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Tue 04 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. 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 will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive 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. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thu 06 Oct
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: Fall Leaves and Flying Seeds
Thursday, October 6, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Have you ever wondered how and why the leaves of trees change from bright green to brilliant yellow, red, and orange in autumn? Bring your homeschooled children to Minnewaska to discover the answer to this question and more. Starting with a lesson on fall foliage, Park Educators will then lead a leaf matching activity along one of the picturesque carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. This engaging game teaches young children how to identify common trees, while enjoying an easy walk in the woods. We'll also look for various plant seeds and discuss the many ways that they are dispersed. If we have enough participants, we'll also play an interactive seed game outside. Lastly, everyone will have a chance to make their own leaf craft to take home. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 years old. Well-behaved younger siblings are also welcome to join the program. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 07 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 7, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 07 Oct
Monthly Volunteer Event at Minnewaska: Working in the Native Plant Garden
Friday, October 7, 2022 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in giving a little love back to Minnewaska at this recurring volunteer program, offered on the first Friday of every month. This month, volunteer efforts will be focused on maintaining the native plant gardens around the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Tasks may include weeding, deadheading, and seed saving, among others. Gardening experience is helpful, but not necessary. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. The daily parking fee will be waived for volunteers who pre-register. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by emailing Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 11 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. 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 will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive 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. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 11 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Autumn Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other and, if conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The vast views along this route should offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the colorful leaves of fall. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 14 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 14 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 14, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and we may also visit Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a recent rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 15 Oct
Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back. This hike will take participants along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, out to Millbrook Mountain, then back to the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, as we return to our starting point. The Millbrook Mountain viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the Wallkill Valley and beyond from a cliff side perch, marked with small pitch pine trees. Our return trip will include some views over the Palmaghatt Ravine, which should look lovely dressed in its fall foliage. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, a stream crossing, exposed tree roots, and sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 16 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike on the Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 16, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, 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 and showcases all the glorious fall colors. 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. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 18 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. 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 will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive 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. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fri 21 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Fri 21 Oct
Tree Identification Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for tree identification walks during October. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on either the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail or the Rail Trail and through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. Along our wander, we'll stop to look at a few tree species and learn how to look for clues to identify them, using bark, buds, and leaves. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes. Participants may want to bring binoculars, a tree identification guide, or a small notebook and pencil. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 22 Oct
Beacon Hill and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road Loop at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Starting at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, our route will take participants to the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which we'll walk until we intersect the Beacon Hill Footpath. From here, we'll follow this footpath until it ends at a field with a lovely view of the Wallkill Valley. From this field, we'll continue on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, heading around the south and then the west side of Lake Minnewaska. The footpath section of this hike includes sections of bare rock, bare soil with tree roots and short sections of continuous uphill that some may find challenging. Participants must bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 23 Oct
Learn about the Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 23, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, those amazing little organisms that we see growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. We will walk up to two miles on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Tue 25 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Nick Martin, Park Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. 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 will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive 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. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 25 Oct
Tuesday Trek: The Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, 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. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Fri 28 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 28, 2022 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library. 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 after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 29 Oct
Hamilton and Castle Point Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 29, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile, loop walk loaded with breathtaking, cliff-edge views. Starting on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll walk until we get to the intersection of Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road and continue until we reach the intersection with Hamilton Point Carriage Road. We'll follow this carriage road until we reach the intersection with Castle Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow until we return to Lake Minnewaska. Along the way, we will enjoy views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and the distant Lake Awosting. The carriage roads at Minnewaska feature a firm, stable surface that many find easy to walk on. Participants should pack water, lunch, snacks, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the seasonal weather conditions. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 30 Oct
Fall Foliage Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the colorful fall foliage. From the top of this scenic lookout, hikers peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.