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We Are NYPreserve at Moreau Lake State Park Offers 860 Acres of Diverse Wildlife Habitats and New Trails for New Yorkers to Enjoy Hiking, Equestrian Riding, and Other Outdoor Recreation

Part of Governor Hochul’s “Get Offline, Get Outside” Summer Campaign

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of the Big Bend Preserve at Moreau Lake State Park for public visitation. The preserve adds 860 acres to Moreau Lake State Park – roughly the size of Central Park in New York City – and makes Moreau Lake one of the ten largest parks in the state park system. The preserve will provide both recreational activities for visitors and valuable habitats for native species. The opening builds on Governor Hochul’s “Get Offline, Get Outside” summer campaign to promote physical and mental health by helping New York’s kids and families to put down their phones and computers, take a break from social media, and enjoy recreation and outdoor social gatherings.

LadybugCornwall, N.Y. - A popular and welcome sight in the summertime is the speckled red dome of a Ladybug, but there is more to them than meets the eye! Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Center on Saturday, July 13 at 10am for their  Ladybug Release at the Outdoor Discovery Campus, located at 120 Muser Drive in Cornwall.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery CommissionAlbany, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is seeking new Volunteer Docents & Volunteer Educators. Volunteer Docents are friendly greeters that welcome visitors to the Discovery Center, an interpretive center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. They are informal educators assisting visitors by answering questions and providing visitor orientation. Volunteer Educators lead Pine Bush-centered education programs for a diversity of audiences including school, public and special interest groups ages pre-k through adult.  Experience as an educator or with public speaking is helpful but not required. All necessary training for both positions will be provided.

Wild Center logoNew status provides access to special programming, new research opportunities, and increased funding

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is now a Smithsonian Affiliate, becoming part of a distinguished network of over 200 cultural, educational, and research organizations across the United States, plus Puerto Rico and Panama. This new relationship marks a significant milestone in The Wild Center’s mission to connect people with the natural world through science and immersive experiences.  

Wild Center logoNew ball-run experience opens to the public June 29

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is thrilled to announce the opening of Raquette River Roll, an innovative ball-run experience set along its new Fen Trail. Launching on June 29, this interactive outdoor exhibit invites visitors to engage with nature through a series of elevated tracks and obstacles strategically placed along a scenic half-mile path. 

The-Adirondack-Nature-Festival-for-People-with-DisabilitiesSaranac Lake, NY (June 20, 2024) – The first annual Adirondack Nature Festival for People with Disabilities will be held this fall at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center, on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The festival is a free and accessible event that will take place rain or shine.

Bug hunt by Kait FraineCornwall, N.Y. – As the warm sun graces the Hudson Highlands, the Hudson Highlands Nature Center invites you to a season of adventure, discovery, and outdoor education. Whether you’re a curious child, a budding naturalist, or simply someone who loves the great outdoors, the center’s diverse programs and events promise something for everyone.

Sterling BluffsIthaca, NY—The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced the addition of ten new locations to its outdoor recreation web site, GoFingerLakes.org. Go Finger Lakes is offered as a free public service to help residents and visitors discover the best locations in the region for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery CommissionAlbany, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is thrilled to announce the transformation of its annual Lupine Fest into a month-long celebration, taking place throughout May. This exciting change comes in response to the overwhelming enthusiasm and support from the community, making Lupine Fest 2024 a must-attend event for nature lovers of all ages.

ROOST Commemorates Earth DayLove Your ADK campaign encourages important environmental practices

Lake Placid, NY (April 17, 2024) - The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) encourages all who appreciate the Adirondack region of upstate New York to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by committing to principles that help ensure environmental sustainability and stewardship. Increased visitation during the recent total solar eclipse serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of environmental preservation.

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