Find Your Adventure - July 2023
Campgrounds Day Kudos!
On Saturday, July 8, volunteers state-wide celebrated their favorite state-managed campgrounds at Campgrounds Day. With 13 DEC and State Parks campground facilities across the state, Campgrounds Day, hosted in partnership with Parks & Trails NY, brought volunteers together for an immersive day of stewardship. Volunteers and staff participated in cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects, including bluebird and bat box construction, campsite cleanup, gardening projects, and more. Thank you to all those who attended and joined the movement to Love Our New York Lands.
To encourage year-round stewardship, DEC, State Parks, and Parks & Trails NY will launch additional volunteer opportunities as part of the Love Our New York Lands campaign. Stay tuned for future updates and event dates!
New: Unsupervised Swimming at DEC Campgrounds
New to the 2023 camping season, DEC has transitioned to unsupervised swimming at campground beaches. Campers and day-users at campgrounds will be able to enjoy the beaches at all DEC campgrounds without potential closures. Beaches will continue to be maintained and patrolled by campground staff. Lifeguards will continue to be on duty at DEC’s Lake George (Million Dollar) Beach and Hinckley Reservoir Day Use areas, which are primarily used for swimming. Learn more about safe swimming on DEC's website.
For visitors interested in lifeguarded beaches, New York State Parks operates campgrounds and other beaches across the state and offers a wide spectrum of experiences for residents and visitors alike.
Be Safe and Sustainable this Summer
With summer in full swing, many visitors are heading to popular state lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves to experience fun and excitement. To help preserve these lands and experiences, DEC encourages all visitors to recreate safely and sustainably this summer through the Love Our New York Lands campaign. While enjoying state lands, consider the following:
Celebrate Latino Conservation Week
This July 15-23, celebrate Latino Conservation Week! Organized by the Hispanic Access Foundation, Latino Conservation Week shines a spotlight on members of the Latinx community getting outdoors through a series of natural resource protection activities across the country. Learn more about Latino Conservation Week, the Hispanic Access Foundation, and find event an event near you.
Photo Caption: Members of Latino Outdoors enjoying a Latino Conservation Week fishing clinic with DEC staff in New York City in 2022.
Join the 2023 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge
Looking for something fun to plan for this summer vacation? Consider the 2023 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge! To enter, visit all six Catskill Fire Towers within the 2023 calendar year and submit an online or paper (PDF) hike log along with a favorite photo from your adventure. All participants will receive a challenge patch, as well as a chance to win various outdoor prizes. Repeat finishers who have completed a past Catskill Fire Tower Challenge will also be awarded a commemorative mug.
For a bonus entry, submit a photo practicing Leave No Trace™ while out on your hikes. Make sure to plan ahead and prepare for your journey by learning more about the challenge and hikes and deciding when the best time is for you, your family, friends, or hiking companions to hit the trails!
Thurs. July 13: Early Morning Birding at Five Rivers (Albany County)