Summer’s not over, and Allegany State Park (ASP) still has a lot of fun programming to enjoy before the kids head back to school!

Art in the Woods

Nature is fleeting: Flowers fade. Leaves fall. Soon snow will cover everything. Keeping a nature journal is a great way to savor each season while it’s here. These journals are also a great tool in identifying what you see after you are out of the woods. You don’t have to be a master naturalist or artist to create a nature journal, anyone can do it! Check out Laura’s Nature Journaling here in ASP to learn the basics on how to get your own journal started!

You See Them All the Time, but What Are They—

White Tail Deer!

Check out our Walking with Whitetails program at the Butterfly Meadow on ASP 2 to learn some cool facts about these big-eyed creatures who fill Allegany’s open fields on a nightly basis. You’ll learn about the effects deer have on the environment and how to spot them in action. You may even get to see a deer or two while you are there.

Kayaking: Smart Start Paddling Orientation

One of the fastest growing water recreation activities, kayaking, is making its way to Allegany’s Programming. In this introductory course, participants will be exposed to the basics of kayak paddling skills and safety need to knows while on the water. The course will last approximately 1.5 hours and is offered at no cost. Class space limited. Please call Katie (KV) at (716) 354-9101 x 236 for class times and sign-up.

You must bring your own kayak or rent one from the Boat house for $15 per hour.

Fish ‘N Fun In Allegany State Park

We’ve all heard Finding Nemo’s, Bruce the Shark, make his pledge that Fish are Friends, NOT food! We commend Bruce on his perseverance, but sometimes in ASP, fish can be our friends and our food.  Check out Coty’s Fish are Friends… and Food! program to discover what fish species swim about in ASP waters, and which can suffice as a hearty meal.

Park It and Read: Wednesday, Aug. 26   1—2p.m.

Take a break to catch up on some summer reading with Cathy Walsh from Gowanda Free Library. Cathy will be in the Red House Administration Building Lower Lobby and will be sharing some of her favorite nature themed stories!

Woodland Fairy Houses and Flower Friends with Julie Mader, Thursday, Aug. 27—1-3p.m. at Summit Warming Hut

Fairies are the tiniest of creatures and to see them it takes a little faith and the right habitat. In this two-hour workshop, learn how to construct a Fairy House using twigs, bark, leaves, pine needles, pebbles and other gifts from nature. Participants will create a wonderful habitat for State Park Fairies who will love finding a cozy spot to relax. We will also make little Flower Friends (fairy dolls) who will make the journey home with you from the park experience. Please call (716)372-7455 to register (seats are limited) Event is free, but you must register. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check Facebook for times and locations or pick up a schedule at the rental offices. Or call 354-9101 ext 232 for more information.