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Tue 26 Jul
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, July 26, 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.

Sat 30 Jul
Discover Minnewaska: Search for the Summerhouses
Saturday, July 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many rustic covered benches and gazebos, called summerhouses, situated at scenic vistas. These summerhouses were built to blend effortlessly into the landscape and were built for resort guests to enjoy and connect with the outdoors. All but one of these structures has been removed, but observant hikers can still find clues about where they used to be. This approximately two and a half mile interpretive hike will take participants on a search for clues of these historic structures around the Lake Minnewaska area.

Registration: Required
Sun 31 Jul
Beautiful Birds for Kids
Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center for this fun and educational program about our beautiful, feathered friends. Your children will learn about the unique characteristics of birds and make their own bird mask, which they can wear on a bird scavenger hunt as we walk a two mile roundtrip route along the picturesque Beacon Hill Carriage Road. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Tue 02 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 2, 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.

Wed 03 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Weird Science
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to conduct fun and slightly strange science experiments! We will spend the day in the Peter's Kill area of the Park Preserve participating in activities such as bubble art, creating gooey slime, and ice-cream in a bag! This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Papermaking in the Park Preserve
Thursday, August 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators in learning the fun art of papermaking. We will learn how paper is made then make paper ourselves using recycled newspaper and a blender. We will take a short hike while our paper dries and if time and drying permit, we will paint our homemade creations. 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
Thu 04 Aug
Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join Dara Crawford and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling in the Park Preserve. Last year, walks included berry picking and beach days. Babes in the Woods is offered the first and third Thursday of each month from June through August, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will meet at the Wildmere parking area, near Lake Minnewaska. Pre-registration is requested for this program.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
Hike to Swim at Lake Awosting
Saturday, August 6, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your swimming gear and picnic lunch and join Becca Howe, 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 make sure to 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.

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Aug
Mossy Glen Meander
Sunday, August 7, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half mile hike that follows along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs 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 at the Awosting Lot.

Registration: Required
Tue 09 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 9, 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.

Tue 09 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Footpath Exploration
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come explore some of the less frequently visited sections of Minnewaska, with New York State licensed guide Gary Natalie, on this approximately seven-mile long outing on a combination of historic carriage roads and footpaths. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to the Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls Footpath showcases some of the more interesting and remote backcountry in the Park Preserve. It offers awesome panoramic views and passes nearly beneath Rainbow Falls. If time allows, we'll hike up to a magnificent scenic view over Lake Awosting too. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll back to the parking area. This hike does include some tricky stream crossings and rock scrambles and is recommended for experienced and agile hikers. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water for the day.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Aug
Another Way to Awosting Falls
Saturday, August 13, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for an approximately two mile hike along a recently blazed footpath and along the scenic and historic Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, participant 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.

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Aug
High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Sunday, August 14, 2016 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come explore most of the High Peter's Kill Footpath 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. Please note: This outing location may need to change if road construction restricts access to the trails.

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 16, 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.

Wed 17 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Habitats for Everyone
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators in learning about all sorts of habitats, animal and human! Did you know human and animal habitats affect each other? We will go on a short hike to search for various animal habitats and we'll also play some super fun habitat games. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to twelve year old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Rockin’ the Rock Cycle
Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn what rocks about rocks! Have you ever wondered what the white cliffs at Minnewaska are made of? We will go on an approximately two-and-a-half mile hike to see different rock features, like cliffs and waterfalls. We will also play a rock cycle game and make our very own field notebooks! This program is recommended for nine to fifteen year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Aug
Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join Dara Crawford and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling in the Park Preserve. Last year, walks included berry picking and beach days. Babes in the Woods is offered the first and third Thursday of each month from June through August, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will meet at the Wildmere parking area, near Lake Minnewaska. Pre-registration is requested for this program.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Aug
Nature Journals for Children
Saturday, August 20, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal with Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern. 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 recommended for children between the ages of six to ten, accompanied by a parent or legal 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.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Aug
Millbrook Mountain Hike
Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Gary Natalie, New York State licensed guide, for this 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
Tue 23 Aug
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 23, 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.

Tue 23 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose Hike
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Gary Natalie, New York State licensed guide, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and some tricky footing. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

Registration: Required
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.