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Sat 21 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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 Minnewaska Yurt, located in the grassy field next to the parking lot closest to Lake Minnewaska, to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Tue 24 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for this approximately eight-mile-long hike on a combination of wooded hiking trails and easy-walking carriage roads. Beginning on the Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along a quietly brooding stream, this hike will follow the Rainbow Falls Footpath up and over rock slabs with astounding panoramic views, culminating directly beneath Rainbow Falls. This hike does include two stream crossings and some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Autumn Leaf Identification Hike around Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come learn to identify the trees and leaves of Minnewaska State Park Preserve with Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member. Elizabeth will lead you around the beautiful forests and vistas of the Beacon Hill trail loop. On this approximately two mile hike, Elizabeth will explain the best methods for identifying trees, using their autumn leaves. Discover whether any of Minnewaska’s leaves have begun to turn color, and identify any tree species that display this remarkable ecological phenomenon. Then, learn how to distinguish seemingly identical leaf pairs and master the identification of locally common trees. Finally, explore the phenology of leaf-turn and leaf-fall, and learn about the incredibly precise timing of these events and why they occur. This family program is recommended for all ages, but may be of special interest to children over the age of seven years old. All children must be accompanied by a parent or 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 29 Sep
Pine Cone Bird Feeders Drop-In Program at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Sunday, September 29, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center and make a delicious snack for migrating birds. Wear your sloppy clothes or an apron to roll pine cones in a high calorie mix of vegetable shortening and seeds. Each pine cone will have a string attached to the top so that it can be hung outside your home in a tree. This fatty meal is a welcome source of energy for birds getting ready for winter. And, when the birds come to eat, you’ll have a perfect opportunity to watch them forage! This program is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are welcome to join the activity, but they may require adult assistance. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
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! 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 17 Oct
Homeschool Program: Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Thursday, October 17, 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! 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!