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Sat 30 Apr
Wild Golf Course Hike
Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, and Becca Howe, SCA/AmeriCorp Park Educator Intern, for a wander along various carriage roads and mowed paths through an old golf course and wild orchard. These old, overgrown fields, edged with abundant blueberry bushes and patches of deciduous forests, used to provide recreation opportunities and supplement food to the elegant hotels that were once found here. This approximately two mile route includes easy walking as well as potentially wet sections of trail and a few hills.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Apr
Wild Golf Course Hike
Saturday, April 30, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, and Becca Howe, SCA/AmeriCorp Park Educator Intern, for a wander along various carriage roads and mowed paths through an old golf course and wild orchard. These old, overgrown fields, edged with abundant blueberry bushes and patches of deciduous forests, used to provide recreation opportunities and supplement food to the elegant hotels that were once found here. This approximately two mile route includes easy walking as well as potentially wet sections of trail and a few hills.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 May
High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Sunday, May 1, 2016 10:00 AM - 02:30 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.

Registration: Required
Tue 03 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 3, 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.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join us at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in celebrating the fifth 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. 

For one project, volunteers will build and mark an official trail at Stony Kill Falls.

For a second project, volunteers will enhance sections of the Blueberry Run Footpath by clipping back overgrown vegetation along the sides of the trail with hand clippers.

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Contact Nick Martin for more information:Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Tue 10 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 10, 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 10 May
Tuesday Trek: Becca Rocks Geology Hike
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Becca Howe, SCA/AmeriCorp Park Educator Intern, in exploring a portion of the easily overlooked northwestern section of Minnewaska. This moderately challenging, two mile hike leads to a small, but pristine waterfall, tucked away in the woods, which few people are aware of. While the distance is short, there are sections of trail with sustained hills and some rocky footing. If time permits, we will visit Point Lookout, a rock slab perch with a panoramic vista of the surrounding landscape. Participants will meet at the Awosting Parking Area and may need to ride share as trailhead parking is very limited, which will also limit the group size for this outing. Participants should pack water and food.

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Rainbow Falls Footpath Exploration
Saturday, May 14, 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 on this approximately six-mile long outing on a combination of historic carriage roads and footpaths, including the Rainbow Falls Footpath. 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. 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 to sustain themselves.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 May
Walk to Scenic Echo Rock
Sunday, May 15, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:00 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. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. This modest hike, which includes some hills, is appropriate for most hikers.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 May
Two Views for One Hike
Sunday, May 22, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join 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. This route does include a few steep hills, rocky footing and cliff edge views, which some people may find challenging. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 24, 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.

Fri 27 May
Birding Basics at Ellenville Library
Friday, May 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 647-5530

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this first installment of a three-part series offered through the Ellenville Library on three consecutive Fridays. In this first segment, we will focus on habitat, visual identification and bird song. During the course of this series, we will talk about habitat, unique bird characteristics, methods of identifying birds, binoculars, tips on resources for continuing your birding education and take a local birding walk. Interested participants are welcomed to attend one or all three programs. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Sat 28 May
Live Birds of Prey with Annie Mardiney
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 May
Morning Light Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The Beacon Hill Footpath follows along the top edge of an east–facing escarpment, which gets bathed in the warm, morning light of spring. 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 loop route follows along carriage roads as well as the Footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing.

Registration: Required
Mon 30 May
Kids Make Your Own Animal Track
Monday, May 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the plaster hardens, we'll take an approximately two mile walk on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road to look for signs of animal activity. This program is designed 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
Tue 31 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 31, 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.