The Niagara Region of the Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced its winter 2013 programming, which starts with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1. As always, events are free and open to the public but registration is always encouraged due to limited space.
Nearby activities are as follows:
Jan. 12 - 10 a.m. noon, Winter Tracking Fun, Evangola State Park
A gait, a stride, a straddle or lope. A winter survivor that somehow copes. A nocturnal creature that left a trace. Identify the tracks and make the case! For information and registration call 549-1050.
Jan. 26 - 10 a.m. - noon, Chautauqua Lake Cross Country Ski, Long Point State Park
History and nature, old growth trees and more, ski the scenic views along the lakeshore. A glacial moraine rises above 1,300 feet and below Chautauqua's waters are considered the most deep. Bring your cross country skis for a guided tour. For information and registration call 549-1050.
Feb. 9 - 10 a.m. noon, Winter Tracking Fun, Lake Erie State Park
For information and registration call 549-1050.
Feb. 23 - 10 a.m. - noon, Ice Volcanoes of Lake Erie, Evangola State Park
Ice Volcanoes can erupt leaving a bizarre lunar landscape of cones, vents, mounds, ice caves and craters. Discover frozen Lake Erie geology and the local connection to Fredonia State University. For information & registration call 549-1050.
March 29 - 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Night Sounds, Evangola State Park
Listen for the sleigh bell serenade of Spring Peepers under shooting stars and a copper Mars. Will the Wood Frogs quack and the Timber Doodles twitter? Do Screech Owls whinny and can Barred Owls call for dinner? Find out on a journey through dusk into the world of night. For information and registration call 549-1050.