Welcome to Park Connect


Welcome to Park Connect
A Welcome from
New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey
                      Love your Park? Show it!
Volunteer for the first-ever I Love My Park Day
I love my park
Saturday, May 5th

I Love My Park Day is an exciting new statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites. Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York state parks and historic sites. Projects include cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.


Participating parks and historic sites are listed on our website. Details and online registration available at Parks & Trails NY. Follow us on Facebook for updates!

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New Free Park App arrives soon!


We're launching a free
New York State Parks App this spring so you can conveniently access information about parks and historic sites through your smart phone.


Developed in partnership with a New York company, American Park Network, the Oh Ranger! New York State Parks App will be available for iPhones initially and will expand to include the Android platform later this year.


Features of the App will include contact information, directions, event listings, images, maps, search features, weather, links to social networks, share features and more.  Look for it on our website and the iTunes store.


Calling all golfers!

The mild winter and warmer temperatures have led to the early opening of nearly all NY State Park golf courses. An added bonus is that four state park courses have reduced rates for 2012:

Beaver Island near Buffalo, Indian Hills in the Southern Tier, Rockland Lake in the Hudson Valley and Sunken Meadow on Long Island. 

sacketsNew York Remembers the War of 1812 
2012 marks the beginning of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, sometimes called the second war of independence with Great Britain. 


New York State was the scene of key battles in the War of 1812, and several state historic provide fascinating destinations to learn about our nation's early history. 

From reenactments to new exhibits, Sackets Harbor Battlefield
Fort Ontario 
and Old Fort Niagara State Historic Sites will feature exciting events to commemorate the War of 1812 over the next three years.

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Cabin Fever: Perfect for "in-between" campers.

New rustic cabins in the Finger Lakes are the perfect "in-between" for campers who like tents and cabins. Sleeping 4 or 6 people, these popular options offer protection from the elements, but no utilities. They're available to reserve at Stony Brook State Park and will be coming this season to Watkins Glen and Sampson State Parks.

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Come Sleep Under
 the Stars!

Check out the 2012 New York State Camping Guide available in a user-friendly, digital flip-book version. The annual guide showcases more than 100 great properties - all affordable destinations offering a variety
of outdoor experiences.

Printed copies are available
by calling: 518.486.1868

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Visit our web calendar 
for hikes, programs,
festivals & more!
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We Need Lifeguards!

Home for Spring Break? State Parks is hiring lifeguards for the summer season. 


Lifeguarding is a fantastic way high school and college students can make money and gain valuable job experience.

  Information & exam schedule


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Don't let warm, sunny spring days fool you.


Lakes and rivers in NY remain frigid well into May - and can rapidly overcome the strongest swimmers.


A life jacket, no matter what the season, is the single best way boaters can keep safe.


In fact, state law requires that everyone on watercraft less than 21 feet must wear a lifejacket from Nov. 1 to May 1. 

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Get your Annual Pass and Save! 

The Empire Passport is your key to all-season enjoyment. The passport provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities for just $65.  

Or l
ooking for a unique gift? The Parks Gift Card is available in any denomination for camping, golf reservations and greens fees at most state park facilities.