Family Fishing Day at Bear Mountain State Park–FREE

Thursday, June 28th 5:00 to 8:00 pm   Meet near Playground, Hessian Lake

Photo Zitsman Carl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Come to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks FREE Family Fishing Event. All bait and tackle will be provided free of charge. Since no NYS fishing license will be required, it is a perfect time to take friends and family members fishing. DEC Fisheries Staff will be on hand during the event to offer advice and assist people new to the sport. Supplies are limited!!!

Trailside Museums & Zoo

Open Daily for Year-Round Exploration! 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Please note: The bears and coyotes go off exhibit at 4:00 pm.

Woodland Pool
Golden Ragwort

Trailside occasionally closes for visitor safety–high wind, electrical storms, & hazardous tree work.







Summer Discovery at Trailside Museums & Zoo

Summer Discovery at Turtle Pond

Make Trailside Discovery day program your child’s up-close & personal introduction to local wildlife & ecology. Sessions are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A fee of $100 per session is due with registration. Maximum 15 children per session. Click for here for information & registration.


Trailside has its own Weather Station!

Weather Station

Trailside has its very own weather station! The Acurite 5 in 1 weather sensor records temperature, rain fall, wind speed, dew point and more. The data are sent wirelessly to the weather station monitor unit for storage. This monitor is connected to a computer & uploads all the information to the desktop & share it with Weather Underground. Click here to keep up with the current weather conditions at Trailside.




Wildlife Care: If you care, leave it there!

NYS DEC Cautions Residents Not to Disturb Fawns and Other Young Wildlife. Click here to learn more.

Photo: David Baker