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Sat 24 Jun
Blooms and Birds to Echo Rock
Saturday, June 24, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come for a hike in Minnewaska amongst the blooming mountain laurel. For this approximately four mile hike, participants will walk on three historic carriage roads to reach Echo Rock, a spanning scenic vista which offers commanding views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and the Wallkill Valley. Along the way, we'll also look for quick-moving wood warblers and once at Echo Rock, we'll look for soaring or resting raptors. Participants may want to bring a snack and water, along with comfortable hiking shoes or boots. A few binoculars will be available for loan during this program. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sun 25 Jun
Observation Hike on Beacon Hill
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and collect real data that can be used by scientists to monitor climate change. We are 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 and should feature beautiful blooming mountain laurel. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Jun
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 07:00 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 27 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose Hike
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Emily Shertzer, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern and Laura Conner, Environmental 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

Registration: Required