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Sat 01 Oct
Morning Light on Beacon Hill
Saturday, October 1, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation/AmeriCorps Intern, 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 a 180 degree view 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.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Oct
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program
Sunday, October 2, 2016 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever been so close to a hawk that you could see how sharp its talons were? Have you ever been so close to an owl that you could see what color eyes it has? Now is your chance! Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, to see and learn about these fascinating raptors. Stop by the Nature Center to see a variety of live education birds. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Tue 04 Oct
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 08:00 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.

Thu 06 Oct
Babes in the Woods
Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join volunteer leader Renee LaMonica and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling. Babes in the Woods is offered the first and third Thursday of each month from June through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will meet at the Wildmere parking area, near Lake Minnewaska, unless otherwise noted. Please bring a jogging type stroller or back/front pack child carrier.

Registration: Required
Thu 06 Oct
Homeschoolers: Fall Foliage and Paper Making
Thursday, October 6, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers to learn about why the leaves change color and fall off of trees in autumn. After, we will go on a short leaf-peeping walk to look at and gather a few leaves. We will use these leaves in learning how to make paper. Papermaking is a fun, interesting and hands-on experience. 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
Fri 07 Oct
For the Birds at Ellenville Library
Friday, October 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 647-5530

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this second installment of a three-part series offered through the Ellenville Library. Each program will offer a discussion at the library, followed by a bird walk in the local community. During the course of this series, we will talk about habitat, unique bird characteristics, methods of identifying birds, binoculars and tips on resources for continuing your birding education. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all three programs. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Oct
Nature Journals for Children
Saturday, October 8, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:00 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 09 Oct
Hike to Echo Rock
Sunday, October 9, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern Hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below.

Registration: Required
Mon 10 Oct
Wild Golf Course Fall Foliage Hike
Monday, October 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a wander along various carriage roads and mowed paths through an old golf course and wild orchard that offers spectacular Catskill Mountain vistas. These old, overgrown fields, edged with abundant blueberry bushes and patches of deciduous forests, used to provide supplemental food for the elegant hotels that were once found here. These same berry bushes turn a velvety crimson color that glows in the warm autumn light. This approximately two mile route includes easy walking as well as potentially wet sections of trail and a few hills.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Oct
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 08:00 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 11 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Castle Point to Scenic Trail
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, on a guided hike on a mixture of carriage roads and footpaths. Enjoy the company of other hikers as well as the stunning views and fall foliage from along the cliff-edge Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll also explore the backcountry Scenic Footpath, which features views from Margaret Cliff. This approximately ten mile route is mostly on carriage roads, which are easier and faster to walk than footpaths. There are some hills and the footpath section does have a couple of narrow, rocky areas to traverse. This hike is recommended for fit hikers who are comfortable with spending all day on the trail. All participants must wear appropriate shoes and carry enough water and food for the day

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike to Gertrude’s Nose
Saturday, October 15, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for an adventurous eight mile round trip hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska, along with beautiful fall foliage. Our route will follow a combination of carriage roads to reach the Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a challenging cliff-edge trail offering magnificent views of the Hudson Valley. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Oct
Fall Foliage Multiple Scenic Views Hike
Sunday, October 16, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining historic summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we'll continue our walk to reach the site of the former, historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we'll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone fire tower, Skytop, to the North. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Dickie Barre area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately two-and-a- half miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve.

Registration: Required
Tue 18 Oct
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 08:00 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.

Thu 20 Oct
Babes in the Woods
Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join volunteer leader Renee LaMonica and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling in the Park Preserve. Babes in the Woods is offered the first and third Thursday of each month from June through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will meet at the Wildmere parking area, near Lake Minnewaska. Please bring a jogging type stroller or back/front pack child carrier.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Oct
High Peter’s Kill/Awosting Falls Loop Hike
Saturday, October 22, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come explore most of the High Peter's Kill Footpath with Becca Howe, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, 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. Hopefully, we will catch the beautiful fall colors during this outing. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Please note: This outing location may need to change if road construction restricts access to the trails. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Oct
Gorgeous Views from the Cliffs along Castle Point
Sunday, October 23, 2016 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a day spent outside admiring the views from the cliffs of Castle Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath. This approximately eight mile long hike offers bird's eye views of Lake Awosting and panoramic views of Sam's Point Preserve and the Wallkill Valley. The carriage roads are modest walking, but the footpath component of this hike does include tricky footing, rocky surfaces and hills. If the fall leaves are still colorful, this will be a particularly beautiful route.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Oct
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 08:00 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 25 Oct
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill/Awosting Falls Loop Hike
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 09:30 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 rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Please note: This outing location may need to change if road construction restricts access to the trails. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Oct
Rainbow Falls and Lake Awosting Hike
Saturday, October 29, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for an exciting excursion on an assortment of historic carriage roads and footpaths to explore some of the lesser-traversed sections of the Park Preserve. For this approximately eight mile hike, participants will hike Mossy Glen Footpath, Lower Awosting Carriage Road, Rainbow Falls Footpath, Scenic Trail Footpath and Lake Awosting Carriage Road. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls features interesting backcountry terrain and has a spectacular view of the Catskill Mountains. At the intersection of Castle Point, we'll wander down to the Scenic Trail, walking past Margaret Cliff and Murray Hill on the way to the southwest end of Lake Awosting. From here, we'll continue around Lake Awosting on the Lake Awosting Carriage Road and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll back to the parking area. This outing includes some hiking over rock slabs, tree roots, a stream crossing and a rock scrambling section, which some hikers may find challenging. Participants must come with appropriate footwear and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the day. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Oct
Mossy Glen Long Loop Hike
Sunday, October 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The first part of this approximately five mile hike, is on the Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream that cuts through white, quartz conglomerate rock. We'll walk through a richly varied forest until the trail intersects the Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow until we reach the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We'll walk this to reach Scenic Sunset Carriage Road and return to our starting point. The footpath does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required