D E C banner

Events and Important Dates

Go to:    Calendar Home (full calendar for current month)  |   Mobile View (opens in new window)  |   View Events by Region (list at bottom of page)
(Use the drop-down boxes below to show only certain event types, or to change the date period. See color legend below calendar.)
Full Calendar
Previous Week  Next Week Search  Print
Week of 31 March, 2013
Sunday - 3/31
 Bay Scallop Season Final Day
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29870.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit the link above for more details on shellfishing seasons.


 Coyote Hunting Final Day
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28945.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

For more details, visit DEC's Furbearer Hunting webpage.


 Coyote Hunting Final Day - Upstate New York
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28945.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Crow Season Final Day Statewide
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/65847.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Monday - 4/1
 Trout, Landlocked Salmon and Kokanee Fishing Opens Statewide
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Winter Flounder Fishing Season Opens
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit the link above for season details, including size and possession limits


10:00 AMFree Sport Fishing Clinic at Albany's Six Mile Waterworks
http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/90006.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 518.402.8891

Sixmile Waterworks is located off Fuller Road in Colonie. Rainbow trout will be stocked just prior to the event. Loaner fishing rods, equipment and bait will be available for use. DEC Fisheries Staff will be present to provide fishing education as needed. LL Bean will be providing fly casting demonstrations.


 April Fool’s Day in Nature
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Animals play tricks, too! From concealing themselves with super stealthy camouflage to pretending to be dead or injured, animals use these and other adaptations to survive. Walk through the woods with us as we search for these pranksters. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Tuesday - 4/2
9:30 AMNYS Boating Safety Class (Region 5 Headquarters, Ray Brook) must preregister
http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/
Contact  NYS Parks, Bureau of Marine Services
518 474 0445

This Boating Safety Course offered at the NYS DEC, 1115 Rt 86, Ray Brook is sponsored by the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation's Bureau of Marine Services.

This 2 day course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation. The New York State boating safety certificate may be obtained by completing this course. The course will run during spring break on Tuesday April 2nd from 9:30AM - 2:30PM and Wednesday April 3rd from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. Both class sessions must be attended in order to obtain your safety certificate.

There is no cost for this class but if you are 18 or older you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your permanent boating safety certificate.

You must hold a boating safety certificate if:

You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age.
You wish to operate a motorboat (other than a personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.
You must preregister for this course by calling (518) 474-0445, seating is limited to 35 students.


10:00 AMFamily Fun: Birding for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for an elementary approach to bird life as we study birds at the feeder and beyond. This program will cover concepts in bird anatomy, behavior, identification and conservation, which parent and child can build upon at home. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, March 27.



10:30 AMCSI: Critter Sign Investigation
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Become a nature detective and look for “clues” left by wildlife along the trails. For children ages 6 to 10. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with! Refreshments provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Wednesday - 4/3
 NYS Boating Safety Class (Region 5 Headquarters, Ray Brook) must preregister
http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/
Contact  NYS Parks, Bureau of Marine Services
518 474 0445

This Boating Safety Course offered at the NYS DEC, 1115 Rt 86, Ray Brook is sponsored by the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation's Bureau of Marine Services.

This 2 day course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation. The New York State boating safety certificate may be obtained by completing this course. The course will run during spring break on Tuesday April 2nd from 9:30AM - 2:30PM and Wednesday April 3rd from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. Both class sessions must be attended in order to obtain your safety certificate.

There is no cost for this class but if you are 18 or older you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your permanent boating safety certificate.

You must hold a boating safety certificate if:

You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age.
You wish to operate a motorboat (other than a personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.
You must preregister for this course by calling (518) 474-0445, seating is limited to 35 students.


10:00 AMMinibeast Adventure
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Minibeasts such as spiders, insects and slugs are all around us—lurking in logs, swimming in swamps, and digging in dirt. Let’s get out in the woods and look for them! Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFamily Fun: Solar Power for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The sun is a powerful source of energy. It provides heat and light, cooks food, warms water, moves motors and much more. Come see for yourself how technology is using this renewable resource even to help combat climate change. Each family will get to build their own miniature solar car. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. The program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Friday, March 29.



6:00 PMPublic meetings on the Draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/87125.html
Contact  Scott Menrath
LongIslandStrategy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

NYS DEC will hold two public meetings on the Draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy to provide a summary of the Draft Strategy and to receive written and oral comments on it. Immediately prior to each public meeting, NYS DEC will hold a one-hour availability session. During those sessions, there will be an opportunity for interested public to review information on the Draft Strategy and discuss it with available NYS DEC staff. The formal presentation on the Draft Strategy will be provided during the public meeting; there will not be a presentation during the availability session.

Date: April 3, 2013
Time: 6-9 PM
NYS DEC Availability Session: 6-7 PM
Public Meeting: 7-9 PM
Location: Suffolk County Community College
Eastern Campus
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Building: Shinnecock 101
Riverhead, NY 11901


Thursday - 4/4
8:30 AMUrban Forestry Storm Restoration Workshop: ABCs of Pruning
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/30859.html
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests
lflands@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Hosted by Region 1 ReLeaf, this workshop focuses on the best ways to prune. Hands on presentation and demonstration will be held at workshop.


10:00 AMFamily Fun: Seeing the Forest for the Trees
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for an elementary approach to forest life as we study the basic ecological, economic and spiritual values of forests. This indoor/outdoor program will compare and contrast the flora and fauna of different forest types, and provide savvy tips in basic tree identification that parent and child can build upon in their own yard or park. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Friday, March 29.



4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for our weekly after-school outings for gradeschool children. A brief indoor introduction to the season will be followed by an outdoor exploration along Five Rivers’ trails, searching for signs of the season. Each week will feature a different nature theme, with a strong emphasis on direct interaction with the outdoors. These programs are free of charge, but space is limited. Registration for any date is required by the preceding Tuesday. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. In the event of inclement weather, outings will be cancelled. To register or for more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.



4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.



6:00 PMPublic meeting on the Draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/87125.html
Contact  Scott Menrath
LongIslandStrategy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

NYS DEC will hold two public meetings on the Draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy to provide a summary of the Draft Strategy and to receive written and oral comments on it. Immediately prior to each public meeting, NYS DEC will hold a one-hour availability session. During those sessions, there will be an opportunity for interested public to review information on the Draft Strategy and discuss it with available NYS DEC staff. The formal presentation on the Draft Strategy will be provided during the public meeting; there will not be a presentation during the availability session.

Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 6-9 PM
NYS DEC Availability Session: 6-7 PM
Public Meeting: 7-9 PM
Location: Morrelly Homeland Security Center
510 Grumman Road West
Main Conference Room
Bethpage, NY 11714

Directions to the public meeting locations can be found at the facility's websites


Friday - 4/5
1:00 PMGarden Crafts for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for some fun garden crafts during the spring break. For children ages 8 to 10. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Saturday - 4/6
9:00 AMEducator Workshop: PLT's Places We Live
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This Project Learning Tree secondary education module provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues. (www.plt.org)

Participants receive a free PLT Places We Live curriculum guide upon completion.

Location: DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Stony Brook, Suffolk County

Registration Required: education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347


10:00 AMMoose and Their Kin
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Moose belong to an interesting group of mammals called even-toed ungulates. At this indoor/outdoor study, Five Rivers naturalists will conduct an indoor overview of the natural history of this fascinating species, followed by an outdoor walk to compare and contrast the habitat requirements of moose and their close relatives, white-tailed deer.



 Tivoli North Bay Walk
Contact  845-889-4745x109

Meet at the Kidd Lane parking area, beside the bridge crossing Stony Creek, off of route 9G, south of the village of Tivoli. For more information: 845-889-4745x109

This 1.5 mile guided walk will follow Stony Creek to the edge of Tivoli North Bay on the Hudson River and return to Kidd Lane. On this easy to moderate walk we will experience the smells and sounds of mature woods, waterfalls, open fields, and a tidal marsh



10:30 AMSpring Awakenings
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Explore the woods on a guided walk as the spring season unfolds. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



1:00 PMEducator Workshop: PLT's Focus on Forests
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This Project Learning Tree secondary education program is designed to foster student understanding of and appreciation for forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management and other subject areas. (www.plt.org)

Participants receive a free PLT Focus on Forests curriculum guide upon completion.

Location: DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Stony Brook, Suffolk County

Registration Required: education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347


March - 2013
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
April - 2013
SMTWTFS
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    
May - 2013
SMTWTFS
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers General Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops






View all of our events in your region of the state:


*** Not sortable by event type ***

Region 1 (Long Island)   |   Region 2 (New York City)   |   Region 3 (Lower Hudson Valley)   |   Region 4 (Capital Region/Northern Catskills)   |   Region 5 (Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain)   |   Region 6 (Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario)   |   Region 7 (Central New York)   |   Region 8 (Western Finger Lakes)   |   Region 9 (Western New York)   |   All Regions Together


* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

This calendar provides a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public. You can click on any event in the calendar to view additional details about the event. Note that the events at environmental education centers will only display in the region in which they are located, even though they serve residents from adjacent areas. We welcome people with disabilities to all of our programs. Please call the contact number ahead of time to let us know your specific needs and we will be happy to learn how we can best serve you.

We would appreciate receiving feedback from our users. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties viewing or using this calendar by sending an email to the DEC webmaster.