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Thu 18 Jul
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Hike to Draw
Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Park Educators, Nick Martin and Laura Conner, for a hiking art adventure. Starting at the Peter’s Kill Area, we get warmed up for the day by running through a short drawing lesson led by Nick Martin. Afterwards, we’ll head out into the Park to a few different areas to practice our new skill in the field. As a group, we’ll plan to hike approximately two miles during the duration of the program. Some of the hiking will take place on footpaths which feature hills and uneven footing that some may find challenging. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome, and parents are welcome to participate too. Meet at the Peter’s Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 20, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike to Echo Rock. Echo Rock is a scenic vista perched on the edge of a cliff above the Palmaghatt Ravine, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding Park Preserve and the Wallkill Valley. Our trip to Echo Rock will take participants on a few historic carriage roads, including Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads. Our return trip will be slightly different, as we will take Hamilton Point, Castle Point and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads to return to our starting point. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining, historic, summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we’ll continue our walk to reach the site of the former historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had out across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we’ll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone fire tower, Skytop, to the North. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Trapps area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately two-and-a- half miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 23 Jul
Tuesday Trek: Long, Scenic Hike and Swim at Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Pond and Blueberries Adventure
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in ponds, and then pick delicious blueberries! We’ll take an approximately two-mile-long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we’ve had enough fun with the pond, we’ll pick wild blueberries until our hands are purple! This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Please bring a small bag to collect berries in. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Birds and Berries at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a delicious morning stroll through the old Minnewaska golf course and orchard. This approximately mile-and-a-half long route wanders amongst blueberry and huckleberry bushes that should be ripe for the picking. Bring a small bag to collect berries as we hike. We will also look out for birds who frequent the golf course, so feel free to bring binoculars as well. Children of all ages are welcome; however, a backpack style carrier is necessary for children who are not able to walk this distance on their own. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Jul
Awosting Falls and Compass Rock Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a five-mile, round-trip hike that features a visit to the iconic, 65- foot tall Awosting Falls and a beautiful view of the Rondout Valley from a rocky outcrop. Beginning on the High Peter’s Kill Footpath, we’ll walk near a cliff edge, looking down at the Peter’s Kill Falls below. We’ll follow this route until we reach Compass Rock which offers excellent views of the Catskill Mountains. After a quick stop at the Peter’s Kill area, we’ll conclude by walking the Awosting Falls Carriage Road to the magnificent Awosting Falls. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 01 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Nature Book Making Part I
Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other families as we gather to make a custom book for nature observations and art. For the first in this two-part program, we will meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center and start the creation of our accordion-style books. Each participant will make their own book during the program. After the books have been completed and set aside to dry, we’ll explore a part of the Park Preserve. This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 04 Aug
Forest Bathing, a Mindful Outdoor Experience at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 4, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Jane Dobson, a Kripalu-certified, Mindful Outdoor Nature Guide with MindtheForest LLC, and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska, to learn about and experience the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku.

Forest Bathing is a wellness practice that reconnects us with nature and its healing properties. It is not hiking or exercise. It is simply being wide awake in the present moment. This directs our attention to our senses and allows us to find inner stillness in the beauty of the present moment. Even small periods of time spent in the forest reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Trees release phytoncides into the air, which boost our immune system. Forest Bathing is now officially recognized in Japan, South Korea and Finland as a relaxation and stress management technique.

This program will integrate light exercises, light hiking, breathing techniques and quiet nature observation to heighten our connections to ourselves, to others and to the natural world. Recommended for people 16+. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent. Please wear outdoor-appropriate clothing and proper foot wear and bring any water or food that you may need.

There is no fee for this program. Meet at the Peter’s Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Thu 08 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Nature Book Making Part II
Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

For the second part of this two-part program, we will be taking our completed books and filling them with art and observations. Starting at the Minnewaska Nature Center, we will be talking about and showing participants some creative options for filling their accordion-style books. Afterwards, we will hit the trails and look for inspiration to fill the books with, such as observations, photos, drawings and writing. We will plan to hike approximately two miles during this program. This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome, and parents are encouraged to make their own book too! Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 22 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Papermaking
Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators in learning the fun art of papermaking. We will learn how paper is made and then make paper ourselves! We will take a short hike while our paper dries, and if time and drying permit, we will paint our homemade creations. This program is recommended for six to twelve-year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter’s Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 05 Sep
Homeschool Program: The Grossly Important Vulture
Thursday, September 5, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 12 Sep
Homeschool Program: Raptor Migration Hike
Thursday, September 12, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 03 Oct
Homeschool Program: Live Raptors
Thursday, October 3, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 31 Oct
Homeschool Program: Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Thursday, October 31, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 07 Nov
Homeschool Program: Fall Foliage and Art in the Park Hike to Echo Rock
Thursday, November 7, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 05 Dec
Homeschool Program: Nature Observations
Thursday, December 5, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!