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State Parks, DEC encourage families to enjoy Presidents Day winter break in New York's open spaces


Sat, Feb 17th 2018 07:00 am
Events statewide to enjoy at state parks, historic sites, public lands & education centers
Readers celebrate Presidents Day weekend and winter break at a New York State Park, Historic Site or Department of Environmental Conservation lands and education centers. Events across the state range from cannon firings in salute to President George Washington, to guided snowshoe treks, to ever-popular seal walks along the Long Island coastline.
"There's no reason to stay inside for the winter break," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "State parks and historic sites offer family-friendly activities year-round, and you might be surprised at the unique ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the winter months."
"Our public lands and education centers have everything you need to get your family and children outside to connect with the environment and learn valuable life lessons," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Winter break is a chance to do so much more than stay inside. Get out in the elements and rediscover New York's diverse landscapes." 
Outdoor events may be dependent on weather. Some events require pre-registration and/or an admission fee. For more information, as well as a full schedule of State Park events, check https://parks.ny.gov/events/.
In Western New York, Allegany State Park hosts a series of family-friendly "3rd Saturday Treks" on the third Saturday of each month all year long. The February trek will take place on the Red Jacket Trail Feb. 17. Hikers will meet in the Administration Building Lobby at 1 p.m. Call 716-354-9101, ext. 236.
Evangola State Park will host a "Winter Wonderland Ski Tour" at 10 a.m. Feb. 17. Buffalo Nordic Ski Club experts will show participants how to cross-country ski or improve their technique. Call 716-549-1050 for details.
DEC is hosting a series of events at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center all week long. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1977.html, call 716-683-5959 or email [email protected] for more information.

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