Parks & Trails New York organizes and hosts events to highlight, improve and advocate for New York’s parks and trails. From volunteer workdays to advocacy days to bike tours, join us in giving back, speaking out, and enjoying our treasured outdoor places.
NYS Friends Groups Regional Conferences 2022 September 15-November 10, 2022
These conferences provide opportunities for learning, networking and information-sharing among Friends groups and State Parks leadership.
Park Advocacy Day March 8, 2023
Park Advocacy Day is an annual advocacy event hosted by Parks & Trails New York and the Open Space Institute. After two years of virtual Park Advocacy Day, in 2023 we plan to reunite the "green scarf brigade" in Albany on March 8, to continue to give our parks a voice and interact with the state’s decision makers on a personal level.
Canal Clean Sweep April 21-23, 2023
Each year, in commemoration of Earth Day, members of the public, community organizations, and local groups join together to participate in Canal Clean Sweep to prepare the Canalway System for the recreation season by cleaning up debris and undertaking various beautification projects.
I Love My Park Day May 6, 2023
Parks & Trails New York organizes I Love My Park Day, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to celebrate, improve and enhance state parks and historic sites; boost volunteerism; and raise the visibility of the entire state parks system and its needs.
Cycle the Erie Canal July 9 - July 16, 2023
More than 650 cyclists will leave their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail to Albany. Along the 400-mile journey, cyclists will enjoy some of the finest scenery, most interesting history, and unparalleled cycling in the northeastern United States.