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State parks to offer recreation programs

Although Patricia Baum, 31, of East Northport, and

Although Patricia Baum, 31, of East Northport, and her daughter Taylor, 4, hadn't caught any fish, they still made the best of their first time fishing during the Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Clinic at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon. (April 13, 2013) Credit: Brittany Wait

Some state parks will offer new outdoor recreational classes and programs beginning Sept. 8.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has partnered with the outdoor retailer REI to expand the office’s outdoor recreation programs. REI will conduct outdoor school programs in five state parks: Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon and four in the Hudson Valley.

Offerings will include lessons in map and compass navigation, outdoor photography, and excursions such as overnight backpacking and hiking trips. To register, visit rei.com/outdoorschool.

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