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Enjoy Winter Recreation at Camp Santanoni

A couple cross country skiing on groomed snow trails at Camp Santanoni

Camp Santanoni in the Adirondacks is holding Winter Weekend events for the seventh consecutive year. Visitors will be able to take part in the open house at the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb, Essex County on:

  • February 15 – 17 (Presidents’ Day holiday weekend)
  • March 14 and 15

Guests will have access to camp properties, be able to tour the buildings, view interpretive displays and cross-country ski or snowshoe on one of multiple trails around the complex. The Winter Weekend events are hosted by the Friends of Camp Santanoni and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF) Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC). The Friends of Camp Santanoni is a partnership between DEC, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb, and volunteers who support preserving this Great Camp for public education, recreation, and inspiration. Learn more about the events and Camp Santanoni on our website.

Celebrate Winter at Reinstein Woods Winter Open House

Children learning to cross country ski at Reinstein Woods

Join DEC and Friends of Reinstein Woods for the annual winter open house at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center on Saturday, February 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can try snowshoes and/or cross-country skis free of charge, go on a guided winter walk or enjoy a winter scavenger hunt. There will also be opportunities to enjoy an ice fishing demonstration, make nature arts and crafts, plus much more. Refreshments will be on sale. No registration is required, and there is no admission fee. Let everyone know you are attending with #RRWinterWonderland!

Road Trip to Adventure: Mt. Loretto Unique Area, NYC

A sunset underneath the pavillion at Mt. Loretto Unique Area on the shores of Staten Island

Mt. Loretto Unique Area, located on Staten Island, is a great place for your next day trip to escape and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Mt. Loretto provides nature lovers with more than 200 acres of forest, grasslands, wetlands, and costal shoreline on the southern shore of Staten Island. With all these habitats to explore, there are recreational opportunities for everyone. Mt. Loretto features three hiking trails: Wetlands Trail, Grassland Trail, and Beach Loop with abundant opportunities to spot wildlife year-round, as well as a freshwater pond with an accessible fishing pier. There is also a mile of shoreline for saltwater fishing on Prince’s Bay and a new accessible trail and viewing platform right on the beach. Located on Amboy Road less than a mile from the Mt. Loretto entrance is Mount Loretto North, which provides a half mile of paved trail and three woodland trails to enjoy.

You can access Mount Loretto via the NYC S59 or S78 Bus with a stop at Hylan Boulevard and Kenny Road. For those looking for amenities, checkout nearby towns of Tottenville and Pleasant Plains on your trip.

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