Trailside Museums & Zoo

At Bear Mountain State Park

HOURS: 10AM - 4:30PM, 7 Days a Week. Be sure to plan ahead, our Bears and Beaver go into their dens at 4:00PM

Art in the Zoo

Porcupine photo: Laura Cummins

photo: Laura Cummins

Saturday, September 20th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Celebrate Fall! Be Creative! Create nature inspired art and crafts. Take a walk along the trail to see the exhibit animals, the views and the museums. Event is sponsored by Artists in the Park (AiP) Parking at Bear Mountain State Park: $8/vehicle Admission to Trailside: suggested donation $1/person



Endangered Species Parade

North Fence Lizard NYS Threatened Species photo: Mike Adamovic

Northern Fence Lizard
NYS Threatened Species
photo: Mike Adamovic

Saturday, September 27th (rain date September 28th) 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Trailside will celebrate biodiversity with a parade of whimsical wearable art representing New York’s endangered and threatened wildlife. The parade will process through Bear Mountain State Park and arrive at Trailside Museums and Zoo. Family-friendly exhibits and activities will focus on biodiversity conservation and human interactions with nature. You can participate in the parade too, by representing an endangered species and creating your own wearable art! To learn more and sign up to participate, click here.  Please visit the List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York State to find a wildlife species you would like to represent. Contact Renee LaMonica 845-786-2701 x 293 or

Trailside Bears

Black Bear Celebrating Spring

Black Bear Celebrating Spring

Follow the NYS Parks Nature Times blog to learn about how Earth Day was celebrated at Trailside and other nature happenings in NYS Parks.



Myth of the Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear
Pyrrharctia isabella

Click here to watch Science Friday video featuring Bear Mountain’s own Woolly Bear and Edwin McGowan, Director of Science and Trailside Museums and Zoo.

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