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Junior Naturalists: History Detectives in the Forest
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This new and exciting program allows your children to be junior explorers of the past by finding clues in the present day forest. As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many covered benches and bungalows, called summerhouses. All but one of these structures has been removed, but observant hikers can still find clues about where they used to be. Children will be given a series of clues to locate the site of a former summerhouse and then, the group will hike to find it. Along the way, each child will be given free time to find his or her own quiet place to sketch, read or observe nature. Once we reach our destination, each child will be given time to sketch their own version of a summerhouse. To conclude this outing, we'll walk to Awosting Falls, where everyone will have the opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the setting. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants must bring a sketch pad or notebook and pencil. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

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 $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking.

Registration: Required
Two Views for One Hike
Sunday, August 24, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

End the weekend on the right foot by joining Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on this moderately challenging two mile hike in the Peter's Kill area of Minnewaska. This often overlooked and lovely route features two gorgeous vistas, one out over the Clove Valley, with a view of the iconic Skytop Tower, and the other of the Rondout Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 07:00 AM
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 naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance every Tuesday morning.

Participants should come prepared with binoculars and a field guide. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Hunt
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Butterflies are one of the most beautiful living things in nature and they are a source of endless fascination for young children. Join Jamie McGinnis, volunteer naturalist, for a walk around the Wildmere area of Minnewaska with your toddler to look for butterflies and flowers. Please plan to meet at the informational kiosk located in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, 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. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Monarch Watch
Saturday, August 30, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join us as we explore the life cycle and migration of the amazing monarch butterfly. We'll touch on some of the recent challenges facing these butterflies and how you can help, from the plants you grow to the food you eat. Additionally, we'll search for evidence of monarch butterflies on trails near Lake Minnewaska. 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. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Registration: Required
Wild for Wildlife
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Calling all wildlife detectives! Join us at the Minnewaska Nature Center for an introduction to wildlife detection and to make a plaster cast of an animal track to take home. While these tracks are solidifying, we'll meander through the site of the former resort golf course in search of wildlife activity in the form of browse, scat, and tracks. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
The Long Way to Rainbow Falls (Labor Day)
Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come celebrate water, a powerful landscape-changing force and a most vital resource by visiting one of Minnewaska's waterfalls. Starting along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, this approximately six mile hike will reach the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which offers awesome panoramic views and passes nearly beneath Rainbow Falls. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Mossy Glen Footpath, a quiet trail through cool woods. This hike does include some tricky stream crossings and rock scrambles and is therefore recommended for experienced and agile hikers. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Minnewaska's 5th Annual Volunteer Trail Work Day
Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (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 in this stewardship project. 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 water bars 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 guardian over the age of 18 years. 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 September 13 by phone at 845-255-0752, or by email: Laura.Conner@parks.ny.gov

Hiking or work boots recommended.

Discover Minnewaska: Search for the Summer Houses
Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many rustic covered benches and gazebos situated at scenic vistas, called summerhouses. These summerhouses were built to blend effortlessly into the natural environment and were for resort guests to enjoy and connect to 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 and vistas around the Lake Minnewaska area. This outing will meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Pre-registration is required by phone by September 19. Contact: 845-255-0752

Registration: Required
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