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Sat 27 Aug
Hike to Compass Rock & On
Saturday, August 27, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, on a journey to Compass Rock, a scenic vista that looks toward the Catskill Mountains. For this recreational program, participants will walk along four different footpaths in the Peter's Kill Area to make a loop, just under two miles. Once at Compass Rock, we will venture downhill and walk along the Peter's Kill and return back to our starting point. Some of the footing along these footpaths can be tricky, with bare soil, loose rocks, tree roots and other obstacles that can be found in the trail tread. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Aug
Morning Light Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, August 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Gary Natalie, New York State Licensed Guide, for a lovely morning walk along the Beacon Hill Loop, which follows along the top edge of an east–facing escarpment. This walk, which is over two miles long, will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. This route follows along carriage roads as well as the Beacon Hill Footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing.

Tue 30 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Thu 01 Sep
Babes in the Woods
Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join volunteer leader Renee LaMonica and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling in the Park Preserve. Babes in the Woods is offered the first and third Thursday of each month from June through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will meet at the Wildmere parking area, near Lake Minnewaska, unless otherwise noted. Please bring a jogging type stroller or back/front pack child carrier.

Registration: Required
Thu 01 Sep
Homeschoolers: Early Colonists on the Ridge
Thursday, September 1, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers to learn about the early settlers of the Shawangunk Ridge. These colonists did not have easy living on this unforgiving land. We will learn about how they survived on the mountain and how the Minnewaska hotels affected their lives. We will go on a short hike to explore an abandoned road, which is now a trail, where people once lived. We will also explore some of the games that kids of this era would play, when they weren't helping their parents on the farm. This program is recommended for six to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Sep
Ghost Hotels of Minnewaska
Saturday, September 3, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn all about Minnewaska's unique history. Did you know there were once two hotels around Lake Minnewaska? Where did they go? We will learn about the Smiley Brothers, who built the hotels, and their actions to preserve and enjoy this land. We will go on a "ghost" tour of the once standing hotels and learn about the hotel culture of that time. We will also play a hotel scavenger hunt. This program is recommended for eight to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Sep
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Sunday, September 4, 2016 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, for this five mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top Fire Tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes.

Registration: Required
Mon 05 Sep
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike
Monday, September 5, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining historic summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we'll continue our walk to reach the site of the former, historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we'll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone fire tower, Skytop, to the North. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Dickie Barre area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately two-and-a- half miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve.

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Sat 10 Sep
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Saturday, September 10, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join a Minnewaska State Park Preserve educator on a moderately challenging five mile hike to Millbrook Mountain, a ridge-edge scenic vista with one of the most expansive views within Minnewaska. Participants will walk on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road until we reach the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. This footpath drops about 400 feet in elevation in the first half mile, then it crosses a cool mountain stream and rises again about 400 feet for another half mile. Out return trip will take participants on the easy-going Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to return to the Lake Minnewaska area. All participants must wear appropriate footwear and come prepared with enough food and water for the hike.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Mushroom Observation Hike
Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Jill Weiss, trip leader for the Mid-Hudson Mycological Society, and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an educational, non-foraging, mushroom walk along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road. This introduction to mushrooms will teach participants how to identify some of the more common mushrooms found at Minnewaska and as a bonus, participants will get a stunning view from the end of the carriage road.

Registration: Required
Tue 13 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 13 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, for this moderately challenging five mile loop hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Carriage Road. This hike features various terrain including steep hills, slippery rock surfaces and a stream crossing. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering expansive views of the surrounding hills and valleys, including the iconic Skytop stone fire tower further north along the Ridge.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Sep
Awosting Falls & High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Saturday, September 17, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:15 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, for a five mile loop hike on a fun, moderately challenging footpath and one easy-going carriage road. Starting from the Peter's Kill parking area, this guided hike will take participants on the Bullwheel and High Peter's Kill Footpaths which traverse a variety of terrain. The return trip will take us on the historic Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the 65 foot tall Awosting Falls and past an intriguing rock formation. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: 7th Annual Minnewaska Volunteer Trail Work Day
Sunday, September 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to the Park Preserve to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers. Join members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a region wide volunteer organization devoted to maintaining and improving public trails, and Park Preserve staff, to help improve one of the many scenic footpaths that meander through Minnewaska. Volunteers will use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and tree roots, clear woodland debris, build bog bridges and improve the trail route. This event is also a great way for students in public school to accrue necessary community service hours for completion of their requirements. This program is recommended for adults and teenagers, who must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools including loppers, bow saws and clipping shears. The parking fee will be waived for participants volunteering for this program.

Pre-registration is required by Saturday, September 17.

Registration: Required
Tue 20 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Thu 22 Sep
Homeschoolers: Leave No Trace Seven Principles Hike
Thursday, September 22, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, and Gary Natalie, volunteer, in learning the seven Leave No Trace Principles. Gary is a certified Leave No Trace master educator, and Becca is a Leave No Trace trained educator. The seven principles are best taught in the forest, so prepare for an approximately four mile hike on the Mossy Glen Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Kids will learn these principles to use for the rest of their lives! This program is recommended for six to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Sep
Fire Ecology Walk down Jenny Lane
Saturday, September 24, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, on a walk down Jenny Lane to see the damage from the historic 2008 forest fire, seven years later. Starting on the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, we'll walk past an unburned forest to reach the Jenny Lane Footpath via the Blueberry Run Footpath, which was heavily burned. Then, we will cross Route 44/55 to take the Warwarsing Turnpike Footpath back to the Awosting parking lot. Throughout this five mile long hike we will see signs of past fire damage and we will compare them to unburned forests. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Sep
Beacon Hill Early Fall Foliage Hike
Sunday, September 25, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Gary Natalie, New York State licensed guide, for this approximately two mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. This modest hike, which does include some hills and narrow, cliff-edge sections of trail, offers stunning views of the Catskills, Skytop Observation Tower and the Wallkill Valley below. With any luck, we may see the start of the leaf color change in the distant Catskills.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Sep
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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 Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 27 Sep
Tuesday Trek to Napanoch Point
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this challenging eight mile hike up the Long Path along the Mine Hole Footpath section. Leaving from the small parking area on Foordmore Road in Kerhonkson, this trail climbs steadily, gaining approximately 1,600 feet in elevation in just over three-and-a-half miles. The view from Napanoch Point, especially with colorful fall foliage, is breathtaking, encompassing much of the Rondout Valley. This hike is for experienced hikers only, who must come prepared, wearing hiking boots, proper clothing and carrying enough food and water to sustain them for the day. Meet in the Peter's Kill Parking Area.

Registration: Required