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Tue 01 Jun
“Memento Mori Mandalas” by Portia Munson
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021 08:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

On view daily 8 AM - sunset through October 31, 2021

In her flower mandala series, Munson memorializes bird, animal, and insect life that has come into harsh contact with man, highlighting the shifting climate and the associated stresses that pollution and modern, industrialized life have on natural places and wildlife. This public work is part of Olana's larger 2021 collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment." FREE and open to all.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jun
FALLEN by Jean Shin
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021 08:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

FALLEN invites viewers to reflect on the cultural history of the Hudson Valley region and the life of the eastern hemlock tree that once stood on Olana's East Lawn. Artist Jean Shin presents a site-specific work installed on Olana's East Lawn through October 31. This public work is a part of Olana's larger 2021 collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment." When visiting, please touch but do not climb on the artwork. FREE and open to all.
Sat 12 Jun
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment
Saturday, June 12, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site

Please join us to experience this new exhibition exploring the theme of "cross pollination" in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade's 19th century painting series of hummingbird and habitats and includes major paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and contemporary art by Nick Cave, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Maya Lin, and more. "Cross Pollination: Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, and Our Contemporary Moment" was created by Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. To learn more visit https://www.hudsonriverskywalk.org/crosspollination

Wed 01 Sep
Red Barn Discovery Center
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 until Friday, October 29, 2021
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Red Barn Discovery Center - Reservations

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through October

10-11:30am and 2-3:30pm

Each 90-minute session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. Advanced reservations are required. Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 15 people per group, including children and infants. If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel or change this event, you will be notified by email. Private Red Barn Discovery Center experiences are scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, May through October. Free admission.

Wed 01 Sep
Rocky’s Ride & Raffle
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 until Thursday, September 30, 2021
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 762-0209

The carriage roads of Rockefeller State Park Preserve were designed for horses and preserving that tradition is the inspiration for our annual ride. Riders can visit on the day of their choice and go at their own pace, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Preserve. Carriage drivers are welcome! All proceeds go to carriage road maintenance. https://www.friendsrock.org/trail-ride

Tue 28 Sep
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants MUST arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 25 individuals. 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 Main Entrance. For questions, please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
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
Tue 28 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 28 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 28 Sep
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 28 Sep
Young at HeART: Plein Air Pastel at Olana
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, September 14 - October 6, 2021

Please visit the following link to read the full event description and programming dates: click here

This eight-session course will use Olana's artist-designed landscape as a source of inspiration for learning about plein air painting. Using pastel, participants ages 55+ will develop a working knowledge of painting, make a finished work and several studies each class, and gain the ability to paint plein air independently.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4035

Registration: Required
Tue 28 Sep
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Wed 29 Sep
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Wed 29 Sep
Motion in the Ocean
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
(516) 809-8222

Get ready to move and groove like your favorite ocean animals! Find out how energy moves through the food web and how marine animals use their energy through music and dance. Children (Ages 3-6)

REGISTER FOR ALL PROGRAMS & EVENTS ONLINE : https://www.jonesbeachenc.org/

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
Wed 29 Sep
Lunch Near Wetlands & Wilds
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center. Bring a lunch. (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
Lunch Near Wetlands & Wilds
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3682

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center. Bring a lunch. (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
Young at HeART: Plein Air Pastel at Olana
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, September 14 - October 6, 2021

Please visit the following link to read the full event description and programming dates: click here

This eight-session course will use Olana's artist-designed landscape as a source of inspiration for learning about plein air painting. Using pastel, participants ages 55+ will develop a working knowledge of painting, make a finished work and several studies each class, and gain the ability to paint plein air independently.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4035

Registration: Required
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
Fishing Frenzy
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Learn to fish on Penn Pier throughout September! No experience needed, all materials provided. 1 hour sessions, fishing is catch and release. 

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
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
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
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.

Thu 30 Sep
Bike Loans
Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Thu 30 Sep
After School- Junior Naturalist Series
Thursday, September 30, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Pre-registration by phone required!

Do you have a child that loves the outdoors? Have them become a Junior Naturalist! This year's theme animal is the fisher. Join on hikes, participate in activities, and complete the Jr. Naturalist booklet to earn a NYS Junior Naturalist 2021 patch! No charge. Ages 7-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. Must attend at least the first or second session and the last session to earn the patch.

Thursday, Sept 16th: After School- Jr. Naturalist: What is a Fisher?

Thursday, Sept 23rd: After School- Jr. Naturalist: Using Our Senses

Thursday, Sept 30th: After School- Jr. Naturalist: Patch Ceremony

Programs will be held on Thurs., Sept 16th, 23rd, & 30th. No charge. Ages 7-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. Must attend at least the first or second session and the last session to earn the patch. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 30 Sep
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, September 30, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we're reading Wolf Nation by Brenda Peterson. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Fri 01 Oct
Tour of Bannerman’s Island
Friday, October 1, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 831-6346

Month of October, Thursdays through Sundays

Take a cruise to Bannerman's Island and enjoy a tour with professional tour guides. Hike the island's trails, enjoy the historic gardens and visit the Bannerman Island museum and visitor center. $40 Adult, $35 children – Includes; Cruise to Bannerman Island, tour and concerts on Third Sundays. For tickets visit www.bannermancastle.org

Fri 01 Oct
Sam’s Point Gallery Spotlight for the Month of October: Furrow Project by Artist-Miniaturist Sergey Jivetin
Friday, October 1, 2021 until Thursday, September 30, 2021
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Sergey Jivetin is an artist-miniaturist living in the Hudson Valley and working with seeds as a conceptual and physical medium. During the month of October, Sergey will display photos of his seed artwork in the gallery. Additionally, he will be leading two public events at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.
Fri 01 Oct
Mansion Tours
Friday, October 1, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

October 1 – October 31, 9:30AM – 5:00PM Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Mansion tours by advance reservation only. See the magnificent 79-room Gilded Age home of Ruth Livingston Mills, decorated with its original furnishings. To make reservations: https://millsfriends.org/

Cost: $6/Regular; $4/Seniors & Students; Children 12 & under are free.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 1, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 01 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Oct
Bike Loans
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 01 Oct
Monthly Volunteer Event at Minnewaska: Working in the Native Plant Garden
Friday, October 1, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in giving a little love back to Minnewaska at this recurring volunteer program, offered on the first Friday of every month. This month, volunteer efforts will be focused on maintaining the native plant gardens around the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. The garden, which is less than a year old, has been a success so far, with many types of pollinators, including monarch butterflies, stopping by for a sip of nectar. Tasks may include weeding, deadheading, and seed saving, among others. Gardening experience is helpful, but not necessary. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, a sun hat, and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. The daily parking fee will be waived for volunteers who pre-register. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by emailing Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Adults
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach you the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.

Fri 01 Oct
Cranberry Walk around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Friday, October 1, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Park Staff for an educational walk around Lake Maratanza. Along the way, we'll learn about wild cranberries, including their habitat and required growing conditions. We will also discuss their human history and how people have cultivated them. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Kids
Friday, October 1, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach kids 12 and under, the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Accompany your child and bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.
Registration: Required
Fri 01 Oct
Starry Starry Night
Friday, October 1, 2021 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Upper Landing Park

SIP, wine, cocktails, and craft beverages. SAVOR, delicious fare from the Hudson Valley. STROLL while enjoying special entertainment and one-of-a-kind twilight views from the Walkway. Featuring a menu prepared by Chef Bruce Kazan from Main Course. Wine from Millbrook Vineyards, a signature cocktail from 1857 Spirits and Hudson Whiskey from Tuthilltown Distillery, along with craft beers from Dutchess Beer Distributors/ Mill House Brewing Co. and other renowned Hudson Valley purveyors.

Join our honorary presenters: ▪Dave Price ▪Robert Dyson ▪Tara Sullivan ▪Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky ▪Senator Michelle Hinchey and 2021 Event Chairs Ron Lane, Ann Weiser & Elizabeth Waldstein in recognizing the 2021 Great Connectors

2021 GREAT CONNECTORS

▪John O'Shea ▪Mary Stuart Masterson ▪Andrew Beers ▪Michael Graham

Please visit www.walkway.org/starrystarrynight for more information and to reserve tickets.

Fri 01 Oct
Black as a Bat
Friday, October 1, 2021 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Pre-registration by phone required!

What better way to welcome in the Halloween season?! Do you love bats? Fear them? Admire from afar? This program is great for all ages. Bring a blanket and a warm layer!

Program will be held on Friday, Oct 1st, 7:30pm. $2/ person, $5 for families of 3 or more. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
Poughkeepsie Regatta Race
Saturday, October 2, 2021 07:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Regatta will be going under the Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: The Hudson River Rowing Organization & Mid-Hudson Rowing Association

The Hudson River Rowing Association and Mid-Hudson Rowing Association will be co-sponsoring a 3 mile rowing race on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Named after the historic Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta (1895 – 1949), the new Poughkeepsie Regatta will be held on the historic course used for the national collegiate championship races.

Races are scheduled to run from 7:15 AM to 10:30 AM. The start is at the Culinary Institute of America's main campus in Hyde Park and the finish is under the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie. The entire race can be viewed from the Walkway Over the Hudson (2.5 miles from the start). Crews from Pelham to Albany will convene at the Hudson River Rowing Association Community Boathouse to compete in Junior, Collegiate and Masters events. Boats racing will include singles (1 person), doubles (2 person), quads (4 person), fours (4 person with a coxswain) and eights (8 person with a coxswain). For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/poughkeepsie-regatta/

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.

Sat 02 Oct
Play Days @ Jay (Farm Market)
Saturday, October 2, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Saturdays during our Farm Market, stop by the Play Days @ Jay booth for a fun activity or craft.
Sat 02 Oct
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Saturday, October 2, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The farm market is open every Saturday, May - October, on the beautiful and historic John Jay Homestead; hosting local farms, bakers, artisans and food vendors. Products include seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods & sauces, baked breads treats, and so much more for you to enjoy! We offer a convenient and safe locale in our beautiful barnyard for shopping. Come support local farms and businesses at John Jay Homestead!
Sat 02 Oct
Watercolor Painting En Plein Air
Saturday, October 2, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Experience nature through painting "en plein air," a French expression for "in the open air." Join us for a class guided by Anne Johann, an award-winning artist who grew up in the Hudson Valley and emphasizes the beauty of nature in all her work. Anne will help you develop your skills and learn the watercolor technique while encouraging you to observe and appreciate the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Recommended supplies include: a watercolor set, paintbrushes, watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, and a couple small jars of water. Rain dates: October 16 & 23. Cost: $12 per class + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 10 Participants.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Saturday, October 2, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: September 27
Registration: Required
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
Twin Forts Day
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
On October 6, 1777 an invading British Army assaulted Fort Montgomery and nearby Fort Clinton. Outnumbered 3 to 1, the defending Continental soldiers and militia held out as long as they could until at last the forts were overrun. Over half of the garrison was captured or killed. 

Join us at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site on Saturday, October 2nd as we commemorate the 244th anniversary of this bloody battle. Reenactors from the 5th New York and 6 th Connecticut Regiments and Mott's Artillery will be here! There will be cannon firings, military drill, dramatic performances, children's games and living history demonstrations throughout the day. Please note there will be NO BATTLE REENACTMENT. 

Sat 02 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
What's A Watershed?
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Are you curious to see how a watershed works? You might be surprised! Come see for yourself how pollution works on a watershed module.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
Owl Pellet Investigation at Sam’s Point
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Owls are fierce birds of prey that hunt small rodents, insects, and even birds during the late hours of the night. Owls swallow their food whole, and whatever cannot be digested is turned into a small pellet that they expel. Examination of these pellets is a fun, hands-on and educational activity for people of all ages. After opening and dissecting the pellets, we will try to identify which animals the bones came from by measuring the skull and other bones found. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to twelve years old, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
Fall Science
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

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 02 Oct
Bike Loans
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

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
What's A Watershed?
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Are you curious to see how a watershed works? You might be surprised! Come see for yourself how pollution works on a watershed module.
Registration: Required
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
Drop-In Furrow Seed Engraving Demonstration with Sergey Jivetin at Sam’s Point
Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Stop by the Sam's Point Visitor Center to watch artist-miniaturist Sergey Jivetin hand-engrave thematic illustrations into seeds that are native to the Park Preserve. He will also have some existing work on display. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sat 02 Oct
WALKTOBERFEST
Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Hudson Valley Rail Trail/Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Hosting Walktoberfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market to Celebrate Hudson Valley Products.

For complete information, tickets, and a list of participants, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.

Sat 02 Oct
Lanterns and Legends: Making Halloween History
Saturday, October 2, 2021 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

We all associate carving pumpkins with Halloween, but did you know that before pumpkins became affiliated with Halloween it was custom to carve turnips and other root vegetables into jack-o'-lanterns? Join us in carving both pumpkins and turnips while exploring the history of this beloved Halloween tradition. We'll provide all the materials needed to get crafty and creepy as we cover everything from how the Maori people of New Zealand would carve gourds over 700 years ago, to the spooky Irish legend of Stingy Jack. Be sure to turnip for this one!

Please note: This is a family program, so children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child. 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 02 Oct
Farm Tour
Saturday, October 2, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Celebrate World Farm Animal Day by visiting Gericke Farm! Meet at the farm, located at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd, accessible by the S74 bus. Outdoor, weather permitting. All ages welcome.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-tour-registration-166318014659

Sat 02 Oct
Farm Tour
Saturday, October 2, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Celebrate World Farm Animal Day by visiting Gericke Farm! Meet at the farm, located at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd, accessible by the S74 bus. Outdoor, weather permitting. All ages welcome.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-tour-registration-166318014659

Sat 02 Oct
Spidey Senses
Saturday, October 2, 2021 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Pre-registration by phone required!

Do spiders give you the heebie jeebies? Do you shriek in terror when you see one in your house? Spiders are an integral part of ecosystems and help to keep insect populations at bay. Join this program to learn about what special senses spiders have and why you shouldn't be afraid of them.

Program will be held on Saturday, Oct 2nd, 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
Sat 02 Oct
Tasting of the Dark Aisle Porter
Saturday, October 2, 2021 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Friends of Lorenzo and Meier's Creek Brewing Company present " Tasting of the Dark Aisle Porter" in the formal garden at Lorenzo.  Dark Aisle Porter was inspired by Lorenzo's Dark Aisle tree grove and pathway that surrounds the formal garden.  Food provided by the Lincklaen House, live music by J. Dyer, wine, raffles and more!  Tickets available friendsoflorenzo.org.  Admission:  $25 members and $30 non-members.  Must be 21 or older to attend, ID required at entry.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Oct
One Night Only - Ghost Hunt with Orange County NY Paranormal
Saturday, October 2, 2021 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join a paranormal team for discussion and ghost hunt!
$30 per adult (age 18+)
All Actual Ghosts get in Free!
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Oct
A Dose of Nature: Forest Therapy
Sunday, October 3, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 282-5154

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the forest with a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. You will be guided through a series of invitations/ prompts to help you connect with your senses and the environment. The walk will blend time for solitude in nature and some light sharing. We will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing to cover no more than a mile. The walk will conclude with tea under the trees (tea NOT provided). For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 03 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Oct
Bike Loans
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sun 03 Oct
Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Sam’s Point
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Sam's Point staff for this exciting, hands-on program during which you'll learn about various kinds of mushrooms, what they need to grow and how some of them help to reduce waste in the environment. Then, you'll build your own edible mushroom growing kit to bring home. Mushroom growing kits will be built out of cardboard, so please bring in your own. This program is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Oct
Kids Bike Swap
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Exchange the bike your child has outgrown for the next size up and get a free bike helmet. Child must be present and accompanied by parent/guardian.
Sun 03 Oct
WALKTOBERFEST
Sunday, October 3, 2021 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Hudson Valley Rail Trail/Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Hosting Walktoberfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market to Celebrate Hudson Valley Products.

For complete information, tickets, and a list of participants, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.

Sun 03 Oct
Fierce First Lady Fall Story Hour
Sunday, October 3, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Living in the Hudson Valley, you have probably heard of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. Eleanor Roosevelt was a very important and influential First Lady who celebrated her birthday during the month of October. But did you know that she was also related to the Livingston family? Come join us to hear a story about one of the Livingstons' most prominent relatives!

Please note: This is a family program, so children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child. 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 03 Oct
Outdoor Skills: The 10 Essentials
Sunday, October 3, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Want to become more of an outdoor person or improve your outdoor skills set? Our fall Outdoor Skills Series is for you! Very beginner friendly, no outdoor or hiking experience is required! Come for one session or them all! This week we'll talk about the 10 essentials. Learn what to pack for maximum safety and fun on your outdoor adventure!
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

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
Guided Hike
Sunday, October 3, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

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!
Mon 04 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 888-2333

2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. Participants should bring binoculars and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve, which opens to the general public at 9:00 am. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Main Entrance. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333 with any questions.
Tue 05 Oct
Young at HeART: Plein Air Pastel at Olana
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, September 14 - October 6, 2021

Please visit the following link to read the full event description and programming dates: click here

This eight-session course will use Olana's artist-designed landscape as a source of inspiration for learning about plein air painting. Using pastel, participants ages 55+ will develop a working knowledge of painting, make a finished work and several studies each class, and gain the ability to paint plein air independently.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4035

Registration: Required
Tue 05 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 05 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 05 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Oct
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Wed 06 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Oct
History Tidbits
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join us out on the grounds of the historic site for tidbits about our history. On the first and third week of each month, May through October, we'll explore a different area of the Homestead.
Wed 06 Oct
Young at HeART: Plein Air Pastel at Olana
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, September 14 - October 6, 2021

Please visit the following link to read the full event description and programming dates: click here

This eight-session course will use Olana's artist-designed landscape as a source of inspiration for learning about plein air painting. Using pastel, participants ages 55+ will develop a working knowledge of painting, make a finished work and several studies each class, and gain the ability to paint plein air independently.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4035

Registration: Required
Wed 06 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have a child that loves Halloween? What about one that loves doing science experiments, building things, or watching things explode?! This Halloween after school series has something for everyone.

Wednesday, Oct 6th: Pumpkin Explosions– carve pumpkins and then see a potion erupt out of their mouth!

Wednesday, Oct 13th: Pumpkin Decay– why do pumpkins rot, are there ways to prevent it?

Wednesday, Oct 20th: Fall Colors– the leaves are changing! What causes it? Discover for yourself.

Wednesday, Oct 27th: Build a Bat Box– learn about bats and build a bat house of your very own!

Programs will be held on Wednesdays in October from 4:00pm-5:30pm. $5 per child per session. Must be accompanied by an adult. Any age child welcomed, best for ages 7-12. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

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.
Wed 06 Oct
Pitch Black Walk
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Is Halloween your favorite time of the year? Ours too! Come out for this walk under the moonless sky to learn about the spooky creatures that inhabit the woods of Grafton. Explore a part of the park often overlooked.

Program will be held on Wednesday, Oct 6th from 7-9pm. $2/person, $5/family. Ages 10 and up. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Thu 07 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Oct
Bike Loans
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Thu 07 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Autumn Leaves Identification and Craft
Thursday, October 7, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers on a two-mile hike around Lake Minnewaska to collect colorful, fallen leaves, learning about the trees they've come from along the way. Back at the Nature Center, we'll demonstrate two simple methods to preserve leaves that can be done at home: pressing and using polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue. We'll try our hand at these methods with the leaves we collected earlier. These colorful, preserved leaves are perfect for use in scrapbooks and as fall decorations! This program is recommended for children over the age of seven, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Autumn Leaves Identification and Craft
Thursday, October 7, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers on a two-mile hike around Lake Minnewaska to collect colorful, fallen leaves, while learning about the trees they've come from along the way. Back at the Nature Center, we'll demonstrate two simple methods to preserve leaves that can be done at home: pressing and using liquid craft glue. We'll try our hand at these methods with the leaves we collected earlier. These colorful, preserved leaves are perfect for use in scrapbooks and as fall decorations. This program is recommended for children over the age of seven, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Oct
Stargazing in the Preserve
Thursday, October 7, 2021 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join members of the Rockland Astronomy Club for an evening of stargazing at the Preserve. You'll have the chance to view the night sky through a telescope and maybe even catch a glimpse of one of our planetary neighbors. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard, followed by a short walk on the Overlook trail to our viewing location. Bring water! Rain date: TBD. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people.

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

Fri 08 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 8, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 08 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Friday, October 8, 2021 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: October 3
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Friday, October 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Oct
Bike Loans
Friday, October 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 08 Oct
Qi Gong Over the Walkway
Friday, October 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

West Side Plaza

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & Kele Baker

The natural movement of water is a reflection of natural wellness within ourselves. We are healthiest and happiest when the body is relaxed and flowing like the tide of the river, and when the mind is quiet and deep like the sea.

By embodying the observable movements of nature through qigong, our body, mind, heart and spirit align with their own internal nature, helping us experience overall wellness and quality of life. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing and meditation to help us relieve anxiety, release stress, and feel more energized and peaceful.

All practices can be done seated or standing, and are adaptable to suit individual comfort levels. Everyone is welcome to participate. These events are free for Walkway members, while non-members are asked to consider making a donation at the event ($5 suggested). All proceeds support Walkway Over the Hudson and its mission to bring dynamic programs like this to the Hudson Valley community. For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/qigong-on-the-walkway/2021-10-08/

Fri 08 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 8, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

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 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. 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. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 08 Oct
Homestead Seek & Find Game
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Visit our Carriage Barn to pick up a copy of this month's Seek & Find game. Bring your completed game sheet back to the Carriage Barn to claim a prize! Free admission. Come back for a new game on the second Friday of every month, May through October.
Fri 08 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Adults
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach you the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.

Fri 08 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Kids
Friday, October 8, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach kids 12 and under, the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Accompany your child and bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Friday, October 8, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Oct
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association
Friday, October 8, 2021 06:30 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car, so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/275468188/
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
B.O.S. October Count
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Be a part of the fun as we bird the lakeshore to tally species for the Buffalo Ornithological Society October Count. This count has been taking place since 1939! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 09 Oct
Play Days @ Jay (Farm Market)
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Saturdays during our Farm Market, stop by the Play Days @ Jay booth for a fun activity or craft.
Sat 09 Oct
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The farm market is open every Saturday, May - October, on the beautiful and historic John Jay Homestead; hosting local farms, bakers, artisans and food vendors. Products include seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods & sauces, baked breads treats, and so much more for you to enjoy! We offer a convenient and safe locale in our beautiful barnyard for shopping. Come support local farms and businesses at John Jay Homestead!
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
Watercolor Painting En Plein Air
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Experience nature through painting "en plein air," a French expression for "in the open air." Join us for a class guided by Anne Johann, an award-winning artist who grew up in the Hudson Valley and emphasizes the beauty of nature in all her work. Anne will help you develop your skills and learn the watercolor technique while encouraging you to observe and appreciate the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Recommended supplies include: a watercolor set, paintbrushes, watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, and a couple small jars of water. Rain dates: October 16 & 23.

Cost: $12 per class + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 10 Participants

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

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
Sat 09 Oct
The Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 9, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike on four historic carriage roads and one footpath. Starting from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will hike a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and continue on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we intersect the Meadows footpath. Then, we'll continue walking, meandering through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course, until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue south-southwest on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. We will return directly on Castle Point Carriage Road and around Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road to our starting point. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
42nd Annual Autumn Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us at the Nature Center for this family-friendly fall day. Enjoy craft and food vendors, live music, farm animals, arts and crafts, a scarecrow contest, birds-of-prey demonstration, and more! Admission: Children 12 & under $1 or free with non-perishable donation for local food pantry; Adults $3; Military & Seniors $2
Sat 09 Oct
Wildlife Ecology at Sam’s Point
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join the Sam's Point Educators for a lesson about the unique wildlife and plants found at Sam's Point. From the sly red fox to the mighty oak tree, we'll learn how different species in our ecosystem interact with one another. After the lesson and a wildlife survival role-playing game, we'll go on a one-mile journey through the woods. This program is recommended for children between the ages of eight and twelve years old, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Oct
Earth Fair 2021!
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Learn about our local environment and easy ways YOU can help protect it! Join 10+ community and environmental organizations from around the area for fun and educational information, demonstrations, games, and activities for all ages!
Sat 09 Oct
Bike Loans
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sat 09 Oct
42nd Annual Autumn Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Join us at the Nature Center for this family-friendly fall day. Enjoy craft and food vendors, live music, farm animals, arts and crafts, a scarecrow contest, birds-of-prey demonstration, and more! Admission: Children 12 & under $1 or free with non-perishable donation for local food pantry; Adults $3; Military & Seniors $2
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
Colonial Wool Spinning and Dyeing
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Discover out how wool was carded and spun in the 18th century. Spin your own sample of knitting wool! Watch a natural dyeing demonstration and learn about the dyeing process from the Handweaver's Guild member and re-enactor Barbara Johns.

Sat 09 Oct
Marking the Trails
Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Come be a lasting guide on the trails. Mark paths through the woods and clear the way for wanderers by helping us with trail marking and brushing.

Program will be held on Saturday, Oct 9th, from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Tools will be provided. Program designed for teens and adults. Free park entry. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Sat 09 Oct
On the Spot Landscape Workshops
Saturday, October 9, 2021 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
Crown Point State Historic Site is pleased to present James McElhinney as he introduces participants in viewing terrain and landscape through the historic military tradition of field drawing and painting.

Some of the earliest landscape images in the history of art of the United States was produced by artillery officer Thomas Davies, of the disposition of British forces at Crown Point under Jeffrey Amherst in 1759. Learn how during the 18th century, mapmaking and picture-making merged into topographical art—the original plein-air painting "on the spot". Discover how developing these skills today can enhance our experience of nature and the environment while deepening our understanding of history.

COST: Registration is $25 per workshop ($85 for all four sessions), participants limited to 12, ages 18 and above. To register or for further information, please email lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov. 

Each class will begin with an introductory video, followed by Q&A and a live demo. Participants will then proceed outdoors to explore at each meeting a different aspect of Crown Point State Historic site, from its geology and military ruins to its sweeping vistas and architecture. Each class will conclude with participants gathering to share their discoveries.

Bring whatever materials you feel comfortable using.
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
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
Play Music with Kazi
Saturday, October 9, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Join Kazi to bring together multi-generational and multicultural audiences to experience and enjoy the awesome power of the African drum. Suprina will be handing out musical shakers made from trash to those who want to participate in the music making. She will also have a number of kid's drums that the children can play. Kazi's humorous and fun-loving nature puts even the most introverted student at ease in music making.

Kazi has been teaching and performing for over 40 years in the Hudson Valley and NYC. He has performed at the Clearwater Festival, Village Vanguard, the Museum of Modern Art, and Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and on ABC's TV show The View. To learn more about Kazi Oliver go to- www.KaziOliver.com

For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/trash-talk-play-music-with-kazi/?doing_wp_cron=1631218320.9045350551605224609375

Sat 09 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Saturday, October 9, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
Red, Yellow and Orange Fall Colors from Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 10, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this modestly challenging, five-mile roundtrip hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley in its finest autumnal colors are abundant from the top of Millbrook Mountain. To reach this scenic, cliff-edge destination, we'll stroll the meandering Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads, which offer scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. The footpath section of this outing traverses through forests, over a stream and over rock slabs, with sustained downhill and uphill sections. Some participants may find this uneven terrain challenging. Participants should 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. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Sunday, October 10, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: October 5
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
Fall Photography Walk with Heidi Fuhrman
Sunday, October 10, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join photographer, Heidi Fuhrman, on a walk along our carriage trails in search of scenic vistas and natural subjects for close-up shots. Heidi has exhibited her art in many private and public venues in Westchester and NYC, including in the gallery here at the Preserve. She will avoid instruction on the technical use of your camera, rather focusing more on helping you find the right location, framing, perspective, lighting, etc. Meet at the Visitor's Center courtyard. Any camera is fine, even a cell phone; both beginners and experienced photographers are welcome. Rain date: Oct 17, 2-4 pm. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 Participants.

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

Sun 10 Oct
ADA Accessible Birdability Outing
Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park

This ADA accessible birding program will follow a flat path out to a viewing deck and back. Geared towards adults with mobility impairment because birding is for everyone!

This program will be held on Sunday, Oct 10th from 10:00am-11:30am. Meet at the Welcome Center. Binoculars provided (although feel free to use your own if you have them!). Free entry into the park for the day. Space is limited, registration is suggested. Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Sun 10 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
Bike Loans
Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

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
Sun 10 Oct
Birding Chat
Sunday, October 10, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have kids who love birds? Are you a bird watcher yourself? Have you visited our resident owl, Patch? Join an educator for this birding chat to learn more about common birds in the park and about Patch the owl.

This program will be held at the Welcome Center, Sunday, Oct. 10th from 1-2:30pm. No charge. Entrance fee $6. Call to register- 518-279-1155.

Sun 10 Oct
Nature Under a Microscope
Sunday, October 10, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Discover the micro-world that exists beneath your feet! Observe the changing leaves under a microscope, as well as flower petals, feathers, and more! Samples will be provided, but if you have something you are curious about and would like to bring, please do! (It must be translucent.) Masks are required for this event; it will be held in the gallery, rain or shine. Appropriate for all ages, but no dogs please. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 15 people.

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

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
Just how “Dirty” is Dirt Children’s Workshop
Sunday, October 10, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Ages 8-16

Lets get our hands dirty! Emilie Houssart leads an interactive workshop that invites young people to come and explore the role of 'dirt' in their lives and in the greater world. Participants will work on sculptures using local dirt, as they join a growing conversation about the earth underneath their feet.

Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist based in Poughkeepsie, New York. Recent shows include Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, curated by Tal Beery (current); Rooted: Art + Land as part of Hudson Valley Upstate Art Weekend, and Forest Geometries (solo installation and performance), Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium. Houssart was the Samuel Dorsky Museum's 2021 Artist in Residence, where she curated DIRT: Inside Landscapes and led community projects. She is currently an Instructor at SUNY New Paltz, the Woodstock School of Art and Fall Kill Print Works. To learn more about Emilie go to WWW.EmilieHoussart.com

Sun 10 Oct
Batty for Bats!
Sunday, October 10, 2021 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed hike and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans!

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Oct
Point Au Roche Kids Club!
Sunday, October 10, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Do you have a kid who loves nature and exploring outside? Do you have a kid who prefers the indoors, but you want to get them away from screens and playing outside more? Either way, the PAR Kids Club is for you! This program is geared towards ages 3-10 but all ages are always welcome!
Sun 10 Oct
Batty for Bats!
Sunday, October 10, 2021 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed hike and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans!

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
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/

Mon 11 Oct
Fall Colors and Awosting Falls: Holiday Hike at Minnewaska
Monday, October 11, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come explore the picturesque High Peter's Kill Footpath with Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff edge with numerous, scenic viewpoints. One of the best fall foliage views is from a rocky knob along this route, reached by hiking up a steep hill. This nearly panoramic view showcases all the brilliant colors of autumn from the Catskills to Millbrook Mountain. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow and steep sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Participants should bring enough water and food for the outing and wear proper 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. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 11 Oct
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Monday, October 11, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Mansion tours by advance reservation only. https://millsfriends.org/

Cost: $6/Regular; $4/Seniors & Students; Children 12 & under are free.

Registration: Required
Mon 11 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Monday, October 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Mon 11 Oct
Little Explorers – Pumpkins
Monday, October 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we'll focus on everyone's favorite seasonal fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit!) – the pumpkin! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
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
Bird Photography Workshop
Monday, October 11, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Learn the best techniques for photographing birds in their natural habitat. Join wildlife photographer Bill Golden for a bird photography workshop beginning with an instructional overview, followed by a walk through the Preserve to put your newfound skills to the test. Learn what settings are most effective in photographing birds and other wildlife including how to photograph birds in flight. Meet in the Visitor's Center courtyard and bring water. In the event of heavy rain, the workshop will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. You will be notified via email at least 2 hours before. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people.

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

Tue 12 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 888-2333

2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. Participants should bring binoculars and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve, which opens to the general public at 9:00 am. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Main Entrance. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333 with any questions.
Tue 12 Oct
Tuesday Trek: The Shorter and More Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Vanessa Pagano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for an adventurous, seven-mile round-trip hike to Gertrude's Nose, and back along the same route. This footpath, which follows a cliff 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. This trail may be challenging to those cautious of heights, as it follows steep cliffs and requires walking over crevices. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 12 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 12 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 12 Oct
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Wed 13 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Wed 13 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have a child that loves Halloween? What about one that loves doing science experiments, building things, or watching things explode?! This Halloween after school series has something for everyone.

Wednesday, Oct 6th: Pumpkin Explosions– carve pumpkins and then see a potion erupt out of their mouth!

Wednesday, Oct 13th: Pumpkin Decay– why do pumpkins rot, are there ways to prevent it?

Wednesday, Oct 20th: Fall Colors– the leaves are changing! What causes it? Discover for yourself.

Wednesday, Oct 27th: Build a Bat Box– learn about bats and build a bat house of your very own!

Programs will be held on Wednesdays in October from 4:00pm-5:30pm. $5 per child per session. Must be accompanied by an adult. Any age child welcomed, best for ages 7-12. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
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.
Thu 14 Oct
Founders Lecture
Thursday, October 14, 2021
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

2021 Virtual Founders Lecture with James Oakes on his latest book The Crooked Path to Abolition. This event will be presented as a webinar. Admission is free but registration is required. Registration is available at www.johnjayhomestead.org.
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

Thu 14 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Thu 14 Oct
Bike Loans
Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

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
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

Fri 15 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 15, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 15 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Friday, October 15, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Oct
Bike Loans
Friday, October 15, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 15 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 15, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

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. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain and a make-up date of October 22 will be used. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. 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. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 15 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Adults
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach you the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.

Fri 15 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Kids
Friday, October 15, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach kids 12 and under, the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Accompany your child and bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Friday, October 15, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Fri 15 Oct
Drive-In Movie
Friday, October 15, 2021 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Jump in your Ectomobile and head to John Jay Homestead on Friday, October 15* for the 1984 supernatural comedy on the big screen. This special drive-in movie is presented by Friends of John Jay Homestead and Bedford Playhouse. Gates open at 5:30pm. Movie begins at 6:30pm.

*Rain date Saturday, October 16. Tickets and concessions available at www.johnjayhomestead.org.

Fri 15 Oct
WALKWAY AT NIGHT
Friday, October 15, 2021 06:45 PM - 08:15 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

West and East Gate Plaza Entrances

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson

ENJOY A END OF SUMMER EVENING STROLL

On Friday October 15, the Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is pleased to welcome the community to enjoy amazing Hudson Valley views after dark from 212 feet above the Hudson River. With the stars hanging high in the sky and the Mid-Hudson Bridge twinkling in the distance, there is truly nothing like a moonlit evening on the World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge.

Everyone, including children, must reserve a ticket for entry by clicking on the 'Register' button above 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.

We can't wait to see you on the Walkway! For more information visit www.walkway.org/walkwayatnight

Sat 16 Oct
Fall Bird Walk with the Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, October 16, 2021 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

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.

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 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
Play Days @ Jay (Farm Market)
Saturday, October 16, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Saturdays during our Farm Market, stop by the Play Days @ Jay booth for a fun activity or craft.
Sat 16 Oct
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Saturday, October 16, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The farm market is open every Saturday, May - October, on the beautiful and historic John Jay Homestead; hosting local farms, bakers, artisans and food vendors. Products include seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods & sauces, baked breads treats, and so much more for you to enjoy! We offer a convenient and safe locale in our beautiful barnyard for shopping. Come support local farms and businesses at John Jay Homestead!
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

Sat 16 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Oct
Creepy Creatures
Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Why do mosquitos suck your blood? How does a bittersweet plant strangle its victims? Why are vultures and spiders and bats and other creepy creatures so important? Join a park naturalist to investigate some of the creepiest animals and plants living in the park. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 16 Oct
Bike Loans
Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

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
Continental Soldiers Take Over!
Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
The 2nd New York Regiment and Lamb's Artillery will provide informal talks on the lives of the soldiers who served with the American infantry and explain how soldiers fought during the American Revolution. 

Learn about cannons and muskets and watch firing demonstrations and marching drills throughout the day. 

The lives of women who followed the army will be discussed by women reenactors as they carry out camp chores.
Sat 16 Oct
Flying Fun
Saturday, October 16, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Lets learn about wind currents and aerodynamics using paper planes! We will learn to make different planes and then see which one fly's farthest. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 16 Oct
A Story Through Science Experiments
Saturday, October 16, 2021 01:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come on a journey around the world through science experiments! During this exciting story, discover the challenges humans face keeping our planet clean enough to enjoy.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Oct
A Story Through Science Experiments
Saturday, October 16, 2021 01:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Come on a journey around the world through science experiments! During this exciting story, discover the challenges humans face keeping our planet clean enough to enjoy.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Oct
Watershed Tour
Saturday, October 16, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Explore the Park through the lens of water! Follow streams, learn about how our Ponds were formed, and more! Meet at Gericke Farm, 2876 Arthur Kill Rd, accessible by the S74 bus. Outdoor, weather permitting. All ages welcome.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/watershed-tour-registration-166334397661

Sat 16 Oct
Watershed Tour
Saturday, October 16, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Explore the Park through the lens of water! Follow streams, learn about how our Ponds were formed, and more! Meet at Gericke Farm, 2876 Arthur Kill Rd, accessible by the S74 bus. Outdoor, weather permitting. All ages welcome.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/watershed-tour-registration-166334397661

Sat 16 Oct
Halloween Story Hour
Saturday, October 16, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Here at Clermont, we really love Halloween and what better way to get ready for the spookiest day of the year than with a Halloween Story Hour? Bundle up against the crisp fall air and settle in for a fun Halloween tale. Might we even suggest you dress up to give those costumes a test drive?

Please note: This is a family program, so children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child. 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 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
Creepy Creatures
Saturday, October 16, 2021 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Come out and discover what makes some of our least loved local creatures so fascinating and unique. Opossums and bats and spiders - Oh my! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 16 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Saturday, October 16, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Dose of Nature: Forest Therapy
Sunday, October 17, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the forest with a certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide. Awaken your senses, be in the present, slow down and reconnect with nature. You will be guided through a series of invitations/ prompts to help you connect with your senses and the environment. The walk will blend time for solitude in nature and some light sharing. We will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing to cover no more than a mile. The walk will conclude with tea under the trees (tea NOT provided) For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
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

Sun 17 Oct
Fall Foliage Fire Tower Hike
Sunday, October 17, 2021 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 and also why leaves change color.

The three-mile hike will be held on Sunday, Oct 17th from 10am-1pm. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the fire tower. Ages 7 and up. No charge. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Oct
Compost Soil Experiment
Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Learn how to create compost at home! Learn how rich soil can be productive during this interactive experiment!
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
Bike Loans
Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sun 17 Oct
Compost Soil Experiment
Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Learn how to create compost at home! Learn how rich soil can be productive during this interactive experiment!
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
A Gathering of Old Cars
Sunday, October 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

See classic cars in a Great Gatsby setting during peak leaf peeping season.

Cost: Free to attend event - donations gladly accepted.

Sun 17 Oct
Colors of Niagara Gorge Bike Ride
Sunday, October 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 549-1050

The Niagara Gorge shows off it's fall beauty on a round trip 8bike ride from Artpark State Park to Whirlpool State Park. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sun 17 Oct
Walkway Over the Hudson Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, October 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Event Organizer: American Legion Post 739

The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. These events, organized and presented by these local veterans' organizations, are open to all who wish to attend. Contact: Ross Hartlipp with American Legion Post 739 for information and updates.

For more information, please visit: https://walkway.org/event/flagchanging/2021-10-17/?doing_wp_cron=1631219241.5868589878082275390625

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 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
Outdoor Skills: Basic Map and Compass
Sunday, October 17, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

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 and absolutely no experience is necessary. Most appropriate for ages 10 and up. Plan to stay for the 3pm hike afterwards to practice your new skills!
Sun 17 Oct
Guided Hike
Sunday, October 17, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

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!
Mon 18 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Monday, October 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 19 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 19 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Oct
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Wed 20 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Oct
History Tidbits
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join us out on the grounds of the historic site for tidbits about our history. On the first and third week of each month, May through October, we'll explore a different area of the Homestead.
Wed 20 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have a child that loves Halloween? What about one that loves doing science experiments, building things, or watching things explode?! This Halloween after school series has something for everyone.

Wednesday, Oct 6th: Pumpkin Explosions– carve pumpkins and then see a potion erupt out of their mouth!

Wednesday, Oct 13th: Pumpkin Decay– why do pumpkins rot, are there ways to prevent it?

Wednesday, Oct 20th: Fall Colors– the leaves are changing! What causes it? Discover for yourself.

Wednesday, Oct 27th: Build a Bat Box– learn about bats and build a bat house of your very own!

Programs will be held on Wednesdays in October from 4:00pm-5:30pm. $5 per child per session. Must be accompanied by an adult. Any age child welcomed, best for ages 7-12. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
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

Wed 20 Oct
Full Moon Cemetery Walk
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

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.

The program will be held on Wednesday, Oct 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ages 7 and up. $2/person, $5/family. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
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.
Thu 21 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Oct
Bike Loans
Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 22 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 22, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
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.
Fri 22 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Bike Loans
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 22 Oct
Qi Gong Over the Walkway
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

West Side Plaza

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & Kele Baker

The natural movement of water is a reflection of natural wellness within ourselves. We are healthiest and happiest when the body is relaxed and flowing like the tide of the river, and when the mind is quiet and deep like the sea.

By embodying the observable movements of nature through qigong, our body, mind, heart and spirit align with their own internal nature, helping us experience overall wellness and quality of life. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing and meditation to help us relieve anxiety, release stress, and feel more energized and peaceful.

All practices can be done seated or standing, and are adaptable to suit individual comfort levels.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

These events are free for Walkway members, while non-members are asked to consider making a donation at the event ($5 suggested).

All proceeds support Walkway Over the Hudson and its mission to bring dynamic programs like this to the Hudson Valley community. For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/qigong-on-the-walkway/2021-10-08/

Fri 22 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Adults
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach you the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.

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
Glide and Ride Class for Kids
Friday, October 22, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach kids 12 and under, the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Accompany your child and bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 22, 2021 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Friday, October 22, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Full Moon Wolf Walk
Friday, October 22, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Are you enamored by wolves? Do these ancestors of dogs fascinate you with their characteristics so like man's best friend? Do you also love Halloween and bats? Join Alpha Dual Adventures as the couple talks about their favorite animals—wolves and bats!

This program will be held on Friday, Oct 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ages 7 and up. $2/person, $5/family. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 22, 2021 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 22, 2021 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518)537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
BIKE NY
Saturday, October 23, 2021 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Event Organizer: BIKE NY

The Walkway Over the Hudson is excited to welcome back Bike NY and its over 2000 cyclists For more information on this event visit: https://www.bike.nyc/

Sat 23 Oct
Play Days @ Jay (Farm Market)
Saturday, October 23, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Saturdays during our Farm Market, stop by the Play Days @ Jay booth for a fun activity or craft.
Sat 23 Oct
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Saturday, October 23, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The farm market is open every Saturday, May - October, on the beautiful and historic John Jay Homestead; hosting local farms, bakers, artisans and food vendors. Products include seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods & sauces, baked breads treats, and so much more for you to enjoy! We offer a convenient and safe locale in our beautiful barnyard for shopping. Come support local farms and businesses at John Jay Homestead!
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

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
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Bike Loans
Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sat 23 Oct
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Rain date: 10/30, 11am-3pm

Join us for the 7th annual Harvest Festival! Activities include pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, apple bobbing, face painting, a puppet show, crafts, games, and more!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-festival-registration-165540009625

Sat 23 Oct
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Rain date: 10/30, 11am-3pm

Join us for the 7th annual Harvest Festival! Activities include pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, apple bobbing, face painting, a puppet show, crafts, games, and more!

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-festival-registration-165540009625

Sat 23 Oct
Stellar Spiders!
Saturday, October 23, 2021 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? Come learn about why spiders are a super species and nothing to be scared of! We will also be making a spider craft to take home. Great for families and children!

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Stellar Spiders!
Saturday, October 23, 2021 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park

Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? Come learn about why spiders are a super species and nothing to be scared of! We will also be making a spider craft to take home. Great for families and children!

Limit 15 people for in-person programs

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
GREAT JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR SAIL
Saturday, October 23, 2021 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park

The 8th annual Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail will take place at Belmont Lake State Park and features donated carved pumpkins which are lit and placed on boats that are pulled around the lake by kayaks at dusk. Children's activities include crafts, games, trick-or-treat stations and a not-so-scary ‘Spooky Den'.

Date:               Saturday, October 23rd

Time:              3:00pm-6:00pm; 6:15pm – Pumpkin Sail begins

Location:        Belmont Lake State Park

Fee:                Free to public

Sat 23 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 23, 2021 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518)537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Saturday, October 23, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
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
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 23, 2021 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 23, 2021 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
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

Sun 24 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Sunday, October 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Oct
Bike Loans
Sunday, October 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Mon 25 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Oct
Little Explorers – Creepy Creatures!
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Spiders and snakes and bats, oh my! Explore creepy creatures this week at our nature-themed story and playtime! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Tue 26 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 26 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Tue 26 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 26 Oct
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Wed 27 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Oct
Halloween After School Series
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you have a child that loves Halloween? What about one that loves doing science experiments, building things, or watching things explode?! This Halloween after school series has something for everyone.

Wednesday, Oct 6th: Pumpkin Explosions– carve pumpkins and then see a potion erupt out of their mouth!

Wednesday, Oct 13th: Pumpkin Decay– why do pumpkins rot, are there ways to prevent it?

Wednesday, Oct 20th: Fall Colors– the leaves are changing! What causes it? Discover for yourself.

Wednesday, Oct 27th: Build a Bat Box– learn about bats and build a bat house of your very own!

Programs will be held on Wednesdays in October from 4:00pm-5:30pm. $5 per child per session. Must be accompanied by an adult. Any age child welcomed, best for ages 7-12. Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Oct
Bike Loans
Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Thu 28 Oct
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, October 28, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! Contact the Park Naturalist for this month's book selection.

Contact the Park Naturalist by e-mail at kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov or by phone at 518-563-0369 (Park Office) or 518-563-6444 (Nature Center).

Fri 29 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 29, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 29 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Friday, October 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Bike Loans
Friday, October 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fri 29 Oct
South Shore Surf Fishing Tournament
Friday, October 29, 2021 until Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Captree State Park
Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament open to the public. All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier. Registration is required and can be done by mail in or in person at State Park Headquarters by October 22nd or at Captree Bait, Tackle and Fuel by 9am October 30. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners
Dates:                         Friday, October 29th through Sunday, October 31st  
Times:                        Noon on Friday through Noon on Sunday 
Location:                    Waters between Moriches and Jones Inlet Awards 
Ceremony:                 10/31 at Captree State Park, 12:30PM 
 Fee:                            $20 per participant
Fri 29 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Adults
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach you the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.

Fri 29 Oct
Glide and Ride Class for Kids
Friday, October 29, 2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. Our instructor will teach kids 12 and under, the techniques to get rolling.

Registration opens every Monday for that week


We ask that you:

* Accompany your child and bring an official ID (government issued with photo & address). We'll hold onto it until the bikes and helmets are returned.

* Wear a helmet (yours or ours)

* Have patience

*Be prepared to progress at your own speed because we know everyone learns at a different pace

* Follow COVID-19 safety protocols: social distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer provided

Please report to the Bike Library at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the entrance along Hendrix Creek.
Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 29, 2021 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Friday, October 29, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Bat Campfire Program
Friday, October 29, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Halloween is practically here! Come out and make s'mores and learn more about the world's only flying mammal! Those who attend will learn about what bats like to eat, what bats are common in New York, and also about bats around the world.

The program will be held on Friday, Oct 29th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ages 4 and up. $2/person, $5/family.

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 29, 2021 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Friday, October 29, 2021 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
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.

Sat 30 Oct
Play Days @ Jay (Farm Market)
Saturday, October 30, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

On Saturdays during our Farm Market, stop by the Play Days @ Jay booth for a fun activity or craft.
Sat 30 Oct
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Saturday, October 30, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
The farm market is open every Saturday, May - October, on the beautiful and historic John Jay Homestead; hosting local farms, bakers, artisans and food vendors. Products include seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods & sauces, baked breads treats, and so much more for you to enjoy! We offer a convenient and safe locale in our beautiful barnyard for shopping. Come support local farms and businesses at John Jay Homestead!
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
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Bike Loans
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sat 30 Oct
Halloween Animals
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Bats, spiders, and rats are just a few animals that are considered to be scary animals, especially around Halloween. Discover why these animals are awesome and not scary!
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Halloween Animals
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Bats, spiders, and rats are just a few animals that are considered to be scary animals, especially around Halloween. Discover why these animals are awesome and not scary!
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
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
Halloween Happenings
Saturday, October 30, 2021 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Celebrate Halloween with us at Sterling Forest. Learn about the not so spooky world of bats, and build a bat box of your very own! Also, get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin painting and trick-or-treating. It will be a spooktacular time. All are welcome – come join us for some family fun. Parental supervision is required.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this event is limited to 25 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Fall Fun Day
Saturday, October 30, 2021 03:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

Do you love Fall and Halloween? So do we! The festivities will include activities about bats, s'mores, crafts, pumpkin painting, costume contest, and more!

A family friendly movie will start at 6pm in the parking lot. We cannot release the title but check our Facebook page for a hint. Don't miss out on this special event!

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct 30th. The festivities will be from 3-5:45pm. The drive-in movie will start in the parking lot at 6pm. $3 per person, ages 3 and under free. No registration.

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 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
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 30, 2021 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Hyde and Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
Saturday, October 30, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
Join us for a candlelit ghost tour to celebrate the Halloween Season!  Tours occur at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 29th, 30th and 31st.

$20 per adult. 
Reservations Required.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 30, 2021 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Oct
Legends By Candlelight Ghost Encounters
Saturday, October 30, 2021 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong? In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of "ghosts" from Clermont's past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be funny but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o'-lanterns; hand carved by the museum's staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather. Tickets go on sale for the is event on October 4, 2021. Three encounters will be given each night at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Advanced tickets are required for this event and no walk ins will be allowed. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve your tickets or for more information please call (518) 537-4240

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

Registration: Required
Sun 31 Oct
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Sun 31 Oct
Bike Loans
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Thursdays - Sundays, Weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

First Ride Out - 10am

Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.

FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 950 Fountain Avenue

PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sun 31 Oct
Owl Chat
Sunday, October 31, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Pre-registration by phone suggested.

Join us to learn about what our resident barred owl, Patch, eats, how she hears, and what she really looks like under all that fluff! Owls have long been considered wise animals. Gain some wisdom and knowledge at this program.

This program will be held on Sunday, Oct 31st from 1-2:30pm. Any age. No charge.

Pre-register now as space is limited! Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Mon 01 Nov
Mansion Tours Have Resumed
Monday, November 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Hall State Historic Site
(607) 547-5098

Daily through Halloween, reservations required.
Registration: Required
Tue 02 Nov
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Thu 04 Nov
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: The Story of the Wild Turkey
Thursday, November 4, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers to learn about the importance of the American wild turkey throughout human history. From its significance to native people, to its role as the symbol of Thanksgiving, to the success of conservation efforts over the past decades. We will make pinecone turkeys to take home! The program will end with a short hike to look for signs of turkeys and other birds. This program is recommended for children over the age of nine, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
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 06 Nov
Pinecone, Sumac & Cedar Wreath Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Bring holiday cheer to your front door with a handmade pinecone, sumac, and cedar wreath! Bring a pair of wire cutters and join us to make a natural wreath for the holidays. Preregistration is required. Class size is small for more personal instruction.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Nov
Pinecone, Sumac & Cedar Wreath Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Bring holiday cheer to your front door with a handmade pinecone, sumac, and cedar wreath! Bring a pair of wire cutters and join us to make a natural wreath for the holidays. Preregistration is required. Class size is small for more personal instruction.
Registration: Required
Tue 09 Nov
Virtual Young at HeART: Memoir as Sight and Sound
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Please visit the following link to read the full event description: click here

Just as acclaimed 19th-century artist Martin Johnson Heade captured visual and aural stimuli on canvas, so are the senses essential to the craft of memoir. In this six-week course, participants will each craft a memoir essay of 1,500 words and will consider such essential topics as: the narrative arc, describing a setting, creating a reliable narrator, and writing dialogue.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170. During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

REGISTER: https://tickets.olana.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=4036

Sat 13 Nov
Fairy Houses
Saturday, November 13, 2021 01:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Listen to a magical story of a young girl wanting to catch a glimpse of a fairy in the house she built for them. After the story is finished, we will find a special place in the woods to build fairy houses. Please dress for being outdoors.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Nov
Fairy Houses
Saturday, November 13, 2021 01:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Listen to a magical story of a young girl wanting to catch a glimpse of a fairy in the house she built for them. After the story is finished, we will find a special place in the woods to build fairy houses. Please dress for being outdoors.
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 20 Nov
Searching for Fall
Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Fall is an exciting time of year! So much to see and explore. Stop in at the front desk to pick up a self-guided, fall scavenger hunt. When returning from your adventure, stop in for a prize!
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Nov
Searching for Fall
Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Fall is an exciting time of year! So much to see and explore. Stop in at the front desk to pick up a self-guided, fall scavenger hunt. When returning from your adventure, stop in for a prize!
Registration: Required
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 04 Dec
Natural Garland Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come use all sorts of natural objects to create a beautiful garland you can hang on your tree or over your mantel this holiday season. Pick out what you want to use from the assortment of things we have collected, drill a hole in it, and string it onto wire. This is a craft loved by both men and woman! If you are able, please bring your own drill. Preregistration is required. Class size is small for more personal instruction.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Dec
Natural Garland Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Come use all sorts of natural objects to create a beautiful garland you can hang on your tree or over your mantel this holiday season. Pick out what you want to use from the assortment of things we have collected, drill a hole in it, and string it onto wire. This is a craft loved by both men and woman! If you are able, please bring your own drill. Preregistration is required. Class size is small for more personal instruction.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, local craft vendors, food, and holiday craft-making for both children and adults. Spend the day chatting with family and friends at this fun community event. It's a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Sat 11 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, local craft vendors, food, and holiday craft-making for both children and adults. Spend the day chatting with family and friends at this fun community event. It's a great way to kick off the holiday season!
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 18 Dec
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Saturday, December 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Wreaths Across America Ceremony will take place at Noon at the Post Cemetery. To sponsor a wreath or volunteer for our Post Cemetery go to:  www.wreathsacrossamerica.org