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  • You Gotta Have Tips: Google Drive

    Google Drive is a free tool that allows files to be accessed from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. This resource might be useful for small or all-volunteer Friends groups that want to store and share information among board members, staff and volunteers and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization....

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  • Featured Friends: Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park

    The Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes is one of the newest Friends groups in New York State. They are off to a roaring start, with a hugely successful first-ever I Love My Park Day event already under their belts and many more projects and programs in the works....

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  • All Aboard

    State parks throughout New York are beginning to implement shuttle buses for tourists—a concept that can yield great benefits for both visitors and the local tourist economy....

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  • Making the Outdoors More Accessible

    Some new improvements at state parks will make it easier for for people with disabilities or physical challenges to launch kayaks and canoes at popular paddling locations....

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  • New Humphrey Nature Center Opens at Letchworth State Park

    The Humphrey Nature Center has officially opened to the public and Letchworth State Park’s more than 650,000 annual visitors can now marvel at its beauty. The Humphrey Nature Center has much more to offer than its gorgeous exterior, inside visitors can enjoy new meeting space, interactive exhibits designed to engage visitors with the park, a butterfly garden, and a central location connecting multi-use trails....

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  • Dreaming of Timbuctoo

    The exhibit curated by Friends group John Brown Lives! that chronicles a chapter of the Adirondack’s abolitionist history, opened in its new, permanent home at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid....

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  • Connect Kids to Parks Grant Opportunity

    The Connect Kids to Parks Grant Program offers up to $750 to cover transportation fees for Title 1 schools, K-12 classrooms to help connect New York public school children with exploring one of New York’s greatest treasures; a state park, nature center or historic site, or a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center....

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  • Stonewall Inn Named State Historic Site

    Recognized as an international symbol for the fight for LGBT equality, the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village is now a New York State Historic Site and a National Historic Monument....

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  • Cool off at a State Park this Summer

    As the summer heat intensifies, going for a swim can be the perfect way to cool off! New York State Parks offer many options for swimming from gorgeous lakes to relaxing beaches to pristine pools. For individuals who do not know how to swim, select New York State Parks are offering free Learn-to-Swim lessons from trained staff....

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  • *NSynchronous

    For many New Yorkers, a fond summer memory from childhood is chasing and catching fireflies (aka lightning bugs). Spotting the Synchronous Firefly (Photinus carolinus), is a special treat, and one you can now catch at Allegany State Park....

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