Enjoy and Explore Trailside in Every Season!

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Events 2018

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!

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.