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Sat 10 Sep
Fly Fishing Workshop Series
Saturday, September 10, 2022 until Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Learn the basics of fly fishing and leave with the skills and confidence to get out on the water in this four-part workshop series led by fly fishing expert, Len Savanella. Sessions 1 and 2 will cover the vocabulary and history of fly fishing, gear, casting, and fly tying. Sessions 3 and 4 will cover ecology and best practices and will take place in the stream so you can put your newfound skills to the test! Equipment will be provided but if you have your own, please bring it. Tickets available on August 22 at 10 am, Cost: $50 for the whole series + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. Photo courtesy of Clark Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Mon 26 Sep
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Monday, September 26, 2022 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! Completed vaccination required. Bring a mask in case of close contact with other visitors. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Photo courtesy of Todd Cameron. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/.
Wed 28 Sep
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Thu 29 Sep
Local Lore and Legends
Thursday, September 29, 2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Did you know that the famous horseman ride in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow likely took place here in the Preserve? Actually, there are quite a few lesser-known legends that take place on this land. The names of some of our most iconic locations (Spook Rock, Ravens Rock, Witch's Spring) come from stories that have been told by locals dating back hundreds of years. Join us for a 2-mile twilight hike to visit some of these locations and hear their stories. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 01 Oct
Hike with Mike: Eagle Hill to Douglas Hill
Saturday, October 1, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join historian, Mike Miernik for a 5-mile hike up Eagle Hill, down to the famous triple arch bridge, along Douglas Hill, and back to Swan Lake via Farm Meadow. Great opportunity to explore a new area of the Preserve if you haven't been to the west side before! Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sun 02 Oct
Wildflower Walk
Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join botanist, Patty Butter, for a leisurely walk and learn about the identification of autumn wildflowers. Contribute as a citizen scientist to increase our knowledge of the ecology of the Preserve by logging your observations in the iNaturalist app. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 12 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sun 02 Oct
Painting en Plein Air
Sunday, October 2, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Mon 03 Oct
Sound Healing
Monday, October 3, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Dayna Gralla for a therapeutic and restorative sound healing experience. Envelop yourself in the sounds of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and a variety of soothing instruments as you allow your mind to drift from an active state to a relaxed and meditative state. The event will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. No pets please. Cost: $5 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 18 people. Ages 10+. Please note: sound healing is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 05 Oct
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 05 Oct
Stargazing in the Preserve
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Peer into the cosmos with Vinny Coulehan of the Rockland Astronomy Club. View Saturn and Jupiter through a telescope and observe the craters on the moon in detail. Plus, capture images to take home with you! Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sat 08 Oct
History of Rockwood Hall
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join Rockwood docent, David Teich, on an adventure into the past as we explore the Rockwood Hall area and its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Former estate of William A. Rockefeller Jr., this site boasts scenic views overlooking the Hudson, lush forests, and remnants of 19th century luxuries. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 09 Oct
Full Moon Hike: “Hunter’s Moon”
Sunday, October 9, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join us for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. Tickets available on September 20 at 10 am.  RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Mon 10 Oct
Original New Yorkers: Indigenous History of Land
Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
The New York that you know today wasn't always this way. This year, on Indigenous People's Day, learn about the Native Nations who inhabited this land before colonization. Join us in welcoming historian and activist, Heather Bruegl, citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, for a presentation on indigenous history and heritage. The presentation will take place in the art gallery at the Visitor's Center. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 24 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 11 Oct
Hiking and Hunting
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
You may have noticed signs about the hunting program in the Preserve recently, as hunting season approaches. If you've wondered about the safety or the scope of the hunting program, or its necessity in maintaining a balanced ecosystem within the Preserve, then this program is for you. Join naturalist and manager of the hunting program, Josh DiPaola, for a 2-mile walk and talk along the Pocantico River Trail and allow him to answer any questions you may have. Cost: FREE. Max: 30 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Wed 12 Oct
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! Rain or shine except in cases of extreme weather. Completed vaccination required. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Wed 12 Oct
Sunset Yoga at Rockwood
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Relieve stress during an outdoor yoga session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to account for the 10-minute walk to the site. Cost: $5 per class + Eventbrite fees. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Thu 13 Oct
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
Thursday, October 13, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come join us for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 40 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Sat 15 Oct
Rocky’s 5K
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Colorful fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for Rocky's 5K. Challenging hills and wide carriage roads make it the perfect race for experienced trail runners and first-timers alike. A well-marked course with friendly volunteers, the race will feature overall and age group awards, t-shirt giveaways, and refreshments. The course is spectator-friendly, close to parking, and features beautiful terrain. For more information and to register: www.friendsrock.org/rockys-5k.
Sun 16 Oct
Artist’s Reception
Sunday, October 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Please join us for the artist's reception celebrating our latest exhibit, "The Art of Fine Living and Feasting," a depiction of the special comradeship and loving memories that meals and family gatherings bring. Creativity on canvas, courtesy of Jarvis Wilcox and Joseph Keiffer, will be on display from October 9 through November 27, just in time for the Holidays. The reception on October 16 is open to the public, free of charge. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments as you admire their work. The exhibition is curated by Audrey Leeds. The gallery is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Sun 16 Oct
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Sunday, October 16, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join wildlife photographer, Bill Golden, for a workshop to learn what settings are most effective in photographing animals in their natural habitat. Explore some of the best locations to photograph within the Preserve, as Bill has learned from his many years photographing here. Bring your DSLR camera, a notebook, and water. Please note: this program is intended for amateur to intermediate photographers. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 19 Oct
Hulda’s Night
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 until Saturday, October 22, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Our biggest event of the year, Hulda's Night is an adventure into the history and legends of the Preserve through live performance. Embark on a hike through the dark woods with lanterns guiding your path; a chill is in the air. You'll stop to join a traveler, The Storyteller, who recounts legends by fireside. As your journey continues along Old Gory Brook Road, you'll meet Domine Johannes Ritzema, Pastor of the Old Dutch Church during the Revolutionary War, who speaks of the struggles of holding a congregation together during a time of war... and of course, his concern over the witch living nearby, threatening his flock. As the moon rises, you'll continue down the Witch's Spring Trail, where you encounter the "witch" herself. Hulda, lonely and gravely misunderstood, awaits to tell you her side of the story. For more information, visit: friendsrock.org/huldas-nightPlease note: as of September 9, only a few tickets remain. If you missed your chance this year, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale next year. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/newsletter
Sat 22 Oct
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 22, 2022 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Get to know our feathered residents! Join experts from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome! Rain or shine except in cases of extreme weather. Completed vaccination required. Ages 8+. Cost: FREE. Max: 25 people. Please register at: sawmillriveraudubon.org/register-trips/
Sun 23 Oct
Fall Foliage Photo Walk
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Capture the beauty of fall foliage with photographer, Heidi Fuhrman, on a 2-mile walk in search of scenic vistas and natural subjects. Heidi will guide you to some of the best locations to shoot and will advise on framing, perspective, lighting, etc. Any camera is fine, even a cell phone; both beginners and experienced photographers are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 20 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Sun 23 Oct
Painting en Plein Air
Sunday, October 23, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Experience nature through painting! Learn the watercolor technique under the guidance of award-winning artist, Anne Johann, as you absorb the beauty of the landscape before you. You may bring your own supplies if you have them; if not, supplies will be provided. Cost: $8 per class + Eventbrite fees. Max: 10 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events.
Tue 25 Oct
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start your day with movement! Get energized in this virtual session with postural therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises that are gentle and easily adapted to fit your needs. These methods are well-studied and based upon neuroscience, biomechanics, the myofascial system, and other variables. Treat yourself to some maintenance and self-care! This event is virtual; you will receive a link to join via Zoom. You do not need to be on camera to participate. Please note: you must register more than 10 minutes before start time to receive the Zoom link. Cost: FREE. Max: 100 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events
Wed 26 Oct
Hulda’s Night
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 until Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Our biggest event of the year, Hulda's Night is an adventure into the history and legends of the Preserve through live performance. Embark on a hike through the dark woods with lanterns guiding your path; a chill is in the air. You'll stop to join a traveler, The Storyteller, who recounts legends by fireside. As your journey continues along Old Gory Brook Road, you'll meet Domine Johannes Ritzema, Pastor of the Old Dutch Church during the Revolutionary War, who speaks of the struggles of holding a congregation together during a time of war... and of course, his concern over the witch living nearby, threatening his flock. As the moon rises, you'll continue down the Witch's Spring Trail, where you encounter the "witch" herself. Hulda, lonely and gravely misunderstood, awaits to tell you her side of the story. For more information, visit: friendsrock.org/huldas-night. Please note: as of September 9, only a few tickets remain. If you missed your chance this year, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale next year. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/newsletter
Sat 29 Oct
Autumn Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Join naturalist, John McShane, for a stroll through the Preserve and discuss some key skills on how to identify native trees. You'll also learn how and why the leaves change color in the fall. The hike will be around 1-2 miles with frequent stops for discussion. Suggested ages 10+. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Max: 15 people. RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events