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Dear Friend,

It's that special time of year we all look forward to…when daylight seems to go on and on, when we can spend more time swimming and picnicking at beloved parks, biking favorite trails, and paddling nearby waterways. There are so many ways to enjoy the beauty and peace of nature in June.
The opportunities for outdoor activities are truly limitless in New York State, and getting more so every day, as state park capital projects are completed and new trail projects, such as the Adirondack Rail-Trail, come online.

However you choose to enjoy summer, go for it!


Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

p.s. There's still time to sign up for an awesome bicycling adventure this summer. But hurry—we are almost at capacity and prices go up for our Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour June 10.
Two New Trails Just in Time for Summer

Two long-awaited Erie Canalway Trail segments and connections, in Pendleton in Western New York and Albany, recently held official grand openings.

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Let the Camping Commence

Warm weather has arrived, which means it's time to plan summer camping trips. Find those tent poles and take a look at all the great camping options New York State has to offer.

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Adirondack Rail Trail to be Completed by 2019

The new rail trail will link Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, creating a four-season outdoor destination.

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Celebrating Juneteenth and Timbuctoo

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves on June 19th – also known as Juneteenth. In North Elba, near Lake Placid, a state historic site celebrates the emancipation, the Underground Railroad, and the Adirondack’s unique role in the lives of freed slaves and
African American history.

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AmEx 360° Commitment to Parks

American Express combined its commitment to supporting parks and investing in future nonprofit leaders through its spring Leadership Academy, which brought together 72 emerging leaders from park-related nonprofits nationwide for an intensive week-long training. PTNY’s own Laura DiBetta and James Meerdink were among the participants.

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Where Two Rivers Meet

The confluence of two of New York’s major rivers was an appropriate setting for this spring’s gathering of PTNY staff and trustees to discuss our progress over the past several months and to strategize for the future.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Erie Canal Photo Contest call for entries. Deadline is 8/26

A PTNY letter to the Editor supporting funding for walking and biking 
runs in the Buffalo News

Plum Island protection bill passes House

The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook (released by CDC and NPS) -- a guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail

Vote for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Network as America's Top Rail Trail

View the winning entries for the "Elevating Erie" competition for Erie Canalway Trail solutions through Syracuse

July 10-17:         Cycle the Erie Canal Tour

September 16:   Park(ing) Day

September 24:   Bike Your Park Day
PTNY is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity
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