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Fri 30 Sep
Fun Facts with Kelly: Wildflower Edition
Friday, September 30, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
As summer winds down and different colors are emerging, take a stroll in search of new flowers blooming along the trail. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Oct
A Stroll Along the Gorge
Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
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.
Fri 07 Oct
Not-so Creepy Crawlies
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Some organisms get a bad rap. Join us for a walk below a nearly full moon, where we will learn about some of the more misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 05 Nov
A Dose of Nature: Pet Friendly Walk
Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Escape the stress of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Join us for a walk with your furry friend. All dogs must remain on leash for the duration of the walk. Note: Please only one dog per person. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 06 Nov
River Ramble
Sunday, November 6, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Nature Center
A hike along the Niagara River to enjoy migratory waterfowl, late season wildflowers, the beaver island lagoon, and other discoveries made along the way. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Fri 07 Oct
Not-so Creepy Crawlies
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
Some organisms get a bad rap. Join us for a walk below a nearly full moon, where we will learn about some of the more misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 05 Nov
A Dose of Nature: Pet Friendly Walk
Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beaver Island State Park
Escape the stress of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Join us for a walk with your furry friend. All dogs must remain on leash for the duration of the walk. Note: Please only one dog per person. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 06 Nov
River Ramble
Sunday, November 6, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaver Island State Park
A hike along the Niagara River to enjoy migratory waterfowl, late season wildflowers, the beaver island lagoon, and other discoveries made along the way. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 05 Nov
Buckhorn Island Peninsula Hike
Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Buckhorn Island State Park
Intermediate level hike to Eagle Point on the Buckhorn Island peninsula. This hike is designed for those seeking the thrill of a more demanding nature walk. Bring a bagged lunch, water and comfortable footwear. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 08 Oct
Fall Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, October 8, 2022 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
Grab your binoculars and field guides and join us for a fall walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club! We'll keep our eyes and ears open as we look and listen for fall migrants and Waterfowl, like geese and ducks, on the Hudson River. Egrets have even been spotted on previous walks! Bird watchers will meet at 8:00 am in the main parking lot. This program is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events.
Sat 08 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a park naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 01 Oct
A Walk Through the Paleozoic
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
On this one-mile walk, participants will be introduced to the rock layers of the Indian Ladder Trail and the fossils found within them. We will return to the Visitor Center along the top of the escarpment which offers spectacular views of the valley and mountains north and east. This trail requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs. All ages, No registration required.
Sat 01 Oct
Geology of the Southern Property
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Tour limestone outcrops, natural springs, and shale hills as we learn about the fascinating and varied geology of Thacher State Park's southern property. We'll travel two miles on well-maintained trails over a medium grade. At Paint Mine Trailhead,  All ages, No registration required.
Sun 02 Oct
Fall Foliage Walks
Sunday, October 2, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join Nature Center educators to explore trails in a different section of the park each week while we learn about tree identification and local ecology. Hikes will range from one to three miles, and may involve uneven surfaces and small inclines. All ages, No registration required.
Fri 07 Oct
Full Moon Hike
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:15 PM - 08:15 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Starting at the Carrick Road trailhead, we'll walk three miles round-trip to Hang Glider Point. Trails traverse moderate terrain, with some uneven and inclined sections. Participants are encouraged to bring their own light sources. At Carrick Road Trailhead, Ages 16+, Registration is required. Call 518.872.0800 to register.
Sat 08 Oct
Caves and Karst
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Starting with the karst display in the Visitor Center, participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscape. We will caravan to two additional areas in the park to observe their unique geology.  Ages 16 and up, No registration required.
Sun 09 Oct
Fall Foliage Walks
Sunday, October 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join Nature Center educators to explore trails in a different section of the park each week while we learn about tree identification and local ecology. Hikes will range from one to three miles, and may involve uneven surfaces and small inclines.All ages, No registration required.
Sat 15 Oct
A Walk Through the Paleozoic
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
On this one-mile walk, participants will be introduced to the rock layers of the Indian Ladder Trail and the fossils found within them. We will return to the Visitor Center along the top of the escarpment which offers spectacular views of the valley and mountains north and east. This trail requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs.  All ages, No registration required.
Sat 22 Oct
Caves and Karst
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Starting with the karst display in the Visitor Center, participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscape. We will caravan to two additional areas in the park to observe their unique geology. Ages 16 and up, No registration required.
Sat 22 Oct
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Tour
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Indian Ladder Trailhead nearest the Visitor Center What: Learn about the geological processes that shaped the rocky Helderberg Escarpment, and the ways that these rocks in turn shaped local history. The trail includes stairs, uneven surfaces, and low rock overhangs that require crouching to pass. At Indian Ladder Trailhead nearest the Visitor Center,  All ages, No registration required.
Sun 23 Oct
Introduction to Hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Join Nature Center educators to learn how to prepare for a day in the outdoors, the basics of Leave No Trace ethics, and how to navigate trails. This program is ideal for anyone hoping to build skills and confidence for exploring nature! Carrick Road Trailhead, All ages, No registration required.
Sat 29 Oct
Owl Prowl
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:45 PM - 07:45 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Learn about owls commonly found at Thacher Park. We'll listen and search for these mysterious creatures on a 1-mile trail over a medium grade. Participants are encouraged to bring their own light sources. At Paint Mine Trailhead, All ages, Registration is required. Call 518.872.0800 to register.
Sat 01 Oct
Forest Physiognomy
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Physiognomy speaks of general appearance, that allows insight into its character. Join us for a hike through two different forest types as we explore and learn what makes each unique! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050. 
Mon 10 Oct
A Naturalists View: Autumn
Monday, October 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Evangola State Park
Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we go on a naturalist's saunter to explore the world around us. We will enjoy all we see, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other. Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just starting out, this series is for you. Everyone has something to learn and knowledge to share. Our outing this month will highlight autumnal changes. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Fri 18 Nov
A Stroll Through the Woods
Friday, November 18, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Unwind with a walk, in crisp autumn air. Take in views of the river as the leaves change and fall from the trees. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 09 Oct
Full Moon Cemetery Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Pre-registration by phone is required! Step outside at night in the park. Take a journey to less frequented parts of the park, see tombstones dating back over 100 years, and learn about some of Grafton's grizzly past. Ages 7 and up. $5 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 15 Oct
Trick or Treat- Nature Trail
Saturday, October 15, 2022 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including face painting and crafts in the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Please call the welcome center to preregister for your family's time slot. Cost for this program is $4 per person. To register call 518-279-1155.
Thu 20 Oct
Fall Foliage Fire Tower Hike
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Join an educator for a hike up to the Fire Tower to see the beautiful colors of the Rensselaer Plateau! Learn about those who used to watch over the plateau from their high vantage point, the restoration of the tower, and also why leaves change color. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the fire tower. Ages 7 and up. No charge. To register call 518-279-1155.
Sat 08 Oct
The Long Island Sound Beach Walk
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
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!"
Sat 22 Oct
Botany and Bird Walk - A Look Up -- Look Down Walk
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
Walk along park trails identifying plants as well as migratory and resident birds that inhabit this Preserve. Roundtrip 1 mile.
Sat 19 Nov
Autumn Bird Walk
Saturday, November 19, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
A 3 mile walk through fields, forest and pond areas to find many wintering and resident species of birds. Bring binoculars for this 3 mile jaunt.
Wed 28 Sep
September Scenic Loops: Gardeau Valley Loop
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)
Thu 29 Sep
Mushroom Walks and Displays
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Special programs of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. This walk will highlight more autumn fungi. This will be a morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon.
Sat 01 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 3 miles)
Sun 02 Oct
Nature Hike on the Letchworth Branch ofthe Finger Lakes Trail —Waterfalls Section
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
We are offering a guided hike of our most scenic section. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required. (3-4 hours, 2 miles).
Wed 05 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Middle Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Thu 06 Oct
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Along the River
Thursday, October 6, 2022 05:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. Experience the rising moon over the interglacial valley called "Lee's Landing".
Sat 08 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed – The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with mobility disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. (1 hour, 1¼ mile).
Sun 09 Oct
Geology Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots. ( 2 h ours, 1 mile).
Mon 10 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. (2 hours, 1 mile).
Wed 12 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lower Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Sat 15 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Leaf Peeping Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Sat 22 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. (3 hours, 2 miles).
Wed 26 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: St. Helena – Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Sat 29 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Tue 08 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Over the Gorge
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 04:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge.
Sat 12 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: November Nature Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sun 13 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part II
Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.
Sat 01 Oct
John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Founding Father John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour. Advance registration is required. $20; $15 members Friends of John Jay Homestead. www.johnjayhomestead.org/events.
Sat 08 Oct
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Head out to the woods for a scenic walk, through Knox Farm State Park, to enjoy the fall foliage and other autumnal changes. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 19 Oct
Evening Bird Walk
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Celebrate "Birdability Week" as we go on an accessible evening bird walk through Knox Farm State Park. Birdability Week provides birding programs for birders with disabilities and other health concerns and is a great way to learn about our local birds! People of all ages and abilities are welcomed to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 12 Nov
Woods, Woofs, and Walks
Saturday, November 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Treat yourself and your dog to Saturday morning stroll led by a naturalist and her dog. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Wed 16 Nov
Autumn Tree I.D
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
A hike through the fall woods to learn some basic tips and tricks to help you to identify trees even after they have lost their leaves! To register call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 16 Nov
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
The fall season is in full swing! Take a walk, through Knox Farm, as we search for autumnal happenings and signs of nature preparing for winter. To register call (716) 549-1050.
Fri 07 Oct
Evening Halloween Hike
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 265-8277

Learn more about Lake Erie's plants, animals, oddities, and other things you might normally overlook while walking in the dark. Flashlights will be required! Meet at the Recreation Hall.

Wed 28 Sep
September Scenic Loops: Gardeau Valley Loop
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Letchworth State Park
General nature hikes utilizing trails, but also traveling cross country to gain vantage to scenic vistas of the river valley. (Bring a lunch)
Thu 29 Sep
Mushroom Walks and Displays
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Special programs of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited. This walk will highlight more autumn fungi. This will be a morning foray followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon.
Sat 01 Oct
Highbanks Hike
Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
General nature hike along the Highbanks Trail from the Hogsback Overlook to the Mt. Morris Entrance Gate. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. (3-4 hours, 3 miles)
Sun 02 Oct
Nature Hike on the Letchworth Branch ofthe Finger Lakes Trail —Waterfalls Section
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
We are offering a guided hike of our most scenic section. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required. (3-4 hours, 2 miles).
Wed 05 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Middle Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Thu 06 Oct
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Along the River
Thursday, October 6, 2022 05:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. Experience the rising moon over the interglacial valley called "Lee's Landing".
Sat 08 Oct
How the Gorge was Formed – The Story of the Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Follow short, paved walkways accessible to persons with mobility disabilities or using wheelchairs. Covers geology, glacial and human history laced with plants and animals. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point. (1 hour, 1¼ mile).
Sun 09 Oct
Geology Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots. ( 2 h ours, 1 mile).
Mon 10 Oct
Heart of the Park Nature Walk
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Walk an easy loop with some stairs that visits the Glen Iris grounds and Middle and Upper Falls. (2 hours, 1 mile).
Wed 12 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lower Gorge (#1) Trail
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Will car caravan (2 hours, 1 mile - except as noted).
Sat 15 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Leaf Peeping Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Wed 19 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Lee’s Landing
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Sat 22 Oct
Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Dishmill Creek Area. Visit hidden beaver ponds. Be prepared for brush and poison ivy; there are no trails except for deer paths. Carpooling is required. (3 hours, 2 miles).
Wed 26 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: St. Helena – Ghost Town of the Genesee
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS.
Sat 29 Oct
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Halloween Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Tue 08 Nov
Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Over the Gorge
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge.
Sat 12 Nov
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: November Nature Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sun 13 Nov
Big Tree Tours: Part II
Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch. Special two-mile walk to park's largest tree. Wear long pants for brushy areas and sturdy footwear for uneven and steep terrain.
Tue 27 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately eight-mile-long hike on a combination of wooded hiking trails and easy-walking carriage roads. Beginning on the Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along a quietly flowing stream, this hike will follow the Rainbow Falls Footpath up and over rock slabs with astounding panoramic views, culminating directly beneath Rainbow Falls. This hike does include two stream crossings and some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Fri 07 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 7, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Tue 11 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Autumn Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The vast views along this route should offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the colorful leaves of fall. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 14 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 14 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and we may also visit Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a recent rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 15 Oct
Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back. This hike will take participants along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, out to Millbrook Mountain, then back to the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, as we return to our starting point. The Millbrook Mountain viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the Wallkill Valley and beyond from a cliff side perch, marked with small pitch pine trees. Our return trip will include some views over the Palmaghatt Ravine, which should look lovely dressed in its fall foliage. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, a stream crossing, exposed tree roots, and sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 16 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike on the Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 16, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, 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 and showcases all the glorious fall colors. 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. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 21 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 21 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on either the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail or the Rail Trail and through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Along our wander, we'll stop to look at a few tree species and learn how to look for clues to identify them, using bark, buds, and leaves. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 22 Oct
Beacon Hill and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road Loop at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Starting at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, our route will take participants to the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which we'll walk until we intersect the Beacon Hill Footpath. From here, we'll follow this footpath until it ends at a field with a lovely view of the Wallkill Valley. From this field, we'll continue on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, heading around the south and then the west side of Lake Minnewaska. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, bare soil with tree roots and short sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 23 Oct
Learn about the Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 23, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, those amazing little organisms that we see growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. We will walk up to two miles on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 25 Oct
Tuesday Trek: The Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, 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. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 28 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 28, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 29 Oct
Hamilton and Castle Point Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile, loop walk loaded with breathtaking, cliff-edge views. Starting on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll walk until we get to the intersection of Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and continue until we reach the intersection with Hamilton Point Carriage Road. We'll follow this carriage road until we reach the intersection with Castle Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow until we return to Lake Minnewaska. Along the way, we will enjoy views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and the distant Lake Awosting. The carriage roads at Minnewaska feature a firm, stable surface that many find easy to walk on. Participants should pack water, lunch, snacks, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the seasonal weather conditions. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 30 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, hikers peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Thu 20 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Hike the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Thursday, October 20, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Park Educators for an adventurous hike to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point, where the air is always a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This nearly four-mile hike includes one steep hill on a carriage road, but the reward of walking through the cool, dark, talus cave is worth the effort. While in the cave, educators will explain the geology of this unique natural area and why it's so special. The footpath section of this outing does include two primitive ladders and a steep stone staircase, which some may find challenging. Plan to bring food and water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 27 Sep
Family Hike
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
This is an easy-going walk designed to bring families together in nature. We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life, taking special notice of the changing season. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 29 Sep
Night Hike
Thursday, September 29, 2022 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
Join a park educator for a hike beginning at sunset. This is an opportunity to see MLSP in a different light! The trek will be rated for beginners and is family friendly. Well behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Unfortunately, our trails don't accommodate strollers. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174. The cost is $5 for adults, $1 for children and this can be paid in cash or by check at the office upon arrival.
Tue 27 Sep
Family Hike
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 05:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
This is an easy-going walk designed to bring families together in nature. We'll set out from the park office keeping a lookout for birds, animal tracks and plant life, taking special notice of the changing season. Our route will be determined by the age and ability level of the participants but whichever direction we take we'll have fun and learn together. Pay $5 per adult and $1 per child (cash or check) at the office. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174.
Thu 29 Sep
Night Hike
Thursday, September 29, 2022 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
Join a park educator for a hike beginning at sunset. This is an opportunity to see MLSP in a different light! The trek will be rated for beginners and is family friendly. Well behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Unfortunately, our trails don't accommodate strollers. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance; call or text 518-917-2174. The cost is $5 for adults, $1 for children and this can be paid in cash or by check at the office upon arrival.
Wed 28 Sep
Autumn Amble
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 06:00 AM - 07:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
Beat the mid-week slump with a walk in the park! Begin your day on a gentle guided journey on a gorge trail with a park naturalist, as we explore the Great Gorge Railway Trail. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a park naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge along the new Gorgeview trails. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 22 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge
Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy fresh air this October with a naturalist on a Saturday stroll, where we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Niagara Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 29 Oct
Fall-ing in Love with the Gorge: Goat Island
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
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Sun 20 Nov
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Sunday, November 20, 2022 01:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park

Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.

Thu 06 Oct
Weir Tour
Thursday, October 6, 2022 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Thu 20 Oct
Weir Tour
Thursday, October 20, 2022 04:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 29 Oct
Quarry Park on the Aqueduct at Hastings-on-Hudson
Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Learn the history of this former marble quarry, which operated along (and under!) the Aqueduct. View the restoration of the site as a park with Hudson River views. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sun 30 Oct
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, October 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free (but $10 parking fee), easy, 2 miles/2 hours (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. 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); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sun 30 Oct
Weir Tour
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 01 Oct
TREE WALK
Saturday, October 1, 2022 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 Fall, highlighting some of the tree species that make it so beautiful this time of year. Walk will be no more than 2 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!
Sun 02 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 2, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a guided hike to explore the trails of the Park and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Sat 08 Oct
FALL SCIENCE
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
We all love the bright colors of fall leaves, but have you ever wondered why they change this time of year? We'll take a short walk to see how the trees are doing and discover the science behind the color-changing trees as we try some leaf color chemistry! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 08 Oct
OUTDOOR SKILLS: MAP AND COMPASS
Saturday, October 8, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Want to become more of an outdoor person or improve your outdoor skills set? Our fall Outdoor Skills Series is for you! Navigation with a map and compass is an essential skill for hiking safety, and it's fun to learn too! No more relying on GPS! This program is geared towards beginners or those who need a refresher. No experience necessary. Most appropriate for ages 10 and up. This program will include a short walk to practice our new skills!
Sun 16 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 16, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a guided hike to explore the trails of the Park and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Sat 22 Oct
FALL SCAVENGER HUNT
Saturday, October 22, 2022 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 29 Oct
HAUNTED TRAIL
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Adults and teens looking for a bigger scare? Take a self-guided trail through a forest full of monsters!
Sun 30 Oct
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, October 30, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a guided hike to explore the trails of the Park and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Sat 12 Nov
Fun Facts and Falling Foliage
Saturday, November 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Reservoir State Park
Come out for a stroll on the accessible path around Reservoir State Park! Enjoy the crisp air and embrace the November weather. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 29 Sep
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, September 29, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place here in the Preserve? Actually, there are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join us for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 01 Oct
Hike with Mike: Eagle Hill to Douglas Hill
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 5-mile hike up Eagle Hill, down to the famous triple arch bridge, along Douglas Hill, and back to Swan Lake via Farm Meadow. Great opportunity to explore a new area of the Preserve if you haven't been to the west side before! Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sun 02 Oct
Wildflower Walk
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join botanist, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of autumn wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 12 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 08 Oct
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Former estate of William A. Rockefeller Jr., this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 09 Oct
Full Moon Hike: “Hunter’s Moon”
Sunday, October 9, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join us for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am.  RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 11 Oct
Hiking and Hunting
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
You may have noticed signs about the hunting program in the Preserve recently, as hunting season approaches. If you've wondered about the safety or the scope of the hunting program, or its necessity in maintaining a balanced ecosystem within the Preserve, then this program is for you. Join naturalist and manager of the hunting program, Josh DiPaola, for a 2-mile walk and talk along the Pocantico River Trail and allow him to answer any questions you may have. Cost: FREE. Max: 30 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Thu 13 Oct
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, October 13, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sun 23 Oct
Fall Foliage Photo Walk
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Capture the beauty of fall foliage with photographer, Heidi Fuhrman, on a 2-mile walk in search of scenic vistas and natural subjects. Heidi will guide you to some of the best locations to shoot and will advise on framing, perspective, lighting, etc. Any camera is fine, even a cell phone; both beginners and experienced photographers are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 29 Oct
Autumn Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join naturalist, John McShane, for a stroll through the Preserve and discuss some key skills on how to identify native trees. You'll also learn how and why the leaves change color in the fall. The hike will be around 1-2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Suggested ages 10+. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 01 Oct
Children’s program: Shaping Staatsburgh: Explore the Language of Architecture
Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Buildings come in many different sizes and styles, designed for different uses and tastes. Join site staff for a 1-hour walk around the estate to examine the mansion and other estate buildings while learning the language of architecture and why buildings look the way they do. Appropriate for children ages 9-15; must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $2/child, accompanying adults are free; $5/person for adults attending without a child.
Fri 07 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 7, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Sat 08 Oct
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village of Staatsburg and its connection to the Mills family. The walk leader will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: free
Sun 09 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Sunday, October 9, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 14 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 21 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Sat 22 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Fri 28 Oct
Guided Landscape Walk of Staatsburgh’s Grounds: What You See and What You Don’t See
Friday, October 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $5 per person
Sat 29 Oct
Staatsburg Village Walking Tour
Saturday, October 29, 2022 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
This 90-minute walk in the village of Staatsburg will explore the estate's close relationship with the nearby village of Staatsburg and its connection to the Mills family. The walk leader will discuss historic buildings and highlight hidden locations in the village that demonstrate Staatsburg's vibrant past and the legacy of Ruth and Ogden Mills beyond the estate walls. Reservations required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: free
Sat 01 Oct
A Walk Through the Paleozoic
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
On this one-mile walk, participants will be introduced to the rock layers of the Indian Ladder Trail and the fossils found within them. We will return to the Visitor Center along the top of the escarpment which offers spectacular views of the valley and mountains north and east. This trail requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs. All ages, No registration required.
Sat 01 Oct
Geology of the Southern Property
Saturday, October 1, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Tour limestone outcrops, natural springs, and shale hills as we learn about the fascinating and varied geology of Thacher State Park's southern property. We'll travel two miles on well-maintained trails over a medium grade. At Paint Mine Trailhead,  All ages, No registration required.
Sun 02 Oct
Fall Foliage Walks
Sunday, October 2, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join Nature Center educators to explore trails in a different section of the park each week while we learn about tree identification and local ecology. Hikes will range from one to three miles, and may involve uneven surfaces and small inclines. All ages, No registration required.
Fri 07 Oct
Full Moon Hike
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:15 PM - 08:15 PM
Thacher State Park
Starting at the Carrick Road trailhead, we'll walk three miles round-trip to Hang Glider Point. Trails traverse moderate terrain, with some uneven and inclined sections. Participants are encouraged to bring their own light sources. At Carrick Road Trailhead, Ages 16+, Registration is required. Call 518.872.0800 to register.
Sat 08 Oct
Caves and Karst
Saturday, October 8, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Starting with the karst display in the Visitor Center, participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscape. We will caravan to two additional areas in the park to observe their unique geology.  Ages 16 and up, No registration required.
Sun 09 Oct
Fall Foliage Walks
Sunday, October 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join Nature Center educators to explore trails in a different section of the park each week while we learn about tree identification and local ecology. Hikes will range from one to three miles, and may involve uneven surfaces and small inclines.All ages, No registration required.
Sat 15 Oct
A Walk Through the Paleozoic
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
On this one-mile walk, participants will be introduced to the rock layers of the Indian Ladder Trail and the fossils found within them. We will return to the Visitor Center along the top of the escarpment which offers spectacular views of the valley and mountains north and east. This trail requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs.  All ages, No registration required.
Sat 22 Oct
Caves and Karst
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Starting with the karst display in the Visitor Center, participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscape. We will caravan to two additional areas in the park to observe their unique geology. Ages 16 and up, No registration required.
Sat 22 Oct
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Tour
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Indian Ladder Trailhead nearest the Visitor Center What: Learn about the geological processes that shaped the rocky Helderberg Escarpment, and the ways that these rocks in turn shaped local history. The trail includes stairs, uneven surfaces, and low rock overhangs that require crouching to pass. At Indian Ladder Trailhead nearest the Visitor Center,  All ages, No registration required.
Sun 23 Oct
Introduction to Hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Join Nature Center educators to learn how to prepare for a day in the outdoors, the basics of Leave No Trace ethics, and how to navigate trails. This program is ideal for anyone hoping to build skills and confidence for exploring nature! Carrick Road Trailhead, All ages, No registration required.
Sat 29 Oct
Owl Prowl
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:45 PM - 07:45 PM
Thacher State Park
Learn about owls commonly found at Thacher Park. We'll listen and search for these mysterious creatures on a 1-mile trail over a medium grade. Participants are encouraged to bring their own light sources. At Paint Mine Trailhead, All ages, Registration is required. Call 518.872.0800 to register.
Fri 28 Oct
Walkway at Night
Friday, October 28, 2022 06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River at Walkway at Night. This event takes place from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Walkway At Night is sponsored by Tompkins Community Bank. Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry at walkway.org/walkwayatnight and check in at the appropriate gate upon arrival. As always, Walkway members are welcome to attend at no cost. Non-members can register for $5. Members have been emailed a special discount code to use upon registration providing one complimentary admission to Individual members, and up to five complimentary admissions for Family members. To become a Walkway member and receive your discount code, visit join.walkway.org. All proceeds and additional donations support the Friends of the Walkway and our mission to host community events like Walkway at Night, add amenities to the park, undertake capital construction projects, support the volunteer Ambassadors, and much more. We can't wait to see you on the Walkway!
Sun 16 Oct
Nature at a Snail’s Pace
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Join a Forest Therapy Guide and awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. The walk will conclude with tea under the trees. (tea not provided). For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 06 Nov
A Dose of Nature: A Stroll Through the Park
Sunday, November 6, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Enjoy a walk along the creek and through the woods as we explore this park in the autumn air. To register call (716) 282-5154.