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Oct 7, 2022

5 Eco-Friendly Fall Activities in Upstate New York

If you’re looking for something fun and eco-friendly to do this fall, we’ve got you covered! New York State is filled with interesting, ecological activities. We’ve put together a list of 5 activities that are sure to get you out of the house, and enjoying the outdoors before the snowy season arrives. Continue reading  to learn more.


Visit Rogers Environmental Education Center

Tucked away in Sherburne, NY, the Rogers Environmental Education Center is the perfect place to spend time with family and learn more about the great outdoors. Known for their highly informative child-educational programs, this center has been around for over 50 years and is still spreading environmental awareness to this day. The center offers various programs, including “Nature’s Nursery” for ages 2-5 involving activities and socialization to teach about wildlife. When the weather starts to get colder, throw on your snowshoes or skis and hit the trails. After a nice brisk hike in their 600 acres, you can warm up with a visit to their Visitor’s Center, which houses a plethora of interactive displays including a live honeybee hive, wildlife themed games, and taxidermy animals from across New York State.

Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter

Volunteering at your local animal shelter is not only a great way to give back to your community but can also be great for your mental, physical, and emotional health.

Studies have shown that spending time with animals can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness. It can also help to boost your mood and lower your blood pressure.  Volunteering at your local shelter also provides amazing benefits to the animals who live there. By volunteering, you are helping prepare these animals for their eventual fur-ever homes. Due to varying resources, support, and history, many animals that live in shelters will have varying degrees of human interaction. Socialization is a huge part of the preparation stage. It helps them with trust, which can help to bring them out of their shells. That growth goes a long way when it comes to adoptability.


Before heading over to your local shelter, be sure to check whether or not there is a pre-approval process. You might also consider calling ahead to ask if they need any supplies. It is not uncommon for shelters to need items such as canned animal food, paper towels, fabric towels, bleach, toys, treats, collars, leashes, and beds.


Check out the Storm King Art Center

Are you looking for a place where you can reconnect with nature? First established in 1960, the Storm King Art Center located in New Windsor, NY is a must-see. Founder, Ralph E. Ogden had a vision to make this place a destination of limitless discovery. Today, the Storm King Art Center has over 500 acres of land and around 115 collections, exhibitions, and commissioned pieces designed to inspire all who visit.


Although their onsite tram is temporarily closed, they have opened the park up to driving tours. Taking the art center in at your own pace, you can  find a place to stop, get out of your car and wander around the rolling meadows, hills, wooded areas, and paved paths. After your exploration, you can visit the onsite Outdoor Cafe for a bite to eat. Pro-tip: Purchase your lunch items ahead of time and then find the perfect spot for an outdoor picnic. If you’re looking for a faster paced experience, bike rentals are available at an additional cost. Be sure to visit the Storm King Art Center website before planning your trip.

Clean-Up your Local Park

Helping clean up your local park is the perfect activity if you’re looking to spend some time outdoors while also helping the environment. Before heading over to the park, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather with proper clothing and sun protection. A few other things you may want to bring along with you include trash bags, pokers, gloves, water, and a vehicle to help you transport and dispose of collected trash. Consider reaching out to your local municipality, county, or conservation groups to see if they have any plans for the area, like planting trees or sprucing up the landscaping. Be on the lookout for sharp objects or anything that may cause you harm.

Ride the Rails

Rail-biking is one of the most innovative ways to experience nature. Using specialized bikes, you can view the beauty that is Upstate New York, like never before. At specific rail-biking locations, you can choose to rent a two or four-passenger bike depending on the size of your party. The best part is that it’s great for all ages! The bikes were designed so that you only need one person pedaling to move forward, allowing everyone else to just sit back and enjoy the sites. You can find railway explorations throughout various parts of New York State, including the Adirondacks and Catskills. Be sure to check out your desired location’s website before planning your trip as you will likely need to call ahead and reserve a bike.


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