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Make an Insect Mask at the Nature Center
Saturday, August 1, 2015 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Insects are amazing and they come in such beautiful colors and shapes. Stop into the Minnewaska Nature Center to celebrate your favorite insects by making a paper insect mask to take home. This program is suggested for children between the ages of 6-11, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are always welcome to attend, but may need parental assistance with the craft. This is an open program and participants are welcome to stop in and complete the craft at any time during the program hours.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs; please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Morning Blueberry Walk for Families
Sunday, August 2, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a delicious morning stroll through the old Minnewaska golf course and orchard. This approximately mile-and-a-half long route wanders amongst blueberry bushes that should be ripe for the picking. Bring a small bag to collect as we hike. Children of all ages are welcome; however, a backpack style carrier is necessary for children who are not able to walk this distance on their own. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs - please call the Park Preserve 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, 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.

 

Junior Naturalists: Weird Science
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to conduct these fun and slightly strange science experiments! We will spend the morning in the Peter's Kill area of the Park Preserve participating in activities such as color changing paper flowers, and ice cream in a bag! This program is recommended for children between the ages of 6-10 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This program will meet at the Park Preserve Office, located in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

About Junior Naturalists: 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 age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children should be carried by adults in a backpack style carrier. Participants should come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

Registration: Required
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
Junior Naturalists: Wilderness Skills Hike
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 09:15 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators on this interactive five mile hike on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Before beginning the hike we will learn about the ten essentials for wilderness survival and the basics of using a compass. This program is suggested for children between the ages of 8-13, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All participants should come prepared with proper hiking shoes, plenty of water and food. Pre-registration is required.

About Junior Naturalists: 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 age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack style carrier. Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

Registration: Required
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Saturday, August 8, 2015 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps intern, for this challenging four and a half mile roundtrip hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. 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.

Pre-registration is required for participation - please call the Park Preserve 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
Sunday, August 9, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Jessica Leek, volunteer 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 recently restored route. 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 public programs - please call the Park Preserve 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: 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.

 

Hike in the Peter's Kill Area
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come explore the Peter's Kill Area on this approximately two mile loop hike. The footpath we will be following ascends some of the local terrain, culminating in views toward the Catskills. The remainder of the hike primarily follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream that cuts through moss and lichen covered rock. This hike includes some moderate to challenging hills and rocky, uneven footing. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 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
Make Your Own Animal Track
Sunday, August 16, 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 plaster 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 changes and gorgeous scenic views. This program is designed for children between the ages of 7-10 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 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, 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.

 

Junior Naturalists: Mask Making Part 1 and Hike to Compass Rock
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to create a one of a kind paper mache mask! We will spend the morning creating masks using various objects for facial features and covering them with paper mache. Once our masks are finished, we will leave them to begin drying as take an approximately two mile hike uphill on a rocky High Peter's Kill Footpath to reach Compass Rock. There we will enjoy an expansive, cliff-edge view of the Catskills. The masks will finish drying overnight and we will decorate them the next day. This program is recommended for children between the ages of 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger children may require assistance from parents and need to be able to accomplish the hike with the group.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot.

About Junior Naturalists: 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! Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

Registration: Required
Junior Naturalists: Mask Making Part 2 and Natural Sculptures
Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join park educators to finish your marvelous masks! We will spend the morning painting and putting the finishing touches on our masks. Then we will explore an area along the Peter's Kill stream where kids will make their own sculptures and drawings out of natural elements such as rocks, leaves and twigs found on the ground. This program is recommended for children between the ages of 7-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger children may require assistance from parents.

Pre-registration is required for all programs; call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot.

About Junior Naturalists: 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! Participants must come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water.

Registration: Required
Mossy Glen Hike
Saturday, August 22, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This three mile hike follows along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream cutting through white, quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this outing will take us along the Mossy Glen Footpath and our return trip will be on the easy to navigate Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Mossy Glen trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 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
Hike to Swim at Lake Awosting
Sunday, August 23, 2015 09:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your swimming gear and picnic lunch and join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for this ten-mile roundtrip hike to the picturesque and refreshing Lake Awosting Swim Area, located in the remote backcountry. We will walk to the beach area of the Lake, where a changing station is available and a lifeguard will be on duty. This program is recommended for physically fit children and adults. Participants must pack plenty of food and water and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 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
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.

 

Animal Olympics
Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Can you run as fast as a black bear? Can you see as far as an eagle? Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, to test your skills against those of some talented animals found in New York. This program is designed for children between the ages of 5-10 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, please call the Park Preserve 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, August 30, 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 all programs, call 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany chidlren wishing to participate in any programs.

Registration: Required
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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