Fall Color Hike in Minnewaska State Park

The Tarpmaster had back-to-back business travel upstate and to Long Island over the past and coming week, so we had a rental car over the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to go upstate for some outdoor adventure. We planned an excursion to New Paltz, with a hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a visit to Adair Vineyards, and dinner at Rock Da Pasta in town, which offers gluten-free options.

Winter Edition of Outdoors in NYC Is Available

The winter edition of the Parks Department's quarterly publication, Outdoors in NYC, is available online now in a PDF version. Outdoors in NYC lists all of the free activities and programs throughout the parks system in the five boroughs. From Winter Photography to Emergency Preparedness, the Urban Park Rangers have programs that are perfect for individuals and families—and all are free!

Camping in the Hamptons, November 2013

It's finally happened: the boys are at the age to rebel against what their parents want, and for us now that means going camping. Sigh. They actually just grumbled a bit about going and of course had a great time once we set off. That was a couple of hours later than we had hoped/planned; we weren't all packed and ready to go till about 5:30. The drive is about two and a half hours without traffic, and we also had to stop for some groceries and dinner on the way. Traffic getting out of the city wasn't too terrible, but we didn't stop until after 8, somewhere between Islip and Patchogue.

AMC Outdoors: Urban Camping at Floyd Bennett Field

AMC Outdoors has a great article about a family camping trip to Floyd Bennett Field. Although I've known about the camping there and have been to Floyd Bennett for other activities many times, I've never camped there myself. If you want to know what it's like, read the AMC Outdoors story.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest (MA)

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42 Main St, Sandwich, MA
This quiet campground at the beginning of Cape Cod offers year-round camping, including accessible sites. We stayed in a yurt (unheated) that was equipped with bunk beds, a table and chairs, and outdoor barbecue and water spigot. A full bathroom facility was a short distance from the campsite. There are easy hiking trails within the 700-acre park and the beach is a short drive away. (You can probably also hike or bike there, but we drove.) The landscape is rocky and sandy, with scrubby pine woods.
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The Fall Issue of Outdoors in NYC is Here!

The fall issue of the Urban Park Rangers' Outdoors in New York City is available—the link is to the PDF. It contains a smorgasbord of "Weekend Adventure" activities with something for everyone, including astronomy, orienteering, wilderness survival, wildlife viewing, and kids & family programs. All of the programs are free, so get out there and enjoy!

Summer Issue of "Outdoors in NYC" Is Available

The new summer issue of "Outdoors in New York City" is now available from the Department of Parks and Recreation. The seasonal guide lists events and activities with the Urban Park Rangers at parks throughout the city. Activities range from history and culture, to family camping, to canoeing and biking, to free outdoor movies, and more. Check it out!

NYC Parks: Free Outdoor Adventure Day

Saturday, June 23rd, at the Central Park Bandshell the NYC Parks department will present Adventures NYC, a free day of outdoor adventure sponsored by Backpacker magazine. Activities will include the UBC Rock Climbing Zone, Human Hamster Wheels, hand cycling, health and fitness clinics, the REI Adventure Zone, Kayaking Zone with stand-up paddle boarding tank, Mountain Bike Expo, a bike helmet giveaway by the NYC Department of Transportation, gear exhibits, live music, and more.

Saturday, May 5th Is "I Love My Park" Day

This weekend is I Love My Park Day, a statewide event to enhance the state’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the park system's needs. Volunteers will clean up park lands and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitats, remove invasive species, and work on site improvement projects.

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