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Wed 06 Nov
Sam’s Point Gallery: The Hudson Valley from an Artist’s View, Exhibit and Art Sale
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 until Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Beginning on November 6th and continuing through the end of December, the Gallery at Sam's Point will be showing a collection of paintings and prints created by local artists. This exciting show will depict scenes of local areas, flora, and fauna. These works are donated from a private collection, being offered for the first time. They are priced moderately for holiday gift giving. The sale of these works will benefit local food pantries. Start your collection of scenes of the Hudson Valley by purchasing one of these outstanding works. Pre-registration is not required.

Sun 10 Nov
Mammals & Migratory Art Gallery at Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Sunday, November 10, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Mammals and migratory beings are joyfully elevated by artists Roseanne Cerbo, Jeanne DiMeglio, James Dyekman, Sharon Falk, Michael Garber, Jocelyn Henry, Eric David Laxman and Doris Shepherd Wiese; that seek every artistic opportunity to emphasize the remarkable quality of living creatures visited in eastern surroundings.

Inquires: 914-631-1470 ext. 0

Art Sales/Gallery Info: proleeds@aol.com

Vehicle Parking: $6 weekends & holidays

Sat 16 Nov
Autumn Hike in Thacher Park
Saturday, November 16, 2019 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Fall is the perfect season for hiking in the park. Explore trails with Jim and Bonnie Schaller on an easy paced walk of about 4 miles. Trails are mostly level with a few moderate ups and downs. Bring a snack and water. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Autumn Hike in Thacher Park
Saturday, November 16, 2019 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Fall is the perfect season for hiking in the park. Explore trails with Jim and Bonnie Schaller on an easy paced walk of about 4 miles. Trails are mostly level with a few moderate ups and downs. Bring a snack and water. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Fishing Clinic at Penn Pier
Saturday, November 16, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Try your hand at Fishing!

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Sat 16 Nov
Where Did Everbody Go?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

When fall arrives, many creatures get ready for the harsh weather of winter. Through hands-on activities and costumes, discover how many animals and insects survive the winter.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Where Did Everbody Go?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

When fall arrives, many creatures get ready for the harsh weather of winter. Through hands-on activities and costumes, discover how many animals and insects survive the winter.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 16, 2019 until Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 16 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 16, 2019 until Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 16 Nov
Rockwood Hall – Archville Bridge – Rockefeller Preserve
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Enjoy an approximately 4-5 mile loop walk, easy-to-moderate, mostly on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. We begin at the ruins of Rockwood Hall, built in 1849 and purchased by Wm. Rockefeller, John D. Senior's younger brother, in 1886, before John D. began acquiring and building what later became Kykuit. We cross the Archville bridge, which replaced the earlier bridge that carried the Aqueduct over Rt. 9 and served as a carriage trail connecting the two estates. We reach the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and walk on Rockefeller trails to view a major Aqueduct structure that crosses the Pocantico River. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. Meet at the Rockwood Hall parking lot (description & directions: www.nynjtc.org/hike/rockwood-hall-sleepy-hollow) behind Phelps Memorial Hospital at 10 am.

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Urban Trail Conference co-leader, David Bernstein, islay6@gmail.com or 347-224-7376.

Sat 16 Nov
Coping with Cold
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

What do you do to get through the cold winter? Explore the many ways that our park animals survive the cold, and try a demonstration that shows the animals are more like us than you would like! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 16 Nov
Gorge at Low Water
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Whirlpool State Park
(716) 284-4691

Two separate opportunities to enjoy the Niagara Gorge after the volume of water in the Niagara River is reduced by 25%. We will take you past the Whirlpool to the site of the Great Gorge Route station and beyond. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for either program
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

What's a dream catcher? We will explore the myths and legends behind these beautiful hangings. Then together, we will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers and beads. All materials will be supplied. Recommended for children 8 and up.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Dream Catcher
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

What's a dream catcher? We will explore the myths and legends behind these beautiful hangings. Then together, we will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers and beads. All materials will be supplied. Recommended for children 8 and up.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
A Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall
Saturday, November 16, 2019 11:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Whose side would you choose: Loyalist, Patriot or Neither? Why do we care about all this and why do we commemorate these events and people? Simple. It's our collective history! Travel back in time for a full day immersion to learn about Yonkers and the surrounding areas during the war, in what was the most divided and conflicted location during the Revolution. From musicians, costumed reenactors, speakers and authors, such as Mary Calvi, author of Dear George, Dear Mary, as your guides, participants will be treated to a wide range of presentations that touch on topics that emphasize how diverse in actions and thought the area was during this paramount moment in American history. The program is free to attend thanks to the generous support of our many sponsors.

Sat 16 Nov
Tree ID Hike
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn your trees! Includes a mile-long hike. Ages 8+
Sat 16 Nov
Tree ID Hike
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Learn your trees! Includes a mile-long hike. Ages 8+
Sat 16 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sat 16 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sat 16 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Saturday, November 16, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Nov
Fireside Series at Allegany State Park
Saturday, November 16, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

Take a moment to make your winter season a little more relaxing by spending an evening in Allegany State Park. Join us on Saturday, November 16th for "By the Fireside." This month's featured performance is by Ken Hardley. Ken Hardley is a musician, entertainer, and socialite from Upstate New York. A lifetime dedicated to restless explorations of a variety of musical and literary mediums makes Hardley a performer of broad musical taste and perspective. Whether hosting Rolling Hills Radio, fronting a band, emceeing an event, or playing solo, Ken Hardley creates an edgy, warm, funny, unpredictable, cerebral atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.

This free "By the Fireside" event takes place on Saturday, November 16th from 7:00pm -8:30 pm. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov.  

Sun 17 Nov
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, November 17, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. Both of these cliff-edge vistas, which are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other, offer beautiful, scenic views. If conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one vista from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Guided Hikes
Sunday, November 17, 2019 09:30 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

Sun 17 Nov
Intro to Wilderness Survival: Adult Program
Sunday, November 17, 2019 09:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire, and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on the grass.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Big Tree Tours Part 3
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Sundays (3 hours). Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 17. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Sun 17 Nov
Big Tree Tours Part 3
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Sundays (3 hours). Car tours and short walks to the Park's highest, broadest and stoutest known trees. Come see how they deal with the elements of weather, old age, insects and disease. Tour offered in three parts. Bring a lunch.

November 17. Visit some of our oldest forests and therefore many of our largest trees and several State Champions. Included in this tour is the site of one of our biggest oaks in the park. The tree fell in the early morning of August 18, 1993 due to fungi decaying its 150-year-old base. Meet at Castile Entrance Gate. Car tour and short walks. Bring a lunch.

Sun 17 Nov
Seaside Harvest Wreath
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Create an interesting wreath using grasses, sea shells, driftwood and whatever else we find on the shore. Limited to 16 people. Bring ribbon if you like.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, November 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

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.

 
Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Historic House Tours
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club, which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Shipwrecks of the Upper St. Lawrence
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Hundreds of shipwrecks lie on the floor of the St. Lawrence River. Don’t you want to know how they got there? or who was on them? or how to visit them? Join Anna as she geeks out about the incredible and diverse history of ships on the river.
Sun 17 Nov
Let’s Talk Turkeys at Sam’s Point
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Daphne Schroeder, Sam's Point Education Assistant, to find out what wild turkeys eat for Thanksgiving! We will go for a one-mile roundtrip hike to the scenic Sam's Point Overlook to discover how turkeys nest, find food, and stay safe from predators. This program is recommended for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Mammals & Migratory Art Gallery Reception
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Mammals and migratory beings are joyfully elevated by artists Roseanne Cerbo, Jeanne DiMeglio, James Dyekman, Sharon Falk, Michael Garber, Jocelyn Henry, Eric David Laxman and Doris Shepherd Wiese; that seek every artistic opportunity to emphasize the remarkable quality of living creatures visited in eastern surroundings.

Inquires: 914-631-1470 ext. 0

Vehicle Parking: $6

Sun 17 Nov
Guided Hikes
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

Sun 17 Nov
Shipwrecks of the Upper St. Lawrence
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Hundreds of shipwrecks lie on the floor of the St. Lawrence River. Don’t you want to know how they got there? or who was on them? or how to visit them? Join Anna as she geeks out about the incredible and diverse history of ships on the river.
Sun 17 Nov
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, or what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join a Park Naturalist and special guests for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! Each week we'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all. All ages welcome.
Sun 17 Nov
ANCESTRAL VOICES: HOW OBJECTS TELL STORIES - Sarah Coffin Lecture
Sunday, November 17, 2019 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

$10/person; registration is required and space is limited!

Sarah D. Coffin, decorative arts historian, consultant and curator, and former Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will offer "Ancestral Voices: How Objects Tell Stories," a talk and on-site look at Clermont of some of the objects featured in Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts at Clermont (2018) for which she wrote the preface and assisted with the preparation of texts.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Nov
Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires
Sunday, November 17, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Take an afternoon stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington's Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of only a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back (total distance less than 4 miles), admiring architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800's. On the return trip, you might stop to tour Jay Gould's Lyndhurst or Washington Irving's Sunnyside mansion (paid guided tours are available at both). When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions.

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448.

Mon 18 Nov
High Rock Trail Hike
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand-new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep; however, it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 18 Nov
High Rock Trail Hike
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand-new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep; however, it is quite long. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 18 Nov
Little Explorers - Turkeys!
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we will be talkin' turkeys! Gobble gobble!

 

This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5, but all ages are welcome.

Mon 18 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Registration: Required
Mon 18 Nov
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM
Monday, November 18, 2019 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Registration: Required
Mon 18 Nov
Home Ecologist - Whitetail World
Monday, November 18, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Mon 18 Nov
Home Ecologist - Whitetail World
Monday, November 18, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Tue 19 Nov
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 are abundant from the top of Millbrook Mountain. 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. The return trip on the meandering Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads is easier, with scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below. Participants should bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 19 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 19 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Quirky Turkey
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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.

Tue 19 Nov
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Eastern Ridge Hike
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will be starting this long, roughly 5-mile hike at the Spring Overlook parking area. We will hike the Eastern Ridge trail all the way to where it meets the Cottage Park Trail. We will connect onto the Western Ridge trail making a big loop. This will be about a 5.5-6-mile hike. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call our office at 518-793-0511. You will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Tree Tracking Tuesdays (T3)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470 ext 106

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Register for this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com or by calling Rebecca at 914-631-1470 x106.

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
Pathways to Prevention
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between Olana and Columbia Memorial Health encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enjoy, explore and enhance your health. This series supports New York State Parks priority to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will participate in a 20-minute talk by a doctor or specialist in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana's carriage roads.

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “On Trial: Susan B. Anthony” with Laurie Kozakiewicz From SUNY at Albany
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In 1873 Susan B. Anthony went on trial in Canandaigua NY for having cast a ballot in the presidential election of 1872. In doing so she seemingly violated both federal law and the NYS Constitution. Suffragists had been stunned and angered at women's exclusion from the 15th Amendment. Our purpose in revisiting the trial is to get a better sense of the challenge's suffragists faced in the late 19th century as they struggled to win the vote.

Wed 20 Nov
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Head to the woods for a scenic walk through Evangola to enjoy the changing season and final days of November. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

At 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

At 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 21 Nov
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 21 Nov
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, November 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Spring Overlook Hike
Thursday, November 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, so not very long, but a little on the steeper side. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Thursday, November 21, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
Fishing Clinic at Penn Pier
Thursday, November 21, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Try your hand at Fishing!

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Thu 21 Nov
Painting in the Park
Thursday, November 21, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Nov
The New York Unit of The Herb Society of America Fall/Holiday Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Please join us for a lecture, snacks and shopping! MARJORIE SHAFFER will speak about Cinnamon: a Bittersweet History. Marjorie is the author of Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice. She has just completed travels and research throughout Southeast Asia in connection with her next book about Cinnamon. She will offer samples of cinnamon from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and other parts of the world. Check In begins at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $20. Seating is limited, please register early. For Information contact herbsocietyny@gmail.com or call Donna Alderman (914) 924- 7406. Register and pay by check: New York Unit, Herb Society of America, P.O. Box 471, Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Fri 22 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Turkey Talk
Friday, November 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

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 22 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Friday, November 22, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Fri 22 Nov
Water Quality Exploration
Friday, November 22, 2019 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Aspects of our water can give us clues about what lives in Jamaica Bay.

Meet at Penn Pier

Sat 23 Nov
Nature on the Move (Eastern Section): Adult Program
Saturday, November 23, 2019 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Holiday Crafts and a Walk in the Park
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
De Veaux Woods State Park
(716) 284-5778

Time to relax and enjoy making some fun crafts for the upcoming holidays! Then, we will take a short walk around DeVeaux Woods. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 23, 2019 until Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 23 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 23, 2019 until Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 23 Nov
Trails and Puppy Dog Tails
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join naturalist Kim Cullen and her four legged friend, Finnegan, on a fun fury hike. All dogs and dog lovers are welcome to come. Dogs must be on a leash, be able to walk with other dogs and people, and have proof of rabies vaccination.
Sat 23 Nov
Citizen Science Hike on Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Become a citizen scientist and learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons. We will be offering this hike once a month to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop trail. This two-mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for participants over the age of eight, but everyone who can hike the distance is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Seal Walks
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Trails and Puppy Dog Tails
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join naturalist Kim Cullen and her four legged friend, Finnegan, on a fun fury hike. All dogs and dog lovers are welcome to come. Dogs must be on a leash, be able to walk with other dogs and people, and have proof of rabies vaccination.
Sat 23 Nov
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Laura Davis Kennedy, Interpretive Ranger and Research Coordinator, 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. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Holiday Craft Workshop: Make a Christmas Cracker
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Christmas crackers were popular dinner favors during the Gilded Age, cracking open to reveal sweets and small gifts. Learn how to make your own festive crackers, decorate them to your liking and take home a set for your own Christmas dinner. This fun family craft is suitable for adults and children 10 & up. All materials provided. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. Cost: $8 per person; $20 for a family of 3 to 5 people.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Weir Tour
Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 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).

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sat 23 Nov
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

Sat 23 Nov
Saturday Nature Station - World of Whitetail
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 23 Nov
Saturday Nature Station - World of Whitetail
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 23 Nov
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail but will have to hike it back up on the return. When we reach the Western Ridge trail we will turn around and head back. Hiking the waterfall back will be steeper. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, November 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail but will have to hike it back up on the return. When we reach the Western Ridge trail we will turn around and head back. Hiking the waterfall back will be steeper. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Saturday, November 23, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Nov
Plankton Observation
Saturday, November 23, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Use microscopes to explore our underwater world.

Meet at Penn Pier

Sun 24 Nov
Seal Walks
Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Nov
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, or call/text 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sun 24 Nov
Shore Life Observation
Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Take a look at live creatures from our shoreline.

Meet at Penn Flare Plaza

Mon 25 Nov
Western Ridge Hike
Monday, November 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at one end of the trail and drive over to the other end. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety one way. This will be about 6+ miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Nov
Western Ridge Hike
Monday, November 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will park a car at one end of the trail and drive over to the other end. From there we will start the Western Ridge trail and hike it in its entirety one way. This will be about 6+ miles. Call the park office to register for this hike with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Meet and pay ($1 for kids and 62+, $2 for everyone else) at the park office. Rating: Advanced to Expert
Registration: Required
Tue 26 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 26 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 26 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Gobble Gobble
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 26 Nov
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Gobble Gobble
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 26 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “Looking History in the Eye” with Anne Clothier From Saratoga County Historical, Brookside Museum
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

A workshop lecture about identifying 19th century photography methods. Anne will cover what to look for in identifying the works from the 1800s and some other elements that enable historians to narrow down the era in which a photograph may have been taken. Bring along some of your own family photos to share.

Wed 27 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 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 steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 27 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits - Bishop Woods & Dark Woods
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 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 steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Wed 27 Nov
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5+ miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough, we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Nov
Ridge Run Hike
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike is about 3.5+ miles round trip. The hike up to the ridge is a bit steep for about a mile but then the ridge is rather flat. This is a nice hike that also takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough, we may get a chance to see some wildlife. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Nov
Gobble Walk
Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 826-1930

Flare your tail and strut on out, we'll travel in a flock and waddle Turkey Talk! So, spur the poults from the roost, Tom Turkey's on the loose! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Thursday, November 28, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Nov
Opt Outside Hike
Friday, November 29, 2019 09:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Opt to spend this Black Friday in nature! Join us for our signature 3.5-mile hike along the scenic Wellesley Island waterfront. Trails consist of uneven terrain, and slight elevation changes. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, and packing water. Beginner hikers welcome!
Fri 29 Nov
Opt Outside Hike
Friday, November 29, 2019 09:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Opt to spend this Black Friday in nature! Join us for our signature 3.5-mile hike along the scenic Wellesley Island waterfront. Trails consist of uneven terrain, and slight elevation changes. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, and packing water. Beginner hikers welcome!
Fri 29 Nov
Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off! What better way to relax this holiday than enjoying the forest and river of Connetquot (approx. 3 miles)? Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Nov
#OptOutside Walk
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Forget the mall and #OptOutside with us this Black Friday! Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for wildlife in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome! Meets at the Nature Center.
Fri 29 Nov
OptOutside Eagle Trail Walk
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Choose to #OptOutside on #BlackFriday! Check out the work being done on the Eagle Trail to connect Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site to the south-side of Amsterdam via a riverside nature path. Work off the stuffing and pumpkin pie with Friends member and trail ambassador, John Naple.

We will meet at Yankee Hill Lock at the Putman Store 10 AM on Black Friday. We will walk approximately 3 miles to Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. We will stop and view natural phenomena (eagles, other birds, small mammals, etc., and perhaps pick up trash and vegetation along the way) Plan 2 hours for this walk.

Please arrange a ride back to Yankee Hill if leaving a car there (or opt to walk the 3 miles back). Parking in Amsterdam is available at the bike trail parking lot.

Fri 29 Nov
Guided Hikes
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

Fri 29 Nov
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, November 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 29 Nov
Learn How to Use a Quill Pen
Friday, November 29, 2019 until Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Create your own distinctive way of writing – a la 18th century style - using a quill pen and ink when you come to Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, during Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th, 11 AM until 3 PM.

The take-home craft is open to all ages and is free with Museum admission which includes self-guided exploration of the Museum's 1,300 artifacts and guided tours of Washington's Headquarters and the newly restored Tower of Victory. (Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions).

Fri 29 Nov
Santa on the Walkway
Friday, November 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Santa will arrive at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Friday, November 29. Bring your kids, your dogs—the whole family—for this fun photo opportunity with Santa.

Location: East (Poughkeepsie) Entrance of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Fri 29 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Friday, November 29, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Nov
Guided Hikes
Friday, November 29, 2019 03:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

Fri 29 Nov
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, November 29, 2019 06:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

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.  

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Just a Hike: Adult Program
Saturday, November 30, 2019 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Come to the Nature Center to enjoy making traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments with one of our local artisans! Basket weaver and artist Karin Kuck will show you how to make woven Norwegian reindeer ornaments and Finnish Christmas stars - you'll be very impressed with your final product! The fee of $35 covers all materials and hands on instruction. Appropriate for adults and children age 13 and older. Space is limited, so please reserve now by calling 518-872-0800. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 30, 2019 until Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 30 Nov
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 30, 2019 until Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 30 Nov
Wreath Making Program
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Are you looking for a perfect wreath for your chimney or front door? Perhaps you just want to get together with some friends and work on an awesome craft project? Come to Moreau and join Jean, a friend’s member, while she teaches you, assists you and creates some of her own beautiful creations. Spaces are very limited so please sign up in advance, call 518-793-0511 for a reservation. $20 each person.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Wreath Making Program
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Are you looking for a perfect wreath for your chimney or front door? Perhaps you just want to get together with some friends and work on an awesome craft project? Come to Moreau and join Jean, a friend’s member, while she teaches you, assists you and creates some of her own beautiful creations. Spaces are very limited so please sign up in advance, call 518-793-0511 for a reservation. $20 each person.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a guided scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be approximately 1 mile on easy trails.
Sat 30 Nov
Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Come to the Nature Center to enjoy making traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments with one of our local artisans! Basket weaver and artist Karin Kuck will show you how to make woven Norwegian reindeer ornaments and Finnish Christmas stars - you'll be very impressed with your final product! The fee of $35 covers all materials and hands on instruction. Appropriate for adults and children age 13 and older. Space is limited, so please reserve now by calling 518-872-0800. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Art in the Park: Recycled and Repurposed
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Make gifts and keepsakes out of recycled materials! Bring clean bottles, cans, old shoes, hangers, CDs, or anything else that you would like to repurpose. All ages welcome. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Art in the Park: Recycled and Repurposed
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Make gifts and keepsakes out of recycled materials! Bring clean bottles, cans, old shoes, hangers, CDs, or anything else that you would like to repurpose. All ages welcome. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

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. More details to come. For more information call 716-282-5154.
Sat 30 Nov
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 30 Nov
Helping Cold Stunned Sea Turtles Lecture and Beach Clean- up
Saturday, November 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Learn about the four species of sea turtles that visit our coastal long Island waters from Atlantic Marine Conservation Society scientists. You will also learn how they can become ‘cold stunned” and stranded on our beaches when the temperatures drop, and what you can do to help them. Participants will be encouraged to monitor their own local beaches and may sign up for monitoring the beach at Hallock State Park Preserve on specific days in the upcoming “cold stun” season. Participants ages 6 to 16 will receive a free Beach Stewardship Backpack provided by NY Connect Kids to Parks
Sat 30 Nov
Thematic Tours: John Jay & Gouverneur Morris
Saturday, November 30, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816. Often referred to as the "Penman of the Constitution," Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris's political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Seal Walks
Saturday, November 30, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Nov
Saturday Family Movie: Toy Story
Saturday, November 30, 2019 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The fall series of Saturday Family Movie continues with one of the all-time greats, Toy Story! See how it all began inside Andy's bedroom. When the kids are away, the toys will play, but will they all play nice together? All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Sun 01 Dec
Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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 tropical-feeling 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. Meet at the Awosting Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 1, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 01 Dec
Historic House Tours
Sunday, December 1, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 1, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 01 Dec
Nature Up Close - Meet Our Evergreens
Sunday, December 1, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparisons of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. These workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center. Take Trailside Road near Inspiration Point in Letchworth State Park.

Sun 01 Dec
Nature Up Close - Meet Our Evergreens
Sunday, December 1, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Dozens of evergreen trees and shrubs inhabit the park. Study their boughs and cones by comparison of samples.

These programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparisons of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. These workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center. Take Trailside Road near Inspiration Point in Letchworth State Park.

Mon 02 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM
Monday, December 2, 2019 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Registration: Required
Mon 02 Dec
KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM
Monday, December 2, 2019 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Registration: Required
Tue 03 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 03 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 03 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Duck, Duck, Goose!
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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.

Registration: Required
Tue 03 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits - Cabin Bank Woods
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 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 steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Tue 03 Dec
Old Growth Forest Visits - Cabin Bank Woods
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am (3 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 steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Meet at Visitor Center. 3 hours, 1-2 miles.

Tue 03 Dec
Sensory Hike: a quiet hike through the woods
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

A quiet lunchtime walk through the woods to focus on letting our senses experience the nature around us. Open to all, leashed dogs welcome, please bring water. Leader: Ranger Su.

Tuesday | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | FREE |

Wed 04 Dec
Lenoir Nature Preserve to Keepers House Loop
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers, in the parking lot, and enjoy an easy, less than 6-mile loop walk along the Aqueduct Trail, exploring history and nature. Inclement weather cancels. Inquiries: Hal Kaplan, kapkotours@gmail.com.
Wed 04 Dec
Lenoir Nature Preserve to Keepers House Loop
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers, in the parking lot, and enjoy an easy, less than 6-mile loop walk along the Aqueduct Trail, exploring history and nature. Inclement weather cancels. Inquiries: Hal Kaplan, kapkotours@gmail.com.
Thu 05 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 5, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 05 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 05 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 05 Dec
Little Hands, Wild!
Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:30 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Let’s put on our winter gear and head outside for some fun! We will be exploring snow, ice, frost, and anything that inspires use to take a closer look. Please come prepared for hands-on learning. This nature play experience takes place outdoors in all types of weather. Ages 0–Pre-K with caregiver.
Thu 05 Dec
Little Hands, Wild!
Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:30 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Let’s put on our winter gear and head outside for some fun! We will be exploring snow, ice, frost, and anything that inspires use to take a closer look. Please come prepared for hands-on learning. This nature play experience takes place outdoors in all types of weather. Ages 0–Pre-K with caregiver.
Thu 05 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 5, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 05 Dec
Jean’s Jaunts
Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Do you like hiking with an experienced hike guide who knows the terrain and all the stories behind them? Then you’ll love joining Jean for her jaunts through Rockefeller because no one knows these roads like Jean! Open to all, leashed dogs welcome, please bring water.

Tuesday | 12:00 pm | FREE |

Thu 05 Dec
Homeschool Program: Nature Observations
Thursday, December 5, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 05 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 5, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Thu 05 Dec
Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop
Thursday, December 5, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Attendees receive a discount for their meal that night at local downtown restaurants!!

5:30PM-7:30pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Thu 05 Dec
Friends of Lorenzo Member-Guest Preview Party
Thursday, December 5, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The Friends of Lorenzo will showcase the bedecked Mansion at their annual Preview Party. This year's theme is "A Candy Land Christmas."  Hosted by the board of the Friends, members and their guests are treated to a special evening of live music and seasonal delights; an admission fee is charged.  If you are not already a member and would like more information, visit www.friendsoflorenzo.org or call 315-655-3200.
Fri 06 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 6, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 06 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 6, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 06 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- The Big Blue Sea
Friday, December 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

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.

Registration: Required
Fri 06 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 6, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 06 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 6, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 06 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 6, 2019 05:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Everyone is welcome to participate in the twenty-third 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 2019 holiday season. Hot beverages will be served outside after Santa lights the tree. 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 06 Dec
Crafty Christmas Preparation!
Friday, December 6, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Get in the holiday spirit and make a card or small gift. A brief look at the mansion's holiday decorations, light refreshments, materials and instruction included.

Reservations required. Cost: $10/person; $8 for Friends members

Registration: Required
Fri 06 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 6, 2019 06:30 PM
Orient Beach State Park
(631) 323-2440

It is a joyous occasion when more than 300 visitors come to” Light Up the Season” at the thirty-third 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 winter coats and non-perishable food items for families in need.
Sat 07 Dec
Holiday bazaar at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Saturday December 7th: 10am to 4pm

Sunday December 8th: 11am to 4pm.

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, fleece and woolen items, baskets, honey and maple products, wildlife photography, puppets, ornaments, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers in our gift shop, too. Enjoy live music that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC

Sat 07 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 7, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 07 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 07 Dec
Holiday bazaar at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Saturday December 7th: 10am to 4pm

Sunday December 8th: 11am to 4pm.

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, fleece and woolen items, baskets, honey and maple products, wildlife photography, puppets, ornaments, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers in our gift shop, too. Enjoy live music that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC

Sat 07 Dec
Youth Snowmobile Safety Course
Saturday, December 7, 2019 08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton VFW- 581 South Road, Grafton, NY

(518)279-1155, ext. 2

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Grafton Lakes State Park will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course to attend. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate.

The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall at 581 South Road from 8:15am to approximately 4:30pm. It will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. Topics covered include NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, and trailering.

To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center at 518-279-1155, ext. 2 or e-mail mary.downey@parks.ny.gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number.

Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just intime for the holidays. We have decorations to add, but you may bring your own. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just intime for the holidays. We have decorations to add, but you may bring your own. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 07 Dec
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Sat 07 Dec
A Child’s Christmas
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Drop in for stories read by Janet and Honoria Livingston's nurse Ollie under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10. ​

Drop In

$4 Per Person

For more information please call (518) 537-4240

Sat 07 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 07 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 07 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 07 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

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. More details to come. For more information call 716-282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 07 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique holiday gifts. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat 07 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Join us in a celebration of Dutch holiday traditions as we welcome St. Nicholas to Philipse Manor Hall. Activities include a live performance of music and storytelling about holiday celebrations from around the world, holiday crafts and scavenger hunts, baked goods and refreshments, PLUS a visit from St. Nicholas! Admission is free for the day!

12:00pm-3:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: All Ages

Sat 07 Dec
Harp Performances
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

On three Saturdays in December, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present performances of period music, performed by harpist Elysia Roman. Set amidst the historic rooms, decorated for the holidays, Ms. Roman’s performances are not formal concerts, but are meant to be enjoyed as visitors tour the house. Roman will perform holiday songs that are now classics but were brand new during the Gilded Age like What Child Is This? (1865) and Away in a Manger (1882), along with elegant classical music from the same period including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (1890) and Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia (1899).

Before studying harp at the collegiate level, Elysia Roman performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall, among many other famous concert halls. She toured Asia with an orchestral ensemble in 2012 and performed that same year at the World Harp Congress. Beginning studies at the age of nine, Elysia has maintained an attitude of excellence, passion and dedication throughout her musical studies and professional career. Her full sound and expert tone production can fill cathedrals and historic mansions alike.

The performances are included in the price of site admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students with an ID; and children 12 and under are free.

Sat 07 Dec
Harvesting History Family Workshop: A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Bird Seed Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

1:00 PM in Clermont Cottage ​

Join us and learn how to make beautiful bird seed ornaments for the holidays! Decorate your backyard or make a gift for a friend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ​

Registration is required: $10 per person, children 12 and under FREE

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 07 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 07 Dec
Friendly Crow (AKA Feeding The Birds)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Every winter our Nature Center builds a bird feeding station to help the wintering bird population. Why do we call this experience “Friendly Crow?” A friendly crow (you) learns to feed nearby birds! Our feathered friends may even land on your hand! All ages are welcome, please bring winter gearing including snow pants and a winter hat.
Sat 07 Dec
Friendly Crow (AKA Feeding The Birds)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Every winter our Nature Center builds a bird feeding station to help the wintering bird population. Why do we call this experience “Friendly Crow?” A friendly crow (you) learns to feed nearby birds! Our feathered friends may even land on your hand! All ages are welcome, please bring winter gearing including snow pants and a winter hat.
Sat 07 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just intime for the holidays. We have decorations to add, but you may bring your own. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
Fire & Ice Candles
Saturday, December 7, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using hot wax and cold ice, you will create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just intime for the holidays. We have decorations to add, but you may bring your own. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 7, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 07 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks. The public can also visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.
Sun 08 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 08 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 08 Dec
History of Caumsett: Adult Program
Sunday, December 8, 2019 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

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

Registration: Required
Sun 08 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 8, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Mon 09 Dec
Self-Guided Holiday Tours: Tuesday - Saturday
Monday, December 9, 2019 until Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

From 12/9 to 1/4, Tuesdays - Saturdays.

On this self-guided tour, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700’s. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. There will be no tours on Christmas and New Year’s Day. To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at 914-965-4027.

12:00pm-3:30pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Optional
Tue 10 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 10 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 10 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 10 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Happy Holidays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

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.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Tue 10 Dec
GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available.  Group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled by prior arrangement.
Christmas Admission Fees:  $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more information please call 315-655-3200
Tue 10 Dec
Tree Tracking Tuesdays (T3)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Register for this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com or by calling Rebecca at 914-631-1470 x106.

Tuesday | 1:00 pm – 2:30pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Wed 11 Dec
Children’s Story Hour & Holiday Craft
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Pre-school age children are invited to gather around the Christmas tree and listen to stories read by Staatsburg Librarian Lisa Prentiss, and then make a holiday craft. Reservations required. Cost: Free
Registration: Required
Wed 11 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 05:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Join us for a full moon hike. This event is free and open to all ages. The hike follows our wide gravel carriage roads and is relatively flat with a few hilly spots (moderate hike). Please bring a flashlight or headlamp! Please come dressed for the weather, will be canceled in case of heavy rain or snow so check your email for updates! Registration for this event is required. Limit 40 participants. Recommended 12 and up

Thursday | 5:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 12, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
Winter Decoration Workshop- 2 sessions
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Charlie Needs a Cloak
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Charlie Needs a Cloak
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 12 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 12 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 12 Dec
Home Ecologist - Birds of Prey
Thursday, December 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 12 Dec
Home Ecologist - Birds of Prey
Thursday, December 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 12 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 12, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Thu 12 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Thu 12 Dec
LORENZO'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Thursday, December 12, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more infomation call 315-655-3200

Fri 13 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 13, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 13, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 13 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 13 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 13, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Fri 13 Dec
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Friday, December 13, 2019 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
(516) 922-9200

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its fifteenth annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year. Carolers kick off the festivities singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse, then Santa Claus arrives 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 13 Dec
Friends of Mills at Staatsburgh Holiday Gala
Friday, December 13, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Join the Friends for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and musical entertainment in the dining room for an elegant and festive evening at the mansion. Reservations required. Call: (845) 889-8851 ext. 346 or see: https://millsfriends.org/event/gilded-christmas/
Registration: Required
Fri 13 Dec
Moonlight Sensory Walk
Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Explore the night using your senses. Why do night creatures see better than us at night? How do animals use their sense of smell? These and other sensory questions will be answered through hands on activities to experience the night like a nocturnal animal does

Registration: Required
Fri 13 Dec
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Friday, December 13, 2019 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year: The Geminids. On a cool, crisp night, catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
45th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 585-493-3625 prior to December 21 for territory assignment.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 14, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
45th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 585-493-3625 prior to December 21 for territory assignment.
Sat 14 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Barcelona Lighthouse
(716) 326-2360

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Midway State Park
(716) 386-3165

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Hike with Master Story Teller Mike
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Let's take a hike on Brook Trail and swing through the pastures. Michael is the Preserve's master storyteller and always happy to share stories of the preserve during the hike.

Saturday | 9:00 am | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Sat 14 Dec
Safe Boater Course at Midway State Park, Bemus Point
Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunset Bay State Marine Park
(716) 934-2375

Pre-registration is required as we have limited space. Additional classes may be added based on demand. The class itself is free. However, there is a $10 fee paid directly to the state when you apply for your card. To register for any of these classes or if you have any questions, please call 716-326-2360 or email: BarcelonaLH@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Art in the Park: Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us to make a wreath out of fresh greens for the 21st annual Clay Pit Wreath Workshop! This workshop has a $15 fee, payable in cash or check made out to Natural Heritage Trust on the day of the event. Adults/teens only. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Art in the Park: Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Join us to make a wreath out of fresh greens for the 21st annual Clay Pit Wreath Workshop! This workshop has a $15 fee, payable in cash or check made out to Natural Heritage Trust on the day of the event. Adults/teens only. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 14 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

We invite you, and your family, to come spend the day at our winter market! Enjoy live music, holiday crafts, local artisans, raffles, and food vendors including homemade baked goods and Driftwood BBQ.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

We invite you, and your family, to come spend the day at our winter market! Enjoy live music, holiday crafts, local artisans, raffles, and food vendors including homemade baked goods and Driftwood BBQ.
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Craft Workshop: Make a Christmas Cracker
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Christmas crackers were popular dinner favors during the Gilded Age, cracking open to reveal sweets and small gifts. Learn how to make your own festive crackers, decorate them to your liking and take home a set for your own Christmas dinner. This fun family craft is suitable for adults and children 10 & up. All materials provided. Reservations required: (845) 889-8851. Cost: $8 per person; $20 for a family of 3 to 5 people.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information. *TVC
Sat 14 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

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. More details to come. For more information call 716-282-5154.
Sat 14 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam to Ossining Weir (one way or loop) Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Snow or heavy rain date, Sunday, December 15, 11am.

Joint walk with Urban Trail Conference -- Easy-to-Moderate hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam, then south along the Aqueduct trail to the Weir in Ossining (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 walk). At the Ossining Weir, you may end your hike or return to Croton Gorge Park. To start, meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. (Over 5 miles one way, 10 miles loop, 2.5 or 5 hours). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 14 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam to Ossining Weir (one way or loop) Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Snow or heavy rain date, Sunday, December 15, 11am.

Joint walk with Urban Trail Conference -- Easy-to-Moderate hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam, then south along the Aqueduct trail to the Weir in Ossining (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 walk). At the Ossining Weir, you may end your hike or return to Croton Gorge Park. To start, meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. (Over 5 miles one way, 10 miles loop, 2.5 or 5 hours). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 14 Dec
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed. 11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages
Sat 14 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 14 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information. *TVC
Sat 14 Dec
Harp Performances
Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

On three Saturdays in December, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present performances of period music, performed by harpist Elysia Roman. Set amidst the historic rooms, decorated for the holidays, Ms. Roman’s performances are not formal concerts, but are meant to be enjoyed as visitors tour the house. Roman will perform holiday songs that are now classics but were brand new during the Gilded Age like What Child Is This? (1865) and Away in a Manger (1882), along with elegant classical music from the same period including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (1890) and Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia (1899).

Before studying harp at the collegiate level, Elysia Roman performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall, among many other famous concert halls. She toured Asia with an orchestral ensemble in 2012 and performed that same year at the World Harp Congress. Beginning studies at the age of nine, Elysia has maintained an attitude of excellence, passion and dedication throughout her musical studies and professional career. Her full sound and expert tone production can fill cathedrals and historic mansions alike.

The performances are included in the price of site admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students with an ID; and children 12 and under are free.

Sat 14 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 14 Dec
Saturday Nature Station - Almost Every Evergreen
Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at 1:00pm (1 hour, on site) While visiting Letchworth State Park, stop by the Humphrey Nature Center to chat with one of our naturalists at Saturday Nature Stations! These stations are designed to give an introduction into different seasonal topics such as tree identification, animal tracking, or geology. Use this new knowledge to enhance your experience in the park!
Sat 14 Dec
LORENZO'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more infomation call 315-655-3200

Sat 14 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Gingerbread Spectacular
Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall as part of the larger downtown seasonal program that day, from 2:00-4:00, stop by the Manor for a chance to customize and decorate their own Gingerbread cookie! All activities for the day are free but supplies are limited to first come first serve.

2:00pm-4:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: 1-12

Sat 14 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Sat 14 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Tour the elegantly appointed 1754 Ellison house decorated for Christmas and staffed by Revolutionary War era costumed interpreters.

Sun 15 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Both veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Tracks & Traces: Adult Program
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children).

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 15 Dec
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

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.

Location: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Sun 15 Dec
Historic House Tours
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Come anytime between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost: $8 person, $6 seniors/students, children 12 & under are free.
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Swag
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create lovely swag for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special! Reservations are required starting two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 15, 2019 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 15, 2019 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. 

Adults $12/ Friends of Clermont $10, Children 12 and under $5 Tickets Required. Please call (518) 537-4240

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Sunday, December 15, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Tue 17 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 17 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tue 17 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Brr..Winter is Here
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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.

Registration: Required
Tue 17 Dec
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 until Saturday, December 21, 2019 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Under the cover of darkness with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Manor Hall and the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700’s. Discover the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while also viewing nearly 250 years of the evolution of decorations at the Manor done by the Morsemere Garden Club. Walk-ins welcomed but reservations encouraged. Please contact us at 914-956-4027 or at Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov.

7:00pm-8:00pm | Location: Yonkers | $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. | Ages: All Ages

Registration: Optional
Wed 18 Dec
Sensory Hike: a quiet hike through the woods
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

A quiet lunchtime walk through the woods to focus on letting our senses experience the nature around us.

Wednesday | 12:00 pm | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE

Thu 19 Dec
Holiday Tours
Thursday, December 19, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Thu 19 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 19 Dec
THURSDAY TROMPS WITH PARK NATURALIST, DOUGLAS BASSETT
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 19 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Thu 19 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Thursday, December 19, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Thu 19 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 19, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
Holiday Tours
Friday, December 20, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Friday, December 20, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Fri 20 Dec
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Slippery Seals
Friday, December 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

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.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, December 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Fri 20 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Friday, December 20, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Friday, December 20, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Fri 20 Dec
Evening Hours at the Mansion
Friday, December 20, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Spend a festive evening at the fully-decorated mansion with costumed guides, live music, a craft activity and gift shopping. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students, Children age 12 & under free.
Sat 21 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 21, 2019
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

At 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sat 21 Dec
Seal Walks
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Fun Facts with Kelly: Winter Birding Edition
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Reservoir State Park
(716) 284-5778

Tweet, tweet! While some birds migrate away for the colder months, some overwinter in our backyards. Sit back, relax, and maybe catch a glimpse of some birds we see year-round. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Bay Walk
Saturday, December 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Grab your hiking shoes and join us for a beach walk during the shortest daylight time of the year: the winter solstice! On this invigorating hike, you will search for all sorts of creatures that make Jones Beach their winter home.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 21, 2019 until Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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 4th.
Sat 21 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is in the Ballroom of the Main House.
Sat 21 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Join us for our annual Knox Farm Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group. Both veteran and beginner birders welcome. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 21, 2019 until Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 4th.
Sat 21 Dec
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. (Note: 168th St. stop on the #1 is closed, but 157th St. will do; there is also on-street parking.) 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. Optional side trip up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir. You may wish to take a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) after the walk. Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the High Bridge and back is approximately 2 miles. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. (Note: 168th St. stop on the #1 is closed, but 157th St. will do; there is also on-street parking.) 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. Optional side trip up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir. You may wish to take a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) after the walk. Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the High Bridge and back is approximately 2 miles. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A great day for families! Explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor's center.

Admission: FREE

For more information please call (518) 537-4240

Sat 21 Dec
Yoga and Meditation Class
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. It helps us sleep better, and can ultimately help shift our perspective, enabling us to feel more in charge of our lives, and have a more compassionate, inclusive and empowered view of the world. Class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber and walk ins welcomed. No mats. $10 per class, no reservations needed.

11:00am-12:15pm | Location: Yonkers | $10 | Ages: All Ages

Sat 21 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 21 Dec
Harp Performances
Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

On three Saturdays in December, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present performances of period music, performed by harpist Elysia Roman. Set amidst the historic rooms, decorated for the holidays, Ms. Roman’s performances are not formal concerts, but are meant to be enjoyed as visitors tour the house. Roman will perform holiday songs that are now classics but were brand new during the Gilded Age like What Child Is This? (1865) and Away in a Manger (1882), along with elegant classical music from the same period including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (1890) and Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia (1899).

Before studying harp at the collegiate level, Elysia Roman performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall, among many other famous concert halls. She toured Asia with an orchestral ensemble in 2012 and performed that same year at the World Harp Congress. Beginning studies at the age of nine, Elysia has maintained an attitude of excellence, passion and dedication throughout her musical studies and professional career. Her full sound and expert tone production can fill cathedrals and historic mansions alike.

The performances are included in the price of site admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students with an ID; and children 12 and under are free.

Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
DECEMBER TRAIL HIKES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

General nature hikes on trails that leave from the center.
Sat 21 Dec
Fire Up Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us around our fireplace in celebration of the first day of winter! Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, stories, and games.
Sat 21 Dec
Fire Up Winter
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join us around our fireplace in celebration of the first day of winter! Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, stories, and games.
Sat 21 Dec
Snowmen Ice Candles
Saturday, December 21, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

When were candles first used? Where does wax come from? Join us to discover the history of candles! Together we'll create unique candles, using hot wax and ice, just before the holidays.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Thematic Tours: John Jay & George Washington
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69. This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage. It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.
Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Welcome in the winter season as we enjoy a trail hike through the park during the shortest day of the year! Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Fun
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Kick off the longest night of the year by learning about nocturnal animals! We will play games, make a craft, and take a short jaunt outside. Ages 5+.
Sat 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Fun
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Kick off the longest night of the year by learning about nocturnal animals! We will play games, make a craft, and take a short jaunt outside. Ages 5+.
Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sat 21 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Equinox Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2019 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

See the sunset over the Mt. Morris Canyon and welcome the beginning of longer days. Meet at River Road junction on Route 408 out of Mt. Morris towards Nunda. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 3 hours, 2 miles.

Sat 21 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 21, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly suggested as space is limited. $15 adult; $12 senior, student or member; $5 children.
Registration: Optional
Sat 21 Dec
It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year: Wassailing at Knox’s Headquarters
Saturday, December 21, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

Join rowdy and binging locals and Continental artillerymen as they celebrate Christmas in this first-person program. They are wonderful people, but be sure to keep your hand on your purse at all times.

Sun 22 Dec
New Tours of Olana Indoors + Outdoors All Winter
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Olana has launched new tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM. The Olana Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The park is open daily 8:30 AM to sunset. To learn more and purchase tickets visit OLANA.org
Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Winter Birding
Sunday, December 22, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up, and join us for some birding on the beach! On this stroll through the crisp air, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

Please call for location details.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Seal Walks
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Experience seals in their natural habitat. Join a park naturalist on a 3 mile round trip hike to the seal haul-out, where migrating pinnipeds rest on rocks. A spotting scope is provided and binoculars are recommended. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine): Adult Program
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas
Sunday, December 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion.

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sun 22 Dec
The Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Histori