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Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Owl ProwlCornwall, NY -  The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is excited to once again offer its popular Owl Prowl programs. This year, choose from two sessions on Saturday, February 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, or on Sunday, February 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser drive, across from 174 Angola Rd, Cornwall.

Animal Tracks and Traces - Hudson Highlands Nature MuseumCornwall, N.Y. – On Sunday, January 28 at 10 a.m., come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, to search for Animal Tracks and Traces. Animals leave traces of their presence everywhere, but many people can't recognize the evidence. Search for clues that tell the tale of who lives in the forest and what they do during the winter.

I LOVE NY Logo - stacked #NYLovesFall Photo Contest Encourages Users to Share Their Best New York State Foliage Photos on Social Media;
Fall Foliage Reports Available Every Wednesday on

Empire State Development today announced the start of the 2017 fall foliage season in New York State, coinciding the first day of autumn and the I LOVE NEW YORK weekly fall foliage reports. Additionally, the popular #NYLovesFall social media campaign returns this year to further promote and encourage visitation to New York’s picturesque autumn locations and attractions.

Excelsior PR logoEvents Support Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative;

New Free Fishing Days Include Weekend Preceding Presidents Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day and Veterans Day;

DEC Call Center Hours Extended to Provide Assistance to Hunters and Trappers on Evenings and Weekends

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new free sport fishing days in New York on Veterans Day, the weekend preceding Presidents Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day, the fourth Saturday in September. During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license. Governor Cuomo also announced that sporting licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2017-18 season will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 1.

One in a Million

Jul 18, 2017

Wild Center One Millionth VisitorTupper Lake, N.Y. –  Less than five years after The Wild Center welcomed its first 500,000 visitors, today just after 12:30pm it celebrated eight-year old Andrew Chrien of South Carolina as the one-millionth person to walk through the Center’s doors.
Andrew, accompanied by his siblings Tyler, 6, Laura 4, and Mattie, 2, as well as his mother, Colleen Chrien, and grandparents, Charlie and Laurie Wall, was visiting The Wild Center for the first time. “I was not expecting it,” said Andrew. “I was just expecting to come here and learn about animals”…

Pollinator WeekTupper Lake, N.Y. – Things are buzzing at The Wild Center, with Pollinator Week, Wake Up on the Raquette, iForest and much more!

Pollinator Week. June 19-25. Flowers bob and wave as bees alight on their petals. They are busy about the slow, steady work of pollination. This effort does more than provide beautiful floral scenery; the work being done by these creatures contributes to our food security and survival. Take a moment and join The Wild Center as we delve deeper into the story of these creatures, whose fate is connected with our own.

Wild Center logoMonday Morning Beginning Artists Series

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – Join The Wild Center again this summer to awaken your artistic talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks.  Monday mornings, from July 10th until August 28th, come explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.  Each three-hour class is a good way to expand your art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media. We hope you’ll be inspired to explore your artistic side and gain new insights into the natural world in the process by joining us for Art in the Park. Every Monday will have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance your artistic knowledge so sign up for one or more. …

NYS Summer of '17Select Swim Locations Opening Early for Memorial Day Weekend;

Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Beaches and Lakes  Throughout Summer of '17

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the beginning of swim season in New York this Memorial Day Weekend. The Governor encouraged New Yorkers and visitors alike to take advantage of a host of opportunities available at beaches and lakes across the state. From boating and canoeing to fishing and kayaking, the state is kicking off the summer swim season early at select locations throughout Memorial Day Weekend. During Summer of ‘17, New York offers opportunities for everyone at more than 120 locations to experience the state’s celebrated seasides at ocean and lakefront developed beaches, pools and spraygrounds.

NYS Summer of '17New Vacation Cabins, Facility Upgrades and Access Areas Open for the 2017 Camping Season;
Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Parks and Tourist Attractions Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the beginning of camping season in New York this Memorial Day weekend. The Governor encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to visit parks, trails and beaches throughout the Empire State this summer, including New York's 119 campgrounds that open Friday, May 26 for the summer season.

"New York campgrounds are central to our booming tourism industry, and as the number of visitors to the Empire State continues to grow, we remain committed to improving outdoor destinations and world-class attractions in every region of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage everyone to visit a State Park this summer and experience for themselves the natural beauty and adventure New York has to offer."…

NYS Summer of '17Acquisition Consolidates Hudson River Recreation Area in Southern Adirondacks;
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Parks and Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has acquired 848 acres from the Open Space Institute in the Warren County Town of Warrensburg in the southeastern Adirondacks. The site was acquired using $410,000 from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and is listed as a priority in the State’s 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan.