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Fri 26 Apr
Birding Basics at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 26, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this fourth installment of a four-part series. During this program, we will take a walk on the trails near the library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan for participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all four programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Sat 27 Apr
Old Golf Course Wander
Saturday, April 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for this approximately three-mile hike through the former golf course and orchard of the former Minnewaska resort. Participants will walk short sections of the Lake Minnewaska, Castle Point and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads, in addition to the grassy pathways of the former golf course. While we wander, we will look for signs of plants waking up from their winter slumber and any recent bird arrivals. The pathways that wind through this area may be wet, so participants are encouraged to wear waterproof shoes or boots. A few binoculars are available for participants to borrow for the program. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, April 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Allan Serrano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Start time: 10am
End time: 4pm

Meeting Location: Awosting Parking Area
Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project: Volunteers will be working with New York-New Jersey Trail Conference members and Park Preserve staff to install a section of bog bridge on the Rainbow Falls Footpath. I Love My Park volunteers will perform, and assist with, the following tasks, to complete this project: Carrying lumber, creating or modifying drainage on the trail, install stepping stones, creating stone footings for the bog bridge, starting work on building a new section of bog bridge and more. Some tasks will be physically demanding and may involve carrying, lifting and bending as well as using hand tools, such as hammers, hand saws, shovels, rock bars and sledge hammers. It is recommended that volunteers bring waterproof boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty, as this project area may be potentially muddy and wet. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, snack

We can accommodate: Small groups, college student groups. Questions? Call: 845-255-0752 Email:

Registration: Required