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Tue 28 Mar
Tuesday Trek: Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, and Gary Natalie, volunteer and licensed New York State Guide, for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Run Footpath, through a section of forest that was burned during the 2008 forest fire. This route brings hikers to the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. This loop hike will finish up with a one mile hike on the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, a section of the toll road built in the 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. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Apr
Jenny Lane Loop Hike
Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, as we explore some of the lesser-travelled footpaths within the Park Preserve. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will travel down the Wawarsing Turnpike, which served as a toll road in the 1850s. From there, we will connect with the Jenny Lane Footpath and take this route until its end at the intersection of Lower Awosting Carriage Road. For the return trip, we will travel down this carriage road until the intersection with Blueberry Run Footpath, on which we will take a short jaunt to reach the Mossy Glen Footpath and return to our starting point. This approximately five mile hike will take place mostly on footpaths, except for a few short sections on carriage road. These footpaths may present challenges for some, including exposed tree roots, slippery rocks and a few stream crossings. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Apr
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath
Sunday, April 2, 2017 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 along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just less than two miles. The return trip will take participants on the relatively level Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Tue 04 Apr
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Thu 06 Apr
Homeschoolers: Frog and Salamander Search
Thursday, April 6, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to learn about the amazing amphibians that live here. Children will play a frog life cycle tag game, make their own frog mask, learn about amphibian habitats and visit vernal pools to look for frogs, salamanders and insects. This program is recommended for children seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. This program is dependent on the proper weather conditions and may need to be rescheduled if snow persists. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Apr
Hamilton and Castle Point Loop Walk
Saturday, April 8, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight mile loop walk on some of the beautiful and historic carriage roads within Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Starting at the Nature Center, we will walk on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road until we get to the Hamilton Point Carriage Road. We will follow this carriage road until the juncture with Castle Point Carriage Road. From here, we will make our return back toward Lake Minnewaska on the Castle Point Carriage Road. Along the way, we will enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson Valley, Palmaghatt Ravine and Lake Awosting. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Registration: Required
Sun 09 Apr
Citizen Science Frog Watch for Families
Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps intern and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and become a citizen scientist by helping us collect data about amphibians at Minnewaska. First, we'll teach you how to listen for different types of frogs and then we'll show you what they look like and how to spot their egg masses. Afterward, we'll all head out to the woods to search for frogs and record the number of mating frogs we find. Your children will be thrilled to hear the loud chorus of frogs and find their little heads poking out of the water. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, although all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Are

Tue 11 Apr
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 11 Apr
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Footpath Loop Hike
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern to explore some of the less frequently visited sections of Minnewaska. Our approximately six-mile long route will follow 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. All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water to sustain themselves. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Fri 14 Apr
For the Birds at Ellenville Library
Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 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 in April, May and June. Each program will meet at the library, followed by a bird walk in the local community. During the course of this series, we will talk about habitat, unique bird characteristics, methods of identifying birds, binoculars and tips on resources for continuing your birding education. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all three programs. Please call the Ellenville Public Library at 647-5530 for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Apr
Birding Basics: Spring Birds
Saturday, April 15, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(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. Then, we'll take an approximately two mile walk through the 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 to borrow if they do not have their own.

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Apr
Morning Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along Beacon Hill Trails
Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping along the way for a short detour to a scenic vista of the Catskills. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking, however the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing.

Registration: Required
Tue 18 Apr
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 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 22 Apr
Earth Day: Hike to Gertrude’s Nose
Saturday, April 22, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come celebrate Earth Day at Minnewaska by hiking one of the most celebrated and favorite hikes within the Park Preserve. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an adventurous eight mile round trip hike to Gertrude's Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. Our route will follow a combination of carriage roads to reach the Gertrude's Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge trail offering magnificent views of the Hudson Valley. While this portion of the trail is less than three miles, some participants may find it challenging, as it includes numerous rocky sections, a few rock scrambles and a few steep ascents and descents. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Apr
Citizen Science Hike for Families on Beacon Hill
Sunday, April 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and contribute as a citizen scientist in this new monthly series. We will be offering this hike once a month, to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for children over the age of eight, but everyone is welcome to join. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Apr
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Tue 25 Apr
Tuesday Trek: Wild Golf Course Hike
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Park Educator, and Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps 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
Fri 28 Apr
Learn How to Bird at Gardiner Public Library
Friday, April 28, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this first installment of a two-part series. In this first segment, we will discuss some birding basics to get you started, including habitat, unique bird characteristics, methods of identifying birds, binoculars and tips on resources to continue your birding education. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or both programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Sat 29 Apr
Blueberry Run to Castle Point Loop Hike
Saturday, April 29, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for this roughly eight mile journey mainly along Blueberry Run Footpath with a shorter section along Castle Point Carriage Road. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will hike along the easy-going Lower Awosting Carriage Road until the intersection with Blueberry Run Footpath. From there, we will hike most of Blueberry Run Footpath toward Castle Point Carriage Road, which ascends about 600 feet in elevation over the course of two miles. Castle Point is a scenic vista that offers amazing views of the surrounding Park Preserve land and the greater Hudson Valley. From Castle Point, we will walk towards Lake Minnewaska on the Castle Point Carriage Road, which offers many sweeping, scenic vistas along the way. Once at Lake Minnewaska, we will walk a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road until the intersection with Sunset Carriage Road, which will leave us a short distance from the parking area where we started. The footpath sections of this hike may include some challenging terrain, such as slippery rocks, exposed tree roots and a stream crossing. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Apr
Hiking Preparedness and Leave No Trace at Gardiner Library
Sunday, April 30, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Do you like to hike but wish you knew more about how to be safe and prepared in the woods? Do you want to learn how to read trail maps, figure out what to pack when you hike, and how to tread lightly on the land? Join Gary Natalie, volunteer at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and New York State Licensed Guide, to learn all this and more. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

PROJECT #1
Volunteers will be repairing a section of the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Our intention is to make the trail safer for all users, while preserving its rugged nature. Volunteers will begin at the southern end of Lake Minnewaska, where volunteers will hike to the work areas on this footpath. Trail work projects may include clipping overgrown vegetation, brushing in widened trails, filling in low areas using crushed rock, creating stepping stones, building water bars and more. Some tasks will be physically demanding and may involve lifting and bending as well as using hand tools, such as loppers, shovels, rock bars and sledge hammers. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meeting Location: Lake Minnewaska.

PROJECT #2
Volunteers will enhance sections of the Blueberry Run Footpath by clipping back overgrown vegetation along the sides of the trail with hand clippers. Starting at the intersection of Blueberry Run Footpath and Upper Awosting Carriage Road, volunteers will hike a half mile of this footpath, clipping back vegetation as needed. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least seven years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Register: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

Registration: Required