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Wed 12 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: We Love Butterflies!
Wednesday, August 12, 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
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
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
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
Wed 19 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Kids Make Nature Journals and Nature Art
Wednesday, August 19, 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 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
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
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
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
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