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Long Way to Rainbow Falls
Saturday, April 4, 2015 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. This six-mile long hike, led by Nick Martin, Assistant Environmental Educator, will follow along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road to reach the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which offers awesome, panoramic views and also passes 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 recommended for experienced and agile hikers. If snow and ice persist at the time of this hike, microspikes or snowshoes may be necessary. Meet at 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Registration: Required
Morning Hike on Beacon Hill Loop
Sunday, April 5, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, for a two-mile hike along the Beacon Hill Footpath and Carriage Road. This route follows along the top edge of an east –facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light of early spring. This walk will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. Although this loop route follows along carriage roads as well as the hiking trail, the trail does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Nature Center. 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Registration: Required
Nature Journals for Children
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal with Laura Davis, 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 for children between the ages of six and ten, accompanied by a parent or 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. Meet at the Nature Center. 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, Laura Davis, for this modestly challenging five-mile hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Carriage Road. This hike visits various terrain including exposed bedrock with twisting trees and a tranquil stream through a lush forest. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. Participants must bring water and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs

 

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers: Amphibian Search
Thursday, April 16, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to learn about the amazing amphibians that live here. Children will play a frog life cycle tag game, make their own frog mask, learn about amphibian habitats and visit vernal pools to look for frogs, salamanders and insects. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. If winter conditions prevail, this program may need to be rescheduled for a later date! 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Registration: Required
Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Sunday, April 19, 2015 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 Run 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.

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
Sunday Stroll to Scenic Lake Awosting
Sunday, April 26, 2015 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Pack a lunch and water, lace up your hiking shoes and grab your sunglasses to come for a stroll out to remote and pristine Lake Awosting. Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this approximately 10-mile round trip walk that follows Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run and Jenny Lane Footpaths to Lower Awosting Carriage Road. We'll walk up the steep hill on this carriage road to reach the scenic Lake Awosting Carriage Road, which encircles the Lake. If you've never seen this crystal clear sky lake, surrounded by nothing but forest, it's worth the walk! Although there are some sections of trail with tricky footing and steep hills, overall this hike is fairly level and very picturesque. Meet at 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 guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs.

 

Registration: Required
Tuesday Trek: Hamilton Point to Rainbow Falls
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

 Starting at Lake Minnewaska, we'll walk the carriage road that circles it to reach Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road, which leads to Hamilton Point Carriage Road. This carriage road was completely renovated last year and offers numerous cliff edge views down into the Palmaghatt Ravine. From Hamilton Point, we'll stop to take in breathtaking views of the entire Hudson Valley before continuing on to Castle Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow to Rainbow Falls Footpath. This footpath is a real treat that many hikers don't know about. It skirts a cliff precipice and offers long views of Lake Awosting and the Catskills. When this footpath ends, we'll cruise along the Jenny Lane Footpath to reach Blueberry Run Footpath and conclude our long walk along Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows a level route alongside the Peters Kill stream. This approximately ten-mile route is challenging in places and is recommended for fit individuals. To save time, a couple of participants will need to spot a car at the Awosting Parking Area, where we will initially meet, and others will need to ride-share the short distance to the Wildmere Parking Area near Lake Minnewaska.

Pre-registration is required. 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
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join us at Minnewaska State Park Preserve to celebrate the fourth annual I Love My Park Day. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

Volunteers are asked to please bring garden gloves, water, a lunch or snacks, bug spray and sturdy boots. For both activities, volunteers should meet at the Wildmere Parking Area, near Lake Minnewaska.

Project 1: Volunteers will join Park Preserve staff and the NY/NJ trail conference volunteers to set up a boardwalk building project on a seasonally wet section of Mossy Glen Footpath. Volunteers will haul lumber half a mile down Mossy Glen Footpath to the work site. This project is best suited for ages 12+.

Project 2: Volunteers will join Park Preserve staff and the NY/NJ Trail Conference volunteers to enhance sections of the scenic Jenny Lane footpath by clipping back overgrown vegetation. This project is best suited for those ags 7 and up.

Register at: I Love My Park Day

Registration: Required
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