The summer solstice will occur on June 21. Its arrival will mark the longest day of the year and also when the sun appears highest in the sky.
To celebrate and enjoy all those hours of daylight, we all should consider the opportunity to observe nature in a variety of sunlit settings: dawn, mid-day and twilight. Each will offer unique lighting (great for photography) as well as contrasting opportunities to view wildlife.
Here is a short list of summer outdoor activities to consider:
- Summer Solstice Festival and Hike-a-Thon (June 20)
- Summer Solstice Celebration (June 20)
- Flowers of the Solstice (June 20 @ 7-8:30pm, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar)
- Path Through History Weekend (June 20-21)
- Father’s Day Hike (June 21)
- Father’s Day Sunset Sightseeing Cruise (June 21)
- Free Fishing Days in New York State (June 27-28)
- Karner Blue Butterfly Walk (June 28)
- Bird Walk (June 30)
- Twilight and the Thunder Moon (July 1 @ 8-9:30pm, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar)
- Guided Geology Walk (August 1 @ 10-11:30am, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar)
- Passport to Nature (Clifton Park; see page 27 of this guide)
- Watchable Wildlife Sites (statewide list, including those in Hudson Valley)