February Programs at the Park

Here are the calendar details for the month of February as provided by the Park Staff. Shake off those winter chills and come on out!

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Thursday February 1st @ 10:00 a.m. Baker Trail to Moreau Overlook Hike
Join a park educator on a guided 2.4 mile out-and-back hike with around 500 ft elevation gain to get to Moreau Overlook that has excellent site seeing at the top. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and waterproof boots. Bring microspikes if you have them, we have snowshoes and microspikes to rent at the office if you need them. The cost is $5 per adult, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 @ 9:30 a.m. Wiggly Wanderers
Wiggly wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner’s hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers’ confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot.
$1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Friday, February 2nd @ 11 a.m. Groundhog Gathering
Crafts and activities to celebrate groundhogs and other animals that predict the weather. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
NYS Parks Centennial Challenge missions:
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Saturday, February 3rd, @ 11-2pm History of Snowshoes
Stop by the nature center any time to learn about the history of snowshoes. No fee or reservations for this. This is a wonderful addition to our always beautiful and impressive nature center to go along with the snowshoe race happening within the park that day.
NYS Parks Centennial Challenge missions:
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
Nature Center Knowledge Attend a nature center program.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Sunday, February 4th, @ 10:00 a.m. Trail Steward Meeting
Welcome to new members as well as current trail stewards. The Trail Steward Program consists of a group of volunteers who inventory Moreau Lake State Park’s trails and report back to staff whether a trail needs maintenance or not. This ensures that all patrons have the best and most safe experiences. No fee for this meeting and reservations not required. Meeting at the Nature Center.
This program is part of the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge
Take to the Trails Volunteer as a trail steward, talking to other hikers about Leave No Trace and how to best protect our parks.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Tuesday, February 6th, @ 9:30 a.m. Lake Bonita-Lake Anne-Waterfall Trail Hike
Considered to be a more challenging hike. A 5.5 mile loop starting on Lake Bonita Trail heading toward Lake Anne, Western Ridge and back toward Lake Bonita via the Waterfall Trail. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and waterproof boots. Bring microspikes if you have them, we have snowshoes and microspikes to rent at the office if you need them. The cost is $5 per adult, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Wednesday February 7, 10:00a.m. How to Care for Indoor Plants – This is a Friend’s of Moreau Lake Hosted Program

Download Flyer HERE

Wednesday, February 7th @ 11:30 a.m. Milk Jug Greenhouses
Bring an empty gallon milk jug, we’re going to start vegetable seeds in our own mini greenhouses! Learn how to use your milk jug as a greenhouse and get a jump-start on the growing season. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival.
NYS Parks Centennial Challenge missions:
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Wednesday, February 7th @ 2 p.m. Eagle Watch

Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them, we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
For the Birds Go birdwatching at any of our state parks and historic sites.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Thursday, February 8th @ 10:00 a.m. Kneehigh Naturalist
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Class fees waved with food donations. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Thursday, February 8th @ 1:00 p.m. Trail Steward Meeting
Welcome to new members as well as current trail stewards. The Trail Steward Program consists of a group of volunteers who inventory Moreau Lake State Park’s trails and report back to staff whether a trail needs maintenance or not. This ensures that all patrons have the best and most safe experiences. No fee for this meeting and reservations not required. Meeting at the Nature Center.
This program is part of the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge
Take to the Trails Volunteer as a trail steward, talking to other hikers about Leave No Trace and how to best protect our parks.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 @ 9:30 a.m. Wiggly Wanderers
Wiggly wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner’s hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers’ confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot.
$1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Friday, February 9th @ 6 pm Luminary Walk
Follow the soft glow of the luminaries on this beautiful walk in Moreau Lake State Park. This is a time for families and friends to come together in nature or come alone and make new friends! The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park will be serving up hot chocolate (bring a mug but if you forget we’ll have paper cups) at our Warming Hut where you can gather around the bonfire and enjoy the camaraderie. BYO s’mores ingredients (and maybe extra to share)! Larry the Astronomer will be at the observatory so stop by for some stargazing! No sign-ups are necessary. There will be a $5 program fee per vehicle, payable by cash or check upon arrival. Questions? Call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge- Look to the Stars: Go stargazing at your local state park or historic site
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Saturday February 10th @ 10 a.m.-2p.m. Wool You Be My Valentine Craft
Join a talented and crafty park educator in this super fun needle felting program. We will be making heart themed wool valentines for your favorite people. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.

Sunday, February 11th @ 10:00 p.m. Trail Steward Meeting
Welcome to new members as well as current trail stewards. The Trail Steward Program consists of a group of volunteers who inventory Moreau Lake State Park’s trails and report back to staff whether a trail needs maintenance or not. This ensures that all patrons have the best and most safe experiences. No fee for this meeting and reservations not required. Meeting at the Nature Center.
This program is part of the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge
Take to the Trails Volunteer as a trail steward, talking to other hikers about Leave No Trace and how to best protect our parks.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Monday, February 12th @ 2 p.m. Eagle Watch
Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them, we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
For the Birds Go birdwatching at any of our state parks and historic sites.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Tuesday, February 13th @ 9:30 a.m. Cottage Park and Western Ridge Loop
A guided 2.4 mile hike with a park educator. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and waterproof boots. Bring microspikes if you have them, we have snowshoes and microspikes to rent at the office if you need them. The cost is $5 per adult, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Thursday, February 15th @ 10 a.m. Kneehigh Naturalist
Geared toward children aged 2-5, (siblings welcome) Knee-high Naturalist is a fun introduction to nature. We meet in the Nature Center where we begin by reading a book or two and then take a short walk together outdoors, keeping our eyes open for animal tracks, shells, feathers and other signs of the natural world around us. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 @ 9:30 a.m. Wiggly Wanderers
Wiggly wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner’s hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers’ confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot.
$1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Sunday, February 18th @ 8:30 a.m. Beginner Bird Walk
Calling all beginner birders, join us on a guided hike to search for birds! Feel free to bring binoculars. The hike will be a start and stop walk for less than two miles. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Please reserve your spot at 518-793-0511.
This program is part of NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
For the Birds Go birdwatching at any of our state parks and historic sites.
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Monday, February 19th @ 2 p.m. Beaver Walk
Did you know that beavers don’t hibernate? Learn all about these fascinating rodents and how they live, love and learn- join an educator on a family-friendly 2 mile guided hike out to our beaver lodges along the Wetlands Walk and Mud Pond. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Tuesday, February 20th @ 8:30 a.m. Eagle Watch

Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them, we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
For the Birds Go birdwatching at any of our state parks and historic sites.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Tuesday, February 20th  12:00pm – 2:00pmThis is a Friends of Moreau Lake hosted kids’ craft event. Snacks and juice provided. Crafts will be Coffee Cup suet bird feeder – BRING YOUR OWN CUP, wallpaper flowers, pine cone bugs and paper plate birds. This is event is free and we ask you to please RSVP on the Friend’s Website  which will be posted by 2/1

Tuesday, February 20th @ 2 p.m. Milk Jug Greenhouses
Bring an empty gallon milk jug, we’re going to start vegetable seeds in our own mini greenhouses! Learn how to use your milk jug as a greenhouse and get a jump-start on the growing season. This program is for people of all ages. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $5 for adults (18+) and $1 per child, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
NYS Parks Centennial Challenge mission:
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
Nature Center Knowledge Attend a nature center program.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Wednesday, February 21st 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Public Ice Fishing Clinic
*Change of plan* – No ice no fish!!  Instead the park will conduct 4 individual hikes – 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The Friends will serve up hot dogs, PB&J sandwiches, hot chocolate and treats.

Thursday, February 22nd 10 a.m. Black History Month Taxidermy Program
John Edmonstone was born an enslaved individual, died a freed man and along the way taught bird taxidermy to none other than Charles Darwin. We will learn about his remarkable life and try our hand at ‘taxidermy’- stuffing upcycled plush toy animals that you get to take home. All materials provided. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per child, $5 per adult, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
NYS Parks Centennial Challenge mission:
Engage in Education Attend an environmental education program at a state park.
Nature Center Knowledge Attend a nature center program.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Thursday, February 22nd @ 1:00 p.m. Nature Trail Hike
Join a park educator on a guided 3.03 mile loop hike around Moreau Lake. Considered to be a beginner hike. Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather and waterproof boots. Bring microspikes if you have them, we have snowshoes and microspikes to rent at the office if you need them. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Friday, February 23 6:00pm – Friends of Moreau Lake Annual Chili Dinner – Details to Follow

To be held at the Gansevoort Volunteer Firehouse, Route 32

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 @ 9:30 a.m. Wiggly Wanderers
Wiggly wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner’s hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these programs. While you do not need to attend each week, we will continue to build our toddlers hiking skills as well as their caregivers’ confidence taking the children into the woods to explore. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot.
$1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Saturday, February 24th @ 11-2pm Kindness Matters Poster Making
Come anytime to the nature center to make a Kindness motivated poster. The animal kingdom chooses kindness whether it is helping each other take care of their young or bringing each other “gifts” to attract a mate. Materials provided. The cost is $5 per adult (18+) and $1 per child payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.

Saturday, February 24th @ 5:30 p.m. Full Moon Hike
Join a Park Educator on a beginner hike around Moreau Lake. If the clouds cooperate we’ll get to enjoy the splendor of the moon rising above the mountains! This hike is family friendly and well-behaved dogs on a 6 foot or shorter leash are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring micro-spikes or snowshoes; there are limited numbers of micro-spikes to borrow and snowshoes to rent if weather-appropriate- let us know if you need either when you sign up. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance- the earlier the better as this is a popular program and it fills up quickly. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of the NYS Parks Centennial Challenge- Look to the Stars Go stargazing at your local state park or historic site
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/

Tuesday February 27th @ 10:00 a.m. Baker Trail to Moreau Overlook Hike
Join a park educator on a guided 2.4 mile out-and-back hike with around 500 ft elevation gain to get to the Moreau Overlook with excellent siteseeing at the top. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and waterproof boots. Bring microspikes if you have them, we have snowshoes and microspikes to rent at the office if you need them. The cost is $5 per adult, payable by cash or check at the office upon your arrival. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, to reserve your spot, call the office at 518-793-0511.
This program could be part of two of your NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
Go Green: Bring your re-usable water bottle on a hike or walk at one of our state parks or historic sites.
Take a Hike! Find a hike at a state park near you.

Wednesday, February 28th @ 8:30 a.m. Eagle Watch

Join a Park Educator on a convoy-style journey along the Hudson River to try to spot our local Bald Eagles. We will be getting in and out of vehicles at a few locations and, with a little luck, viewing the eagles through binoculars and a scope so make sure to bring your hat and gloves! If you have binoculars bring them, we do have a couple of pair to pass around as well. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve your spot call 518-793-0511.
This program is part of NYS Parks Centennial Challenge!
For the Birds Go birdwatching at any of our state parks and historic sites.
https://www.parks.ny.gov/100/challenge/