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Mon 03 Aug
Full Moon Hike
Monday, August 3, 2020 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Every month we give hikers an opportunity to experience the Preserve after dark in our "Full Moon Hike" series. Please join us for this very popular and special event. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. Please dress according to weather conditions. Please bring water. Dogs welcome. Meet park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. This is a night hike, after the park has officially closed. Late-comers will not be allowed to enter the park after the group has departed. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. We must limit attendance at this event to 18 people maximum. Tickets are free and are on a first come first serve basis.

TICKETS AVAILABLE July 30, 2020 at 10:00 am ET

Registration: Required
Tue 04 Aug
Minnewaska Junior Naturalists Hiking Preparedness for Families
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Have you ever wondered how you might survive a challenging situation while hiking? Do you know what tools to put in your backpack to help you in case you get lost, run out of water or have an injury? Join Gary Natalie, Licensed New York State Guide and Leave No Trace Master Educator for a lesson on how to be prepared for any situation you may encounter while on the trail. You'll see first-hand the tools to put in your backpack and how to use them, plus, you'll get to ask Gary for his expert advice. This informative presentation will be followed by a scenic hike down to the cool Peter's Kill stream. This program is geared towards children over the age of ten years old, but younger children who are interested may attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 years old. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 05 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska Blueberry Bonanza Hike
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educators for a fun and delicious hike to pick wild blueberries. We'll lead you to all the best spots for picking these summer time treats on a two-mile loop hike that includes views of the Catskill Mountains. Participants may bring a one quart container in which to collect berries, which can be washed and eaten safely at home. Interested participants can also take a short detour, on their own, to view the nearby ponds. These small pools are teeming with life, including frogs, whirligig beetles, dragonflies and more. Space near the ponds is limited and social distancing would not be possible with a group, but those bringing their own nets can take turns exploring them on their own. This program is recommended for six to ten-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 07 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 7, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Aug
Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Saturday, August 8, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Sarah LaLumiere, SCA/AmeriCorp Member for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Run Footpaths, 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 1850s that crossed the Shawangunk Ridge. This five-mile long hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. This outing meets at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Aug
Swamp Things
Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the wetlands discovering all the creatures that live there.

$4 per person. Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Aug
Swamp Things
Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Explore the wetlands discovering all the creatures that live there.

$4 per person. Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Aug
Berry Bonanza! Drop in Celebration at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

In summer, wild blueberries and huckleberries can be found growing along almost every trail at Sam's Point, providing a tasty snack for both wildlife and hikers alike. Can you identify these two berries? Stop by the picnic area at Sam's Point to learn the differences between these two delicious berries and also to make your own berry holder to take on your hike. Join a Guide for a short walk to see the remnants of Berry Picker Shacks and learn about the interesting culture that once thrived here. The twenty-seven minute long documentary, The Huckleberry Pickers: A Vanished Shawangunk Culture, will be shown in the Visitor Center throughout the day. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Registration: Optional
Sun 09 Aug
Hike through the Cool Forest on the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 9, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four-mile hike along the Peter's Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed, quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants on the easy-to-walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The return trip will follow along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area Information Kiosk. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 09 Aug
“A Tyrant with whom he will never be reconciled”: The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, August 9, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Join Clermont's curator Geoff Benton for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: Required
Sun 09 Aug
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, August 9, 2020 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, and what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join the Park Naturalist for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! We'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all! All ages and abilities are welcome.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

Participants are advised to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a mask.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Stroll along the Gorgeous Hamilton Point Carriage Road at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

One of our favorite routes in the Park Preserve is Hamilton Point Carriage Road, site of numerous porcupine and raptor sightings and stunning, cliff-edge views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a walk along the west side of Lake Minnewaska and out past the start of the Palmaghatt Ravine to reach Echo Rock. If time allows, we'll also take a peak at two other scenic vistas. This easy walk will be approximately five miles roundtrip. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 12 Aug
Jean’s Jaunt
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Join Jean for a jaunty walk through the Preserve! Do you like hiking with an experienced hike guide who knows the terrain and all the stories behind them? Then you'll love joining Jean for her jaunts through Rockefeller because no one knows these roads like Jean! Leashed-dogs welcome. Meet in the park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Thu 13 Aug
Tree ID Hike with Kim Castaldo
Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Learn how to identify trees across the Preserve with our resident tree tracking expert, Kim Castaldo. Please dress according to weather conditions. Please bring water. Meet park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite.com. Leashed-dogs welcome. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS MAXIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Fri 14 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 14, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose via the Most Scenic Route
Saturday, August 15, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Sarah LaLumiere, SCA/AmeriCorp Member, for this approximately six-mile long hike on the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and the stunning Gertrude's Nose Footpath. Considered one of the most outstanding hikes in the entire Hudson Valley, this cliff-edge, wildly scenic route does not disappoint, featuring panoramic views of landmarks as far away as High Point State Park in New Jersey. We'll hike out to Gertrude's Nose, a cliff promontory, and then double our pleasure by continuing back along the same gorgeous route. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Hatchery Tour
Sunday, August 16, 2020 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the fish hatchery and take a tour to discover the many stages of a growing trout.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 16, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top stone observation tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does feature steep hills, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Aug
Hike the Park: Exploring Grafton Lakes’ 2,500 Acres
Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

New to the park or looking to explore lesser visited trails with a small group? Join an environmental educator as we check out quieter corners of Grafton Lakes' 2,500 acres. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them. This program will be held on Sundays 8/16 and 8/30 beginning at 11:00 AM.

This program is designed for ages 8 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different area of the park.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov 4:00PM on 8/12 for the 8/16 program and email by 8/26 for the 8/30 program. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 16 Hike the Park." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Sun 16 Aug
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Sunday, August 16, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam's Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road, you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years of age and older, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: We Love Butterflies!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators to learn about butterflies and what makes them so unique. We'll search for evidence of their activity, including eggs, caterpillars, leaf chewing and actual butterflies, as we walk the trails in the Peter's Kill Area. Bring your own crayons and decorate a monarch butterfly mask that we'll provide to each child. Feel free to bring your own insect nets to use too! This program is recommended 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 20 Aug
Accessible Outdoor Exploration
Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evangola State Park
Visit beautiful Evangola State Park and join us for a relaxing sidewalk tour to experience and enjoy the park's natural charm. People of all ages and abilities are welcome! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Fri 21 Aug
Take a Walk Along the Niagara Gorge
Friday, August 21, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Whirlpool State Park
Join a state park naturalist for a leisurely walk along the rim trail to Devil's Hole State Park and back. This trail offers lots of "gorge-ous" views of the Niagara River! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 21 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 21, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Bird Walk
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

This will be the first bird walk of the season in the Park and the bird migration has already started. Plan on a 3 mile roundtrip walk through various habitats to catch a glimpse of some southbound migrant birds as well as year round residents!

Park at the upper parking lot unless otherwise noted. Reservations required by calling (631) 315-5475. Programs currently limited to 20 people. All participants must have face coverings and adhere to current social distancing practices.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Tea Time Hike High Peter’s Kill / Awosting Falls Loop
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come join Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, Sarah LaLumiere, and learn about the different plants found in nature which can be used for making tea. Collecting plants is not allowed at Minnewaska, however, we will discuss how to identify these plants along with the beneficial properties that they offer while hiking the High Peter's Kill Footpath. This hike features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints and one steep hill to climb up. 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
The Trail Less Traveled
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the park on the shady red trail.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
The Trail Less Traveled
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the park on the shady red trail.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Geology Hike around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 22, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for this three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the lake, we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook, where we will find clues left on the landscape by the last glaciers, thousands of years ago. Once you learn what these features are, you'll start to notice them all over the Shawangunks! At the lake, Becca will describe the amazing, land-sculpting, glacial process by which the lake was formed. Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Aug
Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a guided scavenger hunt along the trails of the park. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk will be 1 mile or less on easy trails.

Unable or unwilling to join a group right now? Pick up a Scavenger Hunt at the Nature Center (open weekends 12-3pm) and go with just your family!

The maximum number of participants is 24.

A mask is required to attend. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper footwear.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Quiet Views from the Eastern Cliffs at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 23, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a lovely, two mile, morning hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. The rocky, narrow footpath, which does include a few hills, features wide, open views of the Wallkill Valley including the iconic Skytop Firetower. And, the true reward is the glorious view of the Catskills and Northern Shawangunks found when we reach the end of the carriage road. This quiet walk is close to the Lake Minnewaska area, but feels distant from the crowds. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Marsh Life Meander
Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Experience a slow-paced walk along the marshes to discover who's out and about.

$4 per person Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Aug
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, August 23, 2020 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, and what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join the Park Naturalist for a series of programs aimed at the beginner hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! We'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all! All ages and abilities are welcome.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9.

Participants are advised to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a mask.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Long Scenic Hike and Swim at Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever wanted to swim at the gorgeous, rock slab beach at Lake Awosting, but didn't want to go the distance on your own? Join park educators on a guided hike to this pristine swim spot. Enjoy the company of other hikers as well as the stunning views from along the cliff-edge Hamilton Point Carriage Road. As a bonus, 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, carry enough water and food for the day and bring a swimsuit if they plan on swimming. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Stroll along the Gorgeous Hamilton Point Carriage Road
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
One of our favorite routes in the Park Preserve is Hamilton Point Carriage Road, scene of numerous porcupine and raptor sightings and stunning, cliff-edge views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a walk along the west side of Lake Minnewaska and out past the start of the Palmaghatt Ravine to reach Echo Rock, and if time allows, to take a peak at two other scenic vistas. This easy walk will be approximately five miles roundtrip. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 26 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Kids Make Nature Journals and Nature Art
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators for a morning in nature, observing and making art. Minnewaska staff will provide disassembled nature journals to each child, individually packaged and not touched for the preceding 72 hours. Once assembled, children will be given time to draw, write and fill these journals on the trail. We'll hike down to the edges of Peter's Kill stream where each participant will have a chance to share their favorite nature art with the group. Examples of this can include a poem, visual art, music or more. Then, everyone will have time to build free-form, natural sculptures using sticks, rocks on the ground and fallen leaves. When we've all shared our art, we'll put the natural objects back where they came from, dismantling our work and returning the landscape to its natural state. Participants will need to bring their own crayons, pencils, tape or other tools to use with their nature journals. This program is recommended 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to eight individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Registration required, call 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Aug
Sensory Hike with “RangerSu”
Friday, August 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve

In our sensory hike series, talking is kept to a minimum. We walk in presence through the woods, stopping at times to explore what we are seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling through observance of nature, we seek to become more centered and connected with the world around us. Leashed-dogs welcome. Meet in the park office courtyard. We leave promptly at scheduled times. In case of bad conditions, event may be cancelled, please watch for notices from Eventbrite. Please register this event at www.rockefellerstateparkpreserve.eventbrite.com.

SUBJECT TO NY STATE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS Maximum 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR PRINTED EVENTBRITE CONFIRMATION. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. Face coverings are required at all events as is social distancing. Cost: FREE

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 28, 2020 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Macomb Reservation State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a sunset walk exploring the nature trails and searching for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be approximately 1 mile. All ages welcome! Please bring a flashlight and a facemask.

The maximum number of participants for this program is 9. Meet in day-use area by the Rec Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Scenic Views from the White Cliffs: Millbrook Mountain Hike
Saturday, August 29, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, Sarah LaLumiere, for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the historic Sky Top stone tower and the lush Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath these steep white cliffs. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear trail shoes. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Fire Ecology Walk at Sam's Point
Saturday, August 29, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Are you fascinated by fire? Are you interested in understanding how the 2016 wildfire affected the plants and animals at Sam's Point? Learn about Sam's Point's unique fire-dependent ecosystem during this interpretative, three-mile hike on the Loop Road with Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger. We will explore the landscape to examine fire-adapted species and to compare and contrast where fire has been suppressed and reintroduced. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Aug
Invaders in Our Space
Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a short nature walk. Learn to identify some of the common plant and animal invaders that live in this area. You may even discover that you have some in your own backyard! Explore what the presence of invasive species means for our local habitats, and what you can do to help. All ages and abilities welcome.

The maximum number of participants is 9.

A mask is required to attend. Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper footwear.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Aug
Hike the Park: Exploring Grafton Lakes’ 2,500 Acres
Sunday, August 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park

New to the park or looking to explore lesser visited trails with a small group? Join an environmental educator as we check out quieter corners of Grafton Lakes' 2,500 acres. Please bring your own water, mask, close-toed shoes, and hiking poles or walking sticks if you have them.

This program will be held on Sundays 8/16 and 8/30 beginning at 11:00 AM. This program is designed for ages 8 and older. Program meeting locations will be shared when you pre-register. Each week we will visit a different area of the park.

To pre-register, email graftonlakessp@parks.ny.gov 4:00PM on 8/12 for the 8/16 program and email by 8/26 for the 8/30 program. Please be sure to include the date and program title in your email. For example, "August 16 Hike the Park." In your email, let us know how many people in your family group will be attending, your first and last name, and phone number.

Please note that programming capacity is limited to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Additionally, masks must be worn by all participants for the entire duration of the program. Lastly, patrons must keep social distance of 6 feet from other family groups throughout the program.

Wed 16 Sep
Wednesday Woods Walk
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Join us for a hike along the boardwalk and trails to explore a freshwater sand dune environment. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.