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You've heard the phrase "happy campers." Well, the saying definitely holds true for this group, even after seven days in the wilderness.
Lower Saranac Lake offers a camping experience that's unbelievable.
How should one prepare for hiking on the many trails available in the Adirondacks?
The Adirondacks are home to 46 mountains filled with trails and offer gorgeous views.
A class learns where maple syrup comes from.
A high-tech adventure game is taking the New York outdoors by storm.
Every year, DEC hosts the Youth Turkey Hunt Program to teach young people hunting safety and hunting tips.
A man in Cambridge, NY crafts his own wooden duck decoys.
The "I Fish NY" Program is an urban fishing initiative of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Join us for some urban fishing in New York State's biggest city.
Ice fishing is a favorite winter pastime for many, as populations of whole towns appear on frozen Lake Champlain.
The site of our deep sea-fishing excursion is the Great South Bay off the south shore of Long lsland.
Roscoe, NY--nicknamed "Trout Town USA"--is home to the Beaverkill River, the best place in the world to do fly fishing.
A range of kayak and canoe choices fit many individual situations. Learn which are the best for you.
Join a group of kayakers as they paddle around the entire island of Manhattan, covering a total of 33 miles by day's end.
The Adirondacks offer a wealth of flat-water paddling opportunities.
The "Hudson River Whitewater Derby" is an annual whitewater race held in North Creek, NY.
Take a journey through beautiful Tivoli Bay on the Hudson River.
On the Buffalo River Urban Canoe Trail, paddle through one of New York State's most historic, industrialized cities.
Birdwatching is a great way to get outside and enjoy both the wildlife and the scenery that New York State has to offer.
Belleayre Mountain is perfect for families to hit the slopes and enjoy some fresh air, fun and exercise.
Belleayre Mountain must strike a delicate balance between environmental conservation and outdoor recreation.
Cross-country skiing is a relaxing alternative to downhill skiing and an opportunity to enjoy to outdoors.
Telemark skiing is an inventive combination of cross-country and downhill skiing.
A clip from the PBS documentary, "The Adirondacks".
At Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, you'll see many natural wonders just minutes away from downtown Buffalo.
Staten Island's greenbelt recreational activities.
Since 1994, women in New York State have been participating in a unique outreach program introducing them to outdoor activities.
Staten Island is home to Mount Loretto, a 200-acre nature preserve which provides vital habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY hosts an annual Earth Day event for local students.
New York State's stunning fall foliage attracts visitors from everywhere seeking the radiant colors of autumn.
Learn about NYC's urban forest and the role that trees play in a healthy city.
The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive species that can do serious damage to many hardwood tree species.
Ron Gelardi offers us some advice on avoiding the summer itchin' and scratchin'.
This is Lake Ontario, one of the nation's Great Lakes that border New York State.
Cedar trees play an important role in the New York State ecosystem.
Surprisingly, New York State is home to a variety of cactus species. Learn about where they grow and what animals rely on them.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Long Island, NY is home to two carnivorous plants - the pitcher plant and the sundew.
DEC photographer Susan Shafer gives tips on photographing wildlife
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located off the New York State Thruway in central New York, is a remarkable sanctuary for wildlife.
The Department of Environmental Conservation tags and tracks moose to measure their recovery in New York State.
How animal bones play a role in the natural cycle.
Rising bear populations in New York State make tracking bears and educating the public essential.
Learn more about New York State's eastern box turtle.
The river otter is an entertaining, native, semi-aquatic mammal that has recently been restored to western New York State.
Snapping turtles have a well-known reputation for being aggressive biters, and there's a reason for that.
An endangered species gets a second chance thanks to restoration of a globally unique ecosystem.
About 80,000 birds have been banded at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.
Learn about the bird-banding efforts of the Braddock Bay Observatory.
Learn to build a birdhouse to protect bluebirds from both the weather and predators.
Peregrine falcons are proving their adaptability by nesting in downtown Buffalo.
Piping plovers are protected species.
lt's a perfect day for beach seining…come along, and we'll explain what it is.
Ron Gelardi gets "crabby" on Long Island, showing this invasive species.
Students help with research on juvenile or glass eels.
Seth Green certainly isn't the largest boat on Lake Ontario, but it may be considered the most important one.
Atlantic sturgeon are being restocked around NYS to restore this once prolific fish to its former numbers.
A fresh snowfall provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center is an animal rehabilitation center located south of Buffalo.
An instructional video on how to use the air sampling equipment to take a good air sample.
An introductory video for children about Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
A public service announcement on the dangers of open burning of debris.
Take an animated tour of the environmental restoration work proposed for the Buffalo River.
Sheep graze on invasive species at the Saratoga Tree Nursery.
Students from the Robert C. Parker School study the Hudson River.
Take a tour of Saratoga's Tree Nursery and see where that tree in your backyard may have gotten its start.
Reflections on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
DEC education camps combine outdoor adventures with learning about environmental stewardship.
In just 5 years, a major pollution problem became a major victory for the environment.
Mast raising of the ship, the Half Moon.
Environmental Conservation Officers help protect New York State's natural resources.
Trout stocking of local streams in preparation of fishing season.
Learn about the threat posed to ash trees by this destructive beetle, recently found in New York State for the first time.
To mark Earth Day 2009, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) cracked down on smoke-spewing diesel trucks across New York.
A news story about DEC's Conservationist for Kids magazine.
Reduce your trash by recycling things you didn't know you could recycle.
This video shows how to have a great lawn without using chemicals.
This video shows you how to inexpensively stop heat loss in the home.
This video shows how you can save water, energy and money in the kitchen.
This video shows how you can reduce water use by installing a water-conserving showerhead and detecting a leaking toilet.
This video shows how to save money and energy by making your hot water heater more efficient.
This video shows how to get your laundry clean using the least energy, water and money.