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Tue 24 May
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 24 May
Tuesday Trek: Spring Flowers along the Cliff at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educators, 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. 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 bright, green, spring foliage in the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Thu 26 May
Forest Bathing at Minnewaska
Thursday, May 26, 2022 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides, any Thursday in May, to experience Forest Bathing. Over the next four consecutive Thursdays in the late afternoon, join Jane as she guides your transition from computers and day-to-day business into present moment awareness, where we directly experience the world through our senses. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that Forest Bathing promotes physical and mental health and reduces stress and anxiety, while improving mood, focus and sleep. Beyond the science, this program is about community, as nature connects us to our intrinsic selves and to others. Each week this introduction to Forest Bathing will focus on a unique aspect of Forest Bathing at a different location in the Park Preserve. This program is open to participants aged 16 and older, with minors accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required for each program by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Fri 27 May
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during May. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Sat 28 May
The Longer Walk to Awosting Falls at Minnewaska
Saturday, May 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half mile walk to Awosting Falls, an approximately 65-foot-high waterfall. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will walk along a short multi-use trail that has recently been improved, thanks to the efforts of volunteers. At the end of this trail, we will continue along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which we will follow until we arrive at the waterfall. Some highlights of this carriage road include an intriguing, stacked rock formation, views of the Peter's Kill stream, and lush stands of rhododendrons and Eastern hemlock trees. After we have spent time at the waterfall, we will return to our starting point along the same route. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 29 May
Drop-In, Nature Zine Workshop at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Join Diana Beckenhaupt and Natalie Schults, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educators, for a fun workshop to create personalized nature-themed zines. Zines are self-published magazines or booklets that can be easily photocopied to share with friends. Materials will be available to draw, write, or collage with and get your creativity flowing. Feel free to bring your favorite art supplies or collage materials such as old magazines, stickers, fabrics, and paper. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of six. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This program will be held at the Nature Center, located near the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. No pre-registration is required, but space and materials are limited, so arrive early if possible. For more information, please call 845-253-3478 or contact diana.beckenhaupt@parks.ny.gov

Mon 30 May
Drop-In Owl Pellet Investigation and Volunteer Park Clean-Up at Minnewaska
Monday, May 30, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Owls are fierce birds of prey who hunt small rodents, insects, and even small birds during the late hours of the night. They swallow their food whole, and what cannot be digested is turned into a small pellet that they expel. Join Diana Beckenhaupt, AmeriCorps/Student Conservation Association Environmental Educator, to learn the science and tools behind dissecting owl pellets in this fun, hands-on educational activity. After opening and going through the pellets, we will reconstruct the skeletons of the animals found inside to find out what the owls have been eating. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to twelve years old, but all ages are welcome. We will also supply trash bags to any volunteers willing to collect trash during their hike, and a place to drop off filled bags. Meet at the tent near the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is NOT required, but owl pellet supplies are limited.
Tue 31 May
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thu 02 Jun
Homeschoolers: What Lives in the Stream?
Thursday, June 2, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join other homeschoolers to explore a stream, where we will look for interesting animals called macroinvertebrates that live under and on rocks. We will learn about what macroinvertebrates can tell us about the health of the stream, perform water quality tests, and then play a game about the water cycle. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 03 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk at Minnewaska
Friday, June 3, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Based in the Japanese practice of forest bathing, Jane will lead you through a process of bringing your awareness to the present moment, while observing the wonder of the natural world. The desired outcome is a calm mind, a sense of connection with the place you are in, and a sense of gratitude. This forest bathing brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including real and measurable reduction in our stress cortisol levels, reduced anxiety, improved mood, focus, and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 03 Jun
Monthly Volunteer Event at Minnewaska: Working in the Native Plant Garden
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in giving a little love back to Minnewaska at this recurring volunteer program, offered on the first Friday of every month. This month, volunteer efforts will be focused on maintaining the native plant gardens around the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. The garden has been a success so far, with many types of pollinators, including monarch butterflies, stopping by for a sip of nectar. Tasks may include weeding, deadheading, and pruning, among others. Gardening experience is helpful, but not necessary. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, a sun hat, and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. The daily parking fee will be waived for volunteers who pre-register. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by emailing Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 04 Jun
Bird Outing and Hike in the Former Awosting Reserve at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 4, 2022 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an approximately three-mile birding outing on the Awosting Reserve Access Road, a woods road in the southern part of Minnewaska. During this outing, we will be looking and listening for birds as we hike. Distractions by other natural curiosities, such as trees and flowers, are welcomed and encouraged. This woods road has continuous uphill sections which may be challenging for some. The return trip to our starting point will be all downhill. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars, if they have them. Meet at the Aumick Road parking area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 05 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 5, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 31. 
Tue 07 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 07 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 2
Sat 11 Jun
Mossy Glen, Jenny Lane, and Lower Awosting Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-and-a-half-mile-long hike along three footpaths and one carriage road. We'll begin our journey along the Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run, and Jenny Lane footpaths and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy meander. Along the way we'll look for early blooming mountain laurel flowers. The footpaths may be wet or muddy and they also have sections that are rocky and uphill, which some people may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 11 Jun
Drop-in Loop Road Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join us 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 on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. We'll walk by the site of a prior forest fire and see lots of interesting plants. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Sat 11 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com . Pre-registration deadline: June 6. 
Tue 14 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fri 17 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk at Minnewaska
Friday, June 17, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Based in the Japanese practice of forest bathing, Jane will lead you through a process of bringing your awareness to the present moment, while observing the wonder of the natural world. The desired outcome is a calm mind, a sense of connection with the place you are in and a sense of gratitude. This forest bathing brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including real and measurable reduction in our stress cortisol levels, reduced anxiety, improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 18 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 13.
Sat 18 Jun
Mountain Laurel Hike on Hamilton Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile-long 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, Hamilton Point, Upper Awosting and Castle Point Carriage Roads and Rainbow Falls Footpath. Highlights of the hike include numerous panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley, interesting rock formations, and mountain laurel flowers in bloom. The footpath has some steep and rocky sections with narrow footing as well as two short rock scrambles, which some may find challenging. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 18 Jun
Lake Awosting Beach Opens for the Weekend
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The swimming beach at Lake Awosting will open today, for this weekend only. The swimming beach will be open seven days per week through Labor Day starting the following Saturday, June 25, staff and weather permitting. This beach, which is located approximately four miles, by foot or bike, from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, features a smooth rock slab beach on the remote and beautiful Lake Awosting.
Sat 18 Jun
Lake Minnewaska Beach Opens for the Season
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:15 AM - 06:45 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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
Sun 19 Jun
Beautiful Blossoms on Beacon Hill Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 19, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Start your morning off right with a hike along the Shawangunk Ridge escarpment. The spectacular views will awaken your soul and the show of pale pink mountain laurel blossoms will enliven you. Environmental Educator, Laura Conner, will lead a moderate, two-mile-long hike along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath, which includes some cliffs and hills. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 21 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 21 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 16. 
Tue 21 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Mountain Laurel Flowers Hike on Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a four-mile round trip hike along the quietly babbling Peter's Kill stream and through the cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands of the Mossy Glen Footpath. This is the time of year when the gorgeous pink and white blossoms of the mountain laurel bushes typically bloom, and this route showcases many of these showy shrubs. This trail does include some tricky footing, but the return trip along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 24 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk at Minnewaska
Friday, June 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Based in the Japanese practice of forest bathing, Jane will lead you through a process of bringing your awareness to the present moment, while observing the wonder of the natural world. The desired outcome is a calm mind, a sense of connection with the place you are in and a sense of gratitude. This forest bathing brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including real and measurable reduction in our stress cortisol levels, reduced anxiety, improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 25 Jun
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile loop hike to Millbrook Mountain along the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads, returning along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Millbrook Mountain is a cliff-side viewpoint that features panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond, in clear weather. This route is decorated in countless blooming mountain laurel shrubs, giving a temporary white and pink accent to the surrounding forests. The footpath section of this route includes steep, rocky terrain and areas that are often wet and muddy, which may be challenging for some. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear with good traction and bring enough food and water for the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 25 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 20.
Sun 26 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 26, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 21.
Sun 26 Jun
Pond Exploration for All Ages at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
What life is thriving in the ponds at Minnewaska this month? Join Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, to search for the creatures who call this place home. We'll search the pond with dip nets, take a closer look at anything we find in a small tank, and return them to their home once we have examined them. To get to the ponds and return to our starting point, this program requires a roundtrip hike of approximately a mile-and-a-half. Any children participating in this program must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Note that ticks are highly active in the areas surrounding the pond, so dress appropriately and be prepared. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 28 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars and water and wear hiking shoes. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Main Entrance between 6:30 am – 7:00 am. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 28 Jun
Tuesday Trek: The Long Way to the Waterfall at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Diana Beckenhaupt, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a five-mile loop hike on the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Highlights of this outing include beautiful white and pink flowering mountain laurel shrubs, 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, food, and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 02 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 2, 2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 27.