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Fri 02 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Friday, December 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Fri 02 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Fri 02 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 2, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 02 Dec
Tiny Tots: Whales
Friday, December 2, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 02 Dec
Nature Hike
Friday, December 2, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Fri 02 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 1
Friday, December 2, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Cold blooded vs warm blooded, reptile vs amphibian.
Fri 02 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 1
Friday, December 2, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Cold blooded vs warm blooded, reptile vs amphibian.
Fri 02 Dec
A Stroll Through the Woods
Friday, December 2, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Unwind with a walk, in crisp autumn air. Take in views of the river as the leaves change and fall from the trees. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 02 Dec
Holiday Open House
Friday, December 2, 2022 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Johnson Hall State Historic Site
Johnson Hall State Historic Site welcomes our neighbors by opening its doors for a holiday open house in concert with the Johnstown Colonial Stroll. Enjoy the splendor of the baronial home of Sir William, decked in greenery generously donated by Godries Tree Farm and assembled with kindness by the Kingsboro Garden Club. The 18th c. sounds of Liaisons Plaisantes will fill the grand hall. Friends of Johnson Hall will be serving cheer and refreshments in the stone house. Stop by for some warm cider and entering the raffle for three festive and unique offerings – a basket of gourmet gingerbread cookies by Martha Stewart's Wendy Kromer (as well as a signed copy of Weddings cookbook she co-authored with Martha), colonial centerpieces from the hall for your table or mantle at home or a basket of cookies and a family heritage cookbook featuring recipes 200 years old. Tickets will be $5 a piece or 3 for $12. Admission is free and transportation generously provided by the Office of Aging from Main Street to the Hall and back throughout the evening. The house is open from 5-9 pm. See you for a splendid and magical night! 
Fri 02 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 2, 2022 05:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Everyone is welcome to participate in the annual Yuletide Celebration at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Join us in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2022 holiday season. All activities will take place outside so dress accordingly. The Manor House will not be open. In the spirit of giving, please bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need in our community.
Fri 02 Dec
Masquerade Mask-Making Workshop
Friday, December 2, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Create your own masquerade-style mask in the historic mansion – perfect for the Friends of Mills' upcoming Masquerade Gala on December 9 or a New Year's celebration. Draw inspiration from a brief tour of the mansion's decorated rooms, featuring the dining room's masquerade theme! Light refreshments and all materials provided. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $20/person; $50/family (3-6 people).
Sat 03 Dec
Goat Island Gull Watch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara River houses many species of gull each winter. Come find them and other birds on Goat Island with a park Naturalist. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 03 Dec
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 03 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Sat 03 Dec
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at the Visitor Center Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere while you shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters. Jewelry, paintings, art glass, framed nature photographs, soaps and beauty products, pine needle basketry, and more! Please note we've moved to the Visitor Center for 2022.
Sat 03 Dec
Storytime Saturdays
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Spend your Saturday mornings with us at the Environmental Education and Resiliency Center for a story, coloring, and more! Parent/Guardian supervision is a must, no drop-offs. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 03 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 03 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 03 Dec
WINTER WONDERLAND WALK
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Let's kick off the holiday season with a winter hike and hot cocoa to warm up afterward!
Sat 03 Dec
Dose of Nature: Forest Therapy
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
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 is not provided). To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 03 Dec
Weir Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 03 Dec
WINTER CRAFT DAY
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Stop by the Nature Center for crafts, games, and scavenger hunts that celebrate the official start of winter! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 03 Dec
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Former estate of William A. Rockefeller Jr., this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 03 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 03 Dec
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere while you shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters. Jewelry, paintings, art glass, framed nature photographs, soaps and beauty products, pine needle basketry, and more! Please note we've moved to the Visitor Center for 2022.
Sat 03 Dec
WINTER WONDERLAND WALK
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
Let's kick off the holiday season with a winter hike and hot cocoa to warm up afterward!
Sat 03 Dec
Winter Birding Walk
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come down to Jones Beach each week to visit diverse habitats to look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and elusive owls. Bring your hat, gloves, and a warm drink! Binoculars provided. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 03 Dec
Saturday with Santa
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
This year the event has expanded to three different areas. Stop by the Administration Building to hang a couple ornaments on the big tree in the beautifully decorated lower lobby, write a letter to Santa and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate. Make crafts, play games, get a family picture in the photo booth at Camp Allegany, the site of Santa's Workshop. The Allegany State Park Historical Society will host a coloring contest and the Friends of Allegany State Park will provide cookies and hot chocolate and coffee. The Red House Picnic Area Shelter will become a winter wonderland to make Santa feel at home during his short break from duties at the North Pole. He will greet and taking photos with children from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In this, the season of giving, we are asking event participants to bring non-perishable food items and/or an unwrapped toy to be donated to a local food pantry and Toys for Tots
Sat 03 Dec
St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00 AM
Crailo State Historic Site
Kick off the holiday season and celebrate St. Nicholas Day with us at Crailo! This medieval saint's day was brought by the Dutch colonists to the Hudson River Valley and was traditionally celebrated on December 6. Festivities included a visit by St. Nicholas, known as Sinterklaas by the Dutch, gift giving, baked holiday treats, and family revelry. This event is open to all and free of charge.
 
To celebrate, the entire museum will be open for your exploration, including Crailo's famous cellar kitchen, in which you will find interpreters preparing traditional seasonal treats, using 17th and 18th century recipes. There will be numerous crafts for children, mulled cider and refreshments, live music, and of course – a visit from St. Nicholas (hopefully you've been good this past year)! 

Crailo's Marketplace Museum Shop will be open, where you will find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Whether it be books about history, reproduction colonial items, 17th century reproduction glassware and pottery, or delightful toys and souvenirs for the kids, you will certainly find something special for under the tree - and support Crailo at the same time!

Sat 03 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sat 03 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 03 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. No registration required
Sat 03 Dec
Nature Hike
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sat 03 Dec
Animal Tracking/snowshoeing
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Learn how to identify common winter animals by footprint! This program will include a 1-mile hike. Snowshoe rental included if there is sufficient snow. $2/person. $3/person if snowshoes are needed. To register on-line, go to https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/188092. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Dec
Guest Lecturer: Peter Park
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
What do fish do during the winter? Join our guest lecturer, Peter Park, for an explanation of scientific angling and freshwater fish ecology. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 03 Dec
Winter Wildlife Survival at The Cragsmoor Free Library
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Sam's Point Educator for a lesson on how animals make it through the harsh, cold winter months. You'll learn about what these critters do to survive the elements, whether its hibernation, hunkering down or staying active. You'll also learn how to look for signs of animals in the winter on a short walk around the library. And, you'll also make plaster animal tracks to take home with you. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Cragsmoor Free Library. Pre-registration is required by calling Nancy Krum, Library Director, at 845-647- 4611 or by emailing nancy@cragsmoorfreelibrary.info.
Registration: Required
Sat 03 Dec
Jingle Falls: Winter Wonderland Walk
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park

A chance each Saturday to join a park naturalist and discover the winter wonderland that Niagara Falls becomes in the winter months. We'll begin at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion. Registration encouraged at (716) 282-5154.

Sat 03 Dec
Magic Circuit Wands
Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
This magical program teaches the basics of simple-circuit construction in a wizardly way. Cast your favorite spell with your very own circuit wand! Take your wand with you to make magic at home. All materials provided. Children (Ages 7+), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 03 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Over the Pond
Saturday, December 3, 2022 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. View the enlarging moon over Pine Pond.
Sat 03 Dec
Crepuscular Walks: Waxing Moon Over the Pond
Saturday, December 3, 2022 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(2-3 hours, 1-2 miles) In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of dawn and dusk. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper or snack. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits. View the enlarging moon over Pine Pond.
Sat 03 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 3, 2022 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Long Island State Park's Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus followed by fireworks there is an ice sculptor, juggler, holiday displays and refreshments, The public can visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.
Sat 03 Dec
Palatines and Presents: An 18th Century Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 3, 2022 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Please join us for an 18th century Christmas program that highlights the cultural traditions of the Palatine Germans who settled in the Mohawk Valley. This even includes an 18th century German Foodways program, an 18th century German beer program, craft activities, house tours, caroling...and perhaps a visit from Belsnikel!!
Sat 03 Dec
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Saturday, December 3, 2022 04:30 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
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. 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: RSVP is required at least one day beforehand.
Sat 03 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 3, 2022 05:00 PM
Orient Beach State Park
It is a joyous occasion when visitors come to" Light Up the Season" at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Orient Beach State Park. The tree is lit by Santa and he is available for pictures afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. In the spirit of the season the Park will be collecting items for families in need.
Sun 04 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Children ages 6 to 11 become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids discover "whodunit." Kids can enter their solution to "whodunit" in a drawing for a prize: a gift certificate to Oblong Books & Music. Timed-entry reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free (admission paid onsite).
Sun 04 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 04 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 04 Dec
Herbalism Workshop: Winter
Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Herbalist, Clare Pierson, for an exploration of the medicinal properties of herbs. This class will cover herbs that we already have in our kitchens that can be used to support us as we move through this time of year. We'll learn basic medicine making techniques and make salve for everyone to take home. Depending on the weather, we may embark on a weed walk to observe some herbs in their natural environment. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. Tickets available on November 16 at 10 am. PLEASE NOTE: the herbs used in this program are food-grade and responsibly sourced outside of the Preserve; collection is not allowed here. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 04 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sun 04 Dec
Holiday Traditions for Children
Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Come join Ollie, Janet and Honoria Livingston's nanny, for a reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (Written by Henry Livingston) and caroling. Then, if the children have been good this year, experience a visit from Belsnickel, the crotchety, fur clad, gift giver who came to America with the Palatines. This is a children's program; all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. There is no charge for this event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events
Sun 04 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sun 04 Dec
Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at the Visitor Center Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere while you shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters. Jewelry, paintings, art glass, framed nature photographs, soaps and beauty products, pine needle basketry, and more! Please note we've moved to the Visitor Center for 2022.
Sun 04 Dec
Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere while you shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters. Jewelry, paintings, art glass, framed nature photographs, soaps and beauty products, pine needle basketry, and more! Please note we've moved to the Visitor Center for 2022.
Sun 04 Dec
Nature Hike
Sunday, December 4, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sun 04 Dec
How Animals Prepare for Winter
Sunday, December 4, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Have you ever wondered where all the animals go during the winter? Let's explore the winter behavior of animals and see how they adapt to make it through the cold months. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 04 Dec
Mineral Identification
Sunday, December 4, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Minerals are the fundamental building blocks of our planet! Come learn all about minerals and how to identify them with Environmental Educator, Kim Fendrich. Discover some of the ways we use minerals in our daily lives and hone your observational skills in this interactive program as you perform tests on a variety of minerals to figure out what they are. Ages 8+. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 04 Dec
Welcome Winter Walk
Sunday, December 4, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
From marshland to forest, join us for a stroll through Sunken Meadow State Park as we welcome winter! The temperature should be crisp, so dress for the weather! Family Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sun 04 Dec
JAY GARDENS HOLIDAY CONCERT FEATURING NEW YORK CITY GOSPEL CHOIR
Sunday, December 4, 2022 02:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
The renowned New York City Gospel Choir will perform at a FREE concert in the Jay Estate Gardens! The choir has appeared on MTV and opened for performers including Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi. Over the years members have sung alongside Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and many others. The December concert is the latest in Jay Heritage Center's ongoing Jams at Jay concert series, which this year alone has featured performers including the jazz quintet Oh La La!, the bluegrass group Blue Plate Special, and the a capella group the Yale Spizzwinks.
Mon 05 Dec
LITTLE EXPLORERS – STARS
Monday, December 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we'll learn more about space as we study the stars. This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!
Mon 05 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 5, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 - 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.
Mon 05 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM by volunteer Annie O’Reilly
Monday, December 5, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 - 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration is required by calling (585) 493-3680.
Tue 06 Dec
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start your day with movement! Get energized in this virtual session with postural therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises that are gentle and easily adapted to fit your needs. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. Treat yourself to some maintenance and self-care! This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. You do not need to be on camera to participate. Cost: FREE. Max: 100 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Tue 06 Dec
Teachers' Workshop
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
The Teachers' Academy at the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center provides educators with an immersive experience at the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center. Teachers are placed in the role of students, and learn about how to use the building and site to teach students about environmental design, dune ecology, climate change, coastal resilience, and more. Participants can receive CTLE (Continuing Teacher and Leader Education) hours through the New York State Education Department. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Tue 06 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Awosting Falls Winter Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The best prescription to cure cabin fever is to get outside and enjoy the wonders of winter. Get a taste of the cure by joining Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile-long walk along the charming Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, our route will take us on a slight uphill grade past a towering rock formation and along the Peter's Kill stream, before reaching our destination, the iconic 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. They should also dress appropriately for the cold and bring food and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Dec
Guided Christmas Tours
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 until Friday, December 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available. Private group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled through the end of December by calling (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.
Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Tue 06 Dec
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Insulation
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12) Ages 3 and up:& $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Tue 06 Dec
Snow Sculpture
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
Don't let your creativity hibernate! Create your masterpiece using a blanket of snow for a canvas. Program is weather-dependent. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Wed 07 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Strivings Woods
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Forest ash 46" x 136'.
Wed 07 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits: Strivings Woods
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(3-4 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand- acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steeper terrain. Bring a lunch for morning programs. Forest ash 46" x 136'.
Wed 07 Dec
Madam C.J. Walker and Villa Lewaro: Making a Statement That Still Speaks Today
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
If you walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct between Irvington and Lyndhurst, you will find the stunning estate called Villa Lewaro. It is on the trail, just north of Main Street in Irvington. It was originally the home of Madam C.J. Walker. She was a beauty mogul, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist, and widely known as America's first female, self-made millionaire. An orphan by the age of seven and a mother and widow by the age of twenty, she developed a hair-care product for Black women that she built into a nation-wide business, employing over thousands of agents to distribute her products. In 1918, she built a magnificent 34-room Italianate mansion in Irvington, New York, which still stands today on the east side of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Irvington Historical Society Board Member Chet Kerr will lead a talk about Madam Walker's remarkable life and her "Villa Lewaro" mansion that she hoped to be a statement about the possibilities for the African American community. This program was organized by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Space is limited. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Wed 07 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Welcome Winter
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Wed 07 Dec
Tiny Tots: Snow
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Thu 08 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Thu 08 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Welcome Winter
Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Thu 08 Dec
Senior Craft
Thursday, December 8, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Beat winter boredom by learning to make a new winter craft. We will be making bayberry candles. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Thu 08 Dec
Weir Tour
Thursday, December 8, 2022 03:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Thu 08 Dec
Full Moon Hike: “Cold Moon”
Thursday, December 8, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join us for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 08 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Thursday, December 8, 2022 until Friday, December 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion as " A Snow-Covered Jewel."  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides. 
Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Fri 09 Dec
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, December 9, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which may be muddy and wet from rain or morning dew. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will be offered instead on December 16. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. To register for the program please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.  For more information about the program you can call the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Registration: Required
Fri 09 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Friday, December 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Fri 09 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Dinosaurs
Friday, December 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.
Fri 09 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Fri 09 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 09 Dec
Tiny Tots: Snow
Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 09 Dec
Nature Hike
Friday, December 9, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Fri 09 Dec
Creature Feature
Friday, December 9, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages, Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 09 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 9, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year with carolers singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse followed by Santa Claus' arrival to light the holiday tree. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and enjoy the view of the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse and meet Santa in the Hay Barn or enjoy refreshments in the café.
Fri 09 Dec
Friends of Mills at Staatsburgh Holiday Masquerade Gala
Friday, December 9, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Masquerade parties were all the rage in the Gilded Age. Find yourself a mask of great mystery, beauty, or perhaps humor – and put on your party shoes! Enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the mansion's formal dining room, decorated on a masquerade theme this year! Proceeds support collections restoration projects. Tickets available online: www.millsfriends.org/events/ Cost: $125; Friends Members $115
Fri 09 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Friday, December 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Enjoy a stroll along the meandering moonlit trails of the preserve. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy the crisp, cool air while exploring what creatures are around this time of night! Family Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 10 Dec
Goat Island Gull Watch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara River houses many species of gull each winter. Come find them and other birds on Goat Island with a park Naturalist. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 10 Dec
Natural Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Craft your own ornaments using natural items! Hot cocoa will be available for sipping next to the woodstove. All ages are welcome any time between 10AM and 12PM.
Sat 10 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 10 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 10 Dec
HOLIDAY BONANZA
Saturday, December 10, 2022 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, craft vendors, food, and crafts. Enjoy chatting with family and friends at this fun, community event.
Sat 10 Dec
Peter’s Kill Area Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. From the parking area, we will hike on the Red Loop, Bullwheel, and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to reach a scenic vista looking toward the Rondout Valley. After we have taken in the view, we'll continue on the High Peter's Kill, Yellow Connector, and Red Loop Footpaths to create a loop and return to our starting point. Portions of this hike include sustained uphill sections and wet, uneven surfaces that some may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′ 20.46" N -73°51′12.59" W. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 10 Dec
ANIMAL HOMES
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Did you know winter can be the best time to look for animal homes in the park? Join a park naturalist to see where birds, beavers, squirrels, insects, and other animals have made their homes. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 10 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 10 Dec
HOLIDAY BONANZA
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, craft vendors, food, and crafts. Enjoy chatting with family and friends at this fun, community event.
Sat 10 Dec
Backpack Adventures
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
We are ready to go on a nature experiment adventure at Caleb Smith! And everything we need will be right on our backs! We will loan you a backpack filled with fun, interesting experiments that we will complete together as we explore the park! Chidren's Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 10 Dec
Backpack Adventures
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
We are ready to go on a nature experiment adventure at Caleb Smith! And everything we need will be right on our backs! We will loan you a backpack filled with fun, interesting experiments that we will complete together as we explore the park! Chidren's Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 10 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sat 10 Dec
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for a discussion about the sea turtle species seen in NY waters, the threats they face, and how you can become an active part of sea turtle conservation! Learn how to monitor local beaches for cold-stunned sea turtles and how to report any strandings you encounter to get these endangered species immediate assistance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation. No fee, All ages welcome. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 10 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate of $5 per person at the Sam's Point Visitor Center.

Sat 10 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. No registration required
Sat 10 Dec
Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Sam's Point Educator, for an interpretive hike to Indian Rock. We'll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam's Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. During this almost five-mile hike, we'll traverse woods, roads and a rocky footpath featuring a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Bird Seed Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Do you enjoy feeding and watching wild birds in your backyard throughout the winter? Did you know that different types of bird seed attract different types of birds? Join us and learn all a bird it! We'll make beautiful bird seed ornaments for the holidays that you can use to decorate your backyard, your home, or make as a gift for a friend. Family fun for all ages! There is no charge for this event, but visitors must register in advance at https://www.friendsofclermont.org/events.
Sat 10 Dec
Nature Hike
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sat 10 Dec
Trees Without Leaves
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Devil's Hole State Park
Take a walk to Whirlpool State Park from Devil's Hole State Park and learn to identify trees by bark and twig. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 10 Dec
Wildlife Slumber Party
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Meet at the Visitor Center Put on your PJs and join us to celebrate the hibernators that live in Thacher Park! Enjoy some hot chocolate while you meet some of our live animals and learn how wildlife gets ready for the winter. We will start indoors and then head outside for a short walk. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sat 10 Dec
Sticky Ice Science
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Can we make an ice cube stick to the end of a string? Find out the answer to this question and others as we conduct our icy experiments. Together we will observe how water changes phase from liquid, to solid, to gas. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 10 Dec
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 10 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sat 10 Dec
SATURDAY NATURE OUTINGS: Pine Tree Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
1 hour, ½ mile
Sat 10 Dec
Lorenzo's Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 10, 2022 until Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion as " A Snow-Covered Jewel."  With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides. In addition, on Sunday, holiday crafts for "kids of all ages" will be featured at the Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Admission Fees: $6 per person, $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 
Sat 10 Dec
Jingle Falls: Winter Wonderland Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park

A chance each Saturday to join a park naturalist and discover the winter wonderland that Niagara Falls becomes in the winter months. We'll begin at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion. Registration encouraged at (716) 282-5154.

Sat 10 Dec
Wildlife Slumber Party
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Put on your PJs and join us to celebrate the hibernators that live in Thacher Park! Enjoy some hot chocolate while you meet some of our live animals and learn how wildlife gets ready for the winter. We will start indoors and then head outside for a short walk. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sat 10 Dec
DIY Survival Bracelets!
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Looking for the perfect gift for your outdoorsy friend? Make survival bracelets and learn how to use them in an emergency situation under the guidance of wilderness educator, Stephen Sciame of Blue Campfire Experiences, LLC. Make one for yourself and one for a friend! Ages 8+.Cost: $8 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Children ages 6 to 11 become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids discover "whodunit." Kids can enter their solution to "whodunit" in a drawing for a prize: a gift certificate to Oblong Books & Music. Timed-entry reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free (admission paid onsite).
Sun 11 Dec
History Hike
Sunday, December 11, 2022 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
While the main purpose of this hilly, moderately paced 6-mile walk is to relax and socialize, we will make stops to discuss some spots of historic interest. Adult Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 423-1770.
Sun 11 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park

Be a part of the annual tradition and join us for our Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. To register call (716) 549-1050.

Sun 11 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 11 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sun 11 Dec
Scenic Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately six-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 through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. Returning along the Castle Point Carriage Road until we intersect the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll continue walking west to east around the Lake, stopping to admire all the scenic views until we return to the Visitor Center. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sun 11 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Sun 11 Dec
Fantastic Foxes Preschool Program
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
We'll read books, play games, and make crafts that teach us about the elusive fox! Recommended for children ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Carriage Rides
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Treat your family this holiday season and enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the Preserve as it was originally intended: via horse-drawn carriage! We encourage you to wear festive attire and join the Jingle Bell Parade at 1 pm. Rides begin every hour on the hour, registration required. Carriages can accommodate groups of 4, 6, or 8. Smaller groups will be placed with others; we will do our best to keep your group together. Children under 2 are free. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost: $25 per person + Eventbrite fees. Rain date: December 18. Tickets available on November 16 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
Fantastic Foxes Preschool Program
Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
We'll read books, play games, and make crafts that teach us about the elusive fox! Recommended for children ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Nature Hike
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Sun 11 Dec
Ice Lanterns
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Use natural materials to create an ephemeral work of art! Learn about native plants while using their greens, stems, and berries to craft ice lanterns to decorate your front step or holiday table. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Fur and Skulls
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Observing the fur and skulls of different animals can tell us how they adapt to living in the wild. Investigate animal adaptations and make an animal track booklet. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 11 Dec
OPEN TOUCH TANK
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator and meet marine creatures face-to-face!
Sun 11 Dec
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 5-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the bench near the admission booth inside the park entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. Parking is free inside the park near the meeting place or along Midland Ave. Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and the South County Trailway. View Tibbetts Brook and three Croton Water structures and learn their history. Trail may be muddy; sturdy shoes or boots advisable. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
Jingle Bell Parade!
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
‘Oer the fields we go, laughing all the way... around Swan Lake! Get into the holiday spirit and dress up for the occasion as you sip hot cider and walk around the lake alongside horses, carriages, and your fur-babies in costume. Stop by the Swan Lake kiosk to enter to win a prize for best horse costume or best dog costume, drawing at 2 pm. Dogs must be leashed. This family-friendly event is FREE, no registration required. Rain date: December 18, announcements will be made via social media.
Sun 11 Dec
Ice Lanterns
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Use natural materials to create an ephemeral work of art! Learn about native plants while using their greens, stems, and berries to craft ice lanterns to decorate your front step or holiday table. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 11 Dec
Wreath Making
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
It's the holiday season again! Whatever holiday you celebrate a beautiful smelling natural wreath is enjoyable during these cold months. We will have all the natural plants to decorate with. Feel free to bring ribbons or anything else you like to decorate your wreath with for the season. One wreath per household. Adult Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sun 11 Dec
Owl Pellets
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Have you ever peered inside an owl pellet? Snowy owls migrate to Jones Beach most winters, where they feast on small critters and leave their droppings behind. Join us for an afternoon of pellet dissection to uncover the skeletons within! All materials provided. Children (Ages 6-12), Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sun 11 Dec
GUIDED HIKE
Sunday, December 11, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for a guided hike to explore the trails of the Park as we transition to winter! This hike will be easy-paced and about 2 miles. All ages are welcome!
Mon 12 Dec
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Monday, December 12, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
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! Vaccination required. Free binocular loans available upon request. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Mon 12 Dec
LITTLE EXPLORERS – RACCOONS
Monday, December 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we'll focus on those smart, pesky nocturnal animals – the raccoons! This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are always welcome!

Tue 13 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 13 Dec
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Brackish Water
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join an educator each week to explore a different topic in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics through experiments, art projects, and more. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12) Ages 3 and up:& $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 14 Dec
Tiny Tots: Evergreen Trees
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Wed 14 Dec
FALL ADVENTURERS WITH TOWN OF PLATTSBURGH PARKS AND REC
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
This free program is open all adults and senior citizens. If you need a boost to get started walking and hiking or maybe you are interested in trying new locations, now is the time!  We provide a safe and fun experience for all that attend. All participants must dress appropriately for the weather.  Register by 11/12 by calling 518-562-6860. More info here: https://plattsburghny.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29899

Wed 14 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 2
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Reptiles and amphibians of Letchworth.
Wed 14 Dec
HOME ECOLOGIST: Reptile and Amphibian Winter Survival Tier 2
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologists is a series of programs designed for home school students. The different programs offered each month share a common theme. Since home schoolers learn at their own pace, each program is open to all ages. The program content level follows a tiered system, with the first program targeting lower-level learning, the second program targeting middle-level learning, and the third program targeting higher-level learning. Parents and caregivers can choose any or all programs that may pique the interest of their budding ecologists! Reptiles and amphibians of Letchworth.
Wed 14 Dec
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year: The Geminids. On a cool and crisp night catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 15 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Thu 15 Dec
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, December 15, 2022 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Fri 16 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Friday, December 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Visit the Creekside Classroom and help us count the birds we see at our feeders! A warm fire will help to enhance your birding expe-rience! Beginners of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided.
Fri 16 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Fri 16 Dec
Mineral Springs Tour
Friday, December 16, 2022 11:00 AM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Join a tour guide at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m. and 1p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Fri 16 Dec
Tiny Tots: Evergreen Trees
Friday, December 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6) Ages 3 and up: $4. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Fri 16 Dec
Nature Hike
Friday, December 16, 2022 01:00 PM
Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center
Take an easy, 45 minute hike through several wildlife habitats in the park. We will look for signs of local animals and learn about their winter adaptations. All ages are welcome. Hikes start at the Creekside Classroom.
Fri 16 Dec
Evening Hours at the Mansion
Friday, December 16, 2022 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy the decorated mansion with costumed guides, live music, and fabulous holiday gift ideas in the museum's shop. Reservations required: www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Fri 16 Dec
Adult Night Hike
Friday, December 16, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Come to Connetquot River State Park Preserve after hours for this adult only night hike! This walk with activities will connect your senses to the night. See how yours compare to creatures of the night! Adult Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 17 Dec
48th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3683 prior to December 17 for territory assignment. All day.
Sat 17 Dec
48th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Letchworth State Park
Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3683 prior to December 17 for territory assignment. All day.
Sat 17 Dec
Goat Island Gull Watch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara River houses many species of gull each winter. Come find them and other birds on Goat Island with a park Naturalist. To register call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 17 Dec
Hike with Mike: Raven’s Rock
Saturday, December 17, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 6-mile hike to Raven's Rock, the site of one of Tarrytown's many legends. Nestled in a quieter and less-frequented area of the Preserve, Raven's Rock is one of our hidden treasures. On the way, we'll pass a field where Woody Allen filmed one of his early movies. Leashed dogs are welcome. Be prepared to hike at a steady pace. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 17 Dec
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a tour of the fish hatchery! A short presentation about this historic site will be followed by a tour and a view inside the hatch house. Feed the fish and learn what it takes to operate a fish hatchery! Family Program. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sat 17 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 17 Dec
PROJECT FEEDERWATCH
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike! Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home. Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 30th.
Sat 17 Dec
EVERGREEN WALK
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
A park naturalist will lead a guided nature walk to see what is happening in the park as we transition to Winter, highlighting and investigating some of the tree species that stay green all year! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 17 Dec
Forest Therapy: Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Embrace change with mindful movement, nature observation, journaling, and tea under the trees. Led by Mindful Outdoor Guide and certified Forest Therapist, Cindy Olsen, this experience will be an opportunity to celebrate the natural world in honor of the winter solstice. Ages 18+. No dogs please. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 17 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Enjoy Staatsburgh's beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and décor, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets purchased on arrival with reservation for entry-time. Special programs for all ages and evening hours: see www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS for more information and to reserve! Closed December 24 & 25; open everyday December 27 - 31.
Sat 17 Dec
Take a Bird to Lunch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
With the cold months here, many birds have either been migrating south, or bulking up for the long winter ahead. Lets help by providing them with a good meal! Using natural materials, we will make bird feeders to hang in your yard to give the migrating birds, as well as the year-long residents an extra boost! Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 17 Dec
Take a Bird to Lunch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
With the cold months here, many birds have either been migrating south, or bulking up for the long winter ahead. Lets help by providing them with a good meal! Using natural materials, we will make bird feeders to hang in your yard to give the migrating birds, as well as the year-long residents an extra boost! Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 17 Dec
Wreath Making
Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Join us for a fun seasonal craft! Create your very own custom wreaths with items found in nature. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+), Ages 3 and up: $4, 2 and younger: Free. To RSVPs please go to jonesbeachenc.org/programs.
Sat 17 Dec
Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve
Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
This opportunity is being offered at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in December (except Christmas Eve), January, February, and March, weather permitting. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam's Point employee w