Events 2018

Enjoy and Explore Trailside in Every Season!

Check back from time to time. More events will be added.

Sat., Feb. 10th                         Eaglefest                                9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

snow date Sun., Feb. 11th

AT Croton Point Park: Bird presentations, nature walks, live music, food trucks & more.

Tues., Feb 20th                       Winter Wildlife Survival       1:00 pm

How is it that deer, wood frogs or even praying mantis survive the winter? Come to Fort Montgomery State Historic site & discover how our backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces! Program will involve a nature trek, searching for tracks & sign, hands-on furs & games. Registration Required!!! For information & registration, call 845-446-2134 Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

AT Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, 690 Fort Montgomery, NY 10922.

Sat., March 17th                        Introduction to Bird ID      10:00 am to 11:30 am 

Have you always wanted to know what birds live in your backyard? Join educators from Trailside Museums and Zoo for a brief presentation at the Bear Mountain Inn, learn some new birding skills and practice them on a bird walk around Hessian Lake. Family friendly program, suited for ages 10 & up. Registration is required. For more information or to register: 845-786-2701 x 293 or

AT Bear Mountain Inn 

Sat., April 21st                       Earth Day                              10:30 am to 3:00 pm

rain date Sun, April 22nd

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears explore & enjoy the tasty treats. Family-friendly fun with an Earth-friendly focus. Nature-related displays & activities!

Thurs, June 28th                 FREE Family Fishing             5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meet near playground at Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain

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!!!   

Sat., Aug. 4th                       Bird Festival                           11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fly on over to celebrate the birds of New York State at Trailside! Visit the bald eagle, owls, hawks & turkeys! Family friendly activities: Bird Olympics, & Great Migration Challenge!

Sat., Sept. 15th                    Biodiversity Celebration        11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Learn about Biodiversity & Local Habitats! Visit our Pond, River, Forest, Woodland Pool, Rocky Summit & Grassland habitat stations to complete your Habitat Passport. When you complete the activity at each station you get a stamp. Collect all stamps & win a prize, while discovering ways you can help protect & provide habitat for wildlife.

Sat., Oct. 27th                      Boo at the Zoo                       10:30 am to 3:00 pm

rain date Sun, Oct. 28th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts & learn about bats & our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities. Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lot to Bear Den.

Sat., Dec. 22nd                   Beary Merry Holiday             10:30 am at Bear Den

rain date Sun., Dec. 23rd

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We’ll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Bundle up & come out for a festive, family-friendly winter experience.Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lot to Bear Den.