Dear Friend –
Funding to protect natural resources and provide more places to bike, hike and enjoy nature is essential for the health and economic well-being of all New Yorkers.
However, looming budget shortfalls, coupled with increased usage of our public green spaces, points to a challenging year ahead. Time after time, when the state has faced financial crises, the environment has suffered disproportionate funding cuts.
For that reason, we are stepping up our advocacy efforts. We joined more than 175 fellow environmental organizations to send a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders urging them to maintain funding for environmental programs.
We also participated in an important virtual lobby day on November 10 to stress the importance of sustained environmental funding.
A lot is at stake in the coming months, but when we work together we can ensure that parks, trails and public lands don’t just survive, but thrive.
Thank you for your enduring support. Now more than ever, it’s critical to protecting the outdoor places you use and love.
In gratitude,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

p.s. If you'd like to support our work to protect New York’s parks, trails and public land, please consider donating today! 

You're Invited!
Free Bicyclists Bring Business Event

Join Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Canal Corporation for a free virtual webinar on Tuesday, November 17. Due to COVID19, the popular Bicyclists Bring Business event will be held virtually this year. While previous years focused on attracting cyclists to a specific community or region, this year we will provide business owners, municipal officials, and tourism professionals with strategies that are broadly applicable across the Canalway Trail system. Learn more about strategies that the business community, elected leaders, bicycling advocates, and local organizations can pursue to help grow and promote cycling as an economic driver.

New Visitor Centers Greet Park Goers 

Exciting new visitor centers now greet park goers at two flagship parks: Minnewaska  and Jones Beach.The new 5,400-square-foot Visitor Center at Minnewaska State Park Preserve is designed to welcome and guide visitors through an exploration of the preserve’s 50 miles of footpaths and 35 miles of carriage roads, as well as provide exhibits on the park's environment and history, as well as encourage good environment stewardship.

Similar themes underpin the new Energy and Nature Education Center at Jones Beach State Park which aims to advance New York's nation-leading plan to combat climate change. On-site renewable energy, environmentally responsive architectural elements, and a wealth of exhibits showcase how visitors can take action to protect the environment in their own backyards. 

Friends-to-Friends Webinar Series

Friends groups are invited to participate in Parks & Trails New York's upcoming Friends-to-Friends Webinar Series. These hour-long webinars focus on issues relevant to grassroots non-profits that support New York's outdoor recreational spaces and historic sites. Knowledgeable panelists from Friends groups across the state will share tips on virtual programming, fundraising and membership and working with park management. The first event will be held on Thursday, November 19th.

TrailsBlog: A Gorgeous Journey along Ithaca's Cayuga Lake Waterfront

You can’t always see Cayuga Lake while you’re on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, an eight-mile paved trail in downtown Ithaca, but you’re never far from the longest of the Finger Lakes. While the trail is located entirely within Ithaca’s borders, you would hardly know you're in a city as the trail passes through several parks as it winds its way through popular waterfront destinations.

'Tis the Season...for Giving

Learn why support is so important for our parks, trails, and public lands, as well as how you can help!

Celebrating and Connecting Friends

Thank you to all Friends of NYS parks and historic sites, 42 groups across 11 regions, that joined us and our partners at State Parks for four virtual Regional Gatherings of Friends this fall. The gatherings celebrated the impressive successes of Friends and State Parks staff during this challenging year. Groups shared solutions to common struggles, heard an encouraging message from State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, learned about the accomplishments of each region, and discovered some exciting new initiatives on the horizon from State Parks.

Friends groups that weren't able to join us for these events have another opportunity to network and share knowledge at our Friends-to-Friends Webinar Series, starting November 19. 
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Stony Kill Harvest Festival, made possible through a Park and Trail Partnership Grant, makes the news.

Check out the fall edition of our Canalway Trail Times newsletter for exciting updates on new sections of trail, trail tips, upcoming events, and more.

A new Elevated Boardwalk Trail with mobility features at Saint Francis Woodlands supports the Adventure NY initiative to connect New Yorkers with nature.

Saratoga County opened a new scenic section of the Zim Smith Trail from Coons Crossing to Mechanicville, making the trail a vital connection to the Champlain trail system.

November is National Indigenous Peoples Month and PTNY wants to recognize the invaluable contributions these communities have made and continue to make to New York’s social and cultural history, state parks, and public lands.


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