Join us at an Event

Special events and advocacy opportunities throughout New York State.

    Park Advocacy Day

    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

    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

    Parks & Trails New York organizes I Love My Park Day, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, to celebrate, improve and enhance state parks, historic sites, and public lands; boost volunteerism; and raise the visibility of the entire state parks system and its needs.

    Cycle the Erie Canal

    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.

    George W. Perkins Reception

    This year we're honoring a NYS Parks institution: Former Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Erik Kulleseid. From overseeing the continued revitalization of our NYS Parks System, planning for Parks' Centennial in 2024, to keeping our parks open and safe for all New Yorkers during the pandemic, former Commissioner Kulleseid has left a lasting impact on the public green spaces in NYS.