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Tuesday Trek: High Peter's Kill Loop Hike
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come explore the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Carriage Road on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park 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
Families: Nature Collages
Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other families at Minnewaska to make art using materials from the natural world. First, we will look at examples of collage and explore a few assembly techniques. Then, we will search nearby trails to gather items to use in our art project. The fun begins when we return to the Nature Center and we create our collages. This program is recommended for children aged six to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. 

All programs require pre-registration; please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752 to reserve your spot. 

Registration: Required
Thanksgiving Walk Off!
Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Whether it was tempeh, tofu, turkey or something else, come walk off your Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers on a three mile hike along a combination of easy-going historic carriage roads and one moderately challenging footpath. We'll walk along the historic Beacon Hill Carriage Road to get a beautiful east-facing panoramic vista, then next we'll ascend the Beacon Hill Footpath - which is both beautiful and challenging - and finally finish our trip on the always beautiful Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. If there is abundant snow on the ground, this outing destination will change.

Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, but parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrival is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Coyotes
Thursday, December 4, 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to take a peek at coyotes! First we will look at coyotes, hear some stories and look at some examples of this curious animal. Afterward, participants will create a plaster cast of a coyote's paw print. While the plaster is hardening, we will venture outside for a fun, educational game about coyotes! This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved siblings are always welcome.

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 programs meet in the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Mossy Glen Meander
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 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 along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

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 guardain over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: Old Powerhouse
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous trek along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream to the site of the old powerhouse for the former hotels once located at Lake Minnewaska. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, we'll walk down the Red Loop footpath to reach the Peter's Kill stream, which we'll follow past Low Falls to reach the Peter's Kill Falls and the powerhouse. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office.

Pre-registration is required. 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
Winter Wildlife Strategies
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Have you ever wondered how animals and insects survive winter without layering up or central heating? Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, at the Minnewaska Nature Center as we take a look at a few species and see how they do it! This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years. Well-behaved siblings of any age are always welcome!

Pre-registration is required. 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 programs meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Super Special Story Time Sessions: Wildlife in Winter
Thursday, December 18, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-1255
Did you ever wonder what wild animals outside do when the cold winds of winter blow? How do they survive those long, cold, dark nights? Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Children's Librarian, Amy Laber, to discover how wildlife survives winter. We'll read books that feature animals in winter and your children will learn about what animals do in winter. After the stories, we'll play a fun game in which children will pretend to be bears in winter and then they'll make a bear in a cave craft. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian. For pre-registration and information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Registration: Required
Winter Solstice Hike
Sunday, December 21, 2014 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a walk along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Beacon Hill Footpath hiking loop as well as the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. The loop offers some of the best views in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Starting along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, we'll hike uphill along the footpath to reach its conclusion along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, which we'll continue to follow along the western edge of Lake Minnewaska. If there's time, we'll make a quick stop at the cliffs above the lake to look for the sun as it begins to set early in the western sky. The total distance for this moderate outing, which does include some hills and narrow, cliff-edge sections of the trail, is approximately three and a half miles. If there is snow, this outing will be on snowshoes and per person ski fees will apply for entrance to this area of the Park Preserve.

Pre-registration is required. 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 19 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Footpath, through a section of forest that was burned during the 2008 forest fire. This route brings hikers to the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. This loop hike will finish up with a one-mile hike on the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, a section of the toll road built in the 1850's that crossed the Shawangunk Ridge. This five-mile long hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

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
Holiday Break Walk
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Need a break after the holiday? Then join Park Preserve Educator Nick Martin for an outdoor hiking therapy session! For this session, participants will be hiking a combination of historic carriage roads to reach Echo Rock on this approximate four mile outing. As participants walk along the recently restored Hamilton Point Carriage Road, the deep Palmaghatt Ravine expands at the edge of the trail with every step taken. Our destination, Echo Rock, is a scenic vista which offers expansive, stunning views of the immediate Hudson Valley. If there is abundant snow on the ground at the time of this outing, the destination will change to Mossy Glen Footpath.

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 programs meet at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
New Year’s Day Two Views Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Start 2015 off on the right foot! Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two mile snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area featuring views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. Although the distance is relatively short, there are a few modest hills on this route, which some people may find challenging on snowshoes.

This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than 8 years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Snowshoes may be reserved for this program for a fee of $5 per person. This outing will meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required & early sign up is suggested as this program may fill to capacity.

Registration: Required
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