How Well Do You Know Your Wildflowers?
Take the Quiz

 
Test your knowledge (and maybe even learn something new!) about the little beauties bursting onto the scene this time of year.

Member Profile: 
An Enduring
 Commitment to the Outdoors


Howard, a PTNY member for more than 20 years, has channeled his love of New York’s outdoors into a life-long commitment to advocacy and protection of our public green spaces.
 

Give Back to Parks!
Join Us for the 10th Anniversary
I Love My Park Day
May 1st and 2nd


I Love My Park Day is back! And we are happy to be partnering with over 125 parks, historic sites, and public lands across New York to host socially distant, but very impactful. beautification and enhancement projects. After a year of record visitation, this is a great way to give back to the outdoor places that have been so important to us over the last year.

Visit our website to use our interactive map to find a project near you and register today before sites reach capacity!

Back to the Genesee Valley Greenway

 
PTNY is excited to again be working on the Genesee Valley Greenway (we helped establish it 30 years ago), this time to advance “Trail Towns” along the 90-mile trail that runs from Rochester south to 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border.
 
Thanks to support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, PTNY will be partnering with Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway and Letchworth Gateway Villages to provide programming, develop materials and supply seed grants to communities to help them become more welcoming to bicyclists and other trail visitors. Our work will provide villages and towns in the region with the tools to fully benefit from trail tourism. Look for more news and updates in the months to come!

Record Funding for the Environment in State Budget


The FY22 budget passed by the Legislature and Governor earlier this month included great news for the environment and public green space. Highlights include $110 million in funding for the NY Parks 100 program, a $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (including $1 million for Park and Trail Partnership Grants), and $75 million for DEC’s Adventure NY program.

The budget also includes a $3 Billion Environmental Bond Act. Unlike other pieces of the budget which only require the Governor’s signature to become law, the Bond Act requires approval by voters in November, 2022.

We thank both houses of the legislature and Governor Cuomo for their continued support of safe, quality places for outdoor recreation, preserving our natural environment, and protecting our precious natural resources.
 

Cycle the Erie Canal, More Popular
Than Ever

 
This year’s highly anticipated Cycle the Erie Canal tour across New York State sold out within a matter of hours. The limitation on numbers this year because of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the the popular event last year created an unprecedented registration rush. 

If you didn't get a spot, sign up for our Cycle the Erie Canal email list to receive information about the tour, and be the first to know when registration for the tour opens in 2022, which we can assure you will be bigger and better than ever!

Join the Parks & Trails New York Team!
We're Seeking Our Next Arthur Savage Intern


Calling all young environmentalists! We are currently searching for our next Arthur V. Savage Intern.
 
This paid internship is a part-time position that enables higher education students and recent graduates the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on parks, public lands, and environmental issues across New York State.  We are seeking organized multi-taskers who have a demonstrated interest or experience in environmental or conservation issues.  We encourage individuals who want experience in non-profit advocacy efforts and event planning and execution, as well as communications and development strategies.
 
The position begins in July, 2021, requires a commitment of 20 hours/week and offers $15/hour and/or internship credit. Apply today to join our dynamic and hard-working team! Applications are due June 18, 2021.
 
To learn more about the position and Parks & Trails New York, visit:
https://www.ptny.org/about-us/career-opportunities
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FIELD NOTES

A new bicycle and pedestrian path along the West Side Highway in NYC will connect Pier 97 waterfront greenspace and Riverside Park.

The Rockefeller State Park Preserve Art Gallery will be presenting a photography exhibit called "Special Impressions," featuring five talented nature photographers, until May 9.

The original design for Marsha P. Johnson State Park was withdrawn after pressure from surrounding neighborhoods. Public design reviews will take place on Tuesday, April 20 and Saturday, April 24, with a final public review slated for Saturday, May 1.

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month by supporting the Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park--the first nature trail designed specifically for the sensory needs of people with autism. 
 

Love trails? Join the Empire State Trail Challenge! Created by a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the nationally-known Boilermaker Race organization, the Empire State Trail Challenge is a four-month virtual race where participants can register and log their miles to reach milestones tied to virtual progress along the Empire State Trail. 

The "American Jobs Plan” provides critical investment in bicycle and pedestrian safety and provides resources that would reconnect communities divided by prior transportation investments.   

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