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Awosting Falls Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, February 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The best prescription to cure cabin fever is to get outside and enjoy the wonders of winter. Get a taste of the cure and come join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately two and a half mile long snowshoe walk along the charming Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, our path will take us on a slight uphill grade past a towering rock formation and along the Peter's Kill stream before finally reaching the iconic 65 foot tall Awosting Falls.

Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be offered as a hike. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: Cross-Country Ski to Echo Rock
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, for a four mile round trip, cross-country ski outing to Echo Rock, where scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below are breathtaking. This modestly challenging outing will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and the recently renovated Hamilton Point Carriage Road, a route that does include two challenging hills. Participants must provide their own ski equipment and must have previous cross-country skiing experience. Once trails are groomed for cross-country skiing, a per-head trail fee will be charged. The trail fee is: $10 per adult, $9 per senior citizens (62 and older) and $7 per junior (17 and under). If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Winter Wildlife Exploration
Thursday, February 11, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join the environmental education staff from Minnewaska for a fun and educational winter program for homeschool children and parents. Winter is a great time to learn about wildlife. Clues that are often invisible in other seasons become abundant and easy to see now. We'll take a snowshoe walk on the trails in the Peter's Kill Area looking for signs of wildlife, including tracks, browse and scat. We'll also play a camouflage game and a scavenger hunt in the woods, on snowshoes. This program is recommended for children aged seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be offered as a hike. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required

Registration: Required
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, February 11, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Wild Turkeys in New York: Past, Present & Future, with Mike Schiavone, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Biologist. Wild turkeys were once extirpated from New York, but were restored to the landscape and are a great conservation success story. After reaching historic highs, their numbers have declined over the past decade. Come learn what NYSDEC biologists are doing to track this popular game bird, including insights from research and how it influences management. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY New Paltz in Coykendall Science Building (CSB) Auditorium. For directions and a campus map of SUNY New Paltz, see www.newpaltz.edu/map.  

Fun Fridays in February: Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska
Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator Nick Martin on Fridays in February to explore the footpaths of the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Hikes may be up to a mile and a half of long and will take place with or without snow. This is a great way to jump start your morning and if there is snow, this is an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe in a beautiful setting. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Pre-registration requested.

Registration: Required
“O is for Owls” Children’s Program at Ellenville Library
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 647-5530

Bring your children and join the education staff from Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Susan Mangan, Children's Librarian, to discover some of the mysteries of owls. During this program, children will see a mounted owl, hear owl calls and see other owl props up close. This program is recommended for children between the ages of five and ten years old. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Family Snowshoe Fun
Saturday, February 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring the family to Minnewaska and join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a snowshoe hike, a winter scavenger hunt and play a camouflage game in the woods. This program is recommended for children aged seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be offered as a hike. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Snowy Morning Snowshoe Outing
Monday, February 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Break out your warm clothing and snowshoes and join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a one mile long snowshoe walk in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. We'll walk along the Red Loop, which meanders through a grassy area and a wetland before entering a mixed deciduous forest that the Peter's Kill stream flows through. Along the way, we'll look for signs of wildlife on the trail including tracks, browse and scat. This outing does include one steep hill that some people may find challenging to climb.

Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Snowy Afternoon Snowshoe Outing
Monday, February 15, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Not a morning person? Then, join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this two mile long, afternoon snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Our route, which does include a few modestly challenging hills, will feature views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. Some people may find the hills and the cliff edges difficult. This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than eight years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is requested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, February 18, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The Southern Pine Beetle, with Rob Cole, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Forester. A major forest pest in the South, southern pine beetle (SPB) was first found infesting trees in New York in 2014. Originally found on Long Island, it has since been detected in the Hudson Valley at two State Parks - Bear Mountain and Minnewaska. The NYSDEC, along with its partners, is actively managing SPB populations on Long Island and surveying for infested trees in the Hudson Valley. The presentation will cover the arrival and expansion of SPB in New York, the strategies NYSDEC is employing to locate and manage populations, and research projects taking place. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY New Paltz in Coykendall Science Building (CSB) Auditorium. For directions and a campus map of SUNY New Paltz, see www.newpaltz.edu/map.  

Fun Fridays in February: Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator Nick Martin on Fridays in February to explore the footpaths of the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Hikes may be up to a mile and a half of long and will take place with or without snow. This is a great way to jump start your morning and if there is snow, this is an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe in a beautiful setting. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Pre-registration requested.

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill Snowshoe Loop
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Minnewaska Educators and explore nearly the complete length of the High Peter's Kill Footpath on this approximately five mile long outing. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which follows along a cliff escarpment with numerous scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the modestly uphill Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail as well as some steep hills. It is recommended for experienced hikers with the endurance and agility to spend the entire day outside.

Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, February 25, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Plant and Animal Mimicry, with Dr. Elizabeth Long, Mohonk Preserve Director of Conservation Science. Plants and animals are under constant pressure to find enough nourishment, produce strong and healthy offspring, and avoid becoming a meal for someone else. One strategy that has evolved many times over for both plants and animals is to mimic something or someone else - either through color, shape, sound, or smell - misleading predators about who (or what) they are. We'll talk about why mimicry is our best-known example of adaptive evolution, and about some of the classical studies that have identified this widespread and fascinating phenomenon. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY New Paltz in Coykendall Science Building (CSB) Auditorium. For directions and a campus map of SUNY New Paltz, see www.newpaltz.edu/map.

Fun Fridays in February: Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska
Friday, February 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator Nick Martin on Fridays in February to explore the footpaths of the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Hikes may be up to a mile and a half of long and will take place with or without snow. This is a great way to jump start your morning and if there is snow, this is an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe in a beautiful setting. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Pre-registration requested.

Registration: Required
Maple Sugaring Basics for Children at Ellenville Library
Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 647-5530

It's maple sugaring time! Bring your children and join the education staff from Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Susan Mangan, Ellenville Public Library Children's Librarian, to learn about this sweet spring treat. Discover how sugaring is done and what you need to know in order to get started. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Mossy Glen Snowshoe
Saturday, February 27, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a crisp hike in the wintry woods! On this approximately three and a half mile snowshoe, participants will walk through the forest, along the Peter's Kill stream and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Snowshoes may be reserved and rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for a discounted rate of $5 per person for this program. Daily snowshoe rental costs $15 per adult and $14 per junior. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
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