Aquired in 1914 and 1916, the New York State Museum oversees two scientific reservations—Stark's Knob and Lester Park. Both notable for their unique geological and historic value, the land surrounding these sites was set aside for conservation as well as for historic and scientific research. Best of all, both sites are free and open to the public.

Stark's Knob
Acquired by the State in 1916, this site is notable not only for its fascinating geology, but equally for its historical significance as a key feature in the defeat of the British at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
Lester Park
Lester Park is an outdoor, year-round geologic exhibit near Saratoga Springs, New York where visitors can walk across a 490 million year-old fossil sea floor! Visit Lester Park and learn about New York's ancient natural heritage.
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