Ice Caves to study how the mountain and caves formed. Participants should come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear for difficult and slippery terrain in the ice caves, where ice persists year-round. 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 should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Fall Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a special fall-themed scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails. Unable or unwilling to join a group outing right now? Pick up a Fall Scavenger Hunt at the Nature Center and go with just your family!
Sat 25 Sep
Autumn Bird Walk
Saturday, September 25, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Autumn Bird Walk - with southbound birds migrating through and over Long Island we can get a look at sparrows, hawks, vireos, confusing fall warblers and much more! Bring binoculars for a 2-mile jaunt through trails of the Preserve.

All programs meet in Upper Parking Lot, unless noted! Rain cancels, $8 parking fee, call (631) 315-5475 for info and reservations.

Sat 25 Sep
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Saturday, September 25, 2021 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. 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 should wear a mask when inside buildings. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: September 20

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Hike with Mike: Hudson River Valley Ramble!
Saturday, September 25, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Enjoy a hike guided by our historian, Michael Miernik, and learn about the river, brooks, and other water features within the Preserve. Witness the cascades of the Pocantico River and learn about the Old Croton Aqueduct and other historical facts along the way. The walk will start and end at the Visitor's Center courtyard. Make sure to bring water with you. 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: 25 people.

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