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Thu 16 Sep
Homeschoolers’ Adventures: Raptor Migration Hike at Minnewaska
Thursday, September 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join park educators on this approximately five-mile hike to search for migrating raptors. We will hike on Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Millbrook Mountain, a scenic vista that is a great vantage point from which to watch migrating raptors over the Wallkill Valley. Before beginning the hike, we will talk about raptor migration and how the Shawangunk Mountains are an important migration route for raptors and other birds. Once there, we will sit and watch for migrating raptors. If the conditions are right, we will see plenty of moving birds. This program is suggested for children between the ages of eight to fourteen, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants should come prepared with proper hiking shoes and plenty of water and food. This program may be switched to September 17, if weather conditions warrant a change. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 17 Sep
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, September 17, 2021 08:00 AM - 09:30 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 September. 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. 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information and to pre-register, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Sat 18 Sep
Hawk Watch Drop-In at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 18, 2021 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Each Fall, thousands of raptors, including eagles, hawks, and falcons, migrate over the Shawangunk Mountains on the way to their wintering grounds. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, at the Beacon Hill picnic area, for a drop-in program to watch for migrating raptors. This area is off the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, on the east side of Lake Minnewaska, next to the southern end of the Beacon Hill Footpath trailhead. There will be an information table set up for those who want to learn more about these amazing animals. And, for those wanting a closer view of these stunning birds, we'll have a spotting scope to look through and binoculars to borrow. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 19 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl, and great horned owl. Stop by the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Tue 21 Sep
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. 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 MUST arrive 15 minutes 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 25 individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fri 24 Sep
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, September 24, 2021 08:00 AM - 09:30 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 September. 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. 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information and to pre-register, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Sat 25 Sep
Mossy Glen Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 25, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Participants will start from the Lower Parking Area, walk a short section of Lower Awosting Carriage Road, the full length of Mossy Glen Footpath, a short section of Blueberry Run Footpath, and return to our starting point by walking again on the Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Mossy Glen features some beautiful woods, including cool hemlock forests and stands of rhododendrons, and the babbling Peter's Kill stream. This footpath includes some areas of slippery and rocky terrain that some may find challenging, though the carriage road section is relatively easy walking. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 26 Sep
Awosting Falls Scenic Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 26, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a scenic, loop hike to the iconic, 65 foot high, Awosting Falls. Starting on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, our route follows along the cliff edge above the Peter's Kill stream, where we'll hear the mesmerizing sound of Peter's Kill Falls below us. After crossing the Peter's Kill stream, we'll continue along this footpath, climbing up a steep hill to reach a nearly panoramic view of the Rondout Valley. Then, we'll continue along the Bullwheel Footpath to return to the Peter's Kill Area, we will break for lunch and use the restrooms. From there, we'll cross Route 44/55 onto the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then onto the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. We'll follow this wooded route all the way to the dramatic Awosting Falls, and then back to the parking area. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpaths do include some hills and tricky footing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 28 Sep
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. 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 MUST arrive 15 minutes 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 25 individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 28 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Out and Back to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator and Vanessa Pagano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, for an adventurous, six-mile hike to Gertrude's Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Autumn Leaves Identification and Craft
Thursday, October 7, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers on a two-mile hike around Lake Minnewaska to collect colorful, fallen leaves, learning about the trees they've come from along the way. Back at the Nature Center, we'll demonstrate two simple methods to preserve leaves that can be done at home: pressing and using polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue. We'll try our hand at these methods with the leaves we collected earlier. These colorful, preserved leaves are perfect for use in scrapbooks and as fall decorations! This program is recommended for children over the age of seven, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Nov
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: The Story of the Wild Turkey
Thursday, November 4, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers to learn about the importance of the American wild turkey throughout human history. From its significance to native people, to its role as the symbol of Thanksgiving, to the success of conservation efforts over the past decades. We will make pinecone turkeys to take home! The program will end with a short hike to look for signs of turkeys and other birds. This program is recommended for children over the age of nine, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required