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Birding Basics: Spring Birds
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or curious about getting into birdwatching? Then this birding basics program, which will focus on basic identification tips and advice on binoculars, is for you. Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, as we discuss some of these points and afterwards take an approximately two mile walk through the former fields and forests of a former golf course at Minnewaska. Participants who have their own binoculars and field guides are encouraged to bring them. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for participants who do not have their own. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
The Bear Necessities!
Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Did you ever wonder what black bears eat? How about how long cubs stay with their mother? Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, to discover the answer to these questions and more as we learn all about black bears. This program is recommended for children five to eight years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. And, well-behaved siblings of any age are always welcome! This program will meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Micro-Forest
Thursday, June 4, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Gertrude’s Nose Hike
Saturday, June 6, 2015 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and tricky footing in places. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Mountain Laurel Walk on Mossy Glen
Sunday, June 7, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately three mile hike along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This footpath follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill, a quietly moving mountain stream, and through cool hemlock forests. Mid-June is typically when the mountain laurel blooms, erupting the forest in a sea of color in the form of white and pink blossoms. The first leg of the trip will take participants down Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Colorful Scavenger Hunt
Monday, June 8, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

 Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, 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. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

The Road Less Traveled
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This approximately two and a half mile long hike will travel along the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, which follows a portion of the original toll road built to cross over the Shawangunk Ridge from New Paltz to Kerhonkson, called the New Paltz-Wawarsing Turnpike. This recreational hike will expose participants to a footpath less traveled by the public, offering a tranquil experience in an area peppered with cultural history. This footpath is also part of the more than 50 mile long Shawangunk Ridge Trail that traverses the length of the Shawangunk Ridge. This program is recommended for adults and children ten years of age and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This outing meets in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration required.

Registration: Required
Long Way to the Waterfall
Sunday, June 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for a five mile loop hike on the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Highlights of this outing include a breathtaking view of the Catskills from a cliffside perch, close-up views of the fast-flowing Peter's Kill stream, and the iconic 65 foot tall Awosting Falls. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Hamilton Point Loop Hike
Saturday, June 20, 2015 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately eight mile outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, the exciting and often overlooked Rainbow Falls Footpath and on Upper Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Lake Awosting Beach Opens for Weekend
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The swimming beach at Lake Awosting will open today, for the weekend only. The swimming season will open seven days per week through Labor Day starting next Saturday, June 27th. This beach, which is located approximately four miles by foot or bike from the Wildmere parking area, features a smooth rock slab beach on the remote and beautiful Lake Awosting.

Lake Minnewaska Beach Opens for Season
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:15 AM - 06:45 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The beach at Lake Minnewaska will open today for the swimming season. The small beach, which is located along the northwestern shore of Lake Minnewaska, will be open seven days per week until Labor Day, staff and weather permitting.

Beacon Hill Mountain Laurel Walk
Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

It's the traditional time for the mountain laurel bushes to bloom, so come join Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, for a two mile long loop hike to view the expected burst of blooms. This modest hike follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath and should offer both scenic views and glorious pink and white flowers. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Juneberries & Hike to Millbrook Mountain
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Have you ever heard of a juneberry? Or a shadbush? There is at least one species native to every Canadian province and continental state within the United States. Come meet and celebrate the juneberry with Park Educator, Nick Martin, on our way to Millbrook Mountain via a combination of carriage roads and one challenging footpath.

On this approximately five mile hike we will discuss the cultural and nutritious significance of this tree and learn how to identify it, too. If we are lucky, we will find some ripe juneberries along the trail to sample. Participants must come prepared with appropriate footwear and enough food and water for this hike. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Hike to Swim at Lake Awosting
Sunday, June 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your swimming gear and picnic lunch and join Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for this ten-mile roundtrip hike to the picturesque and refreshing Lake Awosting Swim Area, located in the remote backcountry. We will walk to the beach area of the Lake, where a changing station is available, and a lifeguard will be on duty.

This program is recommended for physically fit children and adults. Participants must make sure to pack plenty of food and water and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Blueberry Picking
Monday, July 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, 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. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Quest
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, 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. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lake Monitoring
Thursday, September 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Preschoolers in the Park: Insect Exploration
Monday, September 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, 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. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Homeschoolers Program: Apples
Thursday, October 1, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Babes in the Woods at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June to October.

Join volunteer and mother, Dara Eddy, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends, all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too. Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area kiosk by Lake Minnewaska. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park: Leaf Collections
Monday, October 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch.

Led by Laura Davis, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Intern, topics will include amphibians, 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. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Early Morning Birder Series
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Park main entrance and should come with a pair of binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. 

This group meets every Tuesday morning April- October

Start Times Vary: 

April- May 8:00am

June-August 7:00am

Sept-October 8:00am

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.

 

Homeschoolers Program: Trees and Papermaking
Thursday, November 5, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
Homeschoolers Program: Lenape Indians
Thursday, December 3, 2015 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., except for April (see below). And, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!

The following public programs will be offered specifically for homeschool families at Minnewaska State Park Preserve during the months of April-June and September-December:

April 16th– Amphibian Search

May 7th – Beautiful, Beloved Birds

June 4th– Micro-Forest

September 3rd– Lake Monitoring

October 1st– Apples

November 5th – Trees and Papermaking

December 3rd– Lenape Indians

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens at 9:00 a.m. every day and closing times vary dependent on season. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise.

Registration: Required
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