I am always surprised when I hear that someone has never heard of the Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park. Growing up in Orange County it was on the school Field Trip list.

This informative place that is closer than you think to just about anywhere in the HUdosn Valley is a great place to learn about the animals that call the woods and cities of New York Home.

What is the Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park - Bear via Facebook
Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park - Bear via Facebook
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The Trailside Museums and Zoo make a great outing for all ages. It is a paved nature trail that has exhibits of wildlife you can find in your own backyard. Located at Bear Mountain State Park it is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 4:00 PM (winter hours). They are open year-round. But if you want to see the bears and coyotes be there before 3:45 PM because that's when they tuck in for the night.

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To visit the zoo you park at Bear Mountain State Park the parking fee is $10. Admission to the Trailside Museums and Zoo is a suggested donation of $1. Yep, just $1.

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park - Beaver via Facebook
Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park - Beaver via Facebook
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How To Get Behind the Scenes at the Bear Mountain Zoo, New York

If you have ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at a zoo you may be in luck. The Trailside Museums and Zoo are offering just that as part of their Giving Tuesday offer this month. They are inviting people to donate not just at the park but also online. YOu can make a simple donation or pick something off its wish list.

WOOD you like the chance to win a behind the scenes tour of Trailside from one of our dedicated zookeepers? In honor of #givingtuesday happening later this month, every donation of $10 made to the zoo in the month of November will be entered into a raffle to win a behind the scenes tour!

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park via Facebook
Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park via Facebook
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What is Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a movement whose purpose is to spark generosity in our communities and worldwide. It is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The idea is to take the opportunity close to the holiday season and do some good with your dollars.

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We are out shopping for gifts and this is a moment to give to a cause or organization during the holidays. It keeps that charitable giving alive during our Holiday shopping frenzy.

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