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NYS Summer of '17$7 Million Trail Improvements Completed as a Part of Governor Cuomo's $56.7 Million NY Gateway Connections Improvement Project
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 2,000-Mile Trail System and Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the renovated Shoreline Trail along the Niagara River, between LaSalle Park and the Peace Bridge, in Buffalo. The newly renovated and realigned trail provides an additional 700 feet of pathway along the Niagara River and connects the Shoreline Trail Bridge to an elevated overlook at the west end of the structure. The overlook features expansive views of the confluence of Lake Erie and the Niagara River, and closer views of the Peace Bridge. A new 400-foot waterside viewing platform was also constructed at the water’s edge.

NYS Summer of '1712 Projects to Improve and Expand Access to State Park Hiking Trails
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 2,000-Mile Trail System and Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $2 million in funding for projects to improve and expand State Park hiking trails and outdoor recreational access projects in State Parks across New York. The 2017-18 budget dedicates nearly $2 million to 12 projects to improve and expand State Park hiking trails and outdoor recreational access projects across New York. The trails projects are part of the Governor’s historic commitment to improving parks and expanding access to outdoor recreation through the NY Parks 2020 Plan.

NYS Summer of '17Marion Carry Acquisition Opens Portage Trail Connecting Blue Mountain, Utowana and Raquette Lakes; 
State Celebrates 125 Anniversary of Adirondack Park at Formal Map Signing;
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 200 Mile Trail System and Outdoor Attractions Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the acquisition of Marion River Carry, a 296 acre property in the Adirondacks. Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the Adirondack Park, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos signed ceremonial maps to resolve more than a century of differences between the state and Raquette Lake occupants located on 216 parcels within Township 40. As part of the resolution, the state acquired the property from Open Space Institute, which will now be added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve and made open to the public.

Howe Caverns175 BOGO Ticket Promotion and New Website Debuts to Mark the Anniversary, May 22

Howes Cave, N.Y. --- May, 11, 2017 --- When farmer, adventurer and entrepreneur Lester Howe and his cow Millicent accidentally discovered the entrance to a mysterious cave on May 22, 1842, little did he know, that 175 years later, it would be the second most visited natural attraction in New York State, only preceded by Niagara Falls. Ironic, because while he was also an entertainer and eccentric genius, Howe unknowingly discovered what remains to be the largest cave opened to the public in the Northeast, and now Howe Caverns welcomes 150,000 to 200,000 visitors each year.

Wild Center logoAward-winning composer Pete M. Wyer draws inspiration from Adirondack regional culture and nature to create a captivating sonic experience throughout the forest, opening Memorial Day Weekend

Tupper Lake, N.Y. - The Wild Center is launching an immersive sound experience designed to deepen the connection visitors have with nature.  A choral work, broadcast as individual voices through an intricate system of speakers, will deliver a sonic experience as guests walk through a path in the surrounding forest. Award-winning contemporary British composer, Pete M. Wyer, has been commissioned by The Wild Center to create this nature-inspired choral work, which officially opens to the public Memorial Day weekend.

Science and Nature Camp - HHNMCornwall, N.Y. – The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is gearing up for Summer!  The Museum’s Summer Science & Nature Camp, for children from ages 4 through 12, takes place in weekly sessions from July 3 until August 25. In addition, two special weeks will be offered for older campers. “Super Science Week,” for ages 9-12, dubbed Trail Blazers, will meet July 17 – 21, and “Eco Rangers,” ages 13-16, meets July 24 – 28, culminating in an overnight camp-out. 

This year features new themes, field trips, activities and adventures!…

Wild Center logoTupper Lake, NY – “Change happens locally, from the ground up and like ripples in a pond, move outward,” reflects Gail Brill, Founding Director of the Adirondack Green Circle. Ten years ago Brill founded the Adirondack Green Circle after reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” inspired her to talk with others about how people in the community could eat more locally grown food, positively effecting both the environment and those in it. During the ten years the Green Circle grew to over 200 interested community members who volunteered countless hours to create those circular ripples through the community.

August 19-25 event to expand guest options and grow economic impact 

Tupper  Lake,  NY  ( January  24,  2017) -  The Wildlife  Conservation  Society  (WCS)  and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) announced an innovative new model for Cycle Adirondacks 2017 on Tuesday from The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Now in its third year, the August 19-25 fully supported road bicycling tour will feature three primary hub communities - Schroon Lake, Keene Valley and Saranac Lake - with two consecutive nights at each. The result is more ride distances and options than ever by providing guests the ability to choose to pedal as few as three days or as many as six during the weeklong event.

Predator Week

Tupper Lake, N.Y. - The Wild Center has some great upcoming events and programs, including Predator Week, Build a Greener Adirondacks, and Family Weekends.

Predator Week. February 17-26. Come to The Wild Center for a week of exploring the mysteries of predators in the Adirondacks. Meet fierce animal ambassadors, create creature crafts, and hone your own skills as a predator by exploring our trails on snowshoe and learning to track wild animals.

Winter wonderland weekend collage

Cornwall, N.Y. - Cooped up and need something to do!? Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for one, two, or all three events being held during the Museum's "Winter Wonderland Weekend", Friday February 10 thru Sunday February 12, at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall.  According to Museum Educator Carl Heitmuller, "as of that weekend, Spring will only be 5 weeks away, so let's appreciate Winter while it's still here!"

Kicking off the weekend will be the Adult Adventure: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike on Friday, February 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30p.m.