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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
Tue 02 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 2, 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. 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 04 May
Homeschoolers: Phenology and Nature’s Seasons
Thursday, May 4, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to learn about phenology, the study of the seasons, and collect valuable data for scientists in New York! Children will play a game about seasonal changes, and then go for a two mile hike to look at budding and flowering plants along the scenic Beacon Hill Footpath. 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

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