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Nature Nearby
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Nature is all around us. Our State Park environmental educators have compiled innovative ideas and creative activities to explore the outdoors near you. From searching for signs of spring to identifying bird songs, these activities connect you with the natural world without having to travel any further than your backyard, your neighborhood or an outdoor space close to your home.

Follow along here, on our blog, and on social media for activities and inspiration that connect you to the nature near you, and we can't wait to see you back in our nature centers soon.

Virtual Nature Lessons

Nature Nearby: Visit from a Blue-Spotted Salamander!Leaving New York State Parks

Join Kelly, one of our Educators, as she introduces you to a blue-spotted salamander she found at Beaver Island State Park!

Leave No Trace: Leave It As You Found ItLeaving New York State Parks

Take good care of the parks and trails you love!

Story Time! with Ms. Sue and You! "What a Wonderful World" Leaving New York State Parks

Printable Activities and Crafts

Additional Resources

Follow us on Facebook for more Nature Neaby ideas. Educators at these parks are posting regularly with nature themed activities and inspiration.