Peak season is in full swing at New York’s largest state park, and Allegany State Park is the place to be for all things outdoors. Every summer, dozens of programs are offered daily to park patrons and this year, several new ones are on the docket:
(Beginner and Intermediate Programs)
• The art of fly fishing is difficult to learn, but this summer the recreation department will be holding interpretive programs to give patrons the opportunity to get a full understanding of the activity and enough confidence to go out on their local streams on their own. The most basic program, “Fly Fishing 101,” will give patrons general knowledge of the anatomy of a fly fishing rod, the three main types of fly fishing, and practice with the three most useful types of casting techniques. There will be a second intermediate class where patrons will have further review of their fly casting technique followed hands-on instruction for hooking and fighting fish with a fly rod. The final program out of the series will give patrons the opportunity to spend time on one of the trout streams of the park. They will learn how to read the streams, determine suitable habitat for fish, and fish for trout in the streams.
• You might love moths, you might hate them or you might know nothing about them. The park invites you to come learn about these facilitating insects. Naturalists will place a light and white sheet in the woods to see what kinds of moths they can attract and identify for your viewing pleasure, as well as give a short talk on the biology of moths
• The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of New York, so why not dedicate a whole program to them? This program will explore the world of bluebirds and their productivity and survivorship. Nest boxes around the park will be monitored for optimum bluebird viewing for the novice or experienced birder.
• The Citizen Science Bird Banding Demo takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday from June 26 to Aug. 28. The group meets in the area between the Red House Beach parking lot and the covered bridge.
• This is an introductory course where participants will learn basic kayak paddling skills and safety. A kayak, a personal floatation device and paddles are provided. This class will run for approximately an hour and a half.
Call Pati at (716) 354-9101 ext. 221 to register. If unavailable, leave a message with a contact number and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Class is limited to five people.
Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding
• Come join others for 90 minutes of fun and instruction. This is a great class for first time users or anyone who wants to improve their basic paddling and maneuvering skills as one of the park’s naturalists instructs you on basic strokes and techniques. Paddleboard, personal floatation device and paddles included. This class will run for approximately an hour and a half. Call Pati @ (716) 354-9101 ext. 221 to register. If unavailable, leave a message with a contact number and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Class is limited to five people. Dress accordingly — you will get wet!
Be sure to pick up the weekly program schedule in the Red House and Quaker rental offices or check out their Facebook page.