Come Celebrate Outdoors Day!
New York will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. 2019 marks the second year of the free open-house style event, which is part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to connect people to nature and provide increased access to outdoor recreation through hands-on activities. Outdoors Day participants will be able to discover new skills and try out a host of guided outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, bird watching, archery, camping and more. Find a locationnear you and get outdoors!
Thank You I Love My Park Day Volunteers!
Thank you to the volunteers who showed their love for state lands at the eighth annual I Love My Park Day! Organized in partnership with State Parks and Parks and Trails New York, the event drew thousands of volunteers to 140 sites. Check out our photo gallery to see some of the activities and great groups of volunteers.
Hand Hollow State Forest Expanded
Hand Hollow State Forest has doubled in size thanks to a new aquisition. DEC purchased 524 acres from the Open Space Institute (OSI) to expand recreational opportunities in New Lebanon, Columbia County. The expansion brings more opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping and more. In 2017, newaccessible improvements added to the state forest provided a new parking lot, a trail open to motorized use by permit, and an accessible fishing dock. Hand Hollow State Forest is only a short drive from the Capital Region, so don’t forget to add it to your bucket list this summer!
Enjoy Bird Watching with an I Bird NY Challenge
Bird watching is an outdoor recreation activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy, plus it’s a great way to visit new places. Have your family join in on the fun. Take an I Bird NY birding challenge and be entered to win birding accessories! The Beginners Birding Challenge is open to anyone 16 years of age and younger. The Experienced Birder Challenge is for those looking to take their birding to the next level. Visit I Bird NY for complete details, including the two challenges and upcoming bird walks and events.
Road Trip to Adventure: Spring Waterfalls in Cortland County
Warmer weather brings melting snow and one of the best times of the year to view waterfalls across the state. Located in the Town of Truxton, Cortland County, is Tinker Falls atLabrador Hollow Unique Area. Labrador Hollow features an accessible boardwalk that leads to Tinker Falls, as well as an accessible fishing pier on the west side of Labrador Pond. Tinker Falls is only a short 30-minute drive from Syracuse and approximately an hour from Binghamton. With nearly five miles of marked trails, there is no shortage of hiking in the area. New York has plenty of spring waterfall adventures to explore.
Erie Canalway Challenge – Find Your Adventure on the Erie Canal
Are you looking for your next summer adventure? Registration for the Canalway Challenge is now open! Participation is free, and open to everyone. Choose a mileage goal – either 15, 90, 180 or 360 miles to paddle, hike, walk, run or cycle along the Erie Canal – and track them by using the Canalway Challenge mileage log or your favorite fitness app. Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media by using the hashtag #canalwaychallenge.
Free Upcoming Events:
May 16, 23, 30: 7:30 a.m. – Five Rivers – Citizen Science: Early Birders
May 18 & 19: Winter Raptor Fest at the Washington County Fairgrounds
May 25: 1 p.m. – Reinstein Woods: Lightening-fast Hummingbirds
May 25: 2:30 p.m. – Reinstein Woods: Birding 101 – Class #5
May 17: 7:30 p.m. – Reinstein Woods: Full Moon Walk
May 18: 11 a.m. – Reinstein Woods: Woods Walk – Nature Guide’s Choice
May 22, 29, June 5 & 12 – Rogers Environmental Ed. Center – Storytime & Hike
May 25: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Adirondack Interpretive Center: Spring Wildflower Walk
June 1: 2 p.m. – Five Rivers – National Trails Day: Hike the North Loop Trail
Free Fishing Clinics:
May 18: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Fishing Clinic
May 18: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Gantry Plaza State Park (East River) Fishing Clinic
May 18: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Free Family Fishing Day at Chadwick Lake Park
May 18: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 11th Annual Fishing Heritage Day at South Otselic Fish Hatchery
May 19: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Family Fun and Fish Day, Kenneth L. Wilson Campground
June 1: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – World Science Festival Fish Count, Gantry Plaza State Park
June 1: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Take a Kid Fishing, Dunkirk Harbor Conservation Club