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We Are NYFreshwater Fishing License Requirement Waived for Residents and Non-Residents

Free Fishing Day is One of Many Ways New York State Recognizes and Assists Veterans and Active Duty Military in Connecting to the Outdoors

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced New York State is honoring veterans with a statewide Free Fishing Day on Friday, November 11. Selected to coincide with Veterans Day, November 11 will mark the final Free Fishing Day of the year. Fishing is considered one of the most therapeutic outdoor activities, making it an ideal activity for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and all New Yorkers looking to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. 

Albany Pine Bush Discovery CommissionAlbany, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is seeking people who would like to volunteer at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The public is welcome to visit with Pine Bush staff and current volunteers on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8 pm at the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany NY. The evening offers an opportunity to learn about the ways to become involved.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery CommissionAlbany, NY - The Albany Pine Bush Preserve will host its annual Smokey Bear Day on Saturday October 15, 2022, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany.

Christopher Hawver, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Executive Director said, “We invite the community to come out and meet Smokey Bear with this free annual event. Smokey Bear Day provides a family-friendly opportunity to learn why fire is an important natural component to this globally-rare ecosystem.”…

Wild Center logoRecognized for Excellence in Overall Tourism Marketing

Tupper Lake, N.Y. –  The Wild Center has been announced as a recipient of a 2022 NYS Tourism Excellence Award presented by the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA). The Wild Center’s “Get Outside – Push Forward & Thrive Project” was named Excellence in Overall Tourism Marketing: Private Sector, one of the program’s highest awards.

We Are NYOctober Shuttle Promotes Public Safety by Providing Free, Convenient Access from North Hudson to Popular Adirondack High Peaks Trailheads

Part of State's Ongoing Commitment to Safety, Sustainable Use, and Equitable Access to the Outdoors  

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new, free shuttle service for visitors traveling to see the fall foliage in the Adirondacks starting this weekend in North Hudson. Shuttles will run the first two weekends in October from the Frontier Town Gateway to the Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, and Rooster Comb trailheads, as well as the Marcy Field Parking Area.

We Are NYView Weekly I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Reports Available Every Wednesday, Beginning September 14, Here

Watch New Broadcast and Digital Marketing Campaign Showcasing Popular Seasonal Attractions and Destinations Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the start of New York State's 2022 fall foliage and travel season, highlighted by the return of I LOVE NY's Fall Foliage Reports and a new I LOVE NY broadcast and digital marketing campaign to showcase popular fall activities and attractions. I LOVE NY is also collaborating with the state's network of heritage tourism destinations on this year's Path Through History Weekend, scheduled for October 8 to 10, which will feature special events and activations at the state's rich history and historic sites.

DEC logoFrontier Town Gateway Shuttles Provide Free Transport from North Hudson for Thru-Hikers and Fall Foliage Viewers

Service on Select August and October Weekends Helps Promote Safety on Roads to Popular Trailheads 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Essex County are launching a new shuttle route to help manage safe, sustainable visitation to backcountry destinations in the Adirondack High Peaks. The new route builds on the existing Route 73 shuttle and will run on select summer and fall weekends from Frontier Town Gateway in North Hudson to provide convenient and safe transportation to some of the region’s most scenic locations.

Visitors interact with The Wild Center's Climate Solutions exhibitShares hopeful stories from people living and working around the Adirondacks and interactive examples of ways to mitigate climate change 

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center announces the opening of “Climate Solutions,” a 3,000-square-foot interactive exhibition that explores the encouraging stories of people from across different backgrounds, generations and sectors who are building a web of climate solutions in their lives and communities. The exhibition is included with regular admission to The Wild Center. …

Nature Night OutAlbany NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve presents "Nature Night Out", a series of three summer evening events that invite everyone to drop everything and get into nature. The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will extend operations until 7:30pm on each of these days, capitalizing on those longer sunlit summer hours. Visitors of all ages can enjoy live music while feasting on a meal from food truck vendors, go on a StoryWalk adventure along the trail and learn about the natural & cultural history of the Pine Bush with interactive Discovery Center exhibits. A fun evening out in nature awaits at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 on Wednesday June 29th, Friday July 22nd and Friday August 12th.

We Are NYInclusive and Accessible Day of Family-Friendly Recreation and Fun at State Parks and Public Lands on Saturday, June 11

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that 'Get Outdoors & Get Together Day' events will be held at 21 select locations across New York State on Saturday, June 11. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Veterans' Services, are hosting free and low-cost events to connect people to nature and provide increased access to the outdoors. Get Outdoors & Get Together Day will bring people of all abilities, ages, identities and backgrounds together for fun, healthy activities as part of the launch of a new Governor's initiative to broaden the diversity of users and ensure inclusivity of access to state public lands.

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