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Ever wanted to learn how to fish or set up a tent? How about channeling your inner Robin Hood and shooting an arrow at a target or learning how to kayak without flipping fifteen times? Join us for this free event to learn about lots of outdoor activities!

DEC and NYS Parks is offering an Outdoors Day on June 9, 2018, from 10 AM to 3 PM at 11 sites across New York State, as part of Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative. This free open house-type event will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and learn techniques from DEC and Parks staff.

State Parks is also hosting free activities across the state. To view more event details please visit the NYS Parks website. (link leaves DEC's website)

Family learning to fish at an I Fish NY event at Outdoors Day
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Archery
  • Shooting
  • Nature Photography
  • Camping
  • Outdoor Safety and Leave No Trace
  • Adaptive Equipment/Opportunities

NOTE: Most of the sites are wheelchair accessible. Participants are encouraged to request any specific accommodations in advance of the event by sending an email to the accessibility coordinators.

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Outdoors Day 2018 Locations and Activities

County Event Location Address Activities Additional Details
Long Island,
Region 1
Suffolk Schiff Boy Scout Camp in conjunction with Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest 1606 Wading River Manor Wading River, NY 11792
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching & Botany
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstrations
  • Mountain biking
NYC,
Region 2
Richmond County, Staten Island Mt. Loretto Unique Area 6320 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10309
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Birding
  • Nature walks
  • Ocean kayaking
  • Camping demonstrations
  • Outdoor Safety
  • Archery
Lower Hudson Valley,
Region 3
Dutchess County Stony Kill Environmental Education Center Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
  • History of farming &Stony Kill walking barn tour
  • Honeybee hive inspection
  • Painting garden rocks and starting seeds
  • Camp Oh No! With Cub Scout Pack 3001
  • Family Nature Walk
  • Beginner Bird Walk
  • Fishing

Registration required for all activities. For more information and registration please email foundation@stonykill.org.

For a description of activities please see http://stonykill.org/events2/holiday-open-house (link leaves DEC website)

Lower Hudson Valley,
Region 3
Ulster County Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457
  • Fly Fishing 101
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor safety
  • Animal tracking
  • Camping demonstration
  • Mountain biking
Registration is recommended, please call 845-688-3369 or email info@catskillcenter.org
Lower Hudson Valley,
Region 3
Ulster County Kenneth L. Wilson Campground & Day Use Area 859 Wittenberg Road, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
  • Fishing*
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking*
  • Hike to Overlook Mountain*
  • Outdoor safety
  • Paddling
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstration

See below for details on hike to Overlook Mountain.

*Adaptive fishing equipment available

*Hikes on accessible trail

Capital/Northern Catskills,
Region 4
Albany County Five Rivers Environmental Education Center 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor safety
  • Paddling demonstration
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstration
  • Nature photography
  • Pollinator gardening
  • Geocaching
  • Laser target/hunting simulator
Eastern Adirondacks/
Lake Champlain,
Region 5
Warren County Scaroon Manor Campground & Day Use Area 8728 State Route 9, Pottersville, NY 12860
  • Fishing*
  • Hiking*
  • Forest bathing walks*
  • Paddling
  • Archery
  • Nature photography
  • Geology
  • Camping demonstration*

*Adaptive fishing equipment available.

*Forest bathing walks on accessible trails

*Adaptive camping equipment demonstration

Western Adirondacks/
Eastern Lake Ontario,
Region 6
Herkimer County Nick's Lake Campground & Day Use Area 278 Bisby Road, Old Forge, NY 13420
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstration
Central NY,
Region 7
Chenango County Rogers Environmental Education Center 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor safety
  • Nature photography
  • Paddling
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstration
RSVP is suggested for bird watching, hiking, and nature photography. Please email info@friendsofrogers.org
Rochester Area,
Region 8
Monroe County Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo Mendon Ponds Park, Pittsford, NY http://www.adk-gvc.org/expo (link leaves DEC website)
Western, NY
Region 9
Erie County Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043
  • Children's fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor safety
  • Paddling demonstration
  • Archery
  • Camping demonstration
  • Nature photography
  • Face painting
  • Food trucks
  • Natural play area

Overlook Mountain hike (Kenneth L. Wilson Campground): DEC staff and a Forest Ranger will lead participants on a 5-mile, round-trip hike to the top of Overlook Mountain to see a DEC firetower, ruins of the former Overlook Mountain House, and panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. Be prepared for a strenuous hike - the ascent is steady with a continuous incline on a former carriage road. This hike is not for beginners but is meant for those who have always wanted to climb a mountain but didn't know where to start. Elevation gain is 1,400 feet. Participants should wear hiking boots and bring at least 3 liters of water and lunch. Meet at the Kenneth L. Wilson campground near Mt. Tremper at 10:00 for a brief introduction on hiking gear and safety. We will leave for the Overlook Mountain trailhead near Woodstock at 10:30 and the hike will start at 11:00. Expect to return to the parking area around 3:00, but it could be later depending on the abilities of the group.