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Beacon Hill Loop Hike
Saturday, July 4, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come celebrate the Fourth of July with some picturesque "fireworks" on this approximate two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath. This modest hike, which does include some hills and narrow, cliff-edge sections of trail, follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath and offers beautiful scenic views.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Sunday, July 5, 2015 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Celebrate Independence Day weekend with a hike to one of the most celebrated views on the Shawangunk Ridge, Millbrook Mountain. This approximately five mile hike will take participants on a combination of historic carriage roads and a footpath, culminating in a pastoral panoramic view of the surrounding Hudson Valley. The footpath traverses through forests, over a stream and up and over rock slabs. The footpath is moderately difficult, which may be challenging for some, but the section on the meandering Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road is easier.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 5, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Birding Basics: Bird Songs
Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or curious about getting into birdwatching? Then this birding basics programs, which will focus on methods for learning bird songs and calls is for you. Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on this introductory program to discuss methods of learning songs. Afterwards, we will take an approximately two mile walk to listen and see what we can find. Participants who have their own binoculars and field guides are encouraged to bring them. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for participants who do not have their own.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to particiate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 11, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Make Your Own Animal Track
Sunday, July 12, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the paster hardens, we'll take an approximately two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath to look for signs of animal activity. This hike features some tricky footing, elevation change, and gorgeous scenic views. This program is designed for children between the ages of seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any ages are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Hike to Echo Rock and Learn About Invasive Insects
Sunday, July 12, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern Hemlock trees line the edges of this route and we'll look for the invasive Hemlock Wooly Adelgid insect that is damaging their health. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. This hike is appropriate for modest hikers.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Picking
Monday, July 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Wild Edibles: Know Your Berries
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Do you know your wild berries? Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on an approximately two to three mile wander through the fields and forests of a former golf course at Minnewaska. We will search for and identify the edible berries that grow here on the Shawangunk Ridge.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 18, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Mossy Glen Meander
Sunday, July 19, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This three mile hike follows along the quietly babbling edges of the Peter's Kill, a stream running through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands. The first part of this outing will take us along the easy walking Lower Awosting Carriage Road and our return trip will be on the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 19, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Pond Exploration and Blueberries

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in the ponds and pick delicious blueberries too. We'll take an approximately two-mile long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands our purple! This program is recommended for 6-10 year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so plan to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any ages are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carriaged by adults in a backpack style carrier. Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Summer 2015 Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 1
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

History Scavenger Hunt

Join park educators to learn about the hidden history of Minnewaska. Most visitors do not realize that Minnewaska is the former site of two grand hotels that were built in the late 1800s. Using a compass and a set of clues, participants will discover some of the hidden history around Lake Minnewaska on an approximately two mile hike. This program is suggested for children age 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle. Your parking fee gets you into the Park Preserve for the entire day, so play to stay after the program and bring your swim gear, bikes and cameras. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack syle carrier. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
The Other Way to the Waterfall
Saturday, July 25, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two and a half mile hike along a recently blazed footpath and along the scenic and historic Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will walk uphill past slabs of quartz conglomerate and along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream to reach our final destination, the 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. Meet on the Peter's Kill Park Office porch.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. 

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Saturday, July 25, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Nature Journals for Children
Sunday, July 26, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. This program is for children between the ages of six and ten, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska. 

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July*, join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4 and no 11 am program on Sunday, July 5.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Secrets of Minnewaska: Get to Know Your Park Preserve
Sunday, July 26, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Every Saturday and Sunday in July,* join Jessica Leek, University of New England summer intern, for an informative introduction to Minnewaska, including a short walk to points of interest in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Find out why the sky lakes are so unique, look for 14,000 year old natural graffiti, get suggestions for fun hikes and discover clues to the recent, hidden past of Minnewaska.

*Please note, there will be no program on Saturday, July 4th and no 11a.m. program on Sunday, July 5th.  

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all outings meet at the Nature Center, located in the Wildmere area at the north end of Lake Minnewaska.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Quest
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Preschoolers in the Park: Insect Exploration
Monday, September 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Homeschoolers Program: Apples
Thursday, October 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Leaf Collections
Monday, October 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Homeschoolers Program: Trees and Papermaking
Thursday, November 5, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lenape Indians
Thursday, December 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
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